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GLOBSEC Awarded Arkadiy Dobkin of EPAM Systems the Tatra Summit 2021 Business Leadership Award


Award recognizes extraordinary business leaders who made significant contributions to economic growth, sustainability, and competitiveness in the European region.

Tatra Summit Business Leadership Award is given annually to the individuals who greatly contributed to development of thriving business environment in the CEE region and broader Europe. In 2021, the award was bestowed to Arkadiy Dobkin, President and CEO of EPAM Systems, Inc., for his impressive contribution to development of the tech business environment across the CEE region and beyond.

“Success of the EPAM Systems is a result of the hard-work, admirable leadership and vision represented by its long-term CEO Arkadiy Dobkin. Mr. Dobkin thus successfully represents the CEE region and its innovation potential, and the EPAM Systems has been a good example for other tech companies from the region to follow.” - commented Róbert Vass, president and founder of GLOBSEC. EPAM Systems was founded in 1993. More than 28 years later, the company has grown from a New Jersey-based start-up with Eastern European roots into a global leader in the software engineering space—recognized by top independent research agencies. As a recognized leader, EPAM is listed among the top 15 companies in Information Technology Services on the Fortune 1000 and ranked as the top IT services company on Fortune’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list for the last three consecutive years. EPAM is also listed among Ad Age’s top 25 World’s Largest Agency Companies and in 2020, Consulting Magazine named EPAM Continuum a top 20 Fastest-Growing Firm, and earlier this year, EPAM was recognized by LinkedIn Talent Awards for having the ‘Best Culture of Learning’ and selected by Newsweek as a Top 50 Most Loved Workplace.  Today, EPAM operates in 40+ countries with more than 52,650 professionals and the Company’s 2021 fiscal year revenue growth is expected to be at least 40% YoY, as guided by EPAM's Q3 earnings report.

Arkadiy Dobkin

Mr. Dobkin is recognized as a pioneer in the software product engineering and IT services industry and has been an instrumental force in opening the vast software talent pool of  the Central and Eastern European and Former Soviet Union regions to the international business community.

“I am honored and grateful to receive this year’s Tatra Summit 2021 Business Leadership Award. When EPAM began, we were an unknown start-up, aiming against all odds to prove that the company with strong regional roots could help solve the most complex technical challenges for global enterprises. Today, we are a recognized world leader in digital engineering services and after more than 25 years, we still rely on our strong entrepreneurial culture to act and grow as a start-up and to help our customers continuously transform themselves.  I hope that our story will continue to inspire both talent and other innovative companies in Central and Eastern Europe, and in doing so will bring and integrate real innovation from this region to the world.” - said Arkadiy Dobkin, President and CEO of EPAM Systems.

Tatra Summit 2021 Business Leadership Award

Last year marked the 10th year for the GLOBSEC Tatra Summit. The event honoured European business leaders whose vision, innovation, and tireless dedication have made extraordinary contributions to the economic growth and prosperity of the European region. The award ceremony took place during the GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2021 on 8 October in Štrbské Pleso in High Tatras, Slovakia.

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Aimed to have a profound impact on European policy, the GLOBSEC Tatra Summit has become a meeting place of key governmental and EU decision makers, experts and top business representatives. Learn more at or follow us on TWITTER @GLOBSEC.