Wed 25 March


Opening Remarks

HE Péter Szijjártó
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary

HE Shin Ein Ng
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore to Hungary


Keynote Lecture

The Current Frontiers of Innovation and Research Cooperation

Professor Eng Chye Tan
National University of Singapore


Cultural Programme

Thurs 26 March


Opening Speech

HE László Palkovics
Minister of Innovation and Technology of Hungary


Keynote Lecture


Panel I

Power up? Cooperation and Competition in the Global Energy Arena

Pál Ságvári
Ministerial Commissioner for International Energy Relations

Hanns Koenig
Head of Commissioned Projects, Central Europe
Aurora Energy Research

Miroslav Hasko
Director of Energy Management
EP Power Europe

Franco D'Amore
Vice President and Head of Energy Area
I-Com – Institute for Competitiveness

In recent years, the heightened global tensions emanating from the Middle East, as well as the rise of India and China, have brought the issue of global energy security at the forefront of political debate. Governance structures for short-term supply management and long-term energy cooperation are needed more than ever in today’s turbulent world. Also, cooperation between the most ‘energy-consuming’ countries is required to effectively address the pressing problem of climate change.

However, cooperation between nation states on an extremely crowded international stage is, as we see, not promising and the main actors tend often to compete with each other. Energy diplomacy has thus emerged as a powerful concept in public discourse. But is energy diplomacy a really effective tool? The experts of the panel will try to answer this and many other questions.


Break–Visit the Expo


Keynote Lecture

Andrea Nestor
Director of Foreign and Corporate Relations
Hungarian Export Promotion Agency


Panel II

Water Security and Global Challenges

Dinh Lam Tran
Center for Vietnamese and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Social Sciences

Károly Kovács
Hungarian Water Partnership; Former President, European Water Association, EIP Water Steering Group

Borut Tavčar
Environmental Journalist

Michal Kravcik
Hydrologist, Activist and Initiative Lead
Rain for Climate

Clean and drinkable water is one of the most important sources on the Earth. The panel’s aim is to discuss different water security strategies in various regions. Such strategies include the utilisation of renewable technologies with the aim of reducing the energy footprint of water, as well as the future of desalination. As pollution in the oceans is becoming a high-profile topic in the public discourse, cleaning technologies and the problem of plastic will be included in the debate. 




Moderated Discussion

Like or Dislike–Tech Giants and Their Regulation Possibilities

HE Judit Varga
Minister of Justice of Hungary


Panel III

Big Tech–Regulation and/or Innovation

Dr István Csatári
Head of Hub
Hello Tomorrow Hungary

Stefan Mair
Member of the Executive Board, Federation of German Industries
Federation of German Industries

Joerg Bauer
President & CEO
Tungsram Group

Zoltán Cséfalvay
Joint Research Centre, European Commission

In keeping with the theme of Minister Varga's talk (Like or Dislike – Tech Giants and Their Regulation Possibilities), the panel will focus on the debate that has arisen around the contemporary social, political, and economic role played by corporations at the forefront of innovation, commonly referred to as "big tech".

The speakers, representing a wide variety of stakeholders, will introduce and contrast the most relevant factors involved in the public discourse around the issue, including free markets and free speech, corporate and personal accountability, as well as the necessity and feasibility of regulation.


Break–Visit the Expo


Keynote Lecture

Building the Cognitive Enterprise

Esther Ahsmann-Stevens
Director of Industry and Business Development


Panel IV

Present and Future of 5G

Mariann Gecse
Head of Public Affairs and Communication
Huawei Technologies

Barbara Sztokfisz
CYBERSEC Programme Director

Esther Ahsmann-Stevens
Director of Industry and Business Development

Károly Solymár
Deputy State Secretary
Ministry of Innovation and Technology

The fifth generation wireless network technology, or 5G ,has the potential to transform not only mobile internet connectivity, but also many sectors and applications, ranging from the Internet of Things to smart city infrastructure and autonomous driving. But what exactly 5G means for our future? Experts and industry leaders will discuss the different uses, benefits, and drawbacks of 5G technology, the nature of the evolving network, as well as the driving forces behind it.

A Glimpse into the Future