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12 October 2021 - 13 October 2021
Olomouc, Czech Republic
CEE Automotive Supply Chain 2021
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Open until 6 October 2021

Speakers & Special Guests

President, German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA)

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Hildegard Müller (born in 1967) has been President of the VDA since February 1, 2020. She initially trained as a bank clerk at the Dresdner Bank before studying business administration at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. In her last position at the Dresdner Bank she served as a head of department. From October 2002 to October 2008, Hildegard Müller was a member of the Bundestag (German Parliament). She was also Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor from 2005 to 2008. In October 2008 Ms. Müller became Chief Executive Officer of the BDEW e.V. (German Association of Energy and Water Industries) in Berlin. In May 2016 she joined the Executive Board of innogy SE, where she was COO Grid & Infrastructure and responsible for coordinating digital projects group-wide.

Senior General Manager, Toyota Peugeot Citroën Automobile Czech


Experienced Production and Administration General Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive industry. Skilled in Automotive Engineering, Quality Management, Root Cause Analysis, Manufacturing and HR.

Executive manager, Bosch Group CZ and SK


He has been working for the Bosch Group since 1994. In 2008 he became the sales director of the plant in České Budějovice and since 2017 also a representative of the Bosch Group in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Czech Technical University. Since the second half of 2021, he has also held the position of President of the Czech-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Founder & President, Aspen Institute Central Europe
Former ACEA Secretary-General

Special Guest & Event Host

Ivan Hodač is a Founder and President of the Aspen Institute Prague. He was Secretary-General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) from 2001 until October 2013. He is the Chairman of the Board at cabinet DN. The Financial Times listed him among the most influential personalities in Brussels politics. Before joining ACEA, he was Senior Vice-President and Head of the Time Warner Corporate office for Europe. Previously he was Secretary-General of the trade organization IFMA/IMACE, Senior Economist at Didier & Associates, and Assistant Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. He was born in Prague, where he studied mechanical engineering. He completed his education in economics and political science at the University of Copenhagen and the College of Europe in Bruges (European studies).

Director of Corporate Planning, JTEKT European Operations


Petr Novák graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in the field of International Business and Finance, he also have an MBA from De Paul University in Chicago, Illinois. He has been working for Koyo Bearings Česká republika since 2001. In 2014, he took the position of the company's president, in 2019 he was promoted to the position of General Manager of the Global Acceleration Team at JTEKT's headquarters in Japan. A year later, he accepted the position of Director of Corporate Planning at JTEKT headquarters in France. Petr Novák is a member of the Board of Directors of The Automotive Industry Association of the Czech Republic and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce in Olomouc, is a member of the Regional Council for Innovation and Education in the Olomouc Region and also academic Board of the Moravian University in Olomouc. He teaches at Palacky University.

Group Country HR Director Slovakia, Faurecia Automotive Slovakia


Jaroslav Kouřil has been working on human resources for almost 30 years. Jaroslav has a rich career in international corporations in the automotive industry, the industrial sector, energy, but also experience in the government sector. He completed his postgraduate studies in financial law at Comenius University and an international study of management in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. Presently he is Human Resources Director in Faurecia Slovakia. Faurecia, as the significant world player within the group.

Chairman and CEO, ČEZ ESCO



Head of Administration Subdivision, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech


Graduated from Faculty of Law, Charles University in 2001. Working for Hyundai since 2006 as lawyer/Head of Legal department and later also Head of Public Relations department. In 2021 appointed as Head of Administration Subdivision. Previous experience in energy industry and construction.

Managing Director, Continental Automotive Czech Republic


Tomáš Vondrák is the first Czech to head a Plant that is one of the largest electronic plants of Continental Automotive worldwide. Producing car radios, multimedia systems and their front displays, on-board instruments, air conditioning control panels, telematics, eCall systems and fuel system control units. Tomáš has been working for the company since 2006 and during this time he also moved to work and live in Germany or Mexico. He has been leading the Brandýs plant since 2019 and his vision is successful expansion and also the fulfillment of his determination to become a model "Digital Production Plant" for Continental worldwide. He is achieving this vision thanks to several parallel projects such as the implementation of Autostore technology as the first company in the Czech Republic, Digital Factory project - digitization of production, logistics and administrative processes, Smart Automation Projetct - implementation of 7-axis robots, etc.

General Director, Iveco Czech Republic


David Kříž graduated from Faculty of Law at Palacky University and completed certificate program in business law at University of California, Berkeley. He has been working in Iveco (part of CNH Industrial group) since 1998 in various positions of Legal and Compliance. David currently holds the position of Iveco Group general counsel for Europe and in 2020 was appointed as a General Manager of Iveco Czech Republic, a. s. David is also a member of various boards of the CNH Industrial companies.

Manager, Power & Utilities, EY


Martina is Manager in Power & Utilities Team within Consulting at EY Czech Republic. She has 12 years of experience in energy sector in the Czech Republic and CEE region. She gained extensive experience from the largest Central-European electric utility CEZ Group, where she was responsible for development of multinational activities and serving B2B multinational clients in commodity sales as well as other energy services. She joined EY Power & Utilities team in 2019 where she is responsible for projects across entire energy sector covering generation, commodity sales and trading, energy market transformation and adjacent topics. She is also responsible for services in the area of sustainability, esp. ESG strategy formulation, measurement of environmental footprint, design of strategy implementation frameworks, or support for ESG reporting. Martina is a member of Steering committee of the Sustainability Platform at EY Czech Republic.

Ambassador/Special Envoy Smart Industry NL


Industry and value chains will change - will we lead or follow? Shaping the Europe’s new architecture for industry and value chains

Industry and supply chains in Europe are increasingly complex. This offers many opportunities, but we must step up together! Learn more about how a relatively small country like the Netherlands can play a leading role in several industries. What is its secret? Hear about the concrete opportunities to work together between the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Slovakia on asustainable, new and high-tech industry in Europe as presented in the joint Action Agenda for the industry (July 2021) Join the interactive discussion: where do we see these opportunities? what do we need to do to achieve this? who wants to part of this new architecture for Europe?

Peter van Harten has been appointed as the honorary Ambassador for the Dutch Smart Industry Program, where he is responsible for foreign relations and member of the steering committee. He is firmly convinced that we need more collaboration and partnerships for the digitization and transformation of industry in Europe. He was also one of the initiators of the Czech-Dutch Action Agenda for the Industry, the Smart Factory EU Initiative and the GAIA-X Hub for the Industry in the Netherlands.


Clarion Congress Hotel****, Jeremenkova 36, Olomouc, Czech republic

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Austria 3
Czech Republic 92
Germany 2
Poland 1
Slovakia 47
Taiwan 1
Total 146