banaszekArkadiusz Banaszek

Head of Operations, Board Member at ANWIL S.A.

Mr Arkadiusz Banaszek is an experienced manager with a dozen or so years of experience in managing large teams as, among all, General Manager at international corporations from the manufacturing industry. In 1999–2004 he worked at Protect and Gamble and in 2004–2010 he was building Sonoco Poland, first as Technical Director and subsequently as General Manager.

He has recently worked at the City Hall in Łódź and in the Indian concern Essel Propack. Since 29 July 2013 Mr Arkadiusz Banaszek has been Head of Operations/Board Member at ANWIL S.A., overseeing work of organisational teams in his Division (Production, Logistics, Infrastructure, Maintenance, Prevention and Work Safety).

He is responsible for ensuring efficient management using integrated operational management methodology, including maintaining consistent standards across the ANWIL Capital Group and ensuring synergy by setting consistent goals and effectiveness parameters and coordinating investments in the ANWIL Capital Group.

His main areas of competency are management and development of large organisations, process streamlining and optimisation as well as developing strategy and organisational culture. He is experienced in managing investment projects and ensuring quality and safety. He has committed himself on many occasions to change management tasks involving organisational structure, transfer of production processes and building the organisation around specific tasks and values. He has successfully achieved good financial and operational results and managed large teams.

Mr Arkadiusz Banaszek is an automatics and robotics graduate and has completed a postgraduate course in managing large teams.

BaniakRafał Baniak

Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of the Treasury

Rafał Baniak (born 12 February 1976). He graduated from the Faculty of Economics and International Relations at the Cracow University of Economics. In the years 2002-2003, he was an adviser to the Minister of Labour and Social Policy.

Between 2003 and 2004, he was a counsellor to the Deputy Prime Minister and the Acting Director of the Secretariat of the Deputy Prime Minister, Jerzy Hausner.

From 14 May 2004 to 17 November 2005, he held the office of the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Social Policy. During this period, he served as the Co-President of the Council for Public Benefit Works, and the Deputy President of the Insurance and Pension Funds Supervisory Authority. He was also a member of the European Committee of the Council of Ministers. He supervised the work of the following departments: Public Benefit, International Cooperation, Coordination of Social Security Systems, Managing the European Social Fund and Implementing the European Social Fund.

In 2006, he became the Director of the Department of Social Dialogue and Labour Relations at the Polish Confederation of Private Employers “Lewiatan”, and then held a position of an adviser to the President and a deputy to the General Director of the Confederation of Polish Employers serving, inter alia, as the Secretary of the Tripartite Commission for Social and Economic Affairs. Member of the Dublin Foundation.

On 17 December 2007, he was appointed the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Economy. He chaired inter-ministerial teams for foreign investments, for public-private partnership, and for corporate social responsibility. During this period, he represented the government as a member of the Tripartite Commission for Social and Economic Affairs and Joint Commission of Government and Local Government. He was the Co-President of tripartite sectoral teams for social conditions of the steel industry restructuring, for chemical industry, for light industry, and a member of health protection team. At that time, he also held the position of the Vice President of the Council for Promotion of Poland. He supervised the work of such departments as Support Instruments, European Funds, Implementation of Operational Programs, Export Control, Offset, Civil Defence, as well as the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency, and the Material Reserves Agency. Member of the Council of the Polish Tourist Organisation.

Interested in economic policy, corporate restructuring, NGO development, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and social economy.

On 1 December 2011, he was appointed the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Treasury.

bugaj_120x180pxCzesław Bugaj

Head Engineer Director at PKN ORLEN S.A.

A graduate from the Faculty of Chemistry at the Warsaw University of Technology. He completed a postgraduate course at the Warsaw School of Economics in Warsaw in Management in the Chemical Industry and in Enterprise Value Management. He also completed training for Supervisory Board candidates, ended with a state examination.

Throughout his career he worked for Petrochemia Płock and PKN ORLEN. In 1972–1999 he worked at Petrochemia Płock as an operator, Production Department master and subsequently Production Department Manager, Head of Petrochemical Production and Head of Development and Investments.

In 1999–2014 he has worked in PKN ORLEN S.A. as Head of Production, Deputy General Manager of Operations and Development and Efficiency Executive Director. He is presently Head Engineer Director.

He was Board Member of Petrochemia Płock SA in 1993–1999 and PKN ORLEN S.A. in 1999–2002.

dmowskiJarosław Dmowski

Jarosław Dmowski

Partner and Managing Director in The Boston Consulting Group



Jaroslaw graduated from Finance and Banking as well as Quantitative Methods in Economics and Information Systems at Warsaw School of Economics. He holds the degree of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and is a member of CFA Institute.

Prior to joining BCG, Jaroslaw was an expert for mergers and acquisitions in CEE in investment banking industry.

At The Boston Consulting Group Jaroslaw was leading projects in Canada and United States. He heads team of experts for Energy and Industrial Goods Practice Area. Jaroslaw publishes in top national outlets, such as Rzeczpospolita and Forbes on Energy strategy, he participates in key debates on Energy sector at Economic Forum in Krynica and European Economic Congress in Katowice.


dirkDr Dirk Elvermann

President of the Board, BASF Poland

 In the current position since 2012. Former vice-president of BASF for legal affairs in Asia and Pacific. He is responsible for petrochemical joint venture projects with Sinopec (China) and Petronas (Malaysia) and mergers and acquisitions (CIBA, Engelhard).

Doctoral degree. He graduated in law and economics.


Chairman of the Management Board, Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions Poland S.A.

Andreas Golombek, Electrical Engineer, born 1956 in Bytom, Poland, has been living in Germany since 1971. From 1982 worked in Sales & Marketing for electrical drive systems in Germany.

From 1986 worked at AEG as export manager responsible for drive systems and plant engineering for Central Europe, France and South America.

After AEG was taken over by Cegelec / Alstom in 1996 responsible for building of sales structures and foreign companies in Central Europe. From 2002 Managing Director of Cegelec in Poland responsible for setting up of a new company in the area of electrical plant engineering. Since 2006 CEO of Lurgi S.A. After Lurgi was taken over by Air Liquide responsible for integration of Lurgi with the new Group, building of global procurement structure and development of companies in Russia and Ukraine.

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.

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.

profesorJacek Kijeński

prof. dr Jacek Kijeński – President , Association of Engineers and Technicians

krawczykDariusz Krawczyk

President of the Board of 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. 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.

leszkiewiczAdam Leszkiewicz

Chairman of the Management Board and CEO at Grupa Azoty ZAK S.A.

Chairman of the Board in The Polish Chamber of Chemical Industry. Vice President for Industry in The Cracow Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Chairman of the Board in The Pracodawcy RP.

piecTomasz Piec

Member of the Board of Synthos S.A.

Master’s degree obtained at Krakow University of Economics in 1994, major in Management and Marketing. Graduated from the University of Copenhagen, Business Relationship Management in 1992.

D’Orsay Academy of Gastronomy and Wines – 1990. In 1993 during the studies employed at Elector Hotel in Kraków. Since 1994, the Regional Sales Manager at REMY COINTREAU GROUP Polska. In 1995 he began working for COLGATE PALMOLIVE Polska, and since 2001 he has been the Head of Sales at COLGATE PALMOLIVE Adria a.s. in the Balkans. Since 2003 he has been employed at Tchibo Polska as Sales Director in CEE Region.

Since 2004 he has worked for concern SIGMA-KALON DECO Polska Sp. z o. o. at the position of Commercial Director – Management Board Member of the Polish company and in 2007 he was appointed to the position of Management Board Member of SIGMA-KALON Deco Eastern a. s., later called PPG Deco seated in Prague, where he was responsible for work of the corporation’s commercial teams in the Eastern and Central Europe and Africa (EMEA). Since May 2008 he has worked for the Synthos Group as Sales Director and then as a Management Board Member responsible for global sales of the company’s products.


Anna Podolak

Vice President, Grupa Azoty Zakłady Chemiczne „Police” S.A.

Anna Podolak has been involved in collaboration with Grupa Azoty Zakłady Chemiczne „Police” S.A. for over 10 years. Since October 2014 she has been holding the position of company’s Vice President. Prior to the date she was appointed to the Management Board, she had worked as a General Manager of African Investment Group (AFRIG SA) and a Head of Support Area Department of Grupa Azoty Police.

In this Senegalese subsidiary of the Grupa Azoty, since February 2013, her responsibilities comprised preparation and supervision over implementation of so called “a 100 days plan” in all operational fields of the company, including, in particular, the areas of geology and extraction as well as accounting and finance activities.

Since 2012, as a Head of Support Area Department, she monitored and coordinated operations of economic processes such as management of investment performance, logistics and infrastructure. In the period of 2010- 2012 she served as a Head of Strategy and Development Department, being in charge of marketing, investments, technical development, production and technology. She had started her professional career in the Chemical Plant as a technologist.

Anna Podolak graduated from the Szczecin Technical University, Faculty of Technology and Chemical Engineering, with the major: Chemical and Process Engineering, Process IT and obtained her M.Sc. degree back in 1999.

siedlikKarolina Siedlik

Polish-qualified legal advisor, Partner and Head of the Energy Projects Department in CMS

 She has been providing legal services to businesses and entities in the energy sector since 1999. Karolina Siedlik specializes in new investment projects and acquisitions in the energy and heavy industry sectors.

Her experience includes primarily comprehensive advice on the construction and operation of new facilities in power generation, refining and metallurgical plants based on different contractual structures, as well as the development and acquisition of renewable generation projects. She also advises on energy regulatory issues (in particular on interconnection issues, tariffs and licences), and represents clients in disputes with the President of the Energy Regulatory Office. Karolina has assisted a number of our Clients in the preparation and negotiation of various agreements relating to activities in the power, oil and gas sectors, especially energy sales, sale of certificates of origin of electricity from renewable or cogeneration sources, delivery of solid and liquid fuels, and services related to industrial activities in these sectors.

sochaJacek Socha

Vice Chairman and Partner of PwC in Poland

Jacek Socha is a partner in Advisory Department and the Deputy Chairman of PwC in Poland. Jacek was Minister of State Treasury, previously he has been Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

He was a member of the Banking Supervision Commission and the Insurance and Pension Funds Commission. He is currently an honorable member of the Broker&Dealer Association and the Brokerage Houses Association. He has also held important positions in the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and he was the chairman of the European Regional Committee and the Consultative Group (an organization of institutions responsible for the supervision of capital markets in EU accession countries).

sokolowskiMarek Sokołowski

Vice-President of the Management Board Chief Operation Officer, Grupa LOTOS

Mr Sokołowski has held the position of Vice-President of the Management Board of Grupa LOTOS since April 19th 2002, when he was appointed by the Supervisory Board to the Management Board of the 6th term.

Then, in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012 he was re-appointed Vice-President the Management Board by the Company’s Supervisory Board. From establishment of LOTOS Kolej in 2002 to 2009, he was Chairman of the company’s Supervisory Board. Since May 2005 he has served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of LOTOS Terminale S.A. (formerly LOTOS Czechowice S.A.) and since December 2010 – as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of LOTOS Biopaliwa Sp. z o.o.

Responsibilities: management of production, technical, and technology development units; investments related to technical and technological development; supervision of the processing business in the LOTOS Group. Mr Sokołowski graduated from Gdańsk University of Technology (Faculty of Electrical Engineering), completed a post-graduate course in industrial investments and a number of management courses in Poland and abroad.

He has worked at Grupa LOTOS S.A. (formerly Rafineria Gdańska S.A.) since 1973. In 1990, Mr Sokołowski was appointed to the Management Board and took the position of Technical Director, in charge of plant engineering and execution of investment projects. At the end of 1994 and beginning of 1995, he participated in the development of the ‘Technical Development Programme for Rafineria Gdańska S.A. until 2000’, designed to increase the refinery’s annual crude processing capacity from 3m to 4.5m tonnes, and to construct conversion installations, including the hydrocracking unit. From 1996, he managed execution of the Programme until its completion at the end of 1999.

In mid-2000, he resigned from the Management Board and until April 2002 held the position of Chief of Technical Services; also served as the Company’s commercial proxy. In April 2002, he was appointed Vice-President of the Management Board of Grupa LOTOS S.A. In 2004-2011, he was responsible for refinery expansion as part of the 10+ Programme (formerly the Comprehensive Technical Development Programme), officially launched in August 2007 by laying the cornerstone for the diesel oil hydrodesulfurization (HDS) unit.

Once completed, the 10+ Programme considerably increased the refinery’s crude processing capacity, depth of crude processing, and feedstock flexibility. Completion of the 10+ Programme placed Grupa LOTOS S.A. in the elite group of the most advanced refineries in Europe.

In recent years, he initiated the Operational Excellence Programme and a project involving connection of the refinery to the gas distribution network. Currently, he is engaged in development of the petrochemical complex as part of the joint effort of Grupa LOTOS S.A., Grupa Azoty S.A. and Polskie Inwestycje Rozwojowe S.A.

szelenbaumPiotr Szelenbaum

Partner, law firm White & Case

 Mr. Piotr M. Szelenbaum focuses on corporate law, in particular mergers and acquisitions, and capital market transactions. His experience in serving companies from the chemical sector includes advice on structuring and conducting public offers of securities, including introducing shares to trading on the Warsaw Stock Exchange,

as well as acquisitions and disposals of packages of shares of companies already listed on the stock exchange. He has often represented the State Treasury in negotiations with foreign investors and Polish entities regarding protection against hostile takeover attempts. For many years, Mr. Szelenbaum has been recommended by international rankings such as Chambers Global and Chambers Europe in the category of Corporate/M&A. This year, the Legal 500 EMEA ranking mentions Piotr M. Szelenbaum in two categories: Capital Markets and Corporate/M&A.

ilonawIlona Wołyniec

Managing Director of Strategic Clients and Project Finance Division in PKO Bank Polski SA.

Ilona Wołyniec graduated from University of Gdańsk. She is a lawyer and the legal counsel. She is active in the financial sector for 20 years. She specializes in structuring the financing for the investments and M&A transactions.

She organized a lot of financing for the biggest Polish companies, using a variety of financial instruments such as issuing bonds, investment loans – bilateral and syndicated ones. She is Managing Director of Strategic Clients and Project Finance Division in PKO Bank Polski SA. She was involved in the preparation of financing for many projects in the sectors such as energy, telecommunications, chemicals, infrastructure and real estate, as well as the public sector and utilities.

janusz_wisniewskiJanusz Wiśniewski

Vice-chairman, Polish Chamber of Commerce

Graduate of the Foreign Trade Faculty at the University of Lodz , a scholar of the Princeton University – The Graduate School, participant of various management programs i.a. at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and at the University of Chicago Graduate School.

In the years 1990-2009 he held following positions: Vice President and CMO of Zaklady Azotowe in Tarnow-Moscice, Vice President and then President & CEO of Zaklady Azotowe in Kedzierzyn-Kozle, Vice President & COO and acting CEO of PKN Orlen S.A., partner at Ernst & Young Poland, Business Advisory (oil, gas, chemicals), Vice President of DGA S.A. In the years 2004-2008 he was President of the Board of the Oil and Gas Engineers Association SITPNiG Currently he runs his own consultancy company Janusz Wisniewski Business Solutions. He is also President of the Polish-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of World Petroleum Council and The Oil Council.


zielinskiTomasz Zieliński

President of the Board. Polish Chamber of Chemical Industry

He was graduated at the Technical University of Warsaw, Faculty of Construction, Mechanics and Petrochemical Industry, chemical technology specialization, in Płock and Engineering School in Horsens, Denmark. He was also granted Master of Business Administration at the University of Illinois.

In 2004-2006 he was employed by PKN ORLEN SA on the manager positions. Till 2009 he was the owner of the company offering business advisory services. At the same time he was also Managing Director in the Centre of Innovations and Technological Investments and Director of Department of Technological Investments at AKJ Capital SA (2006-2007).

In 2007-2008 he was a partner in the Energy Studies Institute. He has continued his professional carrier in DGA SA as a Director of Strategic Projects in Business Advisory Department (2008-2009). In 2009 he became as a Vice President of Board and Strategy and Development Director of Chemical Company “Police” SA.

In 2010-2013 he has worked again for the ORLEN Group, being Executive Member of the Board and Director on Strategy and Operations in Anwil S.A. On the turn of 2012-2013, he was President of the Board of Chemeko Sp. z o.o., belonging to Anwil Group. Since 2011 he was a Member of the Board of the Brussels based organization Fertilizers Europe. Actually, since June 2013, he is a President of the Board of the Polish Chamber of Chemical Industry.