Prof. Michał Kleiber
Chairman of the Enterprise, Management and Innovation Council
Vice-president of the European Academy of Science and Art
President of the Polish Academy of Sciences in years 2007-2015
Winner of numerous scientific awards, including the most prestigious national scientific award granted by the Foundation for Polish Science, awarded high state decorations for research achievements, for example: Belgian, French and Japanese. Doctor honoris causa of many universities in the country and abroad, and a member of many foreign academies of science. In the years 2001-2005 he was the Minister of Science and Information Technology, in the years 2006 – 2010 Social Advisor to the President for Education and Research.
Fr. Andrzej Augustyński
Chairman of the Board, General Director SIEMACHA Association
Andrzej Stanisław Augustyński – Polish Roman Catholic cleric and social entrepreneur. The initiator and the president of the board of the SIEMACHA Association, a public benefit organisation operating in the field of education, sports and therapy; President of the board of the DEMOS Foundation; member of the international organisation for social entrepreneurs Ashoka. Since 1986 he has collaborated with social organisations in Malta. He is a connoisseur of Maltese culture and its promoter. Since 1999 he has collaborated with the local government of Krakow as the coordinator of the Municipal Program for Juvenile Delinquency Prevention, the representative and social advisor of the President of Krakow in the field of Youth. A member of the Priesthood Council of the Archdiocese of Krakow 2001-2011. In 2000 he started the construction of the multifunctional children’s centre in Odporyszów with reverend Kazimierz Augustyński. The centre comprises: an orphanage, a day care facility, a holiday centre and a modern sports centre. Reverend Andrzej Augustyński received many awards i.a. the title of the Cracovian of the Year 2014 in the category “Society”. In 2014 he received the Grand Prix Amicus Hominum, Pro Publico Bono and the Medal of Merit for the Lesser Poland Voivodeship Palatinatus Poloniae Minoris Meriti. In 2012 he received the Medal of St. George of the “Tygodnik Powszechny” weekly. In 2009 he received the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for his outstanding merits in his activities for the needy and for his achievements in his professional and social work. He wrote the books “Coca kocha colę” (Coca Loves Cola), “Czyja jest socjoterapia?” (Who Owns Sociotherapy?) and “Wędrowiec” (Wanderer). He initiated and published “Dziennikarstwo i polityka” (Jurnalism and Politics) and “Jan Wnęk. Między niebem a ziemią” (Jan Wnęk. Between the Sky and Earth).
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.
Member of the Club Council, Managing Partner and the Chairman of the Board of ICENTIS Corporate Solutions and ICENTIS Capital.
An entrepreneur, an economist, a lawyer and a licensed securities broker. Former President of PKN Orlen (2004-2007), Deputy Minister of Finance (2003-2004), Vice President of Board of Pekao Bank S.A. (2000-2003). Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Ruch S.A. Member of the Supervisory Board of the Bank Handlowy in Warsaw and Budimex S.A. Member of the Program Council of the Economic Forum in Krynica, and the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Public Affairs
Chairman of the Supervisory Board Auchan Poland, Russia and Ukraine
Chairman of the Supervisory Board Auchan Poland since 2007 and Auchan Ukraine since 2010. Chairman of the Supervisory Board Auchan Russia till 2014.
He has been working at Auchan for 36 years.
Managing Director, Elavon Poland
Rafał Gołębiewski, is a widely recognised expert in Polish market in managing international corporations. Currently, he holds positons of both General Director and Head of Business Development at Elavon Financial Services in Poland.
Since 2011 he has been responsible for sales and financial activity of the Polish subsidiary of Elavon, which is one of the biggest global corporations in the card payment industry.
In a three-year period, the 600-employee Polish branch of Elavon supervised by Rafał, has tripled its revenue. As a natural and highly motivated leader, Rafał, together with his management team, has won and serviced over 20 000 customers to date. Being both disciplined and ambitious in setting personal goals, he influences others using his energy, creativity and dedication to work. He is a visionary in business strategy consistently expanding the business potentials. His insight into the specifics of the organization and customers’ needs results in robust success of his projects. He has extensive experience in change management and business restructuring.
For over 25 years Rafal has been engaged in the European financial and payment industry. Evidenced by his success Rafal has experience in preparation and implementation of business strategies. His expertise includes managing human resources in complex business environments across Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus, Slovakia, Estonia, and Lithuania.
In the past, Rafal has also worked as a Director of Card Payment Business for Central Europe at American Express.
Rafal is a dynamic management strategist, who wins a large spectrum of businesses including partners and banks.
Dr n. med. Dorota Hryniewiecka-Firlej
CEO and Director of Director of Global Innovative Pharma Business at Pfizer Polska
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. Wiesław Nowiński
Scientist, Agency for Science, Technology and Research in Singapore
Wieslaw L. Nowinski, DSc, PhD – scientist, innovator, entrepreneur, pioneer and visionary; creator of “world’s most gorgeous” human brain atlases. Dr. Nowinski has been conferred with 42 awards and honours; 25 awards are from leading medical societies, including Magna cum Laude (radiological Oscar) from Radiological Society of North America in 2009 and 2004; Magna cum Laude from European Congress of Radiology in 2000; Summa cum Laude in 2014, 2012, 2008 and 1997, and Magna cum Laude in 2009 and 2005 from American Society of Neuroradiology; and Highly commended in 2013 (in medical book category) from British Medical Association.
Prof. Krzysztof Obłój
Professor L. Kozminski Academy 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.
Prof. Witold Orłowski
Member of the National Development Council of the President of the Republic of Poland, Rector of the Vistula Academy of Finance and Business
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.
Prof. Piotr Płoszajski
Dean of faculty of management at the 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.
ecturer 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.
CEO at Konsalnet Holding
Co-owner and Partner in Value4Capital, private equity firm focused on investments in mid-market Central European companies. Jacek has 20 years experience in M&A and capital investments. He was the President of the Polish Private Equity Association from 2005 to 2010 and was Vice-Chairman of the investment committee of Krajowy Fundusz Kapitałowy, a government venture programme. Currently, he is the President of Konsalnet Holding S.A., the largest security company in Poland.
Jacek is also a member of Business Centre Club and Polish Business Roundtable Club.
CEO of Executive Club, Managing Partner at Cigno Consulting
Graduate of the Catholic University of Lublin and the University of Insurance and Banking. She graduated from the MBA program. She has several years of management experience and has worked in the following financial institutions: Austrian brokerage firm Allfinanz, Skarbiec Asset Management Holding and, for several years, she has been associated with HR consulting industry.
Originator and President of the Executive Club, the most elite association of top management. She is responsible for the strategy of the club which integrates the business elite, and is a platform for exchange of ideas and inspiration for the top management.
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.
Director for Market Development in East-Central Europe, Mastercard Europe
He joined Mastercard’s Polish office in 2007. He is responsible for the development of the cashless payments acceptance network, as well as the implementation of innovative payment solutions in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Prior that he became General Manager of the Polish office and after three years he was promoted to the position of the General Manager of the cluster comprising Poland and Balkan countries. In 2001 – 2007, he worked for Sygma Bank Polska as Sales Director at the Cards Department.
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.
CEO at GE responsible for Poland and Baltics
Associated with capital market institutions since 1991: Securities and Exchange Commission, World Bank, Warsaw Commodities Exchange. Member of the management and supervisory boards of such companies as: Prokom Software Group, Intrum Justitia TFI S.A., MCI Management S.A., SEG, and European Issuers. Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the years 2011-2013. Member of the supervisory board of Bank BPH S.A. since 2013.
Consulting Vice President Central Europe & CIS, Country Leader Oracle Polska
Prof. Cezary Wójcik
Founder and Director of the Center for Leadership, professor of leadership and finance at SGH
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.