Rastislav Vrbensky - speaker of CACCC 2020

Publication date: 08 October 2020
Rastislav Vrbensky - speaker of CACCC 2020

The Third Central Asia Climate Change Conference (CACCC 2020) will be held online on October 19-23, 2020. The objective of the conference is to strengthen a regional dialogue on climate change and sustainable development through the information and knowledge exchange in Central Asia. You can get more detailed information on the CACCC-2020 here

A series of our publications will be dedicated to the speakers of the upcoming event. And, today, we would like to introduce you to Dr. Rastislav Vrbensky, Founder & CEO of AvantGarde Ideas. His presentation on the challenges and opportunities for private investment in combating climate change in Central Asia will take place at the thematic session of the fifth day of CACCC 2020, October 23, 2020.


Dr Rastislav Vrbensky is Founder & CEO of AG Ideas, a consultancy in sustainability, climate and innovation as well as a Visiting Lecturer at the Central European University (Hungary/ Austria) and Masaryk University (Czech Republic).

Previously, Dr. Rastislav Vrbensky has served as UNDP Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and Manager of UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub.

Dr Rastislav Vrbensky has also worked as:

  • UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Montenegro (2011-2014);

  • UNDP Country Director in Tajikistan (2008-2011);

  • UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Serbia (2004-2007).

Between 2000-2004, Dr. Rastislav Vrbensky has held several positions in UNDP Regional Centre in Bratislava, including Assistant Director and Sustainable Development Advisor. At that time, he also began his career in the Ministry of Environment of Slovakia.

In terms of academic background, Dr Rastislav Vrbensky holds:

  • Ph.D. in Development Studies from Comenius University Bratislava;

  • Master of Environmental Science from Comenius University Bratislava;

  • Master of Environmental Management from the University of Amsterdam.

In 2007, Dr. Rastislav Vrbensky was a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

Stay tuned for further updates to know about other speakers of the CACCC-2020

Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for Aral Sea Basin or CAMP4ASB is implemented by CAREC and financed by the World Bank. Project aims to enhance regionally coordinated access to improved climate change knowledge services for key stakeholders (e.g., policy makers, communities, and civil society) in participating Central Asian countries as well as to increased investments and capacity building that, combined, will address climate challenges common to these countries.CAMP4ASB is implemented in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan during the period from 2016 to 2021.

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