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Sponsors & Partners 2015

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London is the official representative body of the Polish government in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. With its ambassador, Witold Sobków, it is the main promoter of pro-Polish activities taking place in the UK. Its purpose is “to serve Poland – to build Europe – to understand the world.”

Strategic Partner: BCG

The Boston Consulting Group is a global management consulting firm and one of the world’s leading advisor on business strategy. It partners with clients from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises.

Academic Partner: European Institute

The European Institute (EI) was created in 1991 to focus on the interdisciplinary study of the processes shaping Europe, which could not be fully studied within a department with a single disciplinary focus. This is why its world-renowned staff members hail from a wide variety of fields: politics, economics, geography, history, political economy, law, philosophy, and international relations.

Partner: Ivy Poland

The Ivy Poland Foundation promotes and supports education of Polish students at the best American and European universities. Through its initiatives, Ivy Poland is aiming at making a positive change in Poland. Furthermore, the Foundation organizes educational and social events as well as gathers Polish students and alumni of the best universities and philantropists interested in supporting world-class education of the most ambitious Poles. Ivy Poland Club is a closed networking platform for Ivy Poland Foundation.

Partner: BZ WBK

Bank Zachodni WBK is one of the largest and most innovative financial institutions in Poland. It offers top-level complex financial solutions, supported by modern banking technologies, to large corporations, SMEs, and personal customers. The main shareholder of Bank Zachodni WBK is Banco Santander, the largest bank in the Eurozone and 11th in the world in terms of market capitalization.

Partner: PKO BP

PKO Bank Polski is a leader in Polish bank sector and the largest bank in terms of assets in Central and Eastern Europe. It was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Warsaw. It focuses on modernity and effectively increased competitiveness of the Polish economy. It successively invests in modern processes, launching innovative services and technological solutions in all market segments. The Bank’s activities are based on three pillars: retail, corporate and investment banking. Despite of different specificities of each of these areas, they share the maximum concentration on customer needs and providing the customer with the highest quality service.

Partner: PKN ORLEN

PKN ORLEN is a modern player on the fuel and power market, the largest company in Central and Eastern Europe, and the only Polish company listed among the prestigious Fortune 500. PKN ORLEN is the only company in the region to have been named “The Most Ethical Company of 2014” by the US Ethisphere Institute. Valued at nearly PLN 4.4bn in 2014, ORLEN also tops the list of Poland’s most valuable brands.

Partner: CEC

CEC is the largest independent political consultancy in Central Europe, providing strategic political intelligence, monitoring and public affairs services for Western multinationals in the region. Current and past clients of CEC in Poland include Ford, Google, International Paper, BP, Westinghouse, UPS and a range of other major US and European multinationals. CEC is partnered with leading public affairs companies in Brussels, London and Washington, DC to provide services Europe-wide and beyond.

Partner: EFC Academy

The EFC Academy is an initiative of the European Financial Congress addressed to students and young graduates. It aims to inspire and motivate them to take on exciting challenges they may face while carving out their professional careers. It also builds awareness that individual competence development contributes to economic and social development of their own countries and Europe. The EFC Academy gives outstanding students access to practical knowledge and facilitates contact with attractive potential employers through workshops and meetings with visionary business leaders. In addition, participation in the European Financial Congress creates an opportunity for the EFC Academy members to join the debate on the future of the EU economy, especially with regard to career prospects for young graduates – problems faced by them on the threshold of their professional development paths and ideas how to resolve them.

Lesław A. Paga Foundation actively supports professional development of young talented people passionate about the world of economics and business, having skills in various fields of study. Together with Warsaw Stock Exchange, their strategic Partner, the Foundation invest in young leaders. Through the training and educational projects, it develops a society of scholars – young leaders who can successfully find their way in the labour market. An important aspect of the Foundation’s activity is also promotion of the highest ethical and professional standards in business and personal life. For 10 years the Foundation has been the initiator of meetings of business people, science and culture. It believes it is their ideas, skills and knowledge that will determine the future of Poland.

Abris Capital Partners is a leading independent private equity fund manager, focused on mid-market opportunities in the major countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Established in 2007, Abris seeks to identify, and partner with, the most successful and dynamic mid-market businesses in Central and Eastern Europe, which can benefit from an input of capital and/or management expertise at both strategic and operational levels. With investment capital of over €770 million, Abris has obtained financial backing from many leading global investment institutions including corporate and public pension plans, financial institutions, insurance companies and US university endowment funds. Abris has a long-term investment horizon and usually targets transactions in which it is able to acquire a majority or sole ownership position. The typical financial commitment by Abris to any single transaction can range from €15 to 75 million, with larger commitments available if required.

We are based in Warsaw and Bucharest. Our Team comprises 20 investment professionals over 6 nationalities and is led by 7 partners who have extensive experience in the private equity markets of CEE. We believe our capabilities, well-established personal and corporate relationships, broad and long-term presence in the region and our strong operational focus make us unique among other financial investors and enable us to build companies into market leaders and deliver excellent returns to our investors.

For employment/internship opportunities please visit our website: www.abris-capital.com