Discover our agenda

Please see the schedule below. Stay tuned for updates.

01.00 pm – 01.10 pm · Official Welcome

Venue: Gerlach Ballroom, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras


Róbert Vass

Róbert Vass, President, GLOBSEC, Bratislava

Maithreyi Seetharaman

Maithreyi Seetharaman, Founder & CEO at Facultas Media Limited, London

01.10 pm – 02.10 pm · Forged in Crisis: European Economy Rebuilt Better

Venue: Gerlach Ballroom, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

Jean Monnet famously proclaimed that “Europe will be forged in crisis and will be the sum of the solutions adopted for those crises.” Europe is no stranger to the crises, and as envisioned by Monnet, crises catalyzed some of the most powerful breakthroughs in its architecture. The Great Financial Recession enhanced global financial regulation, the European sovereign debt crisis bore a permanent facility to help countries in financial distress, and the COVID-19 pandemic returned a €750 billion recovery fund underwritten by all 27 member states to combat its adverse effects. The call is open to evaluate how to best seize this opportunity for Europe’s new post-covid chapter that is greener, smarter and more sustainable. How can decision-makers use the RRF and other EU instruments to hack climate change and rebuild greener? How do respective recovery plans balance recovery-spending with resilience-building under RRF? Do these developments – and ballooning debt levels – warrant a reform of EU fiscal rules? How can these tectonic movements be used in favour of greater European unity and shared vision?


Eduard Heger

Eduard Heger, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic

Mathias Cormann

Mathias Cormann, Secretary General, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris

Paul Pasquali

Paul Pasquali, Executive Director, Group European and Public Affairs, Raiffeisen Bank International

Alexander Resch

Alexander Resch, Chief Executive Officer, VÚB Bank; President, Slovak Banking Association, Bratislava

Maithreyi Seetharaman

Moderator: Maithreyi Seetharaman, Founder & CEO at Facultas Media Limited, London

02.30 pm – 03.00 pm · Tatra Chat: The Aftermath of German Elections

Venue: Gerlach Ballroom, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

The departing German Chancellor of 16-years, Angela Merkel, is leaving us a legacy of consensual politics, bridging many crises, and underwriting multiple breakthroughs in the EU architecture. She has led Germany to become Europe’s economic powerhouse as well as EU’s powerful political leader. She’s helped leading Europe out of the Great Financial Crisis of 2008-2009, the Sovereign Debt crisis of 2011 where she advocated for European solidarity and unity, in 2015 she took the controversial decision to open up the German borders to over a million refugees, and most recently she made a stark turnaround on the mutualized debt issue in the Franco-German proposal, an instrument that enabled the EU Recovery Fund. Do the results of the election herald messier politics and weaker leadership? Can the victor fill in Merkel’s shoes? What does it mean for the global stage, Europe’s place in it, and the region of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)?


Ali Aslan

Ali Aslan, International TV Presenter, Moderator, Journalist, Berlin

Georgina Wright

Georgina Wright, Senior Fellow and Director, Europe Programme, Institut Montaigne, Paris

Roland Freudenstein

Moderator: Roland Freudenstein, Vice President and Head of GLOBSEC Brussels, Brussels

03.00 pm – 03.45 pm · Pulling It Together: the Quest for Fiscal-monetary Policy Alignment?

Venue: Gerlach Ballroom, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

The pandemic prompted decisive action from both the monetary and fiscal policy actors. The policy mix has been brought about by the shared understanding that all engines must be ignited to counteract the pandemic’s fallouts, ensure price stability while keeping long-term debts sustainable. Against such a backdrop, the debate is ongoing on how to enhance the effectiveness of monetary and fiscal policies and reinforce their joint impact in supporting the recovery. Monetary policy of the past decade – with asset-purchases and long-term refinancing operations being its prime tools – has been joined by fiscal stimuli with an emphasis on the quality of public spending and growth-enhancing structural reforms. The monetary-fiscal mix differs by region and magnitude, accounting for fiscal space and other country-specific variables, but it has become clear a concerted effort is of the essence. How can the monetary-fiscal policy synchronize better for greater overall effectiveness? Is there room for cooperation in specific policy areas, such as green finance? How long does the monetary policy have to stay accommodative? Is the ELB environment the new long-term norm? Has any region fared better than others with their monetary-fiscal policy mix, and can other regions take notes?


Peter Kažimír

Peter Kažimír, Governor, National Bank of Slovakia, Bratislava

Boštjan Vasle

Boštjan Vasle, Governor, Bank of Slovenia, Ljubljana

Pierre Wunsch

Pierre Wunsch, Governor, National Bank of Belgium, Brussels

Eleanor Wragg

Moderator: Eleanor Wragg, Senior Reporter, Global Trade Review, London

04.10 pm – 04.50 pm · Strategic Transformation of CEE-Economy: A K-shaped Recovery?

Venue: Gerlach Ballroom, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

Despite the pandemic-related downturn in economic activity, the integrity of the private sector has been preserved, owing to the robust monetary-fiscal response of authorities. This has been evidenced by the unusually low insolvency rates across the EU and preventing a surge in non-performing loans. Ahead, policymakers will face tough balancing between providing just enough support, and withdrawing it to prevent zombification of the economy, spur reallocation, and encourage getting public finance back in shape. This is aggravated by the current environment of sector-specific supply shortages and rising inflation pressures, as well as long-term goals, such as digital and green transitions. Will the pandemic and the related policy response forge a “K-shape recovery”, with some parts of the economy enjoying a boom, others remaining sluggish? What is the future policy course, in particular with regards to phasing out the fiscal instruments? Beyond the risks, is there a silver lining?


Marcel Klimek

Marcel Klimek, State Secretary, Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic

Gordon Bajnai

Gordon Bajnai, former Prime Minister of Hungary, Global Head of Infrastructure of Campbell Lutyens, London

Soňa Muzikářová

Moderator: Chief Economist, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Bratislava

04.50 pm – 05.50 pm · Supercharging the Recovery in CEE: Towards the Danube Tech Valley

Venue: Gerlach Ballroom, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

Invention is a mother of necessity. The health and economic double-crisis has pushed us to not only reinvent our daily lives, but also rethink our public institutions, policies, economies and business models. It provides an opportunity to look beyond the status quo and take the leap towards new and better-everything. The EU has, traditionally, been subdued on the innovation front, with incomplete capital markets to fund larger-scale R&D&I. Central Europe fares even worse. EU’s transatlantic ally, on the other hand, abides by ‘go big or go home’, ranking consistently as one of the top global innovation powerhouses. How can this historic moment be seized to unleash the Central European region’s innovative power? What is the role of institutions and policies in improving the region’s innovation position? How can the talent pool be replenished through reversing brain drain and laying down skills and education fundamentals? How can the financial burden of innovation and the related risk be best shared between the public and private domain?


Richard Sulík

Richard Sulík, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic

Wilhelm Molterer

Wilhelm Molterer, Chairman of the Board of Directors, GLOBSEC, Vienna

Arkadiy Dobkin

Arkadiy Dobkin, Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board, EPAM Systems, Philadelphia

Alena Kudzko

Moderator: Alena Kudzko, Director, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Bratislava

10.00 am – 10.45 am · Getting the Just Transition Right for the European Green Deal

Venue: Gerlach Ballroom, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

For the European Green Deal to succeed, the energy transition needs to provide new opportunities for carbon intensive regions and communities. The first test is the coal industry, with phaseout dates becoming the norm but strategic management varying across EU member states. For the CEE region, from coal to automotive and heavy industry, the just transition concerns vital economic sectors that nonetheless require investment and modernization. Brownfield investment and reskilling and upskilling for renewable energy sources and electrification. The Just Transition Fund was downsized, but ultimately grants will need to be bundled and attract private capital into new ventures, especially brownfield investments and reskilling and upskilling for zero carbon energy sources. How are experiences with coal regions in transition providing lessons for other carbon intensive industries?  What sectors are the most cost-effective to decarbonize and what are the employment impacts? How should the public and private sectors work together on a sustainable skills agenda?


Beata Javorcik

Beata Javorcik, Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London

Linda Zeilina

Linda Zeilina, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, International Sustainable Finance Centre

Naďa Hartmann

Naďa Hartmann, Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, ESCO, Bratislava

Terry Martin

Moderator: Terry Martin, TV News Anchor, Journalist, Berlin

10.45 am – 11.45 am · Getting Road and Rail Ready for the Mobility of Tomorrow

Venue: Gerlach Ballroom, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

Central Europe – with car-making a fundamental part of its DNA – must act now to prepare for the future of mobility not to be left behind. Robotics, connectivity, electrification, and shared mobility are upon us, but the road and rail infrastructure requirements to accommodate these technologies are lacking, and so is an integrated vision of how to prepare the infrastructure of the future. An honest look at the current operating infrastructure is needed to develop a vision and how-tos, including how electricity supply will be provided to fast-charging stations on motorways, how we will provide connectivity for autonomous driving, and how we manage the integration of old and new train systems. The industry needs to adapt also on the production side, to close the clean mobility rift vis-à-vis western Europe. How can policymakers support the challenging metamorphosis of industry and new technology takeup that is required?  What type of public-private partnerships can supercharge the alternative fuel infrastructure transition? What can the private and public sectors do to boost consumer confidence and the use of these new technologies, and can regional cooperation be leveraged to bridge the gap?


Andrej Doležal

Andrej Doležal, Minister of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic

Lilyana Pavlova

Lilyana Pavlova, Vice President, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg

Andreas Klugescheid

Andreas Klugescheid, Head of Government Affairs and External Relations, Europe, Middle East and Africa, BMW Group, Brussels

Vazil Hudák

Moderator: Vazil Hudák, Vice-Chairman, GLOBSEC, Prague

12.10 pm – 12.55 pm · Recouping Europe’s Competitiveness: A New Chapter in International Supply?

Venue: Gerlach Ballroom, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

Two economic narratives are dominating the post-pandemic international supply debate in the region and beyond. One, it is reckoned that shortages in microchips and other automotive and manufacturing parts point to a structural problem in how supply is sourced and sequenced. But counter-intuitively, global manufacturing output is peaking. This trend corresponds with increased demand for goods, as consumers spend pent-up savings and are hesitant to go out and about as usual and consume services. Temporary increased demand for goods can be a root-cause of a supply-demand imbalance causing delays in supply. What is happening in the global marketplace, and with what implications for the region of CEE, which is closely knit in international supply chains? Are the supply chains disrupted, or merely delayed? Do pandemic-related developments pose also an opportunity for the CEE-region? How should policy-makers go about policies underpinning multinationals and SMEs operating in international supply chains in the current environment, to support and enable them?


Ivan Mikloš

Ivan Mikloš, President, MESA10; Distinguished Associate Fellow, Economic Growth & Sustainability, Bratislava

Pavel Mík

Pavel Mík, Country Managing Director Slovakia & Manager of Robotics in Eastern Europe, ABB, Bratislava

Tara Lindstedt

Tara Lindstedt, Chair & Sustainability Advocate, IPM Group, London

Maria Tadeo

Moderator: Maria Tadeo, Brussels Correspondent, Bloomberg Television, Brussels

12.55 pm – 01.55 pm · Democracies & Disorder in the New Geopolitics: How to Uphold the West

Venue: Gerlach Ballroom, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

Democracies and their institutions have been increasingly challenged by a potent combination of external and internal factors. A burgeoning Beijing is asserting its political, economic, and military influence everywhere. Economically diminished Moscow has been compensating by pressuring the West through its hybrid military and savvy manipulation operations, seizing Crimea, destabilizing Ukraine, intervening in Syria, meddling with U.S. and European elections, and most recently using vaccine diplomacy to sow discord in Europe. Internally, the pandemic has catalysed some pre-existing challenges in these democracies, including economic, political, and social. At the heart of these developments lies a political systems competition. How can rebuilding better economically be seized for strengthening liberal democracies in the CEE-region and worldwide?


Ivan Korčok

Ivan Korčok, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

Carl Bildt

Carl Bildt, Co-Chair, European Council on Foreign Relations, London

Elsa Pilichowski

Elsa Pilichowski, Head of Public Governance, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris

Marta Poślad

Marta Poślad, Head of CEE & Transatlantic Public Policy, Google, Warsaw

Steven Clemons

Moderator: Steven Clemons, Editor at Large, The Hill, Washington, D.C.

01.55 pm – 02.00 pm · Closing Remarks

Venue: Gerlach Ballroom, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras


Vazil Hudák

Vazil Hudák, Vice-Chairman, GLOBSEC, Prague

FRI 8 OCT, 06.00 pm – 07.15 pm · Harnessing Disruption to Address Innovation, Digitalization and Skill Gaps in the CEE Region

Venue:Deluxe Room 015, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

Drawing on the newest results of the GLOBSEC Strategic Transformation Index, skills, digitalization, and innovation stand-out as the structural areas all CEE-countries need to leapfrog to (i) escape the middle-income trap, (ii) rebuild for a better, greener and more sustainable future, (iii) enable a new, more inclusive form of capitalism and better-quality jobs. The EU Generation Next along with its Recovery Fund serves as a prime tool to fuel the uptake of structural reforms alongside the EU-money absorption. How are the reform efforts reflected in the Central European recovery plans in these areas (skills, digitalization, innovation)? How can private and public actors co-shape skill provision in the region, where top-down reform does not deliver? How can policy support small and medium-sized (SMEs) enterprises in going digital, including financing such transition? How to make these reforms deliver a lasting value (via systemic change) to citizens and taxpayers?

FRI 8 OCT, 06.00 pm – 07.15 pm · Energy Transition Taskforce Roundtable: the 2030 Roadmap for Central European Power Grid Investment and Integration

Venue:Deluxe Room 009, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

This year’s Tatra Summit Energy Transition closed-door will focus on regional connectivity and power grid development. Most agree that there is too much policy attention dedicated to increasing renewable generation seemingly at the expense of grid development and modernization which will need to manage higher loads and intermittency as building and mobility sectors electrify and cost competitive renewable energy sources continue to rise. In line with GLOBSEC’s effort to facilitate and structure public-private dialogue and offer platform for relevant stakeholders in the fields covered by the Tatra Summit, the Energy Transition Task Force Roundtable aims to offer an in-depth discussion about the practicalities, lessons-learned, best practices, and policy recommendations on sustainable development from the CEE perspective.

FRI 8 OCT, 06.00 pm – 07.15 pm · Shifting of Consumers’ Lifestyle Choices Towards Better Alternatives through Effective Regulation

Venue:Deluxe Room 011, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

The current challenge for industry players and policymakers, in the EU and the EEC, is to promote innovative solutions to the most pressing societal issues. More sustainable and less harmful products and services can improve consumers’ lifestyles, while promoting a durable benefit to the whole society. Regulation can play a key role in incentivising manufacturers to develop alternative and less damaging products, which represent a better choice for consumers compared to those producing negative externalities. Following the publication by the GLOBSEC Policy Institute of the Report “Shifting of Consumers’ Lifestyle Choices Towards Better Alternatives Through Effective Regulation”, participants in this Focus Group will discuss and analyse the importance of the methodological approach to take in this field, along with the appropriate policy and political outputs which enable and facilitate a rapid shift of consumers’ choices towards better products.

FRI 8 OCT, 06.00 pm – 07.15 pm · The Future of European Strategic Autonomy in a Changing Geopolitical Environment

Venue:Kriváň, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

Given profound changes in the geopolitical landscape, the fragmentation of the multilateral order the European Union is forced to pursue a more independent and assertive international role.  The shift in the geopolitical landscape has raised questions about how to drive for strategic autonomy. While the EU still seeks to preserve the liberal international order that serves its interests, it should do more to support its own technology industries, energy diversification strategy, and take into account concerns of economic nationalists that have merit. While some EU leaders see it as a political imperative, others look at it with more scepticism. For example, the recent GLOBSEC and the Atlantic Council research show Central and Eastern Europe is taking a cautious approach towards defining the degree of strategic autonomy. While CEE will not resist strategic autonomy at all costs, it is generally agreed in the region that decoupling should be measured, and above all eschew isolationism. Strategic autonomy, moreover, should not become synonymous with applying double standards within the common market, nor should it be used as a tool to justify protectionism. In short, European strategic autonomy is not an impossible lift, but before things get off the ground, some fundamental questions need to be answered.

SAT 9 OCT, 08.15 am – 09.45 am · A Regional Approach to Central European Charging Corridors and Circularity

Venue:Junior Apartment 015, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

In recognizing the legacy and significance of Central Europe’s automotive industry and the challenges and opportunities associated with the transformation from ICE to EVs, GLOBSEC will continue to make the topic a fixture across strategic fora. We believe that the Tatra Summit is the ideal platform for the Automotive Industry Transformation Roundtable, offering an in-depth discussion about the applications, lessons-learned, best practices, and policy recommendations on sustainable development from the CEE perspective. In parallel with AutoFocus Slovakia project stakeholder consultation and research, this discussion and outputs will help inform and foster anticipatory national industry and innovation policies.

SAT 9 OCT, 08.15 am – 09.45 am · Fintech and Digital Currencies: Three Forces Competing

Venue:Deluxe Room 009, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

Covid-19 has accelerated the growth of cashless society. Responding to these new realities Central Banks are assessing and experimenting with Central Bank Digital Currencies while cryptocurrencies are trying to decentralize finance and offer financial services to anyone with internet connection. Feeling left behind Facebook’s blockchain project is trying to leverage company’s network effect and introduce its own version of digital currency. Could we see a free for all competition of state-based currencies vs corporate currencies (Diem) vs cryptocurrencies? (If so, how would it play out?) Silicon Valley is coming for banking, how will Wall Street respond? We haven’t seen a corporate currency since the age of medieval feudalism and the house of Medici, are we entering the era of corporate neo feudalism?  Decentralized vs centralized payments on state level (or private company level)? What are the trade-offs considering data privacy in the growing data economy? Is provision of financial services is likely performed more effectively by commercial enterprises, state, or peer to peer? What’s the line between auditability/transparency and privacy in cashless society?

SAT 9 OCT, 08.15 am – 09.45 am · Win-Win: How Wo(Men) Can Benefit Central and Eastern Europe in the Post-Covid19 Recovery

Venue:Kriváň, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

According to World Economic Forum’sGlobal Gender Gap Report 2021, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt, closing the global gender gap has widened from 99.5 years to 135.6 years. The curtailing of economic participation, professionalopportunities,and educational attainment will make future crises more difficult to overcome. GLOBSEC’sReport on Absent Voices: Missing Female Perspectives in CEE, apart from highlighting the gender imparity especially in the public sector, provides a list of short- and long-term recommendations for employers as to how begin addressing the overarching issues across the sectors.For the purpose ofallowing women to obtain leadership positions and for companies to recruit such female talents, legislators and employers ought to intentionally adopt internal policies that will create inclusive and equitable environment, and a support system for women to flourish professionally. However, how can the glass ceiling, that women face, be broken if many still fail to see it? What does it take to narrow the perceptible gender gap in CEE?

FRI 8 OCT, 10:00 pm - 00:00 am · Cocktail

Venue: Lobby, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

SAT 9 OCT, 03:00 pm - 06:00 pm · Mountain Walk to Predné Solisko

SAT 9 OCT, 08:00 pm - 11:00 pm · Tatra Summit Informal Evening

Venue: Lobby, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras