VII. Business Meets Government Summit



AmCham Hungary and the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency is teaming up again to organize the VII. Business Meets Government Summit, the flagship event of our organization on October 21, 2021 (Thursday).


The BMG will bring together the expertise of diverse sectors to analyze macroeconomic trends to lay the foundations of our post-pandemic future.


08:45-09:15 Arrival

09:30-09:35 Welcome Remarks by Zoltán Szabó, President of AmCham Hungary

09:35-10:00 Keynote and Q&A with Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

10:00-10:20 Presentation by Barnabás Virág, Deputy Governor, National Bank of Hungary

10:20-10:55 Europe on the Path of Smart Growth - Discussion with Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive of the European Policy Centre, and Robin Marshall, Editor-in-Chief, Budapest Business Journal

10:55-11:30 Break

11:30-13:00 Breakout sessions

  • Business Environment
    How can we attract more investors and/or keep existing investments here? What measures and actions would we expect from the government? How the Hungarian economy and businesses are prepared to cope with the present challenges and future disruption of the post-COVID world, such as supply chain difficulties, lack of adequate labor force, unavoidable consequences of growing fiscal and financial needs. How do we facilitate recovery and boost growth? Taxation is also on the table with other key issues.

    Moderator: Károly Radnai, Partner, Andersen; Chair, Tax Committee, AmCham
    Botond Besesek, Deputy State Secretary for Tax Affairs, Ministry of Finance
    László György, State Secretary, Ministry for Innovation and Technology
    Vidor Kis-Márton, CEO, Continest Technologies
    Márton Szabó, Deputy CEO, HIPA
    Veronika Spanarova, Managing Director and Country Head for Hungary, Citi
  • Digitalization and Data
    Digitalization is the key lateral factor not only in moving towards a higher value-added economy but also in simply maintaining our current competitiveness. It is therefore imperative to make continuous strategic progress, and in this section, we discuss what areas we need to focus on.

    Moderator: Dóra Petrányi, CEE Managing Director, CMS    
    Hassan Charaf, Dean, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, BME
    Prabal Datta, General Manager, TCS
    Levente Juhász, Public Policy Manager, Google
    Róbert Keszte, Head of Country, Continental Automotive Hungary
    Ádám Tarcsi, Division Lead, National Knowledge Center for Data Economy
    With a message from Ananth Krishnan, Global CTO, TATA Consultancy Services
  • Healthcare
    Discussing the administration’s long-term strategic goals with the healthcare ecosystem and how AmCham can help facilitate the process to achieve more sustainable and value-based healthcare.
    The session will be held in Hungarian.

    Moderators: Etelka Dobi, Patient Engagement & Government Affairs Lead, Janssen; Chair, Healthcare Working Group, AmCham and Krisztina Ujhelyi, Market Access & Government Affairs Manager, Medtronic
    Ábel Berczik, Deputy State Secretary for Public Finances, Human Resources and Local Government, Ministry of Finance
    Judit Bidló, Vice President for Price Subsidies, National Health Insurance Fund
    Zoltán Jenei, Chief Hospital Director, National Healthcare Service Center
    György Velkey, Vice President Hungarian Association of Hospitals
    Antal Zemplényi, President, Hungarian Health Economics Association, Department Head, Pharma-economics Department, University of Pécs
  • Labor and employment
    The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the labor market and the world of work has been severe. Companies are in a rush to rethink their human resource management priorities and strategies. This breakout will invite government and corporate experts to discuss what are the biggest threats and where the opportunities lie.
    The session will be held in English.

    Moderator: István Katona, General Manager, Celanese; Board Member, AmCham
    Martina Almási, Head of Automotive investment projects department, HIPA
    Viktória Zöld-Nagy, Deputy State Secretary for Labor Market Affairs, Ministry for Innovation and Technology
    Máté Fazekas, Head of Corporate, Public Affairs and Brand, BT
    Melinda Topolcsik, President, Managing Director and Plant Manager, Bridgestone
  • Sustainability
    In July 2021 the European Commission has launched the first tranche of its 'Fit for 55%' measures that will support Europe's climate policy framework and put the EU on track for a 55% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, and net-zero emissions by 2050. The purpose of the discussion will be to understand the Hungarian government’s standpoint and the impact of these measures on companies.

    Moderator: Thomas Narbeshuber, Vice President, Central & South East Europe, BASF; Chair, EU Green Deal Working Group, AmCham
    Barbara Botos, Deputy State Secretary for Climate Policy at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology
    Radoslaw Kaskiewicz, Vice President and Managing Director, 3M East Europe Region
    Tímea Pesti, CEO, LeasePlan Hungary
    Péter Szlávik, Director, External Affairs, Philip Morris International

13:00- Lunch and networking


Host of the Summit: Írisz Lippai-Nagy, Chief Executive Officer, AmCham Hungary

Please note that the agenda is subject to change.


The event is only open for C-level executives of AmCham member companies and the guests of HIPA. Participation fee for Members is 25.000 HUF + VAT

COVID-19 Precautions:

According to effective regulations, attendees must present the AmCham staff upon arrival:

A picture ID
A certificate of immunity against SARS-CoV-2 (Card OR App)

Budapest Marriott Hotel
1052 Budapest, Apáczai Csere János u. 4.
Registration Deadline
The event is open for Members only
Member Participation Fee
25.000 HUF + VAT