Martin Vasquez (conference host)

Public Speaking Mentor | Presentation Coach


He graduated from the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and later from the Theatre Faculty of JAMU in Brno as part of his doctoral studies. He completed a number of trainings and internships in the field of communication, also abroad, e.g. in Germany, Austria and France. Since 2001, over 18,500 employees of many companies have undergone his training and coaching.

For the last 17 years, he has been passionate about improvisational theatre. In 2012 he founded a research and development center for improvisation called IMPRO INSTITUT, which prepares courses and workshops for both corporate clients and the public. In 2013, he published a book entitled “Be Masters of Improvisation!” and in 2015 “Training Masters of Improvisation”.

He is a regular lecturer at universities such as VŠE, FFUK, Metropolitan University, VŠEM. He prepares TEDx Prague speakers for their performance and he himself also spoke at TEDx Prague in 2017. Similarly, he works as a coach and mentor in preparing presentations and speeches at conferences for individuals from corporate and business environments.


Prof. MUDr. Pavel Pafko

Prof. MUDr. Pavel Pafko, DrSc. (*3rd July 1940 Bratislava) is a Czech abdominal and thoracic surgeon, in 1992-2010 the head of the 3rd Surgical Clinic of the 1st Medical Faculty of Charles University in Prague and University Hospital in Motol.

He became widely known in December 1996 when he surgically removed a lung tumour from the President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel. In December 1997, he and his team performed the first ever successful lung transplantation in the Czech Republic.

In 2013, the President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman awarded him the Medal of Merit. In 2016, he was knighted as a Knight of the Czech Medical Chamber and in 2020 he received the Arnošt Lustig Award, which is awarded annually to personalities who have made a significant contribution to the development of society-wide values.


Moderated discussion with Prof. MUDr. Pavel Pafko

Healthy Performance. Health. Performance. Efficiency. Balance. Do these terms belong together? How do we achieve one without depriving ourselves of the other? We will talk about these topics with professor Pavel Pafko.

Professor Pavel Pafko is an exemplary combination of two elements – health and efficiency. What are the most significant changes in the approach to our health or full performance from his practice? How is the concept of work-life balance changing and why we no longer have to be successful only at the cost of our own health? And what recipe does Pavel Pafko himself have for his vitality?

During the discussion we will talk about health and performance as areas that do not have to exist only at the expense of each other, as it seemed in the past, but instead as areas that not only coexist, but can directly support and build on each other. We will touch on this topic from a medical, psychological and philosophical perspective.

The discussion will be moderated by Martin Vasquez.

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