Executive Innovation Forum

On 17 June at the Sheraton Grand Warsaw Hotel the 9th edition of Executive Club – Executive Innovation Forum took place. The substantive part of the event included three panel discussions and six speeches, and in the evening, during the Gala, the results of two competitions “Diamonds of Innovation” and “Sustainable Economy Awards” were announced. The announcement of winners was followed by an evening banquet.

The conference was inaugurated by the speech of the Guest of Honour, Marek Niedużak, PhD, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Development, Labour and Technology. The speaker pointed out that the economy should be opened to new solutions, emphasizing that an estimated 2/3 of economic growth in developed countries is associated with the implementation of innovations. The Undersecretary of State also drew attention to the fact that…

Special guests

Dr. Marek Niedużak

Dr. Marek Niedużak

Undersecretary of State at Ministry of Economic Development, Labour and Technology

He comes from Opole. He studied law at the Jagiellonian University and the University of Cambridge. He is a doctor of law and an attorney specializing in civil and commercial law. On October 19, 2020, he was appointed deputy minister of development, labor and technology. In the ministry, he is responsible for the area of ​​regulation and legislation. Previously - from December 2019 - he was the deputy minister of development. In particular, he supervised legislative work on the act on the so-called Of the Small Social Insurance Institution (ZUS), and coordinated work on the acts known as the so-called the first and fourth government anti-crisis shield. In the previous term of the Sejm - from February 2019 - he was the deputy minister of entrepreneurship and technology. He was responsible, inter alia, for work on the act on counteracting payment backlogs; an amendment to the Commercial Companies Code, introducing a new type of commercial company - Prosta joint-stock company; The Friendly Law Package and the new Public Procurement Law. M. Niedużak has many years of experience in working with leading law firms. As an attorney at law, he cooperated with, inter alia, with the Sejm Analysis Office. He lectured at the Law College of the Kozminski University and lectured on economic law. He is a member of the supervisory board of Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego. He belongs to the Polish Association of Economic Analysis of Law and the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Poland. He sits on the board of the Abraham Jakub Stern. He is a fellow of the Polish Economic Institute.

Magnus Penker

Magnus Penker

CEO & President Innovation 360, Director-Level Consultant

Magnus Penker is an entrepreneur and Internationally-renowned expert on innovation, digitization, and business transformation. He has also launched 10 startups as well as acquired, turned around, and sold over 30 SME companies all over Europe. Author of the book "Play Bold: How to Win the Business Game Through Creative Destruction". For the past 8 years, he has used his practical and theoretical insights to develop InnoSurvey™, the leading methodology and global innovation database used to analyze and provide advice to companies, business leaders, and scientists around the world. Mr. Penker is the CEO and Founder of the Innovation360 Group, presently consult in many countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Portugal, Dubai, and Qatar. Some Areas of expertise • Innovation management • Business modelling and strategy • Disruptive technology • Digitalisation, e-business and omni-channel • Business transformation Education • MBA, Henley Business School, UK • BSc Computer Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden • Doctoral studies at Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden • Research projects and studies at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Germany

Panelists

PANEL 1: Digital Business Transformation

Sylwia Bilska

Sylwia Bilska

General Director, Edenred Polska

A dynamic business leader who is successful in technology, eCommerce and Payments. For over 15 years, it has been commercializing digital and digitizing businesses in developed and developing markets. She gained experience in the departments of marketing, sales and strategy; lawyer by education, graduate of the European Executive MBA. She worked at the C-level for companies such as Tesco Central Europe, PayU Poland and Central Europe, Avon, Philip Morris and Oriflame. Member of supervisory boards of technology and fintech companies and a member of the management board of the Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications. He has been supporting women and start-ups with mentoring since 2012; awarded the Digital Champion Award by the Forum of Digital Business Leaders in 2016 and the Charismatic Leader award of WhyStory in 2017.

Ireneusz Borowski

Ireneusz Borowski

Country Manager, Dassault Systèmes

Ireneusz Borowski, since July 2019, is a Country Manager Poland at Dassault Systèmes. In this position he is responsible for reinforcing the local presence and expanding the market position of Dassault Systèmes in Poland. He is also responsible for supporting Dassault Systèmes customers in digital transformation as well as business development in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary. Ireneusz Borowski joined Dassault Systèmes in 2008, and to date, as Senior Manager Sales & Business Development Eastern Europe, prepared business development plans for Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and managed the sales in Eastern Europe. Prior to this, as Senior Sales Manager Eastern Europe, Partner Success Management EUROCENTRAL, he steered the sales of indirect channels. Ireneusz Borowski commenced his career in 1998 at AutoR KSI, then he worked as an Account Manager and Special Program Manager in CNS Solutions. In 2000 he joined Premium Technology as a Product Manager and for the following 8 years was engaged at different levels of management. Ireneusz Borowski graduated from Warsaw University of Technology with a degree in automobile and heavy machinery engineering.

Dariusz Kwieciński

Dariusz Kwieciński

President of the Board, Fujitsu Poland

Dariusz Kwieciński has nearly 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Since joining Fujitsu in 2006, he has held managerial positions, including: Service Manager, Service Director, Head of Services and Country Head of Sales in Poland. He is a graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology. He emphasizes that the goal of Fujitsu Polska is to support Polish companies in digital transformation, especially in the three areas that are fundamental to the search for innovation: Data Protection, End User Services and Data Center Transformation.

Dr. Jerzy Kwieciński

Dr. Jerzy Kwieciński

Deputy CEO, Bank Pekao SA

Jerzy Kwieciński is a graduate of Faculty of Materials Engineering of the Warsaw University of Technology and holds a degree of Doctor in the field of technical science. He also completed a postgraduate course for managers at the Warsaw School of Economics and an international Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme run by the University of Antwerp, the University of Staffordshire, the Free University of Brussels and the University of Warsaw. Jerzy Kwieciński also has experience in academic and research and development work, which he gained, among others at the Warsaw University of Technology and as a visiting professor at Brunel University of West London. Jerzy Kwieciński has more than 30 years of international experience in strategic planning, management of large organizations, programs and projects in the public, private, non-governmental and scientific research sectors, including energy sector. From 1993 to 2004, he worked for the European Commission Representation in Poland, where his duties included management of programmes and projects financed by the European Union. He also participated in the works preparing Poland for membership in the European Union. Between 2004 and 2005 he was the President of Europejskie Centrum Przedsiębiorczości sp. z o.o, where in 2008-2015 he acted as a Vice-President of the Management Board. In 2005, Jerzy Kwieciński took a position of the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Regional Development, where he coordinated the national development policy and cohesion policy, including the work on the National Development Strategy for 2007-2015 and the National Cohesion Strategy for 2007-2013. Between 2008 and 2015, he served as President of the Management Board of JP Capital Group sp. z o.o., specializing in preparation and implementation of projects and innovations, including establishing and running start-ups. In that period he was also head of Fundacja Europejskie Centrum Przedsiębiorczości (European Entrepreneurship Centre Foundation). In 2015, he was appointed the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Development. Since 2015, he has been a member of the National Development CouncilIn November 2015, he was appointed the First Deputy of the Deputy Prime Minister in the Ministry of Development. From January 2018, he held the office of the Minister of Investment and Development, and from September 2019 he served also as the Minister of Finance. He held both functions until November 15, 2019. He worked on, among others on preparation and implementation of the Strategy for Responsible Development and implementation of cohesion policy. From January to December 2020 he acted as President of the Management Board of Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo S.A. (PGNiG), he has been a member of the Supervisory Board in TUW Polski Gaz, Europolgaz SA and President of the Board of Directors PGNiG Upstream Norway. Jerzy Kwieciński fulfills suitability requirements determined in art. 22aa of Banking Law Act.

Prof. Grzegorz Mazurek

Prof. Grzegorz Mazurek

Rector of Koźmiński University

Titular professor specializing in strategies for digital transformation of organizations, e-commerce and e-marketing. He is particularly interested in the changes that digitalization processes bring about in the higher education sector. He is also the Director of the Digital Transformation Research Centre – CYBERMAN, a member of EFMD Advisory Board for the Central and Eastern Europe region and a member of the Board of the Forum Management Education Association. Since 2020 he has served as President of the International Advisory Board of the French university ISC Paris. In 2016-18 he was a member of the Council for Digitalization at the Minister of Digitalization. His achievements include several dozen English and Polish chapters, scientific articles, books published in the most important journals and publications on management science in Poland and worldwide, including Cambridge University Press, Emerald Publishing, Routledge, European Management Journal, Business Horizons, he is the author of the book “Digital Transformation”. (PWN, 2019) and editor and co-author of the handbook “E-marketing – planning, tools and practice”. (Poltext, 2018), awarded by the Polish Academy of Sciences. From 2012 to 2020, he held the position of Vice Rector for Foreign Cooperation at Kozminski University, responsible for the overall strategy of internationalisation and marketing of the university. He is also the coordinator of the Koźmiński MBA Digital program and post-graduate studies related to digital economy: Internet Marketing, E-commerce, Business Digital Transformation and Manager in Industry 4.0. He was a visiting professor in such centers as, among others, the University of Warsaw: ESCP Europe, SKEMA Business School and École de Management de Normandie (France), ISCTE (Portugal), Nottingham Trent University (UK), Soongsil University (South Korea), Universidad del Pacifico (Peru), Univeristy of Reykjavik (Iceland). Repeatedly awarded for his publication and scientific achievements. In 2015 he was awarded the LUMEN statuette for university management leaders. In 2017 he was awarded the Eduinspirator (FRSE) statuette for those who are active in the field of education, contributing to positive changes in the environment. In 2020 he was awarded the Star of Internationalisation Award in the research category by the “Perspektywy” Foundation. During his term of office, Kozminski University has been repeatedly recognized as the most internationalized university in Poland. Grzegorz Mazurek closely cooperates with the electronic economy environment, including the Chamber of Electronic Economy, Digital Poland Foundation and Interactive Advertising Bureau. He has carried out projects for such brands as: Nokia, Nikon, Polpharma, Egmont, PZU, Michelin, IKEA, Mars Corp., Vivus.

Mariusz Pełechaty

Mariusz Pełechaty

President of the Board, Koda Bots

Grzegorz Słomkowski

Grzegorz Słomkowski

Member of the Board,
Polish Investment & Trade Agency

Since 2019 Member of the Management Board of Polish Investment and Trade Agency. Resposible for FDI investments and operations of the Agency. Grzegorz Słomkowski has over twenty years of experience in financial and general management, which he gained while working in both international and Polish companies. He began his career at LG when the company first entered the Polish market, he participating in the creation of the company's first structures and first production plants. Then he worked in the Management Consulting Department of Deloitte & Touche. Working on projects related to the implementation of integrated IT management systems, mainly in the financial sector, as well as in restructuring and organizational consulting. Initially, for several years, he was the Financial Director, and later the President of the Management Board of the Japanese JVCKENWOOD, where he was responsible both for Poland and the entire region. He also held managerial functions in the European and global structures of the organization. For eight years, Grzegorz was the Chairman of the Council of the Association of Importers and Manufacturers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment - "ZIPSEE CYFROWA POLSKA" - a non-profit employers' organization associating the largest RTV and IT companies operating in Poland. For four years, he was the President of the Management Board of a company that distributes Clearplex industrial foils from the American MADICO group. As a Certified Change Management and Strategy Advisor to companies and adviser to technology startups. He participated in building startup companies in the field of telematics and insurance. Grzegorz Słomkowski graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Warsaw University of Technology, Executive MBA in Business from the Business School of Warsaw University of Technology / London Business School / HEC Paris / NHH (Bergen), the Faculty of Management and Marketing of the University of Warsaw, MBA studies from the University of Illinois, the Academy of Psychological Leadership at the Warsaw University of Technology.

PANEL 2: Race For Innovation

Magdalena Burzyńska

Magdalena Burzyńska

Managing Director,
Ayming Polska

Managing Director of the Polish branch of Ayming - an international advisory group supporting enterprises in the optimal conduct of operational activities and increasing financial results. She has been working for Ayming (formerly Alma Consulting Group) for over 14 years - first as a Consultant in France, and then as a Consulting Director in Poland. Since 2011, he has been shaping the strategic direction of Ayming Polska. Provides clients with professional support in obtaining financing for innovations (relief for research and development, IP Box, subsidies). Responsible for the concept and implementation of solutions on the Polish market aimed at reducing fees for real estate tax and accident premiums. A graduate of Law at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Management at Université Paris Dauphine, and General Management Program at Harvard Business School in Boston.

Aleksander Jakubczak

Aleksander Jakubczak

Director of 5G Solutions,
Huawei Polska

Aleksander Jakubczak is currently responsible for E2E 5G solution at Huawei CEE & Nordic European Region. Earlier, he was part of the Poland Wireless Network Solution Sales Department. Previously, as a Mobile Technologies Strategy Agency Manager at Orange Poland, he focused on technology strategy related to 5G and IoT. Prior to that, as a Programme Director he was first responsible for strategic analyses delivery on CxO level (COO organization). He was also a Wireless Access Development Director of the then called Orange Labs Poland (today Orange Poland). Aleksander Jakubczak starter his professional career as System Operator and then New Technologies & Service Engineer in OSP Polpager (currently Sferia, part of Polkomtel Group). He was also one of the pioneers in Poland in defining technical needs and requirements regarding CDMA EDVO Rev. A trials and commercial deployment in 850 and 450 bands. He obtained his Master degree in Telecommunications from the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. He also completed postgraduate studies in Management at the Warsaw School of Economics and Telecoms Mini MBA by Informa Telecoms & Media in Dubai, UAE.

Robert Kałuża

Robert Kałuża

COO/Co-founder, Billon Group

Robert is the co-founder of Billon Group and its E-Money CEO, responsible for projects and products using regulated digital cash - national currencies stored and transacted on blockchain with Billon's unique DLT technology. As an expert in building strategies at the intersection of IT and business, he previously managed the strategic analysis department at Orange Polska and was a consultant in the IT department of McKinsey. The value of IT projects he managed exceeded $100M. Robert completed an MBA in financial management at the University of Hull. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing, diving and skiing.

Paweł Kolczyński

Paweł Kolczyński

Vice-President of the Board,
Industrial Development Agency

Paweł Kolczyński is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and postgraduate European Special Studies at the Center for European Studies. Jean Monnet at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. He has many years of experience in ownership supervision and conducting restructuring processes. Legal Adviser, member of the Council of the District Chamber of Legal Advisers in Warsaw in 2012-2016 and the Audit Committee of the District Chamber of Legal Advisers in Warsaw in the 2016-2020 and 2020-2024 terms. In the period 2016-2018, the president of the management board of Fundusz Rozwoju Spółek S.A. Long-term academic teacher at the College of Economic and Social Sciences of the Warsaw University of Technology, SWPW in Płock and PWSZ in Płock.

Prof. dr hab. inż. Janusz Lewandowski

Prof. dr hab. inż. Janusz Lewandowski

Professor at the Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering of the Warsaw University of Technology

He is a professor at the Warsaw University of Technology. In the years 1993-2012 he was the director of the Institute of Thermal Technology at the Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering. Currently, he is the President of the Management Board of the Institute of Applied Research of the Warsaw University of Technology Sp. z o.o. - PW special purpose vehicle dealing with the commercialization of research results. He conducts scientific and technical activities related to the modernization of energy equipment, the impact of energy on the environment and programming of the development of the generation sector in the energy sector. He is the author and co-author of over 200 publications and articles. He has completed over 100 scientific and research works, mainly commissioned by the industry. He is a co-author of 7 patents and a laureate of the SIEMENS Prize and the Prime Minister's Award for scientific works implemented in industrial practice. He promoted 11 doctors. He was a member of the Central Committee for Degree Rights and Titles, Chairman of the Committee on Energy Problems of the Polish Academy of Sciences and a member of the Thermodynamics and Combustion Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Dr hab. inż. Tomasz Nasiłowski

Dr hab. inż. Tomasz Nasiłowski

President of the Board,
INPHOTECH

Dr hab. Eng. Tomasz Nasiłowski - scientist, entrepreneur, visionary. The founder of the InPhoTech group and the president of the board of InPhoTech, a leading Polish technology company implementing innovative fiber optic solutions to the industry. He obtained the title of doctor of physical sciences at the Warsaw University of Technology (2000) and postdoctoral degree at the Jagiellonian University (2017). For over 10 years he worked in Belgium as visiting professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). Co-author of several patents, over 120 scientific publications, manager and participant of nearly 40 national and international research and industrial projects. Coordinator of the subject of the use of optical fibers in industry in the European Photonics Alliance platform. He was vice president of National Smart Specializations for Photonics and a World Bank consultant in the field of photonics. An expert in the field of new technologies and a promoter of the achievements of Polish science on the international arena. Speaker and expert at many Polish and foreign scientific conferences as well as business and economic events. Honored with incl. with the title of 'Innovative Personality 2016' by the Polish Chamber of Commerce.

Prof. Tomasz Szapiro

Prof. Tomasz Szapiro

Polish Economist, Rector of the Warsaw School of Economics (2012-2016)

MSc in physics, PhD in mathematics, habilitation and titular professor – economics. Rector of the Warsaw School of Economics. Specialist in decision analysis. Cooperation with Belgium, Canada, USA among others. Prestigious scholarship FNP “Master”.EU Projects and PHARE, HESP, PALP. Expertise for MF, and the Ministry of Economy. The President of the Chapter for „Polityka’s” Scholarship.

PANEL 3: Innovative Power Engineering

Dariusz Bliźniak

Dariusz Bliźniak

Vice President of the Board, Respect Energy

Adam Kostrzewa

Adam Kostrzewa

Managing Director, Ecological Projects Division, Bank Ochrony Środowiska SA

Adam Kostrzewa has over 20 years of professional experience in operations and consulting, which he gained in companies such as BGK, Aviva, as well as in EY, TPA, MDDP and in the public sector - NCBR. He developed his skills mainly in the Polish and international environment, and his knowledge and diverse practical industry experience come from the CEE region. He specializes in management consulting, corporate finance, conducting M&A and strategic projects, and coordinating all activities related to investment / divestment projects.

Krzysztof Ławrywjaniec

Krzysztof Ławrywjaniec

Director of the RES Department, MAAT4

Adam Pantkowski

Adam Pantkowski

Member of the Board, VH Invest AG

Artur Pollak

Artur Pollak

President of the Management Board, APA Group

Graduated of Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science, on Silesian University of Technology, Institute of Electronics, specialization: computer control systems. For 14 years he has gained experience in implementations and planning controlling systems, for such clients as VW, GM, Daimler and Siemens. He worked as technical consultant during construction of VW factory in Poznań. He was responsible for standardizations and optimization of the manufacturing process in the factory. Currently he is CEO in APA Sp. z o.o. and APA Innovative Sp. z o.o. He is also a member of Program Board of Electric Department on Silesian Technical University.

Dr.  Waldemar Szulc, Eng.

Dr. Waldemar Szulc, Eng.

Director, Polish Power Plants Association

Dr.  Paweł Urbański, Eng.

Dr. Paweł Urbański, Eng.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Columbus Energy, Director of Business School of the Warsaw University of Technology

Director and lecturer at the Warsaw University of Technology Business School. Doctor in Economics from Imperial College London, holds an engineering degree and an MBA from the Warsaw University of Technology. Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Columbus Energy, former member of the Management Board of PSE and President of PGE. He supervised and co-created consulting and investment projects for major Polish and international energy companies.

Speeches

Sylwia Bilska

Sylwia Bilska

General Director, Edenred Polska

A dynamic business leader who is successful in technology, eCommerce and Payments. For over 15 years, it has been commercializing digital and digitizing businesses in developed and developing markets. She gained experience in the departments of marketing, sales and strategy; lawyer by education, graduate of the European Executive MBA. She worked at the C-level for companies such as Tesco Central Europe, PayU Poland and Central Europe, Avon, Philip Morris and Oriflame. Member of supervisory boards of technology and fintech companies and a member of the management board of the Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications. He has been supporting women and start-ups with mentoring since 2012; awarded the Digital Champion Award by the Forum of Digital Business Leaders in 2016 and the Charismatic Leader award of WhyStory in 2017.

Dr hab. inż. Jakub Barbasz

Dr hab. inż. Jakub Barbasz

Co-founder, Digitmed

Dariusz Kwieciński

Dariusz Kwieciński

President of the Board, Fujitsu Poland

Dariusz Kwieciński has nearly 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Since joining Fujitsu in 2006, he has held managerial positions, including: Service Manager, Service Director, Head of Services and Country Head of Sales in Poland. He is a graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology. He emphasizes that the goal of Fujitsu Polska is to support Polish companies in digital transformation, especially in the three areas that are fundamental to the search for innovation: Data Protection, End User Services and Data Center Transformation.

Prof. Witold Orłowski

Prof. Witold Orłowski

Economist, lecturer at the Warsaw University of Technology Business School

The founder of the NOBE Independent Center for Economic Studies, in 2002-2005 the Head of the Council of Economic Advisers to the President of the Polish Republic, a lecturer in the field of macroeconomics, the author of numerous books and scientific publications in this field.

INNOVATION DIAMONDS Jury

Prof. Michał Kleiber

Prof. Michał Kleiber

Chairman of the Enterprise, Management and Innovation Council, Vice-president of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, President of the European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS)

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. 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).

Prof. Piotr Płoszajski

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Prof. Piotr Płoszajski

Vice-Chairman of the Enterprise, Professor in Department of Management Theory, Warsaw School of Economics

Majored in Management at the University of Łódź and the Harvard Business School, USA. Research Scholar at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. He was a researcher at the Polish Academy of Science head of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Science and General Director at the Polish Academy of Science.Wykładowca na kilkudziesięciu uniwersytetach w Europie, USA, Japonii, Indiach i Nowej Zelandii; Visiting Prof. w Minneapolis, Wiedniu, Lwowie, Kijowie i Dortmundzie. Doradca korporacyjny. Członek rad nadzorczych.Lecturer and speaker at dozens of universities and research centers in Europe, the USA, Japan, India and New Zealand; Visiting Prof. in Minneapolis, Vienna, Lviv, Kiev and Dortmund. Advisor in corporations, member of several supervisory boards.

Magdalena Burzyńska

Magdalena Burzyńska

Managing Director,
Ayming Polska

Managing Director of the Polish branch of Ayming - an international advisory group supporting enterprises in the optimal conduct of operational activities and increasing financial results. She has been working for Ayming (formerly Alma Consulting Group) for over 14 years - first as a Consultant in France, and then as a Consulting Director in Poland. Since 2011, he has been shaping the strategic direction of Ayming Polska. Provides clients with professional support in obtaining financing for innovations (relief for research and development, IP Box, subsidies). Responsible for the concept and implementation of solutions on the Polish market aimed at reducing fees for real estate tax and accident premiums. A graduate of Law at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Management at Université Paris Dauphine, and General Management Program at Harvard Business School in Boston.

Dawid Cycoń

Dawid Cycoń

President of the Board, Founder,
ML System

The originator and co-founder of ML System S.A., which successfully debuted on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in June 2018. In ML System S.A. he also acts as the General Director, co-creates the company's development strategy based on the development and transfer of research results to an industrial scale. Originator and producer of the ML System S.A. Photovoltaic Research Center. He co-created the market for BIPV and Smart City products. Co-author of 13 granted patents, 6 utility models covered by protection law, as well as publications in the field of photovoltaic cells and modules. From 2019, he is a member of the Entrepreneurship Council at the President of the Republic of Poland, and from 2020, the coordinator of the work of the group for the development of new photovoltaic segments and integration with the grid established by the Ministry of Climate and Environment.

dr inż. Wojciech Kamieniecki

dr inż. Wojciech Kamieniecki

Director of The National Centre for Research and Development

A graduate of the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science at the Silesian University of Technology, Doctor of Economic Sciences in the Discipline of Management Sciences at the University of Szczecin. Manager with many years of experience in managing enterprises and large projects in the telecommunications industry (Multimedia Polska S.A., Nordisk Polska Sp.z o.o., EXATEL S.A.) and photovoltaic (Mielec PV S.A.). An expert in the field of project evaluation related to the construction of regional broadband networks and last mile networks. Co-founder of the National Cybersecurity Center and obtaining the status of the National Research Institute by NASK. Author of a number of scientific publications in the field of development strategies, enterprise management and shaping the value of enterprises. In November 2018, he was appointed to the Council of the National Center for Research and Development, in which he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee. From July 30, 2019, Director of the NCBR.

Paweł Kolczyński

Paweł Kolczyński

Vice-President of the Board,
Industrial Development Agency

Paweł Kolczyński is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and postgraduate European Special Studies at the Center for European Studies. Jean Monnet at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. He has many years of experience in ownership supervision and conducting restructuring processes. Legal Adviser, member of the Council of the District Chamber of Legal Advisers in Warsaw in 2012-2016 and the Audit Committee of the District Chamber of Legal Advisers in Warsaw in the 2016-2020 and 2020-2024 terms. In the period 2016-2018, the president of the management board of Fundusz Rozwoju Spółek S.A. Long-term academic teacher at the College of Economic and Social Sciences of the Warsaw University of Technology, SWPW in Płock and PWSZ in Płock.

Prof. Grzegorz Mazurek

Prof. Grzegorz Mazurek

Rector of Koźmiński University

Titular professor specializing in strategies for digital transformation of organizations, e-commerce and e-marketing. He is particularly interested in the changes that digitalization processes bring about in the higher education sector. He is also the Director of the Digital Transformation Research Centre – CYBERMAN, a member of EFMD Advisory Board for the Central and Eastern Europe region and a member of the Board of the Forum Management Education Association. Since 2020 he has served as President of the International Advisory Board of the French university ISC Paris. In 2016-18 he was a member of the Council for Digitalization at the Minister of Digitalization. His achievements include several dozen English and Polish chapters, scientific articles, books published in the most important journals and publications on management science in Poland and worldwide, including Cambridge University Press, Emerald Publishing, Routledge, European Management Journal, Business Horizons, he is the author of the book “Digital Transformation”. (PWN, 2019) and editor and co-author of the handbook “E-marketing – planning, tools and practice”. (Poltext, 2018), awarded by the Polish Academy of Sciences. From 2012 to 2020, he held the position of Vice Rector for Foreign Cooperation at Kozminski University, responsible for the overall strategy of internationalisation and marketing of the university. He is also the coordinator of the Koźmiński MBA Digital program and post-graduate studies related to digital economy: Internet Marketing, E-commerce, Business Digital Transformation and Manager in Industry 4.0. He was a visiting professor in such centers as, among others, the University of Warsaw: ESCP Europe, SKEMA Business School and École de Management de Normandie (France), ISCTE (Portugal), Nottingham Trent University (UK), Soongsil University (South Korea), Universidad del Pacifico (Peru), Univeristy of Reykjavik (Iceland). Repeatedly awarded for his publication and scientific achievements. In 2015 he was awarded the LUMEN statuette for university management leaders. In 2017 he was awarded the Eduinspirator (FRSE) statuette for those who are active in the field of education, contributing to positive changes in the environment. In 2020 he was awarded the Star of Internationalisation Award in the research category by the “Perspektywy” Foundation. During his term of office, Kozminski University has been repeatedly recognized as the most internationalized university in Poland. Grzegorz Mazurek closely cooperates with the electronic economy environment, including the Chamber of Electronic Economy, Digital Poland Foundation and Interactive Advertising Bureau. He has carried out projects for such brands as: Nokia, Nikon, Polpharma, Egmont, PZU, Michelin, IKEA, Mars Corp., Vivus.

Dr hab. inż. Tomasz Nasiłowski

Dr hab. inż. Tomasz Nasiłowski

President of the Board,
INPHOTECH

Dr hab. Eng. Tomasz Nasiłowski - scientist, entrepreneur, visionary. The founder of the InPhoTech group and the president of the board of InPhoTech, a leading Polish technology company implementing innovative fiber optic solutions to the industry. He obtained the title of doctor of physical sciences at the Warsaw University of Technology (2000) and postdoctoral degree at the Jagiellonian University (2017). For over 10 years he worked in Belgium as visiting professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). Co-author of several patents, over 120 scientific publications, manager and participant of nearly 40 national and international research and industrial projects. Coordinator of the subject of the use of optical fibers in industry in the European Photonics Alliance platform. He was vice president of National Smart Specializations for Photonics and a World Bank consultant in the field of photonics. An expert in the field of new technologies and a promoter of the achievements of Polish science on the international arena. Speaker and expert at many Polish and foreign scientific conferences as well as business and economic events. Honored with incl. with the title of 'Innovative Personality 2016' by the Polish Chamber of Commerce.

Małgorzata Oleszczuk

Małgorzata Oleszczuk

President of Polish Agency For Entrepreneurship Development

Małgorzata Oleszczuk has been professionally associated with EU funds for 20 years. She worked at the Office of the Committee for European Integration, where, inter alia, implemented the National Program of Preparing Poland for Membership in the EU and also participated in the implementation of the PHARE and Transition Facility programs. From 2008, she continued her professional career at the Mazowieckie Voivodeship Office, where she supervised the implementation of the tasks of the Intermediate Body in Certification for the Regional Operational Program of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship 2007-2013, as well as the implementation of programs dedicated to local government units, e.g. The National Program for the Reconstruction of Local Roads and the Program for the Development of Communal and Poviat Road Infrastructure. She represented the Mazowieckie Voivode in the Monitoring Committees of OPI & E 2007-2013, ROP WM 2007-2013 and 2014-2020 and the Mazowieckie Working Group for counteracting irregularities and crimes to the detriment of the EU's financial interests. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Pedagogy at the University of Warsaw. She has completed many courses and trainings in the field of human resources management, public finance, politics and EU funds.

Krzysztof Pietraszkiewicz

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Krzysztof Pietraszkiewicz

President of the Board,
The Polish Bank Association (ZBP)

President of the Polish Bank Association. Graduated from the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Wrocław and Postgraduate Studies in Banking and Finance at Warsaw School of Economics. Since 1991 associated with the ZBP as Director of the Office and then Director General of the ZBP. Since April 2003 President of the chamber. Member of the Bank Guarantee Fund, Secretary of the Supervisory Board of Credit Information Bureau. Member of the National Centre for Research and Development Member of the. President of “Promyk Słońca” Foundation. Vicepresident of “Teraz Polska” Chapter. Founder and co-founder of banking infrastructure enterprises and of Polish Institute of Directors.

Artur Pollak

Artur Pollak

President of the Management Board, APA Group

Graduated of Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science, on Silesian University of Technology, Institute of Electronics, specialization: computer control systems. For 14 years he has gained experience in implementations and planning controlling systems, for such clients as VW, GM, Daimler and Siemens. He worked as technical consultant during construction of VW factory in Poznań. He was responsible for standardizations and optimization of the manufacturing process in the factory. Currently he is CEO in APA Sp. z o.o. and APA Innovative Sp. z o.o. He is also a member of Program Board of Electric Department on Silesian Technical University.

Prof. Aleksandra Przegalińska

Prof. Aleksandra Przegalińska

Professor at Koźminski University

Habilitated doctor in the field of management sciences. PhD in the philosophy of artificial intelligence at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Warsaw. Currently, he is the Vice-Rector for International Cooperation and ESR at the Kozminski University. From 2016, she conducted research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. A graduate of The New School for Social Research in New York, where she participated in research on identity in virtual reality, with particular emphasis on Second Life. Currently a Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research. In 2021, it will start working with the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard. He is interested in the development of artificial intelligence, natural language processing, machine learning, social robots and wearable technologies.

Beata Radomska

Beata Radomska

CEO of Executive Club

Graduate of the Catholic University of Lublin and the University of Insurance and Banking. MBA graduate. Possesses over ten years of experience as a manager. Worked at such financial institutions as: Allfinanz, an Austrian brokerage firm, and Skarbiec Asset Management Holding.For several years she has been associated with the personnel consulting industry, especially as a Managing Partner at Cigno Consulting, where she operates in the areas of selection, recruitment, and personnel consulting. Initiator and President of Executive Club, the most elite organization bringing together members of top management. Responsible for the strategy of the club, which integrates business elites and serves as a platform for the exchange of ideas and inspiration for managers of the highest level.

Grzegorz Słomkowski

Grzegorz Słomkowski

Member of the Board,
Polish Investment & Trade Agency

Since 2019 Member of the Management Board of Polish Investment and Trade Agency. Resposible for FDI investments and operations of the Agency. Grzegorz Słomkowski has over twenty years of experience in financial and general management, which he gained while working in both international and Polish companies. He began his career at LG when the company first entered the Polish market, he participating in the creation of the company's first structures and first production plants. Then he worked in the Management Consulting Department of Deloitte & Touche. Working on projects related to the implementation of integrated IT management systems, mainly in the financial sector, as well as in restructuring and organizational consulting. Initially, for several years, he was the Financial Director, and later the President of the Management Board of the Japanese JVCKENWOOD, where he was responsible both for Poland and the entire region. He also held managerial functions in the European and global structures of the organization. For eight years, Grzegorz was the Chairman of the Council of the Association of Importers and Manufacturers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment - "ZIPSEE CYFROWA POLSKA" - a non-profit employers' organization associating the largest RTV and IT companies operating in Poland. For four years, he was the President of the Management Board of a company that distributes Clearplex industrial foils from the American MADICO group. As a Certified Change Management and Strategy Advisor to companies and adviser to technology startups. He participated in building startup companies in the field of telematics and insurance. Grzegorz Słomkowski graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Warsaw University of Technology, Executive MBA in Business from the Business School of Warsaw University of Technology / London Business School / HEC Paris / NHH (Bergen), the Faculty of Management and Marketing of the University of Warsaw, MBA studies from the University of Illinois, the Academy of Psychological Leadership at the Warsaw University of Technology.

Prof. Tomasz Szapiro

Prof. Tomasz Szapiro

Polish Economist, Rector of the Warsaw School of Economics (2012-2016)

MSc in physics, PhD in mathematics, habilitation and titular professor – economics. Rector of the Warsaw School of Economics. Specialist in decision analysis. Cooperation with Belgium, Canada, USA among others. Prestigious scholarship FNP “Master”.EU Projects and PHARE, HESP, PALP. Expertise for MF, and the Ministry of Economy. The President of the Chapter for „Polityka’s” Scholarship.

Prof. Jan Szmidt

Prof. Jan Szmidt

Rector of the Warsaw University of Technology (2012–2020), Institute of Microelectronics and Optoelectronics, Warsaw University of Technology

President of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP) for the current term (2016 – 2020), Rector of the Warsaw University of Technology (2012–2016, 2016–2020), is a graduate of the Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology, Warsaw University of Technology (1976), an electronics specialist and Professor of Technical Sciences.In years 2002 – 2005 and 2008 – 2012, Professor held the respective positions of Vice Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology. He earned a doctorate at the University in 1985, and in 1995, in reward for his academic achievement and in recognition of a paper titled ”Plasma-generated DLC coatings for applications in microelectronics”, obtained postdoctoral qualification and the title of Doctor Habilitatus. He was conferred the title of Professor of Technical Sciences in 2005. He contributed to a variety of research programmes and did internships at the Institute of Electron Technology, Semiconductor Research and Manufacturing Centre CEMI in Warsaw and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA. His scholarly output includes authorship and co-authorship of two monographs and ten chapters in Polish and English language books, i.a. NATO ASI Series, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Elsevier and over 580 academic publications including 100-plus contributions to such journals as Diamond Related Materials, Thin Solid Films, Journal of Crystal Growth, Chaos Solutions & Fractals, Solid State Electronics, Applied Physics Letters and Surface Science, as well as almost 200 papers delivered at international academic conferences. He has been part of several international research projects, is an author or co-author of 14 patent applications and 50-plus reports from research projects, has been a member of programme and organising committees for a couple of dozen conferences. He has supervised 12 doctoral dissertations and is presently supervising another couple of PhD students. For his achievement, he was awarded the award of Division IV – Technical Sciences PAS (1997) as well as a number of awards from Rector of the Warsaw University of Technology – for academic achievement, organisational effectiveness or teaching process. He collected awards at invention and innovation shows in Pittsburgh, London, Budapest and Damascus. He has reviewed over 26 PhD and postdoctoral (habilitation) theses and a number of title or promotion applications at technical universities across Poland.

Roman Szwed

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Roman Szwed

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Atende SA

A graduate of the Faculty of Physics, Warsaw University – Master of Physics (1976), Ph. D. in experimental physics (1980), habilitation in high energy physics (1990). He has significant scientific achievements, including dozens of publications in the field of high-energy nuclear physics. He has won many awards and prizes including the award of the Minister of Education. In August 1991, a team of the Computer Centre of the Faculty of Physics at the Warsaw University under the leadership of Roman Szwed made the historical connection of Poland to the global Internet. He has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Between 1991 and 2012 worked at ATM, since 1993 to 2012 as a President of the Management Board. After the establishment of ATM Information Systems (currently Atende), as a result of division of ATM, he became a President of the Management Board in the newly formed company. During his career, Roman Szwed has been awarded numerous honors and awards for his work, including the Golden Cross of Merit for promoting the development of the information society. Currently, Roman Szwed is a member of the Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications, the Polish Chamber of Commerce for Advanced Technology and the Board of Science of the Institute of Communications.

Grzegorz Wiśniewski

Grzegorz Wiśniewski

President of the Board,
Institute for Renewable Energy (IEO)

Prof. Adam Woźniak

Prof. Adam Woźniak

Vice-Rector for Development of the Warsaw University of Technology (2020-2024)

Professor of technical sciences, academic lecturer and scientist specializing in coordinate metrology. Vice-Rector for Development of the Warsaw University of Technology in the 2020–2024 term. In the years 2012–2020 he was the Director of the Institute of Metrology and Biomedical Engineering, then the Dean of the Faculty of Mechatronics at the Warsaw University of Technology. In 2005–2006, he worked as visiting professor at the Polytechnique de Montréal in Canada. Author of over 150 scientific publications, including 2 monographs and several dozen articles in prestigious international journals. Organizer and manager of several innovative and research projects, also carried out in cooperation with Polish enterprises. He promoted 6 doctors of technical sciences and several dozen masters and engineers. Member of the Metrology Council, expert of the Ministry of Education and Science and the Foundation for Polish Science, as well as many other institutions.

Dawid Zieliński

Dawid Zieliński

President of the Board,
Columbus Energy

Founder and president of Columbus Energy - the largest Polish company in the modern energy and renewable energy sector. A graduate of electrical engineering at AGH in Krakow, he also obtained an MBA diploma at the Krakow University of Technology. He gained managerial experience working, inter alia, for Heidelberg Technology Center in Heidelberg, Air BP in London or MARS Polska. He has been an entrepreneur since 2009. From the beginning, he focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy, focusing on innovation in his start-ups. During 6 years of operation, Columbus Energy has carried out the development and transformation of a company listed on NewConnect, which investors currently value in billions of zlotys, achieving spectacular business success. Through Columbus, Dawid Zieliński invests in innovative start-ups, incl. in Nexity, a company related to the electromobility market, or Saule Technologies - a Polish company developing perovskite solar cell technology. A respected expert in the modern energy industry, member of the Renewable Energy Program Council, winner of the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 competition in the New Technologies / Innovation category, winner of the "Teraz Polska" Emblem, was on the list of 200 people who create the Polish economy (according to the RMF FM , Money.pl and 300Gospodarka).

INNOVATION DIAMONDS

WINNERS

Location

Contact

Partnership:
Mirosław Witkowski
miroslaw.witkowski@executiveclub.pl
tel: +48 510-105-474

Participation:
Olga Suchecka
olga.suchecka@executiveclub.pl
tel: +48 516-188-118

Media:
Karolina Ampulska
karolina.ampulska@executiveclub.pl
tel: +48 509-844-278

Patronages:
Anna Karasińska
anna.karasinska@executiveclub.pl
tel: +48 517-961-426