May 29th 2019

The World as Guest - Europe's Best Academic Lecture Series at MCI

Heads of State, CEOs, Leaders: Distinguished Guest Lectures at MCI cause an international sensation - Europe's best academic lecture series once again at the Entrepreneurial School®


Since the beginning of the academic lecture series, around 500 personalities of distinction have graced the MCI. Photo: MCI
Since the beginning of the academic lecture series, around 500 personalities of distinction have graced the MCI. Photo: MCI

An extremely successful academic year with impressive Distinguished Guest Lectures is approaching its climax at the Entrepreneurial School®. In the 2018/19 academic year, EU commissioners, heads of state, prime ministers, chairpersons of boards of directors and leading personalities of high standing once again provided students, alumni, partners and guests with valuable inspiration, opened up perspectives, and promoted critical dialogue. The series is regarded as the best academic lecture series in Europe and attracts worldwide attention.

The conclusion and highlight of the current academic year will be the academic guest lecture by former Federal President Heinz Fischer at the MCI Alumni Weekend on 14 June, which is of particular importance in light of current political events. Since the beginning of the academic lecture series, around 500 personalities of distinction have graced the MCI.

This is also remarkable because MCI does not grant a fee for a Distinguished Guest Lecture, i.e. the academic guest lectures at the MCI are held on a voluntary basis (with the exception of economic forums). The Distinguished Guest Lectures are open to the public and free of charge upon confirmation of registration.

MCI Alumni & Friends chair Bettina Stichauner and MCI rector Andreas Altmann agree: "The world is a guest at MCI: our students, alumni and partners avail of invaluable perspectives, inspiration and opportunities for dialogue. We are delighted by the fact that it is always possible to attract personalities of distinction to Innsbruck".

(in alphabetic order)

EU Commissioners, Heads of State, Government Members:

  • Andrej Babiš, Czech Prime Minister
  • Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry and SMEs
  • Juliane Bogner-Strauß, Federal Minister for Women, Families and Youth
  • Heinz Fischer, former Federal President of the Republic of Austria
  • Karin Kneissl, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna
  • Margarethe Schramböck, Federal Minister for Digitization and Business Location, Vienna

Business leaders:

  • Wolfgang Anzengruber, CEO of VERBUND AG
  • Olaf Berlien, CEO of OSRAM Licht AG
  • Ulrich Bez, former CEO of Aston Martin
  • Elisabetta Castiglioni, CEO of A1 Digital International
  • Christoph Boschan, CEO of Wiener Börse AG
  • Helmut Fallmann, Member of the Board of Fabasoft AG, Linz
  • Gerald Hörhan, start-up investor and CEO of Investment Punk Academy
  • Mahender S. Khari, Chairman of Indo-Global Academia Alliance and of Khari & Co
  • Fabian Kienbaum, CEO of Kienbaum International Consultants
  • Daniel Krauss, Founder & CTO of Flixbus
  • Andreas Matthä, CEO of ÖBB
  • Mario Moretti Polegato, Founder and President of GEOX SpA
  • Dominik Schiener, co-founder and CIO of IOTA
  • Bettina Würth, Chair of the Advisory Board of the worldwide Würth Group


  • Talya Lador-Fresher, Israeli Ambassador to Austria
  • Trevor Traina, US Ambassador to Austria
  • Li Xiaosi, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China in Austria

Institutions, think tanks, special personalities:

  • Josef Aschbacher, Earth Observation Director of ESA European Space Agency
  • Hans-Joachim Eckert, former Chairman of FIFA Ethics Committee
  • Richard Fontaine, CEO of the Center for New American Security
  • Hermann Glettler, Bishop of the Diocese of Innsbruck
  • Brun-Hagen Hennerkes, CEO of the Foundation for Family Business
  • Klaus Kumpfmüller, Member of the Austrian Financial Market Supervisory Board
  • Josef Plank, Secretary General Federal Ministry for Sustainability & Tourism, Vienna
  • Edward Snowden, Whistleblower

Lectures on economic forums:

  • Dumëne Comploi, Director, Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development
  • Carlo Cottarelli, Prime Minister of Italy 2018, Professor
  • Daria Illy, Member of the Board, Illycaffè S.p.A., CEO, Mitaca S.r.l.
  • Frederik Willem de Klerk, former President of the Republic of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates
  • Thomas Middelhoff, former CEO of the Bertelsmann AG and Arcandor AG
  • Sven Seidel, board member of the Otto Group
  • Barbara Wittmann, CEO DACH of LinkedIn
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