Uli Weinberg speaks at Economic Forum Krynica

From 3-5 September, HPI D-School Director Uli Weinberg traveled to Poland to participate in the 29th edition of The Economic Forum in Krynica.


Uli Weinberg at Economic Forum Krynica


The Economic Forum in Krynica is the largest conference in Central and Eastern Europe. It takes place near Krakow since 1991. Every year the Forum brings together more than 4,500 international political, economic and social leaders. The Forum’s mission is to create a favorable climate for the development of political and economic cooperation between the member states of the European Union and their neighboring countries. The Economic Forum is regarded as the most important economic conference in the region and is called the “Davos of Eastern Central Europe”.

Together with Jerzy Kwiecinski, Minister at the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development in Poland; Laszlo Gyorgy, Minister of Innovation and Technology in Hungary; Vazil Hudak, Vice–President at the European Investment Bank in Slovakia; Grzegorz Napieralski, Senator in the Senate of the Republic of Poland; and Andrii Zablovskyi, Head of the Secretariat of Entrepreneurs Council in the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Uli Weinberg participated in a panel discussion on “Innovating Central Europe – New opportunities for cooperation in the region”.



The panelists discussed the cultural diversity in Europe as a driver of innovation. They agreed that education and quality training possibilities are the foundation for high innovative capacity. Indeed, Europe has reached a high education level but we still need to rethink the character of the educational system, from a competition-focused to a more collaborative learning mode. Design Thinking is a pioneering approach to shape the learning and working culture of the future, the panelists summarized.

Photo: Economic Forum Krynica

Video: Uli Weinberg