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AmCham Central and Eastern Europe Investment Conference: How Transforming Europe Can Drive Your Global Growth

8:00AM ET
1 day
8:00AM ET
1 day

Business in Central and Eastern Europe was already evolving rapidly before the pandemic. Nearly three decades of rapid economic growth, rising incomes, and expanding trade and investment have raised the level of competition and competence in the new EU member states to unprecedented levels. COVID could turn that evolution into a commercial revolution, if the countries are able to leverage new EU funding, promote competitive business environments, and attract new investments in innovative industries.

In three video panel presentations and discussions, companies that have already identified the strategic opportunities in the regions will outline why these investments will drive their global business success in the first half of the 21st century.

Please join this discussion to hear from a series of successful investors across a range of industries--AI, tourism, and advanced manufacturing--and learn how your company can take advantage of the many opportunities to be had across this fast-growing region.

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This event is being organized jointly by AmCham Bulgaria, AmCham Croatia, AmCham Czech Republic, AmCham Montenegro, AmCham Romania, and AmCham Slovakia.



8:00 – 8:45 AM ET – AI Panel Discussion: Will the CEE Region Become the Platform for AI in Europe

Ondrej Vlcek, CEO, Avast
Dorin Pena, Director of Cisco in CIS and Romania 
Dalibor Kacmar, National Technology Officer, Microsoft
Predrag Lešić, CEO, doMEn
Moderator: John Gasparac, Managing Partner, PwC Croatia

8:45 – 9:00 AM – AI Panel Q&A

9:00 – 9:45 AM – Tourism Panel Discussion: What is the Next Stage in the rise of the Region as a Major Tourist Destination?

Marcus Eklund, Global Managing Director of FCM Travel Solutions 
Željko Kukurin, President and CEO, Valamar
Kai Dieckmann, General Manager, Regent Hotel, Porto Montenegro 
Yilmaz Yildilimlar, Area Senior Vice President, Central & Eastern Europe, Russia, and Turkey, Radisson Hotel

Moderator: Siniša Topalović, Partner and Global Head of Tourism Advisory at Horwath HTL

9:45 – 10:00 AM – Tourism Q&A

10:00 – 10:45 AM – Advanced Manufacturing Panel Discussion: How is the Region Increasing its High-Tech, Sustainable Manufacturing?
Milan Slapak, President and CEO, Czech Republic and Slovakia, GE
Ivan Mihaylov, Chairman of the Automotive Cluster Bulgaria
Ruza Tomic Fontana, General Manager, Coca-Cola HBC for Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Slovenia

Moderator: Michel Perret, General Manager Europe, Managing Director, Carrier Refrigeration

10:45 – 11:00 AM – Advanced Manufacturing Q&A