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DARWIN’S CIRCLE

DARWIN’S CIRCLE is THE annual conference for digitalization to connect international digital experts and decision-makers to address global socio-economic challenges.

Founded in 2017, with the idea to encourage leaders to connect and discuss the relevant challenges of our time, DARWIN’S CIRCLE started as an annual digital conference. To survive in the new digital world, we need to understand its loss. To benefit from the digital transformation, we need to develop new strategies. At the conference we address the global socio-economic challenges of the digital era such as Artificial Intelligence, Digital Transformation, Innovation, Digital Ethics and many more!

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.“ Charles Darwin

At the DARWIN’S CIRCLE Conference you get exclusive access to top international digital experts and to position your business within the ecosystem of well-known decision-makers. At the conference, we address the global socio-economic challenges of the digital era such as technological trends, digitalization & ethics, the Future of Work, Smart Cities and Digital Education.

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400+ Top Executives

40+ (International) Speakers

20+ Journalists

8+ Hours of Content

Endless Networking Opportunities

AGENDA - 30.03.2022

Palais Ferstel - Strauchgasse 4, 1010 Wien

We've found a new date! Join us when we discuss topics such as digitalization & sustainability on March 30, 2022!

08:30

Doors Open

Come in, come in!

09:00

Kick Off

Welcoming Words

Helga Pattart-Drexler - DARWIN'S CIRCLE

09:10

Keynote

Official Opening

  • Leonore Gewessler - Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

09:20

Fireside Chat

From Chickens to Digital Sovereignity

  • Katrin Suder - Digital Council Of The German Federal Government



moderated by Helga Pattart-Drexler DARWIN'S CIRCLE

09:40

Panel Discussion

The Mission of Creating a Sustainable Economy for a Bold Europe

  • Maja Göpel - Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Michael Strugl - VERBUND AG
  • Andreas Bierwirth - Magenta
  • Katrin Suder - Digital Council Of The German Federal Government
  • Leonore Gewessler - Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology



moderated by Helga Pattart-Drexler - DARWIN'S CIRCLE

10:15

Keynote

Launch: Happy Planet Index 2021

  • Nic Marks - Happy Planet Index

10:30

Fireside Chat

The Story of a European Female Executive in Silicon Valley

  • Karin Schwab - eBay



moderated by Michaela Ernst - SHEconomy

10:50

Panel Discussion

Mastering the Mindset of Wealth - Evaluating Technological and Strategic Assets

  • Markus Plank - Raiffeisen Bank International AG
  • Eva-Maria Ségur-Cabanac - Baker McKenzie
  • Katrin Assenmacher - European Central Bank
  • Paul Klanschek - bitpanda



moderated by Alyssa Newcomb - NBC News & Fortune Magazine

11:30

Keynote

TECH4ALL: The Power of Digital Inclusion

  • Catherine Du - Huawei

11:45

Panel Discussion

Technology Pushing Through Barriers - The Path to Reaching the SDGs

  • Jochen Borenich - Kapsch BusinessCom
  • Catherine Du - Huawei
  • Amy Jadesimi - LADOL Free Zone
  • Christian Kroll - Ecosia
  • Johann Pluy - Öbb-Infrastruktur AG



moderated by Greg Williams -** WIRED UK**

12:25

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

14:00

Panel Discussion

A Gen Z's Guide to Accessing Information

  • Mark Dekan - Ringier Axel Springer Media AG
  • Saruul Krause-Jentsch - Spotify
  • Greg Williams - WIRED
  • Alexander Wrabetz - ORF



moderated by Stefan Lenglinger - ORF

14:40

Fireside Chat

The Leadership We Need In The Digital Decade

  • Rasmus Hougaard - Potential Project



moderated by Helga Pattart-Drexler - DARWIN'S CIRCLE

14:55

Panel Discussion

Transforming our Industry for a Digital Era

  • Philipp Karmires - Linde
  • Stefan Reuther - COPA-DATA
  • Andrii Stepanenko - Raiffeisen Bank International AG
  • Joanne Thurlow - Siemens Energy, Industrial Applications Solutions



moderated by Damita Pressl - Krone.tv

15:35

Keynote

Invitation to Re-think and Regenerate

  • Christian Kroll - Ecosia

15:55

Panel Discussion

Digital Change of Society

  • Hermann Erlach - Microsoft Austria
  • Wolfgang Fengler - World Bank
  • Maja Göpel - Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Arun Sundararajan - New York University
  • Alexander Windbichler - anexia



moderated by Dejan Jovicevic - der Brutkasten

16:35

Keynote

From Digital Overwhelm to Digital Flourishing

  • Amy Blankson - Digital Wellness Institute

16:50

Panel Discussion

Data-Driven Decision Making vs. Freedom for Innovation

  • Sandra Bascha - NEW WORK SE - operating company of XING
  • Paul Baldassari - Flex
  • Lukas Feiler - Baker McKenzie
  • Peggy Tsai - BigID
  • Nikolay "Niki" Kolev - WeWork



moderated by Martin Giesswein - WU Executive Academy

17:45

Fireside Chat

How Just One Percent Makes a Difference

  • Kate Williams - 1% for the Planet



moderated by Alyssa Newcomb - NBC News & Fortune Magazine

17:45

Keynote

Sustainability is a Journey Not a Moment

  • Mark Kroese - Microsoft

18:05

Tech Showcase

Equipped for Action: Who Let the Dogs Out?

  • Matthias Moosbrugger - Rhomberg Bau GmbH



special guest Spot - Boston Dynamics Robot Dog

18:20

Closing Remarks

Official Closing

Helga Pattart-Drexler - DARWIN'S CIRCLE

18:25

Live Performance

Music Act

  • Fred Owusu

18:45

Afterparty

Networking

SPEAKERS

Katrin Suder

Katrin Suder

Chairwomen

Digital Council Of The German Federal Government

Kate Williams

Kate Williams

CEO

1% for the Planet

Christian Kroll

Christian Kroll

Founder & CEO

Ecosia

Amy Jadesimi

Amy Jadesimi

Managing Director

LADOL Free Zone

Karin Schwab

Karin Schwab

Vice President and Deputy General Counsel

eBay

Amy Blankson

Amy Blankson

Co-Founder

Digital Wellness Institute

Nic Marks

Nic Marks

Creator

Happy Planet Index

Saruul Krause-Jentsch

Saruul Krause-Jentsch

Head of Studios

Spotify

Jochen Borenich

Jochen Borenich

Member of the Executive Board

Kapsch BusinessCom

Leonore Gewessler

Leonore Gewessler

Federal Minister

Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

Joanne Thurlow

Joanne Thurlow

Head of IT

Siemens Energy, Industrial Applications Solutions

Alexander Wrabetz

Alexander Wrabetz

General Director

ORF

Maja Göpel

Maja Göpel

System transformation expert & author

Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Stefan Reuther

Stefan Reuther

Member of the Executive Board and Chief Sales Officer

COPA-DATA

Peggy Tsai

Peggy Tsai

VP of Data Solutions

BigID

Arun Sundararajan

Arun Sundararajan

Harold Price Professor of Entrepreneurship and Technology

New York University

Paul Klanschek

Paul Klanschek

CEO & Co-Founder

bitpanda

Mark Kroese

Mark Kroese

General Manager, Sustainability Solutions

Microsoft

Katrin Assenmacher

Katrin Assenmacher

Head of Monetary Policy Strategy Division

European Central Bank

Greg Williams

Greg Williams

Deputy Global Editorial Director

WIRED

Andreas Bierwirth

Andreas Bierwirth

CEO

Magenta

Catherine Du

Catherine Du

Director of TECH4ALL Digital Inclusion Program

Huawei

Mark Dekan

Mark Dekan

CEO

Ringier Axel Springer Media AG

Eva-Maria Ségur-Cabanac

Eva-Maria Ségur-Cabanac

Parnter

Baker McKenzie

Hermann Erlach

Hermann Erlach

General Manager

Microsoft Austria

Alexander Windbichler

Alexander Windbichler

Founder & CEO

anexia

Michael Strugl

Michael Strugl

Chairman of the Managing Board

VERBUND AG

Sandra Bascha

Sandra Bascha

Head of Communications Austria

NEW WORK SE - operating company of XING

Wolfgang Fengler

Wolfgang Fengler

Lead Economist

World Bank

Markus Plank

Markus Plank

Head of International Premium & Private Banking Division

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Paul Baldassari

Paul Baldassari

EVP US & Components, Strategy and Excellence

Flex

Johann Pluy

Johann Pluy

Member of the Board of Directors

Öbb-Infrastruktur AG

Lukas Feiler

Lukas Feiler

Partner

Baker McKenzie

Matthias Moosbrugger

Matthias Moosbrugger

member of the management of Rhomberg Bau GmbH in Bregenz

Rhomberg Bau GmbH

Andrii Stepanenko

Andrii Stepanenko

Board Member Retail

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Nikolay "Niki" Kolev

Nikolay "Niki" Kolev

Managing Director, Northern and Central Europe

WeWork

Philipp Karmires

Philipp Karmires

Vice President & Chief Digital Officer

Linde

Rasmus Hougaard

Rasmus Hougaard

Founder & CEO

Potential Project

Stefan Lenglinger

Stefan Lenglinger

Journalist and Presenter

ORF

Alyssa Newcomb

Alyssa Newcomb

Business and Technology Journalist

Contributing at NBC News and Fortune Magazine

Martin Giesswein

Martin Giesswein

Author

WU Executive Academy

Michaela Ernst

Michaela Ernst

Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief

SHEconomy

Dejan Jovicevic

Dejan Jovicevic

Co-Founder and CEO

Der Brutkasten

Damita Pressl

Damita Pressl

Journalist and Presenter

krone.tv

Fred Owusu

Fred Owusu

Singer & Performer

PARTNERS

ORF
XING
kapsch
Huawei
Magenta Telekom
Baker McKenzie
anexia
WU Executive Academy
Wien Holding
Verkehrsbüro Group
Palais Ferstel
Wien Ticket
Meeting Destination Vienna
Öbb-Infrastruktur AG
Raiffeisen Bank International
Microsoft
Verbund
Wien Holding Media

INKIND PARTNERS

Coca Cola Österreich
Kattus
the female factor
Post
Ruby & Marie
EYBL
Tech2Impact
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