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

Speakers & Special Guests

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Industry and Trade, Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic

Special Guest

Development of an Innovative Environment and New Mobility Solutions as part of the Country for the Future Strategy

President, German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA)

The German automotive industry as the driver of a carbon neutral mobility of the future in Europe

With the 'Fit for 55' package, the European Commission has set forth ambitious climate reduction targets in order to make Europe the first carbon neutral continent by 2050 at the latest. The German automotive industry supports this goal. In fact, OEMs and suppliers are the drivers of carbon neutral mobility in Europa, with carbon-neutral electric cars, innovations in digitization, and sustainable solutions for production. But in order to tap the full potential of our innovational strength, we quickly need appropriate regulatory conditions, such as the rapid buildup of charging infrastructure and additional measures.

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 Motor Manufacturing Czech Republic


Experienced General Manager with 18 years history of working in many manufacturing and administrative positions within Toyota Corporation. Skilled in Engineering, Quality, Project, Manufacturing and Administration management.

Head of Brand Management, ŠKODA AUTO


Miroslav Kroupa has been working for ŠKODA AUTO since 1993. During this period, he held a number of management positions in the Board Chairman area and he was responsible, for example, for product cost optimization or leading foreign projects as the Head of Regions. He took over the current role as the Head of ŠKODA Brand Management with responsibility for Tool shop, Industrial Engineering and Environment in February 2017.

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.

Director of Strategy and Member of the Board, ČEZ ESCO


Solutions That Enable Industrial Companies to Meet Energy and Climate Goals

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.

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.

Chief Operations Officer, MATADOR Automotive Vráble


After graduating from university in 2000, he started working gradually as a controller, head of controlling and financial director. After an almost two-year stop at Západoslovenské vodárny a kanalizace, he returned to the MAV in 2015 to the position of CFO. In 2017, he became the company's CEO in Vráble, including responsibility for entities in Nitra, Liberec and Nizhny Novgorod. In 2018, after the creation of the BIW Europe division (joint venture Matador / Sodecia), he became the COO of this division with responsibility for 9 entities in 7 countries.

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.

Global Environmental Sustainability Head, Scope 3, Novartis

Special Guest & Event Host


Andrea Ćirlićová is a smart systems expert promoting an integrated approach to solutions. She is in charge of Scope 3 agenda in the Global Environmental Sustainability team of Novartis. Prior to this she worked at EY focusing on smart cities, esp. in the area of transport, energy and waste management.  From 2003 to 2015 she had held various roles in the energy sector, incl. Business Area Manager for System Development at ENTSOG - European Network for Transmission System Operators for Gas and Head of Regulatory Affairs at Net4Gas.

In 2013-2015, Andrea was a member of  the Advisory Council (Grémium) to the Minister for Regional Development on Smart Cities, she is also one of the contributors to the ‘Města budoucnosti’ (Cities of the future) and ‘Průmysl 4.0 Výzva pro Českou republiku’ (Industry 4.0 Challenge for the Czech Republic) publications.

Commercial Director North-East CZ, Panattoni Czech Republic Development


GREEN DEAL - How much will it cost you to ignore it
What is a European Green Deal and how will it affect the automotive industry? The benefits of the European Green Deal and its possible impacts will be explained to you by the commercial director of Panattoni Jiří Zita in a lecture on the topic: Green Deal - How much it will cost to ignore it.

Zita studied civil engineering at the Imperial Collage in London and UC Berkeley in California. After school, he began his career with the industrial developer VGP. He then worked for the construction company Mota-Engil. He has been working at Panattoni for over 7 years and has successfully worked on projects such as Amazon, DSV, Bombardier, Assa Abloy and Zásilkovna.

Corporate Director Product Management, Contract Logistics, cargo-partner GmbH


Outsourcing in Automotive Industry

Milan Lani together with his guest speaker Mr. Jiri Burda will present concepts and solutions that attract automotive suppliers to outsource their activities to logistics service providers. Why is outsourcing still attractive? The presentation will show trends, benefits as well as challenges of outsourcing in automotive industry today.

Milan Lani has been active in the contract logistics industry for more than two decades. He held various positions in logistics engineering, warehouse design, operation management and project implementations. Recently he is leading corporate product management of contract logistics at cargo-partner.

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


„Carbon neutrality = join the effort & take the chance“

This is the age of the European energy sector transformation. And decarbonization is the main driver of this unique generation change. What’s behind this story? What does it mean for the individual market players and what are the opportunities to seize? What are the main challenges and what is the right and smart direction? Many questions to think about. Let's try to find some conclusions...

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.

Parts Development/Head of Department, Senior Manager, Kia Slovakia


Plant Director, Kongsberg Automotive Slovakia


Small and Medium Companies - Start the Road for Digitalization, Low Cost & Risk Free and Support CO2 Targets

Case study for SME segment to understand phased development of digitalization of its operations with focus on low costs and low IT resources options, which are key factors holding back wider deployment in resource constrained operations. Also, proper understanding of the data gathering spots and related data analytics can drive down CO2 footprint of the operations or identify projects of future focus.


20 years in Automotive industry - Operations and General company management/turnarounds and green fields. Lean SixSigma Management Champion and BB. During carrier was starting up running and restructuring operations for Tier1/Tier2 in Czech and Slovak Republics. Last 3 years specializing in digitalization of the operating processes and organizational turnarounds to achieve efficiencies in productivity, automation, data mining, energies and waste savings/elimination in support of constant continuous improvements for operating flexibility and

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.

Sales Director, Amper Savings


Examples of best practices in the application of EM and EPC in industry

- Brief introduction of the Amper Group and Amper Savings
- Introduction to the principles of EPC (Energy Performance Contracting), PDB (Performance Design Build)
- Introduction and examples of applications and benefits of "active" Energy Management
- Presentation of implemented EPC projects in Industry, experience and evaluation of benefits

In 1995, he graduated in Heavy Current Electrical Engineering and Automation at SPŠ-SOUe in Brno. He started his internship at ENBRA, where he held a number of positions, from technical consulting, through business and strategic top management and foreign trade. He worked alternately in the Czech Republic and abroad at the world's leading manufacturers of thermal technologies, fittings, piping systems and M&R - as an area manager or director of representation for Czech republic and Slovak republic (Ferroli, RKG - IWKA). He gained experience from the implementation phase of projects, among others, as the sales director of TRASKO and subsequently within the company EVČ (ČEZ ESCO), where he worked as a technical director and managing director, and after the successful merger with ENESA (ČEZ ESCO), as sales director and member of PAS. In EVČ and ENESA, he also took over the responsibility for the EPC & DB section and his work has led to the acquisition and implementation of significant projects awarded, among others, by the APES association. He has been involved in the solution of many industrial and technological applications, actively participated in lectures, technical advice and education in relation to professional public. He is behind the successful creation and implementation of several corporate business, marketing, product or innovation strategies, restarting companies or introducing / innovating business and production processes. In the Amper Group, he is responsible for the business area from marketing to the implementation phase from the position of sales director of Amper Savings and Amper Industry.

Closed since 13 October 2021
Location Clarion Congress Hotel****, Jeremenkova 36, Olomouc, Czech republic
Organised by
Participants 150
Meetings 411
Austria 9
Czech Republic 169
France 1
Germany 3
Hungary 1
Netherlands 1
Poland 1
Slovakia 106
Slovenia 1
Total 292