Key speakers

Jiří FeistJiří Feist

Member of the Board in EP ENERGY

Jiří Feist holds a master’s degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague.

He is the Chief Strategy Officer of EP Energy, he serves on boards of directors and supervisory boards of several EPH’s subsidiaries and affiliates. In his previous roles, he was a Strategy and Business Development Director at ČEZ Group, Chief Strategy Officer and Dispatch Center Director at ČEPS. During his thirty years practice in the power energy sector he also served on various positions in Associations such as EURELECTRIC, UCTE, CENTREL, District Heating and Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic and he worked on many international projects, for example North-South Interconnections of the EU Transmission Grids and others.


Martin HerrmannMartin Herrmann

Member of the Board and COO Retail in innogy SE

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

Between the years 1994 and 2002 he worked in Commerzbank, both in Prague and Frankfurt. The last position there he worked on was a Project Manager and Consultant for RWE during the Czech Gas Industry privatisation. In May 2002, he became a member of the Board and Chief Financial Officer of Transgas in the RWE Group. Since April 2007 he has been in charge of RWE activities in the Czech Republic and since 2011 also of the RWE business in Central and Southeast Europe and Turkey (RWE East).

In August 2016 he was named a Member of the Board and COO Retail in a new RWE subsidiary, which pools Renewables, Grid & Infrastructure and Retail. Since September 1, 2016 the new subsidiary firm has been named innogy SE. Martin Herrmann will continue to be in charge of the business in the Czech Republic under the new innogy brand.


Tomáš HünerTomáš Hüner

Director of Energy Management Division in Siemens 

He graduated from the Faculty of Thermal Machines and Equipment at the Technical University in Brno and has a diploma in Strategic Management from the International Institute of Certified Studies.

Before he joined Siemens he worked as a Chairman of the Supervisory Board and director of energy resources in the company Vršanská uhelná, where he, among others, participated in the preparation of the Počerady power plant assumption. Between the years 2006 and 2014 he was a Chairman of the Supervisory Board in ČEPS and as well as in OTE in 2011-2014. He is also experienced in the field of public administration as a Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade (2006-2011). In this position he led the forming legislation and concepts in energetics and industry. Before that he worked in various managerial positions in production and International acquisition in ČEZ or in Severomoravská energetika, where he was a Chairman of the Board and CEO in 1994-2003.

Lenka KovačovskáLenka Kovačovská

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade in charge of energy

Lenka Kovačovská graduated from at the Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics in Prague majored in International Relations. She gained her PhD degree at the same college.

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 level. She joined the Ministry of Industry and Trade in March 2013, from 2014 to 2015 she led the position of Head of Strategy and International Energy Cooperation.

In November 2015 she was appointed Deputy Minister in charge of energy.

Marion LabatutMarion Labatut

She graduated from Sciences Po Paris in economics and international business and holds an executive master in energy systems optimization from Mines ParisTech.

Marion Labatut has 9 years of experience in electricity markets economics and regulation.

She leads the Markets and Customers team at EURELECTRIC, managing the representation of the European electricity industry in the field of wholesale and retail markets and customer issues before the EU institutions. Previously, she worked as an electricity markets analyst at EDF in Paris.


Alberto PototschnigAlberto Pototschnig

Director of ACER

Alberto Pototschnig is an economist and econometrician by training. Before joining the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, he was a Partner in Mercados EMI, an international consultancy specialising in the energy sector, where he served as CEO and Deputy Chairman.  He previously served as Director of Electricity Regulation in the Italian Energy Regulatory Authority (AEEG), as the first CEO of the Italian Electricity Market Operator and as adviser to the Italian Government. Since 2004, he has been an adviser at the Florence School of Regulation, where he regularly teaches energy regulation.

Jan SvětlíkJan Světlík

Chairman of the Supervisory Board and CEO in VÍTKOVICE HOLDING, a.s., and President of the National Machinery Cluster

Jan Světlík is a graduate of 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 the 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 of the Supervisory Board and CEO of VÍTKOVICE HOLDING. and is also active in the statutory bodies of other major companies of the VÍTKOVICE MACHINERY GROUP, of which he 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

Member of the Board in ČEZ Distribuce

Pavel Šolc graduated from the Secondary School of Communication Engineering in Prague in 1981 and in 1986 completed his studies at the Faculty of Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague, Branch of Energy Economics. He later went on to study Energy Systems Modelling at the University of Pennsylvania.

He began his professional career in 1986 with the company Škoda Praha. He has worked for ČEZ since 1993 and for ČEPS since 1999 in a variety of managerial positions. From May 2009 to June 2010 he was also Head of Advisors to the Minister of Industry and Trade. In May 2012 he was appointed Deputy Minister for Energy. 

He has been a member of the Board of Directors of ČEZ Distribuce since April 2016.

Evžen TošenovskýEvžen Tošenovský

Member 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 an MEP in 2009, where he is a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.

Alena VitáskováAlena Vitásková

Chairwoman of the Energy Regulatory Office (ERÚ)

She graduated from VUT Brno, Faculty of Buildings. Since 1974, she has 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 the 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.


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.