The Vienna Policy Conference is an annual convening bringing together civil society, media, academia, policy makers and political thinkers to debate the most pressing issues facing Europe. It takes place in Vienna and is organized by the Open Society Foundations and ERSTE Foundation.

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Speakers

This is a preliminary speaker list and will be updated periodically.

Dorothee Bohle

Professor of Political Science, Central European University, Budapest

Goran Buldioski

Director, Open Society Think Tank Fund

Neil Campbell

Acting Director, Open Society European Policy Institute

Teodor Celakoski

Coordinator, The Right to the City Zagreb

Elizabeth Collett

Director, Migration Policy Institute Europe

Carlos Delclós

Sociologist

Moussa Al-Hassan Diaw

Lecturer, University College of Education Linz (ZIMT)

Karen Douglas

Professor of Social Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Kent

Vedran Dzihic

Senior Researcher, Austrian Institute for International Affairs / Lecturer, University Vienna

Kilian Kleinschmidt

International Networker, Humanitarian, and Refugee Expert

Don Flynn

Director, Migrants’ Rights Network UK

Olivier Hoedeman

Research and Campaigns Coordinator, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)

Armine Ishkanian

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Tarmo Jüristo

Civic Activist and Political Blogger

Mary Kaldor

Professor of Global Governance, London School of Economics

Boris Kalisky

Executive Director, Paralelní Polis

Stefania Kapronczay

Executive Director, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union

Ivan Krastev

Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia / Permanent Fellow, Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna

Péter Krekó

Director, Political Capital Institute

Shauna Leven

Director of Anti-Corruption Campaigns, Global Witness

Donal Mac Fhearraigh

Program Officer, Open Society Initiative for Europe

Katarina Mathernová

Deputy Director General, European Commission

Anna Matuskova

Founder and Senior Partner, Campaigns

James Morris

Partner, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

Director, European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS)

Milan Nič

Managing Director, Central European Policy Institute

Sašo Ordanoski

Visiting Fellow, Vienna’s Institute for Human Sciences

Wolfgang Petritsch

President, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation

Ana Petruševa

Managing Editor, Balkan Insight

Petra Pinzler

Journalist and Author

Zoltán Pogátsa

Lecturer, University of Western Hungary

Franz Karl Prüller

CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, ERSTE Foundation

Slawomir Sierakowski

Director, Institute of Advanced Studies

Daniel Smilov

Associate Professor, University of Sofia / Program Director, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia

Zsuzsanna Szelényi

Hungarian MP / Member of the Presidency, “Together” Party

Andreas Treichl

Chairman and CEO of Erste Group Bank AG (TBC)

Jordi Vaquer

Director, Open Society Initiative for Europe

Agenda

This is a preliminary agenda and will be updated periodically. Click on individual session titles below for more details.
Day 1
29 Oct 2015
Day 2
30 Oct 2015
15:30 - 16:00

Registration

Welcome

Welcoming words & opening remarks by representatives of the Open Society Foundations & ERSTE Foundation. Goran Buldioski, Director, Open Society Think Tank Fund Andreas Treichl, Chairman and CEO of ERSTE Group Bank AG / Chairman of the Open Society European Advisory Board
Andreas Treichl
Goran Buldioski

Has the refugee crisis damaged citizens’ trust in the EU project?

The surge in refugee arrivals is transforming the European debate, which is why the speakers of this public opening panel will link the current events to the central question of the conference: trust.
Katarina Mathernová
Ivan Krastev
Kilian Kleinschmidt

Cocktail reception and dinner

Cocktail reception and dinner featuring cutting edge research & data visualization with welcome words by: Franz Karl Prüller, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, ERSTE Foundation.
Franz Karl Prüller

Night Owl Sessions

1) Conspiracy theories: undermining trust, or empowering the masses?
2) How can civic activism overcome cynicism and mistrust?
3) Movie screening followed by discussion: Trust in the European Borderlands / Democracy and Trust
Slawomir Sierakowski
Sašo Ordanoski
Péter Krekó
Boris Kalisky
Tarmo Jüristo
Armine Ishkanian
Karen Douglas
Carlos Delclós
Teodor Celakoski
Goran Buldioski
8:45 - 9:00

Registration

Welcome and overview

Welcome and overview of the conference sessions by representatives of the Open Society Foundations & ERSTE Foundation. Neil Campbell, Acting Director, Open Society European Policy Institute Franz Karl Prüller, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, ERSTE Foundation

How do polling and big data affect the relationship between politicians and voters?

This plenary session will discuss the implications of the changing use of opinion polls and big data for aggregating voters’ interests and overseeing political leadership. Specific focus will be on how the polls and data are changing the relationship between voters and politicians.
Zsuzsanna Szelényi
James Morris
Anna Matuskova
Neil Campbell
10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break

Break-out sessions on ‘Failing Debates, Failing Democracy’

1) The changing European social contract and the restructuring of the welfare state
2) Managing migration and diversity in society
3) Abuses of state power and the progressive erosion of democratic constitutionalism
Ana Petruševa
Milan Nič
Donal Mac Fhearraigh
Stefania Kapronczay
Mary Kaldor
Don Flynn
Vedran Dzihic
Moussa Al-Hassan Diaw
Elizabeth Collett
Dorothee Bohle
12:30 - 14:00

Buffet lunch including a 30-min. networking session (optional)

State Capture: Is anti-corruption rebuilding or destroying trust?

This plenary session will question whether trust can be rebuilt and accountability strengthened through anti-corruption efforts and transparency. Is anti-corruption delivering? Are there more effective ways of transforming captured states?
Alina Mungiu-Pippidi
Shauna Leven
Ivan Krastev
Olivier Hoedeman

Closing Remarks

Conference wrap-up and closing remarks by representatives of the Open Society Foundations & ERSTE Foundation
Jordi Vaquer
Franz Karl Prüller