SPEAKERS 2019 – Press Freedom Conference 2020

Andrej Kiska
President of Slovak Republic

Slovak entrepreneur, writer and philanthropist who has been President of Slovakia since 2014. He ran as an independent candidate in the 2014 presidential election and was elected as President in the second round of voting. He has written two books about happiness, success and his life.


Valdo Lehari jr.
ENPA Vice-President

In November 2010, he became Vice-President of the European Newspaper Publisher´s Association (ENPA), Brussels – after serving as its President for four years, the maximum term allowed under the organisation´s statutes. Since 2001, he has been Chairman of the Executive Board and President of the Association of Newspaper Publishers of Southwest Germany, “Verband Südwestdeutscher Zeitungsverleger e.V. (VSZV),” Stuttgart.

Alena Heribanová
Host of Press Freedom Conference 2019

She is a popular Slovak TV host and personality with a successful career in the media industry. In 2013 – 2019 she worked in diplomacy as Director of Slovak Institute in Vienna. In 2017 she was elected the president of EUNIC Austria Cluster in Vienna. During her career she took part in more than 1500 programs, her current show Anjeli strážni (Guarding Angels) in which she presents personalities from cultural life, politics, sport and science has been successfully running already for 15 years. She regularly hosts charitable events. She has two daughters and two granddaughters.

Peter Bárdy
EiC Aktuality.sk

Peter Bárdy has been the editor-in-chief of Aktuality.sk, for which he is also a columnist, for 10 years. Aktuality.sk is one of most popular and respected news websites in Slovakia. It was created in 2005 in Žilina. Peter has been involved in the media for more than 20 years. He started as a journalist in Žilinský Večerník, than he worked in daily Nový Čas. During his career he was writing articles about crime and the mafia in Slovakia, followed by a period focusing on politics.

Tim Röhn
Investigative Reporter (Die Welt)

In recent years he has travelled to several places around the globe to write about different stories. His reports are about grievances in politics, society, economics and sports. Born in 1987, worked as journalist in DER SPIEGEL, SPIEGEL ONLINE, now reporter for DIE WELT.

Robert Čásenský
EiC Reportér Magazín

He started writing in 1993 to the Czech daily, and he made his way to MF DNES through the Daily Telegraph and Lidové noviny. From 2006, he was the Editor-in-Chief in MF DNES and he quit in 2013. However, as he still believes, that good journalism makes sense, he founded Reporter magazine. And because any editorial staff needs to be managed, he was named Editor-in-Chief in the Reporter.

Matúš Kostolný 
EiC Denník N

He studied journalism at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Comenius University and international relations at the Faculty of Law, of the Comenius University. In 1994, he started working in the daily SME as reporter of Foreign Affairs department. He worked for daily SME for 20 years. He has been the Head of Foreign Affairs department, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, and Editor-in-Chief for the past eight years.

Beata Balogová 
EiC SME / IPI Hungary

Beata Balogová joined The Slovak Spectator in 2003 and became the first Slovak editor-in-chief of Slovakia’s English-language weekly. Ms. Balogová was in charge of the paper and its special publications between 2003 and 2006. Prior to joining The Slovak Spectator, Ms. Balogová worked for Slovakia’s first private newswire, SITA, and the state newswire, TASR. In January 2015 she left the Spectator to lead editorial team of the SME daily paper.

Bartosz Węglarczyk 
EiC Onet.pl

He started his career as the foreign editor and correspondent in Moscow, Brussels and Washington. He was head of foreign department of Gazeta Wyborcza, where he continues to work until 2011. In 2013–2016, Bartosz Węglarczyk becomes the deputy editor-in-chief in the daily Rzeczpospolita (Republic). In March 2016, he becomes the programming director of Onet.pl, and since December 2018, he takes over the duties of the editor-in-chief, also being responsible for the direction and program line of the portal.

Paul Ronzheimer 
Chief Reporter Bild

After graduation and a traineeship at the Emder Zeitung, he worked there from 2005 as an editor. In 2008 he moved to the Axel Springer Academy and then worked from 2009 to 2011 as a parliamentary correspondent for Bild in Berlin. Since 2012, he has been chief reporter in the Politics Department and has appeared primarily as a reporter from war and crisis areas. He reported from Greece, the (Eastern) Ukraine, Libya, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq.


Tomáš Kamenec 
Media Lawyer

As a graduate of the Law Faculty of the Comenius University Tomáš broadened his knowledge at the prestigious University of London. Tomáš specializes mainly in the areas of intellectual property, media and litigation. He is recognized among other lawyers as an outstanding expert in several areas of law, which is demonstrated also by his numerous awards. Independent rating agencies evaluating global and European law firms regularly rank Tomáš among the top lawyers in Slovakia. 


Iveta Radičová
Dean Faculty of Media, Pan-European University

She is a professor of sociology, also a sociologist at BISLA and is the European Commission’s European Coordinator. From 2010 to 2012, she was the Prime Minister of Slovakia, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs (2005-2006), Member of the National Council of the Slovak Republic (2006 – 2010) and as an expert on the social policy of the European Commission in European projects aimed at the coordination of social security systems and exchange of information on Member States’ social policies (MISSOC, TRESS, FRESCO).


Juraj Porubský
Editor in Chief – Forbes Slovakia

He started to write during his studies on the University in Bratislava. Then right after graduating University of Economics he started to work in daily Pravda. He worked for several departments as editor. In 2009 he became Editor-in-Chief of daily Pravda. After the daily was sold, he left in 2010. From 2010 he is the Editor-in-Chief in FORBES magazine in Slovakia. 


Jane Whyatt
Communication Officer
European Centre for Press and Media Freedom 

Jane is a British journalist and press officer for the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, an independent co-operative (SCE) with members in over 20 countries and based in Leipzig, Germany. An award-winning journalist with over forty years experience, she founded two media startups in London. Jane has made documentaries and news programmes for the BBC and was regional news editor at Invicta FM, a private radio station


Mark Dekan 
CEO Ringier Axel Springer Media AG

He is responsible for the CEE Joint Venture between Axel Springer and Ringier. In addition he holds the position of CEO of Ringier Axel Springer Polska. Before his appointment as CEO of RASMAG in 2013, Mark Dekan was as CFO responsible for the establishment and management of the finance function of the Group. Mark Dekan has extensive experience in media business, including the traditional and digital parts of media, as well as in management of large and diverse organizational.

Ilias Konteas
Executive Director ENPA/EMMA

Ilias Konteas has taken up the position of Executive Director for ENPA as of 1st October 2018. Ilias has a legal background with a specialisation in European law, including European media law. Before joining ENPA/EMMA, he spent 16 years at BUSINESSEUROPE, in charge of intellectual property issues.

Marc Walder
CEO and Managing Partner Ringier AG

He was appointed chairman of the group executive board in April 2012. He also serves on several boards of directors, including as chairman of Scout 24 Schweiz AG, Admeira AG and Ringier Africa AG, and as vice chairman of JobCloud AG and Ticketcorner AG. He is also on the board of the global sports data company Sportradar AG. Marc Walder started his career with Ringier in 1991. Following his training at the Ringier School of Journalism, Walder joined the Blick Group, where he held various positions.

Stephen Brown
Executive Editor at POLITICO Europe

He began his career in journalism at the Financial Times in London before joining Reuters as a graduate trainee. He had postings in Madrid and Lisbon before moving to Argentina from 1994 to 2002, eventually as bureau chief for southern Latin America. Stephen was then bureau chief in the Nordic & Baltic region, based in Stockholm, Italian chief correspondent based in Rome and chief correspondent for Germany, based in Berlin. He joined POLITICO in June 2015.

Ivan Štefanec  Member of the European Parliament Slovak politician and manager, former Member of the Slovak Parliament and currently Member of the European Parliament. Its priority themes in EP include the single digital market, SMEs (SMEs), TTIP, employment and the reduction of bureaucracy.
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