Chief Executive Officer, Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency

Robert Šimončič has over 30 years of professional experience in the U.S. and Slovakia. He headed the Slovak branch of Microsoft and in April 2004 he was awarded the prestigious award the IT Personality of the Year 2004 in Slovakia. Prior to joining Microsoft Slovakia he worked in the field of management consulting, first with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Principal Consultant and later with the IBM as the Senior Manager of Business Innovation Services Division in the U.S. His primary field in the business consultancy was development of company strategies and government organizations.  

He was the President of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Slovakia and also the Chairman of the Board for the American Chambers of Commerce (European Council of American Chambers of Commerce – ECACC). From December 2010 he is the CEO of Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO).   

From 2013 till 2022 he was the Chairman of the Board of the Comenius University in Bratislava.   

In June 2021 he has become a member of the Quality Board of the Comenius University, which is an advisory body to the Rector of the University for ensuring and evaluating the internal system in ensuring the quality of higher education and the quality of university management as well.   

He is married and with his wife Lucia he is raising their rapidly growing twins, Esther and Goran.