Mon 23 March


Meet and Greet

Tues 24 March


Opening of think.BDPST YLF 2020

HE Barbara Botos
Deputy Minister of State for Climate Policy
Ministry for Innovation and Technology of Hungary


Welcome Message from the Organisers


Theory X Leaders vs Theory Y Leaders

How your perception about people’s motivation for work can determine your leadership style

Attila Süle-Szigeti
HR Head
Still Hungary

What do you think motivates people to come to work each morning?

Do you believe that they are driven by self-actualisation, creativity, curiosity and individual or team performance? Or do you think that they look at work as a necessary burden, and they are simply motivated by financial benefits, social responsibility, or even fear?

These assumptions about your peers and team members can have a significant influence on how you manage them. The Theory X and Theory Y concept was developed in the 1960s by the acknowledged social psychologist, Douglas McGregor. His theories are still important even today. In this Young Leaders’ Forum Leadership Seminar, you will get a short insight into your own current assumptions about people’ motivation for work.




Social Media and the Internet

Key Actors in Shaping Public Perceptions of Environmental Issues and Spreading (Fake) Information?

Lea Plantek
Communication and Liaison Specialist
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (Hungary)

Miloš Gregor
International Institute of Political Science, Masaryk University (Czech Republic)

Mariann Forgács
Managing Director, Social Media Expert
Be Social

Rafal Fabianowicz
External Relations Officer
V4SDG - Visegrad for Sustainability

Social media has been growing rapidly as a type of online communication tool, as users make comments, shares and put videos, photos, and posts on social network at a remarkable rate. As environmental issues are becoming more prevalent and frequently acknowledged, more environment-related information reach society. How social media can affect our way of thinking about environmental questions? How smart applications can shape our lifestyle and consumer behaviour? Who is responsible for the enormous amount of environment-related fake news and disinformation, and how we can tackle this challenge?





Tackling Disinformation and Fake News in Science

Miloš Gregor
International Institute of Political Science, Masaryk University (Czech Republic)

The workshop will focus on the impact of the interplay between scientific misinformation, news coverage, and social media platforms on the public understanding of science and technological innovation. The participants will have the chance to exchange their ideas and experiences with an expert about good practices in sharing quality information, including some useful tools against disinformation. How to recognise disinformation and fake news? How to tackle disinformation in science in the post-truth era when mistrust in the media, the scientific community, and politicians is growing? How to help platforms such as Facebook, Google, and YouTube, which act as gatekeepers of online information, to promote credible sources of information? One of the authors of the book Nejlepsí kniha o fake news (Best book about fake news – Cpress, 2018) will guide you into the world of fake information, and show you good practices of how to avoid being deceived.




Leadership Seminar Part II

How to impress someone in an elevator?

Attila Süle-Szigeti
HR Head
Still Hungary

Preparation for the Three-Minute Challenge


Visiting the Kitchen Budapest Innovation Lab

Kitchen Budapest (KiBu) is an open innovation lab, with young researchers and developers forming a team. KiBu supports enterprise growth through activating and involving external innovation capabilities to solve business and technological challenges. KiBu incorporates three functions including research and development (prototyping, testing, service design, UX/UI design), education (next generation programmes) and industry collaboration. YLF participants will have the chance to visit the innovation lab, get an insight into its activities, and discover some of its most interesting projects.

Wed 25 March


Leadership Talks Series

Annamária Steiner-Isky
Ministry of Justice of Hungary

The aim of YLF is to present young professionals with a good example, a role model who can inspire them in their career path. It is an opportunity for the participants to have a face-to-face conversation with a senior expert who will share his/her personal experiences and will answer career-related questions. The purpose of this session is to share examples, steps, and tips to the participants to help them plan their career in a practical way.


The Future of Water as a Global Resource: The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation

Gábor Baranyai
Head of the Institute for Sustainable Development Studies
Faculty of Water Science, National University of Public Service

Doris van Halem
Scientific Director
TU Delft Global Drinking Water Programme

István Kenyeres
Founder, CTO

Diana Ürge-Vorsatz
Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (Hungary) (TBC)

In 2016, leading representatives of economy classified uncertainties in the water sector as the biggest global risk of the next ten years. About four billion people, representing nearly two-thirds of the world’s population, experience severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year. The availability of water affects many of mankind’s social and economic actions and is an essential component of ecosystems. What are the main challenges and possibilities in the water sector? How technology and innovation can contribute to solving water-related challenges? Do we have enough knowledge and resources, and if not, what is the missing element?




Three-minute Challenge/Elevator Pitch

Attila Süle-Szigeti
HR Head
Still Hungary

An elevator pitch is a short summary of an idea, product, or plan that explains the concept in a way that any listener can understand in a short period of time. The reason it is called an elevator pitch is that you should be able to present it during a brief elevator ride. If you present it in the right manner, this short speech can help you to introduce yourself to career and business connections in a fascinating way.

This speech is all about you: who you are, what you do, and what you want to do. Your elevator pitch is a way to share your expertise and explain your new research plan/idea/initiative/product quickly and effectively with people who do not know you.

The 3-minute challenge’s aim is to increase participants’ capacity to effectively explain their ideas, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist/semi-specialist audience. Learning the quintessence of this method will help our participants to develop not only their communication skills, but also to think about their research in a more critical way, and successfully deliver their message to a broader audience.


Evaluation and Closing Remarks


Attendance of the think.BDPST Conference

From this point onward, participants of the Young Leaders' Forum will attend the panels and lectures of the think.BDPST conference, where they will have the opportunity to engage in discussions with the representatives of the business and governmental sector, as well as the academia.


Opening Remarks of think.BDPST

HE Péter Szijjártó
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary

HE Shin Ein Ng
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore to Hungary


Keynote Lecture

The Current Frontiers of Innovation and Research Cooperation

Professor Eng Chye Tan
National University of Singapore


Cultural Programme

Thurs 26 March


Opening Speech

HE László Palkovics
Minister of Innovation and Technology of Hungary


Keynote Lecture


Panel I

Power up? Cooperation and Competition in the Global Energy Arena

Pál Ságvári
Ministerial Commissioner for International Energy Relations

Hanns Koenig
Head of Commissioned Projects, Central Europe
Aurora Energy Research

Miroslav Hasko
Director of Energy Management
EP Power Europe

Franco D'Amore
Vice President and Head of Energy Area
I-Com – Institute for Competitiveness

In recent years, the heightened global tensions emanating from the Middle East, as well as the rise of India and China, have brought the issue of global energy security at the forefront of political debate. Governance structures for short-term supply management and long-term energy cooperation are needed more than ever in today’s turbulent world. Also, cooperation between the most ‘energy-consuming’ countries is required to effectively address the pressing problem of climate change.

However, cooperation between nation states on an extremely crowded international stage is, as we see, not promising and the main actors tend often to compete with each other. Energy diplomacy has thus emerged as a powerful concept in public discourse. But is energy diplomacy a really effective tool? The experts of the panel will try to answer this and many other questions.


Break–Visit the Expo


Keynote Lecture

Andrea Nestor
Director of Foreign and Corporate Relations
Hungarian Export Promotion Agency


Panel II

Water Security and Global Challenges

Dinh Lam Tran
Center for Vietnamese and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Social Sciences

Károly Kovács
Hungarian Water Partnership; Former President, European Water Association, EIP Water Steering Group

Borut Tavčar
Environmental Journalist

Michal Kravcik
Hydrologist, Activist and Initiative Lead
Rain for Climate

Clean and drinkable water is one of the most important sources on the Earth. The panel’s aim is to discuss different water security strategies in various regions. Such strategies include the utilisation of renewable technologies with the aim of reducing the energy footprint of water, as well as the future of desalination. As pollution in the oceans is becoming a high-profile topic in the public discourse, cleaning technologies and the problem of plastic will be included in the debate. 




Moderated Discussion

Like or Dislike–Tech Giants and Their Regulation Possibilities

HE Judit Varga
Minister of Justice of Hungary


Panel III

Big Tech–Regulation and/or Innovation

Dr István Csatári
Head of Hub
Hello Tomorrow Hungary

Stefan Mair
Member of the Executive Board, Federation of German Industries
Federation of German Industries

Joerg Bauer
President & CEO
Tungsram Group

Zoltán Cséfalvay
Joint Research Centre, European Commission

In keeping with the theme of Minister Varga's talk (Like or Dislike – Tech Giants and Their Regulation Possibilities), the panel will focus on the debate that has arisen around the contemporary social, political, and economic role played by corporations at the forefront of innovation, commonly referred to as "big tech".

The speakers, representing a wide variety of stakeholders, will introduce and contrast the most relevant factors involved in the public discourse around the issue, including free markets and free speech, corporate and personal accountability, as well as the necessity and feasibility of regulation.


Break–Visit the Expo


Keynote Lecture

Building the Cognitive Enterprise

Esther Ahsmann-Stevens
Director of Industry and Business Development


Panel IV

Present and Future of 5G

Mariann Gecse
Head of Public Affairs and Communication
Huawei Technologies

Barbara Sztokfisz
CYBERSEC Programme Director

Esther Ahsmann-Stevens
Director of Industry and Business Development

Károly Solymár
Deputy State Secretary
Ministry of Innovation and Technology

The fifth generation wireless network technology, or 5G ,has the potential to transform not only mobile internet connectivity, but also many sectors and applications, ranging from the Internet of Things to smart city infrastructure and autonomous driving. But what exactly 5G means for our future? Experts and industry leaders will discuss the different uses, benefits, and drawbacks of 5G technology, the nature of the evolving network, as well as the driving forces behind it.

A Glimpse into the Future