Tomas Fiala, Chief Executive Officer of Dragon Capital, has over twenty years’ experience in Central and Eastern European securities markets. He started his career at Bayerische Vereinsbank in Prague in 1994 while continuing his studies at the Prague University of Economics. In 1995, Tomas joined Wood & Co., a leading regional investment bank, and was sent a year later to Ukraine to establish and run their office in the country. Under his leadership, Wood & Co. became the largest investment bank in Ukraine. Following the 1998 financial crisis, he moved to Wood’s Warsaw office to launch their online brokerage. In 2000, Tomas initiated the founding of Dragon Capital. Since its foundation, Tomas has been the CEO of Dragon Capital, building the company into the leading investment bank in Ukraine and a trusted financial adviser for international investors. He is a member of board of directors at several companies, including AIM-listed Dragon-Ukrainian Properties & Development plc. Tomas has been recognized twice as “Best Manager in Ukraine” by Ekonomika publishing house (2009, 2010).
In 2010-2015, Tomas has served as the elected President of the European Business Association (EBA), a leading organization for foreign businesses in Ukraine, which unites over 900 companies employing over a million people. Tomas received a 10-Year Achievement Award from the Kyiv Post for “outstanding contributions to life in Ukraine during the past decade” (2011).
In October 2016, Tomas was elected to the Board of Transparency International Ukraine which is a global anti-corruption NGO with over 100 chapters worldwide
Ivan Mikloš is former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic (2002-2006, 2010-2012), Deputy Prime Minister for Economy (1998-2002), and Minister of Privatization (1991-1992). He co-founded and led a think-tank MESA10 (1992-1998). During 2006-2010 and 2012-2016 he was a Member of Parliament. In 2014 he was appointed as President of MESA10 and became a member of the International Advisory Board of National Reform Council of Ukraine and VoxUkraine. Until April 2016 he served as a Chief Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Ukraine and as an Advisor to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine. Since April 2016 Mr. Miklos serves as a Head of the Group of Advisers to the Prime Minister of Ukraine and Co-chairman of the Strategic Advisory Group for Support Ukrainian Reforms, as well as a member of the National Reform Council of Ukraine.
He was one of the leading figures of economic transformation in Slovakia. Ivan Mikloš significantly contributed to the entry of Slovak Republic into the OECD and started extensive and effective tax reform. He led the government agenda on economic restructuring and fiscal consolidation. Slovakia’s second Dzurinda government (2002-2006) gained a reformist reputation thanks to major austerity measures and a comprehensive program of structural reforms (tax, social sector, pension, healthcare, public finance, labour market) backed by Ivan Mikloš. Thanks to these reforms Slovakia was able to join the Eurozone in 2009. In 2004 Ivan was named by Euromoney as the best Minister of Finance of the Year and the top business reformer by the World Bank´s Doing Business report. Ivan Mikloš is the author of the Book of reforms (2005), “Rewriting the Rules” (2001) as well as dozens of studies and articles in expert and popular media.
Ukrainian musician, the lead vocalist and founder of the band “Okean Elzy“, civic activist.
In 1996 Sviatoslav graduated with honors from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv with a degree in Theoretical Physics. In 2002 he obtained his second degree in International Economic Relations at the same university. In 1996 he started post-graduate study in Theoretical Physics and defended his dissertation on “Supersymmetry of electrons in a magnetic field”. In July 2008, Sviatoslav became a student of the international leadership program at Stanford University (USA).
The band has successfully released eight studio albums: “Tam, De Nas Nema” (1998), “Yananebibuv” (2000), “Model” (2001), “Supersimetriya” (2003), “Gloria” (2005), “Mira” (2007), “Dolce Vita” (2010), “Zemlya” (2013). In 2008 Sviatoslav Vakarchuk unveiled his own musical project entitled “Vnochi”. The entire line-up of Okean Elzy has participated in working on this project, as well as nearly 30 invited musicians. In 2011 Sviatoslav launched his second project under the name “Brussel” whereby he worked with Sergiy Babkin, Dmitro Shurov, Max Malishev and Petro Chernyavskiy. Due to this line-up the project was labeled as a “superband”. In summer of 2014, Okean Elzy performed a number of large-scale concerts in the biggest stadiums in Ukraine dedicated to the band’s 20th anniversary. Their performance in Kyiv in the Olympiyskiy Stadium broke the record for the largest amount of people attending a concert by a Ukrainian band – over 75,000.
Mr. Vakarchuk also takes an active part in social and cultural projects, and is the founder of the Charity Fund “Lyudi Maybutnyogo” (People of the Future). The main projects of the Fund were “Knyga Tvoryt’ Lyudynu” (A Book Creates A Man), “Osvita Krainoyu” (The Country’s Education), “3-D Proekt. Dumay, Diy, Dopomogai.” (3-D Project. Think, Act, Help.). Together with fellow band members he actively supports the International Organization for Migration and MTV Europe’s “People Are Not For Sale” Campaign. In 2003 Sviatoslav became an Honorary Ambassador of Culture in Ukraine. In 2005 he became a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme.
Sviatoslav has also played a key part in the political life of Ukraine. He served as a People’s Deputy of Ukraine after the parliamentary elections in 2005, he became a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Expression and Information. In early September 2008, Sviatoslav renounced his seat in the Verkhovna Rada due to the political situation.
Sviatoslav regularly attends various international conferences and summits where he actively supports the strengthening of relationships between Ukraine and European community. Sviatoslav Vakarchuk has featured highly for many years among the most famous and influential people in Ukraine.