Speakers 2016


Luis Amaral 

Luis Amaral has over 30 years of management experience in various industries. Luis commenced his professional career as a trainee at Unilever Portugal, where he worked for over 5 years, holding several managerial positions in sales and marketing departments.

In 2003, Luis made an MBO of Eurocash and subsequently, in 2005, he made it a public company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Since then, Eurocash has started acquiring various companies such as Delikatesy Centrum and KDWT in 2006, McLane Poland and PayUp in 2008, Batna in 2009, Premium Distributors in 2010, PolCater in 2011, and recently Tradis Distribution Group in 2012. These takeovers allowed Eurocash to become a market leader in Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) wholesale distribution in Poland with sales of approximately €17bn, 13,000 employees and a market capitalization of about €1.7bn.

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum is a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate and the Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute. She is the author of several books, including Gulag: A History, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction, and Iron Curtain, which won the 2013 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature. She is a former visiting professor at the LSE, a former member of the Washington Post editorial board, a former deputy editor of the Spectator magazine, and a former Warsaw correspondent of The Economist. Her work has also appeared in the New York Review of Books, the New Republic and many other public ations. She is a graduate of Yale and the London School of Economics.


Michał Bańka

Michał Bańka Ph.D, is a Director of the Department of Business Environment Institution Support at Polish Agency for Enterprise Development. In charge of development of the early-stage investments ecosystem in Poland, including seed funds (70) and their investments (1000+), as well as for development of venture capital funds, seed funds, business incubators and business angels networks (since 2008). Manages the Loan Fund for Innovation (launched 2013) dedicated to start-ups improving their performance. He is also responsible for supporting micro, small and medium-sized enterprises on their way to NewConnect, Warsaw Stock Exchange, Catalyst and foreign regulated markets. He also supports schemes for cross-regional clusters and the Business Environment Institutions providing services in innovation and promoting knowledge, including intellectual property protection among companies. Co-finances activities associated with EEN network and National Contact Point for the Polish Banks Association helping the businesses to thrive.


Kamil Bargiel 

Kamil Bargiel is a founder and CEO of SentiOne – a rapidly growing startup offering innovative media listening tool. Its innovative product helps global and local brands track and measure consumers’ opinions and activities online. SentiOne works with over 500 companies, including Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s, Nike and Unilever. Kamil Bargiel graduated from CEMS Master’s in Management at Warsaw School of Economics.

At the Polish Economic Forum 2016, he is participating in a panel dedicated to Polish successful startups.


Paweł Bielski 

Mr Bielski holds a function of a Director of the Corporate Strategy and Development Department of Grupa Azoty S.A.

During his studies, he focused on chemical engineering and getting managerial expertise. As a scientist, he published several monographs and patent applications.

His responsibilities at the company include management strategy planning, project management, and internal (investment) development. He also controls product portfolio development process and manages external acquisitions.
His broad understanding of complicated managerial roles will give us an insight on the importance of innovation and its impact on the company’s success.



Rafał Chwast

Rafał Chwast is a member of the Management Board and Chief Financial Officer of Nowy Styl Group, will visit us at the Polish Economic Forum 2016! Mr Rafał Chwast will join Adam Góral in the panel discussion on globally competitive Polish businesses.

Nowy Styl Group is a leading furniture manufacturer in Europe. The company has been on the market for 20 years, selling our products to more than 60 countries around the world achieving great international recognition.
Mr. Rafał Chwast also served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Comarch. He was responsible for conducting the initial public offering of Interia.pl and Comarch.


Michał Ciemiński

Michał Ciemiński is an expert in ICT market with over 20 years of experience and wide network of contacts among the Polish ICT sector. Michał is the founder and the CEO of Platinum Seed fund, which focuses on providing seed capital to projects mainly related to TMT, medicine, lifescience and renewable energy sources. Platinum Seed has been recognized by PARP (Polish Agency for Entrepreneurship Development) as the Most Innovative Business Support Organization of 2015.
Additionally, he is also involved in consulting boards of Polish ICT companies (CATV operator and main telco operators) by formulating and implementing market strategies.


Tytus Cytowski

Tytus Cytowski is an attorney, entrepreneur and founder of Cytowski & Partners. Tytus is a widely respected legal expert in matters related to venture capital and corporate transactions in transatlantic space. Tytus began his career as an associate in a mega US-law firm in New York (USA) and then worked in a micro VC fund/family office on the east coast. He started his own law firm in 2009, focusing on the representation of the interests of investors and entrepreneurs of emerging companies. In 2013 he expanded his law firm to Poland and frequently travels to Silicon Valley to close deals for his clients.
Tytus has been asked by the Minister of Science and Education of Poland to advise on new government initiatives relating to innovation in Poland in 2016.


Lejb Fogelman

Lejb Fogelman is a senior partner at a global law firm, Greenberg Traurig; and holds degrees from world-renowned institutions, including Harvard Law School and Columbia University. He focuses his practice on international business transactions in Poland, including private equity, privatisation, corporate reorganisations, joint ventures, financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. Lejb Fogelman represented firms such as BNP Paribas, PKN Orlen, PKO BP, Orange Poland and Zakłady Azotowe Puławy S.A. He has been recognised by the Chambers Europe 2013 for Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession.


Henry Foy

Henry Foy is the Financial Times Central Europe Correspondent, covering Poland and the wider CEE region. Henry writes across the unfolding political, economic and business stories, delivering a global perspective on one of the world’s fastest-developing and most interesting regions. He has an extensive knowledge about Polish politics and economics and shares it within his articles.
Previously the FT’s award-winning Motor Industry Correspondent, Henry joined the paper after spending three years reporting from India for Reuters.


Adam Góral 

Adam Góral is a co-founder and President of the Management Board of Asseco Poland, the largest IT company in Poland and one of the major software vendors in Europe. He is the originator and creator of Asseco Group, which currently employs more than 20 thousand people worldwide. He graduated from Cracow University of Economics, where he obtained a PhD degree in economics. While being one of the founders of the Rzeszów School of Business as well as the Subcarpathian Business Club, he is also the Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic and a member of the Council of Polish Investors in Africa.


Franciszek Hutten-Czapski

Franciszek Hutten-Czapski is a Senior 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.


Daniel Robert Kawczynski

Daniel Robert Kawczynski is a British Conservative Party politician and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Shrewsbury and Atcham in Shropshire, England. He was born in Poland and subsequently moved to the United Kingdom at the age of six.
Daniel Robert Kawczynski was a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and a parliamentary aide to the former Welsh Secretary David Jones. He is a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and in 2014 he was appointed a Special Advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron on Central and Eastern Europe and on Central and Eastern Europeans living in the United Kingdom. Having a very successful career in politics, he shows interest in the welfare of the Polish people living in the UK.


Radosław Koelner

Radosław Koelner has been the CEO of Rawlplug SA (formerly known as Koelner SA) since 1999, which he transformed from a local, family-owned enterprise into a successful global firm. Rawlplug is an international holding company and a world leader in the manufacturing of construction fixings. Their solutions are applied in the construction, automotive, mechanical and electromechanical industries, as well as in the mining and shipbuilding, power, and the road and timber industries.


Marek Matraszek

Mr Matraszek specialises in designing and implementing strategic communications and lobbying campaigns for major US, UK and European multinationals, and advising on their political strategy in the Central European region. He focuses also on the defence sector, and he currently advises Lockheed Martin on their activities in Poland.

For many years he supported the British Conservative Party and US Republican Party in their programmes in Central Europe, and was the formal representative of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation in the region. He currently holds a function of Chairman of Conservatives Abroad in Poland.
He wrote many publications on the subject of Polish and international affairs for journals like Poland Monthly, the Warsaw Business Journal, the Spectator and the Wall Street Journal Europe. He has also commentated on Polish politics for Polish Radio, the BBC, CNN, CNBC and Al-Jazeera television. He is an active blogger on strategic defence, energy and political issues in Central Europe.


Roman Młodkowski 

Roman Młodkowski is a renowned business and economic journalist, media manager as well as an independent consultant. He is currently holding a position of Managing Director of Business & Finance Segment in Onet-RAS Polska. Previously, he had developed TVN CNBC – Polish business and financial news channel being its editor-in-chief and director (2007 – 2013). Prior to that, he was also editor-in-chief of the business unit in TVN24 – the largest information TV channel in Poland (2011-2007). He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the IESE Business School. As a journalist, Roman has created numerous TV formats, including popular “the Firm” TV magazine.


Mateusz Morawiecki 

Mateusz Morawiecki has been appointed a Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development in the cabinet of Beata Szydło in November 2015.
His Ministry is responsible for planning and implementing sustainable development strategy for Poland. Previously, Mateusz Morawiecki worked at Bank Zachodni WBK for 17 years, for 8 years as the CEO.
In 1998, he was appointed a Deputy Director of the department negotiating terms of Poland’s accession to the EU in the Committee for European Integration.
Mr Morawiecki was awarded a Cross of Freedom and Solidarity in 2013 for merits in activity for the independence and sovereignty of Poland and observance of human rights. On 23rd June 2015, in recognition of his outstanding merits in supporting and promoting Polish culture and national heritage, he was decorated with Polonia Restituta Knight’s Cross.


Grzegorz Nawacki

Grzegorz Nawacki has been working as a journalist at “Puls Biznesu” since 2006, and holding a function of Deputy Editor-in-chief since 2011. He deals with the topics of capital markets, investment funds, pension funds, and private equity. He has been recognised as the “Journalist of the year” by Chamber of Fund and Asset Management in 2009 and as the “Debut of the year” in the competition organised by the Polish Insurance Association. Grzegorz Nawacki graduated from department of journalism in Collegium Civitas.


Marcin Petrykowski

Marcin Petrykowski is the Managing Director, Head of EMEA Relationship Management, Regional Head for Central and Eastern Europe and General Manager Poland Branch in the Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services.
In those many roles he is responsible for S&P’s franchise, strategy and commercial management of the ratings business across the region. Marcin is also S&P’s Ratings General Manager for Poland, running the Warsaw branch office, firm’s hub for Central and Eastern Europe. From March 2015 appointed Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Relationship Management, he leads a senior team structuring firm wide partnerships with S&P’s top tier strategic clients and
runs commercially the infrastructure and project finance business for EMEA.


Rafał Plutecki

Mr Plutecki is a veteran of the tech scene in Poland and has been involved in its development since 1994. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and helps the companies to grow and develop. He was one of the first Internet entrepreneurs in Poland – founder and CEO of Internet Technologies, a Polish ISP, featured in BusinessWeek as one of the 10 fastest growing companies in Central Europe. He was also the Managing Partner of Innofund, seed/early-stage VC; Country Manager of Infopraca, a leading online job board in Poland and Founder and CEO of Tempo, a microloan operator in Poland. Campus Warsaw invests in promising start-ups and mentors entrepreneurs.


Paweł Potoroczyn 

Paweł Potoroczyn is a diplomat, culture manager, film and music producer; and a publisher. He has been the director of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw since 2008. He began his career in public service in 1992 as the President of the Polish Information Agency. He started his diplomatic service in 1995 as Cultural Consul at the General Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles. He was the founding director of the Polish Cultural Institute in New York in 2000, then director of the Polish Cultural Institute in London from 2005; and a Founding Member of the Lincoln Center Global Exchange in New York.

Paweł Potoroczyn extensively published in periodicals including Rzeczpospolita, the Poland’s second-largest daily newspaper, and the magazines Tygodnik Powszechny and Brief. In 2013, he published a novel “Ludzka rzecz” (English title: To Err Is Human).


Adam Sawicki 

Adam Sawicki is the Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile Polska, owned by Deutsche Telecom – the biggest telecommunications operator in the EU. Prior to this he worked as the President of the Management Board and CEO of Netia, CEO of GTS Central Europe and the President of the Management Board and CEO of Ruch Internet. During that time, he participated in numerous projects including strategic transformation of operators, both on the business (B2B) and the residential (B2C) markets. He worked in a number of senior management positions in various companies of the Telia Group (later TeliaSonera), gaining international experience in various European telecommunications markets.


Waltraud Schelkle 

Dr Waltraud Schelkle is an Associate Professor of Political Economy at the European Institute and has worked at LSE since autumn 2001, teaching courses on the political economy of European integration at MSc and PhD level. She is an Adjunct Professor of economics at the Economics Department of the Free University of Berlin where she did a post-doctorate degree (Habilitation) in 1999 with a thesis on “The new theory of monetary integration” (published in German, in 2001). Her research interests are the evolving economic governance of EMU and social policy reforms directed at financial markets.


Wawrzyniec Smoczyński

Wawrzyniec Smoczyński is the creator and managing director of POLITYKA INSIGHT. Journalist and foreign editor at the leading Polish weekly Polityka, winner of the Kwiatkowski Award for economic writing (2010), the Polish Grand Press Award (2011) and the Woyciechowski Prize for outstanding journalism (2012).Open Society Fellow 2008, Marshall Memorial Fellow 2009, Munich Young Leader 2010, IMF Journalism Fellow 2011. A graduate in Egyptology at the University of Warsaw, he also studied General Linguistics and Coptology at the Georg August University, Göttingen.


Witold Sobków 

Witold Sobków is the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in the United Kingdom and a distinguished figure in Polish diplomacy. Prior to his appointment as the Ambassador, he held the position of the Head of Polish Delegation by the UN. Educated at the University of Warsaw, Mr Sobków also completed various courses at leading European and American institutions including Harvard and Stanford Universities, gaining outstanding experitise in the field of foreign affairs. It will be our pleasure to host such a distinguished personality at our event.


Aleksandra Sroka 

Aleksandra Sroka has been working at the Boston Consulting Group for ten years now. Currently, she holds a position of the Principal, being responsible for managing strategic projects, mainly in the Financial Services Industry. She leads a team of Consultants and manages client relationships. Aleksandra Sroka graduated from Wrocław School of Economics with a degree in Financial Management.


Szymon Wałach 

Mr Wałach is a graduate of Montclair State University in New Jersey. His professional career started in 2000 with Salomon Smith Barney in New York. It was continued in Warsaw office of The Boston Consulting Group as well as in Pekao SA (UniCredit Group). In 2010 he joined PKO Bank Polski SA as an advisor to CEO. Since 2011 he has been Managing Director in charge of Retail Customer Division overseeing Mass, Affluent & SME Client Segments as well as products offer.