Central & Eastern European Automotive Forum

9 - 10 October 2018

Cubex Centre Prague

Among speakers, panellists and 1-to-1 hosts


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

Director of a key site footprint sited in Serbia of the Tier 1 German Company Grammer, major supplier worldwide of Interior parts.

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.

Jörg Hölig studied electrical engineering at Dresden Technical University. He graduated in 1992 and afterwards joined Continental Safety Engineering International, followed by ACTS (part of the Magna group) for another five years and has been staying with EDAG since 2003. After having lead the vehicle safety department for eight years, he moved on in 2016 to manage EDAG's integral safety innovations: "Integral safety" is a holistic approach to vehicle safety, adding active safety and ADAS features to complement "traditional" passive vehicle safety. He's an active member of German VDA's FAT working groups on "the human being as driver" and "accident investigation".

Since 2014 Heiner Giese is in charge for innovation- and idea management at item Industrietechnik GmbH in Germany. Additionally, in 2016, he established an organizational development group, supporting corporate development.

Heiner Giese studied mechanical engineering at Duisburg University and RWTH Aachen University. He graduated in 2009 and afterwards joined the process engineering lab at RWTH Aachen. Five years, he worked as a lecturer and scientist. In 2014 he obtained a doctorate in mechanical engineering science.

Robert Šimončič has over 30 years of professional experience in the U.S. and Slovakia. He headed the Slovak branch of Microsoft and in April 2004 he was awarded the prestigious award the IT Personality of the Year 2004 in Slovakia. Prior to joining Microsoft Slovakia he worked in the field of management consulting, first with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Principal Consultant and later with the IBM as the Senior Manager of Business Innovation Services Division in the U.S. His primary field in the business consultancy was development of company strategies and government organizations. He was the President of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Slovakia and also the Chairman of the Board for the American Chambers of Commerce (European Council of American Chambers of Commerce – ECACC). From December 2010 he is the CEO of Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO).

He also serves on the board of two leading Universities in Slovakia. He is a board member of the University of Economics in Bratislava. Since May 2013 he has also served as the Chairman of the Board of the Comenius University in Bratislava.

He is married and with his wife Lucia he is raising their rapidly growing twins, Esther and Goran.