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Franz Fischler (former EU Commissioner, European Forum Alpbach) (click to enlarge) © WIFO

Monica Frassoni (European Green party) (click to enlarge) © WIFO

Participants of the Policy Panel Discussion - Anton Hemerijck (VU University Amsterdam), Karl Aiginger (WIFO), Kurt Bayer (former executive director of the World Bank, WWWforEurope policy board member), Adam Posen (Peterson Institute for International Economics) (click to enlarge) © WIFO

Hans Pitlik (WIFO) (click to enlarge) © WIFO

Karmenu Vella (European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) (click to enlarge) © WIFO

WWWforEurope Final Conference



Karl Aiginger is the director of the Austrian Insitute of Economic Research (WIFO). He teaches at the Vienna University of Economic and Business Administration and is managing editor of the Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade (JICT). He is the coordinator of the project "WWWforEurope - a new growth path for Europe" which the WIFO is undertaking together with 33 partners within the 7th Framework Programme of the EU. He studied economics at the University of Vienna and Purdue University in Indiana, USA: He obtained the habilitation in 1984 with the book "Production Theory and Uncertainty".



Kenneth Joseph Arrow won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1972 and is recipient of the National Medal of Science. He is the author of numerous path breaking contributions to social choice theory and general equilibrium analysis. "Arrow's Impossibility Theorem" is his brain child. Today Kenneth Arrow is the Joan Kenney Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and member of the IPPC and the Scientific Board of the WWWforEurope project.



Kurt Bayer, studies in law (Graz), international relations (Bologna), economics (Maryland); economist at Austrian Institute of Economic Research (1971-95); deputy director general for economic policy at Austrian Ministry of Finance (1995-2008); board director at World Bank Group (2001-2004) and at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (2008-2012); emeritus consultant at WIFO, senior research associate at Vienna Institute for International Economics. Many publications in economic policy, development economics, global governance issues.


Peter Dröll is in charge of Innovation Union and European Research Area in the European Commission's Research and Innovation Department. This Directorate is about creating the conditions for excellent research and innovation throughout Europe.

Peter Dröll is a lawyer by training with a doctorate degree in german constitutional law and European law. Before joining the European Commission in 1991, Peter Dröll worked as a lawyer in Germany.


Marina Fischer-Kowalski founded the Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna, Austria, where she teaches as professor of the Alpen-Adria-University. Her background is in sociology. She has taught at Griffith (Australia), Roskilde (Denmark), Yale University (USA) and the Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). She was president of the International Society of Industrial Ecology, and currently she is President of the International Society for Ecological Economics. As expert member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel, she became lead author to its publication, “Decoupling resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth” (2011). She is interested in social metabolism across history, on global, national and local scales, and investigates how it relates to social dynamics (quality of life, equity, division and quality of labour, time use) and to environmental change.

Franz Fischler's career as a representative of the agriculture sector began in 1979 when he joined the Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol. In 1984, he became Director of the Chamber. In 1989, he was appointed Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry in Austria. In that capacity he played an important part in the negotiations for Austria's accession to the EU. From 1995 to 2004 he was European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries Policy.

Since December 2004, he is concentrating on doing consultancy work, giving lectures, holding speeches and fulfilling his tasks being President of the think tank "European Forum Alpbach" since 2012. Furthermore, in 2014/2015 he was the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EU’s scientific programme for Expo Milano 2015 and since December 2015, he is the President of the Board of Trustees to the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS).

Picture credit: Philipp Naderer

Monica Frassoni was born in Veracruz, Mexico, on September 10, 1963.

In 1983, she became actively involved in the European Federalist Movement and in 1987 Monica Frassoni was elected European General Secretary of the European Organisation of Young Federalists (“JEF”), and moved to Brussels.

Monica Frassoni was elected a Member of the European Parliament in 1999 for the Belgian Greens, first non-national elected in Belgium. (ECOLO).

In the European elections of June 2004, she was re-elected at the EP with the Italian Greens. From 2002 to 2009 Monica Frassoni was Co-President of the Green/EFA Group in the EP, together with Daniel Cohn-Bendit. In 2006, she led the European Union Electoral observation missions in Venezuela and Bolivia. From October 2009 she has been co-Chair of the European Green Party.


Friedrich Heinemann is head of the public finance department at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim as well as professor of economics at the University of Heidelberg. He studied economics and history at the University of Münster, the London School of Economics and the University of Mannheim. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Mannheim and his postdoctoral degree ("Habilitation") from the University of Heidelberg. Heinemann is board member of the Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration, Berlin, and member of the board of trustees of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Berlin. His research interests are empirical public finance with a special focus on issues of European integration, fiscal federalism, taxation and fiscal policies.

Anton Hemerijck (1958) is Professor of Institutional Policy Analysis in the Department of Public Administration and Political Science of Faculty of the Social Sciences at the VU University Amsterdam and Centennial Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics. Until February 2014 he was dean of the Faculty of the Social Science at VU Amsterdam, while also acting as vice-rector of International Affairs. In 2013 he was nominated a Centennial Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the Department of Social Policy.  Trained as an economist and political scientist, he obtained his doctorate in political science from Oxford University in 1993. Between 2001 and 2009, he directed the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), the principle think tank in the Netherlands, while holding a professorship in Comparative European Social Policy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Before that he served as a senior researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. Over the past two decades he advised the European Commission and several EU Presidencies on numerous occasions on European social policy. Between 2012 and 2014 he was a member of Social Investment Package Expert Group of the European Commission. He is also a fellow of IZA, Bonn.


Thomas Leoni is a senior researcher at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), in the Research Group “Labour market, income and social policy”. He holds degrees from the University of Bologna, the Johns Hopkins University and the Vienna University of Economics and Business. His research covers topics in labour economics, particularly health-related labour market issues, comparative social policy and industrial relations. He has been teaching at various Austrian universities and is currently affiliated with the Disability Research Center at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in Boston.


Hans Pitlik is a senior researcher in public economics at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), Vienna, Austria, and a lecturer at the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany.  He received a doctoral degree in economics (1996) and a postdoctoral lecturer qualification (habilitation) in 2004 from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim to which he is also still affiliated. He works on constitutional economics, fiscal federalism and on the political economy of market-oriented policy reforms. The focus of his recent research is on determinants of individual attitudes towards economic policies, and on the relationship of economic freedom, social trust and individual life satisfaction. He published articles (inter alia) in Public Choice, European Journal of Political Economy, Kyklos, Empirica, Review of International Organizations, International Journal of Well-Being, and Public Finance Review.

Adam Posen is President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the world’s leading non-partisan think tank on economics and globalization. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Posen served as an external voting member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee. Previously, Adam Posen worked in finance in Germany following reunification; wrote the definitive book on Japan’s economic crisis of the 1990s; co-authored with Ben Bernanke a reform program for Federal Reserve policymaking; and consulted for the UK Cabinet Office on the successful London G20 crisis summit of 2009. He is in his fifth term as an economic adviser to the US Congressional Budget Office. Dr. Posen joined the Peterson Institute in 1997, after working at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He received his Ph.D. and his A.B. from Harvard University, and has been a visiting fellow or consultant to over a dozen central banks in Europe and Asia, as well as to various departments of the IMF and the US government. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission, and was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by H. M. the Queen for his service to British economic policy.

Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero is Principal Administrator at the European Commission, DG for Research and Innovation.

His themes of predilections deal with new paths of economic growth, Global Europe, socio-ecological transition, and smart urban futures. He coordinates the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge on "Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies".

Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero got a PhD in economics from Paris-Dauphine University. He is the author of 100 articles and two books entitled: "The Power of Science" and "Mapping European integration through its Cities". He is Professor at the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences and Secretary General of the Union of European Federalists.


Thomas Sauer is Professor of Economics at the Ernst Abbe University of Applied Sciences in Jena (EAHJ), Department of Business Administration, since 2002. There he gives lectures for undergraduates on macroeconomics and international economics, for graduates on European integration, game theory, and economics of sustainability. His key qualifications as economic researcher are international and regional economics, economic systems,technological change, environmental economics, and the analysis of collective decision-making (JEL codes F, P, R, O3, Q5, D7). He is member of the American Economic Association, the International Society for Ecological Economics,the Regional Studies Association, the World Economic Association, and the Scientific Advisory Board of Attac Germany.



Karmenu Vella is European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries since 2014 and responsible for implementing the new Common Fisheries Policy. He was a Member of the Maltese Parliament from 1976 to 2014 and held posts as Minister for Public Works, Industry, and Tourism and Aviation in Malta. Karmenu Vella holds degrees in architecture and tourism management.


Reinhilde Veugelers is a full professor at KU Leuven, Belgium, at the Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation. She is a Senior Fellow at Bruegel since 2009. She is also a CEPR Research Fellow and a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences. From 2004 to 2008, she was on academic leave, as advisor at the European Commission (BEPA Bureau of European Policy Analysis). She was the President-Elect of EARIE (European Association for Research in Industrial Economics). She currently serves on the ERC Scientific Council. She is a member of the RISE Expert Group advising the EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation.