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Emerging Europe invites applicants to Leadersʼ Meeting & Awards

Emerging Europe, a London-based business, media and research platform whose mission is to contribute to the social and economic growth of 23 countries of Central and Southeast Europe and the Caucasus, has announced a call for applications for the 2019 edition of its Leadersʼ Meeting & Awards event in June.

“The 2018 Leadersʼ Meeting & Awards attracted nearly 600 applicants from 23 countries,” Andrew Wrobel, founding partner for strategy and content at Emerging Europe, is cited as saying in a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal. “This year we have added new categories and we expect even higher interest and even more interesting initiatives,” he adds.

There are 17 categories divided into the three groups of image building, social and economic growth, as well as two special categories for individuals contributing to the region’s growth; one originating from the region, and one from outside the region, the press release says.

Lifetime Achievement Awards will be offered by the Emerging Europe Council, consisting of 12 business and political leaders, and social activists such as Professor Günter Verheugen, a former vice-president of the European Commission; Ivan Mikloš, former deputy prime minister of Slovakia; Ion Sturza, former prime minister of Moldova; and Olga Grygier-Siddons, former CEO of PwC CEE.

“The Leadersʼ Meeting & Awards are about rewarding excellence and highlighting best practice across the region. We want to show the best of the region and help raise standards,” says Wrobel. “Both the Investment Promotion Report and the Business-Friendly City Perception Index have been developed to serve these goals. During the event we organize an investment roundtable where we share knowledge and experiences.”

“One important element which is very often underestimated is the exchange of best practices, and that is exactly what you are trying to do here,” says Verheugen, winner of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. “We tell each other what we have achieved, how we have achieved it, what our problems are. My strong advice would be to concentrate very much on these exchanges.”

“The first Leadersʼ Meeting & Awards ceremony was a great success. Not only was it an inspirational showcase for how dynamic, innovative, and passionate the emerging Europe region is, but the organizers did a great job of fostering a sense of community among participants from several countries,” comments Jeffery McMillan, director of global communications at PwC, a strategic partner of the event. “Our involvement provided us with many great opportunities to build relationships with representatives of businesses, governments, investment promotion agencies and financial institutions,” he adds.

Last year, awards were presented to 11 winners from ten countries: Invest Lithuania, Siemens Czech Republic, Solaris, Amazon, City of Wrocław, City of Ljubljana, DeepDee, Teach for Armenia, We Care Men Care, New Bazaar Tirana, and Professor Günter Verheugen.

The Emerging Europe Leadersʼ Meeting & Awards will run this June 27-28 in London. The event will start with a cocktail reception at the Palace of Westminster. The full Leadersʼ Meeting & Awards program, including keynote addresses, a panel discussion and the awards ceremony, will take place on June 28, at the headquarters of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Further information is available at the eventʼs website.