“The Berlin International Economics Congress: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Roles of Global (BIEC)

Venue: The ICD House of Arts and Culture

Location: Berlin, Germany

Event Date/Time: Feb 04, 2010 End Date/Time: Feb 07, 2010
Registration Date: Feb 03, 2010
Early Registration Date: Oct 01, 2009
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The global financial crisis of the last three years combined with increasing economic integration and interdependence between nation states has highlighted the extensive influence of the international economy on a diverse range of sectors. Foreign policy, research and innovation, trade and investment, environmental policy, social welfare, tourism, business development and practices, and access to education are all areas that are intrinsically linked to the state of the International Economics.

In seeking to explore the challenges and opportunities presented by international economic relations we must therefore take an approach that encompasses perspectives not only from the field of economics, but also from international politics, civil society and the private sector, as well as academic research and theories from political science, social science, and development studies.

The BIEC is a four day program of lectures and panel discussions featuring leading figures from across the world in economics, politics, civil society and the private sector. Speakers and participants will discuss different perspectives on the recent financial crisis and the international economy.
Congress Agenda
In particular, the Berlin International Economics Congress will pursue the following specific aims:
• To increase the range of stakeholders taking part in the global debate on the international economy by identifying and defining additional partners from the public sector, the private sector, civil society, and academia
• To explore the relationship between economic interdependence (economic bridges) and global peace and stability
• To assess the benefits and challenges of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and socially responsible investment (SRI) in international relations
• To explore the role of Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power policies in strengthening multilateral cooperation in the global economy
• To produce clear policy recommendations to decision makers based on inter-disciplinary approaches and perspectives
The following issues will be addressed and explored:
• The New Economic World Order & International Relations
(Focus: Russia, China, India, Brazil, South Africa, and Indonesia)
• Moving Beyond Copenhagen: Bridging International Economics and Climate Change
(Focus: The Copenhagen Conference, Economic Dimensions of Climate Change, the Role of Civil Society, Green Technologies)
• The Global Financial Crisis
(Focus: Causes, Impact, Protectionism and the Challenges Ahead; Case studies of Iceland, Dubai, Latvia, Hungary, and the US)
• Corporate Social Responsibility and Socially Responsible Investment
(Focus: Multinational Corporations in Africa, Latin America and Asia, the Triple Bottom Line, Business Ethics, CSR Rating Indices)
• Traditional Industries in the Information Age
(Focus: Real Estate, Tourism, Car and Aircraft Industries, and Agriculture)
• Ethics in Aid and Trade: Incentives and Impacts
(Focus: Ethical Trading Initiatives, Fair-trade, Ethical Consumerism, The Role of NGOs)
The speakers during the program will consist of renowned figures from international politics including former Heads of State, current and former Ministers, high-profile representatives from the private and public sectors, renowned stakeholders from civil society, and the world’s leading academics from the fields of economics, political science, and the social sciences.
Confirmed speakers include:
Bendt Bendtsen
Former Danish Minister of Economic and Business Affairs, Former Deputy Prime Minister
Mr. Bendtsen worked for the police force in the city of Odense, before being elected as a member of Odense City Council in 1989. He was elected to the Danish parliament in 1994 for the Conservative People’s Party. He became leader of the Conservative People’s Party in 1999, a position which he held until 2008, during which time he held a number of important government jobs, including Minister for Economic and Business Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister between 2001 and 2008. He was recently elected to the European Parliament for the European People's Party Group.
Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert
Head of the department of Energy, Transportation and Environment at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin (DIW)
Professor Kemfert is an acclaimed German academic and author on Economics and Climate Change. She is a Professor of Energy Economics and Sustainability at the Hertie School of Governance, and has advised the EU Commission, the World Bank, the UN and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She was recognized as a top scientist by the German Research foundation.
Corinne Lepage
Former Minister of the Environment of France, MEP
Corinne Dominique Marguerite Lepage, a lawyer by trade, first gained notoriety in France when she founded the first law firm specializing in environmental rights in 1978. She left her law firm in 1995 when she was nominated minister of the environment by then-prime minister Alain Juppé. Once out of government she continued her environmental activism in various high-level organizations and committees. She was elected to the European Parliament in 2009 for the MoPed movement.
Dominique Voynet
Former Minister of Planning and Environment of France
Dominique Voynet trained as a doctor, but whilst studying medicine she became heavily involved in political activism, especially in environmental issues. She is a member of Amnesty International, the Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail, Friends of the Earth and one of the founding members of the Green Party in France. She has covered a number of positions in the Green Party, and between 1997 and 2001 she was Minister of the Environment and of Regional Planning. Since the 2008 Municipal elections she is the mayor of Montreuil.
Dr. Erhard Busek
Former Vice-Chancellor of Austria, Former Minister of Science & Research, Former Minister for Education & Cultural Affairs
Dr. Erhard Busek is an Austrian politician who represents the Christian-conservative People's Party (ÖVP). A qualified lawyer, he moved into politics in 1976, when he became City Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Vienna. He has been Minister in a number of departments in the Austrian government, and between 1991 and 1995 he held the position of Vice-Chancellor. He has served as Special Co-ordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe and is currently an adviser to the Economic Initiative for Kosovo.
Guido de Marco
Former President of the United Nations General Assembly, Former President of Malta
Prof. Guido de Marco is an important Maltese politician who has was the President of Malta between 1999 and 2004. He has held a number of other high profile jobs in government including, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has also held the position of President of the United Nations General Assembly.
Prof. Dr. Helmut Haussmann
Former German Minister of Economics and Technology
Professor Dr. Haussmann is a German academic, former politician and former entrepreneur. He has been a member of the German Parliament for the FDP since 1976, was the Party secretary-General from 1984 to 1988 and Economics Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany since 1988. He currently lectures on business management at the Erlangen-Nuremberg University
Prof. Dr. Inge Kaul
Former Director of UNDP’s Office of Development Studies
Inge Kaul is adjunct professor at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany and advisor to various governmental, multilateral and non-profit organizations on issues of international cooperation finance, public-private partnerships and global-issue diplomacy. She was the first director of UNDP’s Human Development Report Office, a position, which she held from 1989 to 1994, and director of UNDP’s Office of Development Studies from 1995 to 2005.
Dr. Katherine Marshall
Senior Advisor for the World Bank, Visiting Professor Georgetown University
Katherine Marshall has spent most of her career working for the World Bank, rising to the position of senior adviser. She was the World Bank’s Regional Director for Southern Africa, Regional Director for the Sahel Region and Counsellor to the President for Ethics, Values and Faith in development work. She is now a visiting Professor for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University. She also serves on the boards of a number of NGOs, and is a trustee at Princeton University.
Renate Künast
Former Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of Germany, Leader of the German Green Party
Renate Künast is a leading politician of the German Green Party. She was minister of Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection in the German Government between 2001 and 2005, and in her role initiated reforms promoting transparency in consumer rights, supporting organic farming and improving animal welfare. She is one of the most powerful and popular Green Party politicians.
Dr. Rick Van der Ploeg
Former State Minister of Education, Culture and Science of Holland; Professor of Economics, Oxford University
After attending high school in the Netherlands, Dr. Van der Ploeg went to study at the University of Sussex in England. After completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 1981, he began lecturing at universities in the Netherlands and in Italy. In 1994 he was elected to Parliament with the Labour Party, and was appointed financial spokesperson. From 1998 to 2002 he held the position of Minister of state for Culture and Media, after which he returned to lecturing at various universities. In 2007 he became Professor of Economics at Oxford University.
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