Aspen Annual Conference 2023

16. November 2023 (9:00 - 17:00)

It is our pleasure to cordially invite you to our next Aspen Annual Conference 2023, which will take place at the Prague Crossroads Centre from 9 am on November 16.

We are honored that our invitation to speak at the Conference was accepted by the President of the Czech Republic Petr Pavel, as well as Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies, University of Oxford, and Tomáš Halík, Professor, Charles University and President, Czech Christian Academy.

Following up on the previous years, we will provide a comprehensive assessment of political, economic, and social development in the Central European region and the Czech Republic, as well as address specific recommendations to the political representation.

Due to the high interest in the Conference, we were forced to close registrations for personal participation. But you can still watch the conference online (simultaneous translation will be provided) at the following links:

We welcome you to be part of this exceptional Annual Conference based on expert studies. Deep dive into the topics discussed, and recommendations which are then addressed to the political representation.

The main topic of this year´s conference will be:

Values: A New Trend of the Digital Era?

Program of the Aspen Annual Conference

8:30-9:00   Registration

9:00-9:05   Opening

🔴 Ivan Hodáč, Founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Aspen Institute CE
🔴 Pavel Řehák, President, Aspen Institute CE / Founder, Direct family
🔴 Milan Vašina, Executive Director, Aspen Institute CE

9:05-9:30   Values-Based Leadership: Challenges of our World

Keynote speech and individual interview:
🔴 Petr Pavel, President of the Czech Republic 

9:30-10:20   Values: A New Trend of the Digital Era?

Individual keynote speeches and joint interview:
🔴 Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies, University of Oxford

🔴 Tomáš Halík, Professor, Charles University / President, Czech Christian Academy


10:20-10:35  Break

10:35-11:35  Defending Values in the Digital Age

The panel will be based on a study by Aspen Institute CE and Daniel Koštoval

🔵 Video Message: Daniel Koštoval, Senior Fellow, Prague Center for Transatlantic Relations

Panel discussion:

🔴 Petr Dvořák, former CEO of Czech Television and TV Nova

🔴 Jakub Landovský, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to NATO
🔴 Aleksander Mokrzycki, Advisor, NATO Advisory Group on Emerging and Disruptive Technologies / Deputy CEO, PFR Ventures
🔴 Tomáš Pojar, Advisor on National Security, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic
🔴 Magda Vášáryová
, Founder of SFPA and VIA CULTURA, Politician, Diplomat and Activist


11:35-12:30   Lunch Break

12:30-13:30   Transition to a Green Economy: A Way to Prosperity?

The panel will be based on a study by the Aspen Institute CE and Boston Consulting Group

🔵 Video Message: Tomáš Wiedermann, Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Panel discussion:

🔴 Kamil Čermák, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, ČEZ ESCO
🔴 Petr Hladík, Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic
🔴 Jan Juchelka, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Komerční banka, a.s.
🔴 Jana Matesová, Economist / former Czech Representative to the World Bank
🔴 Jiří Švejcar, Partner and Associate Director, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)


13:30-13:50   Break

13:50-15:00   Education: Success Lies in Cooperation between School Principals and Statutory Authorities

The panel will be based on a study by the Aspen Institute CE and PAQ Research

🔵 Video Message:Karel Gargulák, Analyst, PAQ Research

🔴 Keynote speech:Mikuláš Bek, Minister for Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic

Panel discussion:

🔴 Přemysl Janeček, Principal, Primary school in Pozlovice town
Jiří Kulhánek, 1st Deputy Governor, Ústí nad Labem Region

🔴 Robert Plaga, Chairman, National Accreditation Bureau for Higher Education

🔴 Erika Zelenková, Principal, Preschool Čtyřlístek in Kadaň town

🔴 Jan Zeman, Analyst, PAQ Research


15:00-15:20  Break

15:20-16:30 Digitalization: How to Support Small Czech Businesses?

The panel will be based on a study by the Aspen Institute CE and the Global Arena Research Institute within Strive Czechia, a joint initiative of Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and CARE Czech Republic.

🔵 Video Message: Michal Kořan, Founder, Global Arena Research Institute

🔴 Keynote speech: Věra Jourová, Vice President, European Commission

Panel discussion:

🔴 Jan Břížďala, Councilor, Vysočina Region

🔴 Pavla Francke, Founder and CEO, HAAKON

🔴 Věra Jourová, Vice President, European Commission

🔴 Tania le Moigne, Country Manager CZ/SK, Google

🔴 Tomáš Prouza, President, Confederation of Commerce and Tourism of the Czech Republic / Vice-President, Czech Chamber of Commerce

16:30-16:45    Final Recommendations

🔴 Pavel Řehák, President, Aspen Institute CE / Founder, Direct Family

🔴 Milan Vašina, Executive Director, Aspen Institute CE


🎙️ The Conference will be chaired by Michala Hergetová

We will share more information about the program, names of speakers and links to the online stream closer to the event.

*Change of the program is reserved. The capacity is limited. 


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