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Central European Business Forum: Building international business opportunities

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Date: Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Venue: The Sir Redmond Barry Room, ANZ Tower Level 46 55 Collins Street, Melbourne

FULLY BOOKED! No longer taking registrations.


Are you searching for international opportunities for your business? Do you know about emerging markets in Europe?

Join the Central European Business Forum for an exciting two hour program. Speakers discuss business opportunities and their experiences working in Central and Eastern Europe.

Network with like-minded people after the program and enjoy light refreshments.

The event is hosted by Swinburne Business School and the Hungarian Consulate in Melbourne.


1. Keynote speech from Australian officials;

2. A panel discussion of country representatives (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovak Republic) introducing their markets and;

3. A panel discussion of business people revealing their insights and experiences.

Join us


This event is free of charge, but places are limited. Please register to ensure your place at the event. (Please scroll down to complete the form at the end of the page).

We will email you further information about speakers and topics, future opportunities and information.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Dr Aron Perenyi, 03 9214 8078,

Mr Peter Bakonyi, 03 9486 3397,


Swinburne proudly presents this event in partnership with the Small Business Victoria Festival for 2015.


Central European Business Forum                      Small Business Festival Victoria and State Government logos


“Central European Business Forum: Your business is our passion!”

Watch the video from last years event.


Paid parking is available at the venue.

Detailed program

Detailed program

5:00pm Arrival: meet and greet (featuring Mámor’s Chocolate Szalón)

5:30pm Opening: Mr Peter Bakonyi, Head of Mission, Hungarian consulate in Melbourne

             Welcome:Ms Sarah Graham, Director, Marketing and Future Students, Swinburne University

5:35pm Introduction: Mr Steve Rank, Senior Trade Commissioner and Counsellor, Austrade, Warsaw

5:40pm Keynote speech: Mr John Richardson, Director, Victoria State Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Commonwealth of Australia

5:50pm Government panel (45 minutes)


Professor Bruce Wilson, Director, European Union Centre at RMIT University


o Mr Vojtech Helikar, Executive Director, Czech Trade, Sydney

o Ms Anna Petrasova, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Slovak Republic, Canberra

o Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Hungary, Canberra

o Mr Marek Kijewski, Counsellor (Economic Affairs), Embassy of Poland, Canberra

o Mr Dan Barbulescu, Advisor to the Romanian Ambassador, CEO and entrepreneur

o Mr Stuart Rees, AusTrade (Australia)


6:35pm Coffee break (light refreshments served)

6:50pm Business panel (45 minutes)


Charles Kovess, CEO, Kovess International and President, Australia-Hungary Chamber of Commerce and Industry


o Mr Mirek Zarnowski, Managing Director, NCIC Pty Ltd. and President, Polish Chamber of Commerce Australia Inc.

o Dr Ferenc Birlóni, CEO of Business Sprints and CTO of Zinemath Zrt

o Ms Tamara Bell, Director, National/International Programs, Aviation Aerospace and Board member, Australian Chamber of International Trade

o Zsolt Zack Vigh, Owner, Korona Concierge


7:35pm Concluding remarks: Professor John Fien, Executive Director, Swinburne Leadership Institute

7:40pm Refreshments, light catering, wine tasting and networking

8:30pm Event concludes

Contact Information: Dr Aron Perenyi
Email: Tel: 03 9214 8078