Sebastian Kulczyk

Sebastian Kulczyk is a CEO of Kulczyk Investments. An investor specializing in the new technology sector. He graduated from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, majoring in management and marketing. He has also studied at the London School of Economics. From 2009 to 2010 he worked for Lazard investment bank in London and has also worked at the digital media unit of Sony BMG in New York. He then started working at Kulczyk Investments in 2010 overseeing the Group’s most strategic sector of natural resources. Appointed a board member in December 2011, he is responsible for business development.


Mateusz Morawiecki

Mr. Mateusz Morawiecki has been appointed a Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development and Finance in the cabinet of Beata Szydło. His Ministry is responsible for planning and implementing sustainable development strategy for Poland. Previously, he worked at Bank Zachodni WBK for 17 years, for 8 years as a CEO. In 1998, he was appointed the Deputy Director of the department negotiating terms of Poland’s accession to the EU in the Committee for European Integration. He obtained education from the University of Wrocław, Business Administration Central Connecticut State University and Wrocław University of Technology, MBA studies at the University of Economics in Wrocław, the University of Hamburg, and the University of Basel.


Arkady Rzegocki

Ambassador Rzegocki is a political scientist, professor of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, specialising in Polish and English political thought, the concept of national interest (raison d’État), as well as the issue of soft power. For many years he has been actively promoting knowledge of Poland in the United Kingdom. From 2011 to 2016 he was a Professor of the Polish University Abroad in London (PUNO). He has been the initiator and the first director of the Jagiellonian University Polish Research Centre in London that has been operating since 2011. From 2011 to 2015 he was the leader of the postgraduate course “Polish-British Strategic Partnership in the EU and NATO” organised jointly by PUNO and the Jagiellonian University.


Michał Krupiński

In 2012 the Davos World Economic Forum awarded Mr. Krupiński with a title of a Young Global Leader. At the age of 25, he was the youngest person ever nominated to ministerial position in Poland (Undersecretary of State Treasury). In October 2008 Mr Krupiński was designated to the position of Alternate Executive Director at the World Bank Group in Washington, DC. During the financial and economic crisis, he therefore, represented several countries from Central and Eastern Europe as well as Central Asia at the Boards of IBRD, IFC and MIGA. Since 2011 Michał Krupiński has been responsible for Bank of America Merrill Lynch activities in Central and Eastern Europe and in January 2016, he took over as CEO of PZU Group.

Mr Krupiński holds a degree from the Warsaw School of Economics (MSc in international economics) and Executive MBA degree in 2010 from Columbia Business School in New York.


Mirosław Godlewski

Mirosław Godlewski is a core member of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) practice at The Boston Consulting Group. He joined BCG as a senior advisor in 2015, bringing 22 years of professional experience from across a range of sectors, including TMT, logistics, consumer goods, and industrial goods. Mr Godlewski has acquired broad experience in finding and tapping into synergies that span industries. Before joining BCG, he held President and CEO positions at a number of large corporations including Netia, Opoczno, GATX Rail Poland, and Pepsi-Cola Poland. He is currently executive chairman of Apteka Gemini; the supervisory board member of Netia, Celon Pharma, and SEG; and an investment partner in the Hedgehog Fund.


Krzysztof Krawczyk

Krzysztof Krawczyk joined CVC in 2015. Prior to joining CVC, he had been the Managing Partner of Innova Capital, one of the leading mid-market private equity firms in Central and Eastern Europe. He has 18 years of experience in private equity and a proven track record in numerous transactions throughout CEE. He is a Vice-President and Treasurer of Polish Private Equity Association and co-founded and co-chaired its LBO Committee. Mr Krawczyk holds an MA in Finance and Banking from the Warsaw School of Economics.

Adam Ringer

Adam Ringer

When he was 19, he had just finished his first year of university with 5 dollars in his pocket. Today, he is the CEO of award-winning Green Coffee Caffé Nero chain in Poland. He is on the board of directors of a few firms, managing millions of pounds worth of contracts. And it all started with a cup coffee…


Barbara Załęska

Barbara Załęska, Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group and a member of the Financial Institutions Practice. She graduated from the MBA Program at INSEAD Business School in Singapore and beforehand from Quantitative Methods and Information Systems at Warsaw School of Economics. Before joining BCG, she worked as Sell Side Analyst at Wood’s & Co.


Emma Hogan

Emma Hogan is the Europe correspondent for The Economist. Before, she worked as a British journalist, writing about social affairs, cities and infrastructure, among other things. She is a regular guest on the BBC News Channel paper review; she also appeared on CNN, CNBC and Sky News, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and LBC Radio. Ms Hogan studied English at Cambridge University, graduating with a double first in 2010 and an MPhil the following year. In 2012 she was also one of the judges for the Forward Prize for Poetry.

Michał Borkowski

Michał Borkowski

CEO and Co-Founder of Brainly, a social learning network allowing students to ask and answer questions about their subjects. He co-founded Brainly in 2009 when he was only 22. His work has been driven by the belief that an unrestricted access to information and knowledge is crucial in empowering students around the world.


Carsten Sørensen

Mr Sørensen has since 1989 been affiliated with a number of Danish, Swedish and British institutions, and LSE since 1999. After joining LSE, Dr Sørensen has studied the business and consumer impact of mobile and information technology innovations. For more than a decade, he researched organisational innovation with mobile computing and consulted for a range of large international firms and public organisations, such as Microsoft, Google, PA Consulting Group, IMF, Orange, Intel, Vodafone to name a few.


Monika Wincel

Monika Wincel is a Consultant at BCG’s London office. Since joining BCG in 2012, she has worked across a variety of large-scale transformations and digital projects covering consumer products, retail, media, finance and industrial goods sectors. She was selected to join BCG’s Social Impact Work with the United Nations’ World Food Programme where she was involved in projects across Saharan Africa, Middle East and Europe. Ms Wincel holds an MBA from INSEAD. She also graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations.


Piotr Łagowski

Piotr Łagowski worked for Penta Investments (leading CEE PE) as Executive Director at portfolio company Empik. Before one of executives in Oliver Samwer Rocket Internet start-up factory. He was responsible for building from scratch Foodpanda (food delivery marketplace) in CEE as well as Quandoo (restaurant reservation marketplace) in EEMEA region. He developed with huge success Groupon and Westwing in Poland. Before joining start-up industry, Mr. Łagowski had career path in banking sector where he achieved Sales Director position. During his management studies he was full time entrepreneur in his own tech start-up. Graduated London Business School (Executive education), University of Leuven (MBA), Warsaw School of Economics (Ph.D), Warsaw University (Master).

Adam Goral

Adam Góral

In 1998, together with his brother, he founded ‘Jazcoop’, a firm which specialised in ketchup production. It was at the computer office at ‘Jazcoop’ that gave origin to Comp Ltd.’s branch in Warsaw, which was then to be renamed as Asseco Poland SA in 2004. Now he is a chairman of the board of Asseco Poland SA and holds management positions within other partnerships, such as Vistula.


Roger Hodkiss

Roger is one of the few non-Poles to be approved by the KNF to be the CEO of an insurance company in Poland. He is a Member of the Management Board, responsible for Non-Life Insurance at PZU. Roger led the transformation of Link4, which was sold to PZU in 2014 for 90m Euros during his time as a CEO. He is also one of the few non-natives who learned Polish.


Michał Broniatowski

Panel Chair. Michał Broniatowski started his career in 1979 in TVP, where he worked until the Martial law in Poland. Later, he worked for British TV networks, Associated Press and then for Reuters. From 1992, he became the Director of Reuters Polska, which was a first such endeavor in Eastern Europe. After a brief period in Russia, Mr. Broniatowski planned the new media strategy for ITI, where he served as a Member of Board. In 2003-2009, he was the Vice-President of Interfax – the biggest private Russian news agency. Currently, he is a member of the board of directors in TVN S.A.


Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska is a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform. Ms Gostyńska-Jakubowska works on the EU institutional architecture, EU decision-making process, institutional dimension of the EU economic governance, differentiated integration and on Polish European policy. She worked as a senior research fellow at the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw where she dealt with the EU institutional affairs. She provided recommendations for the Polish government on how to strengthen its position on the EU stage and enhanced media knowledge on EU affairs. She holds masters degrees in law and international relations, both obtained at Warsaw University.


Marek Matraszek

Mr. Matraszek graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1984 at Magdalen College, Oxford. Mr Matraszek obtained a Masters degree in Russian and East European Studies at Magdalen in 1987. He moved to Poland in the autumn of 1990, initially working as a freelance correspondent, and established CRC in 1993. He has advised a wide range of defence and aerospace companies in Central Europe. Mr. Matraszek was Lockheed Martin’s lead political adviser during the tender for Poland’s acquisition of the F-16 multirole aircraft, and since 2001 has been a consultant to several divisions of Lockheed.


Jacek Bartosiak

Jacek Bartosiak is an expert in grand strategy, modern warfare, maritime domain, national security. Jacek Bartosiak is the Senior Fellow at the Potomac Foundation and Director of Wargaming Studies & Simulations at the Pulawski Foundation. Mr. Bartosiak is a practicing law attorney and the management partner at Bartosiak&Partners specializing in international commercial transactions and business law. PhD at Polish Academy of Sciences on the US Air-Sea Battle Concept and its impact on the US & China geostrategies in the Western Pacific and Eurasia. Jacek Bartosiak is an author of the bestselling book in Polish on geostrategy “The Pacific and Eurasia. On War”.


Konrad Piasecki

Panel Chair. Historian, radio and TV journalist. Mr. Piasecki holds a degree in History from the University of Warsaw. From 1992 up until 2016 he was working in RMF FM, for 10 years hosting Kontrwywiad RMF FM. At the same time, he was working in Polsat, hosting political programmes in 1996-2004. He writes for many newspapers such as Rzeczpospolita, Newsweek, Polityka, Tygodnik Powszechny and Focus Historia. In 2015 Mr. Piasecki was awarded the most prestigious journalism award in Poland, the Grand Press Award for the Journalist of the Year.