Past Event

Investment, Technological Transformation and Skills

November 28, 2018
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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European Investment Bank in Luxembourg

This two-day high level conference will provide an opportunity for leading academics, policy makers, and practitioners to share their views and understandings on investment finance and competitiveness, while raising awareness on the challenges posed by technological transformation and the need to adapt workforce skills.

Confirmed speakers include Werner Hoyer, Peter Praet, Luis de Guindos, Klaus Regling, Pier Carlo Padoan, Jean Tirole, Catherine L. Mann, Claudio Borio, Vitor Gaspar, Jean-Pierre Mustier, Klaus Zimmermann, Jan Svejnar, Debora Revoltella, Reinhilde Veugelers and more. To read a detailed agenda, click here.

To learn more, visit the Annual Economic Conference website. Participation to the conference is by invitation only. For more information, please contact [email protected].


Wednesday, 28 November 2018

13.30 - 14.00 Registration and Welcome Coffee

14.00 - 14.30 Opening Remarks

Werner Hoyer, President, European Investment Bank

Luis de Guindos, Vice-President, European Central Bank

14.30 - 16.00 Panel Session I - Investment in Europe: policies to support competitiveness as a new pulling factor

Chair & Presentation of the key results of the 2018-2019 Investment Report by Debora Revoltella, Director of the Economics Department, European Investment Bank

Pier Carlo Padoan, Former Finance Minister, Italy

Vítor Gaspar, Director, Fiscal Department, International Monetary Fund

Jonathan Haskel, Professor of Economics, Imperial College London

16.00 - 16.20 Coffee Break

16.20 - 18.00 Panel Session II - Investment finance in Europe – a system fit for growth?

Chair: Peter Praet, Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank

Colin Mayer, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, University of Oxford

Catherine L. Mann, Managing Director and Global Chief Economist, Citigroup

Claudio Borio, Head of Monetary and Economic Department, Bank for International Settlements

Jean-Pierre Mustier, CEO, UniCredit 

8.00 - 18.20 Policy Address

Klaus Regling, Managing Director, European Stability Mechanism


Thursday, 29 November 2018

8.30 - 9.00 Registration and Welcome Coffee

9.00 - 9.15 Opening Remarks

Andrew McDowell, Vice-President, European Investment Bank

9.15 - 9.45 Keynote Address: “The future of labor and the university system in Europe”

Jean Tirole, Chairman, Toulouse School of Economics and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse - awarded with the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2014

9.45 - 10.30 Panel Session III - Digitalisation and Demand for skills: a market overview

Chair: Shirin Wheeler, Senior Media Officer and Principal Advisor International Media, European Investment Bank

Filip Geerts, Director General, European Association of Machine Tool Industries

Christel Heydemann, Member of the Executive Committee and President, Schneider Electric France

Jatsu Intxaurbe, Director of Innovation and Promotion, Batz Group

10.30 - 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 - 12.30 Parallel Sessions (first round)

Session A1 - Digitalisation - the Productivity Puzzle

Session B1 - Skills - what causes the gaps in the EU?

Session C1 - Macroeconomic benefits - moving towards more market based finance

12.30 - 13.45 Lunch break

13.45 - 15.15 Parallel Sessions (second round)

Session A2 - Digital Transformation - enablers and consequences

Session B2 - Skills in the CESEE region

Session C2 - Understanding impediments and incentives to foster EU equity base

15.15 - 15.45 Coffee Break

15.45 - 17.20 Panel Session IV - The EU competitiveness challenge: What lessons for policy?

Chair: Andrew McDowell, Vice President, European Investment Bank

Jan Švejnar, Director of the Centre on Global Economic Governance, Columbia University

Reinhilde Veugelers, Professor in the Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation, KU Leuven

Karel Lannoo, CEO, Centre for European Policy Studies

Robert Koopman, Chief Economist, World Trade Organisation

Sergei Guriev, Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

17.20 - 17.40 Closing Remarks

Ambroise Fayolle, Vice President, European Investment Bank