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18.9.2017 - 15.12.2017 - Classes in the Fall semester 2017/2018

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Chantal Ambord

Chantal works with the BlaBlacCar (BBC) since 2015. Currently she serves as Business Development Manager. She manages the relations with investors and works on improving the company’s operations efficiency. Before joining BBC she founded and was CEO at Nextfunder an Equity crowdfunding platform and secondary market for private companies' shares. Between 2011-2013 she worked with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, where she was responsible for relations with prospect companies and key intermediaries including 
heads of investment banks, law firms and media companies in Asia, Europe and Latin America

Chantal holds MBA from INSEAD, and BA from Università degli Studi di Milano and also holds postgraduate from LSE-Peking University.


Hubert Gambs

Hubert Gambs is Director at Modernisation of the Single Market, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs at the European Commission.

Previously (2010-2014) he served Head of Cabinet of Johaness Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy, 2004-20010 he was Member of Cabinet of Mrs. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy before he was Member of Cabinet of Franz Fischler, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries.

He holds MA in law (University of Innsbruck).


Philippe Gugler

Philippe Gugler is Director of the Center for Competitiveness of the University of Fribourg and former Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). He is MOC Affiliate at the Institute For Strategy and Competitiveness (ISC) led by Professor Michael Porter at the Harvard Business School (HBS). He is also co-editor in Chief – with Christian Ketels (ISC/HBS) – of the Competitiveness Review and Chairman of the European International Business Academy (EIBA).

In the past worked at the Swiss Ministry of Economics as Swiss delegate for GATT and WTO negotiations and at the Swiss Competition Commission Secretariat as Vice-Director. In addition, for several years, he has been collaborating with international organizations such as the United Nations (Geneva) and the OECD (Paris). In his work he concentrates in trade and competition, trade and investment, competition policy, multinational enterprises and competitiveness.


Ondřej Malý

Ondřej Malý is since April 2017 Digital Coordinator at the Office of Government, Czechia, responsible for supporting the digital economy and digitization of public administration, ensuring communication between ministries and other governmental bodies and also cooperation with economic and social partners.

For many years he has been involved in telecommunications and IT. He worked as journalist in Lidove noviny and Hospodářské noviny, focused on IT and telecomunications.

Between 2012-2017 he was member of the Council of the Czech Telecommunication Office.

He holds MA in American Studies (Charles University) and BA in journalism (Charles University).



Kalle Palling was born in Käru, Raplamaa county, Estonia.  He is a member of the Estonian Parliament since 2007 representing Reform Party that is liberal Party in Estonia. Since 2014 he is the Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee and member of Economic Affairs Committee at Parliament of Estonia. He is the spokesman on digital society, e-residency and sharing economy legislation in Estonia. Since November 2009 he is member of the Supervisory Board of Eesti Energia. He is also chairman of the Supervisory Board of Rapla County Hospital Foundation and Estonian Ski Association.

In 2016 he drafted the bill on regulating ridesharing in Estonia.


Karel Půbal

Karel is Director of PwC Czech Republic, primarly responsible for consulting activities with public and private sector. Previously he worked with Česká inovace (Czech Innovation) where he founded and chaired "Innovation for Public Sector". In the past he also worked at the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Karel holds MA and Ph.D. from University of Economics, Prague.




Josef Taušer (host of the conference)

Josef Taušer graduated in International Trade at Faculty of International Relations, University of Economics, Prague. Since 2003 he works at the Department of International Trade. Currently, he is guarantor of the Master’s degree in International Trade and Deputy Head of the Department. In 2008 he was appointed associate professor and in 2012-2013 he served as vice-dean for science and as legal representative of the dean. Josef Taušer regularly lectures at universities in France (AUDENCIA School of Management, Nantes, Lyon IAE) and Austria (WU Wien), where he teaches international financial management, in English and German.

He is author of numerous papers in journals with impact factor, co-author of 3 books, and of another 17 peer-reviewed articles. He participated in international and national scientific projects and is a member of the executive boards 5 academic journals. Josef is also member of the Board at the Academy of Business, CEE Chapter (AIB-CEE).



Roman Chlupatý (moderator and co-organizer of the event)

Roman Chlupatý is a Czech-Canadian journalist, published author and media consultant. Working for Czech and international media, universities and firms, he focuses on international politics and economics and how these two worlds intertwine. His works were published in France, Germany, China and other countries. He studied in Toronto, Aarhus, Amsterdam and London