Digital Taxation Forum Prague 2019

Speakers of the Digital Taxation Forum 2019




  • Representatives of the University of Economics
  • Petra Pospíšilová, President of the Chamber of the Tax Advisors of the Czech Republic
  • Gabriela Hoppe, Representative of Grant Thornton
  • Pavlína Žáková, Representation of the European Commission in the CR
  • Luděk Niedermayer, Member of the European Parliament


Models and transactions in the digital economy

Moderated by: Gabriela Hoppe (Grant Thornton)
Head of Tax Advisory Services and an Executive Director of Grant Thornton Czech Republic. Gabriela Hoppe graduated from the University of Economics in Prague and the Faculty of Law of the Charles University. She has been a member of the Chamber of Tax Advisors since 2003 and has specialized in the corporate income tax, value added tax, tax planning and optimization. She is also a member of IFA (International Fiscal Association). So far she has provided consulting services to both small and medium-sized clients, as well as to international companies, especially from the automotive industry, food industry, wholesale and retail, hotel industry and tourism, investment and leasing companies.
Gabriela Hoppe was in charge of several due diligence projects and corporate restructurings, and took part in negotiations with financial authorities. Gabriela Hoppe is an author of scientific articles and she used to cooperate with experts of the Ministry of Finance and experts from the Chamber of Tax Advisors during her lecturing activities.

Mojmír Hampl (INEV)
Economist, Publicist, former Vice-Governor of the Czech National Bank
He graduated from the University of Economics in Prague and the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. In 1998-2002 he was working as an Analyst and then as a Senior Analyst in the Currency Section of the Czech National Bank, in 2002 - 2004 as a Macroeconomist at Česká spořitelna - ERSTE Group. From 2004 to 2006 he was working as a Member of the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Director of the Czech Consolidation Agency. From 2006 he was a member of the Bank Board, between 2008 and 2018 he was a Vice-Governor of the Czech National Bank. He is a member of a number of scientific and academic boards and he gives lectures and publishes on a regular basis. At present he operates as a member of the Board of the Institute for Economic Education (INEV).

Jiří Fiala 
A world-class Polymath with extensive knowledge of all technical & logical related industries with 10+ years of experience working within Enterprise Fortune 500 companies Worldwide and 5+ years within EU startup/blockchain/venture capital scene. 
Always curiously looking around the corner to learn anything new and then apply those experiences in all possible verticals. Currently running best foundation tech house with focus on blockchain (Simplifate) in our town and advising numerous startups on technology and business models. 



Seth G . Benzell is a post-doctoral associate at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy in the group on Productivity,   Employment, and Inequality. He is an expert in the economics of automation, digitization, and networks. Seth has   presented his research to academics, policymakers, governments, professional associations across four continents.   Seth holds a PhD in Economics from Boston University.Moderated by:  Gabriela Hoppe (Grant Thornton)

Tomáš Ditrych is managing partner at MAVERICKS (, a boutique law firm based in Prague with main focus on emerging companies and markets, new technology, venture capital financing, M&A transactions, IT and IP law. Tomas is counsel to many amazing tech companies, VC funds, angel investors, incubators and accelerators. He frequently lectures on topics related to startups, venture capital investments and digital economy.


Tax and accounting aspects of digital economy

Moderated by:  Jana Tepperová works at the Department of Public Finance at the University of Economics, Prague. She teaches courses mostly focused on international income taxation. In her practise, Jana specialises in the international taxation, taxation of individuals and coordination of social security.  She has been registered tax advisor since 2004 and gained practical expertise while working for consulting companies, as well as for the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic.


Ladislav Mejzlík works at the Faculty of Finance and Accounting. In 2014 was elected as the dean of the Faculty. Mr. Mejzlík was licensed as an auditor in 1993 and he was elected as a member of the Executive Board of Chamber of Auditors of the Czech Republic (CA CR). In 2004 he was elected as the National Representative for the Czech Republic in the European Accounting Association Board of Representatives. Mr. Mejzlík is professionally focused on the use of information and communication technology in accounting and auditing, and on the regulation and harmonization of accounting internationally, especially on the implementation of IFRS. He is a member of the scientific committee at the University of Economics Prague, the Faculty of Finance of UEP and the Faculty of Economic Informatics of Economic University in Bratislava. He is also a member of the Chamber of Auditors of the Czech Republic (since 1993), the European Accounting Association (since 1994) and the American Accounting Association (since 2005).


Philip Baker is a barrister and QC practising from Field Court Tax Chambers in Gray’s Inn. He was called to the bar in 1979, began practising in 1987 and took silk in 2002. He is visiting professor in international taxation at Oxford University and also a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, London University.


Michal Hanych works as a lawyer and a tax advisor. His expertise is mainly in taxation of digital services and tax litigation. Currently he focuses on direct and indirect taxation of cryptocurrency.



Digital economy from the viewpoint of the VAT

Moderated by:  Hana Zídková  (University of Economics, Prague)
Hana works as assistant professor at the Department of Public Finance of the University of Economics in Prague, Hana teaches courses mostly focused on consumption taxes. Within her research activities, she is interested in VAT and tax evasion. Hana has been a registered tax advisor since 1999 and gained practical expertise while working for consulting firms, Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young, where she specialised in VAT and excise duties. Hana is a member of the VAT working group of the Chamber of Tax Advisors and guaranties tax part of professional exam for auditors

Marie Lamensch (Institute for European Studies, Vrije University Brusel)
Marie is Research Professor of International and European Tax Law at the Institute for European Studies and the Law Faculty of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She is also visiting Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a legal adviser on tax Cassation cases for a Belgian law firm.

Petr Toman (Chamber of Tax Advisers of the Czech Republic, KPMG)
Tax Adviser, Vice President of the Chamber of Tax Advisers of the Czech Republic, Member of the Value Added Tax Section and Member of the Section for Tax Adviser’s Profession Issues at the Expert Advisory Board of the Chamber of Tax Advisers of the Czech Republic

Růžena Hrůšová (Ministry of Finance)
Růžena works at the Indirect Taxes Department of the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic, in particular on the legislation in the field of VAT.  She has more than 20 years of experience in indirect taxes, specialized in VAT.  Currently she is actively working on EU VAT policy development. She acts as a head of delegation of the Czech Republic of the VAT Committee and of the Group on the Future of VAT, and she is involved in negotiations of new EU VAT legislation at the Council.   


The continuing digitalisation of the economy brings challenges for tax systems. How and where should digital transactions be taxed equitably and effectively? Is the proposed digital tax a suitable solution? In what way should the existing income tax and VAT be modified in this direction? Various issues of the shared economy, cryptocurrencies and other topics will be discussed by experts from practice, academic spheres as well as state administration.

The Digital Taxation Forum, which is organised by the University of Economics, Prague, Chamber of Tax Advisers and Grant Thornton, is a place intended for discussion of new proposals for taxation of digital economy and associated impacts on both entrepreneurs and tax administrations.

If you are interested in these issues, do not hesitate and get registered for this conference!

Venue: University of Economics, Prague, nám. W. Churchilla 1938/4, Praha 3 – Žižkov, 130 67
The conference will be interpreted simultaneously into Czech and English.


You can get registered for the conference through an application form. It is possible to create an application form for more persons at the same time as well.

Participation fee is CZK 3,900, VAT inclusive

The price of the participation fee includes accompanying documentation materials and refreshment during all the day long. 


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