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. He was elected to this post again in 2016. 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
Ukrainian musician, the lead vocalist and founder of the band “Okean Elzy“, civic activist.
In 1996 SLava 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, Slava 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 Slava 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 Slava 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 Slava became an Honorary Ambassador of Culture in Ukraine. In 2005 he became a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme.
Slava 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, Slava renounced his seat in the Verkhovna Rada due to the political situation.
Slava regularly attends various international conferences and summits where he actively supports the strengthening of relationships between Ukraine and European community. Slava Vakarchuk has featured highly for many years among the most famous and influential people in Ukraine.
Yulia is the Vice-President of the Kyiv School of Economics and a board member at the Transparency International Ukraine; she has 17 years of practical experience in managing large public and private companies and institutions. She was a deputy to the Minister, Head of Staff at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, as well as CEO at a leading company for development and management of commercial real estate projects. Yulia has a prominent expertise in managing complex issues and implementing structural changes in stormy environments, as well as in close cooperation with non-government organizations, key business associations, public institutions and MPs.
Yulia holds a Bachelor degree from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Master’s degree in Business Administration from the International Management Institute.
Yaryna is a professional with more than 20 years of experience; she specializes in Communications Strategy, Executive Communications, Crisis Communications and Changes Communication. During most of her career, she had been heading communication departments at big multinational companies, including Microsoft Ukraine, Group DF, UMC (now — Vodafone Ukraine) and Metro Cash & Carry Ukraine. Yaryna had spent a year at the Benjamin Group / BSMG Worldwide (now — Weber Shandwick), a leading Silicon Valley PR agency in US. In 2014, she participated in creating and launching the Ukraine Crisis Media Center. In addition, she had been a consultant to dozens of company executives and top ranking officials; in particular, she was an advisor to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Aivaras Abromavicius. Yaryna holds a Master’s degree in Culturology at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and a Master’s degree in Mass Communications at the San José State University (USA). She was one of the founders of the Ukrainian Association of Public Relations (UAPR), and had been heading its board of directors in 2007–2008. In 2011, the Media Marketing Review magazine named her among the top 10 PR Directors in Ukraine. Yaryna is responsible for more than a dozen of educations programs in Communications for specialists and company executives. Since 2001, Yaryna teaches Communications at the leading business schools of Ukraine. Currently, she is a lecturer at the Lviv Business School and School of Public Management at the Ukrainian Catholic University.
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 economic think tank MESA10 (1992-1998). During 2006-2010 and 2012-2016 he was a Member of Parliament. In 2014 he was appointed again as a President of MESA10 and became a member of the International Advisory Board of National Reform Council of Ukraine and platform 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 he serves as a Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine. He is also Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Group for Support of Ukrainian Reforms and Co-founder of the Ukrainian economic think tank Centre for Economic Strategy.
Ivan Mikloš was one of the leading figures of economic transformation in Slovakia. Ivan Mikloš significantly contributed to the entry of the Slovak Republic into the OECD and started an extensive and effective tax reform. He led the government agenda on economic restructuring and fiscal consolidation. The second Dzurinda´s government (2002-2006) gained a very reformist reputation thanks to severe 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 Eurozone in 2009. In 2004 he was awarded by Euromoney 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 Rule (2001) and also of dozens of studies and articles in the expert and popular press.