we present

our programme

01. 10. 2019.
Venue: Pesti Vigadó
(1051 Budapest, Vigadó tér 2.)


Registration, Welcome coffee

Event Moderator: Robin Marshall, Editor-in-chief, Budapest Business Journal


Opening speech by Róbert Ésik, CEO, HIPA


CROSSTALK - Hungary as a hub for international industries
Central and Eastern Europe has become the growth engine of the continent, and Hungary has achieved a lot in terms of economic development in the last nearly one decade. This session is an open discussion to explain why Hungary has decided to adopt a foreign trade focused foreign policy, how this has helped the country to become a major hub for innovative industries in Europe and how this is perceived from an international perspective.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Mangold, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Knorr-Bremse AG and Chairman Mangold Consulting GmbH 
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

Moderator: Hans Kaiser,  Minister a. D.


ROUND TABLE - The Hungarian economy, a constant evolution
More than 800,000 new jobs in the last 9 years in a country of 10 million people, the second highest GDP growth in Q2 2019 and one of the lowest unemployment rates of Europe. So far so good, but what are the challenges ahead, and can Hungary respond to them make a successful transition and be among the winners of the 4th industrial revolution?

Keynote - Mihály Varga, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance

Jurica Novak, Central Europe Managing Partner of McKinsey&Company
Debora Revoltella, Director, Economics Department, European Investment Bank
Mihály Varga, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance

Moderator: Robin Marshall, Editor-in-chief, Budapest Business Journal


Coffee break


INSPIRING TALKS - Tungsram Group
Tungsram is a 123-year-old Hungarian brand, one of those rare companies that, with its 110 global markets, is multinational and proud to be headquartered in Hungary. "Innovation is our heritage”, says the company line about the tradition of manufacturing quality lighting products and investing in future-safe, smart technologies.

Joerg Bauer, President & CEO, Tungsram Group


ROUND TABLE - Foreign investment in Hungary, an accelerator of transformation
Investors in several sectors consider Hungary as an ideal location to implement their latest technologies and thus contribute to the modernization of the production system, the increase of productivity and  the creation of high value-added services jobs. Why is Hungary their location of choice and what support did they get / are getting from local institutions in their activities?

Dominique Carouge, Executive Vice President, Business Transformation, Sanofi
Eckart von Klaeden, Head of External Affairs, Daimler AG
Péter Noszek, CEO, Nestlé Hungary Ltd.
Melanie Seymour, Head of Global Client Services, Head of BlackRock Budapest

Moderator: Valerie Hopkins, Financial Times, South-East Europe correspondent 


Networking lunch


Commsignia connects vehicles with each other and the smart city infrastructure to provide solutions for next generation autonomous functions while making every day driving safer and more efficient. Since its founding in 2012, it has become a preferred supplier of several automotive suppliers globally.

József Kovács, CEO, Commsignia



György Matolcsy, Governor, Magyar Nemzeti Bank, the central bank of Hungary


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Doing Business in Hungary

Hungary has a very open economy thus external economic relations play a key role in achieving sustainable economic development. In the recent years local institutions related to investment and trade matters have been regrouped under one umbrella to ensure a better client experience to investors and prospective investors. International investors share their experience concerning the Hungarian investment environment and the support they have received, and leaders of local institutions explain how they plan to develop their services to keep Hungary attractive from foreign direct investment point of view.

 Plenary hall

Moderator: Robin Marshall, Editor-in-chief, Budapest Business Journal    

Round Table discussion:

Endre Ascsillán, Vice President, GE Hungary and Director, Strategic & Government Affairs, GE CEE
László György, State Secretary for Economic Planning and Regulation, Ministry for Innovation and Technology
Dr. András Háry, Managing director, Automotive Proving Ground Zala Ltd. (ZalaZone)
Levente Magyar, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Organisations present:

Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA)
Hungarian Export Promotion Agency (HEPA)
Hungarian Export-Import Bank (EXIMBank)
IFKA Public Benefit Non-Profit Ltd.
Automotive Proving Ground Zala Ltd. (ZalaZone)


Advanced Manufacturing

After achieving the desired position to become a manufacturing hub in Europe, Hungary is turning to advanced technologies and higher added value production. Having traditionally strong positions in the automotive, electronics and life sciences sectors, combined with the promising EV battery industry, the future seems even brighter. In partnership with DUIHK (German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce) corporate executives and experts share their experience and future plans in Hungary.

 Plenary hall

Moderator: Dr. Dietmar Voggenreiter, Senior Advisor Competence Center Automotive, Horváth&Partner GmbH

Keynote: Dr. Dietmar Voggenreiter, Senior Advisor Competence Center Automotive, Horváth&Partner GmbH

Round Table discussion:

Dr. Helmut Figalist, Head of Advanced Technologies Discrete Industries, Siemens AG
Thoralf Hanschel, Member of the Board Production Unit Powertrain, Audi Hungaria Zrt.
Lukas Juranek, Managing Director, Continental Powertrain Hungary Kft., Debrecen
Daniel Korioth, Representative of the Bosch Group in Hungary, General Manager of Robert Bosch Kft.

Organisations present:

thyssenkrupp Components Technology Hungary Kft.
Audi Hungaria Zrt.
Bosch Rexroth Kft.
77 Elektronika Kft.
Knorr-Bremse Fékrendszerek Kft.


Innovation and Business Services

The Services sector including Business Services, Engineering and R&D activities has become a leading sector for job creation for inward FDI in the recent years in Hungary. Business service centres providing HR, finance and IT services are transforming into Centers of Excellences, offering complex high added-value jobs and long-term career opportunities to youngsters while real projects and meaningful tasks are guaranteed at engineering and R&D hubs, mostly related to electromobility and self-driving technologies and cloud computing. In partnership with AmCham corporate executives showcase their learnings and plans in Hungary.

 Makovecz room

Moderator: Dr. Farkas Bársony, CEO, Partner, KONDOR-Holding / President, AmCham

Keynote: Péter Szalay, Chief Operating Officer, IBM Hungary

Round Table discussion:

Prabal Datta, General  Manager & Delivery Center Head, Tata Consultancy Services
Dr. György Drótos, Associate Professor and Director, Institute of Management, Corvinus Business School, Corvinus University of Budapest
Kata Kővári-Krecsmári, Senior Director, LastPass, Product Management, LogMeIn
Kevin A. Murray, CEO for Central Europe and Country Head for Hungary, Citi
Zoltán Szabó, General Manager, BT Regional Operations Centre

Organisations present:

GE Healthcare
Jankovits Engineering
Graphisoft SE


Coffee break


MEETING OF MINDS - A foresight on economic challenges to come
An interview with Nicolas Sarkozy and José Maria Aznar about the major economic challenges to come in the region but also at the global scale.

Moderator: Alexander Marguier, Cicero monthly publisher and Editor-in-Chief




Transfers to Gala Dinner


Welcome reception at the Museum of Fine Arts


Welcome speech by László Palkovics, Minister for Innovation and Technology


Gala Dinner