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FT Business Regulation Forum - Prague

Better Regulation for Innovation and Growth

Prague |
Speakers include:
Věra  Jourová

Věra Jourová

European Commission

Andrej    Babiš

Andrej Babiš

Czech Republic

Karel  Havlicek

Karel Havlicek

Czech Republic


The fifth edition of the FT Business Regulation Forum - in partnership with JTI - will gather regulators, policy makers, academics and senior industry leaders in Prague to discuss the role, principles and impact of “better regulation”. They will reflect on the EU experience, review international best practices and debate on the importance of “better regulation” for the business community. Focus will be placed on the creation of regulatory environments that are fit for innovation and can adapt to the future.

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Full Overview

Modern economies need sound regulatory frameworks that are conducive to development, innovation, investment and economic growth.  In the past few years, governments and policy makers around the world have concentrated their efforts on delivering “better regulation” – coherent, proportionate rules that are well-targeted and fit for purpose. In this process, they have aimed at reducing regulatory burden and opening up policy and regulation to make it more transparent, evidence-based and backed up by the perspectives of citizens and stakeholders. 

How does this look in practice and what is the state of play of the EU Better Regulation Agenda? What is working on consultations, regulatory oversight, impact assessments and how can more agile, open and responsive regulatory systems be achieved? What are the best practices in engaging with stakeholders in the regulatory policy cycle? What is the impact of this engagement on compliance with regulations and better regulatory quality? How best to ensure that regulatory approaches are in line with an innovative economy and what are key instruments being proposed to support innovation in a fast-paced, technology-driven environment? How can regulation be better reconciled with entrepreneurial freedom and consumer choice?

The fifth edition of the FT Business Regulation Forum - in partnership with JTI - will gather regulators, policy makers, academics and senior industry leaders in Prague to discuss the role, principles and impact of “better regulation”. They will reflect on the EU experience, review international best practices and debate on the importance of “better regulation” for the business community. Focus will be placed on the creation of regulatory environments that are fit for innovation and can adapt to the future.


Agenda - 31st Oct

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Tony Barber, European Affairs Columnist, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Keynote Address and Interview

    Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister, Czech Republic

    Moderated by

    Tony Barber, European Affairs Columnist, Financial Times

  • 9:30am
    Panel Discussion: Engaging Effectively with Stakeholders

    Pre-panel Keynote Address

    Karel Havlicek, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic 

    This high-level discussion will bring together senior policy makers and business leaders to exchange views on the challenges and opportunities for multi-stakeholder collaboration in the design and implementation of regulation. They will share best practices, take stock of what is working and look at future improvements. When, why and how to consult? How can all stakeholders be effectively involved? What are the best tools and methods of engagement that ensure business’ views are effectively taken into account? In which ways can standards, self-regulation and other voluntary agreements be used to achieve public policy objectives? How to strike the right balance between freedom and consumer protection?

    Karel Havlicek, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic

    Alexander Kryvosheyev, Vice-President Corporate Development, Eastern Europe Region, JTI

    Paul Kelly, Director, Food Drink Ireland (FDI) - Ibec

    Leena Linnainmaa, Secretary General, Directors’ Institute Finland

    Moderated by

    Claire Jones, Global Economic Reporter, FT Alphaville

  • 10:45am
    Networking Break
  • 11:00am
    On-Stage Keynote Interview

    Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers, and Gender Equality, European Commission

    Moderated by

    Tony Barber, European Affairs Columnist, Financial Times

  • 11:25am
    Panel Discussion: Management and Impact of Regulation – Approaches, Instruments and Best Practices

    Pre-panel Special Presentation 

    Veronica Gaffey, Chair Regulatory Scrutiny Board (RSB), European Commission 

    This panel will delve into the different approaches that have emerged in recent years to improve the quality of regulatory decision-making. What international best practices have been implemented in areas like transparency and open government, quantification of regulatory costs, Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) and ex post evaluation? What approaches to RIA are working and what further improvements can be achieved in the quality and use of impact assessments and evaluations? Have these modi operandi been successful in balancing freedom and responsibility and addressing potential unintended consequences of regulations?


    Eric Brousseau, Professor of Economics and Management and Scientific Director of the Chair Governance and Regulation and of the “Club des Régulateurs”, University Paris-Dauphine

    Veronica Gaffey, Chair Regulatory Scrutiny Board (RSB), European Commission

    Rakhim Oshakbayev, Director, Center for Applied Research TALAP

    Daniel Trnka, Senior Policy Analyst, Regulatory Division, OECD

    Tom Vöge, Head of EU Affairs, ICC EU

    Moderated by

    Claire Jones, Global Economic Reporter, FT Alphaville

  • 12:40pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:40pm
    Panel Discussion: Interplay of Innovation and Regulation – Getting It Right

    With the Fourth Industrial Regulation well under way, a wave of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data analytics, distributed ledger technology and Internet of Things (IoT) are disrupting business models, creating new industries and transforming the ways things are made. The rate of innovation frequently exceeds the speed at which regulatory systems can respond. In the wake of these developments, how can regulatory frameworks adapt to the pace of change of new technologies and new forms of innovation? What outcome-focused, flexible and agile regulatory systems and tools are emerging with the aim of enabling innovation while protecting citizens and the environment and ensuring fair markets?


    Mark Boris Andrijanič, Head of Public Policy, Central and Eastern Europe,Uber

    Ryan Bourne, R.Evan Scharf Chair for the Public Understanding of Economics, Cato Institute

    Vladimír Dzurilla, Chief Digital Officer for IT and Digitalization, Office of the Government, Czech Republic

    Gabrielle Inzirillo, Director, Fintech, Plug and Play Tech Center

    Moderated by

    Tony Barber, European Affairs Columnist, Financial Times

  • 2:40pm
    Closing Keynote Dialogue – Taxation and Business Regulation

    When implementing and managing taxes policy makers must ensure the right balance between the interests of the governments, consumers, businesses and society in general. What is the right level of taxation of goods, especially those known for their inelasticity of demand? What are the trends and future of excise taxes? What are the consequences of excessive taxation?

    Lenka Dupáková, Deputy Minister of Finance for International Relations and Financial Regulation, Czech Republic

    Ivan Mikloš, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Slovak Republic

    John O’Connell, President and Chairman, World Taxpayers Associations          

    Arman Poghosyan, Deputy Minister of Finance, Republic of Armenia

     Moderated by

     Jan Macháček, Chairman, Institute for Politics and Society

  • 3:40pm
    Chair’s Closing Remarks

    Tony Barber, European Affairs Columnist, Financial Times

  • 3:45pm
    Networking Reception

Speakers (19)

Věra  Jourová

Věra Jourová

Vice-President for Values and Transparency
European Commission

Věra Jourová heads EU policy on justice, consumer rights and gender equality. She was approved as Vice-President for Values and Transparency on 27 November, and in the upcoming Commission will deal with democracy, rule of law, disinformation and media pluralism. In 2014, before arriving at the European Commission, Ms. Jourová held the position of Minister for Regional Development in the Czech Republic. Prior to this, from 2006 to 2013, she worked in her own company as an international consultant on European Union funding, and was also involved in consultancy activities in the Western Balkans relating to the European Union Accession.

She holds a Degree in Law (Mgr.) and a Master’s degree (Mgr.) in the Theory of Culture from Charles University, Prague.  

Andrej    Babiš

Andrej Babiš

Prime Minister
Czech Republic

Andrej Babiš has been the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic since December 2017. He served from 2014 to 2017 as Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. He received his degree at the University of Economics in Bratislava, with studies focusing on international trade. He began his career as a trader for the Chemapol company in Bratislava, and later continued it for the Petrimex company. In 1993, he established his own company, Agrofert, which is now an international conglomerate with more than 250 subsidiaries in several industries: chemical, agriculture, food processing, forestry and timbering, ground- technologies, technology and transportation, renewable energy sources and as well as media. Since 2011 he has been the chairman of the ANO political movement, which received the second largest number of votes in the 2013 parliamentary elections.

Karel  Havlicek

Karel Havlicek

Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of Industry and Trade
Czech Republic

He graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague and from the PIBS at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He completed his doctoral studies at the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of Economics in Prague and was habilitated and obtained the Doc. title at the Faculty of Finance and Accounting.

Since the turn of the millennium, he has been defending the interests of entrepreneurs, especially in the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Crafts of the Czech Republic. As co-owner and CEO of the SINDAT Group, he developed this company into a respected investor in the small and medium-sized industry and new technologies over the past twenty years.

He has been involved in the academic world for many years and, in recent years, has was associated with the University of Finance and Administration, where he built a faculty of economic studies and prepared a study program Economy and Management. He has written several books on the subject of small and medium-sized enterprises and has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles in the Czech Republic and abroad.

He has been a member of a number of advisory bodies of the government and ministries; since 2014 he has been a member of the Government Council for Research, Development and Innovation and since 2018 he has been its Vice-Chairman.

In April 2019, he was nominated by Prime Minister for a post of Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of Industry and Trade. On 30 April 2019, he was appointed to both positions by President of the Czech Republic. At the same date, he resigned from the statutory and ownership positions in the business sector and left the management of the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises and Crafts.

He speaks English, German, Russian, Spanish, partly French and Chinese.

Veronica  Gaffey

Veronica Gaffey

Chair Regulatory Scrutiny Board
European Commission

The European Commission nominated Veronica Gaffey as Chair of the independent Regulatory Scrutiny Board in March 2019.  This Board, which is independent of the Commission services and has no policy-making responsibilities, examines the evidence base of all impact assessments for new policy proposals and most evaluations. 

Veronica was Director of the Paymaster’s Office of the Commission from 2016 to 2019 and before that was Director of Resources in the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy in July 2015. 

Veronica Gaffey worked in the area of evaluation for 23 years of her career.  She was Head of Evaluation in the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission from 2007 to 2015.  She joined the Evaluation Unit in 2000 from the ESF Evaluation Unit based in the Ministry for Enterprise and Employment in Dublin, Ireland.  There she managed the unit from its inception in 1992.  Before that, she worked in the Ministry for Labour from 1986.  Her academic background is the study of English literature.

Mark Boris  Andrijanič

Mark Boris Andrijanič

Head of Public Policy, Central and Eastern Europe

Mark Boris Andrijanič is Uber's Head of Public Policy in Central and Eastern Europe. He is responsible for establishing partnerships with governments and cities in the area of urban mobility. Prior to joining Uber, Mark Boris was a Visiting Fellow at the Martens Centre for European Studies in Brussels, where he worked closely with the European Parliament and European Commission on key EU policy issues. Before coming to Brussels, Mark Boris advised the Government of Sierra Leone on natural resource governance reform. In his native Slovenia, he co-founded and led some of the leading NGOs aimed at promoting active citizenship and entrepreneurship. He became a David Rockefeller Fellow at the Trilateral Commission and Millennium Fellow at the Atlantic Council in 2017. He received his Master’s in public policy from the University of Oxford and has a degree in law from the University of Ljubljana.    

Lenka  Dupáková

Lenka Dupáková

Deputy Minister of Finance for International Relations and Financial Regulation
Czech Republic

Lenka Dupáková, Deputy Minister of Finance for International Relations and Financial Regulation, Czech Republic


Lenka Dupáková is a Deputy Minister of Finance for International Relations and Financial Regulation

Ms Dupáková graduated from the Law School of the Charles University and the University of Economics in Prague and in 2010 received PhD.She worked as a lawyer in the international law firm Norton Rose and in the leading bank.
In May 2015 she was appointed Deputy Minister of Finance for International relations and Regulation of financial markets.
Ms Dupáková teaches at the Law School, focused on the regulation of financial markets and the national economy theory.

Ivan Mikloš

Ivan Mikloš

former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
Slovak Republic


Ivan Mikloš is former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic (2002-2006, 2010-2012), Deputy Prime Minister for Economy (1998-2002), and Minister of Privatization (1991-1992). He has co-founded and led the economic think tank MESA10 (1992-1998). Between 2006-2010 and 2012-2016, he was a Member of Parliament. In 2014, he was reappointed as the President of MESA10 and became a Member of the International Advisory Board of the National Reform Council of Ukraine and the platform VoxUkraine. Until April 2016, he served as a Chief Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Ukraine, and as an Advisor to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine. Since April 2016, he has been serving as a Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine. He is also Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Group for Supporting Ukrainian Reforms and Co-Founder of the Ukrainian economic think tank Centre for Economic Strategy.


Ivan Mikloš was one of the leading figures of economic transformation in the Slovak Republic. He significantly contributed to the entry of the Slovak Republic into the OECD, and instigated an extensive and effective tax reform. He led the government agenda on economic restructuring and fiscal consolidation. The second Dzurinda´s government (2002-2006) gained a very reformist reputation thanks to severe austerity measures and a comprehensive program of structural reforms (tax, social sector, pension, healthcare, public finance, labour market) backed by Ivan Mikloš. Thanks to these reforms, Slovakia was able to join the Eurozone in 2009. In 2004, he was awarded the title of ‘Best Minister of Finance of the Year’ by Euromoney, and ‘Top Business Reformer’ by the World Bank´s Doing Business report. Ivan Mikloš is the author of Book of Reforms (2005), Rewriting the Rule (2001) and dozens of studies and articles in the expert and popular press.


Vladimír  Dzurilla

Vladimír Dzurilla

Chief Digital Officer for IT and Digitalization
Office of the Government, Czech Republic


Vladimir Dzurilla graduated from the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, also studied as an

exchange student in Netherlands and at the British Open University.


After completing his studies, he worked at Accenture, at O2 and at ČMSS then, where he started

his career as a consultant for projects to exchange and implement large IT systems and to

implement organizational and process changes in companies. Since May 2016 he has been

serving as a Chief Executive Officer for the State Treasury Shared Services Center, which main

task is to provide ICT services to the state administration and operation of the critical

infrastructure at National Data Center. Since January 2018, he is currently managing the National

Agency for Communications and Information Technology. Main company goal is to operate non-public communication networks, including security service, and delivering shared applications

used by public administration such as citizen portal and national identity.


Mr Dzurilla also acts as an advisor to the Prime Minister for ICT and Digitization. February

last year, he was appointed as Chief Digital Officer for IT and Digitization. Within this position, it

creates and implements the strategic concept Digital Czech, which contributes to a significant

shift in state IT and digital economy and society.

Leena  Linnainmaa

Leena Linnainmaa

Secretary General
Directors’ Institute Finland

Leena Linnainmaa is Secretary General of Directors’ Institute Finland ( Ms Linnainmaa is an expert on corporate governance, company law and securities market law as well as women’s leadership issues. She is the Chair of the European Corporate Governance Codes Network (, the Finnish Association for the Development of Vocational Education and Training as well as Vice Chair of the Finnish Council of Regulatory Impact Analysis and board member of ecoDa, The European Confederation of Directors' Association.


Prior to joining Directors’ Institute Finland in September 2019, Ms Linnainmaa was Deputy Chief Executive of Finland Chamber of Commerce where she worked since 2000. Before that she worked for more than 10 years in the banking sector.


Leena Linnainmaa is Past President of UN Women National Committee Finland as well as Past President of the European Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) and Past Vice-President of the National Council of Women of Finland as well as its Honorary Member.


She is author or co-author of ca 12 legal books including Woman’s Law Book as well as numerous articles. In October 2008 she received an award from the WSOY Literature Foundation for an outstanding achievement in promoting equality and public awareness of legislation. In December 2008, Leena Linnainmaa was decorated as Knight, First Class of the Order of the Lion of Finland.


Leena Linnainmaa holds Master of Laws degree from University of Turku (1988). She was also trained on the bench.

Arman Poghosyan

Arman Poghosyan

Deputy Minister of Finance
Republic of Armenia

Arman Poghosyan has been directly involved in the development of tax policy in Armenia for the last 10 years. Prior to assuming the post of Deputy Minister of Finance of RA, Mr. Poghosyan headed the department responsible for tax policy development for many years, as well as tax methodology department of the State revenue Committee of RA․ With the direct participation and guidance of Mr. Poghosyan, the first Tax Code of RA was developed, which entered into force on January 1, 2018. Mr. Poghosyan has also been a lecturer at Armenian State University of Economics.


Daniel Trnka

Daniel Trnka

Senior Policy Analyst, Regulatory Division


Daniel Trnka works as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Regulatory Policy Division of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) leading the Regulatory Management and Delivery team.


Daniel has been working in the area of public administration reform and regulatory reform for more than 20 years both at the national as well as the international level. Before joining the OECD, he worked as Director of the Department of Regulatory Reform and Public Administration Quality of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic. His main areas of expertise are administrative simplification, regulatory impact assessment, stakeholder engagement and regulatory enforcement and inspections.


He is the author or co-author of several OECD publications, including the Recommendation of the OECD Council on Regulatory Policy and Governance, Cutting Red Tape: Why Is Administrative Simplification So Complicated?, OECD Best Practice Principles for Regulatory Enforcement and Inspections, Administrative Simplification Reviews of Poland and Vietnam, Regulatory Policy Reviews of Mexico, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Slovenia and Croatia, Measuring and Reducing Administrative Burdens in Greece, etc.

Ryan Bourne

Ryan Bourne

R. Evan Scharf Chair for the Public Understanding of Economics
Cato Institute

Ryan Bourne occupies the R. Evan Scharf Chair for the Public Understanding of Economics at the Cato Institute in Washington DC. He is a weekly columnist for the Daily Telegraph and fortnightly columnist for ConservativeHome in the UK. He was previously Head of Public Policy at the Institute of Economic Affairs and Head of Economic Research at the Centre for Policy Studies. Bourne appears regularly on broadcast media, and has appeared on BBC News, CNN, Fox Business, CNBC and Sky News.

Alexander  Kryvosheyev

Alexander Kryvosheyev

Vice President Corporate Development Eastern Europe Region
Japan Tobacco International (JTI)

Alexander Kryvosheyev is Vice President of Corporate Development, Eastern Europe region, for Japan Tobacco International.


Mr. Kryvosheyev joined the company (then R.J. Reynolds International) in 1994 in Kiev as a public relations specialist. He was transferred to JTI’s headquarters in Geneva in 2002, holding various positions of growing responsibility in the corporate affairs and regulatory domains.


Mr. Kryvosheyev holds a degree from a Foreign Languages Institute in Kiev, where he also started his career in 1987.

Gabrielle  Inzirillo

Gabrielle Inzirillo

Director, Fintech
Plug and Play Tech Center

Gabrielle is an investor at Plug And Play and an expert in POC-to-Production processes within financial institutions.
Her responsibilities include identifying high-priority fintech solutions, accelerating pilots and following their subsequent integration within banks and FIs across Plug And Play's EMEA presence in Paris, Frankfurt and Abu Dhabi. In parallel she provides VC funding to early-stage fintech and insurtech startups in the European space along with expertise in scaling and access to new markets.
Prior to this she designed and executed the open innovation process at Citi FinTech launching high-impact programs to crowdsource fintech, regtech and govtech solutions and built financial products at Bloomberg.

Eric Brousseau

Eric Brousseau

Professor of Economics and Management and Scientific Director of the Chair Governance and Regulation and of the “Club des Régulateurs”,
University Paris-Dauphine

Eric Brousseau is Professor of Economics and Management at the University Paris-Dauphine; a member of PSL Research University. He holds the “Governance and Regulation” Chair hosted by the Fondation Paris-Dauphine, and he is the scientific director of the Club des Régulateurs (French club of Regulatory Authorities). He is also the director of “Governance Analytics”, a research initiative aimed at supporting the development of data-intensive research on organizations and institutions. He is the founder and the director of the Institutional and Organizational Economic Academy (IOEA), and a past-President of the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics (SIOE). He is also an honorary member of the Institut Universitaire de France, and was part-time professor at the European University Institute in Florence.


His research focuses on economic governance, market regulation and the dynamic of institutional frameworks. He is interested in the organization and evolution of institutions shaping economic activities; hence detailed researches on how regulatory frameworks emerge, evolve and perform in various contemporary or historical, national or transnational contexts; as well as on the interactions between self- and public regulations. He pays a special attention to the consequences of digital technologies and the Internet on governance issues.


He is currently working on the specificities of governance regimes in the digital age, and on the digital transformation of the state. He also developed research on innovation and intellectual property, digital business models, and (global) environmental governance.


He has published nearly a hundred scientific papers and has edited about fifteen books and symposia. He has been involved in researches funded by the French Government, the European Commission, the US National Science Foundation, the UN, and the OECD.

He is one of the creators of Master Program “Network Industries and Digital Economics” (IREN); jointly operated between Paris-Dauphine, Polytechnique, CentraleSupelec TélécomParis and the University Paris-Saclay. He is the current director of the Master Program “Information Systems, Networks and Digital Economy” (SIREN) at Paris-Dauphine|PSL.

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly

Food Drink Ireland (FDI) - Ibec

Paul Kelly is Director of Food Drink Ireland (FDI) which is part of Ibec, the group that represents Irish business. He held a number of roles across Ibec before taking up his current position in 2005.

FDI is the main trade association for the food and drink industry in Ireland and is committed to ensuring an environment exists that is conducive to the success and further growth of the food and drink industry. FDI provides leadership and direction on a number of key strategic issues, including the economic importance and reputation of the sector, Brexit, competitiveness, innovation, trade, skills, regulation and general food chain policy.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Limerick and a Master’s Degree in Applied Science from University College Dublin

Tom Vöge

Tom Vöge

Head of EU Affairs

Dr Tom Vöge’s mission at ICC, the world business organization, is to strengthen ICC’s position at EU policy level through dialogue with various European institutions and the broader EU stakeholder community.


Tom is a senior public policy and government affairs professional; internationally recognised expert in the areas of sustainability, trade facilitation, and industry, covering regulations, governance, and technology innovation. He has a 18+ year career in intergovernmental organisations (United Nations and OECD), management and strategy consulting (EADS/ AIRBUS Group), and academia and research institutes (University of Southampton and K.U. Leuven). This led him to develop a large international network of high-level contacts in national governments, government agencies, cities and authorities, automotive industry, mobility service and platform industry, freight and logistics industry, academia and R&D institutes, and intergovernmental organisations, membership organisations, interest groups  (European Commission, European Parliament, United Nations, World Bank, OECD, IDB).


Tom holds a PhD in Philosophy and is the author of a large number and variety of publications, including sole author of a book on vehicle automation based on PhD studies in this field, book chapters, papers in academic journals, articles in technical magazines, technical reports, policy papers. Tom is regular speaker at international conferences, at events organised by intergovernmental organisation, and at academic seminars (Tsinghua University, Tongji University, and MINES ParisTech).


Rakhim Oshakbayev

Rakhim Oshakbayev

Center for Applied Research "Talap"

Rakhim Oshakbayev is a Director of the Center for Applied Research TALAP (since 2017), has experience as a Vice Minister for Ministry of Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2015 - March 2016), as a Deputy Chairman of the Board of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan Atameken (2013-2015), as a Managing Director of National Welfare Fund Samruk-Kazyna JSC (2011-2012), as a CEO of the Analytical Center for the Economic Policy of the Agro-Industrial Complex LLP (2009-2011), in the Project Management at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank (IFC) (2003-2004), at the Financial Leasing Company KazAgroFinance JSC (2001-2002). Rakim is also the Host of the author’s TV programme “Round table with Rakhim Oshakbayev” on Khabar 24 channel (2018). He was awarded the order "Kurmet" and the medal of the II degree "For the contribution to the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union".

John O'Connell

John O'Connell

President and Chairman
World Taxpayers Associations

John O'Connell joined the TPA as an intern in 2009. Since then he has worked at every level of the organisation which made him uniquely qualified to become Chief Executive beginning August 2016. As a researcher, and later Research Director, he wrote major reports for the TPA on quangos, government capital procurement, regional business policy and local government pensions. He co-authored the influential paper How to Save £50 Billion: reducing spending for sustainable public finances, released in conjunction with the Institute of Directors. 

John oversaw the work of the 2020 Tax Commission. He also wrote and edited several sections of its final report, The Single Income Tax, which won the Templeton Freedom Award from the Atlas Network.
John frequently represents the TPA on television and radio, including prominent appearances on flagship broadcast programmes and documentaries. He also regularly speaks for the TPA at events, delivering speeches on the TPA’s campaigns and research.He has a BA from Nottingham Trent University and an MSc from University College London.


Chair and Moderators (3)

Tony Barber

Tony Barber

European Affairs Columnist
Financial Times

Tony Barber is European Affairs Columnist at the Financial Times. He was previously Europe Editor and Associate Editor. He joined the newspaper in 1997 and served as bureau chief in Frankfurt (1998-2002), Rome (2002-2007) and Brussels (2007-2010).

Mr Barber started his career in 1981 at Reuters news agency, serving as a foreign correspondent in New York, Washington and Chicago (1982-83), Vienna (1983), Warsaw (1984-85), Moscow (1985-87), Washington (State Department correspondent, 1987-88) and Belgrade (bureau chief, 1989). He worked from 1990 to 1997 at The Independent in London, where he was successively East Europe Editor and Europe Editor.

Among the major world events on which Mr Barber has reported on the ground are the 1986 Chernobyl accident, the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the fall of eastern European communism in 1989, the 1991-95 wars of the Yugoslav succession, the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005, the eurozone crisis and Catalonia’s 2017 secession crisis.

Mr Barber studied from 1978 to 1981 at St John’s College, Oxford University, where he received a BA First Class Honours degree in Modern History. 

Claire  Jones

Claire Jones

Global Economic Reporter
FT Alphaville

Claire Jones joined FT Alphaville in August 2019 to cover the global economy. That brought to a close a twelve-year stint writing about the world’s monetary guardians, most recently the European Central Bank for the Financial Times.   

She is based in Frankfurt and writes about anything that lies at the intersection of economics, politics and markets, as well as how economics should be taught. 

Jan Macháček

Jan Macháček

Institute for Politics and Society

Jan Macháček is a Czech columnist, musician and university lecturer. He covers political, economic, European and geopolitical issues. Currently he publishes his columns in the Czech daily newspaper Lidové noviny and writes his daily column called Monitor JM online. He also provides analysis for Czech radio and TV stations.


In 2015 he became a Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Politics and Society. He takes part in setting up the strategy and agenda of this think tank, and in organizing debates and conferences on various political and economic issues. From 2011 to 2015, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, he took an important part in creating the agenda of Vaclav Havel Library. He is an active musician and as a member of the band “The Plastic People of the Universe”, Macháček helped to form a part of the Czech underground music scene. The band, which has recorded two studio albums, was formerly officially banned from taking part in live shows. He has also been a member of the “Garage” rock group, as a guitarist. Before 1989 he was an active dissident and signatory of Charta 77. After the 1989 Velvet revolution Mr. Macháček co-founded the country’s first independent media outlet, the weekly Respekt. There he was recognized for his investigative and analytical writing. In 2000 he was the Respekt’s deputy editor-in-chief. Macháček took part in an international fellowship at the National Forum Foundation in Washington D.C., USA, in 1994 and four years later became a Michigan journalism fellow working at the William Davidson Institute at University of Michigan, USA.

Who Attends

This event has been produced to meet the needs of senior representatives and thought leaders of forward-thinking corporations and organisations including:

  • FMCG
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy
  • Media
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Think tanks
  • Business associations

Within these areas complimentary places are available to the following professionals:

  • Senior regulators and policymakers
  • Chief regulatory officers
  • CEOs/CIOs/CTOs
  • Heads of strategy, investor relations, corporate affairs, regulation, policy and marketing
  • Opinion makers and academics
  • Journalists

If this fits your company/business profile, please register now for your complimentary place.

*Complimentary places are strictly limited and subject to approval of the Publisher.


Benefits of Attending

  • Explore recent approaches and international best practices aimed at improving the quality of regulatory decision-making.
  • Exchange views on the challenges and opportunities for multi-stakeholder collaboration in the design and implementation of regulation
  • Discuss how regulatory systems are adapting to the new wave of technologies and disruptive players
  • Network with senior government officials and corporate leaders


Four Seasons Hotel
Veleslavinova 2A/1098
Prague 110 00 Praha 1

Czech Republic

Tel: +420 221 427 000


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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

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The mission of the Institute is to cultivate the Czech political and public sphere through professional and open discussion. We aim to create a living platform which defines problems, analyzes them, and offers recipes for their solution in the form of cooperation with experts, politicians, international conferences, seminars, public discussions, and political and social analysis available to the whole of Czech society. We believe that open discussion with experts and the recognition of the causes of problems is a necessary presumption for any successful solution to the political and social problems facing society today. 

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Abigail Lewis
Project Manager - Strategic Solutions
Financial Times
Mariana Schapira
Senior Content Editor
Financial Times