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Europe and Central Asia 2011 - Expanding the Frontiers of Innovation

http://www.weforum.org/08.06.2011Opening of the World Economic forum on Europe and Central Asia 2011Welcome byWerner Faymann, Federal Chancellor of AustriaHeinz Fischer, President of AustriaKlaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic ForumExpanding the Frontiers of InnovationIn 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-changersMykola Azarov, Prime Minister of UkraineHerman Gref, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Sberbank, Russian Federation; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Europe and Central AsiaSir Michael Rake, Chairman, BT Group, United Kingdom; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Europe and Central AsiaMichael Spindelegger, Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister of European and International Affairs of AustriaAndrew Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Proteus Biomedical, USA; Technology PioneerChaired byKlaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic ForumSocial Entrepreneurs Award -- Europe 2011Social Entrepreneurs implement innovative solutions to social and ecological problems with financially sustainable models. The Schwab Foundation announces the 2011 European Social Entrepreneurs of the Year, representing different sectors and countries across the continent.Presented byHilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Switzerland
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