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Breakfast panel discussion “The Future of Automotive Innovation in Europe”

The world of mobility solutions is spinning faster every day, defining another role for the  automotive industry. Today, winning in this very competitive market is not about brands nor the prevalence of a means of transport, it is about building mobility ecosystems in certain geographies that attract investment and foster innovation.

Currently, we see mobility hubs mainly created in China and the United States – what does it take for Europe to keep up with pace? Looking east in Europe might be a good bet. CEE, including Slovakia, has historically been a popular destination for investment into the automotive industry but does it offer the infrastructure and framework and the resources that are needed?

In a breakfast panel discussion organised by CMS and Pedersen & Partners, experts from across industry will discuss what the future holds for the car industry in Central-Eastern Europe.


Wednesday 10 October, Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel Bratislava, Slovakia

This event is free of charge and by invitation only. Please register no later than 21 September with Silvia Jasurkova, on silvia.jasurkova@pedersenandpartners.com or +421 911 541 694.

Event Details

Wednesday 10 October, 2018, 8:30am – 11:15am

Venue: Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Hviezdoslavovo námestie 185/3, Bratislava, Slovakia

Confirmed speakers include


Martin Hausenblas

Visionary, mobility enthusiast, entrepreneur and Liftago founder with the ambition to create conditions in the Ústí nad Labem region (Northern Bohemia) that would attract a global autonomous mobility player.

Panel speakers

Jaroslav Holeček

Former  president and vice-president of the Slovak Automotive Industry Association (ZAPSR). He is an engineer  with nearly 40 years of experience in the automotive industry. He has held positions of board member at Volkswagen in Slovakia and VW companies abroad.

Darren McDonald

Joined Aeromobil as Quality and Vehicle Programme Manager in 2016 bringing more than 30 years of experience in the automotive sector with Rover, BMW and Rolls-Royce.

Peter Badík

Active member and previous chairman of the Slovak Electric Vehicle Association, he is co-founder and managing partner in GreenWay – a leading Charging Service Provider for EV in Central Europe – and co-founder in Voltia, which deploys electric vehicles into logistic fleets.

Tomáš Siviček

Idea generator and leader at the Innovation Centre of the Ústí nad Labem region (Northern Bohemia). With years of experience acquired from the Slovakian Government Office and the non-profit sector, he is working to create an ecosystem for innovation in Northern Bohemia.

Dr. Saul Reichman

Innovation expert with more than a decade experience in technological investments, entrepreneurship and work with multinationals. Previously, he established Renault’s Open Innovation Lab in Israel while founding the Israel Multinational Automotive Forum (IMAF). He is currently Global Innovation & Corporate Venturing Director at Maxion Wheels.

Martin Wodraschke

Active in Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic, Martin is co-head of the CMS Auto-Tech Group and mainly advises multinationals, both OEMs and suppliers, on their greenfield investments across Central and Eastern Europe.

Maymoon Yahia

An engineer by training, Maymoon has a career in strategic management positions at globally operating technology companies. He is currently responsible for R&D and Operations at the Driving Assistance Systems operations of Valeo in the Czech Republic.

Moderated by

Magnus Wied, Principal, Pedersen & Partners (Frankfurt)

Laurence Kalman, Partner, CMS (London)

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at silvia.jasurkova@pedersenandpartners.com.