Key speakers

Invited to the discussion:

Daniel BenešDaniel Beneš

Chairman of the Board of Directors​, ČEZ

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 Benes, 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.


Martin DurčákMartin Durčák

Chairman of the Board of Directors, ČEPS

Member of the Supervisory Board since November 2, 2018. As a graduate of the University of Mining in Ostrava, he started his career in controlling and project management at Aral Austria, Aral AG, Aral Poland, and Aral ČR. After Aral ČR was sold off, he eventually left his role as a member of the Board of Directors and CEO in the corporation to join the UNIPETROL Group. He was in charge of the rebranding of the Benzina gas stations in the Czech Republic. Later on, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the UNIPETROL Group’s parent company, having been responsible for development and energy assets, capital investment projects, HSSE and management, and refinery production. At the same time, he was a member of the Board of Directors of HC VERVA Litvínov or a managing director in charge of energy assets and development at UNIPETROL RPA. He was elected as member of the ČEPS, a.s., Board of Directors effective November 1, 2018, and has been the Chair of the ČEPS, a.s., Board of Directors since January 11, 2019. He was elected as Chair of the ČEPS Invest, a.s., Supervisory Board on January 29, 2019.


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.




Silvana JirotkováSilvana Jirotková

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade

She graduated from the School of Business Administration of the Silesian University in Opava. She has been working in the CzechInvest with interruptions since 2002. She started as a regional manager focusing on the development of industrial real estate and the regeneration of brownfields in the Moravian-Silesian Region, and later as Director of the Regional Support Department. Between 2007 and 2008, she worked in the private sector - in the Belgian PSR Brownfield Developers. In 2014, she returned to the CzechInvest, first as Director of the Regions Division, and later as Director of the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Internal Projects Department. Silvana Jirotková speaks English and French. She is married and has three children. Her hobbies include traveling, gastronomy, literature, cycling and skiing. In the position of CEO of the CzechInvest, Silvana Jirotková replaced Karel Kučera, who led the agency since the autumn 2014.


Martin HerrmannMartin Herrmann

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

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 Siemens Operating Company Smart Infrastructure

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.

In April 2019, Tomáš Hüner was appointed Director of Siemens Operating Company Smart Infrastructure that merged the Energy Management and Building Technologies divisions. He 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.


Lenka KovačovskáLenka Kovačovská

Executive Director of the Czech Gas Association

Lenka Kovacovska 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.



René NedělaRené Neděla

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade

Rene Nedela graduated from 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.


Luboš PavlasLuboš Pavlas

CEO of Sev.en Energy group

Lubos Pavlas majored in the Production and Economics in Engineering at the Czech Technical University and later on continued on to studying at the University of West Bohemia. He has been appointed the new CEO of the Sev.en Energy group in October 2018 and is responsible for the management and development of the Sev.en Energy group in the Czech Republic and Europe. He relies on his extensive expertise and experience in energy industry. He has been working in various positions within the group for almost 10 years. In the past, he worked in various managerial positions within the ČEZ Group and was also the Chair of the Board of Directors and CEO of Prazska teplarenska.


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 Svetlik 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.


Jan KřížJan Kříž

Deputy Minister of the Environment, Director of the EU Funds, Economy and Environmental Policy Section

Jan Kriz is a graduate of the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague. During his previous career he gained significant experience with EU Funds and Finance. At the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic, he worked as a Director of the Environment Operations Department during the years 2007 - 2010, and then at the SEF as Deputy Director and Head of EU Structural Funds. As a Head of section at the Ministry of Education between 2010 and 2013 he was responsible for financing from the Operational Program of Research and Development of Innovations. He currently serves as Deputy and Director of the EU Funds, Economics and Voluntary Instruments Unit at the Ministry of the Environment.


Evžen TošenovskýEvžen Tošenovský

Member of the European Parliament

Evzen Tosenovsky 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.


Aleš TomecAleš Tomec

Chairman of the Board of Directors, OTE

Ales Tomec graduated from Czech Technical University, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, in the field of electric machines. After the graduation he joined the foreign trade company Škodaexport. In 1983, he started his career in the energy sector, specifically at the dispatch centre of the former state enterprise České energetické závody, where he later held positions throughout all the major departments. In 1991, he transferred to the joint of CzechSlovak Energy Dispatching and in May 1994, became the Director of the Central Dispatching. From 22 February 1996 to 29 January 1998, he was a member of the Board of Directors of ČEZ, a. s. as well as the Executive Director of the Transmission System Division and Deputy Managing Director. In November 2001 he was appointed CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ČEPS, a.s. Between 2001–2006 he also served on statutory bodies of Operátor trhu s elektřinou, a.s. (Electricity Market Operator). In 2002–2006 he headed Hydro power plants of ČEZ, a. s. Until May 2015, he was the Country Sector Lead of Division’s Fossil Power Generation, Renewables, Fossil and Transmission at Siemens. On 2 June 2015 he became member of the Board of Directors of OTE and was elected its Chairman.


Rostislav KrejcarRostislav Krejcar

Member of the ERO Board

Mr Krejcar graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague (ČVUT FEL), majoring in energy economics and management, in which he also received a scientific degree. Between 2002 and 2012, he worked at the ERO in the electricity department, in which he held a managerial position from 2006. In the past, Mr Krejcar was a member of a number of expert groups attached to CEER and ERGEG in Brussels and Vienna, focusing on renewable energy sources and business in international electricity transmission capacity. He left the ERO to take a short parental leave. Since 2012, Mr Krejcar has been working for ČVUT FEL on a part-time basis, with responsibility for the Energy System Development course. In addition to teaching, he worked as a self-employed energy consultant between 2013 and 2017.


Jakub UnuckaJakub Unucka

Deputy Governor of the Moravian-Silesian region

Even though Jakub Unucka studied mechanical engineering, his professional career is connected to the computer technology. After working in AUTOCONT, since 1998 he has been working for GABEN in Ostrava, specializing in automatic identification. He partially takes a credit for the development of the paperless identification projects at Siemens and Continental Concerns and managed the implementation of MES systems in several domestic and foreign companies. Since 2009 he has been the principal investigator of several RFID research projects in cooperation with Czech, Slovak and Korean universities. Currently, he is Deputy Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region for Smart Region and Transport, and also in charge of preparing the concept of "Green Energy and Heating Industry.


Pavel ŠolcPavel Šolc

Member of the Board of Directors of ČEZ Distribuce

Pavel Solc graduated from the Secondary Technical School of Communication Technology in Prague in 1981, he completed his studies at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Czech Technical University in Prague, field of power engineering economics in 1986. In 1992 he spent a semester at the Pennsylvania University studying modelling of power engineering systems.

He began his professional career in 1986 in Construction of Power Plants at Škoda Praha as a research worker in technical development, Between 1993 and 1999 he worked for the ČEZ Company as a specialist in strategy, and subsequently as Manager of the Department of Creation of Analyses of Scenarios of Development of the Strategy Section. In 1999 he started working as Business Manager for the ČEPS Company, where he worked as Section Manager from 2004. From 2005 to 2009 he held the position of Director of the Strategy Section at ČEPS, from 2010 until May 2012 he occupied the position of Director of Corporate Services at ČEPS. From May 2009 until June 2010 he was the head of consultants to the Minister of Industry and Commerce. In May 2016 he was appointed deputy Minster for Power Engineering. He remained in this position until 2016.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors of ČEZ Distribuce from April 2016, returning to work for ČEZ after 17 years away.


Martin ZáklasníkMartin Záklasník

CEO of the E.ON Group in the Czech Republic

Martin Zaklasnik 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.



Pavel ZámyslickýPavel Zámyslický

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

Pavel Zamyslicky 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.