“YES, We Could!” – BUT! Business Panel on the Transition in Central and Eastern Europe
nov 14
November 14.
14:00 - 18:00
CEU Business School
Budapest 1023
Frankel Leó 30-34.
Social Event
“YES, We Could!” – BUT! Business Panel on the Transition in Central and Eastern Eur...
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“YES, We Could!” – BUT!
Business Panel
on the Transition in Central and Eastern Europe
on 14th November at 2 PM

CEU Business School (Budapest, Frankel Leo út 30-34. Room 101)

Please come and join us at this panel discussion on the transition started 25 years ago in CEE: with special regard on the two front runners, Poland and Hungary.

Has the world changed? Do we have a more competitive Europe and has CEE caught up? Have our expectations and dreams come true? What has the transition meant, brought for CEE and other countries? Has the transition completed? How do we see the lessons from the practice of Poland, Hungary and Slovakia?

On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution we are also pleased to present two report studies at this event:
“YES, We Could! 25 years of democratic change, 15 years in NATO, 10 years in EU. How Poland Made It” by The Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies. The report consists of a series of articles written by renowned Polish and foreign politicians, economists and columnists, presenting political, economic, social and cultural changes that occurred in Poland over the past 25 years.
“Free Market in its Twenties – Modern Business Decision Making in Central and Eastern Europe” by the Faculty of CEU Business School, edited by Professor Maciej Kisilowski. This book provides a broadly managerial perspective on key trends that affect business decision-making in Central and Eastern Europe twenty years after the beginning of the region's transition to market economy. Reflecting different viewpoints, including economic, social, and political approaches, the essays helps managers of the region to understand better both regional and the global forces influencing their businesses - as well as to bring to their attention relevant cutting-edge approaches to business thinking and decision-making.


1.45 - 2.00 PM: Arrival and Registration

2.00 - 2.15 PM: Opening Remarks:
Professor Mel Horwitch, Dean of CEU Business School

2.15 - 4.00 PM: Panel Discussion followed by Q&A
Professor Maria Findrik, Associate Professor of Business Economics

Mr Gábor Brodi, Coordinator on European Neighborhood Policy, Ambassador at Large at MFA Hungary
Ms Magda Vasaryova, Member of the National Council, Slovak Republic, Co-Author of the Report
Professor Péter Ákos Bod, Former Minister of Trade of Hungary, Former President of the Hungarian National Bank, Chairman of the Institute of Economic Policy at Corvinus University
H.E. Roman Kowalski, Ambassador of Poland to Hungary

4.00 - 5.00 PM: Networking and cocktail after the presentation

The Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies is the organizer of the Economic Forum in Krynica Zdroj, Poland. Every year, the Economic Forum in Krynica brings together over 3000 high-level participants from more than 60 countries, with the aim to create dialogue and develop cooperation among countries.

CEU Business School educates leaders and entrepreneurs who transform the organizations they work with, or in, into innovative, responsible entities that bring value to the world, and who make these organizations engines of jobs and market growth in emerging and established economies and in undeserved regions. CEU Business School was founded in 1988 in Budapest, Hungary by a group of visionary leaders headed by legendary investor and philanthropist George Soros. The CEU Business School focuses on reinvigorating and building world-class financial hubs with a faculty committed to advancing effective financial markets and curriculum focused on nurturing a new generation of financial leaders for emerging economies.

Please be so kind to register by indicating your name, organization, and title not later than 12th November to: karpatya@ceubusiness.org

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    MSc in IT Management class of 2014

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