Ian is a 32 year veteran of the warehousing market, after having started his career as an industrial agent at Strutt and Parker in London in 1981. After 16 years as an agent, Ian moved to the dark side to become a developer with Gazeley Properties. He spent 10 happy years there, starting up its European business. He briefly joined Parkridge before starting up the Panattoni Western European business as MD. In 2009 Ian joined P3 as CEO of Europe and has, since that time, grown P3 and its business to become one of the leading warehouse developers and asset managers in Europe.
Ian recently headed up the sale of P3, by Arcapita, to P3’s new owners: a JV between TPG and Ivanhoe Cambridge. He and his team will now guide P3 through the next stage of its growth as an investor, developer and asset manager of warehouses across Europe and the GCC.
Michael Stimson is one of the founding members of the IBF, and has over 20 years’ experience working in Central and Eastern Europe. He has worked for a number of large IT companies in the past, starting up operations in the region and managing diverse sales and marketing teams across various countries.
Currently, Mr Stimson is a senior manager at Infosys BPO in Czech Republic – an end-to-end outsourcing services provider. Infosys BPO addresses companies’ business challenges and unlocks business value by applying proven process methodologies, integrated IT and business process outsourcing solutions. Infosys BPO assists its clients in reducing costs, enhancing effectiveness and optimising business processes.
Michael is married to Olga, and they have a son, Marek.
Peter Knoll has been the General Manager of the Kempinski Hotel Hybernská Prague since the spring of 2010, having previously spent three years as the Resident Manager of the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus in Budapest, Hungary. Born in 1964 in Loeffingen, Germany, Mr Knoll has more than 30 years experience in the hospitality industry, and has built up a very impressive CV, having managed hotels as diverse as the world famous boutique hotel, the Hempel, in London, to the Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg. He has worked in Estonia, Russia, China, Bahrain, Hungary and the UK, as well as in his native Germany, and has even found time to study for his Masters’ in Business Administration at the Reims Management School.
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Monika Fraňková was born and raised in the Czech Republic. In the early 1990’s she was involved in founding and developing the Prague subsidiary of the Californian Investment Company, as well as preparing its investment and mutual funds for coupon privatization. In 2001 she joined Česká Spořitelna to work directly for the CEO, Jack Stack. Since 2003 she has been co-managing the Česká Spořitelna Expat Center project – a unique tool for providing comfortable banking services in three major languages to expatriate clients living and working in the Czech Republic. She became the head of the Expat Center in 2005.
Ms Fraňková was a board member of the Expat Business Association from 2005 until its merger with the BBF in 2008, and has also been a member of the administrative board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic since 2005.
Greg Gibb is a Yorkshire man, a proud father of three children, and is of British nationality.
He has attained over 25 years’ experience in the professional property market both as a developer and as an agent. He has worked in the UK as a developer with Revival Properties, specialising in out-of-town supermarket retail schemes as an agent with Donaldson’s Chartered Surveyors in their commercial department, acting for and advising institutions, developers and private clients. Mr Gibb entered the CEE property market over five years ago, and joined the agency CERES Group in Prague as Director, Head of the Investment Division, and one of its principal shareholders. The CERES Group was the first residential agency in the Czech Republic to win the CNBC International Property Awards in 2007.
At the beginning of 2009 he co-founded Presidia Consult, a real estate investment and development advisory firm and agency for the Central European region, based in Prague.
Born in London in 1964, Mr Woolf was educated at Westminster and the London School of Economics before qualifying with Price Waterhouse. After relocating to Prague in 1990, he founded the private investment company Flow East, which owns a portfolio of prime commercial and residential properties, a non-performing debt company in a joint venture with Goldman Sachs, the Hotel Jalta and the Plaza Alta Hotel, as well as a chain of centrally located retail shops called Blue Praha. Mr Woolf has acquired a wealth of knowledge in the Czech business market and is a regular contributor to the letters page of the Financial Times.
Martin Howlings is Founder and Managing Director of the web portal Expats.cz, the mission of which is to help expats adapt to life in the Czech Republic, by means of a comprehensive web portal that offers such services as a business directory, discussion forums, classified ads, entertainment and much more.
Before coming to Prague, Mr Howlings used his background in graphic design to become one of the four founding partners of Engine, which is now one of the UK’s leading design firms, where he was also responsible for website development for key clients.
Now celebrating 10 years living and working in the Czech Republic, Mr Howlings would like to give back to the business community all of the expertise and know-how he has learned along the way, in the hopes that he can help others to grow and develop their companies.
Mr Howlings is happily married with two beautiful children.
Jiří Krejča was the Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of G4S Security Services CZ, a subsidiary of Group 4 Securicor, one of the world’s leading providers of cash and security services. He has spent the last few decades in a variety of international business environments, both in the Czech Republic and abroad, and has launched a number of global brands on the Czech market.
Before joining Group 4, Mr Krejča was the Managing Director of Travelex Czech Republic, having worked for Thomas Cook prior to its foreign exchange sector being integrated with Travelex in 2001. Previous to that, he worked for PZO Strojexport, and spent time in Iraq, Kuwait, UAE and Jordan.
Mr Krejča is Czech and is fluent in English and German. He is married with five children.
Michael Al-Nassir is a Partner of Pedersen & Partners and is in charge of developing the firm’s presence in Middle East & Africa. He has been in the executive search industry in Central and Eastern Europe since 1996, and has handled over 300 searches. He has completed senior management recruitments across all sectors, but has focused in particular on companies in the technology sector, within which he is recognised as one of the most experienced consultants in the emerging markets.
For several years, Michael Al-Nassir was the Vice-Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Prague, and is one of the founding Board members of the International Business Forum. He also has had a number of non-executive roles in businesses and associations.
Mr Al-Nassir has spoken at a number of conferences on management and coaching issues. Before entering the executive search industry, Mr Al-Nassir worked for six years in IT consulting in the UK, following his BSc studies at the Polytechnic of Central London.
Michael Al-Nassir speaks fluent English, French and Czech, and can communicate in Arabic.
With a background in urban regeneration and economic development in the UK and in many other countries, Gerald Cary-Elwes established European Renaissance s.r.o. in the Czech Republic over four years ago. Its main activity is the formation of the Future Cities Forum, a one-stop revitalisation agency to bring together all those involved in the future sustainable development of towns, cities and neighbourhoods worldwide.
Mr Cary-Elwes has also worked in the retail sector (including Harrods and Harvey Nichols), and a Conference Director, organising events nationally and internationally on freight transportation, property, urban regeneration and agriculture. This included conferences to accompany trade fairs and exhibitions in London, Madrid, Brussels, the Middle East, Chicago and Singapore.
Mr Hron, Czech by birth, grew up in Canada and graduated with an undergraduate degree in economics. After four years of work experience in the management of elevator companies, he returned to Prague and worked for Schindler Elevators. He went on to spend two years in the company’s head office in Switzerland, and three years as CEO of the Slovak operations. Mr Hron completed a Masters in Business Administration and has been an executive search consultant since 2001.
He has served as a board member of the Czech Management Center in Čelákovice, as well as a supervisory board member for both local and international ventures in the Czech Republic and CEE region.