Keynote speakers

Michaela Hergetová

Moderator

Michaela Hergetová graduated from the University of Economics in Prague with the specialization in the International Trade and European integration 2005. She interrupted that studies for a Joint European Studies Programme at Staffordshire University in the UK and University of Antwerp in Belgium. Completed with a MA EITEI in 2004. Her proffesional career started with Mafra a.s.(2000), where she worked for the TV news department TVD, with the specialization in the economics and politics. Since 2002 she worked as the PR Director for the National Trade Promotion Agency - CzechTrade. Through the floods in 2002 she led the CzechTrade and Radio Impuls Diluvial Centre. Since 2005 she works for the public service TV Czech Television at different possitions.

Richard Brabec

Minister of Environment of the Czech Republic

Richard Brabec graduated from the Charles University's Faculty of Science in the field of economic geology in combination with foreign languages. He worked as a director of the Czech-Moravian Commodity Exchange Kladno, in various positions in the financial section of Unipetrol, as the financial director in Spolana Neratovice and as the CEO of Lovochemie. Since the beginning of 2014 he has been the Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic and since October 2017 the first Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic.

Stephen B. King

U.S. Embassy in The Czech Republic

Stephen B. King was confirmed by the Senate on October 5, 2017 as the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic. He is a prominent public servant and businessman who successfully acquired, built, and sold a specialty chemical manufacturing business and founded a family investment business. Ambassador King served as a National Committeeman for the Wisconsin Republican Party from 2007-2017. Earlier in his career, Ambassador King investigated civil rights violations for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, served as an investigator for the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and was named Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for liaison between USDA and the Agriculture Committees of the House and Senate.

Mark Johnson

American architect and urban planner, founder of Civitas

Mark Johnson founded Civitas in 1984 and is a recognized thought leader in the regeneration of inner city, brownfield and industrial areas.  Foremost among these is his leadership of planning and design for regeneration of Denver’s Stapleton International Airport, since 1988; and recently the Rivers District Master Plan in Calgary and South River District in Brno, CZ. Mark is known for the design of complex urban redevelopment projects, each involving green infrastructure as a catalyst to economic, environmental and social change.  He is currently working with the New York Restoration Project and the Columbia University School of Public Health Research on an evidence-based plan for greening the South Bronx. Mark  is a frequent lecturer at universities, ASLA, ULI and other institutes on the role of design for public health; Board Member of the Van Alen Institute; Co-Chair of the Van Alen Climate Council. He is a graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Bernard Storch

Architect, PLP/Architecture

Bernard has exceptional experience on a wide range of commercial, residential, institutional and hospitality projects in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Recently completed work includes the award-winning Sky Central, which provides large and flexible workspaces for 3,500 employees of Sky Television along with multiple food, sports and leisure amenities. He also completed the conceptual design for an extension for a luxury hotel in London, concept proposals for an office redevelopment in the historic heart of Milan in Italy, the conceptual design of a mixed-use high-rise development at Vauxhall on the bank of the River Thames, and a new headquarters building at Heron Quays West in Canary Wharf. He has also worked on proposals for a new airport terminal in Saudi Arabia and the masterplan proposal for the Al Qakrah District and FIFA 2022 World Cup Stadium in Qatar. Bernard earned his Master of Arts degree in the field of architecture from the Academy of Arts Architecture and Design in Prague.

Pavel Sovička

Managing Director Panattoni Europe CZ&SVK

Pavel Sovička began his professional career at Cushman & Wakefield where he spent ten years. Since 2008, he has been the head of Panattoni Europe as a managing director for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Pavel has 21 years of industry experience in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. He participated in transactions representing a total of 1,500,000 m2 of leased and sold space. His most important projects include Panattoni Park Prague Airport I and II, Amazon's distribution center in Dobrovíz (the largest rental building in the Czech Republic, 120,000 m2), Panattoni Park D5 / Stříbro and Panattoni Park Cheb, the most important tenant of which is Tchibo (the second largest rental building in the Czech Republic, 75,000 m2).

Slawomir Szpunar

International Marketing Director, Saint - Gobain

Slawomir Szpunar is a graduate of the University of Technology in Krakow, Poland where he was awarded degrees in Engineering and Architecture. He has started there his professional career as Junior Lecturer. Joined Isover (Saint-Gobain Insulation) in 1994 and held various increasingly responsible marketing positions on both national and international level in Poland, France and USA. Since 2011 as the International Marketing Director responsible for global implementation of Saint-Gobain Multi-Comfort program he supports both creation of local reference Multi-Comfort projects and co-operation with Building Science network. This work aims to understand better all Habitat determiners of human comfort, health & wellbeing and foster innovations helping to reach their optimum state in sustainable buildings.

 

Michal Petřík

CEO, Buildsys

Michal Petřík graduated in technology from the Secondary Technical School in Brno and has been working with technologies throughout his whole professional life. Since 2000, he has been actively involved in the field of measurements and regulations, where he was gradually deepening his experience in the management of large and challenging technological units and contracts. In 2006 he has founded BUILDSYS, a.s. An original team of ten people consisted of qualified professionals and today the company is one of the leading players in the field of building automation. However, the basic pillars remained the same – good interpersonal relationships, expert team, individual approach to the customer, professional services and high technology. At present, the company is a part of ENERGON Holding, a.s., and has been an active member of the Czech Green Building Council for several years.


Ivo Vojta

CEO, Wago

Ivo Vojta graduated from the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, and soon after his first work experience, he joined the WAGO brand. At the very beginning of the WAGO branch in the Czech Republic in 1992, he witnessed development of the company when the traditional manufacturer of spring connectors and electrical conductor terminals became a high-tech company producing inter alia control systems for automation in industry, buildings and other areas. He still works as a director of the company.

Libor Musil

Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, LIKO-S

Libor is a founder and chairman of the board of the family-owned company LIKO-S, a.s. producing prefabricated halls, fittings, interior partitions and mobile walls. The company was founded in 1992 and built on Baťa's traditions and principles of respect and love for the craft. Libor is an innovator and a visionary who promotes green technologies in business.

Jan Baxa

Head of Asset Management, CA IMMO

Jan Baxa has been operating in the real estate market since 2006 and has been working for the CA Immo team in Prague for 8 years. Since April 2018, he is in charge of management of the Property team and Asset Management team of the River City Prague, the new Mississippi and Missouri development, Kavčí Hory in Prague 4 and the Visionary building in Prague 7. Jan's goal is to develop real aestate, but to ensure their sustainable development with an emphasis on the quality of services and innovations. Jan has many years of experience in the field of real estate with a particular emphasis on their green operation and tenant built-in. In the long term, he has been focusing on the efficient operation and maintenance of the interior of buildings. As part of his cooperation with the CZGBC, he has ben actively working in the indoor environment working group from its very beginning with the specific goal of developing long-term multi-criteria evaluation process of the indoor environment of buildings on the basis of both objective and subjective criteria.

Michaela Nedorostová

Asset Manager, CA IMMO

Michaela Nedorostová has joined the CA Immo's Prague team as an asset manager this year. In her new position, she is in charge of managing the property portfolio entrusted, in particular Visionary and Amazon Court office buildings, including tenant support and care, supplier contract management and overall corporate care. Michaela focuses on further development of existing buildings with an emphasis on new technologies, healthy indoor environment, comfort and flexibility of tenants. Prior to joining CA Immo, she spent nearly eight years at the CBRE, where she, as a senior consultant focusing on project management and coordination of the BREEAM building certification process, was providing consulting services on all aspects of the property market. In addition, she has been a long-term member and supporter of the Czech Green Building Council.

Benjamín Raich

Business Development, Němec s.r.o.

He has been working in the field of vertical gardens since 2014. In the Němec s.r.o. he is in charge of business development and complete agenda of vertical gardens, including coordination of services and installations. Since 2011, Němec s.r.o has implemented more than 4000 m2 of vertical gardens in the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Holland, Slovenia and Slovakia.

Hana Kocmanová

Managing Director, Sedum TOP Solution s.r.o.

During her career, Hana Kocmanová has worked in both corporate and family companies on marketing, sales and management positions. During her work for Belgian installer company, she discovered her passion for green building solutions and especially for green roofs. That is why she founded the company SEDUM TOP SOLUTION four years ago, which deals with the cultivation of sedum mats intended for vegetation roofs. She is now being increasingly active in the field of green infrastructure. When she doesn’t spend her time in growing areas, she likes running in the woods in Vysočina, where she comes from and lives with her family.

Jana Petrů

Project manager, Koncept - Ekotech

Jana Petrů, together with her husband, founded 28 years ago a company focused on economic and ecological solutions in the field of building services in public buildings. Since 2001, systems for the use of rain and gray water have reasonably become a part of the company's offer. The motto of the Ecotech Concept is Water in Good Hands. The company has built its position on the market thanks to the highest quality equipment, individual approach to each project and exceptional customer care. Jana is a project specialist in the company and is a coordinator of the CZGBC Water Management Working Group.

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