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Second WWWforEurope Feedback Conference - Invited Stakeholders

Keynote by Catherine L. Mann

Catherine L. Mann is OECD Chief Economist and Head of the Economics Department since October 2014. She is responsible for advancing the Strategic Orientations of the OECD, ensures that the Department is at the forefront of economic thinking and coordinates the work of the Country and Policy Studies branches. She also contributes to the New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) and Inclusive Growth (IG) initiatives and serves as the OECD Representative at the Deputies’ meetings of the G20 Finance Track.

She has enjoyed a distinguished career in the public sector and academia. Following 20-plus years in Washington DC, she was the Rosenberg Professor of Global Finance at Brandeis University and from 1997-2011 was a Senior Fellow and visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Earlier Ms. Mann served as a Senior International Economist at the US President’s Council of Economic Advisors and worked as a Special Assistant to the Vice-President for Development Economics/Chief Economist at the World Bank. She spent 13 years on the Federal Reserve Board as a Senior Economist.

She is a US citizen and holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Harvard University.

Her research spans two main topics – global imbalances and globalisation of technology and services. She has authored or co-authored seven books, 60 articles, and numerous shorter pieces and testimony. She frequently appears on Bloomberg, CNBC, and public broadcasting, and has been quoted in Businessweek and The Economist.



Valeria Andreoni is a lecturer in Economics at Liverpool Hope University, UK. She has a PhD in Economics from University of Bologna, Italy, and a Master degree in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management from Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

She has working experiences in universities, specialized research centers and European Institutions. In particular, she worked for the Institute for Environment and Sustainability of European Commission, the modeling team of the Department of Agricultural Economics of University of Udine, Italy, for the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change on topics related to water availability and security in the Mediterranean, and the Joint Research Center – European Commission at the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies in Seville, Spain.

She is presently coordinating the Socio-Economic Research Center at Hope (SERCH) that aims to monitor and analyse the impacts generated by economic trends and policies on peoples, communities and businesses.


Miklós Antal is an ecological economist, external fellow of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research. Currently he works on political economy aspects of energy transitions at the Central European University in Budapest. Previously, he was a fellow of the National Program of Excellence in Hungary, did postdoctoral research on macroeconomics and sustainability transitions at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and energy modeling at the Central European University. He got his PhD in economics and MSc in engineering-physics at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. His multidisciplinary research interests are reflected by a number of publications in leading international scientific journals including Ecological Economics, Energy Policy and Climate Policy.



Hannah Broessler is on the board of the Ecosocial Forum for students. Their goal: Raising awareness among students for the ecosocial market economy and the Global Marshall Plan. Their motto: Balance the world - go ecosocial!

She is currently studying Environmental and Bio-Resource Management at the University of Life Sciences and Natural Resources in Vienna. To deepen her understanding about different disciplines, cultures and people she has i.a. taught English to Buddhist novices in Laos, worked as peer mediator and monitored wildlife in Costa Rica. Recently she has started to work as a tutor for zoology at her university.



Christoph Breinschmid works as a research fellow and project manager at the Austrian Society for European Politics (ÖGfE). He holds a Master’s degree in European Studies. In his thesis he focused on the EU Beyond GDP initiative and its potential to change the way well-being is measured and decisions are taken. Previously, he worked with EU and World Bank projects in the private sector, on a sustainable tourism development project in Colombia and completed a traineeship at the Permanent Delegation of Austria to the OECD.

Alfredo De Feo is director of the European Parliament Research Service, European Parliament Fellow at the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Fiesole, Firenze.

He started his career as Researcher in Centro Analisi Relazioni Internazionali, Firenze, then served in the European Parliament, as research analyst at the DG Research and Documentation. Alfredo De Feo then moved to the DG Committees and Delegations, serving in the secretariat of the committee on agriculture, Fishery and budgets. He was appointed as advisor for budgetary affairs to the Director General, then was nominated head of the secretariat of the committee on budget. After this, Alfredo De Feo was  appointed Director for the Budgetary Affairs directorate within the DG internal Policies and finally Director of the Library of the European Parliament. Recently, he has been seconded to the EUI as European Parliament Fellow, attached to the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced studies. Currently he is working on a joint research project EP-EUI on Interinstitutional Relations in the budgetary sector from 1952 to present.


Georg Fischer is Director for Analysis, Evaluation, External Relations in the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion at the European Commission in Brussels. His responsibilities include employment and social analysis, evaluation of major employment and social EU programmes as well as the social dimension of external EU relations and of EU enlargement.

Prior to this he was at the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development and in the 1980ies and parts of the 1990ies he worked in different functions in the Austrian Ministry of Labour and in the cabinet of the Minister of Finance.

Georg Fischer is an economist and studied at the University of Vienna in Austria (Master Degree) as well as at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.


Elisabeth Großschädl studied Economics and Business Administration on a Bachelor level at the Karl-Franzens University of Graz, Austria and Universidad de Valencia, Spain from 2007-2011. She did her Master in Economics at the Vienna University of Business and Economics from 2011-2013. The title of her Master thesis is "The case for a new Industrial Policy for peripheral countries. Applications for Greece, Spain and Portugal." She did a Junior Fellowship at WIFO Austria and currently works at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) at the Department of Export and Investment Policy.



Gerlinde Gutheil-Knopp-Kirchwald holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on the spatial-economic dimensions of public policy. Since 2001, she is Assistant Professor at the Centre of Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy within the Department of Spatial Planning at Vienna University of Technology, where she is doing research and teaching in the fields of urban and regional economics, housing policy and sustainable urban development. In the same function, she also is editor-in-chief of the journal "Der öffentliche Sektor – The Public Sector".



Ralf Kronberger is the head of the Department Financial, Fiscal and Trade Policy of the Federal Austrian Economic Chamber in Vienna. He has a Master and PhD in International Economic Sciences from the University of Innsbruck, where he studied Political Sciences as well. Ralf Kronberger also works as a part-time lecturer for Economic Policy at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt since 2002, at the University of Applied Sciences (bfi), Vienna since 2003 and at the Vienna University of Economics and Business since 2013.


Enrico Marelli is full professor of Economic Policy at the University of Brescia, Italy. He studied, taught or carried out research activities at Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), the London School of Economics (UK) and the University of Pennsylvania (Usa). Marelli has published several books and articles in a number of research areas: macroeconomics and economic policy, labour economics and policy, regional economics, comparative economic systems. He is local co-ordinator of the research project (2012-15): “The Political Economy of Youth Unemployment”, within the EU 7th Framework Programme, Marie Curie Actions “People”, in co-operation with the Universities of Naples-Parthenope, Perugia, Brunel (London) and the Higher School of Economics (Moscow).




Clemens Matzer works for the Ecosocial Forum Europe and is responsible for Economic and Energy Policy affairs. As such he is particularly interested in innovation policies related to energy transformation (Energiewende). Previously he worked at the Federal Chancellery in the Directorate for EU Coordination responsible for energy, environment and traffic matters.


Margit Noll has been with the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology in several positions since 1998. She has 15 years’ experience in research management and strategy development. Before taking over Corporate Strategy at AIT she was concerned with the strategic development and international project development of the electric drives unit at AIT as well as working on innovation management. Besides that, Margit Noll is representing AIT in different national and European associations, e.g. the Austrian Mobile Platform. Since 2009 she is in particular involved in the development of the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe. As Chair of the Management Board she is in charge of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and its implementation. She holds a PhD in physics and an MBA in general management.



Christa Peutl is Deputy Director General for Coordination at the Austrian Federal Chancellery as well as Head of the Group for EU affairs, Economic, Financial and Social Affairs and Head of the Group EU - strategic matters, OECD, Economic, Employment and Social Affairs. She received a Master and Doctoral Degree in Economic and Social Sciences from the University of Vienna and served as member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Karel van Miert of the European Commission.


Michal Polák (1976) studied Economics and Philosophy at the London School of Economics, where he later also achieved a PhD. Aside from academia, he also worked in the past as a journalist both in the United Kingdom (BBC World Service) and in Slovakia (current affairs weekly Slovo). He is the author of two books – a collection of his articles in the Slovak language Hlavou proti vetru (Heading into the Wind) and an academic work on the theory of social stratification Class, Surplus, and the Division of Labour. He currently works as an Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic, where he deals mainly with the issues of European integration and financial instruments to support social enterprise.


Jürgen Schneider studied chemistry at the University of Vienna and finished his PhD in 1994. After his PhD, he worked as a researcher at the Institute of Botany at the University of Vienna. In 1995, Mr. Schneider joined the Umweltbundesamt in Vienna. From 2002 to 2004, he worked as a project manager for the WHO in Bonn/Germany. In 2004, Mr. Schneider rejoined the Umweltbundesamt as a director of the Department of Air Quality Control. In 2007, Mr. Schneider was appointed head of the programme "Economy and Impact". Mr. Schneider is a member of several national and international expert panels and boards in the field of energy and climate change. He also published several relevant reports and articles.


Klaus Schuch is an expert on techno-globalisation, research and innovation policies. At present he is scientific director and senior scientist at the ZSI (Centre for Social Innovation), Austria. Klaus Schuch has earned a PhD from the University of Vienna. Since May 2012, he is also managing director of the Austrian Platform for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation (fteval) and Austrian delegate to the European RTD Evaluation Network.

Klaus Schuch is and was engaged in a number of national and international projects and has published more than 50 papers and reports. In 2012 he was member of the external expert group of the European Commission to advice on the new European RTI-internationalisation strategy. He is also a member of the Commission for Development Research at the OeAD and advisor or member of several advisory groups of Austrian agencies and ministries dealing with higher education, research, innovation and technology.

Martina Schuster holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in social and economic sciences. She did her postgraduate studies in Higher European Studies in Brugge, Paris and Florence.

After some experiences in private industry, as of 1984 she has been working in the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW), International Departement. Since 1989 Martina Schuster is the head of the Division for Environmental Economics and (sustainable) Energy policy.

Martina Schuster is responsible for the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund and for the Austrian climate protection initiative "klimaaktiv", a new governance instrument for sustainable energy policy, acting as a network for raising awareness and for the faster market integration of climate friendly goods and services in high quality. She is co-founder and promotor of the Austrian platform "Growth in Transition". Growth in Transition promotes public activities on the discussion on how new forms of economic activities and growth may develop in modern societies.


Nicole Stanga graduated cum laude from the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2009. She continued her studies in Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, where she got her Master's degree cum laude in Economics in 2011. During her studies she won a scholarship to Arizona State University and in November 2011 she started a PhD in Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Nicole Stanga joined Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) in July 2011. She started her work experience at RBI in the Global Export Finance department as Product Manager Junior. In September 2013 she was appointed as Product Manager Professional and in October 2014 she joined the Sales Team as Product Sales Manager in the Global Export Finance department.



Charlotte Steenbergen studied Political Science and Russian at the University of Vienna and at RGGU in Moscow. She was a member of the Youth Programme team for the International AIDS Society in Vienna and worked as event manager and PR manager in the field of sustainability in Hamburg, Germany. As Head of Corporate Fundraising at a Children’s and Youth Foundation, she commuted between Munich and Hamburg. Since 2015, she works as project manager for the Alpbach Economic Symposium and for Alpbach in Motion.



Katja Senger works as an advisor in the economic policy department at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. She is an expert in the field of European Economic policy and has previously worked as a policy advisor in the European Parliament. She has a degree in international management from the University of Applied Science in Eisenstadt/Austria and a master’s degree in economics from the Université catholique de Louvain/Belgium. She currently lives in Vienna.


Teresa Sordé, doctorate from Universitat de Barcelona (2004) and Harvard University (2007), is a professor at the Sociology Department in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Her research work has focused on social inclusion and inequalities faced by migrants and ethnic minorities, particularly in the case of Roma in Europe, and the role played by Romani women. She has participated in different EC funded research projects like INCLUD-ED (FP6, 2006-2011), centred on strategies for social cohesion from education, being the only one SSH project selected as an example of a success story of impact . Among her publications are Cultural Studies and Education: Perspectives on Theory, Methodology and Practice (Harvard Educational Press, 2004), Roma Immigrants in Spain: Knocking down the walls (Hipatia, 2010), and her articles are published in journals like Qualitative Inquiry, Ethnicities, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and Harvard Educational Review.



Susanna Ulinski holds a Master's degree in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick (GB, 2012). Prior to receiving her degree, she studied economics at the University of Richmond (USA) and the Vienna University of Economics and Business, where she is currently finishing her MSc in Economics and working as a graduate teaching assistant. Susanna is writing her second Master thesis on social innovation at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), for which she was awarded a Junior Fellowship. Previously, from 2012 to 2014, Susanna worked as a researcher in health economics and health policy at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna.


Doris Weichselbaumer is Professor and Head of the Women's and Gender Studies Department at the University of Linz (JKU), Austria. Previously she has been Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at JKU. She has held Visiting Professorships at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, and HWR, Berlin. Research visits have included UC Berkeley, Harvard, UMass Amherst and the University of London (LSE, SOAS). In her research she has conducted labor market experiments to investigate discrimination based on sex and sexual orientation in particular. She has also examined methods and rhetoric employed in the literature on the gender wage gap as well as reasons for international differences in the gender wage gap. Currently she works on the effect of ethnicity and religion on labor market outcomes.

Alexander G. Welzl is a Senior Researcher with ECONOMICA – Institute of Economic Research, a Vienna/Austria based macroeconomic think tank. He is co-founder of the Standing Commission on Intellectual Capital (CIC) of the European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies (EFFAS) based in Frankfurt am Main/Germany, together with former EFFAS Chairman Giampaolo Trasi. Mr. Welzl was Chairman of the Commission until 2013.

Born in 1967 Mr. Welzl’s experience spans the research, business, government, finance and nonprofit sectors. He has been with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance (DG I), the general management of the Austrian Institute of Technology/AIT, is a founding member of the World Intellectual Capital Initiative– WICI, which was established in Paris under patronage of the OECD, and acted as advisor of Prof. Lars Terenius (Karolinska Institute and Head of the Center of Molecular Medicine/CMM in Stockholm) then a Member of the Nobel Assembly and The Nobel Committee on Physiology or Medicine. He is a frequently invited expert to give lectures and presentations amongst others at The World Bank, OECDUS National Academy of SciencesChinese Academy of Social SciencesHarvard Business SchoolUniversity of OxfordDeutsche Bank ResearchMETI (Tokyo)Austrian Standards and Federal Ministry of Economy (Austria).


Josef Wöss is the head of the social policy department of the Austrian Chamber of Labour in Vienna as well as Member of the Advisory Council for Economic and Social Affairs of the Austrian Social Partners and lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Previously he was a member of the Cabinet of the Austrian Minister of Finance and the Cabinet of the Austrian Federal Chancellor. His research focuses on pension systems and demographic change.

Bruno Amable, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Henrik Brinkmann (Bertelsmann Stiftung)

Georg Feigl, Austrian Chamber of Labour, Vienna

Evi Hatziandreaou, DIKTYO - Network for Reform in Greece and Europe, Athens

Leoncikas Tadas, Eurofound, Dublin, Ireland

Stefan Wessely (Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management)