József Váradi serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Wizz Air, Central and Eastern Europe's largest airline. The company's low cost leader strategy has torpedoed the airline from one of the many start-ups in 2004 to one of the major European players today. Wizz Air has carried over 17 million passengers in the last 12 months and is well on track to continue its ambitious double-digit growth. Previously, József was be the Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Executive Office of Malév Hungarian Airlines. Prior to joining the airline industry, he had a 10 year successful commercial track record at Procter & Gamble and served as its Sales Director for Central and Eastern Europe.
Gábor has been a partner in the IFRS team of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Budapest, since 1997. After several years in the audit department and three years as a controlling manager in Citibank Hungary, Gábor re-joined PwC and became a full-time member of PwC’s IFRS Accounting Consulting Services group in March 2003. His primary responsibility is to assist major PwC clients in the application of IFRS in Central and Eastern Europe as well as in the transition to IFRS. He gained international experience by working in the Central IFRS Group of PwC London for two years starting in 2005, where he assisted several major clients with their transition to IFRS and worked on complex IFRS technical issues that arose at PwC’s international offices.
Gábor is also the client training leader for PwC Hungary, heading the firm’s ‘PwC Academy’ in Budapest. The Academy provides trainings to corporates and individuals primarily in IFRS. As the lead instructor for the PwC Academy, he has taught in over 40 different training events in the past two years to major clients in Hungary, and several other countries – including oil and gas specific training to MOL in Hungary and to the Mongolian Petroleum Agency.
Eszter Sager is a senior manager in the Capital Markets and Account Advisory Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Budapest. She has over 15 years’ experience with PwC - starting in Chicago in 2001, with a transfer to Budapest, Hungary in 2006. Her focus is analysis of economic damages, lost profit calculations, intellectual property valuation, and financial reporting valuation under IRFS and US GAAP. Prior to PwC she spent 4 years with Andersen Consulting as a member of the project control team. She is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago and also a member of the AICPA’s Business Valuation, Forensics and Litigations Section. In addition, she is a regular lecturer at the PwC Academy in Hungary, the Central Cluster Advisory University. She is also an external lecturer at the Budapest Business School, responsible for the Business Planning seminar in English.
Gábor is a senior manager of CMAAS Group at the Assurance Department of PwC Hungary. Within the CMAAS department he participated as tutor in Client and in-house training mainly in the field of IFRS, Hungarian accounting regulations and management accounting. Furthermore, he is a tutor of the ACCA qualification and of the ACCA-DipIFR diploma within PwC Academy. Gábor also performs audits of financial statements as a member of the engagement team.
Damien McLoughlin is an Anthony C. Cunningham Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Ireland. He has previously served on the faculty of the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and the Indian School of Business. Since 2011 he has also been a faculty member on the Harvard Business School Agribusiness seminar, an annual programme attended by 200 CEOs and leaders from global food firms, that highlights the best growth opportunities and most pressing challenges facing the industry. In 2014 he was a visiting professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University. In 2015 he was a visiting professor at China’s leading business school, CEIBS in Shanghai.
Damien has published more than seventy papers and a book on strategy and marketing. He has also written more than twenty case studies, mainly related to leadership and strategy issues in the food and agribusiness sector. His cases have covered Europe, North America, Latin America, China and South Asia as well as the major sectors of the food industry such as retail, consumer food, animal feed and ingredients, beef, swine, poultry and dairy production.
He has consulted and led executive programmes in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa, while working with a number of the world’s leading organisations including Alltech, Allianz, Bobst, Bord Bia (The Irish Food Board), Charoen Pokphand Group (CP), EY, Eversheds, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Independent News & Media, Microsoft, Ridley, Ryanair and Smurfit Kappa Group. He is also an experienced board member having served a number of public and private sector organisations as a director and consultant.
Operations and Technology
Miroslav currently is the Chief Executive Officer and Member of Board of Directors of Borica Bankservice. Since 2003, he has been employed as the Head of IT and Bank Operations Division at DSK Bank. He is a Member of the executive management as well as the Management Board and also has been Deputy Chief Executive Officer since 2007. He served as a Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Group-Wide IT & Bank Operations Division at OTP Bank Hungary from July 2014 to November 2015.
During his professional career, he held various executive positions in the financial sector, at technology companies as well as at consulting firms. He started his banking career as head of Applied Program Insurance of Bulgarian Post Bank in 1991. From 1996 to 2000, he served as a Senior Consultant and later Director at Management Consulting of Deloitte & Touche. In September 2000, he joined Microsoft Bulgaria as Head of the Business Decisions group.
Organizational Behavior and Development
Konstantin teaches at European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin. He joined ESMT August 2005. He received his tenure in 2011. He is director and co-founder of the ESMT Center for Leadership Development Research (CLDR). Konstantin received his PhD in Management (Organizational Behavior) at INSEAD (France, Singapore, and Abu-Dhabi). In addition to his academic work, he has over 20 years of practical management and leadership development experience in Europe, Asia, Middle East and the Americas.
Konstantin conducts research on leadership development, leadership coaching, careers, and executive education. He has authored, co-authored and co-edited six books and multiple academic and practitioner articles, business cases, and book chapters on leadership development and executive coaching.
Konstantin is the program director for ESMT’s Leading People and Teams and Leading with Psychological Intelligence executive program. He teaches Organizational Behavior in the ESMT EMBA program and oversees the Individual Leadership Development Itinerary of EMBA students. Konstantin is the founder of the ESMT Coaching Colloquia series – premier professional development events for the world’s leading executive coaches.
Additionally, Konstantin has held positions of Director of Professional Development for Ernst & Young, consultant for the Center for Business Skills Development, and researcher at New York University.
The managing partner of the Budapest office, Levente also leads the McKinsey Global Pricing Lab for corporate banking clients supported by one of our proprietary solutions, Periscope. He also leads a wider range of digital initiatives in Central Europe.
He has served leading financial institutions in Europe on key strategic, operational and organizational topics. Levente also brings significant experience in supporting financial services mergers. Outside of financial services, Levente has supported strategic, organizational and process-optimization efforts for clients in a variety of industries.
Professor Patrick Gibbons teaches at University College Dublin (UCD). He was appointed Jefferson Smurfit Professor of Strategic Management in 2003. He graduated with a PhD in Strategic Planning and Policy from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior educational qualifications at Bachelor's and Master's levels were gained at UCD.
Before entering academia, he worked in a number of financial and corporate strategy roles with KPMG, Jefferson Smurfit Group, The Investment Bank of Ireland, and An Post (The Irish Post Office). He also held the position of Vice President of Staff and Administrative Systems at UCD. His previous academic positions were held at University of Pittsburgh, Nanyang University, Singapore and Pennsylvania State University.
His current research interests revolve around control practices of MNCs, the impact of strategic planning systems on organisational behaviour and performance, and the application of social theory to strategic process research.
Transition to General Management
Besides teaching Transition to General Management, Anthony is the Founding Director of SEED.
Anthony was a Director of McKinsey & Company for over 23 years. With McKinsey, Anthony has completed a vast number of engagements in almost all sectors of the economy and the public sector – from financial institutions and service, - to manufacturing industries. In July 2013, Anthony has stepped back and is now Director Emeritus of McKinsey.
During his McKinsey years, Anthony has regularly been a guest lecturer at leading business schools in Europe on topics of leadership, strategy and operational excellence. During the last decade he has been a member of the counseling boards of two private business schools- Corvinus School of Management in Budapest and the High School for Finance in Sofia. He is member of the Board of the Hungarian Football Association and of MOL Group.
Before joining McKinsey & Company, Anthony was Associate Professor at the Institute of Contemporary Social Sciences in Sofia, Bulgaria.