7th Central & Eastern European Automotive Forum

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

14-15 April, 2021

Radisson Blu Béke Hotel, Budapest, Hungary

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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

Jan Burdinski serves as head for the European division of the Hyundai Motor Group representing both Hyundai and Kia car brands and numerous other subsidiaries ranging from steel to banking and automotive parts. In this capacity he focusses on the EU institutions, the big five member states of the EU as well as the four V4 countries with its manufacturing plants.

Prior to working for Hyundai he worked for Opel and General Motors Europe in Berlin, Istanbul and Ankara. His emphasis is to create new business opportunities in the political arena through new legislation and regulatory frameworks as well as technological innovations.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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