The Shape of (Central) Europe 2022

30. November 2022 (9:00 - 17:00)

Aspen Institute Central Europe is celebrating the 10th Anniversary since its establishment and this milestone is also closely connected with our Annual Conference. 

It is our pleasure to cordially invite you to our next Annual Conference entitled The Shape of (Central) Europe 2022, which will take place at the Prague Crossroads Centre on 30 November, 2022. We are organizing the conference in cooperation with the media house Economia.

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.

The main topic of this year´s conference will be: THE ROLE OF VALUES IN TURBULENT TIMES.

Registrations are closed due to the full capacity. However, you can still watch the conference online:







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The Conference program:

🕘 8:30 am – 9:00 am
🔴 Registration

🕘 9:00 am – 9:15 am
🔵​ Opening

  • Ivan Hodáč, Founder & Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Aspen Institute CE
  • Jaroslav Mašek, Editor-in-Chief, Hospodářské noviny
  • Milan Vašina, Executive Director, Aspen Institute CE

🕘 9:15 am – 9:30 am
🔴​ Values-Based Leadership

  •  Keynote Speaker: Petr Fiala, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic

🕘 9:30 am – 10:20 am
🔵​ Values-Based Leadership: The Role of Values in Turbulent Times 

Video Message: Pavol Kosnáč, Director, DEKK Institute / Researcher, Masaryk University

  • Keynote Speaker: Andrej Kiska, Former President of the Slovak Republic
  • Online Keynote Speaker:  Alexander Stubb, Former Prime Minister of Finland / Director, EUI School of Transnational Governance

🕘 10:45 am – 11:45 am
🔴 Security – Innovations: Defense in Times of Interstate Conflicts at the Strategic Level

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

Panel Discussion Speakers:

  • Jan Jireš, Deputy Minister of Defence for Defence Policy and Planning, Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic
  • Wojciech Lorenz, Head of International Security Program, Polish Institute of International Affairs
  • Lieutenant-General Jaromír Zůna, Defence Diplomacy

🕘 1 pm – 2 pm
🔵The Effectiveness of the Czech Civil Service 

Video Message: Dan Svoboda, Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company Czech Republic and Slovakia

Panel Discussion Speakers:

  • Michal Čermák, Expert Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Jindřich Fryč, Deputy Minister of the Interior for Civil Service
  • Josef Karlický, Director, Reconstruction of the State
  • Vít Rakušan, 1st Deputy Prime Minister / Minister of the Interior of the Czech Republic
  • Lieutenant-General Vladimír Vlček, General Director, Fire Rescue Service of the Czech Republic
  • Jana Vohralíková, Secretary General, Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic

🕘 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
🔴 Labor Force Reskilling in the Czech Republic

Video Message: Jiří ŠvejcarPartner and Associate Director, Boston Consulting Group

Panel Discussion Speakers:

  • Tomáš Ervín DombrovskýHead of Analysis, LMC
  • Marian Jurečka, Deputy Prime Minister / Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Government of the Czech Republic
  • Diana Rádl Rogerová, investor
  • Petr Šmíd, Country Marketing Manager CZ, SK, HU, RO, Google
  • Jiří Švejcar, Partner and Associate Director, Boston Consulting Group

🕘 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
🔵​ Education: A Successful Local Educational System

Video Message: Daniel Prokop, Founder, PAQ Research

Panel Discussion Speakers:

  • Karel GargulákAnalyst, PAQ Research
  • Marie Gottfriedová, Principal, Elementary school Trmice
  • Jaroslav Jirásko, Manager, Eduzměna Kutnohorsko
  • Jiří NantlDeputy Governor, South Moravian Region

🕘 4:30 pm – 4:45 pm
🔴 Final Recommendations

  • Pavel Řehák, President, Aspen Institute CE / Founder, Direct Family
  • Milan VašinaExecutive Director, Aspen Institute CE

The conference will be chaired by Michala Hergetová who will also moderate the panels. The event will be held in Czech and English languages and simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

* Changes in the program are reserved

The link for the online stream will be shared closer to the date of the conference. 

You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions live via, using password #AspenAnnual.

You can join the Conference online via hn.czFB Hospodářské novinyFB Aspen Institute CE, YouTube or via Czech TV online stream – iVysílání.

The general media partner is:

The main media partner is: 

Media partners are:

We thank for the technical support and online stream of the conference:


The conference is held under the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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