About the Conference

The Sharing Economy has revolutionized the provision of services. It facilitated the activation of unused capital and reducing of transaction costs. Transportation and accomodation are the flagships of sharing economy, as it were mostly these sectors where most of the disputes with traditional service providers originated. Now, a new law is in place to regulate the sharing economy in Slovakia. What is the best way to transform the regulatory environment to both clients’ and service providers’ satisfaction? How not to kill innovation with regulation?

The conference will present two main panels focusing on:

  1. Obstacles to a shared future
  • Which obstacles do sharing economy platforms face today?
  • What is the regulatory trend in the world?
  • What can be expected in the medium term?
  • What would be the best regulation of sharing economy services (from a regulator and a platform perspective)
  1. Sharing economy in 5 years
  • What medium-term goals do sharing economy platforms have?
  • How platforms will change the world if everything goes well?
  • What customers / partners can expect in the future


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Marek Harbuľák

Kalle Palling

Marek Harbuľák

Kalle Palling is an Estonian politician, a member of the (liberal) Estonian Reform Party. For more than 10 years he has been a deputy in the Estonian Parliament. He has studied e-governance and environmental studies. He is the author of a law that regulates the services of the sharing economy  in Estonia and legalizes platforms such as Uber or Taxify.

Marek Harbulak is the director of the Association of Tourism of the Slovak Republic and General Manager of the Union of Hotels and Restaurants in the Slovak Republic. Previously he led the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Košice and Chopin Hotel in Bratislava, he also worked in the management of Bardejovské kúpele and later in Piešťany spa.

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Alexander Funcke

He served as a deputy to the Regional Authority for Road Transportation and Infrastructure in Bratislava and later as head of the Road Transport Department of the Bratislava District Authority, where he directly managed the state administration in the field of road transportation and taxi services in the Bratislava Region. Today, he acts as the Director of the State Transport Office of the Ministry of transportation and construction. His current position in office is mainly connected with the Road Transport Act, which is currently in the legislative process.

He studied Computer Science at the Uppsala University, Mathematics at the Stockholm University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. He worked at George Mason University, Harvard University, and currently he works as a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a co-author of the Sharing Economy Index, which has been compiled by the Swedish think tank Timbro.

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Aleš Rod

Mark Boris Andrijanič

Ales Rod works as the research director in the Centre for Economic and Market Analyses. He earned his Ph.D. (Economic Theory) at University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic, and he still lectures at several universities. His research activities are related to economics of regulation with an application in energy and waste economy, digital economy, shadow economy, public finance and banking. Ales cooperates with Europe’s Research Alliance for a Digital Economy in London and consults various projects dealing with smart cities and digital economy for both public and private subjects in the Czech Republic and abroad. He is active investor into the fintech industry.

Mark Boris Andrijanič is a lawyer and an expert in public affairs from Slovenia. He is a member of Uber’s Public Policy team, responsible for Central and Eastern Europe where he leads Uber’s efforts to establish partnerships with governments and cities aimed at promoting digital transformation and smart mobility solutions. Prior to joining Uber, Mr. Andrijanič was a Visiting Fellow at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies in Brussels, where his research focused on EU’s foreign and energy policy.


Matěj Beňuška

Matěj is in charge of expansion in Western and Central Europe. He is involved in France, UK, Czech and Slovakia Taxify operations after joining from Uber where he was one of the founding members of Slovak and Czech offices. Before joining transportation tech industry, he co-founded BB Creative Solutions, tech company developing lifestyle apps in Southeast Asia. Matěj is evangelist of Smart Cities and innovations in mobility. He often speaks about future in transportation as he focuses new ways how to move around the city in green and effective way.

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Branislav Kmeť

Branislav Kmeť is the cofounder and CEO of the first Slovak peer to peer car sharing - Carrivederci. He studied International Business at the University of Economics in Bratislava. He started a retail network in Romania and China and worked on several positions in sales and business development. He specializes on the sharing economy and the creation of business models for retail networks.

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Robert Chovanculiak

He joined INESS after previous cooperation in 2015. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics at Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, where he also completed postgraduate studies at the Department of Public Economics and Regional Development. Previously, he worked as an analyst at the National Agency for Small and Medium Business Development. In his research he focuses on the functioning of the public sector, Internet technologies and education.


Time Program
13:30 - 14:00 Registration
14:00 - 15:10 First panel: 1. Obstacles to a shared future
15:10 - 15:40 Discussion
15:40 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:00 Second panel: 2. Sharing economy in 5 years
17:00 - 17:30 Discussion
17:30 - 17:45 Closing remarks



Organized by INESS


INESS - Institute of Economic and Social Studies is a non-governmental and apolitical independent think tank based in Bratislava, Slovakia.
INESS monitors the functioning and financing of the public sector, evaluates the effects of legislative changes on the economy and society, conducts in-depth analyses and drafts reform proposals, and comments on current economic and social issues. It is the most frequently quoted Slovak economic think tank in broadcast and print media.