Key speakers

Invited to the discussion:

 

Jan Birke

Jan Birke

Member of the Parliament of the Czech republic, member of the Economic Committee and vice-chairman of the ČSSD (Czech Social Democratic Party)

He graduated from the Secondary Industrial School of Engineering in Nové Město nad Metují. Between 1993 and 1996 he worked as a manager for an American-Chinese Company specialising in assuring production and deliveries of strategic raw materials in the Chinese People’s Republic. Between 2004 and 2005 he was employed at the Ministry for Local Development of the Czech Republic, subsequently as the manager of the Office of the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. He has been the mayor of the town of Náchod since 2010. He was elected to the Council for the Hradec Králové Region in October 2012, and president of the mixed Czech-Chinese Chamber of Mutual Cooperation in 2013. He has held a mandate as a Member of the Parliament of the Czech Republic since 2013 and is a member of the Economic and Election Committee of the Chamber of Deputies.

 

Kamil Čermák

Kamil Čermák

Managing Director of ČEZ ESCO from the ČEZ Group

He graduated in the branch of Finance at the University of Economics in Prague and subsequently acquired an MBA title at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He previously worked as Managing Director of ČEZ ICT Services, he launched activities in Poland under the colours of the ČEZ Group and led the Division of VIP Customers at the ČEZ Sales Company as its director. He has also worked as Sales Director for Czech Telecom and ČSA, and has been employed at the Ministry of Industry and Trade and at Czech Television. He is president of the Czech Institute of Directors – an institute of members of administrative bodies, and also works as an independent lecturer in the fields of corporate governance and leadership.

Martin Durčák

Martin 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 Feist

Jiří 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 Herrmann

Martin Herrmann

Former Chief Operating Officer (COO) Retail of innogy SE 
and Honorary IEC President

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. 

Tomáš Hüner

Tomáš 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.

Štěpán Chalupa

Štěpán Chalupa

Chairman of the OZE Chamber (Chamber of Renewable Sources of Energy)

A graduate of the Secondary Industrial School in Prague, Prosek, he is currently a student of the Environmental Faculty at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague. He has worked in the sector for utilisation of renewable resources for over 20 years. He has been vice-chairman of the Czech Society for Wind Power since 2012 and chairman of the Chamber for Renewable Sources of Energy since 2013. He represents the RSE sector towards the government administration, in the media and during specialised debates. He is a member of ministerial work groups and executive committees in relation to legislation and subsidy programmes. He is a member of the Government Council for Sustainable Development and a member of the Coal Commission. He was also a member of the board of the European Renewable Energies Federation between 2016 and 2020.

Lenka Kovačovská

Lenka 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.

Martina Krčová

Martina Krčová

Member of the ERO Board

Mrs Krčová graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Management of the Czech University of Life Sciences and also from the Brno International Business School (B.I.B.S.). In the 1997 she started her work on the Ministry of Industry and Trade on the position of the Ministerial Council for regulation in the energy field. Since the 2001 she worked at the Energy Regulatory Office (ERO). Between 2002 and 2003 she hold a position of the head of analyses department. Between 2003 and 2009 she worked as the director of strategy division, she was responsible for economic regulation in energy sector and preparation of regulation reports and legal regulations in the secondary legislation.

Since 2011, Mrs Krčová after nomination to the function of the Vice-chairwoman for regulation, she was responsible for publishing final decisions, regulatory reporting for licence holders and legislation within ERO Energy law competences. Between 2015 and 2017, she worked as a Vice-chairwoman for the European issues and strategy. She was in charge of ERO international activities and she also took part on preparation of common processes for implementation of the new European energy legislation and on coordination with the Agency for the Cooperation of European Regulators (ACER). In 2019 Mrs Krčová has been concerned with municipality energetics and its decentralization at the Prague 7 Municipality. On August 1, 2019 she was nominated to the ERO Board.

Jan Kříž

Jan Kříž

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

Mr. Kříž 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.

Petr Kusý

Petr Kusý

Member of the ERO Board

Mr. Kusý graduated from the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň (ZČU FEL). After graduation, Mr Kusý has started to work at the ERO as a regulation specialist in the electricity division, in power supply and network department. He was mostly concerned about technical and economic analyses, renewable sources of energy and quality of electricity supply. Later as the director of statistics division between 2011 and 2013 he created new statistics electricity system and was responsible for publication of reports on the operation of the electricity grid and of the gas system. In year 2014, Mr Kusý held position of the director of analytical-statistical division, where he was responsible for complete data support for regulation in electricity, gas and heat industry. In 2015, he went over to the function of director of statistics and quality monitoring division. On this position, he was the head of implementation of new statistics for heat system. On August 1, 2019 he was nominated to the ERO Board.

René Neděla

René 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.

Jan Světlík

Jan 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.

David Šafář

David Šafář

Member of the Board of Directors of the EG.D Company from the E.ON Group

David has spent his whole professional life in the power engineering sector. He graduated in electric power engineering at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the West Bohemian University in Plzeň. He started working for the E.ON Company in 2009 where he focused on Smart Metering as a project manager (he spent 12 months on a residency in Germany). In 2012 he assumed his first executive position in the Asset Strategy and Projects Division where he subsequently led local and international distribution projects. He was the head of Management of networks and strategic projects from 2018, where he managed major international project, such as Smart Asset Management for example. He became a member of the Board of Directors of the EG.D Company from the E.ON Group in January 2020 and specialises in meeting key goals and fulfilling visions from the distributor’s overall strategy.

Pavel Šolc

Pavel Šolc

Member of the Board of Directors, ČEPS

Graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague. His professional career started at a power plant building subsidiary of Škoda Praha in 1986. He worked at ČEZ in 1993–1999, then joined ČEPS, a.s., where he held several managerial posts until 2012. He was in charge of the Energy Section of the Ministry of Industry and Trade as a deputy minister from 2012 to 2015. He was a member of the Board of Directors of ČEZ Distribuce in 2016–2020, also serving as Head of Distribution Asset Management.

Evžen Tošenovský

Evžen Tošenovský

Member of the European Parliament and member of ITRE, member of the ODS (Civic Democratic Party)

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.

Petr Třešňák

Petr Třešňák

Member of the Parliament of the Czech Republic for the Pirate Party and temporary guarantor of the energy programme item

Between 1998 and 2007 he initially graduated from the Secondary Industrial School of Transport in Plzeň, branch of Information Technology and subsequently the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the West Bohemian University in Plzeň. He graduated in the field of Technical Ecology, specialising in renewable resources and their implementation in the Czech Republic. He settled in the nuclear energy sector, where he continues to work as a safety specialist. He was deputy mayor of Mariánské Lázně in 2014 and became mayor of this town in 2015. After the parliamentary elections in 2017, when he became a Member of Parliament for the Karlovy Vary Region, he resigned from his position as mayor due to having two concurrent positions.

Tomáš Varcop

Tomáš Varcop

Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of innogy Česká republika and CEO of innogy Energie

Tomáš Varcop graduated from the Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. He then went on to work at TATRA TRUCKS a.s. in the Research and Development department. In 1993, he completed an MBA program at the University of Pittsburgh, J.M. Katz Graduate School of Business specialising in Strategic Management. After completing his MBA, he became Senior Manager at Accenture, where he worked from 1993-2002. In 2003-2007, he worked as the Division Director of Trade and Sales and a member of the Board of Directors at Západoslovenska energetika, a.s., in Bratislava. Then, from 2008-2012, Mr. Varcop ascended to the position of Chief Commercial Officer and Member of the Board of RWE Transgas, a.s. In 2014, he became the CEO of innogy Energie, s.r.o., where he still holds this position. At the same time, since 2019, he has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of innogy Česká republika.

Lubor Veleba

Lubor Veleba

CCO (Commercial division), RWE Gas Storage CZ 

Lubor Veleba earned his degree in engineering from the Technical University in Brno, Czech Republic and received Master of Business Administration at the Cass Business School, London. Prior to his career in the gas sector, he worked in corporate finance where he mainly advised on acquisitions of Czech companies. He also worked for the inward investment agency of the Czech government where his responsibilities included establishing the first overseas office. Lubor Veleba is a president of Gas Storage Europe (GSE) and member of the Board of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE).

Jaromír Vorel

Jaromír Vorel

Managing Director of ŠKO-ENERGO

The entire professional career of Jaromír Vorel is closely connected with the energy and chemical industries both in the Czech Republic and abroad.  Prior to joining ŠKO-ENERGO, he served as the Director of the Energy Services Unit at Unipetrol RPA and managed the operation of large industrial gas production plants in Central and Eastern Europe at Air Products.
He graduated from the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

Pavel Zámyslický

Pavel 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.