HAVEL CONVERSATIONS ON ZOOM: Czech Republic – A Hidden Economic Powerhouse to Be Discovered in Central Europe

Panel Discussion: Tomáš Salomon, Jan Švejnar, and Jack Stack.

February 24, 2022 at 11 am EST / 5 pm CET.
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The 2020s offer strong opportunities for growth as the Czech Republic invests in its future and builds off the past 32 years.

A look at the Czech Republic’s economy since 1989 and its future prospects for growth and taking its rightful place in Central Europe and the EU – views from an economist, a banker, and a retiree.

Tomáš Salomon has been at the head of Česká spořitelna since 2016. For most of his life he has worked in the financial sector. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Slovenská sporiteľna, and a co-founder of the company Mopet CZ. As Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director, he ran GE Capital Multiservis; the retail bank of GE Capital Bank, and Poštová banka in Slovakia. He has also devoted himself to private investment projects and among other achievements initiated the creation of a platform which implemented mobile payments.

Jan Švejnar is the Richard N. Gardner Professor of Economics and International Affairs and Director of the Center on Global Economic Governance at Columbia University. He focuses his research on (i) the effects of government policies on firms, labor and capital markets; (ii) corporate, national, and global governance and performance; and (iii) entrepreneurship, innovation and investment. Professor Švejnar is also a founder and Chairman of CERGE-EI in Prague (an American-style MA-PhD program in economics that educates economists for Central-East Europe and the Newly Independent States).

Jack Stack has almost 50 years experience in banking. He was Chair and CEO of Česká spořitelna from 2000 to 2007. He then served as a member and Chair of the Supervisory Board of Česká spořitelna until 2021. He transformed the bank into a modern financial services provider. Česká spořitelna was named Best Bank by Financial Times and Euromoney and Mr. Stack Best Banker in the Czech Republic multiple times. He obtained numerous awards, including only American to receive national medals for contributions to business and the economy from both the Czech and Austrian Presidents. He is now retired and lives in New York City.

The conversation will be live on ZOOM. RSVP through Eventbrite to receive a Zoom link. It will be recorded and available on YouTube.

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The discussion is part of HAVEL CONVERSATIONS ON ZOOM.

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