World Economic Forum on Europe and Central Asia 2011


  Vienna, Austria, 8-9 June 2011
  Expanding the Frontiers of Innovation 

  Europe and Central Asia 2011 - From Lisbon to Vladivostok

From Lisbon to Vladivostok

This video was first aired in the Opening Plenary of the World Economic Forum on Europe and Central Asia.

The diverse yet highly interdependent economies of Europe and Central Asia have reached a critical juncture. While the advanced economies of the European Union are experiencing fiscal austerity and slower growth, emerging economies further east and in Central Asia are grappling with the pressures of rapid growth.

All the economies, however, require structural reforms, particularly in the areas of labour, services and R&D, as well as policy innovations to deal with rapidly shifting demographics. In sum, for the European and Central Asian economies to regain their competitive edge in a rebalancing global economy, they need to expand the frontiers of innovation across geographies, sectors and generations.


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  • Social Entrepreneur of the Year 
  • European Winners Honoured at 2011 World Economic Forum on Europe and Central Asia

The winners will join a group of leading social entrepreneurs from across the European continent and will be active participants providing insights on sustainability and social innovation in the discussions under the meeting’s theme Expanding the Frontiers of Innovation.


Read the press release EN GE

The winners are: (from left with Hilde Schwab at the center) 

  • Laurent Laïk, Groupe La Varappe, France
  • Norbert Kunz,iq consult, Germany
  • Juergen Griesbeck, Streetfootballworld, Germany
  • Sue Riddlestone and Pooran Desai, BioRegional, United Kingdom


The Future of Government: Lessons Learned from around the World

The Future of Government ReportThe World Economic Forum today launched The Future of Government: Lessons Learned from around the World in the run-up to the World Economic Forum on Europe and Central Asia. Governments must change in the coming years, to be flatter, agile, streamlined and tech-enabled (FAST).

Read the report and read the press release.


Carina Larsfälten



FAST Government explained

The importance of innovation to Russia’s growth potential

Russia CompetitivenessThe Russian Federation has been falling behind other large emerging BRIC economies, China, India and Brazil as productivity has been stagnating. However, the country has the potential to grow at similar levels to the other BRICs, provided it takes policy action to raise competitiveness, according to The Russia Competitiveness Report 2011, which was produced by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Sberbank and Strategy Partners Group.

Over the past year, Russia has seen a negative trend in its competitiveness performance. The country’s productivity has been stagnating due to a number of shortcomings in the country’s business environment. Russia’s three key assets, the educated workforce, natural resources, favourable geographical location combined with an important market size could thus not be capitalized upon. 

Read the report  Read the press release   Watch the video

Facts on Europe and Central Asia, courtesy of PwC

PwC Knowledge ConciergePwC have compiled a Knowledge Concierge for the World Economic Forum on Europe and Central Asia consisting of fast facts on subjects relating to the themes of the meeting. Learn about FDI into Russia, trends in Turkey's external trade and euroarea debt deficits.  

PwC Knowledge Concierge


Hear from the participants why they come to Vienna

Jennifer Corriero, TakingITGlobalJennifer Corriero, TakingITGlobal, explains why she is looking forward to joining the World Economic Forum on Europe and Central Asia 2011. TakingITGlobal's mission is to empower youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges. Watch the video


Mel Young, homelessworldcup.orgThe President of Homeless World Cup, Mel Young, says he is looking forward to joining the meeting. He wants to discuss innovation, the meeting's theme, that can also contribute to ending homelessness. The Homeless World Cup uses football to energise homeless people to change their own lives. Watch the video


Moritz Lehmkuhl, ClimatePartnerMoritz Lehmkuhl of ClimatePartner wants to discuss energy challenges with others at the World Economic Forum on Europe and Central Asia.

Watch the video 

Read his blog post about Vienna (German)