7th Central & Eastern European Automotive Forum

The only event dedicated to CEE region bringing together leading OEMs and suppliers from 20+ countries

20-21 October, 2021

Radisson Blu Béke Hotel, Budapest, Hungary

Speakers, Panellists, B2B meetings hosts 2021

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Present positions:
since 12.2007 Deputy CEO of Magyar Suzuki Corporation
since 10.2002 Member of the Supervisory Board of the National Bank of Hungary
since late 1999 Member of the Board of Directors of
- DECOMA Hungary Ltd.
- GEAC Hungary Ltd.

Earlier work record:

2000 – 2007 General Manager of AssistConsult Business Advisory Ltd., Bp.
1998 – 2000 Société Générale Hungária Bank Ltd. and Konzumbank Ltd.,
1977-1998 National Bank of Hungary

1972-1977 B.A. in Economics
1984-1987 Postgraduate Diploma: M.Phil. in International Economics
1993 Ph.D.in Economics (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest)
Languages: Fluent in English, French, German and Russian. Mother-tongue: Hungarian

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Robert Esik

Róbert Ésik is an economist and a finance & investment analysis expert. He graduated at the Corvinus University of Budapest and earned a master’s degree at the Université Panthéon Assas in Paris.
He spent almost 15 years in various positions at the largest ICT companies of the world, such as Alcatel, Siemens, Nokia and Amazon. As the country director of Nokia Solutions and Networks he played a key role in the Hungarian subsidiary becoming one of Nokia’s most important technology development centres.
Since October 2014 he has been directing the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA).
Róbert’s professional, as well as personal ambition is to further promote his homeland as a favourable investment location and by so doing contribute to Hungary’s economic and social development.

Graduated as MSc. Electronics engineer at BME Technical University of Budapest, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electronics Technology. Learning and working at post graduate course at electronics technology for semiconductor technology development than acting as product and process development engineer at United Incandeslamp and Electric Co. Ltd (now Tungram Co. Ltd. ) then at Microlelectronics Co. Ltd. After 5 years of development engineering activity he was promoted to head of department then acting head of section to lead the silicon chip production at the waferfab. Over that activity he led international projects and production launches and installations till 1990.  From1990 to 1995 as the technical director of the Solar-tech Hungary-Holland Kft. joint-venture drove the installation and ramp up production and production& technical mgmt. of photovoltaic solar panels.

From 1995 to 1997 he extended the production capacity of semiconductor devices’ assembly and test operations to TEMIC (now Vishay) and Motorola as the managing director of Intermos Ltd. After merging that company with another semicon one he followed that activity at larger scale as COO of Melcom Component Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

From 1997 to 2001 he was invited to drive the foundation, ramp up and manage the overall activities of French based multinational production companies at Hungary as managing director. In the period of 1997-2001 as MD of EMT Hungaria Ltd. He led the operations of automotive and electric components’ manufacturing. In the last 2 years over the MD role of EMT Hungaria Ltd. he also led the foundation and production ramp of Nief Plastic Hungaria Ltd. being MD at Nief Plastics in parallel.  

From 2001 to 2012 at Jabil, a Fortune TOP 200 multinational contract manufacturer he acted as C level leader managing high level automotive-electronics (Johnson Controls, Valeo, Delphi, Visteon, Sharp) and high-tech electronics (IBM, CISCO, RIM/Blackberry, Nokia, Ericsson, McAffee) activities winning and bringing those to Hungary to manufacture and leading the business development and business management activities as director of that large company (6000 heads, 1,6 billion USD revenue), developing their performance, increasing production volumes and sales too. He also represented the company at domestic market and internationally.

From 2012-2013 he represented as European Sales Director the hole US based multinational Innotec developing and production Group for European OEMs and TIER1s.

From 2014-2016 he was the General Manager at Hungary of the Germany based Schneider Prototyping Ltd. for rapid prototyping production (additive manufacturing) enhancing the OEM and TIR1 companies effective and time intensive product development and tests at the domestic market and at the European market too for automotive and medical sectors.

From 2016 to 2018 he was active as interim manager for automotive projects as gap manager ( deputizing plant manager and Ops mgr.), acting as process redesign and adaptation, taskforce mgr. too.

In 2019 he was promoted to be the managing director of the TIR1 automotive parts manufacturer company - ElringKlinger Hungary Ltd – to drive the extension and optimization of production with new launches and to relocate the production for the new manufacturing site.


From the beginning of his carrier he is member of the HTE Scientific Association for Infocommunications (formerly known as Scientific Society for Telecommunications). Over professional awards he get State Honors for the professional and courageous rescue activity during the fire of Microlectronics Company Waferfab in 1986.

Automotive Chemistry and Textile engineer as formation, spent the last 23 years of career in 9 countries, working at 4 major Tier 1 Companies.

President of the Investor Club at Regional Chamber of Commerce Nis
Member of Automotive Associations and Clusters in CEE.

Specialist in turnaround plan, manufacturing excellence, business plans, grants management, brown and greenfield set up.

Viktor Mizo is the Managing Director of Kostal Group’s operation in Macedonia since 2017 – a highly automated plant for mechatronic and electronic products for premium automotive customers. Prior to that he was the CEO of the Macedonian Free Zones Authority and a key member of the Government’s economic team responsible for attracting foreign investments. He had a record of exceptional leadership and strategic vision, responsible for numerous greenfield investment projects by multinational companies that have located their production or service operations in Macedonia. Having spent most of his business career in the US, he worked as a design engineer at Magna, Master Black Belt within a Technical Leadership programme at General Electric and as management consultant at McKinsey. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating summa cum laude. An alumnus of Harvard University, Mr. Mizo holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

As a Senior Consultant in the Corp. Strategy and Development
Department, Simon is leading global business development
projects across the group in various fields and supporting the
leadership team in defining the long-term strategy of the Company.
He is the Group’s Subject Matter Expert for expanding the global
manufacturing footprint of the company through developing
Chervon’s framework and approach. As the Project Manager for
the new business set-up in Hungary, he is responsible for location
analysis, regulatory set-up as well as coordinating and overseeing
the different workstreams of the project.
Before joining Chervon he has worked in various Sales related
roles in the German pharmaceutical industry for leading companies
like Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim.

Csaba Kilian has spent 21 years in the field of investment promotion between 1989 and 2010. He was the Chief Executive Officer of ITD Hungary (Investment and Trade Development Agency of Hungary) and managed the Hungarian Government’s Investment and Trade Development Agency to promote inward investment and bilateral trade. With 250 professional staff and representative offices in eight regional centers of Hungary and a foreign network operating under Hungary’s diplomatic services at 55 offices in 43 countries. As the Executive Investment Director of ITD Hungary he was responsible for the Investment Promotion strategy and the implementation of the Business Programs of the company, organizing more than 200 investment related programs every year (investment seminars, road shows, workshops, held presentations etc.) mostly outside of Hungary in EU countries, US and South–East Asia.

Some of the largest investment projects negotiated by him and his team were: Daimler–Mercedes-840 m euros, Audi-900m euros, Hankook Tire-600m euros, Morgan Stanley, Bridgestone, Vodafone, Foxconn, Exxon Mobil, Huawei, Diageo, Samsung Electronics and SDI, Citibank, Ford, Delphi, Sony, Philips, Flextronics, Samsung, Denso, Weslin, Alpine, Sci-Sanmina, National Instruments, Sumitomo Electrics etc.

He was elected the CEO of the Association of the Hungarian Automotive Industry (MAGE/AHAI) in 2012.

The members of the association are the largest automotive companies working in Hungary like Mercedes, Audi, Suzuki, GM Opel, Bosch, Flextronics, DENSO, DELPHI etc. The member companies produce about the 10% of the Hungarian GDP and represent more than 30% of the Hungarian industrial export.             MAGE members employ more than 80 000 people in Hungary.

MAGE provides a common forum to the members to exchange ideas and experience; regularly organize exhibitions, conferences, workshops and networking events; promote  the development of the Hungarian supplying  industry, advocate the common interest, monitor and reflects to those activities and regulations both national and global, which affect the automotive industry.


Technical College for Transport and Telecommunication, Budapest - Graduated in engineering.

Budapest University of Economic Sciences - Graduated in economics.

ECONOVUM ACADEMY, Association of Professors for Management Training Ltd.: MBA qualification.

The Hungarian Government acknowledged his merit with the

- Knight's Cross Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic

- Certificate of Merit of the Minister of Trade and Industry  

- Foreign Trade Development Award 

Aleksandar Medjedovic, a native of Hannover, Germany, holds university degrees in Economics and Political Science. His professional experience includes sales, regional development and management positions in the field of export promotion, publishing and trade fair organization in Switzerland, France, Germany, the USA, Singapore and Turkey. Aleksandar Medjedovic serves on the Executive Board of the Turkish-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Berlin/Germany. He is the Chairman of the Turkish-Serbian Business Council at DEIK, the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey, where he also serves as the Vice-Chairman of the European Group, as well as in various other councils (Croatia, Montenegro, Mexico and Peru), shaping economic relations between Turkey and those countries.  

Medjedovic resides in Istanbul, Turkey and in Berlin, Germany and speaks German, Serbian, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Turkish.

Zoran Stamatovski, PhD., MBA graduated as a PhD from the Faculty for International Economic Relations in Prague. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of Investment Promotion and Internationalization. He also worked as Economic Counsellor at the Embassy in Prague and the Head of Foreign Direct Investment Sector at the Public Agency SPIRIT Slovenia for Entrepreneurship, Foreign Direct Investment, and Internationalization of the Republic of Slovenia (predecessor of SPIRIT) as well as the CEO of KOVINA, a production company with 230 employees, producing the equipment and control technology for heating and as CEO of PROKOB MCT, Management consulting company

Johannes Gerardus Sanders Jenny has been Director Business Development Engia Group Europe since 2020 – They are provide independent interim managers & external engineers with a fresh look at OEM / Tier 1 organizations. They have an objective view of what is best for your business and projects. There interim managers and engineers are Professional and talented, results-oriented individuals committed and driving to make change and a difference. They only use interim managers & external Engineers with years of experience that is relevant to customers situation. He was plant manager for 13 years and a member of lean kaizen representatives in the Netherlands for many years. He has exceptional leadership and strategic vision and has been responsible for a number of greenfield investment projects of multinational Tier 1 companies that have established their manufacturing or service operations in East Europe. After spending most of his business career in Germany, Czechia and Bulgaria, he worked as a Consultant in Slovakia and actual as Director Business Development Engia Group Europe. Mr. Johannes Gerardus Sanders graduated in business economics at the University Tilburg.

Senior Consultant, Investment Projects Department, The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO)
During his career at SARIO Peter has supported dozens of companies interested in setting up or expanding a facility in Slovakia. He specializes in various kinds of projects, from the manufacturing facilities to the shared services, IT and R&D centres. His main focus is set on the automotive and e-mobility sector and the consultancy of investment incentives, site location and sourcing of components suppliers and providers of innovative solutions.
Slovakia as a part of the CEE region is very well known for being an attractive investment location. Peter and his colleagues at SARIO are eager to support potential investors and guide them throughout the planning process and beyond the project implementation. SARIO is a one-stop shop providing a wide range of critical services to new as well as already established investors.

Speakers and Panellists in previous years

2014 Sep-present:        Corporate Communications Manager at BMW Group Hungary

2010-2014 Sep:            Opel PR Manager for Baltic and New Markets Region, Opel Southeast Europe

2009-2010:                   Opel Business Development Manager, Opel Southeast Europe

2007-2009:                   Cadillac, Corvette Regional Marketing Manager for CEE Region, General Motors CEE

2004-2007:                   Audi Area Manager, Porsche Hungaria

2002-2004:                   Chevrolet/GM Daewoo Senior Marketing Specialist, General Motors CEE

As Vice President Sales & Market Development Automotive Mr. Valentin leads Aptiv Connected Services’ activities in Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA).  

Claes is a senior leader in the automotive market with a track record of successfully driving sales and influencing industry thought leaders and partners. His professional background spans both automotive, IT, and management consulting.

Prior to joining Aptiv, Claes held an Industry Managing Director Automotive position at VMware, Dell Technologies.  He was previously also Managing Director Sales & Operations for telematics services at ZF.  Additionally, Claes worked as a management consultant for Daimler and several tech companies including IBM and Lenovo. Claes’ experience ranges to management positions within marketing and business development at HP, as well.

Claes holds a MSc. in Computer Science from the University of Bonn and a Graduate Degree in Business Administration and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). Claes is a native Swede and currently lives in Stuttgart, Germany. 

Ákos Nagy is a Partner and co-head of the firm-wide Compliance, Risk & Sensitive Investigations practice of Kinstellar international law firm, as well as a senior expert in the firm’s automotive sector. Akos has acted for major suppliers and OEMs on numerous corporate, M&A, greenfield and regulatory matters. Ákos has deep knowledge of the automotive industry providing unique perspective on emerging legal issues and developments in this sector such as autonomous driving regulation, electric car regulation and supplies regulation, integrated car services and data sharing. Ákos has built up a sterling reputation on the market, as evidenced by his recognition as recommended practitioner in Chambers Europe, Legal 500 and IFLR in corporate and M&A law. He graduated from the University of Debrecen, and holds a degree in European law studies from the Leiden University. He is a member of the Budapest Bar. He speaks Hungarian, English and German.