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Panel on Innovation, Productivity, and Competitiveness

September 5, 2017
5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Christoph Leitl
President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

Personal Details
Born 29 March 1949 in Linz, Austria
Married, two children, two grandchildren

1967 Matura, High School, Linz Fadingerstrasse
1971 Degree in Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz
1973 PhD, Economic and Social Sciences, Johannes Kepler University Linz
1974 Hernstein Management Academy
1975 Internships at Zürcher Ziegeleien and Wienerberger Baufstoffindustrie (brickworks)

Professional Background
1977 - 1990 Managing Director, family company Bauhütte Leitl-Werke (brickworks)
Vice President, Austrian Association of Brick Manufacturers
1986 Established Baustoff Interhandel GmbH
Supervisory Board Member, Oberbank AG, Isoroc Holding AG,
MTB Beteiligungen AG, Bauhütte Leitl-Werke

Political Career
1966 Founding Chairman, European Youth (Europajugend), Linz
1976 Chairman, European Federal Movement, Upper Austrian Region
Vice Chairman, European Federal Movement of Austria
1982 - 1990 Chairman, ‘Young Industry Austria’
1985 - 1990 Elected Representative, Upper Austrian Regional Parliament
1990 - 2000 Member of the Government of the Federal State of Upper Austria with portfolio for economy, tourism, technology, energy, vocational training, regional planning and Europe.
1995 - 2000 Deputy Governor and Treasurer of the Federal State of Upper Austria
1995 - 2000 Member, Committee of the Regions (CoR), SME Division
2000 - Member, Executive Committee, Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP)

Austrian SME Union (ÖVP Wirtschaftsbund)
1999 - Chairman, Wirtschaftsbund — Upper Austrian Branch
1999 - President, Wirtschaftsbund — Central Office
2005 - 2009 President of the European SME Union
Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
1980 - 1990 Member, Executive Committee, Austrian Association for Building Materials and the Ceramics Industry
2000 - President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
2004 - Chairman, Social Insurance Institution for Trade & Industry
2001 - 2005 President, Eurochambres (Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry)
2006 - Honorary President of Eurochambres
2006 - Honorary President, Global Chamber Platform

Honorary Posts
- President, Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)
- President, OIER (Organisation for International Economic Relations) with
consultative status with the UN Economic & Social Council and the Council of Europe
- President, Raiffeisen Economic Forum, Upper Austria
- Member of the Foundation Board, Julius Raab Foundation
- Member, National Olympic Committee
- Vice President, Austrian Sports Aid Foundation (Österreichische Sporthilfe)
- Member of the Board, Austrian Academy of Sciences
- Co-President, AlpEuregio.BusinessClub
- Member of the Honorary Board, Energy Globe Foundation
- Member of the Foundation Committee, Foundation PRO ORIENTE
- President, International Forum for Culture and Economy, Linz (IKW)

Academic Posts
- Visiting Professor at the Vienna University of Economics & Business Administration (International Trade Department)
- Princeton University
- Fudan University, Shanghai
- University of Cape Town
- T.C. Istanbul Commerce University and Marmara University
- MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Harvard University
- University of Lagos
- Stanford University

- Honorary Senator, Johannes Kepler University, Linz
- Honorary Senator, Vienna University of Economics & Business Administration
- Declaration of Honour of the City of New York
- Upper Austrian Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold
- Recipient of the Honorary Ring of the provincial capital of Linz
- Gold Medal of European Merit
- Maltese Cross
- Officer of the French Legion of Honour
- Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of the Kingdom of Jordan
- Commander with Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Polar Star, Sweden
- Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy
- Honorary Member, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)
- European Citizen´s Prize
- "Star of Romania" National Order in rank of Commander

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Elisabeth B. Reynolds
Executive Director
MIT Industrial Performance Center
Elisabeth Reynolds is the Executive Director of MIT’s Industrial Performance Center (IPC), an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the study of innovation, productivity and competitiveness.

Dr. Reynolds works on topics related to the geography of innovation, regional economic growth, and industrial innovation and competitiveness. She has worked in particular on the theory and practice of cluster development and regional innovation systems and advises several organizations and governments in this area. Her current research focuses on innovation and advanced manufacturing, in particular the globalization of the biomanufacturing industry, as well as how innovative startups grow to scale. She is a member of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and an advisor to the Massachusetts Biomanufacturing Roundtable.

Before coming to MIT, Dr. Reynolds was the Director of the City Advisory Practice at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit founded by Professor Michael Porter focused on urban economic development.Her background also includes working as a policy analyst at the Institute for Research in Public Policy, a Canadian think tank, and as a financial analyst with Goldman Sachs.

She has an A.B. from Harvard College in Government and was the Harvard Fiske Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. She holds a MSc from the University of Montreal in Economics and a Ph.D. from MIT in Urban and Regional Studies.
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Roberto Rigobon
Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management
Professor of Applied Economics
MIT Sloan School of Management
Roberto Rigobon is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management and a Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and a visiting professor at IESA.

Roberto is a Venezuelan economist whose areas of research are international economics, monetary economics, and development economics. Roberto focuses on the causes of balance-of-payments crises, financial crises, and the propagation of them across countries—the phenomenon that has been identified in the literature as contagion. Currently he studies properties of international pricing practices, trying to produce alternative measures of inflation. He is one of the two founding members of the Billion Prices Project, and a co-founder of PriceStats.

Roberto joined the business school in 1997 and has won both the "Teacher of the Year" award and the "Excellence in Teaching" award at MIT three times.

He received his PhD in economics from MIT in 1997, an MBA from IESA (Venezuela) in 1991, and his BS in Electrical Engineer from Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela) in 1984. He is married with three kids.
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Michael Schrage
Research Fellow, MIT Center for Digital Business
Visting Fellow, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Visiting Fellow, Imperial College Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
MIT Center for Digital Business
Michael Schrage is one of the world’s most innovative thought leaders on innovation. He has redefined how we think about innovation by focusing on customer acceptance of new products and services as an integral part of the innovation process. He also has pioneered techniques for using rapid prototyping, simulations and modeling to improve return on innovation investment. He is the author of two critically acclaimed books: Serious Play: How the World’s Best Companies Simulate to Innovate and Shared Minds -- The New Technologies of Collaboration.

A research fellow at the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business, Schrage is a columnist for Fortune, CIO Magazine and MIT’s Technology Review, and is widely published in the business press. He is a regular contributor to The Conference Board Review. He is a senior advisor to MIT’s Security Studies Program and consults to the U.S. government on national security systems innovation. Schrage is a powerful speaker with a very direct and engaging style. His work redefines not just how innovation is done but what innovation means. Innovation is not what innovators do; it’s not about good new ideas. Innovation is about good new ideas that customers will pay a premium to adopt and use! Innovation & marketing. The most innovative organizations fuse "marketing" and "innovation" into an integrated strategy for growth. This redefines how you innovate and how you market your innovations. The key is to understand how your inventions will affect customer relationships and develop strategies that help customers embrace your innovations. Michael Schrage knows how to make such integrative strategies work.

Perhaps no one knows more about how to maximize return on investment from innovation processes than Michael Schrage. The key, as he describes in his groundbreaking book, Serious Play -- How the World’s Best Companies Simulate to Innovate, is rapid experimentation and prototyping, speedy simulation and digital design. New prototyping methods have radically reduced the cost of testing products, services and business models, effectively creating a new financial resource -- iterative capital, a resource that allows you to play seriously with more and more versions of various ideas in less and less time. Schrage helps businesses master these techniques and spend their iterative capital wisely. Manage the links between innovation, the supply chain and the customer cost-effectively.

Schrage’s critically acclaimed first book, Shared Minds: The New Technologies of Collaboration, is the first book to explore the tools and dynamics of successful collaboration as the behavioral key to successful innovation.
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