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.
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.
PKO Bank Polski is a leader in the Polish banking sector and the largest bank in terms of assets in Central and Eastern Europe. It focuses on modernity and has effectively increased the competitiveness of the Polish economy. PKO Bank Polski combines its traditionally dominant role in the retail sector with the gradual strengthening of the market position of the corporate and investment segments. Since 2014, it has also built its position in the insurance industry.
CEC Government Relations is the largest independent political consultancy in Cen- tral 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, BP and a range of other major US and European multinationals. CEC is partnered with leading public affairs companies in Brussels, London and Washington, D.C. to provide services in Europe and beyond.
The European Parliament (EP) is the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU). Together with the Council of the European Union (the Council) and the European Commission, it exercises the legislative function of the EU. The Parliament is composed of 751 (previously 766) members, who represent the second largest democratic electorate in the world (after the Parliament of India) and the largest trans-national democratic electorate in the world (375 million eligible voters in 2009).
Narodowy Bank Polski, the central bank of Poland, is responsible for the stability of the national currency. Fulfilling this constitutional obligation, the NBP develops and implements the monetary policy strategy and the annual monetary policy guidelines. Through the management of the official reserves the NBP ensures the requisite level of the State’s financial security. As an issuer of currency, the NBP maintains the liquidity of cash payments. An important objective of the NBP is guarding the stability of the financial system. As part of its supervisory and regulatory functions, the NBP oversees the liquidity, efficiency and security of the payment system. It also contributes to the development of a secure infrastructure of the financial market. Moreover, the NBP undertakes activities aimed at disseminating knowledge about economics.
The European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) is an independent and non-profit policy research think tank dedicated to trade policy and other international economic policy issues of importance to Europe. Launched in 2006, ECIPE has quickly established itself as one of the leading European policy-research institutes in the fields of the world economy. ECIPE is rooted in the classical tradition of free trade and an open world economic order. Progressive reduction of barriers to the movement of goods, services, capital and people across borders creates prosperity, and improves the conditions for peace, security and individual freedom. ECIPE aims to diminish this gap with research and analysis that brings together politics, economics and law, and applies them to real world policy-making. ECIPE conducts policy research and publish papers, briefs, and books. We organize seminars, conferences and roundtables on European and international trade policy, and other international economic policy issues of concern to Europe. ECIPE has a network of non-residential Fellows and Senior Fellows, and will progressively expand its Brussels-based secretariat and operations. ECIPE co-operates with other centres and institutes, and offers a platform in Brussels for presenting new research and analysis.
Polska Rada Biznesu (Polish Business Roundtable) is an association of presidents and owners of major Polish companies. The mission of PBR – “Economic growth for Poland through the development of enterprise” – expresses the commitment of each of its members to continuously work on promoting the highest standards of entrepreneurship in every possible environment. Polish Business Roundtable also launched a Career Program – a prestigious program of paid internships for students and university graduates, who have not completed 30 years of age. The winners of each edition are granted internships in leading companies in the Polish market.
The Ministry of Economic Development has been introduced by the ordinance of Polish Council of Ministers on 07.12.2015. Its areas of activity include: Develop- ment Policy, International Cooperation, European Funds, Construction and Housing, Transport, and Maritime Economy. Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development, has recently introduced a new initiative, Plan for Sustain- able Development, aimed at improving the quality of life and tackling the main chal- lenges concerning the growth of the Polish economy.
The Ministry of Finance (MF) is a governmental administration office servicing the minister competent for the state budget, public finance and financial institutions. One of the fundamental tasks of the MF is preparation, execution and control over implementation of the state budget. Moreover, the Ministry deals with the financing system for local governments, the budget zone and state security and manages the public debt. The MF is also responsible for implementation of state income and expenses, including income from taxes, as well as for financial, credit and payment cooperation with foreign countries and implementation of provisions regarding customs and treasury control. The MF executes tasks related to the operation of financial markets, including banks, insurance companies and investment funds, and tasks related to trade in securities. Moreover, it initiates governmental policy with respect to the securities’ market.
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 de- partment with a single disciplinary focus. For this reason, its world-renowned staff members draw on a wide variety of academic fields, such as politics, economics, geography, history, political economy, law, philosophy, and international relations.
The Warsaw Stock Exchange (Giełda Papierów Wartościowych) is a leading secu- rities exchange in Emerging Markets Europe (EME) and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), as well as one of the fastest growing exchanges in Europe. It lists stocks and bonds of nearly a thousand local and international issuers. In addition, the Exchange offers derivatives and structured products trade, as well as information services. Close to 25 years of experience, high safety of trading, operational excel- lence and a broad range of products make the Warsaw Stock Exchange one of the most recognised Polish financial institutions in the world.
The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) is a leading Central European think tank which positions itself between the world of politics and independent analysis. PISM provides analytical support to decision-makers and diplomats, initiates public debate and disseminates expert knowledge about contemporary international relations. The work of PISM is guided by the conviction that the deci- sion-making process in international relations should be based on knowledge that comes from a reliable and valid research.
The Polish Chamber of Commerce (PCC), founded in 1990, is the largest economic self-government institution in Poland, grouping over 150 business organisations.
It promotes corporate social responsibility through the “Fair Play Enterprise” Pro- gram and through the provision of trainings and conferences, which encourage implementation of the highest standards of business ethics. PCC also undertakes multiple initiatives to increase the international recognition of Poland.
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.
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.
Platinum Seed Incubator is an early-stage VC fund which bridges innovators and investors, focusing on innovation and the digital economy. The company special- ises in commercialisation, internationalisation and the transfer of technology for bright ideas that allow for the development of future solutions. Platinum Seed is part of the European Business Angels Network, and has also been recognized by PARP (Polish Agency for Enterprise Development) as the Most Innovative Business Support Organization of 2015.
Go4Poland is an initiative organised by the GPW Foundation, aimed at attracting young Poles studying abroad to come back and develop their careers in Poland. Go4Poland acts as a platform for building relationships, communication and shar- ing information between Polish business environment and students. Through the internship scheme, it offers valuable experience to the talented youth and intro- duces them to the Polish labour market.