The Central and Eastern European Forum 2018


Ewald Nowotny


Oesterreichische Nationalbank

Ewald Nowotny is the governor of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) and a member of the governing council of the European Central Bank (ECB). Before taking on his current position in September 2008, Ewald Nowotny held a number of high-level positions in financial institutions.

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H.E. Mr Peter Kažimír

Minister of Finance

Government of the Slovak Republic

H.E. Mr Peter Kažimír is the minister of finance of the Slovak Republic. He graduated at the University of Economics in Bratislava, majoring in foreign trade. Mr Kažimír is serving his second consecutive four-year term as finance minister after being reappointed in March 2016, focusing on key priorities including the fight

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H.E. Mr Zdravko Marić

Minister of Finance

Government of Croatia

H.E. Mr Zdravko Marić is the minister of finance of the Republic of Croatia. He was appointed on 22 January 2016. He was recruited by the Institute of Economics in Zagreb and began his professional career in science and academia.

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H.E. Mr Vilius Šapoka

Minister of Finance

Government of Lithuania

H.E. Mr Vilius Šapoka is the current minister of finance in the Republic of Lithuania. For five years Mr Šapoka held the position of the director of the financial services and markets department at the Bank of Lithuania.

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H.E. Dr Dušan Vujović

Minister of Finance

Government of Serbia

H.E. Dr Dušan Vujović has been the minister of finance for the Republic of Serbia since August 2014. He was minister of economy from April 2014 until July 2014.

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Manuel Adamini

Director, Investor Outreach and Partners Programme

Climate Bonds Initiative

Manuel Adamini is the director of the investor outreach and partners programme at the Climate Bonds Initiative. Manuel is an expert in institutional responsible investing, with a deep understanding of climate-related investment risks and opportunities, including green/climate bonds.

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Bas Bakker

Senior Regional Resident Representative for Central and Eastern Europe


Bas Bakker is the International Monetary Fund’s senior regional resident representative for Central and Eastern Europe in Warsaw.

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György Barcza

Chief Executive Officer

Hungary Debt Management Agency (AKK)

György Barcza was appointed as chief executive officer of the Government Debt Management Agency Pte Ltd (ÁKK Zrt) in Hungary in 2015. In his current position he is responsible for financing the budget deficit and the maturing debt of the central government of Hungary, managing the public debt portfolio as

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Luca Bertalot

Secretary General

European Mortgage Federation - European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC)

Luca Bertalot is secretary general of the European Mortgage Federation - European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC), representing the interests of EU mortgage lenders and the covered bond community in discussions with the European institutions and stakeholders in general on all issues relating to the retail and funding sides of the

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Dimitar Bogov


National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia

Dimitar Bogov is the governor of the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia; he has held this position since 2011. He has 23 years of working experience including nine years on management positions in the government sector, one year in business consultancy and four years on a senior position

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Christoph Boschan

Chief Executive Officer

Vienna Stock Exchange

Christoph Boschan is the chief executive officer of the Vienna Stock Exchange. He is also the CEO of CEESEG AG. He was appointed to both these positions in September 2016.

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Dan Bucşa

CEE Chief Economist


Dan Bucsa is the CEE chief economist at UniCredit. He joined the group in September 2012, as chief economist at UniCredit Bank Romania. Over the past five years, he has worked as CEE economist in London, covering analyses, forecasts and research publications about the Central Europe, the Balkans and the

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Daniel Bytčánek

Director, Debt and Liquidity Management Agency (ARDAL)

Government of Slovakia

Daniel Bytčánek is the director of the Slovak Debt and Liquidity Management Agency (ARDAL). He has overall responsibility for debt management and related activities such as investor relations and all strategic debt management issues.

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Marek Dietl

Chief Executive Officer

Warsaw Stock Exchange

Marek Dietl is the chief executive officer of the Warsaw Stock Exchange. He holds a degree from the Warsaw School of Economics, and a PhD from the Institute of Economic Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences. During his PhD programme, he was a fellow at the University of Glasgow.

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Marjan Divjak

Director General, Treasury Directorate

Ministry of Finance, Government of Slovenia

Marjan Divjak is director general of the treasury directorate in the Ministry of Finance. He previously worked in the middle office of the treasury directorate.

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Branko Drcelic

Director, Public Debt Administration

Ministry of Finance, Government of Serbia

Branko Drcelic graduated from the faculty of economics of Belgrade University. He has been director of the Public Debt Administration at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia since January 2012.

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Nick Eisinger

Principal, Fixed Income, Emerging Markets and European Rates

Vanguard Asset Management

Nick Eisinger is a principal and co-head of the Vanguard emerging markets active funds. The funds invest in hard currency sovereign/quasi sovereign bonds, as well as local currency rates and FX. Nick previously worked at Fidelity on global bond markets (EM and developed) and macro strategy.

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Barna Erdélyi

Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Waberer’s International

Barna Erdélyi is the chief financial officer and deputy chief executive officer at Waberer’s Group. He is also chairman of the board at Wáberer Hungária Biztosító Zrt., and a member of the board at Waberer’s International Zrt.

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Arturas Feiferas

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Victoria Bank

Arturas Feiferas is the deputy chief executive officer at Victoria Bank. Arturas Feiferas started working in Victoria Bank, Moldova at the end of 2016. In parallel he is a member of the board of directors, chairman of the strategy committee in Belinvestbank, Belarus, and the founder of Strategy Consultants, Lithuania.

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Christopher Garnett

Senior External Adviser

Euromoney Conferences

Christopher Garnett is senior external adviser to Euromoney Conferences. He worked in various roles at Euromoney Institutional Investor from 1988.

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Koba Gvenetadze


National Bank of Georgia

Koba Gvenetadze is the governor and chairman of the board of the National Bank of Georgia. He held the position of economic advisor at Galt & Taggart from 2015 until 2016. He worked at the International Monetary Fund, in Washington D.C. as senior economist of the Middle East and Central

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Andrej Hronec

Head of Treasury and Asset Liability Management


Andrej Hronec has worked in treasury roles in the Slovak banking sector since 1997. He joined Citibank Slovakia as a trader in 1999, where he was responsible for money markets, fixed income trading and balance sheet management.

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Josep M. Julia

Global Head, Distressed Asset Investments Group


Josep M. Julia is the global head of the distressed asset investment group of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) based in Washington DC. Josep manages IFC’s global business of acquisition and resolution of distressed assets and special situations, with deals in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East,

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Taleh Kazimov

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Pasha Bank

Taleh Kazimov was appointed chief executive officer and chairman of Pasha Bank Executive Board on July 1, 2015. He has extensive professional experience in commercial and investment banking, loans and risks management. Before this appointment, Mr Kazimov served as the chief investment officer of the bank and a member of

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Richard Kemmish


Euromoney Conferences

Richard Kemmish is an independent consultant specialising in the covered bond market. He has over 20 years of experience in the mortgage finance market working initially on mortgage securitisations (until it became fashionable) and subsequently on covered bonds.

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Rafal Kozlowski

President and Chief Executive Officer

PKO Bank Hipoteczny

Rafał Kozłowski the president and chief executive officer at PKO Bank Hipoteczny. He is a leading specialist in the area of mortgage banking, financial risk, controlling, audit and reporting. During his career, he has worked on building banking strategies and budgets and monitoring their implementation; preparation of financial analysis and

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Julian Mayo

Co–Chief Investment Officer

Charlemagne Capital

Julian Mayo is the co-chief investment officer at Charlemagne Capital. Julian joined Charlemagne Capital in 2003 as a director of Charlemagne Capital (UK) Limited and a member of the portfolio management team.

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Andreea Moraru

Senior Banker

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Andreea Moraru is an associate director - senior banker in the financial institutions group of EBRD. She has over 15 years of experience in leading, structuring, negotiating, and implementing of a wide range of debt and equity projects within the banking, insurance and leasing sectors in CEE, Russia, Turkey and

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Enzo Puntillo

Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income

GAM Investment Management

Enzo Puntillo is head of fixed income and fixed income emerging markets. Before joining GAM Group in October 2005, he managed institutional bond funds and mandates at UBS Global Asset Management in Zurich with a focus on global and emerging markets fixed income.

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Debora Revoltella

Director, Economics Department


Debora Revoltella is the director of the economics department of the European Investment Bank, and has held this position since April 2011.

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Matjaz Schroll

Head of Private Equity, Central and Eastern Europe

Franklin Templeton Investments

Matjaz Schroll is partner at Templeton Private Equity Partners (“TPEP”) at Franklin Templeton Investments and heads up private equity activities in Central and Eastern Europe.  He is responsible for sourcing, structuring and executing private equity transactions in the CEE, Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Turkey. 

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Gent Sejko


Bank of Albania

Gent Sejko is the governor of the Bank of Albania and chairman of its supervisory council, as of February 2015. He was voted in as governor by the parliament of the Republic of Albania on 5 February 2015, upon the decree of the President of the Republic of Albania.

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Jozef Sikela

Member of the Management Board for Corporate Banking

Erste Group

Jozef Sikela is a member of the management board for corporate banking at Erste Group. He is a graduate of the University of Economics in Prague, and started his career in 1992 working in the credit risk management department at Creditanstalt AG, Vienna.

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Robert Stehrer

Scientific Director

The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw)

Robert Stehrer is the scientific director at The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) and lecturer in economics at the University of Vienna. He studied economics at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, where he also worked as assistant professor and lecturer, and sociology at the Institute for Advanced

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Matthew Strassberg

Co-Managing Parter

Mid Europa Partners

Matthew Strassberg is the co-managing partner at Mid Europa Partners. He joined Mid Europa in 2002 and is its Co-Managing Partner and co-head of the Warsaw office. Mid Europa Partners is a leading private equity investor focused on the growth markets of Central Europe. Since its founding in 1999, Mid

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Alexis Taffin de Tilques

Head of CEEMEA Debt Capital Markets

BNP Paribas

Alexis Taffin de Tilques is head of CEEMEA debt capital markets. Before joining BNP Paribas in 2010, Alexis spent five years at HSBC joining as an associate and progressing to associate director in the emerging markets investment banking and debt capital markets divisions.

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Zdenek Turek

Chief Executive Officer / Country Officer – Ireland and Europe Cluster Head

Citibank Europe Plc / Citi

Zdenek Turek is the chief executive officer of Citibank Europe Plc, a pan-European bank headquartered in Ireland with operations in 21 countries across the region, with a balance sheet of approximately EUR 50bn and 9,000 employees. Based in Dublin, Zdenek also holds the position of Citi country officer for Ireland,

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Tim Umberger

Portfolio Adviser and Deputy Head of Eastern Europe

East Capital

Tim Umberger, CFA, is a member of the portfolio management team for eastern Europe, mainly covering companies in central eastern and southeastern Europe. He started at East Capital in 2008 and is based in Moscow.

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Hans van Houwelingen

Chief Executive Officer


Hans van Houwelingen is the chief executive officer of ACTIAM. He was appointed in November 2016. ACTIAM is a responsible asset manager with EUR 56bn assets under management.

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Carlo Vivaldi

Head of CEE Division


Carlo is the head of CEE division at UniCredit. He started his career in 1991 as teller in Cassamarca, one of the four banks which merged into UniCredit in 1998. At that time he moved into planning and control and then, after a brief experience contributing to the development of

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Boris Vujčić


Croatian National Bank

Boris Vujčić is the governor of the Croatian National Bank. He joined the Croatian National Bank in 1997, and was director of the research department for three years before becoming deputy governor in 2000, a position to which he was re-appointed in 2006.

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Krzysztof Walenczak

Chief Country Officer - Poland

Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking

Krzysztof Walenczak was appointed to the position of chief country officer of the Polish branch of Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking in May 2012. Krzysztof Walenczak has extensive experience in international banking. He also has long-standing ties with the world of capital markets.

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