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Doing Business in Hungary
Vice President, GE Hungary and Director, Strategic & Government Affairs, GE CEE

Endre Ascsillán

Dr. Ascsillan plays an important role in the development of key strategic and government partnerships of GE in Hungary and in the  region as  well. He oversees planning  and  preparation  of  investment decisions, manages  sales activities, trade  regulations, competition  law  and  investment-related  matters.

Meeting of Minds - A foresight on economic challenges to come
Former President of the Spanish government

José Maria Aznar

José Maria Aznar was President of the Spanish government from 1996 to 2004, leader of the Partido Popular from 1990 to 2004 and president of honor until 2016. During his two mandates, he led important economic and social reforms. Since 2004 he is advisor to multinational companies, founder and President of the foundation FAES and the Atlantic Institute of Government (IADG)

Innovation and Business Services
CEO, Partner, KONDOR-Holding / President, AmCham

Dr. Farkas Bársony

Farkas Bársony, dr., LLM. Former tax director (global, EMEA) of several GE businesses and MD of GE Hungary. Former Tax and Legal Services Partner at PwC CEE. Currently, the president of AmCham Hungary, member of the National Competitiveness Council. Partner and CEO of KONDOR Group.

INSPIRING TALKS - Tungsram Group
President & CEO, Tungsram Group

Joerg Bauer

Before buying the lighting business of GE and revitalizing Tungsram, Joerg had been President of GE Hungary. Born and raised in Germany, living in Budapest, Joerg is actively contributing to innovation in Hungary and also to societal causes around education, sports and competitiveness.

Foreign investment in Hungary, an accelerator of transformation
Executive Vice President, Business Transformation, Sanofi

Dominique Carouge

Dominique Carouge is a graduate of Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Reims and holds a Corporate Governance and Board management certificate from Sciences Po. He joined Sanofi in 1991 and held various finance positions of increasing responsibility and leadership across the world. He was appointed as Executive VP, Business Transformation in February 2018.

Innovation and Business Services
General Manager & Delivery Center Head, Tata Consultancy Services

Prabal Datta

Prabal Datta is Tata Consultancy Services Managing Director for Central Europe. IT industry veteran, has been living and working in Hungary since 2015. In last four years leveraging potential offered by Industry 4.0 he has expanded TCS footprint in CEE region and double the size of the Global Delivery Center in Hungary.

Innovation and Business Services
Associate Professor and Director, Institute of Management, Corvinus Business School, Corvinus University of Budapest

Dr. György Drótos

His main interest is the use of digital technologies to transform business processes in private and public organizations. Recently, he initiated the foundation of the Corvinus Center of Family Business and now he is Director of this unit too. He is also active in management consulting.

Opening speech

Róbert Ésik

Róbert Ésik is an economist and a finance & investment analysis expert. He spent almost 15 years in various positions at the largest ICT companies of the world, such as Alcatel, Siemens, Nokia and Amazon Web Services. Since October 2014 he has been leading the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA).

Advanced Manufacturing
Head of Advanced Technologies Discrete Industries, Siemens AG

Dr. Helmut Figalist

Helmut Figalist is heading the department ‘Advanced Technologies’ within Digital Industries of Siemens. This department picks up new technologies from the scientific world, improves them in order to innovate the products of Digital Industries. He has a Ph.D. in mathematics (nonlinear dynamical systems). Other research topics are cross-discipline engineering and the related data models.

Doing Business in Hungary
State Secretary for Economic Planning and Regulation, Ministry for Innovation and Technology

László György

Secretary of state in the Ministry for Innovation and Technology, associate professor at NJE and assistant professor at ELTE University. His research interest is related to economic policies, his newest book titled Setting the Balance – the Mission of Economic Policy was released in English in 2019.

Advanced Manufacturing
Member of the Board Production Unit Powertrain, Audi Hungaria Zrt.

Thoralf Hanschel

He was born in 1964 in Wolfsburg and studied Mechanical Engineering in Braunschweig, Germany and in Waterloo, Canada. He has been working for the Volkswagen AG since 1991. Starting 1st of November 2018 he is the Member of the Board responsible for Powertrain Production AUDI HUNGARIA.

Doing Business in Hungary
Managing director, Automotive Proving Ground Zala Ltd. (ZalaZone)

Dr. András Háry

MSc in Mechanical Engineering, PhD in Management Science. He is the a leader of the proving ground project realized at Zalaegerszeg.

Foreign investment in Hungary, an accelerator of transformation
Financial Times, South-East Europe correspondent

Valerie Hopkins

Valerie Hopkins is the Financial Time’s South-East Europe Correspondent. After a M.A in journalism from Columbia University and a B.A in International Relations, she worked as a freelance journalist in the Balkans and reported across Europe and Africa. She is now covering Hungary, Romania and the former Yugoslavia. In addition to the Financial Times, her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Reuters and more.

Advanced Manufacturing
Managing Director, Continental Powertrain Hungary Kft., Debrecen

Lukas Juranek

Joined Continental in 2002. Acting in various positions from customer quality management to leading the operations. 2015-2017 he coordinated the global Continental manufacturing footprint, driving the analysis, planning new locations. Since Oct 2017 Mr Juranek is the Managing Director of Plant Debrecen.

Crosstalk - Hungary as a hub for international industries
Minister a. D.

Hans Kaiser

Hans Kaiser is a former German Minister. He began his political career in 1979. He was then appointed Secretary of State and President of the Commission of the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. He also represented Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung in the Hungarian Foreign Affairs Office from 2006 to 2012.

Foreign investment in Hungary, an accelerator of transformation
Head of External Affairs, Daimler AG

Eckart von Klaeden

Eckart von Klaeden as a Member of Parliament held various positions: 2009 - 2013 he was Minister of State at the Office of the Federal Chancellor, in 2013 he joined Daimler and has been Head of External Affairs ever since. In his position he is responsible for Daimler’s external relations worldwide.

Advanced Manufacturing
Representative of the Bosch Group in Hungary, General Manager of Robert Bosch Kft.

Daniel Korioth

Daniel Korioth joined the Bosch group in 1989. He has worked in Germany, Spain, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. He is general manager of Robert Bosch Kft. and representative of the Bosch Group in Hungary and in Adria Region since November 2016. He is board member of the DUIHK.

CEO, Commsignia

József Kovács

Jozsef is a connected car technology expert with focus on vehicle-to-everything communication. He is a graduate of Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and is a PhD candidate in the field of intelligent transportation systems. Prior to founding Commsignia in 2012, he lead R&D activities at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Innovation and Business Services
Senior Director, LastPass, Product Management, LogMeIn

Kata Kővári-Krecsmári

She is leading product management for the consumer line of LastPass. She is an accomplished leader who has contributed to the success of LogMeIn for the past 11 years. Before LastPass she was heading join.me from 2016 to 2018 and was part of its product team since 2010.

Doing Business in Hungary
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Levente Magyar

Mr. Magyar in 2010 became Head of the Department of Cross-Border Infrastructure Development at the Ministry of National Economy. Between July 2012 and July 2014, he served as Deputy State Secretary for Foreign Affairs at the Office of the Prime Minister. From July 2014, he has filled various high-level positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Currently, Mr. Magyar is the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Hungary.

Crosstalk - Hungary as a hub for international industries
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Knorr-Bremse AG and Chairman Mangold Consulting GmbH

Klaus Mangold

Prof. Dr. Klaus Mangold was member of the DaimlerChrysler AG Board of Management and former Chairman of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations of German Industry. Currently, he is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Knorr-Bremse AG and Chairman of Mangold Consulting GmbH in Stuttgart/Germany.

Meeting of Minds - A foresight on economic challenges to come
Editor in chief of Cicero

Alexander Marguier

Alexander Marguier, born in 1969, is editor in chief and publisher of the German political magazine Cicero. He is also publisher on Monopol, a Berlin based magazine. Alexander Marguier studied public economics in Germany and Italy and has been editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung for almost one decade.

Event Moderator
Editor-in-chief, Budapest Business Journal

Robin Marshall

Robin Marshall is a British-born journalist with more than 30 years’ experience who has edited some of the leading English language publications in Hungary. Since 2010 he has been editor of the magazine of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, and in September 2016 he was named editor-in-chief of the Budapest Business Journal.

Governor, Magyar Nemzeti Bank, the central bank of Hungary

György Matolcsy

Mr. György MATOLCSY is the Governor of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank (the central bank of Hungary) since 4 March 2013. He graduated at Karl Marx University of Economics in 1977 and received a Phd in economics. He was minister of economic affairs (2000-2002) and minister for national economy (2010-2013).

Innovation and Business Services
CEO for Central Europe and Country Head for Hungary, Citi

Kevin A. Murray

Kevin assumed the role of Citi’s CEO & Country Head for Hungary, Serbia and Balkan & Baltic Regions in February 2016. In addition to this role, in May 2016, he was appointed the CEO for Citi’s five presence countries in Central Europe. He has spent over 35 years in banking, 32 of them in Citi.

Foreign investment in Hungary, an accelerator of transformation
CEO, Nestlé Hungary Ltd.

Péter Noszek

Péter Noszek’s career at Nestlé spans over 28 years, across 3 continents, 6 countries: from the Szerencs factory in Hungary to New Zealand through Switzerland and the Philippines. After reaching the position of CFO Zone EMENA at the Nestlé Group, he was appointed CEO of Nestlé Hungary in January 2018.

The Hungarian economy, a constant evolution - Round Table
Central Europe Managing Partner of McKinsey&Company

Jurica Novak

Jurica Novak has been particularly active in the banking sector, focusing on topics related to risk management and turnarounds, while recently his focus has been on building digital businesses. Additionally, he had been active in efforts related to economic development.

Gala Dinner Welcome speech
Minister for Innovation and Technology

László Palkovics

Prof. Dr. László Palkovics, Minister for Innovation and Technology since 2018, previously served as the State Secretary for Higher Education and State Secretary for Education. As Government Commissioner, he is responsible for the development of the Debrecen Automotive Centre and the coordination of tasks related to the Hungarian section of the Budapest-Belgrade Railway Reconstruction Project.

Round Table 1 - The Hungarian economy, a constant evolution
Director, Economics Department, European Investment Bank

Debora Revoltella

Debora Revoltella is Director of the Economics Department of the EIB since April 2011. Previously, she worked for Banca Commerciale Italiana and as Chief Economist Central & Eastern Europe at UniCredit. Debora holds a PhD in Economics. She is member of the Steering Committees of the Vienna Initiative and CompNet and of the Joint Vienna Institute/SUERF/Euro50Group Boards.

Meeting of Minds - A foresight on economic challenges to come
Former President of the French Republic

Nicolas Sarkozy

Nicolas Sarkozy served as the President of the French Republic from 2007 to 2012. Prior to his presidency, Sarkozy occupied various ministerial posts including Minister of State, the Interior, the Economy and the Budget. Earlier in his career, Sarkozy held a wide variety of positions: he was President of the General Council of Hauts-de-Seine, Mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine and lawyer.

Foreign investment in Hungary, an accelerator of transformation
Head of Global Client Services, Head of BlackRock Budapest

Melanie Seymour

A passionate mentor honoured with the Knight Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary while BlackRock has won the Investor of the Year award in the Center of Excellence category. Melanie has been with BlackRock for more than 7 years and is heavily involved in talent and diversity initiatives. She is Co-Chair of the internal Women’s Network as well as being part of the advisory board of Women in Banking and Finance.

Innovation and Business Services
General Manager, BT Regional Operations Centre

Zoltán Szabó

Zoltán has 20 years of experience in the Telco and IT industry in various senior managerial positions. He played a key role in growing BT to a 2500+ people company in Hungary. He transformed the company from a multifunctional shared service centre to a European centre of excellence.

Innovation and Business Services
Chief Operating Officer, IBM Hungary

Péter Szalay

Péter is the innovative Chief Operations Officer of IBM Hungary. A finance and operations expert with 20+ years of IT industry leadership. He successfully launched the prominent IBM Accounting Tower, while a staunch supporter of women leadership programs. Completed studies in Hungary, USA, UK.

Crosstalk - Hungary as a hub for international industries
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Péter Szijjártó

Following his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2014, Mr. Szijjártó adopted foreign trade as a focus for Hungarian foreign policy, which included the establishment of the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA). Thanks to these actions, the foundation has been laid for Hungary to become a major FDI hub in Europe.

The Hungarian economy, a constant evolution - Round Table
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance

Mihály Varga

Mihály Varga has been serving as Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister since 2018, he is a member of the National Competitiveness Council and was Minister for National Economy between 2013 and 2018. He already led the Ministry of Finance between 2001 and 2002, after which he served as Minister of State at the Prime Minister's Office and later, between 2012 and 2013, as Minister without portfolio in charge of liaising with international financial organisations.

Advanced Manufacturing
Senior Advisor Competence Center Automotive, Horváth&Partner GmbH

Dr. Dietmar Voggenreiter

Dr. Dietmar Voggenreiter has held various top management positions in the automotive industry. As General Representative of AUDI China he had a significant role in business development in China. Between 2015-2017, he was a member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG.