Speakers 2014

Jan Vincent-Rostowski

Former Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
Also known as Jacek Rostowski, he is a Polish and British economist, academic (UCL, LSE, CEU in Budapest) and politician: Member of the Polish Parliament (since 2011), Deputy Prime Minister (until November 2013) and the longest-serving Finance Minister of the Republic of Poland (six years until November 2013). He holds numerous awards for his work in the government – notably in 2010 Financial Times voted Jacek Rostowski the second, and in 2011 and 2012, the third best performing Finance Minister in Europe. Mr Rostowski has championed the biggest and most controversial pension reform since the 1990s and is considered to have broadened the perspective of Polish fiscal policy to also include its wider socio-economic aspects.

Danuta Hübner

Former European Commissioner for Regional Policy
Professor Danuta Hübner is the Chair of the Committee of Regional Development in the European Parliament and a Member of European Parliament. Formerly, she was a European Commissioner for Regional Policy, as well as a substitute member of the Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, the Special Committee on the Policy Challenges and Budgetary Resources for a Sustainable European Union after 2013. Professor Hübner has contributed significantly to the process of social and economic integration in Central and Western Europe. She is well-versed in the subtleties of complex European issues.

Andrzej Klesyk

CEO, PZU Group
The Chief Executive Officer of PZU SA, since 2007, Andrzej Klesyk was one of the first Poles to graduate from the Harvard University. His is a former Partner in Boston Consulting Group Poland, CEO of Bank Inteligo, and a Partner in McKinsey&Co in London. In 1991 he left for the US and worked for Kidder, Peabody and Coopers & Lybrand in New York. During the years 1989 – 1990, he worked in the Ministry of Economic Reform. He was offered the CEO position at PKO BP twice; however he did not accept the offers. He has been an active participant in the debate on Polish education. Mr Klesyk is also a member of the Harvard Business School European Advisory Board.

Paweł Tamborski

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Treasury
Paweł Tamborski is the Deputy Minister of the National Treasury since January 2012. Previously, he managed the CA IB Securities S.A. and worked for Unicredit CAIB Securities UK Ltd in London, being responsible for the bank’s operations in Central and Eastern Europe. He also worked for the CA IB brokerage house. Paweł Tamborski has been involved in the major privatisations of recent years and had performed high-value transactions for the Ministry of the Treasury. Apart from work, he is passionate about sailing, skiing, literature and film.

Mateusz Morawiecki

CEO, Bank Zachodni WBK
Mateusz Morawiecki has been with Bank Zachodni WBK since 1998, and as of May 2007 he is the President of the bank’s management board. He graduated from the University of Wrocław, the Wrocław Technical University and Central Connecticut State University. He holds a diploma in European Law and Economic Integration Economics from the University of Hamburg as well as the Master of Advanced European Studies degree from the University of Basel. He is a former deputy director of the Department of Access Negotiations at the European Integration Committee. In addition, he is a member of the supervisory boards of several companies and the curriculum committees of several universities.

Mariusz Grendowicz

CEO, Polskie Inwestycje Rozwojowe
CEO of Polish Investments for Development, the newly-founded Polish infrastructure sovereign wealth fund. He started his international banking career at Grindlays Bank in London. After that, he worked at Citibank in London and ING Bank, at which he held senior managerial positions in both Poland and Hungary. He is the former President and CEO of BRE Bank, the third largest bank in Poland. An independent director, sitting on a number of company boards, with the Polish Aviva subsidiaries – Arctic Paper and Globe Trade Centre – among them, Mr Grendowicz read economics at the University of Gdańsk and qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in the UK.

Józef Wancer

Józef Wancer worked at Citibank on various positions in Japan, Austria, Great Britain and France for almost 25 years. He was an independent consultant, co-participating in the organisation od Citibank in Warsaw. He is currently a member of the Supervisory Board of Gothaer Insurance Company and KRUK SA. He also holds the Chapter of the Economic Award of the President of the Republic of Poland. Wancer is a member of the board of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland and a member of the council of the Business Centre Club. Additionally, he was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit for his notable achievements in the banking industry and the Order of Polonia Restituta.

Andrzej Jacaszek

Chief Editor, Harvard Business Review Poland
A businessman and journalist, Jacaszek worked as the Deputy Minister of Finance of Poland (2004-2005) when he conducted the restructuring of the capital market in Poland. He is a lecturer in the ICAN Institute (since 2004) and chief editor of Harvard Business Review Poland (since 2006). The initiator of the “Poland, go global” project which promotes international expansion amongst Polish firms, he specializes in strategic management, sales, marketing and business economics. Since 2009 he is the Vice President of Employers of Poland – the biggest employers’ organisation in Poland, connecting over 7500 companies with 4 million employees.

Stanisław Kluza

Former Minister of Finance and President of KNF
Doctor of Economics, creator of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) and its first chairman (2006-2011), Minister and Deputy Minister of Finance (2006), Chief Economist and the Director of the Analysis Department at Bank Gospodarki Żywnościowej (in Rabobank Group) (2002-2006). He is a faculty member at the Warsaw School of Economics (since 1994), where he is affiliated with the Institute of Statistics and Demography. His main fields of interest are: monetary policy, statistics, econometrics, macroeconomics, banking and business cycles. He is the author of numerous papers in the field of supervising financial market and macroeconomic analysis.

Franciszek Hutten-Czapski

Partner, The Boston Consulting Group
He is a Partner and Managing Director of the Boston Consulting Group in Poland, leading the Warsaw office to extensive growth. He is an expert in sales, marketing, post-merger integrations and transformations in financial services and the FMCG sector. He gained experience working on over 30 cases with leading banks, insurance and consumer goods companies in Poland and Central Europe. For 2 years he has been working in BCG divisions in Chicago and New York, assisting international firms from the Fortune 100 list. Before starting his career at BCG he worked in the marketing department of Procter & Gamble. He graduated with honours from the Warsaw University of Technology and the University of Surrey.

Michał Brański

Founder and CEO, O2.pl Group
Michał Brański is the co-CEO and the co-founder of Grupa o2. He was previously responsible for the marketing and development strategies of the company. Now he mainly takes care of e-commerce. He is a visionary with a strong business intuition. He is the creator of the first Polish webpage about celebrities’ lives – Pudelek. He was awarded the “Man of the Year of the Polish Internet” title in 2006. He is also the founder of a social media agency. An alumnus of the Warsaw School of Economics, he has been invited to take part in numerous conferences and panel discussions.

Michał Kobosko

Director of the Wroclaw Forum by The Atlantic Council
Michał Kobosko is the director of the Wrocław Global Forum, which is focused on challenges connected to economy, democracy and international security. Based in Warsaw, Kobosko is heading the Atlantic Council’s (one of the most important American think tanks) second overseas office after Istanbul. He is a veteran journalist – he started in Gazeta Wyborcza in 1993, and then worked as an executive editor of leading American titles such as Forbes, Newsweek and Bloomberg Businessweek. Currently, he is the executive editor of the Polish version of Project Syndicate and the co-owner of Prime Speakers agency.

Michał Juda

Co-founder, Showroom
Michał Juda is the co-founder of SHOWROOM – the biggest e-commerce platform for independent fashion designers in Poland, where he is responsible for technology, finance and online marketing. His start-up was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Puls Biznesu, Wyborcza.biz, Elle, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar Polska and many more. Prior to founding the company, he worked in IT consultancy in the Netherlands and ran the Filemon & Baucis creative agency. He is an alumnus of the Warsaw School of Economics and HEC Management School.

Antonina Samecka

Co-founder, Risk. made in Warsaw
Samecka is the CEO and co-owner of RISK made in warsaw (a fashion brand). She is an expert in brand building – her marketing strategy made RISK one of the most successful and recognisable Polish start-ups. Before founding her own company, she had been working as a journalist for 12 years, acting as an executive editor in magazines such as InStyle Poland. Although she didn’t study marketing (she was more interested in Classical Philology and History of Art instead), she gives many inspirational talks and workshops about branding strategies and the art of creating brands that consumers love.

Brigitte Granville

Queen Mary, University of London

Brigitte and Jacek are collaborating on scholarly projects. Brigitte’s research interests focus on the application of macro monetary economics to critical contemporary issues. Brigitte’s monograph on inflation “Remembering Inflation” was published by Princeton University Press last August. She has been part of a team advising Russia’s Ministry of Finance, and has been a major contributor to the analysis of the successes and problems of Russian monetary reforms. More recently, Brigitte has joined a group of macroeconomists from ten European countries who are signatories of the “European Solidarity Manifesto” advocating the dismantlement of the European Monetary Union.

Waltraud Schelkle

Associate Professor, LSE European Institute
Waltraud is an Associate Professor of Political Economy at the European Institute and has been at LSE since autumn 2001, teaching courses on the political economy of European integration at MSc and PhD level. She has previously worked as a development economist, and from 1989-2002 as a staff member in the German Institute of Development in Berlin, with a research focus on the financial system in development. Her research interests focus on the political economy of welfare state reform, understood broadly as encompassing the restructuring of social risk management induced both by market creation and integration in Europe, and by the macroeconomic framework in the monetary union.

Professor Stuart Corbridge

Provost and Deputy Director
Professor Stuart Corbridge is the professor of Development Studies currently serving as Provost and Deputy Director of the London School of Economics. He joined LSE in 2001, having previously taught at Huddersfield, London (Royal Holloway College), Syracuse, Cambridge and Miami Universities. His publications include Capitalist World Development (1986), Debt and Development (1993), India (co-author, 2000/2003) and numerous articles in professional journals. He obtained an undergraduate degree and a doctorate at the University of Cambridge.

His Excellency Witold Sobków

Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the Court of St James’s
Witold Sobków is the H.E. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland in London to the Court of St. James’s. Until his appointment, he served as the Ambassador of Poland to the United Nations and Political Director. Prior to that, he was in the Department of Strategy and Planning of Poland’s Foreign Ministry, with the rank of Ambassador. He also served as Under-Secretary of State for European Affairs, Poland’s Ambassador to Ireland, Senior Advisor to the Minister on European Affairs, Director for Non-European Countries and the United Nations System and Deputy Head of the West European Department.

Dr Abel Bojar

LSE European Institute
Dr Bojar is an LSE Fellow in Political Economy of Europe at the European Institute. He specialises in European Political Economy, Emerging Markets, and Political Transition and Economic Development in Central and Eastern Europe. His thesis covered various aspects of the interaction between public budgeting and electoral behaviour across advanced capitalist economies. Abel joined the European Institute in 2009. Prior to his arrival to LSE, Abel had worked on macroeconomic analysis in Budapest, Hungary.

Krzysztof Pawiński

CEO and Co-founder, Maspex
The co-founder and CEO of Maspex Wadowice Group (since 1990) – one of the largest food companies in Central Europe, Pawiński graduated from the University of Science and Technology in Cracow. He went on to study at the Technische Uniwersitaet in Clausthal-Zellefeld, Germany. In 1996 he earned his Ph.D. in Technical Sciences. He has been awarded many prestigious business awards, such as the Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year 2011” – the biggest business contest in the world, Forbes “Leader of Business”, and the “Business in Małopolska” award.

Dariusz Pietrzak

CFO, LOT Polish Airlines
Dariusz Pietrzak is the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) of LOT Polish Airlines, where he is responsible for creating and implementing the company’s long-term strategy, the optimisation and efficiency of business processes, as well as its alliances and industry partnerships. Since April 2013, he has been the Representative of the Chairman of the Board for Commercial Matters at LOT, and up until the end of 2012, he worked at Qantas Australian lines as Group Strategy Manager and Restructuring Advisor. He also managed projects for airlines as a manager for The Boston Consulting Group.

Paweł Sołtys

Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek Polska
Paweł Sołtys is currently an editor of Bloomberg Businessweek Poland, a Polish edition of one of the most influential business magazines in the world. Since 2008, he has also been an economic journalist of Trójka Polskie Radio (Polish Radio). In his reports, he focuses on trends in financial markets and economic mechanisms, and aims to explain complex economic issues to Polish listeners in a simple and understandable way.

Vadim Makarenko

Gazeta Wyborcza