Key speakers

Tomáš Prouza

Tomáš ProuzaState Secretary for European Affairs of the Czech Government

Graduate of the University of Economics in Prague and the Open University

Tomáš Prouza worked as an economic journalist after graduation. He founded the first Czech website about personal finance in 2000.

Between 2004 and 2007 he was the Deputy Minister of Finance. He was the first "Mr. Euro" in Czech Republic in 2005. He was a member of the board of Partners company from 2007 to 2011, he also served as managing director of Partners Media in 2010 and 2011. He worked as a principal consultant to the World Bank's programs for protection of clients in the financial market, financial inclusion and financial education. He has been devoting his skills and knowledge to these topics in Washington, D.C. as senior expert for the last two years. He became the Secretary of State for European Affairs and foreign policy adviser to the Prime Minister of Czech Republic in February 2014.

Evžen Tošenovský

Evžen TošenovskýMember of the European Parliament

He graduated from the VSB - Technical University of Ostrava. He worked as a mathematician in Vitkovice, a.s. and PIKE Electronic after graduation.

He became mayor of the city of Ostrava in 1993, remained in office until 2000, when he moved to the district office. He served as a Governor of Moravian - Silesian Region for two terms, at the same time he presided over the council of the Association of Regions of the Czech Republic.

After the failure of ODS in the regional elections in 2008, he returned for a short time to Vitkovice Holding company. He became the advisor to the CEO Jan Světlík. He became a MEP in 2009, where he is vice-chairman of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.

Alena Vitásková

Alena VitáskováThe Chairwoman of the Energy Regulatory Office

She graduated from VUT Brno, Faculty of buildings. Since 1974, she worked in various positions in Severomoravská plynárenská, a.s. in Ostrava, recently as CEO and Chairman of the Board.

In 2001-2003, she worked at Transgas, a.s., and RWE Transgas, a.s., as the Chairman of the Board and CEO. She was the Chairman of the Board of Pražská plynárenská, a.s. from 2004 to 2006. She also was the president of the Club of Czech gas business in Czech Republic.

Throughout her career she has supported charitable events, aimed at disabled people, culture, sports and education. She served in honorary positions - such as Vice-President of the Supervisory Board of the Rehabilitation Institute Hrabyně. She was chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of the Nadační fond manželů Livie a Václava Klausových and she was a member of the Board of the International Music Festival Prague Spring.

She has been the President of the Energy Regulatory Office since 2011.

Miroslav Novák

Miroslav NovákPresident of Moravian-Silesian Region

He worked at Stavoprojekt after graduation. In 1994 he started work as a tax manager at the Tax Office. He was elected a councillor of the city of Ostrava - Poruba in 1994, where he served as a Chairman of the Commission of transport and public services. He started working as an assistant of Member of Parliament Mgr. Lubomir Zaorálek in 1996. In 1998 he became Deputy Mayor of finance, local economy and transport of Poruba circuit. In 2002 he was elected Mayor of Ostrava-Poruba. After the municipal elections in 2006 he was re-elected Mayor by the Poruba council. He has been a member of the Moravian-Silesian Region council since 2004. He was elected President of the Region November 9, 2012.

Martin Hermann

Chairman of the Board of RWE Czech Republic

Martin HermannMartin Herrmann studied at the Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany, where he earned a degree in economics.

Martin Herrmann worked from 1994 to 2002 in Komerční Bank, both in Prague and Frankfurt. He became a member of the Board and Chief Financial Officer of Transgas in the RWE Group in May 2002. Since April 2007 he has been Chairman of the Board of RWE Transgas.

He also presides on the Board of RWE East, a new division responsible for the activities of RWE in Central and Southeast Europe and Turkey.

Jan Světlík

Jan SvětlíkChairman and CEO of VÍTKOVICE HOLDING, a.s. and president of the National Machinery Cluster

Jan Světlík is a graduate of the VSB - Technical University of Ostrava.

He became director of the former factory VITKOVICE Lahvárna in 1994, which was later an independent subsidiary of VÍTKOVICE, a.s. This independent subsidiary was privatized in 1999 by current VITKOVICE HOLDING, a.s.

In 2003 VITKOVICE HOLDING, a.s. succeeded in a tender allowing them to buy the entire VÍTKOVICE MACHINERY GROUP. Jan Světlík is a Chairman and CEO of VÍTKOVICE HOLDING.

VITKOVICE HOLDING, a.s. is also active in the statutory bodies of other major companies of the VÍTKOVICE MACHINERY GROUP, which is a principal owner.

The group includes more than thirty companies in the Czech Republic, Europe and overseas. Its annual turnover is around twenty billion Czech crowns.

Andreas Rau

Andreas RauManaging Director of NET4GAS, Ltd.

European Studies at the Rhine- Westphalian Technical University (RWTH) in Aachen.

He began his career in 1997 at Ruhrgas AG Technical System Design in Essen. After holding various positions in technical and business management for natural gas transport in E.ON Ruhrgas AG, he was appointed in 2006 a member of the Board of Directors of Eustream, a.s., in Bratislava. Eventually he became a chairman of the board. At the end of 2011 he transformed Eustream into a separate and independent operator of transit pipelines, with one of the largest volumes of gas transported in the EU. In the beginning of 2010, Andreas Rau was appointed a member of the Board of SPP, a.s. in Bratislava, where he was responsible for gas supply and marketing, gas trading, electricity sales and portfolio optimization until the beginning of 2013.

Václav Lerch

Václav LerchThe First Deputy of the General Director of VEMEX Ltd.

Graduate of Diplom-Kaufmann Humboldt-University, Berlin.

Václav Lerch has spent more than fifteen years building his experience in the gas and the energy sector industry. He started his professional career at VEAG Vereinigte Energiewerke AG, in the position of risk manager, followed by a position of in analytics in the trading department. Further on he worked as a sales manager of natural gas for the Czech Republic, and later on he worked at Ruhrgas AG, Essen. From 2005 he was at ZMB GmbH (now Gazprom Germania GmbH) in control of gas trade in Europe and Central Asia. Since August 2009 he has been working for VEMEX s.r.o., where he started in the position of director of gas purchase, logistics, and storage. In 2011 he was appointed proxy, in August 2013 he became the first deputy of the director and he is responsible for all activities connected with purchasing and selling natural gas in the Czech Republic and abroad.

Jindřich Kalíšek

Jindřich KalíšekAdvocate at Becker & Poliakoff, s.r.o.

Graduate of the Law Faculty at Charles University, Prague, where he also works in the position of external graduate of the Department of Copyright, Industrial Rights, and Competition Law.

Jindřich Kalíšek is also educated in the department of Business Economics and Telecommunications. In 2004-2008 Kalíšek worked as a consultant and later director of the production division of an important Czech software company. He has been involved in advocacy since 2010, and became a lawyer in 2014. He became a member of Becker & Poliakoff, s.r.o. in 2012.

Jan Pánek

Jan Pánek

The Head of the Department for Retail Market with the Energy Sector, Coal, and Oil within the general directorship for the energy sector of the European Commission in Brussels.

Graduate of Applied Geophysics at Charles University, Prague, and International Economy/ AFP at Johns Hopkins University – S.A.I.S. in Washington.

Jan Pánek joined the European Commission in 2005 following up his previous work in diplomacy within the Czech Ministry of Affairs, where he worked in the headquarters of the ministry, and also as a member of Czech diplomacy missions in Tokyo and Brussels. In 1999 he worked at Boston Consulting Group in London, and its offices in Central Europe.