arrow-circle-full-right arrow-circle-full-up arrow-circle-up arrow-down arrow-right calendar calendar-done facebook flickr home linkedin login pin reload search share signin star twitter video video youtube nav star-plus info signout double-arrow arrow-up checked

Thirty years of Growth

Unlocking inclusive societies in Central and Eastern Europe

Prague |
Speakers include:
Andrej Babiš

Andrej Babiš

Government of Czech Republic

Oana Toiu

Oana Toiu

Social Innovation Solutions

Andreas   Treichl

Andreas Treichl

Erste Group Bank

Overview

Join the Financial Times and Erste Group Bank at an exclusive VIP forum in Prague to discuss what needs to be done to ensure that prosperity is enjoyed at all levels of society in Central and Eastern Europe.

Thirty years after the Iron Curtain was torn down, countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have transformed themselves into dynamic economies that have integrated into the global community. But while big-picture macroeconomics matters, it is important to understand how the region’s remarkable rise in prosperity is affecting its citizens’ quality of life, health and education.

Significant progress has been made in improving quality of life since the collapse of Communism. But economies in the region now find themselves at a crossroads and must prepare to be more self-sufficient. They need to champion skills development and ensure they attract the right talent for the jobs of the future. As in Western Europe, they must address polarisation of communities, fix the growing skills gap and reduce income inequality and in-work poverty. Populations, particularly those aged 18-39, want policies that give them optimism for the future. And these policies need to be backed by business to ensure long-term success that benefits all stakeholders.

Join us to discuss how these economies are preparing themselves for the transition to a knowledge economy and the policy solutions needed to ensure the region continues to develop the skills required to ensure ongoing prosperity that benefits everyone.

  • How do you make sure the high-level tech skills that can already be found in the region are available and usable?
  • How do you entice young people to take up opportunities at home rather than abroad?
  • Will there still be a safety net for lower skilled people?
  • What role should business play in developing the skills of the future?
  • What opportunities are there for innovation and collaboration between stakeholders?
  • How do you harness the opportunities of the fourth industrial revolution and meet the growing demand for skills, technology and innovation to deliver the jobs of the future?
fallback
fallback Add to my Calendar 10/08/2019 10:30:0010/08/2019 13:30:00trueThirty years of GrowthJoin the Financial Times and Erste Group Bank at an exclusive VIP forum in Prague to discuss what needs to be done to ensure that prosperity is enjoyed at all levels of society in Central and Eastern Europe.Thirty years after the Iron Curtain was torn down, countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have transformed themselves into dynamic economies that have integrated into the global community. But while big-picture macroeconomics matters, it is important to understand how the region’s remarkable rise in prosperity is affecting its citizens’ quality of life, health and education.Significant progress has been made in improving quality of life since the collapse of Communism. But economies in the region now find themselves at a crossroads and must prepare to be more self-sufficient. They need to champion skills development and ensure they attract the right talent for the jobs of the future. As in Western Europe, they must address polarisation of communities, fix the growing skills gap and reduce income inequality and in-work poverty. Populations, particularly those aged 18-39, want policies that give them optimism for the future. And these policies need to be backed by business to ensure long-term success that benefits all stakeholders.Join us to discuss how these economies are preparing themselves for the transition to a knowledge economy and the policy solutions needed to ensure the region continues to develop the skills required to ensure ongoing prosperity that benefits everyone.How do you make sure the high-level tech skills that can already be found in the region are available and usable?How do you entice young people to take up opportunities at home rather than abroad?Will there still be a safety net for lower skilled people?What role should business play in developing the skills of the future?What opportunities are there for innovation and collaboration between stakeholders?How do you harness the opportunities of the fourth industrial revolution and meet the growing demand for skills, technology and innovation to deliver the jobs of the future?Thirty-years-of-Growthba4d3bfa6fad825918aecee497d953baMM/DD/YYYY

MPU

Screenshot 2019-07-18 at 18.02.54

fallback

Clock

countdownmail.com
fallback

Untitled Block

Please click here for 2019 videos of the event 

fallback

Agenda - 8th Oct

  • 10:30am
    Registration
  • 11:00am
    Welcome Remarks

    Ben Hall, Europe Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:05am
    Keynote address

    Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister, Government of Czech Republic

  • 11:25am
    Panel Discussion
    • What are the ambitions and targets for the region’s prosperity?
    • How do you ensure growth that benefits everyone?
    • What are the opportunities for collaboration between stakeholders to ensure a higher quality of life for all citizens?
    • What policy solutions are needed to address the region’s social challenges and prepare for the fourth industrial revolution?
    • How do you address the brain drain?
    • What is the role of business in providing the skills of the future?

    Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, Former Prime Minister of Poland, Chairman of the Partners Board, EY Poland
    Oana ToiuCo-founder, Social Innovation Solutions
    Andreas Treichl, Chief Executive Officer, Erste Group Bank
    Ondrej Vlcek, Chief Executive Officer, Avast

    Moderator:
    Ben Hall, Europe Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:25pm
    Closing Remarks

    Ben Hall, Europe Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:30pm
    Networking Lunch

Speakers (5)

Andrej Babiš

Andrej Babiš

Prime Minister
Government of Czech Republic

Andrej Babiš has been Prime Minister of the Czech Republic since December 2017. 

In the previous government he was appointed Minister of Finance. 

In 1993, he founded the country’s largest agriculture, food and chemicals conglomerate. 

In the autumn of 2011, he gave a speech about the systematic corruption of public administration that gained popular support and led to the creation of the Action for Dissatisfied Citizens (ANO) party. The party went on to win the popular vote with him at the helm in 2017.

He has a degree from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Oana Toiu

Oana Toiu

Co-founder
Social Innovation Solutions

Oana Toiu is a Co-founder of Social Innovation Solutions, a solution incubator based in Romania. She is a policy maker and a social innovation consultant and trainer. She was formerly Romania’s Secretary of State in the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly. She has also been a consultant for a number of local and international clients including the World Bank in Moldova, the United Nations Development Programme in Romania, Ernst & Young, Ashoka, Erste Foundation and Danone. 

One of the social enterprises she co-led, Mesteshukar Butiq, was named by the European Commission as one of the top 10 for social innovation in the area of labour inclusion. She was nominated by the World Economic Forum as one of the six young people changing the world in 2018 and was invited to speak at its annual meeting in Davos and at Harvard Future of Europe.

She is a founding member of Global Shapers Bucharest Hub, part of a global network of 300 city-based change-makers’ hubs; was a member of the founding board of the Entrepreneurship Academy; and is a co-founder of the Future Makers, a youth entrepreneurial programme that works with 2000 young people a year. In 2013 she was included by Foreign Policy Romania in the list of the country’s 101 most influential thinkers. She is an Aspen Fellow, a Global Marshall Fund Memorial Fellow and a member of the AIESEC Alumni Romania Hall of Fame.

Andreas   Treichl

Andreas Treichl

Chief Executive Officer
Erste Group Bank

Andreas Treichl has been Chief Executive Officer of Erste Group Bank AG since 1997. Under his leadership, local savings bank Erste went public and expanded to become one of the leading banking groups in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) with more than 16 million customers. It is now one of the top retail digital banks in Europe. Mr Treichl started his banking career in 1977 at Chase Manhattan in New York and went on to work in a variety of management positions in Vienna, Athens and Brussels. In 1994 he was appointed a Member of the Management Board of Erste Österreichische Spar-Casse and in July 1997 he became Chairman of the Board.

He established the ERSTE Foundation and has been a Member of its Advisory Board since 2013. He was one of the initiators of Erste's Social Banking programme, a financial inclusion initiative that addresses the needs of traditionally unbanked groups in CEE including people at risk of poverty, first-time entrepreneurs and social organisations.

Jan Krzysztof Bielecki

Jan Krzysztof Bielecki

Former Prime Minister of Poland, Chairman of the Partners Board,
EY Poland

Jan Krzysztof Bielecki joined EY Poland as Chairman of the Partners Board in January 2015.

He is the former Prime Minister of Poland, Minister for European Integration, co-founder of the Liberal-Democratic Congress and Freedom Union, and Executive Director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London.

He has been active on the political and economic stage for more than two decades. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pekao Bank SA from October 2003 – January 2010. From 2008 – 2018 he was a Member of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum.

From November 2009 – December 2015 he was President of the Polish Institute of International Affairs Council (PISM), a leading,independent think-tankwhich advises thegovernment and contributes to wider debates on international relations in Europe and beyond.

In March 2010 he was nominated by Prime Minister Donald Tusk as the Chairman of the Economic Council and served until December 2014. The council’s main task is to provide the Prime Minister with independent and objective opinions on current and planned government activities. It also assesses Poland’s socio-economic situation compared with other emerging and developed economies.

Ondrej Vlcek

Ondrej Vlcek

Chief Executive Officer
Avast

Ondrej Vlcek is Chief Executive Officer of Avast. Together with his senior management team, he executes Avast’s vision to deliver people-centric security and spearheads the company's product innovation programme for emerging consumer technology categories, including the Internet of Things and 5G security. 

Mr Vlcek was previously President of Avast Consumer, the largest business within the company, and directed the development of its artificial intelligence-based cloud security network. He was also a key member of the executive team that took the company public on the London Stock Exchange in May 2018.

Previously, he held the combined position of Executive Vice-President & General Manager, Consumer, and Chief Technology Officer. In this role, he led Avast’s transformation from a traditional PC antivirus vendor into the leading provider of a full portfolio of protection, privacy and performance products for consumers. Prior to that, Mr Vlcek was chief developer, heading the team that developed one of the first ever antivirus programs for Windows. 

Mr Vlcek has an MS in Mathematics from Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic. 

fallback

CHAIR & MODERATORS (1)

Ben  Hall

Ben Hall

Europe Editor
Financial Times

Ben Hall is Europe Editor of the Financial Times. He writes news features, analysis and interviews and co-ordinates coverage by a network of correspondents from Lisbon to Moscow.

He was previously world news editor (2013-18), responsible for all foreign news, Europe news editor (2011-13), Paris correspondent (2007-11), UK political correspondent (2003-07), deputy comment editor and a leader writer. Prior to joining the FT in 2000 he was research director at the Centre for European Reform, a think tank based in London.

WHO ATTENDS

This VIP forum is designed to engage with business executives, political leaders, entrepreneurs, senior regulators, policymakers, major investors and civil society who want to be part of a wider discussion on what needs to be done to ensure that prosperity is enjoyed at all levels of society in Central and Eastern Europe.

Register now for this VIP forum.

fallback

VENUE

Prague Crossroads
Zlatá 211/1,
110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
Prague

Czech Republic


fallback

PRESENTED BY (2)

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.

Erste Group Bank is one of the largest financial services providers in Central and Eastern Europe serving 15.7 million clients in over 2,700 branches in seven countries. 

CONTACT US

Che Wheatley
Marketing, Media Partnership and Delegate enquiries
Financial Times
Wendy Atkins
Speaking Opportunities
Financial Times
Jessica Yuen
Senior Event Manager
Financial Times Live