Thomas J. Bata Lecture Series on Responsible Capitalism

When: Mar 04th, 2014 14:00-15:30
Where: The Congress Centre of the Czech National Bank, Senovážné náměstí 30, Praha 1

Event overview

Bata Shoe Foundation & Tomas Bata University in Zlin were proud ro welcome Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Nestlé’s Chairman, who delivered two keynote remarks as a part of the Lecture Series on Responsible Capitalism:

People as a Key to Successful Business, panel discussion at the Congress Centre of the Czech National Bank, on Tuesday, March 4, 14.00.  Watch the video recording of this panel discussion here.


Creating Shared Value: a Pragmatic Approach to Responsible Capitalism, an evening lecture by invitation only, at the Senate of the Czech Republic, Tuesday, March 4, 19.00.   Watch the video recording of this lecture here  

The Thomas J. Bata Lecture Series on Responsible Capitalism established by Bata Shoe Foundation in honour of the late Thomas J. Bata, who built the Bata Shoe Organization into the world’s leading footwear retailer and manufacturer. Known as “Shoemaker to the World”, Mr. Bata, who this year would celebrate his 100th birthday, promoted themes such as the benefits of entrepreneurialism, regional co-operation and responsible capitalism throughout his lifetime. He was famous for his outstanding care for Bata company employees. This Lecture Series is inspired by the belief of Mr. Bata and the Bata Family's belief that business is a public trust which should contribute to the well-being of the communities in which it operates.  



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Keynote speakers

Alena Gajdůšková

Dr. Alena Gajdůšková was born in Prague and currently lives in the Zlin Region, in Zelechovice. She graduated from the Faculty of Education in Ostrava as well as from the postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Economics in Prague, majoring in Public Administration and Regional Development. Since 1986, she has been engaged in local government. She became Secretary of the Senate Club of the Czech Socialist Party for the first time in 2002. Mrs. Gajdůšková held the position of Deputy Chairman of the European Union Issues, and was Chairman of the Parliamentary Club of the Czech Socialist Party. Her areas of special interest were political issues of the European Union and the European Integration Process, public sector services, and human rights. Since 2008, she has been working as the vice-Chairman of the Senate of the Czech Republic. Since 2008, she has been employed as the first vice-President and the Patient Ombudsman for the Union of Patients. In 2013, Mrs. Gajdůšková was elected as the Deputy Minister of the Czech Socialist Party. In 2012, she has been awarded the “Lady Pro“ title. 

Daniel Anýž

Mr. Daniel Anýž is foreign affairs commentator with Czech daily paper Hospodarske noviny. His main interests are Czech foreign policy, NATO, EU, transatlantic relations and US policy. He graduated from Columbia University Journalism Program at the Prague´s Center for Independent Journalism in 1992. He took part in the Mass Communication Training Program of Voice of America at the University of Georgia in 1994. He participated in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, which is part of the Fulbright Exchange Program, at the University of Maryland in academic year 2001/2002. He was US correspondent based in Washington D.C. for Hospodarske noviny between from 2005 to 2010.

Jan Bubeník.

Mr. Jan Bubeník founded, and has been leading, a personal advising company Bubenik Partners for more than 10 years. He has been engaged in professional services focused on financial services, modern technologies and the industrial sector for more than 15 years. He is a member of The Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and often lectures on the topics related to the recruitment of employees and human leadership in Central and Eastern Europe. He is a founding member and Chairman of the Corporate Council of Forum 2000 Foundation.

Miroslav Singer

Miroslav Singer was appointed a member of the CNB Bank Board and Vice-Governor in February 2005. The President appointed him CNB Governor for a term of six years with effect from 1 July 2010.  In 2001, Miroslav Singer joined PricewaterhouseCoopers Czech Republic as Director of the services to businesses group. He was Chief Economist at Expandia Finance from 1995, Managing Director of Expandia Investment Company in 1998–1999 and Managing Director of Expandia Holding in 2000–2001.  From 1993, he also worked as a researcher and lecturer, and later as Deputy Director for Research, at the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Centre for Economic Research and Graduate Education at Charles University. Miroslav Singer has lectured on preparatory mathematical analysis, statistics, advanced econometrics and labour economics and now lectures on information economics and published articles in the daily and professional press.

Mrs. Sonja Bata

Mrs. Sonja Bata was born in Switzerland and studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. After her marriage to Thomas J. Bata in 1946, she became involved in the operations of the Bata Shoe Organization and is a member of the Board of Directors.  She is Chairman of the Bata Shoe Foundation. In addition, Mrs. Bata has served on a number of business boards, including Alcan Aluminium, Canada Trust, and the Canadian Commercial Corporation. She has also been active in many non-profit organizations in the educational, health, and environmental fields and is the founding Chairman of the Bata Shoe Museum and the Batawa Development Corporation.  Mrs. Bata has received many national and international awards. In 1983, she was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada and holds honorary doctorates from several universities.

Pavlína Kalousová

Mrs. Pavlína Kalousová is a sustainability ambassador. She founded and currently serves as a Chairperson at the Business for Society, Czech Republic, leading association for CSR and sustainable business that mobilizes and activates businesses and other key institutions for social issues, responsible business and sustainable performance. She has also been active in systemic changes for civil society sector, since 2006 she serves as a Deputy Chair for the Governmental Council for Civil Society and a Chair for the Committee for Legal and Fiscal Affairs at the Governmental NGO Council. During her professional life she has worked with over 60 corporations on their CSR and sustainable strategies and projects. In the past she managed the Czech Donors Forum, national association for grantmakers and philanthropy where she focused on many legal changes and development of new giving instruments.

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe led the Nestlé Group from 1997 to 2008, first as CEO until 2005, and then as Chairman and CEO. In April 2008, he handed over the office of CEO and remained Chairman of the Board of Nestlé S.A. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe serves as Vice-Chairman of both L'Oréal and Credit Suisse Group. He is Chairman of the "2030 Water Resources Group", a Public Private Partnership housed in the IFC/World Bank, Washington. Mr. Brabeck-Letmathe is also the Chairman of the Board of Nestlé Health Science S.A. and of Delta Topco Limited (Formula 1). In addition, he is member of the Exxon Mobil Corporation Board. Born in 1944 in Austria, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe graduated from the University of World Trade in Vienna with a degree in Economics. He has received several awards, including the Schumpeter Prize for Outstanding Contribution in Disruptive Innovation, the Austrian Cross of Honour for services to the Republic of Austria and "La Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca". The University of Alberta (Canada) conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws on him and he serves as the Chairman of its External Advisory Board.

Prof. Petr Sáha

Professor Petr Sáha is the rector and one of the founders of Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic (TBU). As an outstanding scientist of exceptional personality, he devoted his entire life to gathering and transmitting knowledge in the field of science and education. He was president of the Polymer Processing Society from 2007 to 2009 and chairman of the Czech Rectors´ Conference. His lifelong achievements are connected with endeavors to enhance the quality of life in the Zlin Region of Czech Republic by expanding the education possibilities. He also supervises many doctoral programmes.


Přemysl Filip

Přemysl Filip was awarded a degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy from the University of Manchester and graduated from the Technical University of Ostrava. He spent several years in managerial positions at companies such as ABB, Skoda Auto and T-Mobile and worked as an intern in the Netherlands and Japan. He currently leads the Corporate Responsibility department in Vodafone Czech Republic and serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Vodafone Foundation Czech Republic. Vodafone Czech Republic has repeatedly received corporate responsibility awards, such as the Top Corporate Philanthropist, CSR Award and Via Bona Award. Mr. Filip is Vice-Chairman of the Business Leaders Forum (BLF), Board member of Donors SMS (DMS) and lectures at Czech universities and abroad. 

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