Key speakers

Confirmed participants:

Lenka KovačovskáLenka Kovačovská

Executive Director of the Czech Gas Association

Lenka Kovačovská graduated from the Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics in Prague majoring in International Relations. She launched her professional career in Czech Transmission System operator, ČEPS, plc. in 2007 where she worked as a Senior Specialist of Strategy, and participated in various development projects at national and regional/EU levels. From 2014 to 2015 she led the position of Head of Strategy and International Energy Cooperation in the Ministry of Industry and Trade. From 2015 to 2017 she was Deputy Minister in charge of energy.



Vladimír OutrataVladimír Outrata

Member of the Board of the Energy Regulatory Office

A graduate of the University of Chemicals and Technology in Prague. He has 30 years of experience in the gas industry, during which he worked in various career positions in the Plynoprojekt and Transgas companies. He has also been a member of the Supervisory Board of Severočeská plynárenská, a member of the Board of Directors of Plynoprojekt a.s., or as a member of the Board of Directors of Gas Infrastructure Europe (2006 to 2011) for example.
He has many years of experience in the field of concepts for construction of networks, compression stations and underground tanks, and also in the field of trade in natural gas and its transportation, he has worked in international teams.


Pavel ZámyslickýPavel Zámyslický

Director of the Climate Change Department of the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

Pavel Zámyslický graduated in Economics and Management of Power Engineering (Ing.), and in Business Management and Economics (PhD.) at the Prague Czech Technical University’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering. Between 2004 and 2005 he worked as an economic expert for the Czech Environmental Information Agency (CENIA). From 2005 to 2007, he acted as a governmental expert for emission trading within the Climate Change Department of the Czech Ministry of Environment. In 2007, he became a Director of the Energy and Climate Protection Department at the same ministry. Since 2006 he was actively involved in international climate negotiations under the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol. He is a leading negotiator for the Czech Republic for both international and European agendas associated with the climate policy.


Martin ZáklasníkMartin Záklasník

CEO of the E.ON Group in the Czech Republic

He has worked as a consultant for the Detecon International Bonn Company and assumed responsibility for establishment of Business Development for the Satellic Traffic Management Company in 2006 in Berlin, as the executive employee. He subsequently worked in Prague in the position of Sales Director for the T-Systems Company from 2008. He has been manager of B2B Marketing and Sales to Top Customers of the T-Mobile Company in Prague since 2014. He studied economics at universities in Prague and Vienna.



Invited to the discussion:


Daniel BenešDaniel Beneš

Chairman of the Board of Directors​

Member of the Board of Directors since December 15, 2005.
Chairman of the Board of Directors since September 15, 2011.
Chief Executive Officer since September 15, 2011
Ing. Daniel Beneš, MBA graduated from the Machinery faculty of the Mining school - Technical University in Ostrava.
In years 1993 - 1997 he worked as a sale manager in the company BOHEMIACOAL, later as a company managing director of HEDVIGA GROUP. Between 2000 – 2004 he was a company managing director of the TCHAS plant, which is the leading importer and fuel merchant in Czech Republic. In 2004 he acceded to the position of the Chief Procurement Officer of Procurement Department of the company CEZ, a. s. From 2006 he held the position of Chief Administration Officer. From May, 2006 he was Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. Since September 2011, he has been the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. At the same time he has been representing CEZ, a. s. in the company governed authorities.
He is Vice-President of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic and the winner of the prestigious contest Manager of the Year 2014.


Jiří FeistJiří Feist

Member of the Board of Directors of EP POWER EUROPE

A graduate of the Czech Technical University, Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Prague. Jiří Fest holds the position of executive director for strategy at EP POWER EUROPE. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Supervisory Board of several companies, which are members of the EPH Group. He has previously occupied the positions of Director for Strategy in the ČEZ Group and Director of the Strategy Division and Central Power Dispatch at ČEPS.




Martin HerrmannMartin Herrmann

Member of the Board of Directors (COO), innogy SE
Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO, innogy Česká republika, a.s.

Martin Herrmann graduated from Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universitat in Münster in Germany, where he acquired an academic title in the field of economics. Between 1994 and 2002 he worked for Commerzbank in various positions in Prague and in Frankfurt am Main, where his last job was as project manager and consultant to RWE during privatisation of the Czech gas industry. He worked for the RWE Concern from May 2002, when he became a member of the Board of Directors and Financial Director of Transgas. RWE Česká republika, a.s. assumed the controlling role in the RWE Group for the Czech Republic from RWE Transgas, a.s., where Martin Hermann worked in the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1 April 2007. He was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of RWE East, a division of the concern responsible for the activities of RWE in central and south-east Europe and Turkey. In April 2016 he was appointed a member of the Board of Directors with responsibility for trade in a new company, into which RWE AG separated trade, networks, infrastructure and renewable resources. This new company was named Innogy SE on 1 September 2016. Martin Hermann continues to manage business on the Czech power market under the new Innnogy Česká republika brand and is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Innogy Grid Holding.


Tomáš HünerTomáš Hüner

Director of the Energy Management Division at Siemens, s.r.o.

He graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Brno University of Technology and holds a diploma from the International Institute of Certified Studies in Strategic Management.

Tomáš Hüner held the position of Minister of Industry and Trade from December 2017 to June 2018, during which time he interrupted his employment in the position of Director of the Energy Management Division for Siemens. Before he started working for Siemens in October 2015, he was Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Director of Energy Sources for Vršanská uhelna, a.s. Between 2006 and 2014 he was Chairman of the Supervisory Board for ČEPS, a. s., while simultaneously holding the position of Chairman of the Supervisory Board of OTE, a.s. between 2011 and 2014. As Deputy minister of Industry and Trade he directed creation of legislation and concepts in the field of power engineering and industry (2006-2011). He was chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Severomoravská energetika, a.s. from 1994 to 2002.



René NedělaRené Neděla

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade

Graduated at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Control and Instrumentation of the Czech Technical University. He also graduated at the Masaryk Institute of Advanced Studies in the field of Business and Industrial Engineering in Industry. He also graduated from the Florence School of Regulation - Annual Training Course on the Regulation of Energy Utilities (Certificate of Attendance). Since 2011, he worked in the Energy Regulatory Office in several positions, starting from the Energy Regulatory Specialist, Head of Strategy and Advisory Department and Heat Department Director up to the Director of the Regulatory Section. At the same time, he lectured technical subjects at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the CTU and, later on, at the Technical University of Prague. He has been active in various governmental and non-governmental working groups on energy and water.



Jan SvětlíkJan Světlík

Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cylinders Holding                    

Cylinders Holding is the biggest manufacturer of seamless steel cylinders, pressure vessels, high-pressure accumulators and grinding balls.
Jan Světlík is a graduate of the University of Mining – Technical University of Ostrava. In 1994 he became director of what was then the VÍTKOVICE Lahvárna Company, which subsequently became an independent subsidiary of VÍTKOVICE HOLDING, a.s. This company won the tender for purchase of the entire machine engineering VÍTKOVICE group in a government tender in 2003.



Evžen TošenovskýEvžen Tošenovský

Member of the European Parliament

Mr. Tošenovský graduated from the University of Mining in Ostrava. After graduating he worked as amathematician for the Vítkovice and PIKE Electronic companies.

In 1993 he became Mayor of the City of Ostrava, a position he retained until 2000, when he transferred to Regional President’s Office. He was Regional President for two terms of office, while simultaneously managing the council of the Association of Regions of the Czech Republic. Following the ODS party’s failure in the regional elections in 2008 he briefly returned to work for the Vítkovice Holding Company, when he became advisor to the Managing Director Jan Světlík. In 2009 he became a Euro Member of Parliament, where he is active as a member of the Committee for industry, research and power engineering.