Key speakers

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.




Martin HerrmannMartin Herrmann

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

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 the Energy Management Division at Siemens Česká republika

He graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Brno University of Technology and owns a diploma from the International Institute of Certified Studies in Strategic Management.

Before starting work for the Siemens Company he worked as Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Director of Energy Resources for the Vršanská uhelná a.s. Company, where his most important activities includes preparation of the takeover of the Počerady power plant. Between 2006 and 2014 he worked as Chairman of the Supervisory Board for the Čeps, a.s. Company, while simultaneously occupying the position of Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the OTE, a.s. Company. He also has extensive experience from his work for the government administration, where he headed creation of legislation and concepts in power engineering and industry (2006 -2011) as deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce. Before this he worked in various managerial positions in the field of manufacturing and foreign acquisitions at ČEZ, a.s. or for Severomoravská energetika, a.s. where he held the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director between 1994 and 2003.


Jan KřížJan Kříž

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

Mr. Křiž 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.


Pavel ŠolcPavel Šolc

Member of the Board of Directors of ČEZ Distribuce

Mr. Pavel Šolc 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.


Evžen TošenovskýEvžen Tošenovský

Member of the European Parliament

Mr. Tošenovský 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.


Ivo VondrákIvo Vondrák

President of the Moravian-Silesian Region

Graduate of VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava. He was awarded the Excellence Award by the Minister of Education of the Czechoslovak Republic. Professor Vondrák was then awarded a degree in Engineering Informatics.

He is the founder of education in the field of informatics in Ostrava. From February 2010 to November 2016 he was Rector of VŠB-TUO, formerly Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of VŠB-TUO. For ten years he was a visiting professor at the Montanuniversität Leoben in Austria. In the USA, he worked on research programs for Software Research Labs, Texas Instruments. He is the lead author of the project to build one of the largest supercomputers in Europe - IT4Innovations.

From 2011 to 2016 he was a member of the Government Council for Science, Research and Innovation. He is currently Chairman of the Council of the Association of the Regions of the Czech Republic for Education. On 10 November 2016, the Regional Assembly of the Moravian-Silesian Region elected Professor Vondrák to the position of the Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region.


Libor WitassekLibor Witassek

Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vítkovice, a.s.

Mr. Witassek is a graduate of the Brno University of Technology, field of technical cybernetics, the University of M. Kopernik in Toruń in the field of International Marketing Management and of the Dominican University in Chicago where he acquired the title of MBA. In 2004 he worked as advisor to the leading American Wharton University of Pennsylvania for business programmes in Central Europe.

Libor Witassek has worked in managerial positions chiefly in foreign companies, in the field of management. He started working for the Vítkovice engineering group after leaving his position as member of the top management of the supranational engineering company, the GCE Group, and member of the Board of Directors of the international consulting group Allied Consultants Europe, with registered office in Stuttgart and activities in 15 countries in Europe, which specialises in establishing modern management systems.

He is an independent science worker at the University of Economics in Prague in the field of psychology of management. He is the author of the internationally acknowledged Lean Leadership® methodology, which he teaches at the University of Economics in Prague within the terms of the MBA programme. Libor Witassek is the holder of a number of Czech and international professional awards.


Jan ZaplatílekJan Zaplatílek

Director of the Gas and Liquid Fuels Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic

Mr. Zaplatílek is a graduate of the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering. Between 1986 and 1994, he worked for Transgas in the field of investment development. Since 1994, he has worked in the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic with an expertise in the gas industry. In 1997, he was appointed Head of the Gas Industry and Deputy Director of the Gas and Liquid Fuels Division. In 2011, he became Director of the Gas and Liquid Fuels Division and has remained in this position until today.