Europe and Central Asia 2011 - Expanding the Frontiers of Innovation

Opening of the World Economic forum on Europe and Central Asia 2011

 

Welcome by Werner Faymann, Federal Chancellor of Austria Heinz Fischer, President of Austria Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

Expanding the Frontiers of Innovation In an era of rapid economic, political and social change, how can innovation across geographies, sectors and generations help the region regain its competitive edge in today's new global reality?


The following dimensions will be addressed:

- Regional diversity and the role of innovation

- Policies, strategies and resources driving competitiveness

- Disruptive innovation and regional game-changers

 

Panelists:

  • Mykola Azarov, Prime Minister of Ukraine
  • Herman Gref, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Sberbank, Russian Federation; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Europe and Central Asia
  • Sir Michael Rake, Chairman, BT Group, United Kingdom; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Europe and Central Asia
  • Michael Spindelegger, Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister of European and International Affairs of Austria
  • Andrew Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Proteus Biomedical, USA; Technology Pioneer 

Chaired by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum


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