Key speakers

Martin HerrmannMartin Herrmann

Chairman of the Board of RWE Czech Republic

Martin 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. 


Daniel BenešDaniel Beneš

CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors

Daniel Beneš 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 the Czech Republic.

2004 he acceded to the position of the Chief Procurement Officer of Procurement Department of the company ČEZ, 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 Chairman of the Board of Directors. At the same time he has been representing ČEZ, 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 and Director for Strategy in the EP ENERGY Group.

Graduate of the Czech Technical University, Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Prague.

He worked in the ČEZ Group in the position of Chief Strategy Officer and also as Director of Strategy Department in ČEPS. He was Director of the Central energy dispatching ČEPS (formerly ČEZ) in the same time. Since 1992, he worked as an active member in the international organization CENTREL, associating energy companies in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. He later became its vice president. Since 1996 he was deputy and then a member of the executive board of the UCPTE, where he managed international projects for interconnecting infrastructure in energy.



Alena VitáskováAlena Vitásková

The 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.

Václav HrachAndreas Rau


Václav Hrach graduated from the Czech Technical University in 1997, where he majored in corporate finance and management at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. He stayed on to earn a Ph.D. in 2000. He began his professional career during his last year of studies as a marketing specialist with Škoda Praha, a.s. From 1997 to 2000, he was a partner in TES Praha, a.s., where he oversaw a number of large-scale information control and management projects. At the same time, he worked as a lecturer at the Institute of Corporate Finance and Management associated with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Czech Technical University. In 2000, Hrach joined MVV Energie CZ s.r.o., where he first served as CFO, and from 2005 as CEO and Managing Director. He was appointed a member of the Board of Directors in 2009, and was later appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of MVV Energie CZ a.s. In this position, he successfully completed a group-wide restructuring program, achieving a considerable increase in the group's market share and the added value that it generates. Václav Hrach represented MVV in the Executive Committee of the Heat Association for District Heating of the Czech Republic, and in the Executive Committee of COGEN CZECH.

He has been the CFO at NET4GAS since March 2014.


Jan SvětlíkJan Světlík

Chairman 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.


Pavel ŠolcPavel Šolc

Deputy Minister for Energy and Industry

In 1981 he finished his secondary studies at the Secondary Technical School in Prague. In 1986 he graduated from the Czech Technical University in Prague majoring in economics of power generation. He spent one semestr at the University of Pennsylvania, USA where he specialized in modelling of energy systems.

He started his professional career as a researcher at Škoda s.p. in 1986. In the period 1993—1999 he joined ČEZ as a Head of the Strategic Planning and Analysis Department. In 1999 he changed for the company ČEPS (the Czech trasmission system operator) where he held several positions — Director of System Trade Department (1999—2005), Director of Corporate Strategy Department (2005—2009) and Director Corporate Services (2010—2012). During the years from 2009 to 2010 he joined the team of the Minister of Industry and Trade as a chief advisor to the minister.

He was appointed the Deputy Minister for Energy and Industry on May 21, 2012. Mr. Pavel Šolc manages the Section of Industry and the Section of Energy.