Alena Kudzko is Director of the GLOBSEC Policy Institute think tank in Bratislava where she oversees policy development, research, and programming in the areas of defence and security, the future of Europe, global order, technology and society, and strategic communication.
Her current research focus is concentrated on European and transatlantic relations and security, including the reform of security institutions and the EU, and migration. As part of the broader GLOBSEC team, Alena, moreover, contributes to formulating the vision, crafting the agenda, conducting research, and organizing the annual GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum, the GLOBSEC Tatra Summit, and the GLOBSEC Chateau Bela Conference.
Before joining GLOBSEC, she worked at various NGOs and academic institutions in Belarus, Estonia, and Hungary, specializing in the area of foreign relations, democratization, and community development. She further conducted research and project work with civil society organizations on the implementation and strengthening of liberal democratic norms and human rights.
Alena graduated with honours and as the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award winner from Central European University with a Master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies. She previously studied international politics, languages and music at California State University, Bakersfield (as a U.S. State Department Global Undergraduate Fellow), Belarusian State University in Minsk, and the Estonian School of Diplomacy in Tallinn.
Carmakers and their suppliers were already facing significant pressure to meet stricter EU climate and environmental regulations. The technology enabling connected, shared, driverless, and electric vehicle is expected to completely transform personal mobility and with it the value-added in car production. The coronavirus pandemic has hit the industry with an unexpected cyclical downturn that is accelerating some longer-term structural trends like speedier manufacturing cycles, shorter planning horizons, reconfigured supply chains, and further digitalization of processes. How can European auto-makers ‘recover better’ and position themselves to be more competitive and resilient in the mobility system of tomorrow? What type of public-private partnerships are needed to catalyze alternative fuel infrastructure development and provide consumer confidence in new technologies? With CEE economies more vulnerable to the cyclical and structural decline of conventional personal vehicle sales, how can policymakers ensure the industry adapts and seizes upon new technologies? How might the European Green Deal help improve East-West parity in clean mobility technology adoption and innovation and form new supply chains?