Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Only confirmed Keynote Speakers and Panelists are listed.


  Björn AMBOS
Björn Ambos is Professor of Strategy, International Management and Marketing, Universität St Gallen, Institute for Management.  He served as professor of International Management and Marketing at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) until mid-2012, acting as academic director of the Master in International Management/CEMS. Ambos studied Business Administration at the University of Hamburg (Germany) and the Florida State University (USA). He earned a Dipl.-Kfm. and a PhD in International Management from the University of Hamburg and a PD (Habilitation) from WU. He previously held positions at the University of Edinburgh, WU and the University of Hamburg. He taught in more than ten nations in Asia, the Americas and Europe.
Professor Ambos gained several years of industry experience in international management, working in Vietnam, Italy, Paris and New York. He has conducted research with or consulted top management teams all over the world, including Austrian Research Centers Seibersdorf (ARCS), Astellas, Die Presse, EADS, Eli Lilly, Ford, France Telecom, Hutchison 3G, Honda, Jungheinrich, JPMorgan, L’Oreal, Nike, Olympus, Pfizer, Puma, Roland Berger, Royal Dutch Shell, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, SAP, Sequenom, Siemens, Solvay, Unilever, Telekom Austria, Thyssen Krupp, Volkswagen, and Villeroy & Boch. He is the recipient of several “best teaching” and “best research” awards.


Keith Attwood is Chief Executive Officer of e2v technologies plc, a global provider of technology solutions for high performance systems. Keith joined the Group as Managing Director in 1998, having previously worked at a senior level within the telecommunications, defence and aerospace sectors. Keith led a management buy-out of e2v from Marconi plc in 2002 and subsequently floated the company on the London Stock Exchange in 2004. He has more than doubled the size of the company, strengthened existing competences and introduced complementary capabilities to broaden the company’s geographic and market reach. Following the global recession in 2008 he led the company through a strategic repositioning to focus on services and solutions in identified growth markets and via geographic expansion into the US and Asia.  Whilst still a plan in delivery, e2v has already reported record operating profit for 2011/12.  He is a former Chairman of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) East of England Regional Council and is currently chair of the CBI Education and Skills Committee.

Jay Barney is a Professor of Management and holds the Chase Chair for Excellence in Corporate Strategy at the Max M. Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. He currently serves as President of the Strategic Management Society (2011-2012). His research focuses on the relationship between costly-to-copy firm skills and capabilities and sustained competitive advantage. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Management and senior editor for Organization Science and has been published in numerous leading publications. In addition to his teaching and research, he presents executive training programs throughout the US and Europe. His consulting work focuses on large-scale organizational change and strategic analysis. Jay Barney is an SMS Fellow as well as a fellow of the Academy of Management. In 1997 he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Lund, and has honorary visiting professor positions in New Zealand and China.


Dr. Monica Beltrametti is Vice President of theXerox Research Centre Europe (XRCE) with headquarters in Grenoble, France.
Beltrametti joined Xerox in 1993 when XRCE was created. Before joining Xerox, she managed the computing and network organization at the University of Alberta in Canada. She helped build up XRCE creating an international scientific community of about fifteen nationalities. For two years she was Vice President and General Manager of the Xerox Worldwide Process, Consumer and Utilities Business, with responsibility for the Pharmaceutical, Petroleum & Chemical, Consumer and Utilities industry segments within Xerox Global Services. From 2006 to 2008, Beltrametti was head of Global Technology and Offering Development (GTOD) at Xerox Global Services, a role she took on while continuing her leadership at XRCE. The GTOD group builds and deploys the software platforms and customer offerings in document services.
In Europe, she has been part of many European Union boards and initiatives and is currently part of the Women in Science and Technology (WiST) working group. In Grenoble, Dr Beltrametti is on the advisory board of the International Business School.


Country General Manager, Cisco Systems
Owner, DEVAT innoware, s.r.o.
Board Director, SITA, 2007 – 2009
Vice Chairman of the Board & Executive Vice President, Innovations (ICT, innovation strategy, project management office), Czech Airlines, 2006 – 2009
Country Manager, Microsoft Czech Republic and Slovakia, 2000 – 2006
COO and Sales Manager, Microsoft Czech Republic and Slovakia, 1997 – 2000
THEMOS System, Partner, 1993 – 1997

Chris HARE
Chris Hare is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The nTete Group; a strategy, innovation & licensing firm. He is also a Partner in MoveableCode, a media/technology consulting firm. He was in parallel CEO of Data Transfer and Communications Limited, UK Wireless IP. Held senior roles at Sony Ericsson including GM; Head of Industry Collaboration - new technologies, ventures and strategic  projects; and Head of Sourcing with $8.5BN spend worldwide. He has Over 20 years in the wireless industry, sales, engineering, marketing, management; telecom, military, medical and computing markets. He was the President of Digit Wireless - IP; and divisional head at TRW/Lucas. His expertise includes wireless, elmech, touch, projects, trends, Smartphone's, hardware, applications and business models. He is a Board member of NCTA, Companion of Chartered Management Institute UK, member IEEE and of Advisory Committee of the Congressional Internet Caucus in Washington DC. He also worked with LG, Samsung, Lucas/TRW, Nokia, HP and IBM.


Pavel Juříček is the sole owner, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Brano Group jsc – the largest Czech-owned automotive company. Since 1995, he has transformed a traditional engineering appliances company into the #1 European manufacturer of car jacks, and continental #2 in shock absorbers for utility vehicles. Brano Group presently supplies almost all European car manufacturers.
An exemplary selfmademan, Pavel Juříček was trained as a blue-collar machine tool operator. He subsequently graduated from Brno University of Technology in 1982 (cold and hot forming) and obtained a Ph.D. from Technical University Ostrava in 2002.
He serves as the Vice President of the Czech Confederation of Industry; he holds the vice presidency of the Automotive Industry Association, too. He serves on several scientific and economic boards : Technical University Liberec, Union for Development of Moravian-Silesian Region, Jablonec Chamber of Commerce.


Kimberli LEWIS
Kimberli Lewis, CEO of Mediatel, one of the leading advertising and search companies in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, co-founded the company in 1990. Mediatel is a leading online, mobile directory and website solution provider. Between 1995-2006, Kimberli served as CEO of the Publishing Division and Electronic Media Division of Sutter GmbH in Germany. Since 2006, Kimberli's focus has been on the redirection of the Zlate stranky product portfolio, the reorganization of the Mediatel company, and its market segments and brand positions.
Kimberli’s previous roles were in Sales and Executive management positions throughout Europe. She has qualifications in Business and Education/Human Development from institutions including Harvard University, George Washington University & Webster University, St. Louis, MO, USA. She serves on the Board of Directors of the European Association of Directory and Database Publishers.

 Ondřej LANDA
Founder and president of the Prague-based Inventa Group, he is an internationally known lecturer and management consultant to international companies in the Czech Republic and abroad. His activities focus on strategy development, corporate culture transformation, organizational change and innovation management, human potential / leadership development and facilitation of strategic Board meetings. His clients include Alcatel, Avon Cosmetics, Barum Continental, Cisco Systems, Goodyear Dunlop, Hewlett Packard, Holcim, Honeywell, InBev, Johnson Controls, Johnson&Johnson, Komercni banka-Société Générale, Linde Gas, Microsoft, Philip Morris, Robert Bosch, SABMiller, Siemens, Skanska, Slovnaft MOL, ŠkodaAuto VW, T-Mobile, Telefonica O2, Velux, and many other.
He is a board member of EMA European Management Association, of the American Management Association´s International Council, of The Conference Board´s European Council on Innovation. He served on efmd‘s Board from 1994 to 2000. He is the current chairman of the Czech Society for Strategic Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Libor Láznička graduated from the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology in 1990. He started his professional career as a development engineer with Plastservis Zlín. He has been with Barum Continental Otrokovice in a variety of managerial positions since 1992, e.g. Quality Division Manager, Product Industrialization Division Manager and Plant Manager. His other positions within Continental Corporation include Manufacturing Division Manager in the Púchov plant (Slovakia), and Project Manager in Malaysia and in Germany. He was promoted to serve as the Chairman of the Executive Board of Barum Continental Otrokovice in 2006 taking the responsibility for Continental´s largest tire manufacturing site.
Libor Láznička serves on the boards of Zlín Regional Economic Chamber, Zlín Region Development Association, and Czech Automotive Industry Association. He is a member of the Scientific and Executive Boards of the Thomas Bata University. He also closely cooperates with the Governor´s Office of the Zlín region.

 Marjorie A. LYLES
Marjorie Lyles is Professor of International Strategic Management at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and holds the OneAmerica Chair in Business Administration. She was founding Director of the Indiana University Center on Southeast Asia. She is a member of the Strategic Management Society, Academy of Management, Academy of International Business, and the American Management Association's International Council. She was an Invited Scholar and consultant for the U.S. Department of Commerce in the PR of China. She has been a visiting scholar at NIDA (Thailand), INSEAD, the Universiti Sains Malaysia, the University of St. Gallen, Cambridge University. She earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.S. from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Professor Lyles has consulted with many government agencies and firms interested in organizational learning, foreign direct investment, joint ventures, technology development, and higher education. Her writings center on organizational learning, international strategies and cooperative alliances, and technology development particularly in emerging economies. She has presented and authored over 100 articles on strategic management.

Jiří Pavlíček is CEO of Aspironix. After graduating from the Czech Technical University in Prague (Design of Industrial Robots) in 1990, he shortly worked as project leader in Agrobanka´s credit card department. In 1991 he joined Johnson & Johnson´s Orthopaedics division as Sales Representative. Jiří stayed with J&J until April 2011 - he was promoted to a number of senior managerial positions both locally and regionally. After serving as Managing Director of J&J Czech Republic and Slovakia from 1999 through 2009 he completed his J&J career as Managing Director, Central Region Eastern Europe and DePuy Franchise Johnson & Johnson Medical, Czech Republic. In 2007 -2008 he was also Interim Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson Poland.
He participated in Senior Executive Program at Columbia University New York (2006), and in similar programs at IMD and INSEAD. Jiří is a member of several prestigious Boards : American Chamber of Commerce, Transparency International CZ. He chairs Young Presidents Organization and was Chairman of the Board with CZECHMED Medical device association from 2000 through 2009.
His credo and objective is : Drive superior customer and shareholder value through focus on excellence and
leadership development based on strong values.

Margaret A. PETERAF
Holder of Leon E. Williams Professorship of Management at Tuck School of Business  (Dartmouth College). Previously she held assistant and visiting professorships at Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University), University of Minnesota and Kellogg- Recanati-HKUST Executive MBA Program. She also teaches at Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies (Tuck School of Business). Professor Peteraf has held several board memberships: Academy of Management (2007-09); Ibero-American Chair in Management and Corporate Social Responsibility; IADE, the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Also,
She served in many editorial positions. Her academic / research interest is currently in resource-based theory, dynamic capabilities, and organizational change.

Danica PURG
Danica Purg is President, as well as professor of leadership and effective management  of the IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia, and the founding President of the Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN). She is also chairperson and director of the European Leadership Centre (ELC).
Purg has been selected the 2010 Dean of the Year Award by the Academy of International Business (AIB) for her outstanding achievements in international business education.
She authored and co-authored several books and numerous articles on technological and organizational change, comparative HRM practices, team building, economic reforms and management development in Central and Eastern Europe.
Purg is Fellow of the International Academy of Management, Doctor Honoris Causa at Moscow State University of Management and Estonian Business School, and honorary professor at Moscow International Higher Business School (MIRBIS). President of the Republic of Slovenia awarded her with the “Honorary Order of Freedom” for her contribution to management development in Slovenia and CEE.
Purg is also member of several advisory boards, among them of the Advisory Board of Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, Advisory Board of BAWB (Business as an Agent of World Benefit Global Forum) and Advisory Board of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO. Purg is also Member of the European Cultural Parliament (ECP) After graduating from the Faculty of Political Science in Ljubljana, she completed her PhD at the University of Belgrade's Faculty of Political Science, and extensively studied at Harvard Business School, IMD Lausanne, INSEAD Fontainebleau, Technological University Delft, the University of London, Sorbonne, and at Kalamazoo College, Michigan.

Joan Enric RICART
Joan E. Ricart is professor of economics and strategic management and head of IESE's Strategic Management Department. Prof. Ricart holds IESE's Carl Schroeder Chair of Strategic Management; in 2010-11 he served as President of the Strategic Management Society. He is also founding president of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) and vice-president of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management. Prof. Ricart holds a Ph.D. in managerial economics from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya and a Ph.D. in business administration and economics from the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona. His areas of interest are strategic management, corporate governance, organizational design, the economics of organizations and off-shoring. He has taught and conducted research in diverse settings including Harvard Business School. Prof. Ricart has published numerous books and authored a number of articles in international and national journals.


Prof. Dr. Hein Schreuder has both an academic and business background.  He served as Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development at Royal DSM NV, a Dutch multinational producing life science products, performance materials, and  Industrial chemicals until December 2011. He joined DSM in 1991 as Director of DSM Polymers. Later he was appointed as Deputy Director of Corporate Planning and Development before becoming corporate vice president.  His previous academic functions include Director of the Economic and Social Institute of the Free University of Amsterdam and Professor of Business Economics, Strategy and Organization at Maastricht University. He also served as Fellow of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management and as President of the European Accounting Association. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington and at Harvard Business School.  He was a member of the Supervisory Board of Nyenrode University and currently serves on the Council of City University in London. He is Distinguished Visiting Professor at CEIBS, the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai. Hein Schreuder also served as Chairman of the Council on Corporate Strategy of the Conference Board Europe and as member of several advisory and supervisory boards.

Sanjiv SURI
Founder (in 1991), President & CEO of Zátiší Catering Group consisting of 4 leading Prague restaurants, Zátiší Catering and Fresh & Tasty fast food service. Previously General Manager, Food – Beverage Manager and Kitchen Coordinator with various hotel chains, i.e. Inter-Continental, The Oberoi, Le Meridien & Hyatt Regency International in France, India, Egypt and West Africa. Sanjiv is Master of Professional Studies in Hotel Administration from IMHI – Institut de Management Hotelier International (Cornell – ESSEC) in Paris. Member of several prestigious Boards of Directors / Trustees (UNICEF, American Chamber of Commerce in the CR. Chairman of the Board of Prague Convention Bureau, member of Young Presidents´ Organization worldwide, partner and sponsor of Association for Foreign Investments.

Alfa-Bank Russia re-appointed Petr Smida to the position of Chairman o f the Board of Directors in October 2011. Petr has had a distinguished career in banking and financial services. After acquiring the financial services business he co-founded, GE appointed him CEO of GE Money bank Czech Republic, then he became Global Senior Vice President of Consumer Finance with responsibility for 36 countries. Petr was then recruited to become CEO and Chairman of Alfa Bank, which he grew five-fold and led it to what the banking industry press recognized as “The Best Bank in Russia” in 2007, 2008, and 2009. The recipient of numerous leadership and management awards, his personal success and impact as a leader have been recognized internationally in publications such as Euromoney Magazine and Global Finance Magazine. Petr is a graduate of the Prague School of Economics.


Barbara VENTER
Barbara Venter is the founder and owner of DesignŠkola s.r.o.
After completing her studies at the Prague School of Economics she built a successful corporate career, filling positions at Coca Cola, Czech Telecom, Walmark and most significantly Deloitte. She left the corporate world five years ago to pursue her own dreams and to build on two of her personal interests - interior design and adult education.
DesignŠkola today provides top quality training for adult students, mostly people with a passion for interior design and often mature people who are at some crossroads in their own careers. 
DesignŠkola  contribute to improve the maturity of the interior design profession in the Czech Republic and raise quality and style to levels found in more advanced European countries.
Barbara is actively involved at all levels of the development and running of the business.

David VRBA
Since 2009 David Vrba has served as  Managing Director  of 3M Česko .He has been with 3M for more than 11 years. Before being promoted to the position of the Managing Director, he held the position of 3M Unitek General Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa.Presently, he is responsible for managing the entire Czech office including six business divisions.
David Vrba´s entire career has been wiht the healthcare industry. He joined 3M after six years in the German dental company ESPE that was acquired by 3M in 2001. He started working in 3M ESPE for the CEE region, later on also for Africa. Then he moved to 3M Unitek as its Business Development Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa. This division is the leader of the regional orthodontic market.
David Vrba (41) graduated from Prague’s University of Economics.