AFI Annual Conference 2024

The future of the Czech economy: investments, decarbonization and global influences

September 10, 2024

2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Congress Centre of the Czech National Bank

The future of the Czech economy: investments, decarbonization and global influences 

The Annual Conference of the AFI is one of the key events aimed at supporting the investment environment in the Czech Republic. This year, the event's fourth edition takes place on September 10, 2024, at the Czech National Bank in Prague. 

The conference part of the event will comprise of three moderated panel discussions in which experts will talk about current trends and the latest issues in the economic and investment environment. 

The main aspect of the evening gala will be the awarding of the AFI Prizes.

Topics & Highlights

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News in the Czech investment environment

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Demand for labor and changes in the labor market

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Reinvestment in the Czech Republic

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Industrial self-sufficiency

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Green Deal and carbon neutrality

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Sustainable financing (taxonomy, ESG, etc.)

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Perception of risks and their solutions

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Program

13:15 - 14:00    Registration
14:00 - 14:10    Opening
14:10 - 14:20    Keynote Speech
14:20 - 15:15     1st panel - Economic outlook of the Czech Republic: deglobalization and investment
15:15 - 15:25    Presentation of the results of AFI survey
15:25 - 15:55    Coffee break a networking
15:55 - 16:50    2nd panel – Current views of investors on the investment environment in the Czech Republic
16:50 - 17:20     Award ceremony
17:20 - 18:15      3rd panel – Decarbonization of the Czech Republic and economic impacts
18:15 - 20:00   Raut & Networking

Forewords

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Economic outlook of the Czech Republic: deglobalization and investment

Mojmír Hampl

Economist

David Marek

Chief Economist, Deloitte

Jana Matesová

Economist, former Czech representative to the World Bank

David Navrátil

Chief Economist, Česká spořitelna

Mojmír Hampl

Economist

David Marek

Chief Economist, Deloitte

Jana Matesová

Economist, former Czech representative to the World Bank

Education: University of Economics Prague, Harvard University-Kennedy School of Government.

For sixteen years she worked for the World Bank in positions ranging from consultant to senior advisor to the Executive Director or member of the President's Advisory Group on International Financial Architecture and G7/G8/G20 negotiations. Later she was the Deputy Sherpa of the European Council at the G20 negotiations, and in the Czech public sector she worked, among others, as Deputy Minister of Education or Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister.

In the 1990s, she was involved in the launch of the first internationally accredited MBA program in Czechoslovakia (CMC-Graduate School of Business), taught there and subsequently served as Director of Research, International Programs and PR.

She occasionally lectured at international universities, including Harvard University. She has received several domestic and international awards for her research work and has held fellowships at Oxford University and the World Bank.

David Navrátil

Chief Economist, Česká spořitelna

Current views of investors on the investment environment in the Czech Republic

Jan Michal

CEO CzechInvest

Pavel Sovička

Managing Director in Panattoni Development Czech republic & Slovakia

Aleš Cáb

 Site Manager and VP of Manufacturing, Onsemi

Luboš Lukasík

Chief Commercial Officer, Enterprise Market CZ T-mobile

Jan Michal

CEO CzechInvest

Pavel Sovička

Managing Director in Panattoni Development Czech republic & Slovakia

He started his professional career at Cushman & Wakefield, where he spent a total of ten years. Since 2008, he has headed Panattoni as Managing Director for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Panattoni is part of Panattoni Development Company, one of the world's largest privately owned real estate development companies with 48 offices in North America and Europe. Since its launch in Central Europe in 2005, the company has completed a total of more than 13.9 million sqm of modern industrial space.

Pavel Sovička has 23 years of industrial experience in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. He has been involved in transactions representing a total of more than 1,500,000 m2 of leased and sold space. Some of the most significant projects under his leadership include Panattoni Park Prague Airport I and II, Amazon's distribution centre in Dobrovíz (the largest rental building in the Czech Republic, 120,000 sqm), Panattoni Park D5 / Stříbro and Panattoni Park Cheb, whose most significant tenant is Tchibo (the second largest rental building in the Czech Republic, 105,000 sqm).

Aleš Cáb

 Site Manager and VP of Manufacturing, Onsemi

Aleš joined the company in 1993 after he had finished his master’s degree in electro technology at Brno University of Technology. He started as a process engineer at diffusion in Rožnov fab and took one year training at Motorola Toulouse. His experience and analytical skills took him into manufacturing where he built fab capacity model and started planning and participated in fab expansion. Later, he became wafer fab Manufacturing Manager and then Operations Manager. Under his leadership fab successfully transferred many technologies and significantly expanded capacity. His 15 years fab experience, ability to lead multifunctional teams and orientation to results qualified him in 2008 to his current role of Rožnov site manager with responsibility of two fabs CZ2 and CZ4 and supporting departments in Rožnov. Rožnov site is now undergoing significant expansion and transformation to silicon carbide technology which would not be possible without Aleš’ dedication and visions. 

Luboš Lukasík

Chief Commercial Officer, Enterprise Market CZ T-mobile

Decarbonization of the Czech Republic and economic impacts

René Neděla

Senior Director of Energy and Nuclear Resources, Ministry of Industry and Trade

Jakub Tobola

Member of the Board of Directors Veolia

Petr Závodský

Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO at Eelektrárna Dukovany II

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René Neděla

Senior Director of Energy and Nuclear Resources, Ministry of Industry and Trade

Mr. René Neděla graduated at 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.

Jakub Tobola

Member of the Board of Directors Veolia

He has been working in the position of commercial director of the Veolia group in the Czech Republic since 2020. In 2020, he managed the acquisition project of the Pražská teplárenská group.  In previous years, he worked as a business development manager for the energy division of the Veolia group in the Czech Republic and also in Slovakia, where he managed the acquisitions of the energy groups PPC Bratislava and Slovintegra Energy Levice in the capacity of director of energy for Slovak Veolia. Before 2015, he worked as a project manager at Dalkia (a member of the Veolia group). He has been working in the energy industry since 2001. Since 08/2022, he has been the representative of the DG Energy Division of the Veolia Group in the Czech Republic. Married, 2 children.

Petr Závodský

Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO at Eelektrárna Dukovany II

Ing. Petr Závodský (1970) joined the CEZ Group in 1994 at the Temelín Nuclear Power Plant during the construction of Units 1&2, where he worked as a manager of independent verification and validation of safety systems software.  

In the fall of 2006, when CEZ decided to prepare a new nuclear reactor, he was one of the first members of the new team, where he was responsible for the technical part of the preparation. In April 2009, he became the director of the nuclear power plant construction department responsible for nuclear construction within the CEZ Group, i.e. the new nuclear power plants in Dukovany and Temelín and in Jaslovské Bohunice.  

He is currently the chairman of the board of directors of ČEZ subsidiaries – Elektrárna Dukovany II, a. s. and Elektrárna Temelín II a. s. and the general director of these companies.

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Moderator

Dominik Stroukal

Dominik Stroukal

AFI Prizes

  • AFI PRIZE FOR LONG-TERM BENEFIT TO THE INVESTMENT ENVIRONMENT OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC 2024
  • AFI PRIZE FOR SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION IN THE FIELD OF INVESTMENT 2024
  • AFI PRIZE FOR THE INNOVATIVE IDEA OF THE YEAR 2024

The purpose of the Prizes is to recognise and publicly acknowledge important persons who have contributed to the development of the Czech investment environment and economy, and also activities and projects implemented in the Czech Republic (e.g. investments in advanced technologies) and activities, and projects originating in the Czech Republic and implemented abroad that are beneficial for the Czech Republic. The Innovation Idea of ​​the Year award is aimed at activities or projects that are significant for a high level of innovation in any form (innovative approach/procedure/know-how/technology, etc.) carried out in the Czech Republic and activities or projects originating in the Czech Republic, carried out abroad, which benefit the Czech Republic.

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