Peter Szijjártó Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Peter has been a Member of Parliament for Fidesz since 2002, and in 2018 began his fifth term in parliament. Between 2006 and 2010, he served as the party’s Communications Director, moving on to become the Prime Minister’s Spokesperson from 2010 to 2012. Following that, he spent two years as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations at the Prime Minister’s Office, before being appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade in June 2014 and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade in September the same year.
Peter Simon Sales and Business Development ZalaZONE – Automotive Proving Ground Zala (APZ)
As part of the executive team at APZ, Peter helps lead the project’s commercial development in terms of customer relationship management and product definition. His role is to help automotive and telecommunication organisations understand the significance and implications of the new proving ground in terms of the current and future testing and validation needs of OEMs and tier suppliers; start-up technology companies; and university-based research and development activities. Peter has worked for automotive and battery technology companies for more than 20 years, holding sales and project management positions in such companies as Panasonic, Sanyo, Lear Corporation and General Motors.
Christine Mezger-Behan Vice President Transport Management Worldwide Robert Bosch GmbH
Christine Mezger-Behan, born in England in 1969, graduated in 1992 with a B.A. (hons) in International Marketing and German. Lived and worked in Germany after graduating and after various positions in Marketing, Sales and Logistics in the Power Tool Division moved to Corporate Purchasing and Logistics in November 2009. In 2014 she took over the project lead for the establishment of Regional Transport Management Centres in EU and China. India and Brazil followed a year later. Christine Mezger-Behan is now responsible for Transport Management worldwide at Bosch. This encompasses Process and IT management, Projects and Operations.
Liviu Bidian Head of Inventory Management and Internal Audit and Control Global SCM LEONI Wiring Systems
Liviu’s role at LEONI covers the management of strategic initiatives for inventory optimisation, analysis and auditing of end-to-end supply chain processes, supply chain management training, and new technologies and innovation. In recent years, he has been involved in managing multiple optimisation and ramp-up projects in complex global supply chains in Europe, Asia and America, leading supply chain operations teams as well as project and manufacturing teams. Liviu’s background is in engineering and he holds an executive MBA in supply chain, as well as being a certified Apics trainer.
Tongwei Yang Head of International Rail Changjiu Logistics
Iain Lindsay OBE British Ambassador to Hungary UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Iain took up his position as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Hungary from 30 March 2016, after working as Her Majesty’s Ambassador in Manama from 2011 to 2015. He joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1980 and has spent much of his career in Asia Pacific, serving in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Canberra. He was Deputy Head of Mission and Political Counsellor in Bucharest from 2003-2007, working on Romania’s accession to NATO and the EU. He previously served as a foreign policy adviser to the Romanian Foreign Minister and later worked as Deputy Head of Mission and Director, Trade and Investment at the British Consulate General in Hong Kong from 2007-11.
Ondřej Paclt Head of foreign projects (logistics) Škoda Auto
Ondrej Paclt has been with the Volkswagen Group for more than nine years, holding various international logistics roles across the group and Skoda in Europe and in China. He worked in China for four years at the group’s transmission subsidiary, including in order management and logistics concept planning. Since 2016 he has held roles at Skoda’s headquarters in the Czech Republic in pre-series logistics and, since May 2018, leading the carmaker’s foreign projects in logistics as it expands globally.
Paulina Chmielarz Senior Manager, Business Process Definition Jaguar Land Rover
Paulina plays a key role in Jaguar Land Rover’s global logistics and supply chain management processes, systems and engineering, and has had significant involvement in planning JLR’s material and logistics flows for its new plant in Nitra, Slovakia. Paulina has previously worked in a variety of industries including machining, medical equipment, electronics and automotive, including for a tier supplier, Chinese OEM Qoros and JLR since 2016. She graduated from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland, in 2008 with a double Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering.
Peter Balan Country Sales Manager Mitsubishi Electric Europe
Peter joined factory automation solutions provider Mitsubishi Electric in 2009, when the CEE branch was established. He leads the Hungarian branch office, with responsibility across business development, sales, technical support and aftersales services.
Alfons Dachs-Wiesinger Director Logistics Services Magna Steyr
Alfons is responsible for a wide range of logistics operations at Magna Steyr, including the procurement of logistics services, transport planning and operations, container management, and packing and export. He joined the company in 2002, taking on his current role in July 2017. He previously worked on material flow at Eurostar Automobilwerk (the former DaimlerChrysler plant) and on flows from NAFTA to Europe for Chrysler production. Alfons holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Graz University of Technology, Austria.
Anthony Evans Vice President Sews-Ce Kft
Anthony has 24 years’ supply chain experience, most of it in the automotive sector. His experience includes managing global logistics networks for the supply of goods to European OEMs, and helping to set up or relocate several manufacturing and distribution centres in support of inbound and outbound movements in supply chains serving OEMs and tier suppliers.
Sarah Kingsbury Senior Analyst IHS Markit Automotive
Sarah contributes to the European Light Vehicle Sales Forecast, with a focus on Central Europe. She joined IHS Markit (then known as Global Insight) in 2002. During her time there, she has contributed to the light vehicle sales forecast for Western and Central Europe, monitored the European regulatory and legislative environment, and participated in a number of consulting projects. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Sarah gained seven years’ franchised dealership network experience before moving to work as an Associate at Ludvigsens, a niche automotive industry consultancy in London. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Igor Žula President & CEO Slovenian Logistic Association
Igor, who is also director and owner of 3 Projekt d.o.o., oversees the Slovenian Logistic Association’s activities as a facilitator between customers and logistics solutions providers. Having worked in production environments, he provides consultancy and expertise in the field of production and logistics systems, with particular emphasis on the development of organisational models and methodologies to support continuous business process improvement.