Keynote address: Valdis Dombrovskis, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-President Designate of the European Commission, responsible for the Euro and Social Dialogue
Mikuláš Dzurinda, President of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, former Prime Minister of Slovakia
Vasyl Filipchuk, Advisor to the Board, International Centre for Policy Studies, Former Deputy Chief of Ukraine's Mission to the EU
George Logush, President of Kyiv School of Economics
Žiga Turk, Professor and Researcher, Former Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Slovenia
Moderated by: Roland Freudenstein, Head of Research, Deputy Director at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies
Valdis Dombrovskis is a member of the European Parliament and the Vice-President Designate of the European Commission, responsible for the Euro and Social Dialogue. Previously, he served as the Prime Minister of Latvia. He was also the Minister for Children, Family and Integration Affairs (2009); before that he was a Member of the European Parliament (2004-2009). Previously, he was also an Advisor to the Minister for Economics (2004-2006), a Member of the Council of the Nordic Investment Bank (2004-2006), a MP in the Saeima, faction ‘New Era’ (2002-2004) and the Minister for Finance (2002-2004), among other positions. He holds a Professional Master’s degree in Customs and Tax Administration from Riga Technical University, a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Latvia and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics from the Riga Technical University and in Physics from the University of Latvia.
Mikuláš Dzurinda was elected president of the WMCES in December 2013. He is the former prime minister of Slovakia (1998-2006) and has held various positions in government since first entering politics in 1990. Once he became prime minister and formed a large coalition government in 1998, Dzurinda and his government introduced far-reaching reforms which are credited in enabling Slovakia begin the process of joining the EU and NATO. After being re-elected in 2002, Dzurinda led Slovakia to become a member of the EU and NATO in 2004, a process which he actively took part in from the beginning. Since Slovakia gained independence in 1993, Dzurinda has also held the position of Minister of Transportation and more recently that of Minister for Foreign Affairs (from July 2010 to April 2012). Dzurinda is a founding member of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union – Democratic Party (SDKÚ-DS) and was chairman of the party from 2000 to 2012. He was elected to the Slovak Parliament following elections in 2012 and is currently a member of the Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Relations.
Vasyl Filipchuk is a top-ranked expert in foreign policy and European issues in Ukraine, acclaimed analyst, brilliant speaker and participant of Chatham House and Wilton Park events, experienced diplomat and author of the European Integration Strategy of Ukraine, approved by the President’s Decree on June 11, 1998.
Roland Freudenstein was born in 1960 in Bonn, Germany. After a two year voluntary military service, he studied political science, economics, Japan studies and international relations in Bonn and Los Angeles. Having worked as a research fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations, he became a member of the foreign and security planning staff of the European Commission in Brussels in the 1990s. Subsequently, he became the director of the Warsaw office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and later held a leading function in the Foundation’s central office in Berlin. After coming back to Brussels in 2004, he represented the German city state of Hamburg to the European Union. He is now, since 2008, Head of Research and Deputy Director of the Brussels based Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies. He has contributed to debates and published extensively on European integration, international security, German-Polish relations, global democracy support and recently about the changes in the Middle East.
Dr George Logush is the President of the Kyiv School of Economics. His executive business experience includes: Vice-President at Kraft Foods International, Vice-President at Mironivsky Hliboproduct, Managing Director for RJ Reynolds and KPMG, cofounder and COO of Garden State Health Plan HMO (Princeton, NJ). His board experience includes: Kraft Foods CEEMA BoM, Garden State Health Plan HMO, Milkiland NV, MHP, Chumak Foods, American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine (Vice-Chairman). He holds a PhD and an MA in Economics from New York University. He was Associate Dean and Director of the Institute of International Business at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business in New York City. In Ukraine he was the Vice-Rector at the Ukrainian Catholic University, Development and Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Lviv Business School and on the Oversight Boards for the International Management Institute (IMI).
Žiga Turk (1962) is a Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He holds degrees in engineering and computer science. As academic he studies design communication, internet science and scenarios of future global developments, particularly the role of technology and innovation. He is an internationally recognized author, public speaker and lecturer on these subjects. Dr Turk was Minister for Growth as well as Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports in the Government of Slovenia and Secretary General of the Felipe Gonzalez's Reflection Group on the Future of Europe. He is a member of the Academic Board of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies.