Mentors for Czech Republic

Season 2014/2015

Adámková Jitka

Jitka graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Masaryk University in Brno. In follow-up studies, she obtained a doctoral degree, and, consequently, MBA degree from the Brno International Business School. After starting her professional career at Zbrojovka Brno as a personnel officer in 1999, she became the Deputy Director of Human Resources and then the Executive Director of the company.

Albanese Carlo

Carlo is the Country Manager of the Gi Group in the Czech Republic, one of the worldwide leaders in HR services. Prior to this role, Carlo served across various senior positions including the Country Manager at Lugera & Makler, Business Development Manager at USG Group, CFO and Controller at Adecco Czech Republic for the CEE Region, Netherland and Italy, where he gained broad experience in general management. He holds a Master´s degree in Political Sciences and Economics; he is an IMD alumni and holds an EMBA from MIB. In his free time, he enjoys photography. Carlo is Italian and speaks fluent English.

Anton Muriel

Canadian Muriel Anton is the founder and General Manager of Odyssey, and Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board and former CEO of Vodafone Czech Republic. Muriel first came to the Czech Republic in 2000 to join the start-up of the mobile operator, Oskar, as Vice President for Finance and she guided the company through its acquisition by Vodafone in 2005. Taking over the CEO role of Vodafone Czech in 2008, Muriel was the type of leader that did not merely focus on the business but also on her employees' well-being and wider social and environmental responsibility. Thanks to her efforts, Vodafone launched many innovative programs and won more than 10 awards for CSR innovation, leadership and strategy. In 2010 Muriel led the formation of a mentoring program and a leadership program for Czech business women – Odyssey, and is now beginning the expansion of Odyssey into other CEE countries. In 2008, 2009, and 2010 she was voted the Most Influential Businesswoman by the renowned economic daily newspaper "Hospodářské noviny" and Woman Manager of the Year for 2009.

Baran Dušan

Dušan joined Česká spořitelna in November 1993, where he held various managerial positions in Treasury and Risk Management division. He was appointed a member of the Board of Directors and Deputy CEO of Česká spořitelna in May 1998 and was promoted to Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO in March 1999. On 4 July 2000 he was elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Česká spořitelna and appointed the First Deputy CEO. He is also the Chief Financial Officer of Česká spořitelna. Dušan is a member of the Czech Institute of Directors and a member of the Board of Directors of the European Savings Banks Group (ESBG) in Brussels. He enjoys being with his family and relax at the cottage, he plays tennis and likes biking. His big passion is astronomy.

Bellinger Denisa

Denisa graduated from the Faculty of Law at the Charles University in Prague, where she obtained a doctoral degree. Later, she studied at the Cambridge University to receive a Diploma in English and European Union Law. She started her professional career at the Central European University Foundation, Prague Campus. Since 1995, Denisa has been working at Hewlett-Packard as a General Counsel for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. As a member of the company executive board, she also takes on the role of the Company Secretary. Her expert knowledge of the commercial law has made her one of the thought leaders in the legal profession at IT industry. With deep personal commitment and interest, Denisa has covered the position of a Diversity Champion of Hewlett-Packard and has assisted with different activities in the area of Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Studies. Denisa is a mother of an adult daughter and her main interests are cultural events, travelling and weekend sports.

Boca Dragica

A highly experienced IBM Executive who has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive markets, cutting-edge technologies, and fast-paced environments. Currently managing the business in large service organization in one of the diverse and challenging IT and consulting market of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), reporting to the General Manager of Global Business Services (GBS) in CEE and to the General Manager of Application Management Services (AMS) in Europe. Leading sales and delivery organizations with full "Profit and Loss" ownership. Championed high-stakes assignment. Developing talent and executive leadership including advancement of women since 2009 as a member of the Women Leadership Council in IBM.

Bradovková Marianna

Marianna currently works as the Managing Director for the Czech Republic and Slovakia at Tupperware Brands. She is an experienced management executive in the FMCG sector with broad experience in the general and strategic management and full P&L responsibility in various CEE markets. Born in Slovakia, she graduated from the University of economy in Bratislava. She has gathered her experience at Avon Cosmetics, where she spent several years in the Sales Management before being promoted to the role of a Country Manager in 2000. Since then, her career has been in General Management within the CEE region with full P&L responsibility for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, plus the additional markets of Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia, Baltic and Finland.

Březinová Martina

Martina is the CEO at Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services, Czech Republic. Under her leadership, the company has gone through a number of changes and keeps expanding its portfolio to provide comprehensive employee benefit solutions. Being result-oriented, Martina has a strong business spirit and an ability to see business from the customer’s perspective. She believes in the strength of communication and sharing, and helps others to grow. For these reasons, she is participating in the mentoring program as a mentor. Martina is a member of the international SWIFT association – Sodexo Women’s International Forum for Talent, which is a working group of 20 senior female managers committed to advancing the gender strategy globally. Martina’s managerial skills have been awarded in the prestigious survey of Top 25 Women in the Czech Business. Martina graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the Silesian University in Karvina. She previously worked for PwC and Telefónica O2. Martina is a proud mother of a son and spends her leisure time with her family. She loves travelling, dancing and cooking.

Bubeník Jan

Jan is the General Manager of Bubenik Partners, a human resources consultancy company which he founded ten years ago. Otherwise, he has more than fifteen years of experience working for companies like McKinsey&Company and Korn/Ferry International, recruiting both local as well as international senior executives for top management positions. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and frequently holds speeches on recruitment and leadership development in the CEE region. He is a founding member as well as the Chairman of the Corporate Council of the Forum 2000 Foundation. He graduated from Pediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University in Prague as well as from Economics at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has three children.

Callier de Pepper

Formerly a partner at two of the most respected executive search and consulting firms in the world, Spencer Stuart and Heidrick & Struggles, Pepper has advised executives in Asia, North America, and Europe at Microsoft, Japan Energy, Emerson Corporation, Deutsche Telekom, Boeing, Ericsson, Hitachi, SABMiller, Home Credit Group, Telefonica O2, UniCredit Bank, Vodafone, Imperial Tobacco, Nokia, RaiffeisenBank, DHL, Penta, Office Depot and McKinsey&Co., among many others. His books, Common Sense Wisdom, and Common Sense Wisdom Volume II, are inspirational guides for personal growth and development.

Čapek Daniel

For the past 16 years, Daniel has worked for the Sodexo Group. In 2012, he was promoted to the position of the CEO for the Czech Republic, in 2013 also for Slovakia. He started in IT and operations and later was made responsible for customer services, sales and marketing. In 2008, he moved to China to work for the local branch of Sodexo Pass, which provides support in the field of employee benefits and motivation. He describes his Chinese experience on his blog: After returning to the Czech Republic, he became the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of  Sodexo’s On-Site Service Solutions Division, which provides outsourcing of services such as boarding, cleaning, or security and facility management at clients’ locations. His hobbies include photography, sports and wine.

Čermáková Senta

Senta is a business professional with a twenty years of international experience in Sales, Marketing and Mergers and Acquisitions. Currently, she holds the role of the Worldwide Customer Reference Program Director in Hewlett-Packard Corporation and is in charge of the customer reference transformation, aiming to bring HP’s Customer Reference Program infrastructure to the scalable and user-friendly social platform, integrated to, and to build the most valuable and innovative customer reference program to the market. In her previous role, Worldwide Technology Services and Industries Analyst and Public Relations Director in Hewlett-Packard Corporation, Senta has led the group which motivated customers to choose HP’s services and solutions by influencing key external audiences. Before that, she was also the Director of Marketing and Strategy and Chair of the Marketing Council in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as in the International Sales Europe Region (including Africa, Middle East, Israel, Turkey, Greece and Central and Eastern Europe). Senta is a graduate of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic, and holds the Master of Science in Biocybernetics. In 2011, Senta was awarded the Czech Business Person of the Year and she has become the first and only woman winning in this main category in the 18 years history of this competition.

Hovorková Monika

Monika offers more than twenty years of experience with executive management of international companies. She pursued her career in companies like DHL, Citibank and Vodafone, where up till 2013, she acted as Vicepresident for Brand and Communication. Curently, Monika is officially on maternity, but by no means idle. She is a member of Vodafone Foundation managing board and a mentor in the Odyssey program. She is interested in the role women play in large corporations. She analyzes how to maintain and develop female qualities in predominantly male environment (and don't get her wrong, she is by no means anti-male). According to her own words, the year she spent "away from business" brought her substantial new knowledge and a precious distance. She finds fulfillment in helping other people to develop. She loves her family and wandering through nature, preferably on a horse back.

Chaloupková Michaela

With a law degree from the University of West Bohemia and an MBA degree from Pittsburg University, Michaela Chaloupkova has been working for ČEZ for almost 11 years. She started her career there as a sales referent and worked her way up to the Head of purchasing department, where she was responsible for purchasing all services and materials needed for building and maintaining power plants, distribution networks, for coal mining and for the overall function of the ČEZ Group. No wonder that in 2010, she became a member of the company’s board, the only female one. You can say about Michaela, that she has personally been through every ladder in the company management. In 2014 she accepted new challenge – she’s now leading the Group human resources. In this role, she leads a team of more than 500 people and she actively engages in the company’s CSR policies. In 2012, she first appeared in the Top 25 business women survey by Hospodarske noviny and one year later, she was voted the 4th most powerful woman within it. Michaela has a four-year old son, so work-life balance is a very live topic for her.

Chuecos Barbora

Since 2003, Barbora has been the General Manager of Mary Kay Czech Republic and Slovakia. Before that, she had worked in the company as a Marketing Manager. Under her leadership, the company received a number of European and global awards. In 2011, Barbora won the reader´s nominations at in the TOP 25 Czech Businesswomen contest. A year later, she was placed second. Barbora graduated from the University of Economics in Prague and gained her first business experience at Johnson&Johnson. She loves her work but her greatest success is her family, she says. She is married and has a five-year old son. Her hobbies include canistherapy, yoga and running.

Civi Zuhal

Since April 2013, Zuhal Civi has served as the Head of Human Resources at Nestlé Czech Republic and Slovakia. She has worked for Nestlé for six years now, joining the Group in 2007 in Nestlé Turkey. After having graduated from Psychology, Ms. Civi gained extensive experience in various areas of Human Resources management in several international as well as local companies, e.g. Shell Oil or GE Corporate. She has deep knowledge of people development and focuses on ensuring sustainability in employees’ skills and capabilities, thus supporting the Nestlé business.

Čomor Erich

Erich is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Air Bank. He started his career 23 years ago at Procter&Gamble, later moving to McKinsey&Co and GE Money. In 2007, he joined the PPF Group as the CEO of Home Credit in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In the past four years, he has been committed to starting up and developing Air Bank. He prides himself on hiring the best people ready to work with passion, accuracy and a strong sense of teamwork without corporate politicking. He likes to spend his leisure time with his family and his hobbies include long-distance running, skiing and photography.

Drosc Mario

Mario Drosc is the Chief Executive Officer of Raiffeisenbank Czech Republic. He joined the company in 2006 as a board member responsible for retail banking and deputy CEO. Previously, he worked for the Slovak VÚB, Komerční banka and as a consultant for McKinsey&Company.

Fabián Michael

As Country Manager of American Express Czech Republic, the leading international financial company, Michael is highly regarded for his wide experience and knowledge in the commercial card business. Under his leadership the company became the market leader in expense management solution in the travel industry. He holds Master’s Degrees in International Affairs of University of Economics in Prague and University College Dublin. In 2009 Michael was elected a board member of American Chamber of Commerce. In his spare time Michael enjoys doing sports and outdoor activities with his family and his two little daughters. Michael is a big fan of good Moravian white wines.

Fiman Petr

Petr linked the first part of his international career with Hydro Czech Republic, the local affiliation of Norsk Hydro ASA, where he served for almost nine years. After completing his mission there, he worked as a private consultant for both multinational corporations and local clients. Since 2002, he has been working as a Vice-President for Electric Powersteering Components Europe, a green-field joint venture in automotive industry owned by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and JTEKT Corporation. Petr holds a PhD in natural sciences and executive education from the Harvard Business School and INSEAD. As the Vice-President of the Czech Institute of Directors, Petr pursues the principles of good Corporate Governance practice in the local business environment. He believes that an open-minded attitude and positive thinking are the keys to success in life and business. 

Hannu Kasi

Half Finnish and half Swiss, Hannu Kasi is currently the President and Country Manager of ABB Czech Republic and also the Cluster Manager and Chairman of the Board of ABB Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary. He came to his current role in 2010 from the position of the Group Controller and Group Senior Vice President at ABB´s Headquarters in Switzerland. Hannu has also held the positions of the Division CFO and CIO in various business segments at ABB. Besides Switzerland, he has worked in Finland, Sweden, USA and Germany. Hannu has a PhD Degree in Economics from the University of Braunschweig in Germany and a MSc. Degree from the University of Vaasa in Finland. Besides his position at ABB, Hannu is a Member of the Board of Nordic Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Advisor Board of University of Pittsburgh Executive MBA in Prague.

Hejduková Lenka

Lenka Hejduková is one of the leading members of Havel, Holásek & Partners attorneys at law. She is responsible for the business politics, complex client services, new business and professional support of the company’s growth. She also acts as a business coach in the area of sales and customer relationships. Prior to coming to Havel, Holásek & Partners, Lenka used to be a director at PwC responsible for auditing and consultancy services. She gained her broad experience in this sector both in the Czech republic as well as in Germany and Great Britain. In PwC she was also responsible for the development of services, internal sharing of business opportunities and the implementation of CRM system. She’s a member of ACCA, the Business woman organisation and the international platform Business & Professional Women. Lenka is keen on supporting the mentee in her professional development, mainly in the area of team leading and the motivation of team members. Thanks to her wide experience, she can also share her know how with effective management of complex and long-term projects, communication with the management and implementing projects aimed at internal processes simplification.

Hovorková Monika

Monika offers more than twenty years of experience with executive management of international companies. She pursued her career in companies like DHL, Citibank and Vodafone, where up till 2013, she acted as Vicepresident for Brand and Communication. Curently, Monika is officially on maternity, but by no means idle. She is a member of Vodafone Foundation managing board and a mentor in the Odyssey program. She is interested in the role women play in large corporations. She analyzes how to maintain and develop female qualities in predominantly male environment (and don't get her wrong, she is by no means anti-male). According to her own words, the year she spent "away from business" brought her substantial new knowledge and a precious distance. She finds fulfillment in helping other people to develop. She loves her family and wandering through nature, preferably on a horse back.

Josefiová Vladimíra

After having spent about five years working abroad, Vladimíra returned to Prague at the end of 2010 to pursue her own business in the area of mergers and acquisitions in the former CEE and ex-Yugoslavia with Karakoram Partners, a firm she co-founded. Before moving abroad, Vladimíra was a fixture on the list of the Top 25 Czech Businesswomen. After earning an MBA at Harvard, she served as an analyst at Pepsi Cola International and a consultant at McKinsey & Co. Later, she held different senior positions at the Unicredit and IntesaSanpaolo banking groups, including HR, internal communication, corporate responsibility, executive development and, lastly, business development as the Chief Business Officer for the IntesaSanpaolo Card, a card processing start-up. Her contributions as a leader and her "model role" have been the subject of numerous articles and interviews in print and electronic media.

Kaye Paul M.

President of Rolls-Royce International for Central and Eastern Europe, Paul´s focus is on strategic business development throughout the region, in the aerospace, defense, energy, nuclear and marine industries. An innovator by nature, engineer and scientist by training, and holder of multiple patents in the mining and metallurgical fields, in his early career Paul specialized in developing products and markets related to the recovery of gold, both at home in South Africa and in a wider geographical area including South America, Africa, Australia, and Europe. He acts in an advisory role to governments on manufacturing in the aerospace and defense industries and provides strategic leadership to a number of consortia in these sectors. Negotiating the multiplicity of cultures and business practices that exist in a wide variety of industries and across dozens of countries requires tenacity, tact, and a very long-term strategic outlook. It is in this area that Paul´s experience and success are invaluable.

Kotrba Josef

Josef has worked for Deloitte since 1999. First, as an Executive partner of the Financial advisory division and later on as an Executive partner of the whole company, where he now leads a team of almost 800 employees. He’s experienced in the area of privatisation, restructuring, fusions and acquisitions, but also lead many projects focusing on the public sector. Josef studied Faculty of Economics at the Charles University and continued his Ph.D. studies at the University of Pittsburgh. In the past, he acted as a board member of Czech Telecom and as a deputy CEO of Česká spořitelna, where he was responsible for investment banking division. Josef has been interested in art ever since he was a child, he’s a passionate collector of old maps and likes to spend his rare free time cooking, hiking and hanging out with his family at his weekend house.

Krupa Joanna

Joanna has more than seven years of managerial experience with establishing, leading and coaching of sales teams. She started her professional career in 2001 in the IT segment. She worked for both IBM and Oracle as Business Development Consultant, Sales Representative and afterwards as a manager of team of consultants focusing on sales in the IT sector in the CEE region. In her managerial career she focused mainly on talent support, team motivation and coaching. She has an MBA from Katz School of Business at the Pittsburgh University and also an MA title from cultural studies from the University of Katowice in Poland.

La Ronca Parpel Kristin

Kristin is an executive coach and business consultant at her own company, KLP Coaching, which offers individual coaching, team facilitation and leadership workshops. Before becoming a coach, she spent more than 15 years as a senior executive in the advertising business at the Wunderman agency in Prague and New York. In New York, she was later responsible for the development, new business acquisition and internal relations for more than 60 agencies worldwide of the Euro RSCG group. After maternity leave, Kristin became a certified coach. Her success in the business world is only a part of her story; Kristin is also very passionate about helping others and spends a lot of time supporting non-profits which she believes in.

Lambert Martina

Martina spent the last sixteen years working in marketing departments of financial and banking institutions as well as in the FMCG industry. At this moment, she acts as the Head of Marketing and Communications and Head of Facility Management and Transaction Services in LBBW Bank, where she reports directly to the General Manager. She specializes in crisis communication, media relations, rebranding and launching new brands. However, she can also offer experience with launching new call centers and CRM systems. During her career, she became an expert on leading teams, where there’s a problem to be solved and help restore them to their full function. She’s very good at performing even with limited budgets. Thanks to this aforementioned know how and skills, she can be of help to a mentee, who wants to leverage her leadership and management skills, learn how to solve problems effectively, or learn how to deal with limited budgets.

Lišková Simona

This spring, Simona has been appointed Digital Marketing Director at Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition. There, she is responsible for digital activities of Nutrilon and Hami brands on the Czech and Slovak markets. Simona has more than 18 years of experience in the field of marketing and integrated communication. She started her successful career building the IKEA brand in the Czech republic and Slovakia. She gained further know how holding senior positions in agencies Young&Rubicam, Ogilvy&Mather and in Telefónica O2 company. She was responsible for marketing campaigns of many famous brands like Mondeléz, Pepsi-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, Philip Morris, Home Credit, Nadace Leontinka and many others. She was in charge of the PPF brands expansion across the CEE and Asia. As the Managing Director of digital agency Mather Advertures, she helped build the AirBank brand. At that time she also acted as chairperson of the Executive board of the czech Association of Digital Agencies. Simona likes to spend her spare time with her three kids, she likes to study psychology and mentor people, not only in Odyssey program.

Machová Alice

Alice Machová entered EY as a Senior manager of the Financial consultancy department in September 2010. She specializes in complex accounting and reporting in accordance with both the IFRS standards, as well as Czech and American norms. Between 2000 and 2005, Alice worked as an Auditor in one of the Top 4 companies in the Czech republic, Canada and in the US. After having spent 5 years predominantly in London working for the EY, where she gained wide experience in auditing practice, she returned to Prague. To a mentee, she can provide experience in the field of opening and leading a newly formed department in a corporation, with working abroad in a very rapidly developing field, as well as experience with how to combine work and family. Namely because Alice works three days a week and in the remaining time, she takes care of her two sons, of 3 and 5.

Malý Libor

Libor is a successful enterpreneur and Founder of platform, which is based on gift economy. Having founded and then managed successfully for 16 years his two servers - and – leading Czech servers in the field of employee hiring – Libor sold them and now fully devotes himself to supporting spiritual communities, developing the concept of the gift economy and supporting philanthropic project that adress him with their positive energy. In Autumn 2013, Libor was the very first to organize His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s teaching in the Czech republic. In addition to being the chairman of the Adato Paradigma civic association, Libor is a member of YPO, board member of ASIA non-governmental organisation and also a board member of the International Dzogchen Community and a member of Global Philathropic Circle Synergos.

Martínek Stanislav

Stanislav is currently the Supply Chain Director of Nestlé in the Czech and Slovak Republics. He has been a member of the Nestlé Management Committee for more than 15 years. During his working career, he has acquired a lot of experience with splitting and merging of companies, re-building of teams, outsourcing and other organisational changes. He started in the company as a Central Planning Manager and after two years was promoted to the Logistic Director and became a member of the top management. He is currently responsible for three key areas - (1) customer service, warehousing and transport; (2) demand planning, production planning and supply; (3) purchasing. He is an active member of the Club of Logistics Managers and of the ECR industry association.

Mrázová Lenka

A couple of months ago, Lenka Mrázová brought her almost fifteen-year-long contract with PriceWaterhouseCoopers to an end. As the Legal and Tax Department Director, her specialization was in the international tax consultancy, tax auditing, tax legislative, tax management and accounting for large multinational companies. She uses her broad knowledge and experience to contribute regularly to Hospodarske noviny. In the past eleven years, she has been closely cooperating with the VIA Foundation where she currently acts as the Board Chairman.

Průšová Petra

Petra graduated from the University of Economics Prague. In 1995, she founded her own market research agency AMD. Four years later, she became the Managing Director of the newly formed Millward Brown Czech Republic. At the moment, she hold the position of the Regional Managing Director & Licensees Europe, being responsible for acquiring new companies in the CEE region and running 7 licensees offices. She teaches data analysis and market research at the Charles University and the University of Economics. Her professional experience includes leading and coordination of international clients and large-scale international projects.

Punch Alice

Alice Punch has nearly two decades of management consulting experience across a wide range of industries and geographies. A global citizen, Alice has lived and worked in Canada, USA, Europe, and the Middle East & North Africa and has a particularly deep understanding of Central Europe. Her core expertise lies in helping senior leaders improve business performance through leadership development, change management, talent assessment and executive recruitment advisory. Alice has held several senior management positions in both professional services and in industry. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Punch Leadership Consulting. Prior to that Alice served as Group HR Director for a generic drugs division of Sanofi, the global pharmaceutical leader. Her consulting career includes leadership of Korn/Ferry International’s EMEA Consumer Practice and BearingPoint, previously the Barents Group (a KPMG company), where she advised Boards of financial institutions in Central & Eastern Europe and MENA.

Riebová Jana

Jana graduated from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, but devoted all her career to human resources. She gained her first professional experience while preparing training programs at the Institute of Modern Management and organizing conferences for the Charles University. From 1993 to 2002 she held several HR positions at Čokoládovny, moving from the Training Manager to the HR Director. After a short experience at the telecommunications company of Český mobil, she settled in the banking industry. Currently, she works as the HR Director at UniCredit Bank. She is also active as a Management Board member of the Czech Society for Human Resources Development.

Schmiedová Jitka

Jitka has been working in Human Resources since 1998. Currently, she is the Human Resources Director at Česká spořitelna, where she returned after two and half years acting as a Vicepresident for Human resources and Property at Vodafone Czech republic. Earlier, she held senior HR positions in General Health Insurance Company of the Czech Republic, Norsk Hydro ASA, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive Czech and Accenture. She has been responsible for people recruitment, compensation and benefits schemes, training and development as well as for introduction of the companies’ motivation programs.

Sharma Balesh

Balesh Sharma joined Vodafone at the beginning of this year. He comes from India and he transfered to Vodafone Czech republic from Vodafone Malta which market share he helped to significantly improve as its CEO. Previsously he worked in top management in Vodafone India and in companies like BPL Mobile, Xerox and Ricoh. He enjoys spending free time with family. He also likes to play golf and when possible he goes on boat or diving.

Slavtcheva Sonia

Currently, Sonia is CFO at Allianz Pojstovna and Allianz penzijni společnost, where she is responsible for the finance processes as well as asset and risk management and reinsurance. She has 20 years of professional experience in finance, mostly in financial services area. Most recently she was CFO of Home Credit group worldwide, where she supported the company’s growth in emerging markets from Russia to China. Prior to it, Sonia was for more than 10 years with GE Money and GE Real Estate in Central and Eastern Europe, Germany and in the US, where she gained considerable experience in restructuring, green field set ups, mergers& acquisitions as well as funding. Sonia has MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Soucek Magdalena

Magdalena is the Country Managing Partner of Ernst & Young in the Czech Republic and also a partner in the Assurance practice. In 1983, Magdalena joined the Boston office of Arthur Andersen and seven years later she founded their office in Prague. After merging with Ernst & Young, she continued to develop the audit, accounting and advisory practice in the Czech Republic. In 2008, she became the Country Managing Partner. Magdalena graduated from the University of Massachusetts and she is a Certified Public Accountant and a qualified Czech Statutory Auditor. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Czech Chamber of Auditors. From 2006 to 2008, she was the President of the Czech-American Chamber of Commerce and remains active as a member of the Board of Directors.

Staehelin Philip

Philip Staehelin is the CEO of CCS and a founder of Video Recruit. Previously, Philip held executive roles in A.T. Kearney, T-Mobile, Accenture, and UniCredit Investment Bank. Philip is a Swiss-American (born in New Zealand), and although he’s been Prague-based for most of the past two decades, he has worked in a dozen countries around the world during his many years in management consulting. He holds an MBA from INSEAD (France) and a BA (Economics/Int’l Affairs) from the University of Colorado (USA). Philip serves (or has served) on Boards of industry associations, start-ups, VC/PE-backed companies and non-profits. Most recently he was elected to the Board of Transparency International.

Starková Klára

Klára Starková is a Member of the Executive Committee at Generali PPF Holding. She is responsible for organizational development and human resources in Poland and Slovakia. Before joining Generali PPF Holding, she worked 11 years for McKinsey & Company, where she started her professional career as an analyst and later became a partner specialized in financial institutions at the EU and emerging markets level. Klára was born in 1972 and graduated in 1995 from Vienna University with a degree in economics and business administration (majoring in capital markets and statistics). She completed her MBA studies at the US Business School in Prague in 1996.

Stejskalová Barbora

After running her own business in sales and later working in the sales department of Johnson&Johnson, Barbora pursued her career in human resources. She held several senior positions at General Electric, including that of the HR Project Manager in Dublin. Thanks to participating in international projects, she gained the Six Sigma certification. After coming back to the Czech office, she was responsible for the employee benefits program for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. From 2003 to 2012, she worked as an HR Director within the Deutsche Telekom Group, first in Slovakia and later in the Czech Republic. Currently, she acts as the Managing Director at her own company called Human Garden, which offers services in HR, corporate culture and coaching. Her greatest joy is her two small children. She enjoys mushrooming in the woods and she cannot imagine herself being on a diet.

Stejskalová Dita

Highly regarded for her insight and effectiveness in developing and managing communications programs for high-profile clients such as Honeywell, MasterCard, GE Money, Bayer Schering Pharma, Pilsner Urquell, and many more, Dita has been a trusted advisor to CEOs for more than 16 years through a wide variety of business cycles, from image and education to branding and re-branding, to IPO analyst/investor interface, and crisis communications. In addition, she has led communication training programs across Central and Eastern Europe. Formerly Chairperson of the Association of Public Relations Agencies (APRA), she has also co-authored books on corporate communications strategies. Dita’s pro bono involvement in the not-for-profit sector is considerable. Most recently, she is a founding member of Odyssey, a mentoring program for Czech businesswomen. Her belief in The Human Element of Leadership™ is best summed up in her favorite quote: "If you think you can do something or you think you can’t, you’re right."

Stuchlíková Zuzana

Zuzana is the founder and partner of Stuchlíková & Partners, Attorneys-at-Law, where together with her partners and employees, she specializes predominantly on the sphere of commercial law and M&A, e-commerce, IT, intellectual property, copyright, advertisement and bank and finance law. Zuzana is also one of the owners and managers of several projects in e-commerce. In the last eight years, she worked for renown law offices such as Dvořák Hager & Partners or Linklaters. She has a degree from both the Faculty of law as well as from the Faculty of mathematics of the Charles University in Prague. As part of her studies, she completed a fellowship at the European Commission in Luxembourg. Not only she takes part on the Odyssey mentoring program as a mentor, she is also an active member of an ecological initiative Proti plotu (Against the fence). She likes to spend her free time dancing or biking and she is also interested in modern art and fashion.

Suri Sanjiv

When I came to Prague for the first time in the beginning of 90’s, it charmed me immediately. But st the same time it was evident, that the sphere of gastronomy as well as of other services here are in their infancy. I decided to change that and I opened my first restaurant – Zátiší Wine house. Since then, the company has grown and prospered. There are now four restaurants and a catering service in the Zátiší group and I consider Czech republic to be my home. My biggest luck in life are my four children – Virat, Jacqueline, Shaan and Jasmine and of course my wife and their mother Markéta.

Yousefian Nahal

Nahal Yousefian joined Tesco's fresh&easy US operations in November 2006 as an Employee Relations (ER) analyst.  She is now responsible for the Personnel Department for the Czech Tesco Business. Previously, Nahal was Director of ER for the fresh&easy retail and corporate offices and as a business partner led HR operations of their manufacturing and distribution centers.  She advised the officer group on strategic human resources initiatives and has helped better align it with the dramatic growth it has experienced from start up to 200 stores and over 5500 employees. Before Tesco, Nahal was director of human resources and operations for EDI-Health group, Inc. where she helped a merger and an acquisition supporting over 250 people through the process.  Nahal graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Education, Psychology and English.

Žalman Lubor

Lubor is a finance person through and through. He joined the foreign exchange department of Komerční banka (Société Générale Group) with an MSc in Physics and worked his way up to head Markets and Investment Banking five years later. Thereafter, he joined McKinsey & Company (pulled in by Viktor, his business partner today), where he advised banking and insurance clients throughout CEE. After a brief Russian adventure, he became the CEO of Raiffeisenbank in the Czech Republic, which he transformed from a fringe player into a top-five Czech bank. While he says that his development as a leader during those nine years at Raiffeisen was invaluable, he still missed the experience of starting his own business. That‘s why he stepped down and founded EnCor, thus returning to his investment banking roots.

Zentrich Pavel

Pavel Zentrich currently acts as Head of Consumer division at Microsoft. After completing his studies at University of Economics in Prague, he worked for Sony (later Sony Ericsson) as marketing director and marketing unit director in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Greece and Russia. He also gained valuable experience serving as General Manager for DELL Czech republic from October 2008 to June 2011. Pavel is a member of YPO, a sports fan and a father of three.

Žikovská Petra

Petra graduated from the Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague in 1993, where she gained a doctoral degree five years later. In 1995, she graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts (AMU), specializing in the dance theory. Participating in the Fulbright scholar program, she studied at the New York University, focusing on the copyright protection of choreographic works. Currently, she is a member of the Institute of Copyright, Industrial Property Rights and Competition Law, specializing in license contracts, copyright exceptions and restrictions and the differences between the European and Anglo-American copyright systems. She also acts as a member of an expert group set up by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, a member of the Board of Directors of the European Intellectual Property Teachers Network (EIPTN) and a member of the Board of International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI). As for her non-academic experience, she has worked for the BMG Ariola and Supraphon recording companies. In 2003, she became the Director of the Czech National Group of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (ČNS IFPI).