John Uriga received his PhD. at the Institute of Experimental Psychology at Slovak Academy of Sciences where he dealt with research and application of social intelligence and leadership decision-making. From 2003 to 2009, he worked as HR manager in public administration and international corporations. Since 2010, he has been involved in consulting projects in the field of strategic management of change, innovation, leadership and corporate culture. He taught externally at the FSEV and leads the MBA Module of Change Management and Innovation for the Automotive Sector in cooperation with the Vienna Technical University. Since 2018, he is the leader of the Prague Experience Center, which is focused on innovation in the area of modern technologies and business models.
1st of March 2017 General Director
PSA Groupe Slovakia Production centre in Trnava
2015 Plant Director light commercial vehicules
Plant PSA Groupe in Hordain, France
2014 Assembly Shop General Manager
Plant PSA Groupe in Rennes, France
2011 Industrial General Manager
Plant PSA Groupe in Rennes, France
2007 Industrialization project manager of the 508 car
Plant PSA Groupe in Rennes, France
2004 Production, Quality and Assembly line manager
Plant PSA Groupe in Rennes, France
1994 Head of production unit and group, then Head of technical group and Quality Assurance ; Assembly Shop, Paint Shop, Quality Shop
Plant PSA Groupe in Aulnay-sous-bois, France
2004 Engineer diploma of Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées
2004 MAS in « Organization and management of production systems »
Ivan Hodač is a Founder and President of the Aspen Institute Prague. He was Secretary-General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) from 2001 until October 2013. He is currently member of a special Advisory Group of experts, which advises the European Commission in negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the United States (TTIP). He is also the Chairman of the Board at cabinet DN. The Financial Times listed him among the most influential personalities in Brussels politics. Before joining ACEA, he was Senior Vice-President and Head of the Time Warner Corporate office for Europe. Previously he was Secretary-General of the trade organization IFMA/IMACE, Senior Economist at Didier & Associates, and Assistant Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. He was born in Prague, where he studied mechanical engineering. He completed his education in economics and political science at the University of Copenhagen and the College of Europe in Bruges (European studies).
Alexander Matušek (51) is responsible for General Services and the environment at Volkswagen Slovakia. In the past he was Head of Logistics at Volkswagen Slovakia, at the Volkswagen Autoeuropa plant in Portugal and at the Volkswagen Group of America in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is also Executive Vice-President of the Automotive Industry Association of Slovakia.
He completed studies at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, in 1982. In the same year he started working at the same faculty as a research worker. His focus was on Management Information System, with a specialization on preproduction processes. Since 1989 he was a leader of the division of Automatization of Engineering Work in the company called Inorga Praha, Bratislava branch. In 1991 he was a co-founder of SOVA Ltd. enterprise. Since then he has been the director of the company named SOVA Digital a.s. today.
Dušan Okénka (42) is the founder and owner of X-COMPANY company, which focuses on the development of companies with a focus on management, leadership, logistics and purchasing. During his 10 years of experience in the automotive industry, he has gained experience in logistics management, purchasing and running of several projects.
At the present, he is focusing on the development of training programs for Volkswagen Slovakia, DHL Exel Slovakia and reputable suppliers. X-COMPANY itself has a sophisticated training system in logistics and purchasing, constantly developing educational management and leadership practices. On the supply day of Volkswagen Slovakia, X-COMPANY was introduced as a partner for supplier development this year (mainly project startups, pre-series and serial logistics).
X-COMPANY’s vision is to contribute to the development of logistics and purchasing training with a focus on the automotive industry at high and high schools.
Dušan Okénka is an alumnus of the University of Economics in Prague with a focus on business economics and management, with secondary specialization being logistics – international transport and forwarding.
Study of mechanical engineering and vehicle technologies finished in 1982.
1982 – 1996: Teves, responsible for brakes engineering and ESC development
1996 – 2006: Audi, responsible for Brake System, Driver Assistant Systems and Fuel tank
2006 – current: Continental Teves AG, responsible world wide for development and application of hydraulic brake systems
Simon Garbett leads Squire Patton Boggs’ UK and European Automotive Group. Areas of key focus are automotive cross-border issues and disputes, manufacturing, supply chain and product liability issues, including automotive and tech cross-overs. Simon has also represented a significant number of automotive and other clients at successful mediations. Simon is also a member of Squire’s Global Automotive Industry Group, as well as co-author of the firm’s Global Supply Chain Law Blog. Simon speaks regularly across Europe on legal issues associated with connected and autonomous vehicles.
Alexander Wortberg is appointed Jaguar Land Rover Operations Director of the new Jaguar Land Rover vehicle plant in Nitra/Slovakia, currently under construction.
Previously, he was Director of Production at Qoros Auto, leading the Changshu production plant near Shanghai. Alexander has 20 years of automotive experience with BMW, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Qoros Auto in Germany, the UK and China. Past responsibilities include diverse project lead roles in manufacturing strategy, new vehicle programmes, vehicle and plant launch, as well as leading vehicle manufacturing operations.
Alexander holds a Masters degree of Production Engineering of RWTH Aachen in Germany, and an MBA from INSEAD at Fontainebleau in France. He is married with three daughters and lives in Slovakia.
Olaf, Managing Director at FPT Slovakia and Executive Vice President for Sales and Business Development for FPT Germany, has been an experienced manager, project manager and senior consultant in international corporations for more than fifteen years. Olafs’ areas of specialization are strategy and organizational development, outsourcing, built up Near-shore Centre, process optimization, change and transformation management.
Stefan Deix graduated as physicist at the University of Vienna. Since 2015 he has been Director of EUCAR, the European Council for Automotive R&D, the research association of the major European passenger car and commercial vehicle manufacturers. Stefan Deix was Director for Research & Innovation at CLEPA (European Association of Automotive Suppliers) facilitating the Research and Innovation Working Group activities. Before that he was working at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology in the Department Mobility. He was appointed research coordinator for Austria, research area leader for road safety and elected Chairman of the research coordinators at FEHRL (Forum of European Highway Research Laboratories). He was member of the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) WG on Road Safety, iMobility WG on Automated Driving and Member of the EARPA task force safety.
Pavel is a graduate of the University of Economics. During the years 1986-1990 he worked at the Economic Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.
From 1990 to 1991 he was the chief economic advisor to the Minister for Economic Policy. In the 1990s, he served as vice-governor and executive governor of the Czech National Bank. He was responsible for the preparation and implementation of the Czechoslovak currency and the introduction of the Czech crown. In 1994-1997, he worked as an expert of the International Monetary Fund and participated in the introduction of national currencies in a number of eastern European countries. In the 1990s he was president of the Czech Economic Society. In 2000 he started working for Česká spořitelna as chief economist, in 2004 he was elected a member of the Board of Directors and since January 1, 2011 he has been serving as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors since January 1, 2011. He was named Banker of the Year three times (2011, 2012 and 2013) He deals with the economic, business and social impacts of the digital revolution.
He is the founder and chairman of the board of the 6DAcademy.
A global futurist and founder of Fast Future Research. Rohit works with global business to help them understand and create the future, and is an award winning speaker noted for his provocative content. He advises global firms, industries and governments on how to survive, thrive, spot and manage emerging risks and develop innovative growth strategies in the decade ahead. His interests include the evolving role of technology in business and society, emerging markets, the future of education, sustainability and embedding foresight in organisations. Rohit helps clients understand how mega trends, emerging ideas, new business models, and disruptive developments in science and technology could impact individuals, society, business, industries and government. He currently leads studies on transformative drivers of change for the next decade, science and technology developments over the next forty years, impacts of emerging technologies on the legal sector, human enhancement and the Shadow Economy.
Researcher at Fraunhofer Institute (Germany) for Machine Tools and Forming Technology for a long time.
Expert in metal foaming, fibre reinforced plastics, hybrid materials and light weight design.
Mr.Furmann has been devoting more than ten years to designing and optimising the layout of manufacturing and logistics systems with the support of digital business tools. At CEIT, he is responsible for many projects utilizing the most advanced Digital and Virtual Factory technologies. It deals with Industry 4.0 and its implementation into industrial enterprises.
Studied at University of Hanyang, South Korea, and successfully graduated in the field of Machine Design and Production Engineering. Started his career with Kia Motors Corporation in 1985. After several years, continued at the Sohari car production plant as Head of Production Management. From 2005, began to work for Kia Motors Headquarters as Head of Global Production Management. Before he joined Kia Motors Slovakia, he was the Head of Corporate Planning team in Hyundai Motor Group. After his rich professional career in 2017 he got an opportunity to use his experience abroad in the position of the President and CEO of Kia Motors Slovakia.
Dušan Valient has worked in the automotive field at Adient for the past 10 years (15 years in the automotive field in total). He is currently leader of the PG Complete Seat department in technology center in Trenčín/Slovakia. He first began his career in 2003 as a Mechanical and Electrical R&D Engineer responsible for thedesign, industralization and launch support for the global Automotive Tier 1 wire harness supplier.
In 2008, Dušan Valient joined Adient Slovakia (former Johnson Controls International) company to the Complete Seat department, where his role was initially to lead the team dedicated to Seating design, tactical planning, budgeting, testing and launch support in JIT plants for the French and Czech OEM’s. He suceeded and in 2016 he assumed full responsibility for Product Group Complete Seat department in technology center Trenčín/Slovakia with the Seating design resposibility for up to15 OEM’s. He is a cross-functional leader for product development and supporting functions (Prototyping, Testing, Release Coordination, etc) and supervising a multicultural workforce in EMEA and APAC region.
Professionaly, she manages projets in the field of lifelong learning, development and implementation of avisory tools and information systems, withinin active labor market measures. The main topic of the current professional focus is mainly monitoring and forecasting of labor market needs, where she considers strategic partherships of social partners, the Slovak Government, employers, local governments and other importatnt actors in the labor market as a crucial element. She managed the creation of the National System of Vocations in Slovakia, where together with interested professionals creates a system of sector councils, which in all sectors of the national economy define the standard requirements for technical knowledge and skills of a skilled workforce.
Mr. Holeček is active in the automotive industry his entire professional career. He was director of machining vocational school near automobile factory in Trnava for eight years. Almost 20 years HR Director at VW Slovakia in Bratislava, VW Autoeuropa in Portugal and the VW Group Rus in Kaluga. Was Vice President and President of the Automotive Industry Association of Slovak Republic in years 2012 – 2017.
2009 University degree FH Joanneum in Graz
2009 Development Engineer, AVL, Graz
2011 Development Engineer, Daimler AG, Stuttgart
2013 Development Engineer, Miba Frictec
2017 Manager R&D Application Engineering, Miba Frictec
The need for stronger interaction and cooperation in our automotive region inspired the idea to concentrate a wide range of automotive industry professionals in one unique event. The NEWMATEC conference provides great opportunity for active networking for which we create enough time.
Our aim is to bring useful insights and experience from leading experts and promote information exchange and networking.
Innovations require not only theoretical but especially practical experience from the field of development and application of knowledge. NEWMATEC 2016 put emphasis on new trends in materials & technologies and connects managers, business leaders and academics into communities, in which values are created.
Unit is formed by the details. We know it. Our intention is to bring a five star event associated with a strong brand. NEWMATEC is not only a conference, it is an event that will become a source of inspiration for you.