Day 1

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9:30-10:00          Registration

10:00-10:10         Introduction

10:10-10:15          The reading of a letter from the President of the Republic of Poland,
Andrzej Duda to the Guests of “European Executive Forum”

10:15-10:45          Opening Speech of the Special Guest: Chris Lowney – Economist and writer, former Jesuit and managing director of J.P. Morgan

10:45-12:00          Plenary Session:  „EUROPEAN ECONOMIC DREAM?”

„Who cannot look far away, will have trouble near” – Confucius

  • Excessive indebtedness of European economies. Would Europe survive another crisis?
  • What will the excess of global financial systems and economic growth at any cost lead to?
  • Governments as players in national capitalism system. Is it a disruption for economic management rationality in Europe?
  • What can Europe offer to the world? Chances in the race against economic powers worldwide – what should be developed,and what should be ceased?

Discussion host: Marek Tejchman – Vice-editor in chief of “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” (“Daily Law Journal”)

  • Aleksander Kwaśniewski – President of the Republic of Poland 1995-2005
  • Paddy Miller – Professor, IESE Business School, Barcelona
  • Prof. Witold Orłowski – Rector of Vistula University, PwC Chief Economic Adviser in Poland
  • Juan de Porras Aguirre – Board Member at Bank Zachodni WBK S.A., Head of Global Corporate Banking
  • Prof. Tomasz Szapiro – Rector, Warsaw School of Economics

12:00-13:00           Lunch

13:00-13:30           Speech – Prof. Paddy Miller – Professor, IESE Business School, Barcelona

13:30-14:45           Session II: DIGITAL REVOLUTION

„It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity” – Albert Einstein?

  • Technology – a destroyer of existing economical and social order. Can breakthrough solutions convulse markets and will the „barons of innovation” rule the world?
  • New revolution – gigantic outburst of data. Does the future leadership mean perfection in data management?
  • Customer experience in the digital era – how to effectively communicate in a world, with rapid outburst of information?
  • Will leadership in the digital era change the management structures to be more flat, without redundant bureaucracy and hierarchical ladder?

Discussion host: Wawrzyniec Smoczyński – Managing Director of Polityka Insight

  • Sylwia Bilska – Commercial Director at PayU for Poland and Central Europe, PayU Board Member
  • Tomasz Czechowicz – Founder and Group Managing Partner, MCI Capital
  • Agnieszka Hryniewicz-Bieniek – Country Director, Google Poland
  • Maciej Nuckowski – GDO Services and Operations Director, Xerox Global Document Outsourcing
  • Jacek Socha – Vice Chairman, PwC in Poland

14:45-15:15           Coffee break

15:15-16:30          Session III: „ETHIC PAYS” – VALUE-BASED LEADERSHIP

„Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law” – Immanuel Kant

  • Does virtue make money for itself? Why do narrow economic criteria fail in the view of difficult decisions?
  • What does the pragmatic business ethics mean? Where are the boundaries of moral compromise?
  • Value-based leadership – the only durable form of building companies, which can endure even in difficult times?
  • Why are leaders particularly required nowadays to have Moral Quotient (MQ)?

Discussion host: Wojciech Surmacz – Editor in Chief of Gazeta Bankowa


  • Rafał Gołębiewski – General Director, Elavon Poland
  • Chris Lowney – Economist and writer, former managing director of JP Morgan
  • Piotr Mirosław – CEO and Managing Director Lyreco Polska S.A.
  • PhD. Bolesław Rok – Associate Professor, Business Ethics Centre, Kozminski University
  • Arkadiusz Wójcik – Head of IM (IT & Mobile), Samsung Electronics Poland

19:00                      Networking with Polish Vodka Association

19:30                      European Leadership Gala: 

  • Banquet and concert of „Just like Jazz” band


Day 2

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9:30-10:00           Registration

10.00-10.30         Speech – Prof. Patrick Barwise – Emeritus Professor of Marketing and Management at London Business School


„Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship…the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” – Peter Drucker

  • Innovation – just a word? Why isn’t Europe an innovation leader? What areas should we invest in?
  • To be a capitalist in innovative economy – financing innovations in Europe, USA and Asia
  • Industry of knowledge – effective academic education of leaders of European economies
  • Are enterpreneurship and innovation main factors deciding about competitive advantage?

Discussion host: Andrew Wrobel – Editor in Chief,  Emerging Europe


  • Jean-André Barbosa – Director for the Central Eastern Europe, AREVA
  • Patrick Barwise – Emeritus professor of management and marketing at London Business School
  • Piotr Kasak – Central Eastern Europe TGB Cluster Leader, Oracle Poland
  • Dr Adam Czyżewski – Expert/Chief Economist, PKN Olen
  • Tomasz Piec – Member of the Board, Synthos S.A.

11:45-12:30           Lunch

12:30-13:00           “Smart Power Leadership” Prof. Rafał Ohme – Founder of NEUROHM and INEMO


„Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” – Steve Jobs

  • System of innovating organizational structures on the example of European companies
  • The role of leadership in creating innovation. The leader as a catalyst for change in the company
  • The impact of innovation on competitiveness. Who manages to win the race for customers and markets?
  • Innovations in the organization – what are the obstacles? Identification of unfavorable factors

Discussion host: Magdalena Dziewguć – Head of Google for Work

  • Francois Colombie – Chairman Chairman Auchan Poland and Ukraine
  • dr n. med. Dorota Hryniewiecka-Firlej Country Manager and Global Innovative Pharma Business Poland Lead in Pfizer
  • Rafał Federowicz – Director of Platforms and Technology Department, T-mobile
  • Andreas Klugescheid – Head of Steering Government and External Affairs, Sustainability Communications, BMW Group
  • Michał Skowronek – Head of Market Development for CEE at MasterCard Europe

14:15-14:45           Coffee break


„You see things; and you say „Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say, „Why not?” – George Bernard Shaw

  • How do visionaries create organizations beating competition, market changes, generation changes and technology revolutions?
  • How to build innovative culture and find a team to effectively launch and implement the maddest ideas and visions?
  • Why do so few Poles have the winner instinct? Does Polish culture block go-aheadness?
  • Do corporations help entrepreneurship develop? Or is it a condition sine qua non for its further progress?

Discussion host: Wiktor Pilarczyk – Chief Commercial Officer, Polska Press Group

  • Rafał Chwast – CFO, Member of the Board , Nowy Styl Group
  • Przemysław Kurczewski – President of the Board, EmiTel
  • Krzysztof Pawiński – Co-founder and co-owner, Maspex Wadowice Group
  • Piotr Płoszajski – Warsaw School of Economics
  • Marek Włodarczyk – Member of the Management Board, URSUS S.A.

16:00-18:00         Executive Banquet & Networking


Conference host:
Richard Stephens – Founder & Editor in Chief of Poland Today