Report from the conference and Gala
On July 8, 2020, at the Sheraton Grand Warsaw Hotel, we had the pleasure of organizing the eighth edition of the “Executive Forum”, whose theme was: “Entrepreneurship – Expansion – Innovation”. The event was divided into a substantive part consisting of 3 speeches and 3 discussion panels, as well as the evening part, ie the European Leadership Awards gala.
One of the best futurists in the world, guest lecturer at Singularity University and curator of TEDx in Austin
Futurist and corporate strategist, guest lecturer at Singularity University and 10-year curator of TEDx in Austin, Texas (first license in the world). Recognized as one of the best futurists in the world, she has spent her career building, shaping and developing a portfolio of large global brands with a total value of 50 billion $. Her lectures help companies understand the interpenetration of technology, business and society, so they can improve their management strategy in the future. Thanks to her career in three leading global advertising agencies and the establishment of her own company dealing with strategic inspiration, Play Big Inc., she has a rich history of consulting and learning in one of the best companies in the world, including: Nestle, Brinker International, The Coca Cola Company, Sprint and Acumen.
Professor at University College London, technological and business consulting guru for governments and organizations around the world
University professor and internationally respected technological and business consulting guru for governments and organizations. He has been professionally involved in science, technology and engineering for over 40 years, and his main goal is to solve problems and create wealth through the use of new technologies and business solutions. In his professional career, he managed teams of up to 2,500 people with a budget exceeding £ 1 billion as CTO, CEO and director in companies in the United Kingdom and the United States, including as CTO at British Telecom. A consultant known for unconventional thinking, author of blogs, articles and books on technology, business and rapid change management. In his career, he also dealt with fiber optics, fixed and mobile networks, artificial life and healthcare, as well as e-commerce and business modeling. Winner of many prestigious awards, including Order of the British Empire (OBE) and IEEE Millennium Medal.
ENTERPRISE, MANAGEMENT AND INNOVATION COUNCIL
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).
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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.
Prof. Witold Bielecki
Rector of the Kozminski University
Polish economist, has a post-doctoral degree in economics, head of the Department of Quantative Methods and Applications of Computer Science at KU. Author of many scientific publications in the areas of information technology, management (business) simulation games, simulation models, operational management, decision support system and entrepreneurship in a virtual environment.
Santiago de la Cierva
Professor of IESE Business School, founder and first director of international television agency ROMEreports
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. 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.
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PhD Dorota Hryniewiecka-Firlej
President of the Management Board, Pfizer Polska, Internal Medicine Lead; President of the Board, INFARMA
Dorota Hryniewiecka-Firlej graduated from the Medical University in Poznań, with a Ph.D. and the specialization in internal medicine. She has many years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry: Medical Representative and Hospital Treatment Department Manager in Janssen-Cilag, key managerial functions in Novo Nordisk and Wyeth. In Pfizer since 2009, currently Dorota Hryniewiecka-Firlej holds the position of Country Manager Pfizer Poland and Pfizer Internal Medicine Poland Lead, being also a member of Pfizer Innovative Health European Management Board. She is a member of numerous organizations and associations, e.g. INFARMA, Employers of Poland, Executive Club, Business Centre Club. Parallel to an active professional life, she acts for the local community. In spare time, she is dedicated to her passion Gothic manuscripts: she creates and paints illuminations using dyes prepared by herself on the base of medieval recipes.
Prof. Andrzej Kolasa
Dean of the Faculty of Production Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology
Andrzej Kolasa professor at Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Production Engineering holding the post of dean since 2012 as well as professor at State College of Professional Education in Ciechanów in 2002-2016 holding within ten years the post of rector.He graduated from Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty Mechanical Engineering (recently Production Engineering) in 1973 obtaining degree MSc in Engineering and next degrees of PhD in 1981 and DSc in 1991. He was awarded the title of Full Professor by President of Poland in 2015. He educated and promoted more than hundred BSc and MSc graduates in Engineering as well as was supervisor of eight PhD degree holders. Besides mother universities he delivered lectures and carried on research at universities in a number of European countries as well as in Japan, China and Tanzania.Prof. A, Kolasa is an author of more than 160 publications in domestic and international journals, research projects in welding; more than 40 of them were implemented to industries. He is a member of a number of scientific councils, scientific organizations and programme councils of Polish and international scientific journals. He was also awarded the diploma of European Welding Engineer. Besides research he also is taking part in various programmes supporting reginal and country development.He was awarded with Bronze and Gold Cross of Merit, Medal of National Education Commission, Silver and Gold Badge of Polish Mechanical Engineers Association, Henryk Mierzejewski Honour Distinctions, Eng. Stanisław Olszewski Medal and other.
President of the Management Board, Lyreco Polska
Piotr Mirosław has almost 25 years of experience in management of sales, marketing and operations in international companies, both in B2C and B2B markets, in different cultures and organizational structures. Since 2014 heading up Lyreco Poland, being market leader in workplace products and services. Before head of Tech Data in Poland, one of top global IT distributors. Board member of Philips Poland, leading consumer sales and marketing in Poland and Central Europe. Sales Director and Managing Director in LG Electronics Poland. Graduate of Warsaw University of Technology, postgraduate study at Warsaw University, postgraduate program in Business School of Warsaw University of Technology and MBA graduate at University of Illinois.
Prof. Krzysztof Obłój
Professor of the Kozminski University and University of Warsaw
Krzysztof Obloj, Ph.D., former president of European International Business Academy, is a distinguished professor of Strategic and International Management. He holds chairs of Strategic Management departments at Kozminski University and School of Management of University of Warsaw. He has regularly taught at Bodo Graduate School of Management in Norway, ESCP-EAP in Paris, and Henley Management College in UK. 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 three books in the US (“Management Systems”, 1993; “Winning: Continuous Improvement Theory in High Performance Organizations”, 1995, Passion and discipline of strategy, 2010) and coauthored few in Europe. He published articles in Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Journal of Management Studies, European Management Journal, Industrial&Environmental Crisis Quarterly, International Small Business Journal, Cybernetics and Systems: An International Journal, PostCommunist Economies, and several Polish journals. His last books published in Poland: “Corporate strategy”, 2014, and ‘Passion and discipline of strategy’ , 2016, 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, Gedeon Richter, Rockwool, Valeo) in the areas of strategy, structure and organizational culture. He is a member of two supervisory boards of large listed companies.
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Prof. Witold Orłowski
Rector of the Vistula Academy of Finance and Business in 2016-2019, Chief Economic Advisor in PwC Polska
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.
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.
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.
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Prof. Marek Rocki
Rector of the Warsaw School of Economics
Performed numerous functions at the SGH, including two terms as rector. In 2016 he was once again elected rector of the SGH. Senator of the Republic of Poland since 2005.Former Chairman of the Polish Accreditation Committee and Civil Service. President of the Executive Board of AZS (2003-2016). Member of the supervisory boards of COGNOR and Makarony Polskie.
Vice-President, Partner at PwC Polska
Jacek Socha is 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.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.
Prof. Tomasz Szapiro
Rector of the Warsaw School of Economics in years 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
Rector of the 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.
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President of the Management 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.
President of the Board,
Zbigniew Warmuz is graduate of Technical School of Chemistry in Gliwice and University of Economics in Katowice. Between 1984-2006 he. Until 2002 he worked as a Manager of Sales and Marketing Department and then he became a Chief Engineer and Director worked in POCH S.A., starting as a process operator. In 1999 he became a manager responsible for sale of group of products for heavy industry and electroplating of Production. He was also a proxy in this Company. Since 2007 he has been working in Synthos Group. Among others he has managed Production companies in Poland and the Czech Republic, and he has directly supervised the largest investment processes.
Prof. Cezary Wójcik
Professor of leadership and economics, founder and director of the Center for Leadership
Economist, founder of Center for Leadership, SGH Warsaw School of Economics. In 1998 he graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics with a master’s degree, and in 1999, from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw. In 2003 he obtained his doctorate in economics. In 2009 he received post-doctoral degree in economics. In 2011 he graduated from the Master Class for Leadership Educators at the Harvard Kennedy School