CONTEST CATEGORIES

An entity that stands out due to its innovation in the offered financial products and services intended for individual or business clients.

An entity that stands out due to its high activity in working on new products or optimization of processes in the industrial sector.

An entity that stands out due to the implementation of innovative solutions in supply chain management or digitization and automation of logistic processes.

An entity that stands out due to its innovation in the process of generating, storing, distributing or selling electricity.

An entity that stands out due to its commitment to research and development, developing and implementing innovative pharmaceutical products on the market.

An entity that successfully introduces high-quality, innovative products and technologies for the chemical industry.

An entity that effectively implements high-quality innovative technologies that can be utilized in wide variety of industries.

 

An entity offering a product or technological solution that significantly contributes to the implementation of the sustainable development goals, with particular emphasis on environmental protection.

The entity that has developed a new or improved product that differs significantly from the manufacturer’s existing products, as well as from solutions of similar specificity available on the market.

A person distinguished by outstanding achievements in building an innovative organization and creating conditions for the implementation of innovative ideas.

A person exceptionally committed to charity and working for the benefit of future generations, utilising innovative solutions not only in the business area, but also constantly looking for new ways to help and support those in need.

FINALISTS OF LAST YEAR'S EDITION

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR: FINANCES

  Winner:                                                                                                                                        Distinction:

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INNOVATION OF THE YEAR: INDUSTRIAL

  Winner:                                                                                                                                        Distinction:

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR: LOGISTICS

Winner:

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR: ENERGETICS

Winner:

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR: PHARMACY

  Winner:                                                                                                                                        Distinction:

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR: CHEMISTRY

  Winner:                                                                                                                                        Distinction:

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR: TECHNOLOGY

  Winner:                                                                                                                                        Distinction:

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR: ECOLOGY

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR: PRODUCT

CEO OF THE YEAR

Paweł Jarski

Paweł Jarski

CEO,
Elemental Global Services

The award in the 'CEO of the Year' category goes to the founder of a company which today is one of the world leaders in the recycling of metals and electronic devices, operating in 35 countries on three continents. This person is responsible for the development directions and strategy of his company, directly overseeing the operational activities of the management boards of the subsidiary companies. Our laureate has made numerous successful acquisitions, turning the company into one of the leading players in the market.

BUSINESS CHARITY AWARD

Dorota Hryniewiecka-Firlej

Dorota Hryniewiecka-Firlej

Poland & Baltics Country Manager,
Pfizer Polska

Dorota Hryniewiecka-Firlej has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. For many years she worked in management positions in the biggest pharmaceutical companies like JanssenCilag, NovoNordisk, and Wyeth. For years associated with Pfizer, where she successfully combines the role of general director with a focus on people. Following the principle that people are the priority, she believes that authenticity should be the basis for building relationships. That is why she establish a culture of integration, an environment of tolerance, and respect for diversity in both private and professional life. Her vision of business development focuses on placing people at the center of everything. She deeply believing that success is ensured by teams, not individuals. This approach meant that for four years she was the Co-President of the Diversity and Social Inclusion Council in the European structures of Pfizer. Dorota also performed key leadership functions in leading industry organizations and associations in Poland - as the president of the Union of Employers of Innovative Pharmaceutical Companies (INFARMA) and vice president of the largest employers' organization - Employers in Poland, where she was also a leader of the initiative Human Rights & Business. She actively supports organizations and associations such as the Executive Club and Forum for Dialogue. For years, she has been an ambassador of the Woman Update campaign, supporting the development of women's digital competences. She is a graduate of the Poznan University of Medical Sciences, where she obtained a specialization and a Ph.D. in internal disease. Not only does she lead an active professional life, but she also works socially for the benefit of local communities, and in her free time she devotes herself to her passions, which are playing the piano and illuminating medieval manuscripts. She is a member of the Italian Association of Calligraphy and Illuminationin Boston.

INNOVATION DIAMONDS Jury

Rafał Bednarek

Rafał Bednarek

Vice President of the Board, BIK

Tadeusz Białek, PhD

Tadeusz Białek, PhD

President of PBA

Doctor of legal sciences, legal counsel, graduate of law at the University of Warsaw and Doctoral Studies at the Institute of Legal Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences He is associated with the banking sector since 2003. From 2010 to 2020 he served as Director of the Legal and Legislative Team of the Polish Bank Association. Vice President of the Polish Bank Association since 2020. Chairman of the Steering Committee of the National Working Group on Reference Indicator Reform. Chairman of the Committee on Cyber Security of Banks. He has held numerous positions representing the banking sector at the national and European level, also within the European Banking Federation. He has participated in legislative work on numerous pieces of legislation in financial market regulations. Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration at the Financial Supervisory Council.

Piotr Frankowski

Piotr Frankowski

Managing Director,
Ayming Polska

Michał Janik

Michał Janik

Site Senior Director,
AstraZeneca PolandAstraZeneca Pharma Poland

Dariusz Jasak

Dariusz Jasak

President of the Management Board,
SEEN Technologie

Graduated from Technical Physics and Applied Mathematics Faculty at Łódź Technical University. Post graduate studies on Medical Images Processing at University College Hospital in London. In 1991 employed by Siemens Sp. z o.o. as a Head of Sales in Medical Department and finally Head of Industrial Solutions & Services Department. Responsible for “turn-key” applications of Siemens solutions for industry. In 2009 offered a position of CEO at Veolia Water Technologies Sp. z o.o., a Polish subsidiary of the French Veolia Environment. In 2019 took a position of CEO at SEEN Technologie Sp. z o.o. the leading company on a water treatment market in Poland.

Prof. Waldemar Kamrat, PhD, DEng

Prof. Waldemar Kamrat, PhD, DEng

Director of the Nuclear Energy Center, Professor at the Department of Electrical Power Engineering Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Control, Gdańsk University of Technology

Waldemar Kamrat – full professor, Vice-Rector for Education and Development of the Gdańsk University of Technology (term: 2008–2012). Currently, Director of the Nuclear Energy Center of the Gdańsk University of Technology and professor at the Department of Electrical Power Engineering /Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Control, Gdańsk University of Technology. A graduate of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Gdańsk University of Technology (1977) and the Faculty of Production Economics of the University of Gdańsk (1982). General Director of Mining, 3rd degree. He also completed specialized studies in the field of energy policy and efficiency in the USA, obtaining in 1996 a Certificate of the Institute for Young Investigators in Energy Efficiency - Berkeley/Washington DC. His scientific passion is the development of energy and its possibilities to stimulate the development of the economy. Specialist in comprehensive energy, combining three concepts - electricity, heating and gas. He has been associated with the Gdańsk University of Technology for over 40 years, but at the same time he worked in industry for many years in managerial positions, building energy facilities (in Poland and abroad). He held a number of top management positions in the industry, especially in the energy industry (in the management and supervisory boards of large energy companies. Author of 4 monographs and approximately 250 publications and scientific studies in the field of power engineering and energy management.

Prof. Michał Kleiber, PhD, DSc

Prof. Michał Kleiber, PhD, DSc

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).

Igor Matus

Igor Matus

Vice-president of the Management Board, CCC Group

Mr. Igor Matus, graduated from the Faculty of Biotechnology, Wrocław University of Life Sciences (Master's degree in Engineering), and from the Faculty of Management, Wrocław University of Economics (Master's degree). He gained many years of management experience at Nestle (2004-2007), Mondelez (2007-2018), and Beiersdorf (2018-2021). In the aforementioned companies, he held operational roles in Supply Chain (Operations Manager, Factory Director, Regional Business Development Manager Poland-Russia). In 2018-2021 he managed Beiersdorf Polska sp. z o.o., serving as President of the Management Board of the company. Mr. Igor Matus has experience in managing the Supply Chain area and strategic projects aimed at improving the financial liquidity of companies.

Prof. Grzegorz Mazurek, PhD, DSc

Prof. Grzegorz Mazurek, PhD, DSc

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.

Wojciech Murawski

Wojciech Murawski

Member of the Board,
Autopay

Piotr Paszczyk

Piotr Paszczyk

President of the Board,
APN Promise

Piotr Paszczyk is the President of APN Promise, one of the top Poland IT companies. In 1994 Piotr graduated from the University of Warsaw with a degree in Mathematics, specializing in insurance economics. In 1996 he graduated from the Warsaw School of Actuaries. APN Promise was founded in 1992 by Piotr Paszczyk together with his brother, Stanislaw. At that time, it was one of the first software houses in Poland. By 2009 APN Promise became one of leading IT companies in Poland, with 130 full time employees and has certified as Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and Distributor. Now the APN Promise Group consist of 11 Companies e.g. APN Promise, Sevent., RET-ALL, Alterkom or Supremo with total more than 360 people.

Piotr Płoszajski, PhD, DSc

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Piotr Płoszajski, PhD, DSc

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.

Artur Pollak, PhD, DEng

Artur Pollak, PhD, DEng

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.

Aleksandra Przegalińska-Skierkowska, PhD, DSc

Aleksandra Przegalińska-Skierkowska, PhD, DSc

Professor,
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.

Dorota Rzążewska

Dorota Rzążewska

Managing Partner, National and European Patent Attorney,
JWP Rzecznicy Patentowi

Prof. Tomasz Szapiro, PhD, DSc

Prof. Tomasz Szapiro, PhD, DSc

Polish Economist and Rector at Warsaw School of Economics (2012-2016)

Professor Tomasz Szapiro is the Rector of SGH Warsaw School of Economics. His degrees include: MSc in Physics from University of Warsaw, Poland, PhD in Mathematics from Polish Academy of Sciences, habilitation and full professor title in Economics. He is professor in Division of Decision Analysis and Support in the Institute of Econometrics in SGH. He is also professor of Institute for Modern Civilization at SGH and Adjunct Professor of International Business Studies at the Carlson School of Business, University of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. His research interests focus on Operational Research, IT and Economics of Privacy and Economics of Education. He publishes in Poland and abroad (two books, monograph, over 120 articles and conference papers (in e.g. Operations Research, IEEE Transactions on System Man and Cybernetics, European Journal of Operations Research) and takes active part in international conferences. Professor Szapiro is a referee for first rank international research journals. He worked as visiting professor and part-time lecturer in the School of Business, Carleton University and in the Department of Computer Science, University of Ottawa, Canada. He was a member of the Economic Award Committee of the President of the Republic of Poland. He worked as an expert for European Commission and Fulbright Commission (project evaluation), for the Ministers of Finance, Economy, National Education. Supervisory Board Member of ING-BSK (representative of the Minister of Treasury of the Republic of Poland) and of Aviva Commercial Union. Tomasz Szapiro has extensive experience in development and implementing international projects on high quality managerial education. He participates in activities of international networks (CEMS, PIM, EUA). He was the member of assessment team in two EPAS accreditation processes (2003 and 2015) and he has been the member of the Global Alliance CEMS Strategic Board (2012-2016). He received number of awards for organizational and research achievements, and was also awarded twice by students of Canadian Executive MBA Program for excellence in teaching. He is the laureate two Awards of the Minister of Science and Higher Education and five Awards of the Rector of SGH Warsaw School of Economics for Achievements in Research, Teaching and Organization. Professor Tomasz Szapiro was awarded the Silver Cross of Merit and the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

Prof. Jan Szmidt, PhD, DEng

Prof. Jan Szmidt, PhD, DEng

Rector at Warsaw University of Technology (2012-2020), Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology, Warsaw University of Technology

Professor Jan Szmidt, Ph.D., D.Sc., 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.

Piotr Wachowiak, PhD, DSc

Piotr Wachowiak, PhD, DSc

Proffesor, Rector,
Warsaw School of Economics

For 26 years he has had connections with business practice while working in managerial positions in various organizations, among others he was Deputy Director of the Board of Municipal Houses Warszawa-Śródmieście, Director of the Department of Municipal Buildings Warszawa-Centrum Municipal Office and deputy director of the District Board Żoliborz- member of the District Board and Chancellor of Warsaw School of Economics. He specializes in the issues of human resources in the organization and corporate social responsibility. He conducts research on: personnel policy in enterprises operating in Poland, negotiations, measuring intellectual capital of enterprises, knowledge management in enterprises and corporate social responsibility. Teaches at full-time, MBA and post-graduate studies. Author or co-author of many publications on negotiations, conflict resolution, human resources management, measurement of intellectual capital and knowledge management in enterprise, corporate social responsibility. Cooperates with consulting and training companies. Practices in development of expert opinions for enterprises and in trainings for managerial staff.

Ewa Wernerowicz

Ewa Wernerowicz

President of the Board,
Soonly Finance

Prof. Adam Woźniak, PhD, DSc

Prof. Adam Woźniak, PhD, DSc

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.

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