Czech republic wants to become a leader in the nuclear energy field.
In addition to support, new technologies need a benevolent regulatory setting that will allow pilot projects under sandbox schemes.
A smart city isn’t a place where poor people have luxury cars, it’s a place where rich people use public transport.
The engines of transformation are price development, policy and regulation (climate targets) and development of new technologies.
Energy companies are transforming into technology firms while existing technology firms are entering the energy sector.
Minister of Industry and Trade Marta Nováková graduated from the VSB - Technical University in Ostrava and has a management certificate from the Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. She first worked in the private sector, and since 1991 she started to do business. In 2014, she was elected President of the Union of Trade and Tourism of the Czech Republic, and from 2015 she worked in the leading positions of the Chamber of Commerce, lastly as Vice-President. She was awarded the Businesswoman 2016 in the Big Business category and also the Manager of the Year 2016. Since June 2018, she has been Minister of Industry and Trade.
Michal Macenauer graduated from the master’s study program of Power engineering, the doctoral study program of Electric machines, devices and drives, and with the master’s study program of Sociology. Michal has worked in EGÚ Brno since 2006. Among the most important fields of his professional interest belong the outlooks of energy commodity demand, the development of new technologies in the energy sector (especially electric vehicles and energy accumulation) and analyses of the electricity and gas system operation. In the recent years, Michal has focused on the development of EGU Brno's activities in new areas.
Jan Panek is Head of Unit for ITER in the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission in Brussels. He joined the European Commission in 2005 following an earlier career in the diplomatic service of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs during which he occupied positions in the Ministry's headquarters as well as in Czech diplomatic missions in Tokyo and Brussels. He also spent several years in the 1990s with the Boston Consulting Group in its London and Central European offices. He holds a B.Sc. in Applied Geophysics from Charles University in Prague and an M.A. in International Economics/A.F.P. from The Johns Hopkins University – S.A.I.S. in Washington, D.C. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.
Wilfried Pimenta heads Business Development at the IOTA Foundation. Prior to his work at IOTA, he's been involved 17 years in the energy and infrastructure industry in corporate strategy, M&A, business development as well as startup ventures. Wilfried is based in Oslo, Norway and holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Vladimír Outrata has been active in the energy sector continuously since 1985 when he graduated from the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague. He then worked at Plynoprojekt, s.p., Transgas, a.s., RWE Transgas, a.s., and NET4GAS, s.r.o. Having started his professional career as a project manager, he gradually worked his way up to positions as sales director, capacity sales director and on a Board of Directors. Between 2006 and 2011, he served on the Board of Gas Infrastructure Europe. Between 2009 and 2013, he served on the Board of ENTSOG.
Josef Chomyn was born on May 7, 1974 in Chomutov. He graduated in Computer Science at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University, Prague. Till now, he has worked as a business manager in Stream Circle a.s. At the same time, he served 17 years in the management of the association NIX.CZ z.s.p.o., from that 15 years as Chairman of the board of directors.
In previous years, he worked in various positions as an internet specialist, network and data Communications consultant, network planning manager, or as a technical director. Later, he led the electronic communications section in the company ČD - Telematika a.s. In the long term, he is interested in internet, data networks and telecommunication issues. His hobbies include bouldering and cycling. During his free time, he also likes travelling, cooking and enjoying Belgian beer. He is married and has one daughter. In June 2017 he was appointed a Member of the Council of the Czech Telecommunication Office by the Government of the Czech Republic until the year 2022.
Martin Slabý Is an acting President of Czech Gas Association, a club of 200 professional associations and enterprises of Czech gas industry and more than 300 individual members. A principal mission of the Association is to promote and support utilization of (natural) gas, to represent Czech gas industry at home and abroad, and carry out expert and club activities in a favour of the industry. Martin Slabý works as a Chairman of the Board and CEO of a licenced gas distributor, Prague Gas Distribution Co. For many years he represented the Czech Republic at the Coordination Committee of International Gas Union. His professional record contents previous management positions at NET4GAS and GDF Suez (today ENGIE).
Kamil Čermák is Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of CEZ ESCO. CEZ ESCO is a leading provider of effective, budget-wise and environmentally friendly solutions for businesses, municipalities and the state. Previously, he held the role of General Manager of media publisher Economia and Executive Director of Business and Marketing at Czech Airlines. He also worked in Český Telecom, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic. Kamil Čermák is also President of the Czech Institute of Directors and a member of the Advisory Board of the President of the ICT Union for Smart Cities.
Lukáš Svoboda has been working in the energy company E.ON for 24 years. He has extensive experience in both distribution and business. Since 2006, he has worked as a regional manager, and in 2015 he has been the head of the entire team of regional managers. This team primarily communicates with municipalities and cities (even in emergencies) and coordinates, among other things, Smart City projects.
Prof. Dr. Ing. Miroslav Svítek, dr.h.c., FEng., EUR ING is president of Czech Smart City Cluster, president of Association of transport telematics, member of Engineering academy of the Czech Republic, Dean Emeritus of Faculty of Transportation Sciences, Czech Technical University in Prague and member of scientific committee of Czech Institute for informatics, robotics and cybernetics, Czech Republic. He is currently teaching courses and doing research in smart cities and regions, intelligent transport systems, system theory and theoretical telematics. He is author or co-author of more than 250 scientific papers and 10 monographs.
Arthur D. Little, the world’s first management consultancy, employs 1000 staff members in over 20 countries. The Global Energy and Utility Practice works for the leading energy companies worldwide. The company specializes in strategy, regulation, performance improvement for energy assets, risk management, increasing the value of Customer portfolios and new business models. It’s linking strategy, innovation and technology to solve the clients’ most complex business issues, delivering sustainable solutions.