barbosaJean-André Barbosa

Director for the Central Eastern Europe, AREVA

He worked seven years in different positions in the Trade and Energy Directorates of the European Commission, dealing with Poland and Eastern Europe. Later, he was Saint-Gobain Packaging managing Director for CIS.

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He is an alumni from the Ecole des Mines de Paris and the Corps des Mines.


bieleckiJan Krzysztof Bielecki

Chairman of the Partners Board, EY Poland

Former Prime Minister of Poland, Minister for European Integration, co-founder of the Liberal-Democratic Congress and Freedom Union, and the Executive Director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
in London, Jan Krzysztof Bielecki has been active on the political and economic stage for over two decades.

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He was the President and Chief Executive Officer at Pekao Bank S.A. from October 2003 until January 2010. From 2008 until 2013 he was a Member of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum. In 2013 Ministry of Culture and National Heritage extended his membership in the Board of Trustees until 2018.

In November 2009 he was appointed as the President of the Polish Institute of International Affairs Council (PISM). It is a leading and independent think-tank that conducts original, policy-focused research. PISM provides advice to all branches of government and contributes to wider debates on international relations in Europe and beyond.

In March 2010 he was nominated by Prime Minister Donald Tusk as the Chairman of the Economic Council and served until December 2014. The primary task of it is to provide the Prime Minister with an independent and objective opinions both on the current and planned government activities. Another objective of the Council is to assess Poland’s socio-economic situation in comparison with other emerging as well as developed economies. In January 2015 Mr Bielecki joined EY Poland as Chairman of the Partners Board.

And also since 2010 he has been holding lectures at the Gdańsk University.
In 2010 President Bronisław Komorowski awarded Jan Krzysztof Bielecki the highest decoration in Poland Order of the White Eagle. In the same year Minister of Foreign Affairs awarded him the civil decoration “Bene Merito”. In 2013 The Slovak Atlantic Commission and the Czech Euro-Atlantic Council Jagello 2000 awarded Mr Bielecki for his contribution to freedom and democracy-building in Central Europe. The award also celebrates those who keep inspiring us with their wisdom and vision.

Mr Bielecki started as an economic lecturer at Gdansk University in 1973, but lost his job in 1981 as a result of his anti-Communist political views. As an Advisor to key Solidarity figures in the early 1980s, Mr Bielecki organised economic publications and was involved in the historic strike at the Gdansk shipyard in 1981. During the first half of the 1980s, Mr Bielecki continued to play an active role in the then illegal “Solidarity” – publishing underground political materials and acting as liaison officer for the executive committee of the underground Solidarity. During this period Mr Bielecki contributed to the formation of Solidarity’s economic policy by developing a market-based approach as an alternative to Poland’s communist state planning.

From 1982 to 1985 Mr Bielecki worked as a lorry driver. And then from 1985 to 1990 Mr Bielecki was the Chief Executive Officer of ‘Doradca’ – a consulting co-operative in Gdansk. ‘Doradca’ was founded in 1985 by members of Solidarity as a vehicle to both earn a living beyond state enterprises and provide support for Solidarity resistance activities.

Following the fall of communism, the first fully democratic presidential elections took place in 1990 and the newly elected President Lech Wałęsa requested Mr Bielecki to form a government. The Parliament voted Jan Krzysztof Bielecki into the position on 5th January, 1991. Mr Bielecki’s cabinet successfully negotiated foreign debt reduction and the European Community Association Agreement. The government resigned after democratic parliamentary elections in December 1991.

Mr Bielecki had also been the Chairman of the Liberal-Democratic Congress, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee in the Lower Polish Parliament and the Chief Delegate of the Polish Parliament to the European Parliament until July 1992, when he was nominated as a Minister for European Integration in the new coalition government of Ms Hanna Suchocka.

In December 1993 Mr Bielecki was appointed to the Board of Directors at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. He was responsible for the EBRD’s activity in Poland, Bulgaria and Albania. Form 1993 until 1997 Mr Bielecki was the President of the Polish Equestrian Association.

Mr Bielecki has published a number of articles for both Polish and foreign specialist newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, Europe’s World, Rzeczpospolita, Gazeta Bankowa, Gazeta Wyborcza, Wprost, Tygodnik Powszechny, Die Welt to name but a few. He is co-author of the books: “Histoire de l’Europe” published in Paris (1997) and also “Value-based management in a public company” published in Warsaw (2012).


ronaldbRonald Binkofski

General Manager, Microsoft Sp. z o.o.

Ronald Binkofski has nearly 20 years of experience in the IT industry. He joined Microsoft Poland in 2006 and successfully built best-in-class D&PE and M&O teams in the Polish subsidiary. In 2010 took over the role of General Manager for Romania in October 2010. From January 2013 General Manager of Microsoft Poland.

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Prior to joining Microsoft, Ronald Binkofski spent close to 10 years at Software AG Germany, where he started as software engineer working in R&D, and then moved to various leadership roles within the Central and Eastern European region, culminating in his last position as Area Manager for CEE with full responsibility for the region’s operations.

Ronald has a dual citizenship – German and Polish. He studied Mathematics at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and the Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland). His hobbies are golf, tennis and playing the guitar. When he’s not working Ronald Binkofski enjoys spending time with his family.

blocherDariusz Blocher

President of the Management Board, Chief Executive Officer of Budimex

Graduated from the Faculty of Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering at the Czestochowa University of Technology, and from IESE Business School in Barcelona (Advanced Management Program). Following his graduation, Dariusz Blocher was employed at the Ahlstrom – Fakop Industrial Boiler Factory.

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In 1993 – 1994 he worked at „Proman” s.c., a distribution company in Katowice, as a Branch Manager. From May 1994 to February 2002: Pepsi Co. Poland, preforming successively the functions of: Sales Department Manager of Silesia, Human Resources Officer in the Sales & Distribution Department; from September 1998: Human Resources Officer at Pepsi Cola Poland manufacturing plants and headquarters. From 2002 he was a member of the Management Board, HR Management Director at Budimex SA. From November 2007: President of the Management Board, General Manager of Budimex Dromex SA and Member of the Management Board of Budimex SA. He has been President of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of Budimex SA since September 2009.


colombieFrancois Colombie


Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Auchan Poland and Ukraine

34 years working at Auchan, 15 years living in Poland. Until 2007, Managing Director at Auchan Poland

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Positions held outside Auchan:

• President of POHID (Polish Trade and Distribution Organization) 2001-2007
• Vice-President of ECR POLSKA (Efficient Consumer Response) 2005-2007
• Member of the EUROCOMMERCE Directing Committee in Brussels 2003-2007
• President of the French Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Poland 2008-2010
• Member of the International Supervisory Board at the Koźmiński University in Warsaw, where he also used to act as Member of the Board of Trustees
• Vice-president of PKPP Lewiatan Confederation 2004-2007

• Graduated from the Toulouse Business School in 1979


CzarneckiDr Leszek Czarnecki

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Getin Holding

Dr. Leszek Czarnecki was born in 1962, in Poland (EU). Graduated from Wrocław University of Technology with a master’s degree in engineering. Attained a Ph.D. in economics at the Wrocław University of Economics. Graduate of Harvard Business School (AMP). Author of several papers and books on business.

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In 1986, set up a company specializing in diving and heights engineering works – Przedsiębiorstwo Hydrotechniki i Inżynierii TAN S.A.

Among capital market players, Leszek Czarnecki is known for building new companies, making them flourish, and when they become leaders in their industry – selling them, as was the case in 1991 with the European Leasing Fund, one of the first and eventually the most expansive lease companies in Poland. In 2000, the company was floated on the London Stock Exchange.

In 2003, he created Getin Holding, one of the biggest privately held financial groups in Poland, which comprised such units as Getin Bank and Noble Bank. The companies proved to be the fastest growing units in the Polish financial market and quickly conquered the relevant markets. Getin Holding is also very active in banking and lease markets in Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Belarus.

Leszek Czarnecki created and inspired several business projects that achieved spectacular success in the Polish market, such as TU Europa, the second biggest insurance group, Home Broker, the leader in the estate market, Open Finance, the leading financial advisory services provider, LC Corp, the leading real estate developer, or the Sky Tower, the highest building in Poland.

Leszek Czarnecki has been awarded several prestigious awards, both in Poland and abroad. In 1998, he was granted the Wall Street Journal award for the Best CEO in Central Europe as one of the 10 renowned businessmen in the region. In April 2004, the Financial Times recognized Leszek Czarnecki as one of the 25 emerging stars of European business to set up the directions for the development of financial markets. In 2005-2007, he was elected the Player of the Year by the Polish Edition of Forbes. In 2013, he was awarded the special award of the Warsaw Stock Exchange for his passionate and determined creation of new economic projects and visionary leadership in business in the public market. In 2014, Leszek Czarnecki was recognised by the editorial team of the WSE magazine GG Parkiet as the man of the capital market on the 25th anniversary of the democratic changes in Poland.


golebiewskiRafał Gołębiewski

General Director, Elavon Poland

Rafał Gołębiewski, is a widely recognised expert in Polish market in managing international corporations. Currently, he holds positons of both General Director and Head of Business Development at Elavon Financial Services in Poland.

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Since 2011 he has been responsible for sales and financial activity of the Polish subsidiary of Elavon, which is one of the biggest global corporations in the card payment industry.

In a three-year period, the 600-employee Polish branch of Elavon supervised by Rafał, has tripled its revenue. As a natural and highly motivated leader, Rafał, together with his management team, has won and serviced over 20 000 customers to date. Being both disciplined and ambitious in setting personal goals, he influences others using his energy, creativity and dedication to work. He is a visionary in business strategy consistently expanding the business potentials. His insight into the specifics of the organization and customers’ needs results in robust success of his projects. He has extensive experience in change management and business restructuring.

For over 25 years Rafal has been engaged in the European financial and payment industry. Evidenced by his success Rafal has experience in preparation and implementation of business strategies. His expertise includes managing human resources in complex business environments across Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus, Slovakia, Estonia, and Lithuania.
In the past, Rafal has also worked as a Director of Card Payment Business for Central Europe at American Express.
Rafal is a dynamic management strategist, who wins a large spectrum of businesses including partners and banks.


firlejDorota Hryniewiecka-Firlej

Country Manager and Global Innovative Pharma Business Poland Lead in Pfizer

She graduated from the Medical University in Poznań, with a Ph.D. and specialization in internal medicine. She began her professional career in 1996 in Janssen-Cilag as a pharmaceutical sales representative and assumed the role of Specialty Care Business Unit Lead in 2000.


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She built her experience in the pharmaceutical industry over the next years, holding managerial positions in Novo Nordisk and Wyeth. In 2009 she joined Pfizer and became a member of the local leadership team. Since 2013, she has been Specialty Care Business Unit Director. In the second half of 2013, parallel, to Specialty Care BU leadership, she also assumed the post of Market Access Director. At the beginning of 2014, Dorota Hryniewiecka-Firlej was appointed Country Manager and Global Innovative Pharma Business Poland Lead in Pfizer, as well as a member of the GIP European leadership team. In life, she is guided by the rule that people are the most important. Her exceptional ability to motivate employees and manage change helps her increase employee involvement and achieve unique results.

Parallel to an active professional life, Dorota acts for the local community. As a sign of recognition, in December 2013 she received an internal award, granted by Pfizer Polska employees, for her community work. In 2014 Dorota Hryniewiecka-Firlej was ranked 14th out of 50 most influential women in Poland according to a long-established monthly economic “Home & Market” magazine.

Fascinated with European manuscripts, especially Gothic ones, in her free time she pursues her passion – illumination of her own manuscripts using hand-prepared dyes based on medieval recipes she mixes herself. She uses her musical education in the piano as an additional asset in trying to better understand the world, the complexity of the business, herself and other people.

jarczewskiPaweł Jarczewski

President of the Management Board Grupa Azoty S.A.

A graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics, Foreign Trade Faculty, Master of Science in economics and organisation of foreign trade.

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Selected Trainings and Qualifications:
• Harvard Business Review Poland – Elite Leadership Program 2012 – programme of leader development focusing on skills and knowledge of innovation, management and organization as well as strategic marketing,
• Training and examination for members of supervisory boards in companies owned by the State Treasury,
• Numerous trainings on management, marketing and sale.

Work Experience
• since 2013 President of the Management Board of Grupa Azoty S.A.
• 2008-2013 President of the Management Board of Zakłady Azotowe „Puławy” S.A. (currently Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe „Puławy” S.A.),
• 2007-2008 Development Director, CTL Logistics S.A.
• 2007 Self-employed
• 2002-2006 Commercial Director/ Marketing Director, Zakłady Azotowe „Puławy” S.A.
• 1999-2002 Manager of Investment Procurement Department, Zakłady Azotowe „Puławy” S.A.
• 1992-1999 Head of the Acquisition and Coordination Team, Senior Sales Specialist, Assistant to Chief Design Engineer of Export Plants, PROZAP

Moreover, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Grupa Azoty Zakłady Chemiczne „Police” S.A. (since 2013), 2011-2013 a Member of the Supervisory Board of Bałtycka Baza Masowa sp. z o.o., 1999-2005 Mr Paweł Jarczewski was a member of supervisory boards in subsidiaries owned by Zakłady Azotowe „Puławy” S.A.

Additional Information
• Member of the Board in IFA (International Fertilizer Industry Association) for the Western and Central Europe, since 2014,
• Vice-President of the European Fertilizer Manufacturers Association (currently Fertilizers Europe) (2011-2013),
• Member of the Board of Directors in KGHM International,
• Member of the Convents of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS), Lublin University of Technology, Warsaw University of Technology and University of Agriculture in the name of Hugo Kołłataj in Krakow.


andrzej_klesykAndrzej Klesyk

CEO of PZU SA, Poland

Andrzej Klesyk was appointed in December 2007 to the position of the CEO of PZU SA – the largest insurance company in Central & Eastern Europe. Prior to that, in 2003 he joined The Boston Consulting Group in Warsaw as a Partner and the Managing Director, where among other things, he was responsible for cooperating with PZU and for whom he headed up numerous insurance projects.

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He was the founder and CEO of Inteligo – the first, most successful and fastest growing direct banking venture in CEE. Before taking that position he managed the team that built Handlobank – the retail banking division of Bank Handlowy. Between 1993 and 2000 he worked for McKinsey & Co in London. In 1991 he moved to the US where he worked for companies like Kidder, Peabody and Coopers & Lybrand in New York. During years 1989 – 1990 in Ministry of Economic Reform.

He is a graduate of Economy at Lublin Catholic University (Social Sciences Department) and was one of the first Poles to complete two-year studies at Harvard Business School in USA and obtain MBA title.

He is a member of Harvard Business School European Advisory Board and of The Geneva Association – non-profit organization of around 80 Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) from the world’s top insurance and reinsurance companies. He represents PZU in Davos during World Economic Forum.

In October 2009, together with a Minister of Treasury Aleksander Grad was honoured with a special title for financial personality of the year.


Jacek Krawiec prezes  PKN ORLEN 2010Jacek Krawiec

CEO, President of the Management Board, PKN ORLEN

Mr Krawiec is a graduate of the Poznań University of Economics. From 1992 to 1997, he worked for Bank PEKAO SA and Ernst & Young and Price Waterhouse consulting firms. In 1998, he was with the UK branch of Japanese investment bank Nomura plc, headquartered in London, where he covered the Polish market. In 1998-2002, he served as President of the Management Board and CEO of Impexmetal SA.

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In 2002, Mr Krawiec was appointed President of the Management Board of Elektrim SA. From 2003 to 2004, he served as managing director at Sindicatum Ltd London. From 2006 to 2008, he served as President of the Management Board of Action SA. He has also gained a wealth of experience working on corporate supervisory bodies. From June to September 2008, he was Vice-President of the Management Board of PKN ORLEN and – on September 18th 2008 – was appointed the Company’s CEO and President of the Management Board. In March 2014, Mr Krawiec was reappointed as PKN ORLEN’s President by the Supervisory Board for a new three-year term of office. He also serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Unipetrol a.s. and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian company TriOil Resources.


kozlowskiAndrzej Kozłowski

Member of the Board, Unipetrol/Executive Director for Strategy & Project Portfolio Management at PKN ORLEN

Andrzej J. Kozlowski has held the position of the Executive Director for Strategy & Project Portfolio Management at PKN ORLEN since 2009. He also serves as the Member of the Management Board at Unipetrol, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at ORLEN Upstream and the Member of the Board of Directors at TriOil Resources Ltd.

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Andrzej Kozłowski graduated from the WSB – National-Louis University in Nowy Sącz with a BA in Management and Marketing. He also holds an MBA in Corporate Strategy & Industrial Policy from the Maastricht School of Management. Mr. Kozlowski completed several international and domestic management trainings. Prior to his career at PKN ORLEN, for over a decade he was involved in the sectors of telecommunications, new technologies and media. [/toggle]

krawczykDariusz Krawczyk

President of the Board, Ciech SA

He has been the President of the Board of Ciech SA since May 2012. Ciech SA is a company he has successfully carried through a challenging period of restructuring.

Prior to this he managed to achieve a thirteen times increase in value of the Synthos capital group (from PLN 640 million to PLN 6.6 billion) as a President of this group.

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During his professional career he occupied highest management and supervision posts in, among others, Bank Handlowy, PKO BP, Nafta Polska, PKN Orlen, KGHM and PSE.Dariusz Krawczyk is an excellent specialist in crisis management. He has comprehensive knowledge in different fields and is not afraid of changes and challenging decisions.


krzanowskiAdam Krzanowski

President of the Management Board, co-owner of the Nowy Styl Group

Adam Krzanowski is a co-owner of the Nowy Styl Group, 4th largest office furniture manufacturer in Europe. He served as Member of the Management Board from 1993, after which he became the company’s commercial proxy. He was appointed President of the Board in 2009.

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His studies at the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow were interrupted by his trip to the United States where he worked for Whyte company. The time spent in the US was the main driving force that encouraged him to start his own business. The experience he gained allowed him to open a new enterprise. In 1992, together with his brother Jerzy, they decided to register Nowy Styl sp. z o.o., now Nowy Styl Group.

In 1999 Adam Krzanowski was awarded the first prize in competition Young Business Achiever, in the category Top Achievement.

In 2004 the Polish Confederation of Private Employers honoured him with Andrzej Wierzbicki award for creating a thriving company and adhering to the principles of business ethics; in the same year he also received the Kisiel Award for “capitalism in good style”.

In 2014 Adam Krzanowski won the Polish edition of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 award and will be representing Poland at the global competition in May 2015 in Monaco.

His greatest passion is winemaking which he fulfils by running his own vineyards in which he makes his own wine.



Przemysław Kurczewski

President of the Board, Emitel

He graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Law, University of Maryland, USA, and received an MBA degree at the Warsaw University of Technology.


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He has been working for the Telekomunikacja Polska Group (GK TP) since 2002. In 2002-2006, he was one of the persons responsible for developing and implementing TP Group’s wholesale strategy. In 2006, he became the Manager of TP Groups’ Department of Regulatory Relationships. Next, from 2007 to 2008, he has worked as TP Group’s President’s proxy and a member of TP EmiTel Board of Directors. He supported the company in various mission-critical projects related to terrestrial digital TV, mobile TV, backbone network and CDMA. Since June 2008 he has been the Chairman of the Board at EmiTel.

In 2011 he conducted the sale of the company by the Capital Group TP. At the moment EmiTel belongs to Alinda Capital Partners. – american fund. The company is a technical operator at the market of digital terrestrial television DVB-T, launching three first multiplexes.


maciejowskiMaciej Maciejowski

Member of TVN Management Board

Member of TVN Management Board in charge of Business Development. Expert in media and new technologies. Since 2014, a member of the Council for Digitization at the Ministry of Administration and Digitization. Graduate of Warsaw-Illinois Executive MBA, journalism and media management.

arkadiuszmusArkadiusz Muś

President of the Board, Press Glass

Arkadiusz Mus was born in 1962. He is a Master of Law from the University of Silesia in Katowice. He started his business activity in 1992 by establishing PRESS GLASS SA company, which he has since developed into the European leader in the area of glass processing for construction industry. Till present day he remains the sole shareholder of the company.

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Currently also:
a shareholder and a member of the supervisory board of Euroglas Poland company as well as a business partner of Glas Trösch Holding AG with its main seat in Switzerland, the owner of Rosa Private Golf Club in Poland, a 18-hole championship class golf course in Konopiska near Czestochowa, a member of the Polish Business Roundtable.


asterpAster Papazyan

Commercial Director, PayU CEE

Aster joined PayU – a company of Naspers Group – in August 2013. As from 2006 Aster worked at Dell as GM of the Polish branch (responsible for both B2B and B2C) and earlier Head of Sales, where he managed the B2B segment and was responsible for execution of new Go To Market in Poland.

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Prior to this, Aster’s career path led him to being Sales Director at Orange (B2C), in addition he worked with numerous Polish companies, dealing with distribution of FMCG and consumer electronics in CEE mainly and further used to work at the Embassy of Armenia in Poland, where he was responsible for development of business relations between the two countries.

Aster Papazyan is a graduate of Marketing and Management at Kozminski University. In 2010 he also graduated from the prestigious Executive MBA at IMD Business School in Lausanne.


deporrasJuan de Porras Aguirre

Member of Bank Zachodni WBK Management Board in charge of Global Banking&Markets Division

Juan de Porras Aguirre has been working in banking since 1989. In the years 1989-1998 he was employed, among others, with Commerzbank and Lloyds Bank, specializing in the lending market. In 1997-2004, Juan worked for Societe Generale where he managed telecom and energy companies,

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first in Paris and later in Madrid as deputy head of the Corporate&Investment Banking team. From June 2004, he was responsible for building from scratch Rabobank’s Spanish energy and telecom sector portfolio in Madrid, while from October 2005 until January 2007 he held the position of the Senior Director for the energy, oil and gas sector in Royal Bank of Scotland in Madrid. As of January 2007, he was the Managing Director of Global Banking & Markets at Banco Santander and contributed to 25% income growth despite operating in already mature markets of Spain and Latin America.

Juan de Porras Aguirre graduated from Universidad de Granada, holds a master’s degree in law and management. Juan also completed studies at Investment Banking Executive Program at Northwestern University in Chicago.


kingapiecuchKinga Piecuch


CEO of SAP Polska

CEO of SAP Polska (since 2014) – has a degree in economics and extensive management experience in the IT industry. Prior to assuming the management of SAP Poland, for 6 years, she was a member of the board of Xerox Poland, then CEO of the company. She had also worked in senior positions in the Polish branch of IBM (such as Sales Director for SMEs).

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In her career she was responsible, among others, for creating and implementing sales and marketing strategies, the development of partner networks, the development of new sales channels, as well as sales of services in the field of ITO (Information Technology Outsourcing) and BPO (Business Process Outsourcing).


skowronekMichał Skowronek

Head of Market Development for Central Eastern Europe Division MasterCard Europe

He has been associated with MasterCard team since 2007. Prior to his appointment to the position of the Managing Director, he served as the Head of Sales.

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Between 2001 and 2007 he worked at Sygma Bank Polska, where he served as the Sales Director for the Card Department and was responsible, inter alia, for the management of credit card sales.

Michał Skowronek has graduated from the Faculty of Management at the University of Economics in Katowice. In addition, he has completed the Warsaw Executive MBA programme, run by the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) and the University of Minnesota.

Michał Skowronek is a three-time gold medalist of Polish Academic Championship in basketball. He also loves skiing and dogs.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJacek SochaVice Chairman and Partner of PwC in Poland

Jacek Socha is the Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers Securities S.A. as well as the Vice Chairman of PwC Polska Sp. z o.o. He joined PwC in December 2005. Since joining the company he has advised a number of Polish enterprises as well as foreign companies.

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As Minister of State Treasury, in the years 2004-2005, he successfully completed a number of privatization transactions through the Warsaw Stock Exchange, including the biggest IPO in Poland – PKO BP.

As Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Poland, in the years 1994-2004, he participated in the process of creating regulations for the Polish capital market, as well as regulations which adjusted Polish law to the European Union’s regulations. He also participated in the admission process of a large number of companies currently listed on the WSE.

He is the Honorary Member of:
– the Warsaw Stock Exchange,
– the Chamber of Brokerage Houses,
– and the Association of Securities Brokers and Investment Advisors.

He executed essential functions in the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), where, in the years 1998-2000 he chaired the European Regional Committee. He was the Deputy Chairman of the Emerging Market Committee in the years 1996-1998 and Member of the Executive Committee in the years 1994-2000.

Jacek Socha was engaged, from the very beginning, in the creation of Corporate Governance rules in Poland, he is the co-writer of the first rules approved by the Warsaw Stock Exchange in 2002. He is the Member of the Corporate Governance Committee. Jacek Socha is an Arbitrator of the Arbitrary Court acting by the Polish Financial Supervision Authority.

Michal.SolowowMichał Sołowow

Owner; Synthos, Rovese, Echo Investment, Barlinek

For over 25 years he has built a large business group, creating most companies from the scratch (10 start-ups). Others, which were on the verge of bankruptcy, he managed to develop with a completely new quality. Acquisitions are always a trigger for large development projects.
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He has lead the most companies to be listed on the stock exchange. Now the whole group employs over 13,000 people, is established on 3 continents, has 17 factories in 6 countries. The most known companies are Synthos, Rovese, Echo Investment, Barlinek and Komfort. According to the Business Pulse survey Mr. Sołowow enjoys the greatest trust among stock investors.


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Bartosz Soroczyński

Vice President of Lighting Systems for Central & Eastern Europe at Philips.

Previously he was a Country Leader for the Oracle operation in Poland and for over 7 years at IBM he was a Sales Director responsible for the CEE region and next he took a role of a Sales Executive of the Worldwide Service Management Tiger Team.

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He was also a member of the Worldwide Facility Management Steering Committee at IBM responsible for the global Smarter Planet strategy covering also Smarter Cities and Smarter Infrastructure. He was responsible for the most complex and most innovative projects, both regional and global, related to city management, service management, cloud, enterprise asset management, real estate portfolio management and green data centers. He was leading interdisciplinary projects in various market sectors such as transportation, banking, utilities, public and telecommunications.

Most recently at IBM he was responsible for the infrastructure and transportation sector in the growth markets of Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Bartosz Soroczyński graduated from the Wrocław University of Technology. His business career began at PMI Software Ltd., which has been later transformed into Polish Consulting Group, where he, as President & Managing Director had a responsibility for all sales, marketing, operations and projects execution.

In parallel to his work in the IT and services sector, Bartosz Soroczyński was a board member of IFMA Poland – International Facility Management Association, most widely recognized association of the Asset Management sector and professional facility managers development with strong focus on service management, real estate portfolio, property and asset management; from 2007 till 2013 he was the Chairman of this organization.

Visiting lecturer at the Warsaw University and the Warsaw School of Economics in the area of real estate and investment management. Bartosz Soroczyński was a speaker at many international conferences, seminars, workshops and trainings; he is also an author of numerous articles in branch magazines and scientific publications.


szpilWojciech Szpil

President of the Management Board, Totalizator Sportowy

Wojciech Szpil – the President of the Management Board since 17 December 2012. Previously, he was a member of the Company’s Management Board charged with Sales and Marketing. He is a graduate from the Industrial Design Department in the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He was involved in the advertising industry and marketing.

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From 1997 till 2005 he was co-owner and the President of the Management Board in Upstairs sp. z o.o. From 1999 till 2005 he worked for Young&Rubicam Brands Agency Group, the largest advertising agency throughout the world and Poland, where he held the position of the President of the Management Board, among others .


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President of the Board, PESA Bydgoszcz SA

Tomasz Zaboklicki (b. 1958), a graduate in economics at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun and a postgraduate in finance and marketing at the University of Economics in Poznan. In 1983 employed in ZNTK (Rolling Stock Repair Works) Bydgoszcz, at that time state-owned company.

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Since 1998 CEO – Chairman of the Board of the company. After the successful process of privatization, restructuring and renaming of PESA Bydgoszcz SA, Tomasz Zaboklicki heads the company today.


zamaszKrzysztof Zamasz

President of the Board, ENEA S.A.

Doctor of Economics (University of Economics in Katowice). He completed numerous postgraduate studies , among others: nuclear power and electricity markets, heating, controlling and IT. He is the author of many scientific publications.

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Has been directing the Company and the Capital Group ENEA since January 2013. Before joining ENEA, Krzysztof Zamasz worked in Tauron Capital Group – at the beginning he directed the Elektrociepłownia Tychy S.A. and since 2008 was a Vice-president of the Board of Tauron PE S.A. Prior to Tauron he was the President of the Board of Przedsiębiorstwo Energetyki Cieplnej Sp. Z o.o.

He is a member of Advisory Team for system solutions in the energy sector, appointed by the Minister of Economy, he also holds the position of President of The Governing Board of Towarzystwo Obrotu Energią





Bundeskanzler Alfred Gusenbauerdr Alfred Gusenbauer

Chancellor of Austria 2007-2008

Born 8 February 1960 in St. Pölten, lives in Vienna. Dr. Gusenbauer studied Law, Philosophy, Political Science and Economy at the University of Vienna. Ph.D. in Political Science (1987); Dr. Gusenbauer holds an honorary doctorate of the Hertzliah University (Israel) and is Honorary Senator of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

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Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria and member of the European Council (2007/2008)
Leader of the opposition (2000-2007)
Member of Parliament (1993-2007)
Member of the Austrian Senate (1991-1993)
Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (1991-2007)
Chairman of the Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee of the Council of Europe (1995-1998)
President of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (2000-2008)
Vice-president of the PES (since 2000)
Vice-president of the Socialist International (since 1989)
Chairman of Next Left-renewing socialdemocracy (since 2009)
Professor-at-Large at the Brown University Providence/Rhode Island
James Leitner Fellow for Global Affairs at the Columbia University N.Y.C.
President of the Dr. Karl Renner Institute
President of the Austrian Institute for International Studies
President of the Austrian Spanish Chamber of Commerce
CEO of Gusenbauer Projektentwicklung und Beteiligung GmbH
Chairman of Haselsteiner-Familien-Privatstiftung since 29th April 2010
Chairman of the Board of STRABAG SE since June 2010

German, English, Spanish, French, Italian

karpinskiWłodzimierz Karpiński

Minister of Treasury

Born on 16 November 1961 in Puławy. Since 24 April 2013, the Minister of Treasury. Since 23 November 2011, he was the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Administration and Digitization. On 9 August 2011, he was appointed the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Interior and Administration.

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In 2010, he became the head of the Extraordinary Commission for consideration of bills and resolutions relating to flood recovery and prevention. He was the deputy chairman of the Treasury Commission and the chairman of the Special Services Committee.

In 1994-2002, he served as the Vice-President of Puławy. Then, until 2005, he was city councillor as well as a member of the management board of Zakłady Azotowe “Puławy” SA, which during his tenure successfully debuted on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Involved with the administration since 1994.

Graduated from the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology. He also completed postgraduate studies at the Warsaw University and the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in management and EU law.

Member of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland for the fifth, sixth and seventh term.

He is married and has five sons.

kwasniewskiAleksander Kwaśniewski

President of the Republic of Poland 1995 – 2005

Aleksander Kwaśniewski is the former President of the Republic of Poland (1995 – 2005). He was born on the 15th November 1954, in Białogard, Poland. He participated in the famous “Round-Table” negotiations in Poland that finally brought the peaceful transformation of Poland from communism to democracy. A co-founding member and first chairman of the Social Democratic Party of the Republic of Poland.

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He won the presidential elections for the first time in 1995. Co-author of the new democratic Constitution of Poland, which he signed into law on July 16th, 1997. It was under his leadership that Poland finally joined NATO in 1999. He is an active supporter of further alliance enlargement under the “open door” policy. A strong proponent of European integration, Kwaśniewski campaigned for approval of the European Union accession treaty in 2003, and saw Poland become a member on May 1, 2004.


PLJanusz Lewandowski

Chairman of the Economic Council of the Prime Minister

Janusz Lewandowski (born in 1951) – holder of PhD in economics, Member of European Parliament. He was a lecturer at the University of Gdańsk and foreign universities, as well as established the Institute of Research into Market Economy in Gdańsk. In the years 1980-1989, he was an economic adviser to NSZZ “Solidarność”, and in 1988 a co-founder of Liberal Democratic Congress.

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A Member of Parliament of the 1st, 3rd and 4th term, former minister of privatisation in the governments of Jan Krzysztof Bielecki (1990-1991) and Hanna Suchocka (1992-1993). In the European election of 13 June 2004, he became an MEP from the Civic Platform’s list. For two years and a half, he was in charge of the European Parliament’s Budget Committee, and then he took the position of its deputy chairman. In the years 2010-2014, he was the EU Commissioner for Financial Programming and the Budget. In 2014, he was elected to the European Parliament again.


miklosIvan Mikloš

Mr. Ivan Mikloš, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic

Ivan Mikloš is former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic (2002-2006, 2010-2012), Deputy Prime Minister for Economy (1998-2002).
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Minister of Privatization (1991-1992). He co-founded and led a think-tank MESA10 (1992-1998). In 2014 he was appointed as a President of MESA 10 and became Member of the International Advisory Board of National Reform Council of Ukraine and VoxUkraine. He was one of the leading figures of economic transformation in Slovakia. Ivan Mikloš significantly contributed to the entry of the Slovak Republic into the OECD and started an extensive and effective tax reform. He led the government agenda on economic restructuring and fiscal consolidation. The second Dzurinda´s government (2002-2006) gained a very reformist reputation thanks to severe austerity measures, and a comprehensive program of structural reforms (tax, social sector, pension, healthcare, public finance, labour market) backed by Ivan Mikloš. Thanks to these reforms Slovakia was able to join Eurozone in 2009. In 2004 he was awarded by Euromoney the best Minister of Finance of the Year and the top business reformer by the World Bank´s Doing Business report. Ivan Mikloš is the author of the Book of reforms (2005), Rewriting the Rule (2001) and also of dozens of studies and articles in the expert and popular press. During 2006-2010 and from 2012 he is a Member of Parliament.


goranGöran Persson

Göran Persson served as Prime Minister of Sweden between 1996 and 2006

During Sweden’s EU Presidency in 2001, Mr Persson was President of the European Council. He served as Minister of Finance and Minister for Schools in the 1990s before becoming Prime Minister and Party Chairman of the Social Democratic Party.

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As former Prime Minister of Sweden, Göran Persson has a unique and far-reaching experience in Public Affairs, financial markets and international politics, as well as extensive network within international business and politics. He is highly respected for his knowledge of issues including economics, European affairs, sustainable development and challenges to the welfare state.

rosatiProf. Dariusz Rosati

Minister of Foreign Affairs 1995–1997, Member of the European Parliament 2004–2009, Member of the Polish Parliament since 2011

He graduated from the Department of Foreign Trade at the Warsaw School of Planning and Statistics (now the Warsaw School of Economics – WSE). Since 1990 he has been the titular professor at WSE. He is a specialist in the field of macroeconomic policy, European integration, finance and international trade.

[toggle title=”Read more” on=”0″]He founded the Institute of World Economy at WSE.
From 1988-91, he was the director of the Institute of Business Cycles and Foreign Trade, and from ’89-’93, he was a partner at the consultancy firm TKD – Ernst & Young Poland. He is currently a professor at WSE and at the R. Lazarski Graduate School of Business and Law n Warsaw. Between ’91-’95, he was the section chief of countries of Central and Eastern Europe for the UN Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva, and from ’95 to ’97, he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs. From 1998-2004, he was a member of the Monetary Policy Council. He is also a former Member of the European Parliament. Since 1999, he has been a member of the Committee of the Academy of Economic Sciences and the Polish Economic Society (in the latter, he has been a member since 1969). Since 2011, he has been a member of the Bruegel Institute in Brussels.




ciervaSantiago de la Cierva Álvarez de Sotomayor

Professor, IESE Business School

Santiago de la Cierva experience combines the three sides of communications: journalism (as director of a TV news agency), corporate communications both in business and in the non-profit sector, and the academia, teaching institutional communications and crisis management in three universities.

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His current fields of interest are understanding how much communications the top management should know, how to lead the organization with a communications perspective, and developing protocols and best practices for using events as communication channels.


kleiber_120x180Prof. Michał Kleiber

President of the Polish Academy of Sciences

He was the Academy’s President in the years 2007-2010, re-elected for the term 2011-2014. Between 1995 and 2002, Professor Kleiber was the director of the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where since 1986 he has been chairman of the Department of Computational Science and Engineering.

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In the years 1998-2002 he was member of the Academy’s Presidium and between 1997-2001 he chaired the Board for Directors of the Academy’s research institutes.Prof. Michał Kleiber pursues research in theoretical and applied mechanics as well as information science and applied math. The main subject of his research are applications of state-of-the-art computational techniques in different areas of scientific research, technology and medicine – particularly for modeling, analyzing, simulating and visualizing of complex non-linear thermo- mechanics phenomena. In recent years, he has been actively involved in research and promotion of national innovation policies. Professor Kleiber is an author or co-author of over 240 scientific works and 7 books published by internationally renowned publishing houses. He is a member of editorial boards of 17 leading international scientific journals and the editor-in-chief of the prestigious Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering (Springer).

He has also been active in popularizing science by, among others, being a scientific board member for the popular-science journal Wiedza i Życie (Science and Life). Prof. Kleiber is a winner of many awards, including the most prestigious Polish scientific award conferred by the Foundation for Polish Science and the medal granted by the Kingdom of Belgium for innovation achievements. He has been awarded the title of doctor honoris causa by the universities in Lublin, Kraków, Warsaw, Darmstadt (Germany), Mons (Belgium) and The Polish University Abroad, London, U.K. He also holds the ingenieur honoris causa title from the Ecole National d’Ingenieurs in Metz (France). He is a foreign member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Salzburg and member of the Academia Europaea in London. He is a full member of the Warsaw Learned Society.

Prof. Kleiber lectured and did research during long-term stays at a number of renowned universities world-wide: in Stuttgart, Hannover, Darmstadt and Bochum in Germany; Berkeley, CA and Stoors, CN, USA; Tokyo, Japan; Hong Kong, among others.

In the years 1998-2001 Michał Kleiber represented Poland in the EU Joint Research Centre as a member of the Board of Governors and in the “Sustainable Growth” Steering Committee in the 5th Framework Programme. Between 2001 and 2005, he headed the Ministry of Science and Information Technology in the Polish government. From 2002 to 2005, Prof. Kleiber was also the chairman of the Governmental Committee for Offset Contracts. In 2005, he was elected member of the European Research Council (Brussels) and chairman of the European Materials Forum (Strasbourg). In the years 2008 – 2010 he was member of the Governing Council Steering Committee of the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg. He also served as the pro bono science and technology advisor to the President of the Republic of Poland (2006 – 2010).

kozminski_120x180Prof. Andrzej K. Koźmiński

President, Leon Kozminski Academy

Professor Andrzej K. Koźmiński, the founder and the first Rector (1993-2011) and now the President of Kozminski University, chairman of the Board of Trustees of KU, the President of the Board of the International Business School in Warsaw. He is a corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Sciences,. In 1981 – 1987 he was the Dean of the Management Faculty of the University of Warsaw.

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In 1991 – 1996 headed the International Management Center of the University of Warsaw. In 1990 – 1996 prof. Koźmiński lectured at the University of California, Los Angeles, and in 1982 – 1989 at the University of Orlean, France. He has been a Visiting Professor at numerous renowned universities abroad. Prof. Koźmiński is an elected member of the International Academy of Management, of Academie Europeane and Academie des Commerciales in Paris, as well as of the Scientific Society of Warsaw. He was a Deputy President of the Central and the East European Management Development Association, he was a member of the Board of the European Foundation for Management Development based in Brussels and a member of the International Committee of the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business. He is a member of the Presidium of the Organization and Management Sciences Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences and a member of the President’s of the Republic of Poland Advisory Council for Education and Scientific Research.
Also, he is a Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Telekomunikacja Polska SA and a member of the Supervisory Board of Millennium Bank.


obloj_120x180Prof. Krzysztof Obłój

Facultu of Management at the University of Warsaw; Leon Kozminski Academy

Krzysztof Obloj, Ph.D., former president of European International Business Academy, is a distinguished professor of Strategic and International Management and holds chairs of Strategic Management departments at School of Management of University of Warsaw, Poland, and Kozminski University. He has regularly taught Bodo Graduate School of Management in Norway, ESCP-EAP in Paris, and Henley Management College in UK.

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As a visiting professor he spent a considerable amount of time doing research and lecturing abroad, mostly in the USA at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Yale University, Central Connecticut State University and Duquesne University. He is extensively published. He published two books in the US (“Management Systems”, 1993; “Winning: Continuous Improvement Theory in High Performance Organizations”, 1995) and coauthored few in Europe (the most recent Emerging economies and firms in the global crisis, Palgrave Macmillan, London 2012).

He published articles in Journal of Management Studies, European Management Journal, Industrial&Environmental Crisis Quarterly, International Small Business Journal, Cybernetics and Systems: An International Journal, and sseveral Polish journals. His last books published in Poland: “Corporate strategy”, 2007, and ‘Passion and discipline of strategy’ became bestsellers and have already several editions. Professor Krzysztof Obloj is a renown corporate speaker and consultant in Poland and advises numerous Polish and international firms (e.g. LPP, PKN, Asea Brown Boveri, LG, Benckiser, Beiesdorf) in the areas of strategy, structure and organizational culture. He is a member of three supervisory boards of large joint stock companies listed in Poland, and he is an advisor to the President of Poland, B. Komorowski.

ohmeProf. Rafał Ohme

Professor at University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Wroclaw and a visiting professor at Renmin University in Beijing

One of the world’s pioneers in consumer neuroscience, expert in emotions, communication and management.

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Fulbright scholar, awarded by the President and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland and by the Foundation of Polish Science. A member of major marketing, psychological and neuroscientific associations, he publishes in top scientific journals. Reelected board member of Neuromarketing Science and Business Association, an organization to integrate neuroscientists and practitioners from 85+ countries worldwide. He was a speaker at seminars and conferences in over 30 countries on 5 continents.

Founder of NEUROHM – a company to develop new consumer research methods, that are licensed to research companies around the world i.a. in USA, UK, France, China & Japan.


ploszajski_120x180Prof. Piotr Płoszajski

Chairman of the Management Theory Faculty, Warsaw School of Economics

Graduate of the University of Łódź (majored in management, 1971), and Harvard Business School, USA (1973). Research Scholar in Prof. Edgar Schein’s famous Organizational Studies Group at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1980-81).

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Internships at: British Academy, CNRS (France), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Japan Foundation for the Promotion of Science (Chiba Univ.), and other academic institutions. In 1987-1991, Director of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences. In 1993-1998, Director General of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Presently, Professor and Head of the Department of Management Theory at the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH). In 2005-2008, SGH‘s Vice-Rector for International Relations. Also: Chairman of the Polish-Japanese Management Center at SGH; Co-founder and Chairman (1998-2008) of the Warsaw Executive MBA (WEMBA), run jointly with the Carlson School of Management, Univ. of Minnesota, USA. Presently, also, Adjunct Professor in International Business Studies at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, USA. Visiting Professor at the International School of Management, Dortmund, Germany and at the Kiev-Mohyla Business School, Ukraine. Author of over 220 publications, including several books in English. Latest books (2012): “Społeczna dpowiedzialność biznesu w nowej gospodarce” i “Nowe wyzwania globalizacji.

Podziały, homogenizacja i efekt motyla”. Specializing in the future of New Economy, company strategies in Internet-based business environment, CSR 2.0, business model innovation and new marketing for new customer. Lecturer and keynote speaker at numerous academic and business conferences in Western and Central Europe, the U.S., Japan, India and New Zealand. Advising and speaking to executive teams of leading companies (e.g.: L’Oreal, Samsung, HP, PZU SA, PeKaO SA, BreBank, Kredyt Bank, ING, Orlen, Lotos, MasterCard, Microsoft, TP SA, Orange, T-Mobile, P&G, McKinsey, Polbank, Auchan, Lafarge, Ergo Hestia, Nordea, etc.). Member of the Scientific Committee of RESPECT Index at the Polish Stock Exchange. Member of several supervisory boards, e.g. at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi (Poland), and InterCars.

MikeMike Rosenberg

Assistant Professor in the Strategic Management Department of IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain

Professor Rosenberg lectures in IESE’s different MBA programs on Strategy, Globalization, and Sustainability.

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Publishes a weekly blog on these topics under the title Doing Business on the Earth. http://blog.iese.edu/doing-business/

Professor Rosenberg is also the Academic Director for the Advanced Management Program in Media Entertainment, and Leading in a Matrix Organization at IESE’s building in New York City as well as a number of Custom Programs for corporate clients of the school.

Prior to join IESE Business School, Professor Rosenberg was the Automotive Practice Leader of Heidrick & Struggles and before that spent 15 years as a Management consultant in Europe, North America and Asia for A.T. Kearney and for Arthur D. Little.

Professor Rosenberg received his PhD. from Cranfield University, his MBA at IESE Business School, and his Bachelor of Science (Engineering) from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

sedlacekTomáš Sedláček

Chief Macroeconomic Strategist at ČSOB

Tomas Sedlacek (1977) is a Chief Macroeconomic Strategist at ČSOB, one of the largest Czech banks. He worked as an economic advisor to President Václav Havel. He was a member of National Economic Council, advisory body to the prime minister and government.

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He is a member of a group Narrative of Europe commissioned by Manuel Barroso, EU commission president gathering thinkers, artists and scientists. He is a member of a Council of the World Economic Forum (Davos). He is best known for his book Economics of Good and Evil, on philosophy of economics, which has received one of the most prestigious literary prices in economics, Frankfurt book-fair price for the best book on economics in 2012, won second place in French Lire book magazine, and placed on Spiegel bestseller list. The book became a bestseller in many countries and was translated into 14 languages. Tomas is a sought after lecturer, debater and commentator. He has published and co-published a number of books and articles, appeared in TV and radio series. His book has been turned into a theater play which toured many european cities and had over hundred showings.