Speakers

Przemysław AndrzejakPresident of the Management Board at Lodz Agency of Regional Development Przemysław AndrzejakPresident of the Management Board at Lodz Agency of Regional Development Born 13. 04.1980. Graduate of the University of Łódź: Faculty of Economics and Sociology - Finance and Accounting and Faculty of Physics and Chemistry. Expert in restructuring projects, capital group consolidation and business mergers & acquisitions. Consultant in the international business promotion, as well as promotion strategies for regions and cities. Attends numerous specialist workshops, including the Technology Transfer training at Stanford University. Council Member of the Best Place Foundation – the European Place Marketing Institute. The Medical University of Lodz Rector’s Representative for University Development and Promotion, member of company supervisory boards and management boards.

Since 2011, President of the Management Board at Lodz Agency of Regional Development. Przemysław Andrzejak directly influences the development and activation of the business circles in Lodzkie Region. He was a speaker at numerous prominent conferences, including: the European Economic Congress in Katowice, the Economic Forum in Krynica, the European Economic Forum in Lodz and the International Conference organised by NBP. He attended many conferences relevant to the region of Lodz. Member of the Jury of Enactus Competition, where students from all over Poland are presenting their work in public. Attends the ABSL conference each year – one of the most important events of the business services sector in CEE. Attended numerous meetings that had a significant impact on development of the Polish economy. Actively promotes Poland and Lodzkie Region as very attractive and investor-friendly places. In his private life, Przemysław Andrzejak is an eager supporter of sports associations and clubs and improves his horse riding skills. His passions include diving, historical tourism and motorcycle touring.
Hubert AnyżewskiExperience Design Central Europe Director, Delloite Digital Hubert AnyżewskiExperience Design Central Europe Director, Deloitte Digital A founder and Chairman of uselab, continuous member of the board since 2007. Leader, designer, and businessman, for over 15 years specializing in product experience and service design. A pioneer and leader of UX Design and Experience Design, Customer Experience in Poland and Central Europe. He has worked with key participants of over 30 markets in FSI, insurance, telecoms and IT sectors. A founder of UX Poland, the largest European UX conference, has lectured at a number of international events. A world Google Expert in Product Strategy and User Experience, official Google Mentor for startups. The founder and managing director of post-graduate User Experience Design studies in Warsaw, Wrocław and Katowice. An active lecturer with over ten years of experience, among others at Warsaw School of Economics, University of Social Sciences and Humanities,i Collegium Civitas. An investor and co-owner of a few startups dealing with new technologies. Spend last 6 months working and living id Dubai- UAE.
Piotr BaczyńskiPresident of the Board, MDH Sp. z o.o. Piotr BaczyńskiPresident of the Board, MDH Sp. z o.o. Joined Medort S.A. group in 2000. He has started his career in the medical goods industry at MDH (Medort Group) where he worked in the fields of supply chain management and sales & marketing. As a member Medort S.A. management board, he leads the Distribution and production area of the Group, specializes in strategy and organization topics, seeking to align processes and organization structures with long-term vision and objectives. He sits on the board of several affiliated entities of Medort S.A. Piotr holds a Masters’ degree in The Faculty of Organization and Management and MBA. Is fluent in Polish, English, Russian.
Maciej BalcerakCEO, Kuchinox Sp. z o.o. Sp. K. Maciej BalcerakCEO, Kuchinox Sp. z o.o. Sp. K. Graduate of the University of Lodz – the Faculty of Economics and Sociology (specialisation in Foreign Trade Economics and Organisation) and the Faculty of Philosophy and History; participant of the Management development programme at ICAN Institute; award winner in the Polish Merchant of the Year competition organised by the Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski Assocuation (the Industrial Goods sector), the International Poznań Fair and World Trade Center Poznań. For twenty years, CEO of Kuchinox Polska, a company based near Lodz, importing and exporting sanitary and metal accessories for kitchens, bathrooms and wardrobes. Over the last years, the company was awarded: the Business Gazelle title awarded by Puls Biznesu daily newspapers many times, the Forbes Diamond title awarded by the same newspaper, the “Fair Play Company” Business Quality Certificate granted by the National Chamber of Commerce.
Marcin BarańskiPresident of the Board, VOX Capital Group Marcin BarańskiPresident of the Board, VOX Capital Group As CEO, he manages VOX Furniture, VOX Warehouses and VOX Profiles. He is also the CEO of VOX Detal S.A. Previously, as marketing and sales director, and then vice president of management, he was responsible for the marketing, sales and logistics areas of the Tubądzin Group. He also served as President of Megastore.pl S.A. and commercial director of the Balex Metal Group. Marcin Barański is a graduate of Poznań University of Economics with a degree in finance and banking. He completed also the Executive MBA program organized by the University of Illinois and the University of Warsaw, as well as the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.
dr Jacek BartosiakExpert in grand strategy, Senior Fellow at The Potomac Foundation in Washington D.C. dr Jacek BartosiakExpert in grand strategy, Senior Fellow at The Potomac Foundation in Washington D.C. Managing Partner at Bartosiak & Partners Law Office. Director of Wargaming Studies & Simulations at Pułaski Foundation. Author of the bestelling book “The Pacific and Eurasia. On War". He is an ative partcipant of the debate on the strategic situation of the Cetral & Eastern Europe; and on that subject he is preparing the new book.
Krystian BestryCEO, Adaptive Solutions & Advisory Group Krystian BestryCEO, Adaptive Solutions & Advisory Group Since 2015 Krystian Bestry has been the CEO and President of the Management Board of Adaptive Solutions & Advisory Group – the partnership of industry leaders with the benchmark expertise in the areas of business architecture, process optimization and productivity improvements, set-up and transformation of shared service centers, business support functions and management of outsourcing contracts. Between 2007 and 2014, as the Vice-President and Services Head for the EMEA region at Infosys BPO Ltd. (global leader of integrated business and technology services, outsourcing and IT) he has been responsible for the overall business growth strategy for the region incl. several unit set-up and acquisition projects in Poland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Ireland, South Africa and India, which today employ over 4,000 professionals. Between 2004 and 2007 he had been appointed as Operations Director of the European Service Center of Philips Electronics and played the key role in the Infosys acquisition and integration of the Philips SSC's in Poland, Thailand and India. Krystian Bestry has also been one of the co-founders and the Vice-president of the Management Board of ABSL (2009-2015), the largest industry organization in Poland and CEE region associating investors from the sector of modern business and technology services.
Michał Bielawski Vice-president of the Management Board, Adaptive Solutions & Advisory Group Michał Bielawski Vice-president of the Management Board, Adaptive Solutions & Advisory Group Since 2015 Michał Bielawski has been the CFO and Vice-president of the Management Board of Adaptive Solutions & Advisory Group – the partnership of industry leaders with the benchmark expertise in the areas of business architecture, process optimization and productivity improvements, set-up and transformation of shared service centers, business support functions and management of outsourcing contracts. Michal Bielawski is a professional at business transformation of financial and accounting processes, management of SSC teams, optimization and controls of BPO’s and SSC’s. During his career he was responsible for financial and other enabling business functions at Infosys BPO and Philips shared service centers, optimization projects and LEAN implementation at shared services and BPO organizations for business processes. Coordinated statutory and corporate taxation, accounting, budgeting, reporting, internal controls, compliances, personal data protection and facility management of SSC. He is also experienced SSC Quality Manager, Operations and Transition Manager (in outsourcing). On the top of that he has great knowledge and long experience in financial controlling at plant/branch, country, region, and business unit level. Michal realized few implementation and optimization projects at controlling and accounting management area for building and servicing organizations. Michal Bielawski is an expert at business transformation and optimisation in particular for facility, finance, accounting & controlling functions. He has lead number of LEAN productivity improvement programs and F&A transformation initiatives for Infosys BPO, Sanitec Group, Teva, Poyry & Philips Electronics. He also supervised documentation and optimization projects for Skanska and Polish Sugar SA. Member of Lodz Voivodeship Marshal Economic Council (2013-2014).
Adam BinkiewiczMember of the Board, ROEX sp. z o.o Adam BinkiewiczMember of the Board, ROEX sp. z o.o Graduate of doctoral programmes at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics, University of Warsaw and University of Cegry-Pontoise. Holder of the M.Sc. degree in International Relations from the University of Lodz. Since 2012 – Manager and Proxy at DRICON Managing Consultants – an international consultanyc specialised in strategic and operating consulting in the field of internationalisation, M&A and Greenfield Investment for leading businesses with German capital. Adam Binkiewicz gained his professional experience related to business development in Polish and international companies, in Poland, Germany and Netherlands. His role in ROEX involves project management and consulting as well as operational implementation of projects in such areas as: expansion to new foreign markets, building optimum development strategies.
prof. Andrzej BlikleMember of the European Academy of Sciences, honorary member and former president of the Polish Information Society prof. Andrzej BlikleMember of the European Academy of Sciences, honorary member and former president of the Polish Information Society Honorary mem. and former president of the Polish Information Processing Society. In the years 1990-2010 president of A. Blikle Ltd., honorary president of (association) Family Business Initiative and C.Adam Smith Center. Quality man of the year 2010. His book "Doctrine of Quality" received two prices: the best guide of economics in competition Economicus 2015 and the best work in the field of management sciences in the years 2014-2015 SGH Warsaw School of Economics.
dr Henryka BochniarzPresident of the Lewiatan Confederation dr Henryka BochniarzPresident of the Lewiatan Confederation Founder and president of Confederation Lewiatan. Vice-President of BUSINESSEUROPE – the largest employers’ organisation in EU. Deputy Chair of the Social Dialogue Council. Former Minister of Industry and Trade in the Government of Jan Krzysztof Bielecki; co-author of the Polish economic transformation. Chairperson of the Joint Polish-Japanese Economic Committee. Member of supervisory boards of Unicredit S.p.A, FCA Poland SA and Orange Polska SA. Organizer of the European Forum of New Ideas in Sopot, a congress aimed at seeking solutions to the most fundamental problems facing Europe. In 2006-2014 – President of Boeing International Central and Eastern Europe. Author of numerous publications on macro- and micro-economy and press articles on current social and economic problems. Involved in social activities. Co-founder of the Congress of Women and a strong supporter of rising the presence of women in public and business life.
Tomasz BogusPresident of the Management Board, BGŻ BNP Paribas S.A. Tomasz BogusPresident of the Management Board, BGŻ BNP Paribas S.A. President of the Management Board He is a graduate of the Law and Administration Faculty at the University of Łódź. In 1999 he passed the legal adviser examination. He completed postgraduate studies in retail banking at the Banking Administration Institute in the U.S., as well as management training courses at Harvard Business School and INSEAD in France.

He has been involved in banking since the very beginning of his career. From 1991 to 1998, he worked at Powszechny Bank Gospodarczy, including as deputy director in the Key Corporate Clients Department. Next, from 1998 to 2001, he was a branch director at Bank Austria Creditanstalt in Łódź. Between 2001 and 2008, he worked at BRE Bank, where he was in charge of MultiBank since 2006 and, subsequently, he was appointed managing director in the Corporate Banking Area. In 2008-2015, he was involved with Bank Pocztowy, initially serving as Management Board member and later as CEO. From the beginning of September 2015, he has been president of the Management Board of Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas.
dr Małgorzata BonikowskaCEO, THINKTANK, Centre for International Relations dr Małgorzata BonikowskaCEO, THINKTANK, Centre for International Relations Holder of the Ph.D. in humanities, specializes in international relations (with particular emphasis on the European Union) and communication in public institutions. Graduate of the Warsaw University (Italian studies), University of Paris-Sorbonne (history and political sciences) and the PWST (State College of Theatre) in culture history, alumnus of two Ph.D. programs: in Poland (Polish Academy of Sciences) and abroad. dr Bonikowska completed a specialization program at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at the Columbia University in New York (Fulbright Scholarship). In 1995-1998 she worked as an editor in the Polish Public Television; since 1998 she headed the European Information Centre. She prepared and implemented the government’s Programme for Providing Information to the Society about Poland’s Integration with EU and created a network of Regional Centres for European Information. In 2001-2008 she was the EC expert and head of the EC Information and Communication Program in Poland and then in Bulgaria. Since 1997, Dr Bonikowska has been continuing her career as an academic teacher and a researcher, as well as government advisor. Author of more than 80 publications and several books and tutor of over 100 BA, MA and post-graduate theses.
Krzysztof T. BorkowskiPresident of the Council for Social Dialogue of Lodzkie Region, Vice President of Business Centre Club; Chancellor of Lodzkie Lodge BCC Krzysztof T. BorkowskiPresident of the Council for Social Dialogue of Lodzkie Region, Vice President of Business Centre Club; Chancellor of Lodzkie Lodge BCC Experienced manager and businessman, for more than 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry. Current V-ce President of Business Centre Club, active supporter of this organisation’s activities aimed at improving the business environment and surrounding in Poland. During his long years as Chancellor of the Lodz Chapter of BCC, Mr Borkowski has been co-operating with the local authorities and self-government in developing a business-friendly climate in the region. Chairman of the Lodzkie Region Social Dialogue Council.
Laurence BurgerPartner, Landolt & Koch Law Office Laurence BurgerPartner, Landolt & Koch Law Office Laurence Burger is a partner at Landolt & Koch Law Offices in Geneva, educated and qualified both in Switzerland and the US. She specializes in international commercial arbitration and litigation, advising clients across a wide range of arbitration cases, including cases related to sales, leasehold, license, distribution, agency and employment disputes. Mrs Burger has extensive experience as an arbitrator in proceedings conducted on the basis of the rules of many international arbitration institutions, including ICSID, ICC, Swiss Chambers, LCIA, SCC. She is the current Chair of the European Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of Swiss Arbitration Association and International Arbitration Institute in Paris.
dr Wing-Hn ChungHead, Investment Promotion at Invest Hong Kong, Berlin dr Wing-Hn ChungHead, Investment Promotion at Invest Hong Kong, Berlin After graduating with a master degree in business administration he worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Institute for Management of Free University Berlin. During this period he gained his PhD with a dissertation on international joint ventures. He then started to work in a garment trading and manufacturing company with headquarters in Hong Kong and production bases in China. At the same time he spent several years as a guest lecturer for German-Chinese business relations at Baptist University in Hong Kong. He is an expert both on macro-economic development and international trade and he has extensive sales and leadership experience in the private sector. Wing-Hin Chung grew up in Germany and is a German citizen. He speaks German, English, Cantonese and Mandarin. After an extended period of time in Hong Kong he moved back to Germany and lives in Berlin since November 2012.
Beata Cichocka - TylmanDirector, Innovation and B+R, PwC Poland Sp. z o.o. Beata Cichocka - TylmanDirector, Innovation and B+R, PwC Poland Sp. z o.o. Responsible for Innovations and R&D at PwC. She supports her clients, so as their innovation-related activities are efficient and aligned with what they really need; she develops innovation strategies, prepares tools, designs procedures. With a focus on both internal and external innovation, she also works with accelerators, including the co-ordination of three accelerators where PwC Poland is involved. Furthermore, Beata is responsible for services related to obtaining and reporting on grants and tax reliefs for development activities. She is a member of the Foundation Board and a leader of the Tax Group responsible for R&D tax reliefs within the Coalition for Polish Innovations Foundation, where PwC is one of the founding members. Among her clients are medium-size and large companies, international corporations, but also start-ups representing many different industry sectors. Beata also works with research institutes and universities, arranging and motivating co-operation between science and industry. She is an author of two professional blogs, a renowned expert in the field of innovation development and an author of many professional publications.
Marek CieślakCEO, "Bionanopark" sp. z o.o. Marek CieślakCEO, "Bionanopark" sp. z o.o. Polish lawyer and politician, former deputy governor of Sieradzkie Voivodeship and Deputy Mayor of Lodz, CEO at the Lodz Special Economic Zone and currently – CEO of Technopark. Holder of the “Professional Manager of the Lodzkie Region” award.
Prof. dr hab. Sławomir CieślakVice-President, Arbitration Court of Central Poland, Vice-Rector for Education of the University of Lodz Prof. dr hab. Sławomir CieślakVice-President, Arbitration Court of Central Poland, Vice-Rector for Education of the University of Lodz Associate professor at the Chair of Civil Procedure I of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Lodz; elected to act as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lodz for the 2016 – 2020 term; deputy dean of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Lodz for two terms: 2008-2012 and 2012-2016; associate professor of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow; head of the Department of Civil Procedure of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Jagiellonian University; head of the Postgraduate Studies in Court Enforcement Law at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Lodz; member of the management board of the Scientific Association of Civil Procedure Experts in Cracow.
Włodzimierz CimoszewiczPrime Minister of Poland (1996 – 1997) Włodzimierz CimoszewiczPrime Minister of Poland (1996 – 1997) Former Prime Minister of Poland, speaker of the Sejm (lower chamber of the Polish parliament), Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Justice, Public Prosecutor General, chairman of the parliamentary Constitutional Commission. 1989-2005 – member of the Sejm. 2007-2015 – member of the Senate (the upper house of the Polish parliament). Doctor of Juridical Science.
Angelika ChimkowskaManager, mentor and speaker Angelika ChimkowskaManager, mentor and speaker Expert in taming changes for business organizations and individuals. She teaches the use of business tools that allow teams to work on a common vision and purpose, continuous feedback, and the commitment of each team member. She graduated from Executive MBA, SGH and UW, she is also a member of the Professional Speakers Association. She has a unique mix of managerial experience on both sides of the force (marketing and sales). She worked for many famous brands and companies (including Henkel, Lyreco, L'Oreal). She also worked as a mentor for the Global Professional Woman Network and corporate executives. The author of the book "The psychology of change in life and business." A book was awarded by the Polish Business Coach Association and nominated by the magazine "Rzeczpospolita". September 20, 2017 was the premiere of the book as an audiobook.
dr Marcin ChłodnickiService Design Polska, service designer and lecturer at Collegium Da Vinci dr Marcin ChłodnickiService Design Polska, service designer and lecturer at Collegium Da Vinci Full-time lecturer and researcher at Collegium Da Vinci, cooperating also with Poznan University of Economics at the Faculty of Management, Department of Services Management, as well as lecturing post-graduate courses at a number of different universities. Wrote a master work on “Advertising of the Immaterial Services”. Working as a researcher has done his doctor’s degree on “Professional Services Marketing and Quality Assurance”. University Senate has rewarded the Doctoral Thesis. # His professional experience was gathered in cooperation with many Polish and international companies, both in Poland and internationally. Among main clients are: Merill Lynch Investment Emerging Markets with design projekt of Dominet Bank S.A., Western Union|Polska, AIB - project within Bank Zachodni WBK S.A., Invest Bank S.A., JUST Polska S.A. (leading Polish add agency), BZ WBK Finanse&Leasing S.A., WBK AIB Investment Fund S.A., Reemtsma Polska S.A., Krajowa Rada Radców Prawnych (Polish Association of Legal Advisers), HEFRA SA (manufacturer of silver and silver plated ware and tableware) strategic design, development and roll out of their retail network, Minimal (Billa/Reve) retail outlet – model shop design and implementation. Specialties: Service Design, Design Management, the Holistic Approach, Inclusive Branding, Customer Experiences, PSFs, B2B Services, Service Networks, Qualitative Research Methodology.
amb. Tadeusz Chomicki Former Polish Ambassador to South Korea, China and Mongolia, awarded with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2015) amb. Tadeusz Chomicki Former Polish Ambassador to South Korea, China and Mongolia, awarded with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2015) Former Polish Ambassador to South Korea, China and Mongolia, awarded with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2015)
Noemi Chudzik, LL.M. Partner in Chudzik & Partners Law Firm Noemi Chudzik, LL.M. Partner in Chudzik & Partners Law Firm A graduate from the University of Łódź and Stetson University (USA), where she earned her LL.M. degree. Her specialization is International Law and Business. In Chudzik & Partners Law Firm, manages a team that deals with civil law and contract law issues as well as litigation. Specializes in handling business entities, particularly construction and pharmaceutical companies. Draws up due diligence on companies and real estate. Her everyday work focuses on contract issues, transactions involving commercial areas as well as SSC agreements and construction contracts.
associate prof. nadzw. dr hab. Tomasz CzaplaDean of the Management District at the University of Lodz associate prof. nadzw. dr hab. Tomasz CzaplaDean of the Management District at the University of Lodz Associate prof. dr hab. Tomasz Czapla - Lecturer, with almost 20 years of experience, conducts lectures and conversations in Polish and English: from organizational and management theories, organizational science, personal counseling, personal development, human resources management, knowledge management and competence management, management of culture and diploma and master's seminars. Consultant, trainer. He specializes in the implementation of consulting projects in the area of human resources management of the organization and strategic management. In his over 20-year-long career he has collaborated with a number of clients and institutions responsible for conducting numerous advisory projects in areas such as: developing competence systems, building remuneration systems, building employee appraisal systems, evaluating jobs and analyzing organizational culture. Doctor of Economic Sciences in Management Science. He wrote his doctoral thesis in the field of strategic management. He is the author of over fifty articles and scientific papers. He is currently Head of the Chair of Management and Deputy Dean for Student Affairs and Programs at the Faculty of Management at the University of Lodz. He has held research internships in the United Kingdom and the United States. Member of the Polish Personnel Association. He led projects and trainings among others for: Bel Poland; Budostuff Hurt; PTK Centertel; Central Board of Polish Post; Ceri; Eden Springs; Frantschach World; Lafarge Poland; Lek Poland (Sandoz Poland); Mahle Poland; Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company; Ministry of Treasury; Ministry of Economy and Labor; Nivea Poland; Parker Hanifin Poland; MPK Łódź; PARP; PGE; Philips Lighting Pabianice; Pilkington Polska; PKO BP; PKP; Polfa Pabianice; Polkomtel; Pollena Ewa; Polsnack; PSE; Rentsch Poland; Rosti Poland; Sapa Poland; Schindler Poland; City of Lodz, Variaex; Zakład Elektroenergetyczny H. Cz. Elsen.
Urszula Czechowicz-GórnaPresident of the Board, UST-M sp. z o.o. Urszula Czechowicz-GórnaPresident of the Board, UST-M sp. z o.o. Graduate of the University of Lodz, the Faculty of Economics and Sociology, field of study: Finance and Banking. Long years of experience in the sector of financial services. Over the period between 1994 and 2006, Urszula Czechowicz-Górna worked in four commercial banks (BPH S.A., Bank Handlowy, PKO Bank Polski, Fortis Bank), in corporate banking departments. Since September 2006- CEO at UST-M, a company based in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland’s leading manufacturer of water filters, central vacuum cleaning systems and sanitary installations. Responsible for strategic management, sales policy and overall financial activities of the company. Urszula Czechowicz-Górna joined UST-M almost at the very beginning of the company existence, when the team consisted of 18 employees and products were sold in Poland, Czech and Russia only. Today, UST-M sells to 80 corporate clients from 27 countries and employs 86 qualified specialists.
Przemysław DanaPR Manager at LODZistics Business Network for Central Poland Przemysław DanaPR Manager at LODZistics Business Network for Central Poland International PR Manager at the International Co-operation Department. In 2012 joined ASM – Market Research and Analysis Centre. Earlier – a journalist and an editor in chief in media (such as: TV Biznes, Dziennik Łódzki, Express Ilustrowany, TVP Katowice, TVP Łódź, mmlodz.pl) Event organisation and promotion project management specialist. Involved in development of LODZistics Business Network for Central Poland since the very beginning. For three years, organised “Foto Dej” – a popular local cycle of open-air photography workshops, contest and exhibition. Responsible for promotion of ASM and its projects in Poland and abroad. Also, responsible for the promotion of the Ministry of Economy programmes: Sectoral Programme for the Promotion of Windows and Doors Industry (covering 5 countries: Italy, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Sweden) and General Promotion Programme for the market of Algeria. In his private life – a keen skier, sailor and a fan of motorcycle speedway. Loves travelling, interested in cars, film, international politics and economy.
Dorota DąbrowskiManaging Director, American Chamber of Commerce in Poland (AmCham) Dorota DąbrowskiManaging Director, American Chamber of Commerce in Poland (AmCham) She is responsible for keeping the organization active, esteemed, and well-networked. The Chamber focuses on activities that improve the business climate in Poland while fostering a positive relationship with local and national governments. Under her leadership, it has grown into an organization with over 330 members, a league of active working groups, and flagship events like the “AmCham Diner”. Ms. Dabrowski has served on the Executive Council of AmChams in Europe, was a founder of the Polish Professional Women Network (PWnet) as well as a juror in the “Złote Spinacze” PR awards, for Students in Free Enterprise (now Enactus) and other competitions. She is also a Competent Toastmaster. Before coming to the Chamber she worked as an accountant at PwC and Shell, a journalist at the Warsaw Business Journal, and ran a cargo company for four years. Ms. Dabrowski graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1992 with a BA in Economics and Slavic Studies. She earned her MBA from the University of Calgary at the Warsaw School of Economics. She is a native of Texas, but has lived and worked in Poland since 1992. She has one daughter.
Robert FintakChairman of the Board, Terra Hexen Ltd. Robert FintakChairman of the Board, Terra Hexen Ltd. Graduate of MBA studies at Kozminski University, National Defence University and European Academy of Diplomacy, post-graduate studies in Human Resources Management and post-graduate studies in Management and Marketing. Expert and advisor in franchise networks. Representative and manager of ISO 27001 Information Security Management Systems. A member of the Council of the Lodz Chamber of Industry and Commerce. His companies and social activity have been awarded many times, i.e. Solid Company in 2005, 2008 and 2010, Quality International in 2013, Bronze Laurels in 2005. He received two letters of gratitude from the President of the Republic of Poland. He was given the title of VIP Graduate of University of Lodz in 2014.
Agnieszka FirstVice President of The Lodz Agency of Regional Development Agnieszka FirstVice President of The Lodz Agency of Regional Development Since June 2015, Deputy CEO at Lodz Agency of Regional Development. Holder of an M.Sc. Eng. degree in civil engineering, EU funds specialist. Long years of experience in the district governor’s pffice in Bełchatów. Agnieszka First headed departments responsible for district development, promotion, business support, investments and public procurements. Member of the City Council in Zelów (second term), currently – Chair of the Council. Academic teacher at the University of Social Sciences. Initiated numerous campaigns to promote equal opportunities for residents of rural areas and small villages.
Michał FrąkJournalist, Gazeta Wyborcza Michał FrąkJournalist, Gazeta Wyborcza The largest opinion-making daily in Poland. He is related with title since 1998. During this time he conducted hundreds of interviews with well-known business people and politicians. His correspondents were, for example, Tony Blair - Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1997-2007, Condoleezza Rice – 66th Secretary of State in US President George W. Bush's Administration and Jeffrey Sachs - advisor to many governments of Eastern Europe during the transition from communism to market economics. Apart from publishing in Poland, Michał Frąk's texts appeared also abroad. His business articles were printed by such prestigious European newspapers as the French Le Monde, the Spanish El Pais and the Italian La Stampa. The journalist was awarded multiple awards. For example, Honor Academicus, awarded jointly by all public universities in Lodz, where he came from.
Rafał GórskiPresident of the Board, Institute for Civic Affairs Rafał GórskiPresident of the Board, Institute for Civic Affairs Head of the Civil Affairs Institute (INSPRO). In public service, on the citizens’ side since 1995. Active in civic campaigns, such as e.g. Trucks on Tracks, Citizens are Decision Makers, Constitution for the Citizens. Columnist of Wprost, Tygodnik Solidarność, Super Express and Miasto Ł.
Adam Lesław GodawskiCo-founder and CEO of the family business, OMEGA Pilzno Godawski & Godawski Sp. z o. o. Adam Lesław GodawskiCo-founder and CEO of the family business, OMEGA Pilzno Godawski & Godawski Sp. z o. o. A passionate fan of cars, he turned his hobby into business. Together with his brother Mariusz, he has been leading OMEGA Pilzno capital group for 25 years now. The Group owns a fleet of 700 trucks, authorised truck services, a petrol station and Podkarpacki Park Logistyczny – a logistic park with 5 pallet stacking storage facilities. As CEO and Managing Director, he currently develops company vision, deals with the on-going management of the Group and supervises strategic departments of the company. Frequent guest and speaker of expert panels and debates at industry congresses and conferences. Holder of the “Businessman of the year” title in the category of services, awarded in 2007. Participant of numerous training courses in team management and employee motivation. Graduate of the Management Academy 2015 – a year-long, comprehensive programme designed to develop management competences, intended for the top-level managers, organised by one of world’s best associations – the ICAN Institute. The Omega Pilzno Group was awarded a special distinction as a Creator of Subcarpathian Entrepreneurship 2016 during the “Golden Hundred of Subcarpathia Business 2017”.
Ewa GołębiowskaCo-initiator and director of Zamek Cieszyn Ewa GołębiowskaCo-initiator and director of Zamek Cieszyn Co-initiator and director of Zamek Cieszyn – Poland’s first regional centre for good design promotion among companies and in the public sector. Zamk Cieszyn supports innovative projects in many areas of life, not only in business, while being a unique example of a combination of history and modernity itself. Ewa Gołębiowska is an active participant of many European networks of collaboration, such as the SEE Platform, DME Award or EIDD Design for all. Between 2013 and 2017, Ewa Gołębiowska was the President the latter organization, which is devoted to improving the quality of life for all through design. She is the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development expert in design. She was nominated for the “Culturist of the Year” title awarded by Trojka - the Third Channel of the Polish Public Radio and is the winner of the “Pearl of the Polish Economy” title. She values family and friendship, loves travelling and cooking, and writes about these passions on her blog page (www.zamekcieszyn.pl/blog-ewy/)
Jacek GrudzieńJournalist Jacek GrudzieńJournalist For many years he has been associated with Radio Łódź and TVP. For four years until 2016 in charge of TVP Łódź. Laureate of many prestigious journalistic competitions. He won the "Press" award for the Best Journalist of the Lodzkie Region, the laureate of the national Orłowicz competitions and the Golden Formats. Winner of the TVP PiK competition for the best cultural program (2011). He won two awards - one for the "Talk of the Day" and one for the cycle on outstanding Łódź citizens, "Łódź Europeans" - at the Workshops Review and Contest. For journalistic achievements distinguished among others by the academic community and non-governmental organizations. Documentary filmmaker, production company owner, and academic teacher.
Adam HaertleEditor in Chief, ZaufanaTrzeciaStrona.pl, R&D Advisor, IMMUSEC, Threat Analyst, White Cat Security Adam HaertleEditor in Chief, ZaufanaTrzeciaStrona.pl, R&D Advisor, IMMUSEC, Threat Analyst, White Cat Security Until recently CSO of a large polish telecommunications company, currently editor in chief of an infosec portal, journalist, researcher, lecturer and trainer. Former ISACA Poland and CSA Poland Board member. Awarded speaker at security conferences, big fan of security and privacy who does not always follow his own advice.
Mariusz HaładyjUndersecretary of State, Ministry of Development Mariusz HaładyjUndersecretary of State, Ministry of Development Appointed as Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Economic Development on 9 December 2015. In 2002, Mariusz Haładyj started working at a law firm in Lublin. From 2003, he was employed at the Supreme Audit Office. In 2006, he completed an internship at the Permanent Representation of Poland to the European Union in Brussels in the Economic Relations Department. From 2006, he worked in the Ministry of Finance, the Division of Audit of the State Treasury Property Management in the Tax Inspection Department, first as the chief specialist, and from 2007, as the Head of the Division. From 2008, he was employed in the Ministry of Economy, in the Secretariat of the Minister, first as the head of the division dealing with expert issues and coordinating the documentation handling unit, and since 2009, as the Deputy Director supervising the work of the economic law and financial law divisions and independent positions for expert issues. From February 2012 to December 2015 - Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Economy. He earned his MA degree in law at the Catholic University in Lublin and completed the “Corporate Law” postgraduate studies at the University of Warsaw. He has also completed legal counsel training at the Warsaw Bar Association and auditor training at the Supreme Audit Office. Mariusz Haładyj is a legal counsel.
Michał HertelMarketing Director at MakoLab SA Michał HertelMarketing Director at MakoLab SA Marketing Director at MakoLab SA, a graduate of the Faculty of Management and Faculty of International Economic and Political Relations at the University of Lodz. Active in the field of business management and digital marketing for nearly 20 years, both in companies and in interactive agencies. Michał Hertel has long years of experience in managing marketing budgets and developing communication strategies for leading Polish brands, as well as in business consulting for global corporations un Poland and abroad. He has been involved in brand building activities through digital transformation.
Betty Siu Ping HoDirector of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Berlin Betty Siu Ping HoDirector of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Berlin Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ms Ho attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1991. After graduation, she joined the Labour Department of the Hong Kong Government, where she served to promote employees’ rights and employer-employee relations. In 1996, she received a law degree from the University of London, and joined the Administrative Service of the Hong Kong Government, which is a cadre of multi-skilled professional administrators who play a key role in the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. As a member of the Administrative Service, she was assigned to various policy bureaus and departments for wider exposure to major areas of Government services, including the Home Affairs Department (1996); the Information Technology and Broadcasting Bureau (1998); the Housing, Planning and Lands Bureau (2000); the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco (2004); the Labour and Welfare Bureau (2008); the Chief Executive’s Office (2011); and the District Office of Yau Tsim Mong (2012), before she was assigned to her current post in the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Berlin. During her service in these bureaus and departments, she was involved in policy formulation, resource allocation, implementation of major Government programmes, liaison with the media, and promotion of the interests of Hong Kong in other countries.
Tomasz JakubiecDyrektor Biura Strategii Miasta w Departamencie Prezydenta Urzędu Miasta Łodzi Tomasz JakubiecDyrektor Biura Strategii Miasta w Departamencie Prezydenta Urzędu Miasta Łodzi Od marca 2012 r. jest Dyrektorem Biura Strategii Miasta w Departamencie Prezydenta Urzędu Miasta Łodzi, wcześniej w okresie maj 2008 r. – marzec 2012 r. pełnił funkcję kierownika Oddziału Strategii Rozwoju Miasta. Aktywny uczestnik procesu partycypacyjnego tworzenia dokumentów strategicznych, w tym Strategii Zintegrowanego Rozwoju Łodzi 2020+. Koordynator i uczestnik projektów z zakresu łączenia elementów planowania strategicznego, rewitalizacji i zrównoważonego rozwoju (URBAN Matrix, GPPinfoNET, SWITCH, URBACT Building Healthy Communities). Doktorant Ekonomii na Wydziale Ekonomiczno-Socjologicznym Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, mgr inż. zarządzania ze specjalnością w zakresie ochrony środowiska. Pasjonat mobilności pieszej i idei rozwoju trwałego.
Andrzej JankowskiMayor of Stryków Andrzej JankowskiMayor of Stryków

born on 02 January 1956 in Brzeziny. In the 1990s and early 2000s - member of the City Council in Stryków. In 2002 – Deputy Mayor of Stryków. Mayor of Stryków since 2005. Owing to Mr Andrzej Jankowski’s personal commitment to development of the municipality of Stryków, with a special focus on creating an investor-friendly environment, the number of investors in the area has been growing for years. He is active in disseminating information about the activities of sports clubs and promotes the development of such clubs in villages. As a result of his encouragement, sports clubs were set up in the villages of: Tymianka, Gozdów, Bratoszewice, Pludwiny, Niesułków and Koźle, where children and youths can practice such disciplines of sport as football, basketball and table tennis. His efforts significantly helped attract fans and competitors form all around the country to the Poland Motocross Championship held in Stryków.

Piotr JankowskiManaging Director, Fujitsu Global Delivery Centre in Lodz Piotr JankowskiManaging Director, Fujitsu Global Delivery Centre in Lodz Piotr Jankowski has been the managing director of the Fujitsu Global Delivery Centre in Lodz since 2015, leading the company’s six lines of business. He graduated from the Lodz University of Technology and SGH Warsaw School of Economics. He started his professional career in 2004, working in the production sector, marketing and IT. In 2011, he joined the Fujitsu centre in Lodz - one of the largest employers in the region.
Paweł JaroszekPresident of the Management Board, Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) Paweł JaroszekPresident of the Management Board, Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) Member of the Management Board supervising the Finance and Revenue Department, which is responsible for ensuring the financial liquidity of ZUS and the Demographic Reserve Fund management. Titular auditor of the ISSA Control Commission, vice-chair of the ISSA Technical Commission for Contribution Collection and chairman of the Steering Committee within the ISSA European Network (IEN). His professional career began at the Monetary Management Department of Bank Energetyki SA. He joined the Polish Social Insurance Institution in 1999, initially as head of department, later – Deputy Director and Department Director. Between 2008 and 2010 – Member of the Managing Board of the National Capital Fund. Specialist in the field of finance. M.Sc. in economics and law, graduate of post-graduate studies in the field of management and finance, as well as financial and managerial accounting. Student of the Doctoral Programme in Management and Economics at SGH Warsaw School of Economics.
Dariusz Joński Polish politician and self-government, in 2010 Vice-President of Łódź, Deputy to the Seventh Term Sejm Dariusz Joński Polish politician and self-government, in 2010 Vice-President of Łódź, Deputy to the Seventh Term Sejm Born on 12 January 1979 in Lodz. Graduate of the Faculty of Economics at the Lodz University of Technology and a postgraduate programme in Law and Administration at the University of Lodz. Local government activist, politician, in 2010 – Deputy Mayor of Lodz, City Councillor in Lodz, member of the Lodzkie Region Assembly (IV term), Member of the Polish Sejm (VII term).
Sławomir KarasińskiLegal Counsel, Partner of Fortak & Karasiński Firm Law Sławomir KarasińskiLegal Counsel, Partner of Fortak & Karasiński Firm Law Slawomir Karasiński is a partner and legal counsel at Fortak & Karasiński Legal Advisors – the largest law firm in the region of Lodz, a three-times winner of the Innovative Law Firm prize awarded by the Forbes magazine and KIRP (the National Chamber of Legal Advisers).
Juliusz KaszyńskiJournalist Juliusz KaszyńskiJournalist In media for more than 20 years. Journalist in TVN, Program III channel of the Polish Public Radio, Wirtualna Polska web portal. Reporter, producer, editor and presenter. Currently, host of Teleserwis and Superwizjer Studio in TVN24. Furthermore, Juliusz Kaszyński lectures at the SWPS University.
Michał KijewskiLegal Counsel, founder and co-owner of Kijewski, Graś Firm Law Michał KijewskiLegal Counsel, founder and co-owner of Kijewski, Graś Firm Law Specialises in real estate issues, covering the full range of matters related to investing in real property, with a special focus on land property development and management. Michał Kijewski has an in-depth knowledge in the field of real property reprivatisation and perpetual usufruct issues. He is an experienced negotiator and representative in legal proceedings before court. He participates in various court and arbitration proceedings, mainly in the field of civil law, but also – business law. He seeks consensual solutions for his clients and helps with settling disputes in an amicable manner. Michał Kijowski has a fluent command of English. Selected recent projects include:
• comprehensive legal support to the process of investment/development and sale of shopping centre projects
• investment processes in housing projects
• comprehensive legal services to wind farm projects
• preparing investment contracts for acquisitions (including due diligence) of publicly listed companies
• preparing the entire procedure of cross-border company mergers
• legal services regarding judicial disputes with publicly listed companies as a party
Robert Kobylański Vice President of the Asseco Data Systems S.A. Robert Kobylański Vice President of the Asseco Data Systems S.A. Robert Kobylański graduated from the Lodz University of Technology in 1992, with an M.SC. Eng. degree. He began his professional career at Zeto Computer Centre in Lodz, in IT systems maintenance, Mass Communication, Data Center. In 2008 he was appointed Deputy CEO and between 2009 and 2015 – CEO. Since 2016, Rober Kobylański has been Deputy CEO of Asseco Data Systems S.A – a company formed through the integration of different competencies and long years of experience of a nearly thousand of IT experts and specialists from eight companies. ADS offers a broad and unique range of solutions and expert knowledge, thereby being a trustworthy partner in development and maintenance of IT systems and specialist services.
Cezary KocikVice President of the Management Board, mBank S.A. Cezary KocikVice President of the Management Board, mBank S.A. Graduated from the University of Łódź with a degree in Banking and Finance. In 2015, he completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP 189) at Harvard Business School. Holder of a securities broker licence.

He has been working in the banking industry since the very beginning of his professional career. From 1994 to 1996 he worked as a securities broker at Brokerage House of PBG Bank. In 1996 he joined PBG Bank’s Investment Banking Department as a chief specialist in charge of arrangement and execution of acquisitions of strategic companies. From 1997 to 2000 he successfully carried out a number of corporate loan restructuring processes in PBG Bank and then in its successor – Bank Pekao SA. In 2000-2004 he was a director of Pekao SA’s branch in Łódź, the then fifth largest branch in the bank’s network.

He has been shaping mBank’s retail banking since 2004: first in the retail credit risk area (where he introduced the bank’s first guaranteed limits for retail clients), then in the sales and business processes area, contributing to successful implementation of CRM system and substantially improving the effectiveness of key sales processes in direct channels. He was appointed Vice President of Management Board in 2012.
Maciej KokotekManaging Director, Lodz Business House Sp. z o.o. Maciej KokotekManaging Director, Lodz Business House Sp. z o.o. Graduate of International and Political Studies at the University of Lodz and post-graduate studies in human resources management. In the years 2003-2006 – head of the agricultural self-government of the Lodzkie Region, where he co-operated with the key institutions and non-governmental organisations in the sector of agriculture in Poland and abroad. He prepared and participated in numerous projects in the field of competence development, creativity, leadership and international co-operation. He was the first Director of the Institute for Parliamentary Studies and Piotrkow Education Centre. Since its foundation in 2018 until 2016 – Director of the Business Services Centre in Lodz, responsible for the implementation of PLN 3 billion from the Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007-2013 and 2014-2020 in the sector of science, business and self-governments. Graduate of doctoral studies at the Faculty of Business Management of the University of Lodz. The main focus of his research work is on brand creation, development and management, as well as on personal branding. Maciek Kokotek is a keen jogger and a winner of the Crown of Marathons of Poland.
Jan KolańskiCEO & founder, Colian Holding SA Jan KolańskiCEO & founder, Colian Holding SA Founder of Colian Holding SA, a capital group listed on Warsaw Stock Exchange. Main shareholder and CEO of one of the largest food companies in Poland. He started his business activity in 1990, with manufacturing herbs and spices. Owing to his bold business decisions and acquisitions, the portfolio of the Holding includes such renowned confectionery brands as: Goplana, Solidarność, Jutrzenka, Familijne, Grześki, Jeżyki, Akuku!, Elizabeth Shaw; beverages: Hellena, spices: Appetita, dried fruit and nuts: Siesta. Mr Kolański is Chairman of South Wielkopolska Food Cluster and Vice-President of POLBISCO – the Association of Polish Chocolate and Confectionery Manufacturers. He is a member of the Wielkopolska Council of Thirty – a prestigious advisory body appointed by the Marshal of Wielkopolska Region. Holder of numerous awards for his achievements in business and economy and for supporting local sports, science and culture. Award winner in many prestigious competitions: Businessman of 25 Years of Freedom of the Republic of Poland, Business Personality of 2015, Dynamic Businessman of 2014, Renowned Businessman of 2014, Silver Umbrella KIG 2011, Businessman of the Year 2008, Top Agricultural Businessman of 2008, Top Manager of 2007. Holder of the Minister of Economy Badge of Honour for Merits for Development of Economy of the Republic of Poland.
Wojciech KoneckiGeneral Director, Member of the Board in CECED Poland, Employers' Association AGD Wojciech KoneckiGeneral Director, Member of the Board in CECED Poland, Employers' Association AGD Born in 1967, in 1991 graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics achieving master's degree in economics. For 20 years he worked in the field of household appliance manufacturers on the managerial and executive levels in international enterprises (Whirlpool, Electrolux). Since 2004 he has been leading Union of employers CECED Poland, which deals with representation of the industry towards the government, parliament and media, as well as market research and economic analysis. He is also a chairman of the Committee of electrical consumer goods in Polish Committee for Standardization. He has been appointed as a Polish member of Board of Officers of CENELEC, European standardisation body.
prof. Grzegorz W. KołodkoDeputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in 1994–1997, 2002–2003 prof. Grzegorz W. KołodkoDeputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in 1994–1997, 2002–2003 An academic and politician, one of the architects of Polish economic reforms, Polish Deputy Prome Minister and Minister of Finance in the years 1994-97 and 2002-03. Member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities. Director of Transformation, Integration and Globalization Economic Research Centre TIGER (www.tiger.edu.pl) at Kozminski University. Author and editor of 50 books and numerous scientific papers published in 26 languages. Most often quoted Polish economist. Doctor Honoris Causa of ten foreign universities. Marathon runner and traveller; visited more than 160 countries.
Maciej KowalczykPresident of the Board, OLP Sp. z o.o. Maciej KowalczykPresident of the Board, OLP Sp. z o.o. Sociologist by education, Maciej Kowalczyk gained experience in work for local governments and communities, when preparing strategic documents and studies. He was an initiator and a leader of many public consultation processes in the field of place brand and city, village or region development, using many different methods and techniques. In his young years, he was committed to the civic society development, especially in the city and region of Lodz. Today, his passion has become his work. Expert and consultant in the local government units development based on the spatial, economic and social potential. Specialist in communication and consultation tools used in mediation between conflicted communities seeking to develop and implement good solutions. Team work enthusiast. He loves solving problems and seeking effective solutions. Associated ideologically and editorially with the LIBERTE! publishing house. He loves creation on the image and text level. He is experienced in projects implemented all over Poland. Holder of the Prince II Foundation international project management certificate. Animator, moderator and panellist of numerous workshops and events, e.g. the European Forum for New Ideas in Sopot, the European Economic Forum in Lodz and other conferences in Poland.
Piotr KowalskiCEO, Wielton Investment / Strategy & Development Director, Wielton S.A. Piotr KowalskiCEO, Wielton Investment / Strategy & Development Director, Wielton S.A. He joined Wielton S.A more than three ago as Strategy & Development Director. Two years ago he was also appointed CEO of Wielton Investment Sp. z o.o. – a subsidiary company, responsible for technological developments of the Group, i.e. the construction and starting of automated plants: cataphoretic coating, a paint shop, welding and assembling lines. Active participant of the Silesian Aviation Cluster, which has become a Key National Cluster today. Independent expert at the National Centre for Research and Development and the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development. Graduate of Silesia University of Technology in Gliwice and SGH Warsaw School of Economics.
prof. nadzw. dr hab. Robert KozielskiDirector of the Polish-American Management Center of the Faculty of Management of the University of Lodz prof. nadzw. dr hab. Robert KozielskiDirector of the Polish-American Management Center of the Faculty of Management of the University of Lodz Assoc. prof. dr hab. Robert Kozielski – Director of the Polish-American Management Center of the Faculty of Management of the University of Lodz, lecturer, Fulbright Scholar (USA, Willamette University) and member of the Committee for Organization and Management Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He obtained the Chartered Marketer title from The Chartered Institute of Marketing in London - the largest and oldest worldwide marketing and consulting training institution. Advisory Board Member at Minot State University, USA. He conducted lectures and research programs at universities including Maryland (USA), Lund (Sweden), Edinburgh (Scotland) and Middlesex (UK), Univrsity of Kelanyia (Sri Lanka). During his twenty years of training and consulting work, he has worked with such companies as Unilever, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Merck, Danone, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, mBank, Aflofarm, Tubądzin, Polpharma, Merck, Abbott, LOTOS and others. He also worked for the REDAN Capital Group Board. He was a member of the Supervisory Board of GK REDAN S.A., CAM Media S.A. Member of the "Happy Kids" Foundation Council, which builds and manages family children's homes.
Krzysztof Koźmiński Project Manager, ROEX sp. z o.o. Krzysztof Koźmiński Project Manager, ROEX sp. z o.o. Holder of an M.Sc. degree in European Administration and Business Administration. In 2009-20016 at the Business Service Centre – the public sector institution implementing EU programmes, where he was responsible for the verification and control of the projects. Over this period, Mr Koźmiński verified several hundred projects. At ROEX responsible for preparing documentation related to EU Funds and consulting for entrepreneurs at the stage of application and project reporting.
Jarosław KrocCEO, Accenture Poland Sp. z o.o. Jarosław KrocCEO, Accenture Poland Sp. z o.o. Jaroslaw Kroc has been a Country Managing Director of Accenture in Poland, a global management, consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, since 2002.

He began his career in Accenture almost 20 years ago, after graduating from the faculty of Economics at Łódź University. He worked, inter alia, in London and Madrid. His extensive experience of working for Accenture includes implementation of several dozen projects in the area of management and system integration for leading Polish and foreign financial institutions. While in Accenture, he completed an Executive MBA Program at Kellogg School of Management, Northern University in Chicago.
Prof. dr hab. Maria Królikowska-OlczakPresident, Arbitration Court of Central Poland, Head of the Chair of European Economic Law in the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Lodz Prof. dr hab. Maria Królikowska-OlczakPresident, Arbitration Court of Central Poland, Head of the Chair of European Economic Law in the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Lodz Professor at the Chair of Economic Law in the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warmia and Mazury; deputy dean of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Lodz in the years 1992-1996; deputy dean and dean of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Lodz in the years 2002-2005; head of the Postgraduate Studies in Transport, Logistics and Forwarding (Faculty of Law and Administration). Attorney-at-law of Eurokancelaria prof. Maria Królikowska-Olczak Law Firm. Deals with the European and Polish economic law, competition law, state aid law, pharmaceutical law.
dr Norbert Krygier Member of the Board, CTO INTELO sp. z o. o. dr Norbert Krygier Member of the Board, CTO INTELO sp. z o. o. Graduate of the Faculty of Economics and Sociology at the University of Lodz and a doctoral programme at the Faculty of Management of the University of Lodz, where in 2001 he was granted a doctoral degree in economics, in the field of management sciences. In 2001-2013 – Assistant Professor at the Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Information Tools, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Management, University of Lodz, where he focussed on creating and using intelligent computer systems in the supporting management processes. Following a research grant at the IC2 Institute (University of Texas at Austin, USA), he lectured the innovation or technological project design and implementation under the Master of Science in Science and Technology Commercialization – MSSTC programme at the Technology Transfer Center of the University of Lodz. Over 20 years of experience in IT. Since 2013 worked on a number of innovative IT projects for corporate entities, as well as for the local government units. At INTELO responsible for development of dedicated ERP class systems for SMEs.
Robert KrzakMember of the Supervisory Board, Piotr i Paweł S.A Robert KrzakMember of the Supervisory Board, Piotr i Paweł S.A Summa cum laude graduate of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, with a degree in law. President of the Polish Trade Forum. External manager with experience from many European family businesses. Business manager for more than 30 years. Worked for such companies, as: Julius MEINL AG, ELECTROLUX, ZELMER, NOMI, KOMFORT, BIOTON, RUCH, EMPERIA.
Jarosław KuźniarJournalist Jarosław KuźniarJournalist Refers to himself as a multi-instrumentalist. A journalist with experience in radio, press and TV, worked for: Trójka, Radio ZET, TVN24, TVN, Onet. Started working at the age of 15. He was lucky to meet masters – renowned Polish journalists – who had time to stop and teach him the profession: Kaczkowski, Niedźwiecki, Kydryński, Mann, Miszczak. Today, he is the one to teach students of the SWPS University. He focuses on wisely being in front of the camera, creating his personal brand in a modern manner and developing his own channels in social media. For a few years now, he has been making his living from his another passion – travelling. He has transformed his passion into his new profession – he discovers the world himself and together with his Clients, who want to do this just like he does – in a different, wiser and deeper way. They are seeking knowledge, not fun. He offers inspirations at goforworld.com Kuźniar can talk 25h, 8 days a week. Provided that he has something to tell you... and he has indeed.
Krzysztof KwiatkowskiPresident of the Supreme Audit Office Krzysztof KwiatkowskiPresident of the Supreme Audit Office Graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Warsaw. Activist of the Independent Students’ Union (NZS) and a member of the organisation’s management. In 1997-2001, advisor and secretary to Prime Minister of Poland, Jerzy Buzek. In 2006 elected a member of the Lodzkie Region Assembly (Sejmik), where he took the position of Deputy Chair. In 2007, elected Senator from Lodz District. He served as the head of the Senate’s Legislative Committee. In February 2009, he became Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice. On 14 October 2009, he was appointed Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General. In the Parliamentary elections in 2011 he received a seat in the Sejm from Łódź District. On 26 July 2013, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski was appointed President of the Supreme Audit Office by the Sejm. On 9 August 2013, his appointment to the Head of NIK was ratified by the Senate. On 27 August 2013, after being sworn in at the Sejm, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski has started his six-year term of office as President of the Supreme Audit Office.
Sławomir Lachowski Founder, mBank Sławomir Lachowski Founder, mBank He is a professional in finance and banking. He i also an initiator of many innovative start-ups in these areas. He created mBank, the first Internet bank in Poland, which has become one of the largest banks of this type in the world, as well as SMART Bank - the first mobile European bank. He was a member of the board of PBG Bank and PKO Bank Polski and the president of mBank and FM Bank PBP. Member of many supervisory boards of listed companies in Poland and abroad. He graduated with distinction from the Foreign Trade Department of SGPiS (SGH). He also studied at the Jan Gutenberg University in Mainz and the University of Zurich. The author of many articles in the field of management, leadership and innovation and books: “The Road to Innovation”, Studio EMKA 2010, “ROAD is more important than the goal. Values in life and business.” Studio EMKA 2012 and” From value to action. Leadership in breakthrough times”, Studio EMKA 2013.
Mr. Amit LathCEO & Managing Partner, Sharda Group of Companies Mr. Amit LathCEO & Managing Partner, Sharda Group of Companies Amit Lath is one of the leading Indian face and businessmen based in Poland for the last 19 years. He is known to be a very humble and down-to-earth man and lives a simple and modest life just like an average citizen and his wife supports this lifestyle. With his magnificent and phenomenal efforts to develop his business across India and overseas, he became the new face of Indian business - professional, modern, and forward looking. His leadership qualities enabled the company Sharda Group to achieve success not only in the European markets but also in to other International markets especially in CEE & Middle East. Today the group is ranked by Poland Ministry of Economy as No. 1 in Textile Sector and is among Top 10 companies for entire trade between India-Poland. Sharda Group Poland which is now the biggest Textile player in the Central Eastern European market and supplies to more than 60 countries worldwide. Simultaneously achievements came in form of various prestigious awards one of them being the group being ranked among the top 500 in the list of FORBES Diamond 2012. The Group Ranked 301 in Poland and 13 in the Lodzkie state. Sharda Group is the 1st Indian company in Poland to be nominated in list of FORBES Diamond 2012. He has widely travelled to 27 countries all over the world and also has been invited as a speaker in various business delegations, Economic Forums, Business Symposium to share his know how of business and to promote trade between India-Poland. Not only is he actively involved on the business circuit he has been equally responsible for development of Lodzkie Region in terms of taking it forward. He is a founder member of Lodz British International School and closely associated with the State and Central Government in Poland for building ties between India-Poland. He is also involved is number of key projects for Lodz & Lodzkie region in different sectors and working closely with the present local and state government. Amit makes every Indian dream bigger with his achievements and only sets the standards higher and higher. He also revived famous Polish traditional textile brands like UNIONTEX® (Estd 1827) &Pamotex® (Estd 1825) which is sold globally through large distribution network. Also due to his vision in 2012 a successful venture of “Sharda Business Centre” was opened in Poland in which companies like Philip Morris, and Ago Logistics are having offices and logistics hub.
Żaneta LeduchowskaHead of EMEIA Finance Services Fujitsu Żaneta LeduchowskaHead of EMEIA Finance Services Fujitsu Manager, mentor, coach. Long year of experience in international organizations, of which 14 years in the outsourcing environment (SSCs and BPO) and in senior managerial positions. Specialised in operations management, as well as project management and business consulting. Involved in manager development and talent development programmes, she focuses on the application of neuropsychology in business management. Speaker at many international conferences, e.g. “Working in a Cross-Cultural Environment”, “Millennials – Our Challenge?” or “Best Practices in Shared Services Centres”.
dr Adrianna LewandowskaPresident of the Institute of Family Business (IBR), Consultant and Managing Partner at Lewandowska and Partners dr Adrianna LewandowskaPresident of the Institute of Family Business (IBR), Consultant and Managing Partner at Lewandowska and Partners A visionary of the Polish family business, consultant, an architect of success of many Polish family businesses. Consultant and Managing Partner at Lewandowska & Partners, supporting family business in their development strategy, succession processes and change management. Member of IFERA, academic teacher at numerous MBA and prost-graduate courses. Founder and President of the Family Business Institute. Apart from publications, conference presentations and development of practical tools for family businesses, wishing to share her knowledge and experience, she created the International Congress of Family Business – Poland’s only platform for the exchange of business ideas and experience.
Andrzej LewandowskiMember of the Board, Corporate Affairs and Communications Director of JTI Poland (Japan Tobacco International Group) Andrzej LewandowskiMember of the Board, Corporate Affairs and Communications Director of JTI Poland (Japan Tobacco International Group) Graduate of Warsaw University and Warsaw School of Economics. In JTI Polska he is responsible for external relations, regulatory engagement, communications and CSR activities. In 2001-2006 he worked in the Chancellery of the President of Poland.
prof. Irena LipowiczHead of Chair of Administrative Law and Local Government, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw prof. Irena LipowiczHead of Chair of Administrative Law and Local Government, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw In 1976 she graduated with honours from the University of Silesia, Department of Law and Administration, where she continued working and an academic teacher and assistant professor. In 1981, she was granted the Doctor of Law title. In 1976-1980 member of ZNP - the Polish Teachers’ Union. Since 1980, member of the Solidarity Trade Union and co-founder of the Związek Górnośląski trade union. In 1991-2000 member of the Sejm and of the Constitutional Committee of the National Assembly that drafted the Polish Constitution of 1997, especially in the field of territorial self-government and personal data protection. In 1992, professor Lipowicz acquired the Doctor Habilitatus title. Since 1997 she had chaired the Local Self-Government Committee of the Sejm, and was deputy chair of the Freedom Union Parliamentary Club, a deputy chair of the parliamentary assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. In the years 2000-2004 - ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Austria. In 2004-2006 – ambassador, representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Polish–German relations and in 2008-2010 – managing director of the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation. In 2005-2010 – member of the Supreme Audit Office Council. Between 2006 and 2010 – professor at the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Between 2008 and 2010 - member of the Committee on Legal Sciences at the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2009, professor Lipowicz was grantem Doctor honoris causa degree by the Osnabrück University. Professor Lipowicz is a holder of the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria, the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and orders of merit from Styria and Upper Austria states. In 2010-2015 professor Lipowicz served as Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Poland (Ombudsman). Since 1998, professor Irena Lipowicz has been teaching at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw and currently she is the head of the Department of Administratve Law and Territorial Self-Government. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of Societas Iuris Publici Europaei (SIPE), a member of the United Nations University (UNU) Council and of the University of Viadrina. Professor Lipowicz is a holder of the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. Other awards include the “Golden Paragraph” prize, the Edward J. Wende award, the Grzegorz Palka award for the services rendered to local self-government, the Saint Jadwiga Award granted by the University of Wrocław, the „Golden Synapse” and the award of the Polish Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability for the merita for people at risk of social exclusion. Main fields of study: theory of administrative law, territorial self-government, innovation in public administration, internal sphere of administration.
dr Michał LubinaAssistant Professor at the Institute of the Middle and Far East, Jagiellonian University in Krakow dr Michał LubinaAssistant Professor at the Institute of the Middle and Far East, Jagiellonian University in Krakow His research interests include Russia-China relations. He has published 4 books, including the first book on contemporary Sino-Russian relations in Polish (The Bear in the Shadow of the Dragon). Soon his debut book in English will be published (Russia-China. A Political Marriage of Convenience). Since 2009 he has been doing business in China (tourism sector).
Małgorzata Ławniczek-BlażlakProject Manager, Roex sp. z o.o. Małgorzata Ławniczek-BlażlakProject Manager, Roex sp. z o.o. Over 9 years of experience in business consultancy, mainly in the SME sector, regarding external funding, with a special focus on EU funds. Over the years of her career she co-operated with more than 200 companies, for which she raised ca. PLN 1 billion of support funds. Her strength is understanding the needs of entrepreneurs with respect to business development through innovation. The ability to skilfully combine the potential of science with the needs of businesses enables her to identify the potential growth areas, where they can succeed on the market. This occurs owing to the practical application of knowledge when preparing companies to carry out effective investment activities, beginning with research, through investments and ending with internationalisation.
Artur MalarskiBranch Director Lodz, ROHLIG SUUS Logistics S.A. Artur Malarski Branch Director Lodz, ROHLIG SUUS Logistics S.A. In 1996 graduated from the University of Lodz with M.Sc. in Economics (Foreign Trade Economics and Organisation); in 2016 completed the post-graduate programme at the Academy of Leadership Psychology, Warsaw University of Technology Business School. Long years of experience as a manager in the B2B sector companies. Since 2007 in the logistics sector. Since 2011 – Branch Director at Rohlig SUUS Logistics SA in Poland, where he is responsible for both transport and logistics processes and sales as well.
Barbara MalecChairman of the Council of the District Chamber of Civil Engineers in Lodz Barbara MalecChairman of the Council of the District Chamber of Civil Engineers in Lodz Graduated from the Lodz University of Technology, the Faculty of Civil Engineering, with an M.SC. Eng. degree. She commenced her professional career immediately after graduation. Barbara Malec holds an unlimited construction engineering design licence and a construction surveyor certificate. Working as a civil engineer, she is responsible for independent technical functions in the construction industry on a regular basis. She has been active in the Polish Union of Construction Engineers and Technicians since the 1980-s: she organised a division of the Union in Piotrków Trybunalski and was its President for 20 years; currently she is in her second term as a Chair the Honorary Court of the Union. She participated in the work of the Joint Organizing Committee of the Lodz Chamber of Construction Engineers and she remains a member of this organization. Since the foundation of the Lodz District Chamber of Civil Engineers, she has been active in this professional self-government body as a delegate for district and national congresses of all terms, as a member of the Chamber Council Bureau if the Ist, IInd and IIIrd term, deputy chair of the Chamber Council Bureau and a member of the National Council Bureau if the Ist, IInd and IIIrd term. Currently (since 2014) she is the Chair of the Council of the Lodz District Chamber of Civil Engineers and a member of the National Council.
Andrea MarciandiWhirlpool EMEA Shared Service Director Andrea MarciandiWhirlpool EMEA Shared Service Director Graduated in Management at Universita' Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy. He started his career in 2001 in KPMG Italy, where he spent 3 years in Auditing and Consultancy, providing services to Italian companies and multinationals in many different sectors. In 2004 he moved to Giovanni Crespi S.p.a., where he covered the position of Group Treasurer and Corporate Finance Manager for 4 years. Since 2008 he joined Whirlpool Corporation at the EMEA Headquarter in Italy, where he covered roles of increasing responsibilities in Internal Audit. In 2015 he has been nominated Internal Audit Director for EMEA, managing the integration of the two Internal Audit teams after the acquisition of Indesit Company. From 2017 he became responsible of EMEA Shared Services and he has been the project leader for the creation of the new SSC for Whirlpool EMEA in Lodz.
Grzegorz MarciniakCo-owner of VMIX Limited Grzegorz MarciniakCo-owner of VMIX Limited Businessman, co-owner of VMIX Limited, a company introducing Polish products to the Chinese market. Representative of the Investments and Promotion Office of the City of Ningbo under the 16+1 programme. Graduate of the SGH Warsaw School of Economics; formerly – Marketing Manager at RRC Poland, R&D Director at BAKALLAND S.A. Grzegorz Marciniak represents VMIX Ltd. – a company that has been a link and a partner to businesses wishing to develop their activities in Poland and in China. VMIX operates mainly in the food sector, introducing products of Polish manufacturers, as well as VMIX own brands to the Chinese market. Grzegorz Marciniak specialises in consulting services regarding co-operation between EU and China. He advises Polish companies on how to prepare their offer for the demanding Chinese market. He participates in seminars as an expert in introducing products to the Chinese market and represents Polish companies at trade fairs in China, e.g. the annual SIAL FHC event. Besides business activities, VMIX Limited is an official partner of the Chinese city of Ningbo in Central and Eastern Europe and is involved in many administration and government projects. In this role, VMIX Ltd. provides assistance to Chinese government and business delegations in Poland. The company is also a co-organiser of the annual EXPO fair in Ningbo.
Monika MarcinkowskaHead of the Banking Department and Institute of Finance at the Faculty of Economics and Sociology of the University of Lodz Monika Marcinkowska Head of the Banking Department and Institute of Finance at the Faculty of Economics and Sociology of the University of Lodz Professor Monika Marcinkowska is the head of the Banking Department and Institute of Finance at the Faculty of Economics and Sociology of the University of Łódź, Poland. She coordinated several research project and is the author many publications on banking prudential regulations, financial stability, corporate governance, bank management and relational capital. She is a vice-chairperson of the Committee of Finance Science of the Polish Academy of Science and a member of the Committee for the Evaluation of Scientific Entities at the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. In past she has worked for several banks in the area of controlling and financial management. She is a member of the Banking Stakeholder Group of the European Banking Authority.
prof. dr hab. Adam Mariański Tax advisor, lawyer,
Managing Partner at Mariański Group Law and Tax Firm
President, The Association of Polish Family Businesses
prof. dr hab. Adam Mariański Tax advisor, lawyer,
Managing Partner at Mariański Group Law and Tax Firm
President, The Association of Polish Family Businesses
An experienced adviser to Polish family companies, in various areas, including business succession. Specialised in tax succession, income taxes, tax inspections and proceedings, protection of individual rights in tax law and tax planning. President of the Polish Family Business Association, co-worker of the Centre of Tax Documentation and Studies of the University of Łódź, member of the Management Board of the Polish branch of the International Fiscal Association (IFA). Member of the European Association of Tax Law Professors and of the Programme Board of the Przegląd Podatkowy journal. Leader and founder of Mariański Group. Professor Mariański manages a team of experienced legal, tax and economy experts. He is a high-class specialist in business restructuring and succession, with many years of experience in developing innovative solutions. Professor Mariański participates in legislative procedures in the field of tax law. He is an author of more than two hundred publications in that area. University lecturer. He conducts trainings for tax advisers and employees of tax authorities.
Karol Mazurek Managing Director, Financial Services Karol Mazurek Managing Director, Financial Services

Karol Mazurek works as Managing Director at Accenture Polska. He has been working in the IT sector for 20 years. He joined Accenture in 1998 and now he is responsible for Accenture Consulting clients from the financial sector. He has long years of experience in leading major, complex digital transformation and integration projects, system architecture, IT strategies and outsourcing – mainly system implementation, development and maintenance for clients from the banking sector. He graduated from the Faculty of Technical Physics and Mathematics at Warsaw University of Technology.

prof. dr hab. inż. Zygmunt MeyerHead of the Department of Mechanics and Fundamentals of Machine Design at West Pomeranian University of Technology Szczecin; Vice President of European Council of Engineers Chambers (ECEC); President of West Pomeranian District Chamber of Civil Engineers prof. dr hab. inż. Zygmunt MeyerHead of the Department of Mechanics and Fundamentals of Machine Design at West Pomeranian University of Technology Szczecin; Vice President of European Council of Engineers Chambers (ECEC); President of West Pomeranian District Chamber of Civil Engineers Education: 1968 - M.Sc. Eng. in civil engineering, Szczecin University of Technology; 1974 - D.Sc.Eng. (civil engineering), Szczecin University of Technology; 1983 – habilitation in civil engineering, Gdańsk University of Technology; 1992 – Professor of Technical Sciences. Educational practice at the Imperial College of Science and Technology University of London 1976-1977, as a holder of scholarship from The British Council. Employment record: since 1968 until today – Szczecin University of Technology (currently – the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin), currently as full professor. 1984-2014 – head of the Department of Geotechnical Engineering, Prorector of Szczecin University of Technology, Dean of the Faculty of Building and Architecture at Szczecin University of Technology; 1991-1998 Director, Eko-Inwest S.A.; 1999-2002 – rector and founder of WSIE (a non-public university); 2002-2006 – Marshal of Zachodniopomorskie Region. Since 2010 – chairman of the District Council of the West Pomeranian District Chamber of Civil Engineering Engineers; since September 2015 – Vice-President of the European Council of Engineers Chambers (ECEC). Holder of the construction engineering licence, the geological engineering licence and the geotechnical certificate.
prof. UW dr hab. Jacek Piotr Męcina Advisor of the Board of Lewiatan Confederation prof. UW dr hab. Jacek Piotr Męcina Advisor of the Board of Lewiatan Confederation Polish lawyer and social politician, specialising in the labour law issues, collective labour arrangements and labour market. In 2005 – Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Economy and Labour; 2012-2015 – Secretary of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.
dr Jacek MichalakVice President of the Development Board, Atlas Group dr Jacek MichalakVice President of the Development Board, Atlas Group Graduated from the Technical University of Lodz in 1985, in chemistry. He received his Ph.D. from the same university and completed a post-doctorate at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA. He also spent research time at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. In 1995, he joined the research department of Atlas, and in 1996 he was appointed head of R&D. Since 2007 he has been Vice President of Atlas with responsibility for R&D, purchasing, administration and csr. Since 2013 he has been President of the Polish Association for ETICS (SSO).
Marek MichalikPresident of the Board in Lodz Special Economic Zone Marek MichalikPresident of the Board in Lodz Special Economic Zone Graduate of Philosophy and History Faculty at the University of Lodz, Member of Parliament (1991-1993). In the years 1998-2001 Deputy Minister of Environment and in the years 2002-2003 President of Zakład Wodociągów i Kanalizacji Sp. z o.o. (water and sewage service company). From 2003 to 2009 Deputy Mayor of Lodz responsible inter alia for acquiring investors. From 2010 to April 2016 member of City Council as a chairman of Law and Justice (PiS) political club. Professionally, member of boards in commerce companies and enterprises dealing with innovative technologies for environment protection. Since 6 April 2016 President of the Board in Lodz Special Economic Zone.
Łukasz MichałowskiBusiness Development Manager, Raben Logistics Poland Sp. z o. o. Łukasz MichałowskiBusiness Development Manager, Raben Logistics Poland Sp. z o. o. For over nine years consulting for businesses in the process of the supply chain optimisation in domestic and international distribution. Extensive experience in all types of transport, including multimodal transport. For more than three years overseeing the quality of services to key clients of Raben Group. Responsible also for new development directions and overall management of the company operation in the field of international distribution services. As the CSR Ambassador, Łukasz Michałowski is involved in raising awareness and education regarding corporate social responsibility, particularly with respect to the role of transport in compensating the adverse environmental impact. Active supporter of activities aimed at consolidation and strengthening of the logistics sector. Member of the Supervisory Board of LODZistics Business Network for Central Poland.
dr Anna MideraPresident of the Board, Lodz Airport dr Anna MideraPresident of the Board, Lodz Airport Associated with the University of Lodz for many years – initially as a student and thereafter as an academic teacher at the Chair of International Economic Relations of the Faculty of Economics and Sociology. Doctor of Economic Sciences and expert in strategy development, mainly in the sector of transport. Anna Midera headed the Department of Transport Policy and International Affairs at the Ministry of Infrastructure, where her scope of responsibility included: strategic programming of the national transport policy goals; participation in European initiatives in the field of transport policy; co-ordination of problems prepared for the Committee for European Affairs. Anna Midera headed also the Department of Management, Strategy and International Co-operation at the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA), where she was responsible for development of the restructuring plan, PANSA strategy an Code of Ethics for the Agency. In her own opinion, her most important professional experience was her participation in the Team of Advisors to Prime Minister D. Tusk (the Team of Minister M. Boni) working on the document “Poland 2030 – the Third Wave of Modernity”, as well as leading such projects as negotiations with the European Commission in the Trans-European Transport Network TEN-T and the work on the “Transport Development Strategy until 2020 (with a prospect until 2030).” Currently she is CEO of Lodz Airport, facing an immense challenge of reviving the place. Setting goals and achieving them is her great joy and satisfaction.
dr hab. Dominik MierzejewskiProfessor at the DEAS, chair of Center for Asian Affairs, studies at the Shanghai International Studies University (1999-2000, 2003-2004), dr hab. Dominik MierzejewskiProfessor at the DEAS, chair of Center for Asian Affairs, studies at the Shanghai International Studies University (1999-2000, 2003-2004), Internship in the Heritage Foundation (2003), Jan Karski scholarship by the American Center of Polish Culture (2003), visiting professor in the Chinese Academy of Social Science granted by the Polish Foundation for Science (2010-2011), member of: Association for Asian Studies, European International Studies Association, European Association for Chinese Studies (board member) and vice editor in chief of “Azja-Pacyfik” (yearbook) and “Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia” (Austria/South Korea). His research focuses on China’s political development, rhetoric of Chinese foreign policy and leadership transition in the Communist Party of China. He publishes one monograph, and dozens of articles published e.g. in Signapore, United Kingdom and the Unites States.
Zuzanna MikołajczykDirector of Trade and Marketing, Member of the Board, Mikomax Sp. z o.o. Sp. k. Zuzanna MikołajczykDirector of Trade and Marketing, Member of the Board, Mikomax Sp. z o.o. Sp. k. Zuzanna Mikołajczyk is an expert who propagates and implements the idea of leadership in workplace. She is a member of international organizations such as International Facility Management Association. She carries out office efficiency examinations for various companies and is the initiator of a research project that gathers opinions of Polish and Romanian shared services centers employees. In 2016 she has conducted a research project Smart Working Guidebook for Poland, carried out by the Mikomax Smart Office in cooperation with ABSL. The project partners are the consulting company Variazioni, responsible for the research, IBM, GSK, Luxoft, Transition Technologies and Wiewiórski Law Firm. She graduated from ESADE (Spain) and SDA Bocconi (Italy) with a degree in Executive Master in Marketing and Sales.
Krzysztof MisiakPartner and Head of regional cities, office agency Cushman & Wakefield Krzysztof MisiakPartner and Head of regional cities, office agency Cushman & Wakefield Krzysztof Misiak is Partner and Head of Regional Cities at Cushman & Wakefield's Office Agency. For the past 10 years he has been responsible for strategic development and oversight of the company’s operation outside Warsaw in the area of office tenant representation and cooperation with developers in regional office leasing projects. He is one of the most experienced brokers in the regional markets. His portfolio comprises over 500,000 sq m in transactions (totalling PLN 1.8 billion). His clients include Millennium Bank, Infosys, Thomson Reuters, Capgemini, State Street, Tate & Lyle, Deloitte, Brown Brothers Harriman, ING Bank, Takeda, Unilever czy Akamai.
Maciej MroczekHead of Product Development Traffic Control in 4G&5G Ericsson Maciej MroczekHead of Product Development Traffic Control in 4G&5G Ericsson Graduate of the Lodz University of Technology, with 25 years of experience in ICT. Followed the entire career path as an ICT engineer, with a focus on telecommunication technologies. Worked as a software developer, tester, product manager, verification expert and trainer. Successfully implemented ISO 9001:2000 certification at Ericpol. Maciej Mroczek gained international experience as a consultant in long-term technical projects for telecom operators in European countries. He was responsible for international transfer of knowledge and projects. Successfully implemented the agile work methodology into the software development process which involved up to several hundred people at different locations. Team leader responsible for team development, also in dispersed structures, from the early stage of his professional career. Experienced in building and implementing business unit development strategies. Currently at Ericsson, in the global R&D department, responsible for 4G and 5G technologies. Speaker, panellist, participant of local and international conferences.
dr Jacek Mrozik Dean of the College of Business, Minot State University, USA dr Jacek MrozikDean of the College of Business, Minot State University, USA In 2010, after nineteen years of working for business, earned a PhD and moved to academia. First to Clemson University as visiting professor and then to Minot State University as assistant professor of marketing. In 2013 became the dean of the College of Business and in August 2017 was promoted to Associate Vice President of Graduate, Online, Distance and Continued Education the position held until present. While in Minot State, besides teaching and administration of the College of Business, Dr. Mrozik conducted research and publications, led the Strategic Planning effort for the New MSU Strategy - Empowering Generations, assisted fund raising projects and in developing international co-operation with institutions of higher education. In his business career worked for several large international corporations and smaller companies like: Group Orange-FT, Netia - Group Telia Sonera, Company Assistance – consulting company, Citibank and IBM in capacities of the board member, management team member, division director, marketing director, project manager, consultant, engineer and analyst.
Agnieszka MrózLogisfera Nova Agnieszka MrózLogisfera Nova Using service design and design thinking approach she designed solutions for small companies, enterprises, public institution as well non-governmental organizations. Experienced workshop facilitator. She cooperated among others with Children’s Hospital in Olsztyn, Gdańsk History Museum, Social Innovation Laboratory.
Małgorzata NesterowiczDirector, Family Business Bank Program, Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. Małgorzata NesterowiczDirector, Family Business Bank Program, Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. Graduate of Warsaw University of Technology, Malgorzata Nesterowicz also holds an MBA from the Warsaw University of Technology Business School. In the banking sector for 20 years now, and for 12 – at Bank Zachodni WBK. Experienced in corporate finance covering the entire range of structured finance in bilateral transactions and structured transactions with the participation of Rother banks and financial institutions, including Project Finance, leverage buy-outs, restructuring, capital transformations. Experienced manager in leading business banking teams within corporate banking and structured finance areas, responsible for co-operation with corporate clients and financial institutions. Currently, Małgorzata Nesterowicz is developing various initiatives under the Family Business Bank Program to support the position of the Bank as a partner in the family business development in Poland and the succession processes in Polish enterprises through client education projects, as well as broader co-operation in financing and consulting services. The aim of the Program is to offer solutions tailored to clients’ current needs, as well as plans and goals for the future.
Waldemar OlbrykDirector, Echo-Investment Waldemar OlbrykDirector, Echo-Investment Waldemar Olbryk has been involved in real estate and real estate development for more than 20 years. Currently working at Echo Investment S.A., as the Director of the Residential Division, as a Member of the Management Board. He worked in the petroleum industry (British Petroleum), commercial (Apsys), or office-industrial (Philips). Last years he spent associated with Skanska where he co-created an office development organization in Poland. He then had the opportunity to conduct public-private partnership projects as well as a program to prepare the consolidation of business support functions. He specializes in project management, team building and business relationship management. His passion is to implement innovative solutions and to support both internal and external changes in the company as well as its surroundings where the most important aspect is the prospect of the user and the customer. He is the originator of the concept of cooperation based on multidimensional view on needs analysis: www.dicedilemma.com. He is a graduate of the University of Lodz (Faculty of Economics and Sociology) and holds an MBA from the Polish-American Management Center, University of Lodz and the University of Maryland and a Project Management Professional title from the Project Management Institute.
Witold M. OrłowskiRector of the Vistula University (Warsaw), Chief Economic Adviser for PwC Poland Sp. z o.o. Witold M. OrłowskiRector of the Vistula University (Warsaw), Chief Economic Adviser for PwC Poland Sp. z o.o. Witold M.Orlowski, professor of economics, Rector of the Vistula University (Warsaw), chief economic advisor to PwC Polska. Member of the National Development Council of the President, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum in Warsaw. Former economic advisor to president Aleksander Kwaśniewski, member of the National Development Council of president Lech Kaczyński, and Economic Council of prime minister Donald Tusk. He studied at the University of Lodz and the Harvard University. In 1993-1997 at the World Bank. From 2001 to 2005 chief economic advisor to the president. In the past also Dean at the Business School of the Warsaw University of Technology, advisor to the Chief Negotiator of the EU membership of Poland, Special Advisor to the European Commission, member of the Macroeconomic Council of the Minister of Finance, consultant to many international and national bodies and organizations. Author of 11 books and 200 scientific publications, popular economic commentator and columnist of major Polish newspapers.
Sebastian OsuchBusiness Services Senior Manager - NOWY STYL GROUP Sebastian OsuchBusiness Services Senior Manager - NOWY STYL GROUP A graduate of Poznań University of Economics and Business, the Faculty of Capital Investments and Financial Strategies of Enterprises. Working with Nowy Styl Group for almost 7 years now. As a Project Manager, Sebastian Osuch supervised and supported the biggest sales projects in Poland. He was also responsible for initiating sales activities, mainly in southern Poland. For nearly two years he has been coordinating the Nowy Styl Group's strategy for the specialist BPO/SSC/ITO market. He is responsible for developing a new approach to the sector based on creating interdisciplinary teams that combine sales, HR and marketing activities, with the participation of experts in these fields.
Michał OswaldManaging Director at Fortech Sp. z o.o. Michał OswaldManaging Director at Fortech Sp. z o.o. He graduated from the University of Łódź with a Master Degree in Nature Conservation. He also completed Warsaw Agricultural University in the Faculty of Environmental Protection, where he hold a Degree in Agronomy and Agribusiness. After completion of studies, he worked in Hibner Plant, specializing in military footwear production. Working as a coordinator in a garment department has taught him the basics of plastics processing. Having improved his qualifications and after the company restructuring, he was employed in Fortech as a Deputy Head of Production. After some time, he became the Production Manager. Further conversions has led him to hold a position of a Logistics specialist and a Quality Agent. One of the major achievements worth mentioning was the Implementation of the Quality Management System ISO 9001:2008 in the company and holding a position of ISO Agent. Determination and comprehensive knowledge gained while holding the above positions resulted in taking up the position of Managing Director at Fortech in order to effectively handle the growing business along with the Board of Management.
Piotr PanfilCEO, Rembor General Sp. z o.o. Piotr PanfilCEO, Rembor General Sp. z o.o. Graduate of the Lodz University of Technology – Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Environmental Engineering and Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. He joined Rembor General in 2001, where he is Managing Director now. Piotr Panfil demonstrates strong interpersonal, organisation and communication skills. Team leader, fluent in using flexible business management styles. He consistently implements the family business growth strategy, developing it into a brand which is recognized by Polish and foreign investors. His major successes include membership of the company in the prestigious Alliance for Safety in the Construction Industry and the award of the Forbes Diamond in 2016. He gives credit to people who are passionate and willing to pursue common goals together. In his everyday work he emphasises the role of communication, openness and managerial competences. Privately, a keen jogger.
Artur PartykaFormer Polish high jumper and two-time Olympic medalist, sports promoter for children and adolescents Artur PartykaFormer Polish high jumper and two-time Olympic medalist, sports promoter for children and adolescents

Born on 25 July 1969 in Stalowa Wola, he started his adventure with sports in 1980. He was an active high jumper for more than 20 years. He represented Poland in the world’s major athletics events. Artur Partyka won the European Junior Champion title in 1987 and a year later – the World Junior Champion title.

He is a two-time Olympic medallist – from Barcelona 92 – bronze and Atlanta 96 – silver. A two-time silver medallist at World Championships: Stuttgart 93 and Athens 97 and a three-time Europe Champion: Glasgow 90, Valencia 98, Budapest 98.

His Polish record in high jump of 2.38 cm has never been broken so far. He is commonly associated with sport of athletics, he gives running commentary of sports competitions, works at the organisation of such meetings as e.g. Orlen Cup, participates in numerous sports promotion campaigns at school and corporation events. Sport of athletics commentator for POLSAT TV station since 2010. Artur Partyka works also as a consultant and speaker.

Hobbies, interests: books, late modern period of history, music, capital markets, mountain tourism

Jarosław PączekAttorney-at-law, JP Partners – Business/Arbitration law office Jarosław PączekAttorney-at-law, JP Partners – Business/Arbitration law office He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. He is certified by DePaul University in Chicago, Ecole de Formation du Barreau de Paris, Harvard Business School and Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments. Mr. Pączek specializes in advising on disputes related to international commercial transactions, including Private Equity and mergers and acquisitions. He advised business entities, including construction and mining companies, as well as investment funds. Mr. Pączek is also an author of publications on international arbitration, a member of the Institute of Arbitrators in London and an arbitrator at the Arbitration Court of Central Poland in Lodz.
Uwe PeleikisMinistry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Baden-Württemberg Uwe PeleikisMinistry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Baden-Württemberg He’s a co-ordinator of Leonardo da Vinci projects, a co-ordinator of an international cooperation, an organizator of international exchange between partner schools, an events organizator promoted by the Ministry, a member of team evaluation for schools, he deals with implementaion and organization preparatory courses for the exams in training of forwarding industry.
Ignacy PetyckiCEO, PPHU Petecki Ignacy PetyckiCEO, PPHU Petecki Founder of one of Poland’s largest industrial groups, consisting of PETECKI PPHU, PETECKI Sp. z o.o and since 2010 - Petecki INVESTMENT, the leading manufacturer of PVC and aluminium joinery. Active in the construction sector for more than 12 years. Owing to his hard work, determination and precisely set goals, he confidently develops Polish production, trade and services. Through his extensive investments, he keeps creating new jobs and currently employs more than 800 people. To assure the highest value of products and services is a matter of greatest priority to him. To this end, Petecki Group has implemented an ISO 9001:2008 quality management system. The perfect and modern solutions offered by the Group which has been created by Ignacy Petecki make it the best partner for both Polish and foreign investors. Ignacy Petecki is a member of the Association of Manufacturers, Suppliers and Distributors “Polish Windows and Doors”. Open to innovative solutions, he introduces state-of-the-art technologies and new standards to the market of window and door joinery. He was the first manufacturer in Poland to offer windows for passive and low-energy houses. This product was awarded the Gold Medal on the International Construction Fair INTER-BUD in Lodz.
Jacek PękalaProxy, Fortech Sp. z o.o. Jacek PękalaProxy, Fortech Sp. z o.o. After graduation from Mechanical Technical School he educated in metal heat treatment area. He continued the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Łódź University of Technology where he hold a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Machinery and Equipment in energy industry. During the studies, he actively participated in activities carried out by Łódź Technical University for the automotive and power industry. After completion, he worked in Mechanical Department at Łódź University of Technology in the Institute of Fluid-flow Machinery as a scientific and technical worker, where he conducted various projects for the Navy and he also co-organized scientific symposia Syncom. In 2000, he completed postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Economics and Sociology at University in Łódź regarding real estate valuation and machinery and equipment. Continuous development of passions and interests in the area of metal heat treatment and plastics processing have led to take of a managerial position in a company that deals with the above activities. In 1996, the company was converted into the company with a 100% Polish capital and since 2004 it has had the present image. Cooperation with the young team allows for dynamic growth of the company run under his supervision, resulting in prestigious awards for achievements.
Jerzy Pietrucha CEO of Pietrucha Group Jerzy Pietrucha CEO of Pietrucha Group Manager and investor. Joined Pietrucha Group in 2009 and represents the third generation in the family business. As a result of the business succession plan, he took over the leadership of the family business in 2012, to develop a competitive and innovative company specialised in manufacturing and distribution of top-class, state-of-the-art synthetic products broadly used in civil engineering. The Group operates in 35 countries, on 5 continents. Active in the field of private investments through the JPBC investment fund. Graduate of St. Claire’s College Oxford, the Gdańsk University of Technology Faculty of Material Engineering, and the University of Warvick Faculty of Production Engineering. Holder of the Executive MBA from the Leon Koźmiński Academy.
Tomasz PisulaPresident of the Board, Polish Investment and Trade Agency Tomasz PisulaPresident of the Board, Polish Investment and Trade Agency Co-author of a new expansion support programme for Polish exporters and investors. Tomasz Pisula was involved in the establishment of the Polish Fund Group, the Agency is part of. Previously, He was responsible for corporate supervision of 100 institutions subordinated to the Ministry of Development, the total value of assets supervised by the Department exceeding PLN 300 billion. He was also Public Policy Manager at Bank Zachodni WBK, responsible for relations of the Bank and the Santander Group with regulators. Longtime President of the Freedom and Democracy Foundation – one of the largest Polish non-governmental organisations dealing with human rights and democracy issues.
Arkadiusz PrzybyłMember of the Board, BZ WBK S.A. Arkadiusz PrzybyłMember of the Board, BZ WBK S.A. Arkadiusz Przybył assumed the position of Management Board Member in Bank Zachodni WBK in charge of Retail Distribution Area on March 13th,2017.

Before, Arkadiusz worked for Santander Consumer Finance HQ in Madrid in 2011 as Business Development Director. In 2012, he moved to Santander Consumer Bank Poland (SCB) as the Member of the Management Board and in 2013 became the President of the Management Board of SCB - a consumer finance leader in Poland.

In the past, Arkadiusz also worked as Retail Banking Director in GE Capital Group (Zurich, Paris), where he supervised the strategy and retail banking development in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2009-2010, he was the CEO of GE Money Bank in Latvia. Prior to that, he worked for McKinsey & Company (Warsaw), where he was responsible for projects related to banking and insurance in Europe.

A graduate of the University of Lodz with majors in management and marketing, banking and finance (with honours). He also completed MBA studies at INSEAD in France.
Paulina RutkowskaHR Director, mBank S.A. Paulina RutkowskaHR Director, mBank S.A. Together with the team, they are responsible for building organizational culture in Poland, in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, where mBank's foreign branches are located. She Has been associated with the organization for many years, until 2011 as director of marketing strategy and communication, for 6 years in group HR. Her team is actively involved in the organization's strategy. She builds the role of a business partner, very closely linked to the achievement of their short and long term goals. She believes in people, giving them a great deal of freedom, but also the responsibility for it. She graduated from Warwick University in the United Kingdom where she graduated from International Business with German Studies, studied in Switzerland (Hoch Schule St.Gallen) and Germany (Heidelberg). She also completed the Advanced Management Program at IESE in Barcelona.
dr Marlena Sakowska-BaryłaDoctor of law, legal counsel dr Marlena Sakowska-BaryłaDoctor of law, legal counsel Doctor of Law, legal counsel, partner at Sakowska-Baryła Czaplińska Legal Counsellors, editor in chief of ABI Expert and member of the Programme Board of the Centre for Personal Data Protection and Information Management at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Lodz. She specialises in personal data protection, public information access, public sector information re-use and self-government law. Academic teacher of several higher education institutions, experienced speaker and trainer. She conducted several hundred training courses, attended by more than 10,000 participants. Dr Sakowska-Baryła is an author of numerous publications, including monographs “Access to Public Information vs. Personal Data Protection” and “The Right to Personal Data Protection”. Co-author of commentary “The Act on the Public Sector Information Re-use. A Commentary”; co-author of monographs: “A City under Construction. Legal Problems of Municipal Developments” and “Self-governmental Shared Services Centres”. She participates in implementations of data protection systems, including the RODO project.
Prof. dr Darius O. SchindlerBaden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Prof. dr Darius O. SchindlerBaden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University He completed law studies at Ruprecht-Karol University in Heidelberg and at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, european law at German High School of Administration in Speyer and international law in Columbus School of Law, Wachington D.C. , Phd student in German and European Company Law and Economic Law at the university in Heidelberg. He’s a professor of economic law at DHBW in Karlsruhe since 2010.
dr Henryk SiodmokPresident of the Board, Atlas Group dr Henryk SiodmokPresident of the Board, Atlas Group Henryk Siodmok was born 1965. Economics PhD, Kraków Academy of Economics graduate, specialisation Economics and Foreign Trade Organisation, and MBA INSEAD studies in Fontainebleau. Doctoral thesis, on the customer relation management in networking organisations, was defended at Warsaw School of Economics in 2004. 1989-1990 operational analyst in Pasco Company, 1991-1995 consultant at Bain & Co, 1996-1997 development director for Eastern Europe and president of Tenneco Automotive Polska, 1997-2000 president of FLiD Drumet S.A., 2000-2003 president of the board of Carman Polska sp. z o.o., 2003-2004 vice-president for sales, finances, HR, informatics, development and administration in US Pharmacia sp. z o.o., vice-president of the Supervisory Board of the Group LOTOS SA., since 2006 – in ATLAS Group, first as the Board Member, currently President of the Board.
Artur SkibaPresident of the Board, Antal Artur SkibaPresident of the Board, Antal Recruitment company.Expert in the field of executive recruitment in CEE region. Vice-president in the board of Association of Employment Agencies (SAZ), responsible for the recruitment section. He graduated the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) and Southern Denmark University in Odense. He joined Antal International in 2000 and since 2004 has been successfully leading the operations in Poland. From a team of 7 employees he developed Antal in Poland into an efficient organization of over 130 talented individuals, opened regional offices in Krakow, Poznań and Wroclaw, and placed Antal International among the top recruitment companies in Poland. In 2013, he brings on to merge the Antal International in Poland with the Capital Group Work Service. As a President of the Board he has ambitious plans for the further development of the company's - to build structures by Antal International in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and Enloyd brand in Hungary.
Dionizy SmoleńLeader of the Public Sector Team, PwC Poland Sp. z o.o. Dionizy SmoleńLeader of the Public Sector Team, PwC Poland Sp. z o.o. Dionizy Smoleń is Team Leader for Public Sector at PwC. He has long years of experience in consultancy to the public sector institutions. He specialises in development strategies, innovation, management optimisation in public institutions, as well as business marketing (including investor policy and supporting exports). Dionizy Smoleń worked also in the public administration sector as an appointed civil servant - deputy department director at the Ministry of Economy and at the Ministry of Regional Development. He is a graduated of the National School of Public Administration and and the University of Warsaw.
Jadwiga SobańskaMayor of Złoczew Jadwiga SobańskaMayor of Złoczew (born on 01 May 1960), graduated in Polish Philology from the University in Lodz and Culture Studies from the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. In the years 1984-98 she worked as a teacher and between 1998 and 2010 as a School Headmaster in Złoczew. Mayor of Złoczew in the 2010-2014 and the current term of office. President and initiator of the local government initiative “Yes Association for the Złoczew Mine” As Mayor, she is passionately committed to activities intended to support investors interested in operating an opencast mine in the commune of Złoczew, with a special focus on Polska Grupa Energetyczna.
Marek SobierajCEO, Lumileds Poland S.A. Marek SobierajCEO, Lumileds Poland S.A. Marek Sobieraj graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Lodz University of Technology, the post-graduate programme at the Faculty of Management of the University of Lodz and Executive MBA at the University of Towson and University of Baltimore. He took his first professional steps as a CNC machine tool programmer at the PONAR Pabianice Mechanical Equipment Factory. In 1994, he joined the lighting factory in Pabianice, where he gained experience on different levels of professional career. At the same time, he actively supported the company at all stages of its development, from Pabianicka Fabryka Żarówek POLAM, through Philips Lighting Poland, to Lumileds Poland now. In 2009, he was appointed General Director at the Automotive Business Centre of Philips Lighting Poland in Pabianice. Since 2015, he has been CEO of Lumileds Poland S.A in Pabianice. As a member of the Manager Certification Chapter of the Lodzkie Region, he is involved in the leadership competency development of managers in the region. Marek Sobieraj is a member of the Lodz 500 Club Board, where he supports the process of business circles integration in the Lodzkie Region.
dr Robert SrokaManager at Ernst& Young, Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics Depratment of Kozminski University in Warsaw dr Robert SrokaManager at Ernst& Young, Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics Depratment of Kozminski University in Warsaw Dr Robert Sroka co-operates with the Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics Depratment of Kozminski University in Warsaw on a regular basis and is a manager and Ernst& Young, with a focus on projects in the field of business ethics, CSR and compliance. Since 2016 – member of the Sustainable Development and CSR Team at the Ministry of Development and Finance, where he chairs the Working Group for standards and responsible business conduct. In 2010-2013 – member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Team, a consultative body of the Prime Minister, where he was the leader of the Responsible Investments Working Group. Academic teacher, lecturing business ethics, CSR and responsible investing to MBA and postgraduate students. In 2014, Dr Sroka received the “Responsibility Pen” award of the Responsible Business Forum, for the best expert article on business ethics in Poland. Author of the book Etyka i prawa człowieka w biznesie. W poszukiwaniu metody. („Ethics and human rights in business. In serach of a metod.”
Robert StanilewiczEconomic journalist Robert StanilewiczEconomic journalist Radio & TV journalist. Since 2002 at the business section of TVN24 and since 2007 at the TVNCNBC business channel. Twice granted the Władysław Grabski award of Narodowy Bank Polski. Holder of the “Libertas et Auxilium” prize awarded by UOKiK (Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection) and the Marian Krzak prize awarded by the Polish Bank Association. Author and host of “Bilans” at the TVN24BIS channel. He began working in media in mid-90ies, at the Lodz division of RMFFM.
Jan Filip StaniłkoDeputy Director of the Department for Innovation, Ministry of Development Jan Filip StaniłkoDeputy Director of the Department for Innovation, Ministry of Development Graduate of a doctoral programme at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University and a doctoral programme in economics at Leon Koźmiński University. Author of publications in Rzeczpospolita and Forbes. Expert in new product development management, industrial policy and political economy. At the Ministry of Development, he is responsible for the Innovation Policy Problems, Industrial Policy, Industrial Regulations, Green Economy and Circular Economy. Currently, he is involved in development of the Platform for the Industry of the Future, Procurement Policy and in updating the Economy Innovation and Productivity Strategy. His previous functions include membership of the Sobieski Institute Management Board and the Arcana bimonthly editorial team. He was also Director of Industrialization 3.0 Programme at Warsaw Institute for Economic Studies and President of the Institute for Industrial Studies. In the years 2011-2013 he was the main organiser of the “Poland – A Great Project” congress. He co-operated with the Polish Civic Forum.
Michał M. StyśManaging Director of OPG Property Professionals Michał M. StyśManaging Director of OPG Property Professionals MSc Arch and Dipl. Arch Hons., graduate of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he acquired the Executive MBA degree. Gained experience in project management, urban planning and residential, commercial, hotel and office building design while working for such companies as Anthony Reddy Associates, Reddy Architecture & Urbanism Group (Ireland), Archeus OY Ltd. (Finland), and BC Comm Group (Poland). Managing Director at OPG Property Professionals since 2006. Responsible for construction and developer project implementation, identification and analysis of investment opportunities in Poland, and managing commercial, mixed-use and housing real estate projects and assets. The creative mind behind OFF Piotrkowska Center project.
Paweł SuchorzebskiCEO, Prologus Sp. o.o. Paweł SuchorzebskiCEO, Prologus Sp. o.o. Paweł Suchorzebski has more than 12 years of experience in the Transport-Shipping-Logistics sector. He graduated from the University of Gdańsk (Seaborne Trade). He gained his professional experience in such companies as C.Hartwig Gdynia S.A. oraz ATC Cargo S.A. Since 2011, CEO of Prologus Sp. z o.o.
Agnieszka SygitowiczDeputy CEO of the Lodz Special Economic Zone S.A. Agnieszka SygitowiczDeputy CEO of the Lodz Special Economic Zone S.A. Agnieszka Sygitowicz has been Deputy CEO of the Lodz Special Economic Zone since April 2006. Having joined the LSEZ, she opened a new business direction – supporting start-ups. She is co-author and manager of the Startup Spark project, which was awarded PLN 5.5 million in the Scale Up competition (the Start in Poland initiative of the Goverenment). As a result, the Zone effectively combines the young business creativity with the experience and resources of major companies. Previously, she worked at the Cohesion Fund Department of the Ministry of Transport. She was also Representative for External Contacts and Economic Development and head of the Strategy Department at the Town Hall of Radomsko. She was responsible for development projects, including those co-financed by the European Find for Regional Development, as well as for developing and updating the development strategy for the city. She was also responsible for co-operation with the central and local administration in Poland and abroad. She was involved in infrastructural projects of the total value of PLN 100 million. She has an artistic heart and passion to theatre. She has been an active member of a local community theatre, where she performs together with her friends. Her passion for art translates into a non-standard and creative approach to business matters. She graduated from the University of Warsaw Centre for European Regional and Local Studies (EUROREG) in Spatial Economy and from Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, in Politology. She also holds the MBA degree from Lazarski University.
Jakub SytaDirector of Security Services Administration and SOC, EXATEL SA Jakub SytaDirector of Security Services Administration and SOC, EXATEL SA He has been managing, advising and auditing for information security management for more than a dozen years. He has completed projects in dozens of organizations and trained hundreds of people. His mission is to make cyber security management simple. He has a number of industry certifications, including CISA, CISSP, CISM, CRISC. Speaker at national and international conferences, experienced lecturer and trainer. A graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology, an expert in the Polish Committee for Standardization and the Polish Chamber of Commerce.
dr inż. Jacek Szer Chancellor, Lodz University of Technology dr inż. Jacek Szer Chancellor, Lodz University of Technology Born in 1969 in Turek. Graduate of the Lodz University of Technology, Ph.D. of Technical Scuences. University teacher since 1994, and since 2003 – assistant professor at the Lodz University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Environmental Engineering, Department of Building Physics and Building Materials. In his research, doctor Szer specialises in masonry structures and issues related to radiation absorption and the investment process risks. Author of numerous scientific publications. Holder of an unlimited construction engineering licence since 1997. Author and co-author of numerous expert opinions on the technical condition of existing buildings, design studies and property condition surveys. In 2006 appointed the Regional Inspector of Construction Supervision in Lodz. On 15 September 2011, appointed Deputy Chief Inspector of Construction Supervision by the Minister of Infrastructure. Between 16 December 2015 and 31 August 2016 acted as the Chief Inspector of Construction Supervision. Between 1 September 2016 and 11 August 2017 – Chief Inspector of Construction Supervision. Currently – Chancellor of the Lodz University of Technology.
dr inż. Józef SzmichPresident of the Board, Delia Cosmetics Sp. z o.o. dr inż. Józef SzmichPresident of the Board, Delia Cosmetics Sp. z o.o. Graduate of and lecturer at the Faculty of Biochemistry and Biotechnology of the Lodz University of Technology. He combined science and business, creating Delia Cosmetics Group. Successfully active in the cosmetic industry on both Polish and international markets since 1998. Major employer in the Lodzkie Region, owner of five modern laboratories and two manufcaturing plants covering the total area of ca. 10,000 sq m. Initiator of the Dr Szmich Centre for Science and Research at Technopark in Lodz. Member of the Supervisory Board of the Polish Union of Cosmetic Industry since 2014. Member of the 500-Club Lodz – the Association of Company Owners, Presidents and Directors, the Lodz Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Confederation Lewiatan. Charismatic manager with an outstanding knowledge in many fields and areas, winner of numerous competitions: Member of the Supervisory Board of the Polish Union of Cosmetic Industry, Polish Economy Ambassador 2014 in the “Exporter” category, nomination in the Manager of the Year 2014 competition, 2014 Innovative Education Partner of the University of Lodz, 2010 Innovative Education Partner of the University of Lodz, Professional Manager of the Lodzkie Region 2010, Professional Manager of the Lodzkie Region 2007, a distinction award in the “Forbes Diamonds” ranking in 2009, nomination for the Polish Business Leader 2015, Manager of the Year 2015 of the Lodzkie Region. Since the very beginning of his business activity, Mr Józef Szmich and his wife, Mrs Alina Szmich, provide support to many charity organisations, e.g. Caritas, or Gajusz Foundation, which is the beneficiary of a part of profits from the sale of Delia Cosmetics key product – henna eyebrow and eyelash tint. This philanthropic activity was rewarded with the Benefactor of the Year statue in 2017.
Sylwester Józef SzymalakCEO, Zakłady Chemiczne Organika S.A., Organika Capital Group Sylwester Józef SzymalakCEO, Zakłady Chemiczne Organika S.A., Organika Capital Group A graduate from Lodz University of Technology –Faculty of Food Chemistry major specialization in: Food technology-chemical engineer Since 01.04.1993 President of Capital Group of "Organika" S.A. in Lodz comprising manufacturing enterprises such as Zakłady Chemiczne "ORGANIKA" and "ORGANIKA-CAR"- manufacturers of motorcar operating fluids and cosmetics, „OILTECH”- a manufacturer of motorcar oils, "SCHAUMAPLAST-ORGANIKA" –a manufacturer of expanded polystyrene products , "ORTECH” . Since1994 President of Management Board of CLUB 500-Lodz Association. A member of ROTARY Club Lodz , elected as its President in 2010-2011.
Tomasz SzymańskiTax Advisor, Mariański Group Law and Tax Firm Tomasz SzymańskiTax Advisor, Mariański Group Law and Tax Firm Represents taxpayers before tax bodies in tax inspections, customs and tax inspections, tax proceedings and proceedings in administrative courts. A renowned expert with ling years of experience in tax bodies proceedings, particularly with respect to VAT and tax inspections. Tomasz Szymański has an extensive knowledge of the organisation and operation of tax administration.
Dorota TarnowskaLegal Counsel, tax advisor and partner at Mariański Group Law and Tax Firm Sp. K. Dorota TarnowskaLegal Counsel, tax advisor and partner at Mariański Group Law and Tax Firm Sp. K. Experienced in broadly defined commercial, civil and tax law, including corporate services to companies and capital groups, restructuring processes and mergers of companies. Day-to-day legal and tax support to Polish family businesses, including business succession in terms of commercial law and law of succession.
Karina TrafnaCEO, KiDS&Co. Karina TrafnaCEO, KiDS&Co. Since 2006 she has been developing in Poland a project of parents' support in raising children. Founder of modern, bilingual kindergartens and co-author of programs implementing the ideas of raising a new generation of Poles. Successfully combining the experience gained on the capital market with the development of KiDS&Co. – the first nationwide edu-operator specializing in launching and managing corporate and office park kindergartens. On a daily basis a mother of two young men: 7-year-old Frank and 12-year-old Filip.
Szymon UczciwekConsulting Centre Manager, COMARCH Szymon UczciwekConsulting Centre Manager, COMARCH Szymon Uczciwek heads the Product Development and Consulting Department at Comarch. The scope of his knowledge and activity covers such areas as field personnel and services management systems for telecommunication, public services, finance and infrastructure maintenance sectors; Internet of Things solutions, business and telecommunication corporate network management solutions. Szymon Uczciwek graduated in Internet Technologies from the Lodz University of Technology; he is a certified expert in ITIL, Prince and TMF Frameworx project management and business analysis methodologies. Based on his experience in mobile technologies and Internet of Things, Szymon Uczciwek implements innovative solutions in a manner leading to real and measurable business benefits. Combining his knowledge of business and technology, he keeps seeking solutions to improve organisational processes and performance.
prof. Günter VerheugenEuropean Commissioner for Enlargement (1999 – 2004), European Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry (2004 – 2010) prof. Günter VerheugenEuropean Commissioner for Enlargement (1999 – 2004), European Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry (2004 – 2010) 1963-1965 Trainee at the "Neue Rhein-Neue Ruhr-Zeitung" newspaper
1965-1969 Studied history, sociology and political sciences in Cologne and Bonn
1969-1974 Head of the Public Relations Divisions at the Federal Ministry of the Interior
1974-1976 Head of the Analysis and Information Task Force at the Federal Foreign Office
1977-1978 Federal Party Manager of the Free Democratic Party (FDP)
1978-1982 Secretary General of the FDP
1982 Joined the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)
1983-1999 Member of the German Bundestag
1983-1998 Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, German Bundestag
1986-1987 Spokesman of the SPD National Executive
1987-1989 Editor-in-Chief of "Vorwärts", the SPD newspaper
1990-1999 Chairman of the Radio Broadcasting Council of Deutsche Welle
1992 Chairman, European Union Special Committee, Bundestag
1993-1995 Secretary General of the SPD
1994-1997 Deputy Chairman of the SPD, Parliamentary Group for Foreign, Security and Development Policy
1997 Chairman of the Socialist International Peace, Security and Disarmament Committee
1998-1999 Minister of State for European Affairs
1999-2004 Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enlargement and for the European Neighbourhood Policy (as of 2002)
2004-2010 Vice President of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and Industry
2007-2010 European Co-chair of the Transatlantic Economic Council
since 2010 Honorary Professor for European governance, at the Europe University Viadrina, Co-founder and non-executive director of The European Experience Company GmbH, Potsdam
Since 2012 Director of the Goerdeler College (Robert-Bosch-Foundation)
Since 2014 Vice-Chair of the German-Ukrainian Forum
2015 Member of an independent expert group establishing a programme for the modernisation of Ukraine (European Association and Integration, Trade, Energy, Transport and IT- Infrastructure)
dr Wojciech WarskiVice President, Social Dialogue Council; President, Business Centre Club dr Wojciech WarskiVice President, Social Dialogue Council; President, Business Centre Club Graduate of Warsaw Institute of Technology, where he received the Ph.D. title in computer science. Since 1990 – owner and manager of SOFTEX DATA SA, an IT company. Holder of numerous awards for introducing innovative solutions and technologies to the Polish market, including the Mazowsze Region Company of the Year title for the IT sector. Since mid-90s strongly involved in activities of business organizations, BCC expert, since 2007 – Chairman of the BCC Convent; since 2008 – member of the Tripartite Commission for Social and Economic Affairs and currently – Chairman of this Commission. Minister for Foreign Promotion of Entrepreneurs in the BCC Economy Shadow Cabinet established in May 2012.
Gedeon W. WernerPresident of Aquarius Management Gedeon W. WernerPresident of Aquarius Management He combines successfully international, Polish-American business experience with academics. Since 2011 he is the President of Aquarius Management, where he oversees the creation and implementation of portfolio strategies, implementation of operational plans and investor relations with business partners. Between 2004 and 2011, he was Chairman and Founder of Workforce Innovations and implemented international projects financed by the European Union and the Government of the United States aimed at effective local economic development and the development of the SME sector in Central and Eastern Europe And Asia. Between 2000 and 2004, while he was working for Worldwide Strategies as Deputy Director, he was responsible for initiating and implementing labor market development programs, has gained strategic partnerships with government, academia, non-profit and business organizations (U.S., Poland, Central and Eastern Europe, Kazakhstan and Tanzania). He has many years of international academic experience. As a representative of the Robert H. Smith School of Business, the State University of Maryland was co-founder and first Executive Director at the Polish-American Center of Management at the Faculty of Management at the University of Lodz. He created and managed management training programs (MBA programs in Central Europe). He developed the concept and supervised the implementation of the "Center of Excellence in Management Education" program in Russia. He initiated and co-created new partner academic programs with the University of Bocconi and the University of Udine in Italy and the University of South Carolina, USA. He is author and co-author of publications in the field of labor market, cooperation with ethnic minorities, twice awarded the Medal of Honor for merit in the field of Science and Education. He is graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA and Grand Valley State University.
Prof. dr hab. inż. Sławomir WiakRector, Lodz University of Technology Prof. dr hab. inż. Sławomir WiakRector, Lodz University of Technology Rector of the Lodz University of Technology since 2016. An outstanding scientist, experienced leader of the academic life, initiating the university-business co-operation. When performing his administrative and organisational functions, Professor Wiak participated in interdisciplinary development projects: programmes, analyses and strategic studies on the regional, national and international level. Graduate of the Faculty of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Control Engineering of Lodz University of Technology. Director of the Institute of Mechatronics and Information Systems since 2007; Dean of the Faculty of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Control Engineering between 2008 and 2012; Vice-Rector for Education of Lodz University of Technology between 2012 and 2016. Author of more than 400 scientific papers and 18 monographs. Professor Wiak collaborates with numerous academic centres abroad, e.g. universities in Southampton, Pavia, Arras, Athens, Maribor, Coimbra, Vigo, Maribor and Prague.
Alicja WojciechowskaCo-owner of Alles Company Sp. z o.o. Alicja WojciechowskaCo-owner of Alles Company Sp. z o.o. Alicja Wojciechowska runs Alles – a family business specialising in design, manufacture and distribution of lingerie for women at every age, meeting every need in their life. Alles is the naming rights and strategic sponsor of the ALLES BASKET GŁOWNO women’s basketball club. The company is an active participant of the life of organisations, institutions, schools, associations and foundations working for the local community. The YOUNG ENTREPRENEURSHIP CREATOR competition for all schools of the town and commune of Głowno is one of the major initiatives. As the competition initiator, ALLES is also the founder of awards for students with outstanding entrepreneurial talents. Alicja Wojciechowska identifies herself with the words of Albert Einstein: “Only a life lived for others is worth living.” Personal achievements: DONATOR OF THE YEAR nomination; Silver Badge of the Polish Association of the Blind; Gold Badge of the Polish Association of the Blind; a title awarded by the City Council for outstanding merits for the Town of Głowno; Bronze Cross of Merit awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczyński; the WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AMBASSADOR title; Silver and one year later Gold Badge of Honour of the Lodz Basketball Association; Silver Cross of Merit awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski; the Extraordinary Woman title; the Good Style Ambassador title; the Entrepreneurial Woman of the Lodzkie Region title; the Charismatic Woman title; the Charismatic Personality of the Fashion Year 2016 title.
Hanna ZdanowskaMayor of Lodz Hanna ZdanowskaMayor of Lodz Hanna Zdanowska was born in Lodz. She is a graduate of the Lodz University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, field of study: Environmental Engineering. After graduation she was involved in the construction of housing estates in Lodz – Retkinia and Radogoszcz and was running a clothing factory. Over a six year period, she was a director of Lodz Chamber of Industry and Commerce. In 2006, Hanna Zdanowska was elected a member of the City Council and thereafter nominated Deputy Mayor of Lodz. She was responsible for education, sports and EU funds. In autumn 2007 she was elected to the Sejm as a representative of the Civic Platform. She was deputy chair of the “Friendly State” Extraordinary Committee for the reduction of bureaucracy. On 13 December 2010, after successful election, Hanna Zdanowska was sworn in as Mayor of the City of Lodz. She was elected for the second term of office by the residents of Lodz in the first round of the election on 16 November 2014 and re-sworn in on 1 December 2014.
Bożena ZiemniewiczPresident and General Director of British Center, expert of the Polish Accreditation Commission for employers Bożena ZiemniewiczPresident and General Director of British Center, expert of the Polish Accreditation Commission for employers Economist, graduate of the Faculty of Sociology and Economics, University of Lodz, in foreign trade, graduate of the Academy of Foreign Affairs diplomacy programme, NLP practitioner (Richard Bandler certificate), coach, social activist involved in the work of development services sector self-government within the Polish Chamber of Training Companies (Deputy Chairperson and Representative in Lodzkie Region) and business self-government as Deputy Chairperson of the Lodz Chamber of Industry and Commerce and V-ce President of the 500-Lodz Club - Association of Business Owners, Presidents and Directors. Expert of the Polish Accreditation Committee, representing employers. VIP Graduate of the University of Lodz. President and General Director of BRITISH CENTRE school of foreign languages and Cambridge English Language Assessment Authorised Centre – a holder of numerous awards, including the Lodzkie Region Business Award; EuroCertificate 2007 and 2010; the SOLID BRAND certificate – Company of the Year 2010 PRIMUS INTER PARES; Gepard Biznesu (Business Cheetah) 2012, the Science Friendly Company 2014, the Best Quality 2015 and the DEKRA Development Srvices Standard 2.0 quality mark. Women Entrepreneurship Ambassador 2014. President of the Lifelong Learning Association. Member of the Lodz Branch of the Polish Economic Society. Holder of the Golden Flipchart – a merit award for services to the training companies environment; Woman of the Year 2011, the “Woman Creates” 2012 award for creativity and inspiration, winner of the “Entrepreneurial Woman of the Lodzkie Region 2014” contest, holder of the “Businesswoman of the Year 2014” title awarded by the Businesswoman & Life magazine. Nominee for the Lodzkie Region Manager of the Year 2015 title. Holder of the Bronze Cross of Merit awarded in 2016 and the Golden Badge of Honour awarded by the National Chamber of Commerce in 2015.
Marek ZuberPolish economist, financial market analyst, expert and financial advisor Marek ZuberPolish economist, financial market analyst, expert and financial advisor Financial and capital structure consultant. Marek Zuber studied at the Faculty of Finance and Banking of the Cracow University of Economics and at the Faculty of Electronics, Automatics and Computer Science of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow. After graduation he worked as an analyst and economist at BPH (Bank Przemysłowo-Handlowy) and – following the merger – at BPH PBK. Thereafter, he started a freelance activity in such fields as macro-economic and market forecasts, business analyses and finance management. Furthermore, he gained his professional experience as Chief Economist at TMS Financial Services and TMS Brokers, Chief Economist at Internetowy Dom Maklerski S.A. and lecturer at Toyota Academy. He lectures at Kozminski University MBA programme. Member of many supervisory boards. Member of the Eurocash Academy scientific council. Has been appointed Chief Economic Advisor to the Polish Prime Minister - Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz and was awarded the prestigious „Political adviser of the year” title.