7th European Financial Congress, Sopot & Gdansk, 5-7 June 2017

Capital, Taxes and International Solidarity in the 21st century

Program board

Jan Krzysztof Bielecki

Chairman of the European Financial Congress Program Board

Jan Krzysztof Bielecki was born in 1951 in Bydgoszcz. He graduated from the Economics of Water Transportation Faculty at the University of Gdańsk.In 1973-1980, he was a junior research fellow at the University’s Department

of the Economics of Water Transportation. At the same time, he was a unit head at the Managerial Training Centre of the Ministry of Engineering and Steel Industry.From the end of 1980, he served as an economic expert to the “Solidarity” trade union. During the martial law he was involved in underground union activity. In 1985, he became the Chairman of the consulting company ”Doradca” in Sopot.In 1989, he was one of the founding members of the Gdańsk Social Economic Association – the Liberal Congress. From February 1990 on, he was a member of the Presidium of the Liberal-Democratic Congress. Following the merger of the Democratic Union and the Liberal-Democratic Congress in April 1994, he became a member of the new party, the Freedom Union. He served as a Deputy to the Sejm in 1989-1993.In December 1990, he was appointed Prime Minister. After the elections in October 1991, he resigned from office and his resignation was accepted by the Sejm in December 1991. He served as Minister for European Integration and Foreign Assistance in Hanna Suchocka’s government.From December 1993 to September 2003, he represented Poland in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.In 2003-2010 he was the President of Bank Pekao SA Management Board.He was awarded the Order of the White Eagle.In March 2010 he was appointed by Prime Minister Donald Tusk, the chairman of the Economic Council of the Prime Minister. He held the position until December 2014.

Piotr Alicki

‎President of the Management Board, KIR S.A.

Brunon Bartkiewicz

CEO, ING Bank Śląski, Poland

Brunon Bartkiewicz has held positions within ING, both in Poland and the Netherlands, since the1990’s. In 1995, Brunon was appointed CEO of Bank Śląski, which position he held until June 2000.As of then, he was

General Manager and Management Board member at ING Direct NV, responsiblefor credit, market and operational risk, operational and IT support. He returned to ING Bank Śląski (Poland) as CEO in 2004 and held the position until 2010. At that timehe became member of the General Management Team at ING Direct, responsible for activities inSpain, Italy, France, Great Britain and Australia. As of 2012 he was in charge of ING operations inFrance, Italy, Poland, Spain, Romania and Turkey. As Chief Innovation Officer at ING Group (since 2014), Brunon Bartkiewicz played a major role in accelerating ING’s pace of innovation, developing and promoting innovative ideas and solutions, applying new technologies and delivering speed-to-market of successful ideas.  In 2016 he returned as CEO of ING Bank Śląski.Brunon Bartkiewicz is a graduate of the Main School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw(currently, Warsaw School of Economics) with a degree in Economics at the Foreign Trade. 

Tomasz Bogus

CEO, BGŻ BNP Paribas SA

Absolwent Wydziału Prawa i Administracji Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego. W 1999 r. złożył egzamin radcowski. Ukończył studia podyplomowe z zakresu bankowości detalicznej w Banking Administration Institute w USA, a także liczne szkolenia,

w tym m.in. z zakresu zarządzania organizowane przez Harvard Business School oraz INSEAD we Francji.Od początku swojej kariery zawodowej związany jest z bankowością. W latach 1991-1998 pracował w Powszechnym Banku Gospodarczym, gdzie m.in. pełnił funkcję zastępcy dyrektora Departamentu Kluczowych Klientów Korporacyjnych. Następnie w latach 1998-2001 był dyrektorem Oddziału Banku Austria Creditanstalt w Łodzi. Od 2001 do 2008 roku pracował w BRE Banku, gdzie do 2006 roku kierował MultiBankiem, a później pełnił funkcję dyrektora zarządzającego w Obszarze Bankowości Korporacyjnej. W latach 2008–2015 był związany z Bankiem Pocztowym, gdzie na początku pełnił funkcję członka Zarządu, a potem prezesa Zarządu. Od początku września 2015 roku jest prezesem Zarządu Banku BGŻ BNP Paribas. 

Mariusz Cholewa

President of the Management Board, Biuro Informacji Kredytowej SA

Michał Chyczewski

Executive Director, Financial Services, EY

Bartosz Ciołkowski

Country Manager Poland, MasterCard Europe

Maciej Duszczyk

Vice-Rector for Research, University of Warsaw

Jerzy Gajewski

CEO, NDI SA

Graduate of the Gdańsk University of Technology.  He took his first steps in his professional career in Gdańsk in the year 1972.  In 1977-90 he built his experience in Iraq and Kuwait providing services in e.g.

the preparation and supervision of investment projects.In 1990 he founded NDI S.A. – the development and construction company specialising in investment organisation, supervision, and execution.  NDI has a track record of participation in a number of major investments in Poland, to name e.g. the construction of the northern section of the A1 Motorway from Gdańsk to Toruń, revitalisation of the Sopot City Centre, Sheraton chain hotels, office and service complexes for major banking and insurance institutions.  In the area of infrastructural projects NDI takes up road, railway, and tramway investments.  The Company has twice won the prestigious Forbes Diamonds.  Jerzy Gajewski has rich experience in working on corporate management and supervisory boards of e.g. Buildco S.A., Cocefi Polska, Pantera Holdings Ltd., and Gdańsk Transport Company S.A.  He has served as e.g. the advisor to the Mayor of the City of Gdańsk, the Polish State Railways, the Airports S.A. company, and the Ministry of Spatial Management and Building in the cabinet on Hanna Suchocka.  In the year 2009 he was conferred the title of „The 2008 Employer in Construction” and in the year 2012 the title of „The Top Manager of Pomerania 2011”.

Maciej H. Grabowski

Director, Programme, European Financial Congress

Maciej H. Grabowski – Doctor of Economics at the University of Gdańsk and Engineer of Navigation at the Gdynia Maritime Academy. In the 1980s, he worked for the Polish Ocean Lines as chief mate.For 18 years, he developed

the Gdańsk Institute for Market Economics, where he acted as a Vice-President from 1991. His research focused on tax systems, socio-economic transitions and labour markets.From 1994 to 2000, he lectured at the University of Gdańsk. He contributed to the development of the Polish Lisbon Strategy Forum and the Polish Civil Forum.He took part in the works on the National Development Strategy 2007–2015.Starting in March 2008, he had been a member of the Board of Strategic Advisers to the Prime Minister of Poland. In November 2008, he was nominated for the post of  Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Finance, where he was responsible for the tax system.From 2011 to 2013, he was a member of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority. From February until November 2013 he acted as the Spokesperson for Public Finance Discipline.In the years 2013-2015 he was Minister of the Environment of Poland.

Mirosław Gronicki

Minister of Finance, 2004-2005

Jerzy Hausner

Professor of Economic Sciences, Cracow University of Economics

Full Professor of Economic Sciences, works at the Department of Public Administration (Faculty of Public Economy and Administration, Cracow University of Economics), Rector’s Plenipotentiary for Culture and Sport.

Member of the Polish Economic Society. Member of the Monetary Policy Council (2010-2016). Member of the Economics Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences Committee. Since 2015, Member of the Polish National Commission for UNESCO. Chairman of the Open Eyes Economy Summit Program Council. Member Winner of the Kisiel Award.

Zbigniew Jagiełło

President of the Management Board, PKO Bank Polski

Born in 1964. PKO Bank Polski Management Board President since October 2009. Prior to this he worked for local and global Unicredit Group structures. Responsible i.a. for strengthening PKO Bank Polski`s position of leadership

in East-Central Europe as well as development and implementation of Bank`s strategy for the years 2010-2012, which resulted in strong efficiency gains and Bank`s adjustment to requirements of the strongly demanding financial market through making the product offer more attractive and improvement of customer service quality.A member of the Council of the Polish Bank Association and of the prestigious Institut International D’Etudes Bancaires, which brings together the international banking community. The President of the Republic of Poland decorated him with the Officer's Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland and he was awarded the Social Solidarity Medal for promoting the idea of corporate social responsibility.Chosen the CEO of the Year 2011 by Parkiet daily; the recipient of the Wektor 2011 granted by the Polish Employers’ Chapter and of the Golden Banker in the Personality of the Year 2011 category; he was also lauded the Manager of the Year 2011 in a competition ran by Gazeta Bankowa. In the year 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek Polska singled him out as on e of the Top 20 Managers in Crisis.

Krzysztof Jedlak

Editor in Chief, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna

Mirosław Kachniewski

President, Polish Association of Listed Companies

Responsible for managing the Association, regulatory initiatives and cooperation with SEG member companies. Earlier, he worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission (1996-2007; spokesman and secretary) and the Ministry

of Privatization (1994-1996). Former faculty member of the International Finance Faculty at the Warsaw School of Economics (1995-2010), holds a PhD in economics. Served many important functions in IOSCO. Former member of the Supervisory Board of the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Author of numerous economic publications on capital markets, liberalization of capital flows and services, and integration of EU financial markets. A member of the governing bodies of EUROPEANISSUERS.

Jacek Karnowski

President of Sopot

A resident of Sopot, boy scout, and community worker since childhood. Former pupil of the Joseph Golec primary school “no.8” and grammar school no.2 in Sopot. Doctor of Economics at the University of Gdansk. Graduate of

the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Gdansk. During his studies was Deputy Speaker of the Student Parliament. He completed a postgraduate in Local Government Law, and the School of Management at the University of Gdansk and Central Connecticut State University.    Councilman and vice-president of Sopot since 1990, and president of Sopot since 1998. In the years 1990 to 1998 Councilman of Gdansk Provincial Assembly and chairman of the Environment Committee. He holds the post of Vice-President of the Association of Polish Cities since 2007; delegate to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Co-Chair of the Team for Joint Constitutional Commission of Government and Local Government.     He began his political activism in college as a member of the Young Polish Authorities Movement. He was also co-founder and board member of the VERBUM Association of Academics. He was detained, and deprived of his passport for opposition activities. Co-founder and board member of the Conservative Party and the Conservative fraction. From 2001 to 2008 was closely associated with the Civic Platform Political Party (PO). He was the plenipotentiary of the Gdansk Region and later a member of the Board of PO (Civil Platform) in the Pomerania region. He was an employee of the Gdansk Railway Station Project Office from 1988 to 1990.    Honours: • Papal medal "Pro ECCLESIA ET PONTIFICE” (The Church and the Pope) • Medal "Pro Memoria" • Badge of the Polish Minister of Culture "Cultural Activist of Merit" • Silver Medal of Merit for the Fire Service • Gold Badge of Merit for Physical Education • Craftsmen Badge of Honour • Silver medal for services to the Police • Gold Badge of PZ Basket • Grzegorz Palka award, also known as; the local government "Oscar”     An extraordinary member of the World Association of Home Army Soldiers and the Kashubian-Pomeranian Association. Jacek Karnowski is a lifeguard and founder of the Sopot WOPR (Water Volunteer Rescue Service), holds a yacht and motorboats skipper certificate. He is also a ski instructor.

Stefan Kawalec

President of the Management Board, Capital Strategy

CEO of Capital Strategy, a strategy consulting  company in Poland. 1994-2006 he worked in senior managerial positions in financial institutions: PZU, Aviva (formerly Commercial Union) and Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A.

(CitibankHandlowy). 1989 – 1994 worked in the Polish Ministry of Finance as Director General and Chief Advisor to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and subsequently as Vice-minister. Had a significant role in the economic stabilization and transformation program of the Polish economy (‘Balcerowicz Plan’ 1989-1991). Led the restructuring and privatization of banks (1991-1994), including an innovative program of dealing with bad debts based on a special law on financial restructuring of enterprises and banks. On various occasions he served as a consultant at the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, as well as, government and commercial institutions in several countries in Central and Eastern Europe, on issues of financial system reforms and bank privatization. He has a M.A. Degree in Mathematics from University of Warsaw (1979). Co-author of the paper: S. Kawalec, E. Pytlarczyk, ‘Controlled Dismantlement of the Eurozone: A Strategy to Save the European Union and the Single European Market’, German Economic Review, February 2013.

Andrzej Kopyrski

Vice President of the Management Board of Bank Pekao S.A.

He is a graduate of Warsaw University of Technology and theUniversity of Strathclyde (Glasgow).He has been associated with the banking sector since 1992, whenhe joined Bank Pekao S.A. In 1993-1996, he worked in the corporatebanking

division at ING Bank Polska. Afterwards, he became Head of Structural Finance at Deutsche Bank Polska, and then in1997-2001 he held the position of Head of Structural Finance andCapital Markets at ABN Amro Bank (Polska). In 2001, Mr Kopyrskiwas appointed member of the Management Board at HSBCFinancial Services (Poland).From April 2002, Mr Andrzej Kopyrski worked for Bank BPH S.A.as Managing Director responsible for Sales, Structural Finance andCapital Markets. After the merger with Bank Pekao S.A., he tookcharge of the Investment Banking and Structural Finance Department.He was appointed Vice President of the Management Board of BankPekao S.A. on June 4th 2008.Currently, he supervises the Corporate Banking, Markets andInvestment Banking Division.Mr Andrzej Kopyrski is also Chairman of the Supervisory Boardsof: Pekao Leasing Sp. z o.o., Pekao Faktoring Sp. z o.o. and PekaoInvestment Banking S.A. 

Basil Kerski

Director of the European Solidarity Centre

Cultural manager, editor, political scientist and essayist, since 2011 Director of the European Solidarity Center in Gdańsk. He studied political science and Slavic studies at the Free University of Berlin.Since 1998 he

is the editor-in-chief of the bilingual "Polish-German DIALOG Magazine".As a political scientist, he worked at the Berlin-based German-American Aspen Institute, the Research Institute of the German Association of Foreign Policy, the Bundestag, and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.He is also an author and an editor of many German, Polish and Ukrainian books on historical, political and literary issues. Member of the Board of the Polish PEN Club, the Scientific Council of the Genshagen Foundation and the Association of Employees, Cooperators and Friends of the Polish Radio Radio Free Europe of the name of Jan Nowak-Jeziorański.In the years 2001-2005 he was a lecturer at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at the Free University of Berlin and in 2011 he conducted classes at the Institute of History at the Humboldt University of Berlin.In 2015, Minister of Culture and National Heritage Małgorzata Omilanowska awarded Basil Kerski with the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture – "Gloria Artis" and in 2016 he received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He was honored with the Gold Cross of Merit by the President of Poland, the Jabłonowski Award Societas Jablonoviana of the University of Leipzig, the Georg Dehio Honorary Award, the Unification Prize "Einheitspreis", the European Polonia Award "Polonicus", the Knights Cross of the Finnish Lion Order.

Cezary Stypułkowski

President of the Management Board, mBank

Cezary Stypułkowski (born in 1956) – Doctor of Juridical Science. In 1979, graduated with honours from the Faculty of Law of the University of Warsaw.From 1979, assistant lecturer in the Faculty of Law in the Department

of National Economy Management. In 1989, defended his doctoral dissertation in the Faculty of Law.In 1981, appointed as advisor to the minister in the Bureau of Governmental Representative for Economic Reforms.In 1985, appointed as advisor to the chairman of the Advisory Economic Council; from 1987 to 1988 worked as advisor to deputy prime minister and as Secretary of the Committee of the Council of Ministers for Economic Reforms.In late 1980s, studied at Columbia University Business School in New York as a member of the Fulbright Program. From 1991 to 2003, president of the management board of Bank Handlowy in Warsaw. From 2003 to 2006, president of the management board of PZU Group. From 2006 to 2010 employed with J.P. Morgan, investment bank in London, from 2007 as managing director responsible for Central and Eastern Europe. Since 2010, president of the management board of mBank (formerly BRE Bank).Cezary Stypułkowski was a member of the Deutsche Bank Board International Advisory Board, INSEAD International Advisory Board and the Geneva Association. Since 2012, co-chairman of the Emerging Markets Advisory Council of the Institute of International Finance in Washington (IIF).

Dariusz Szkaradek

Partner, Financial Services Industry Leader in Poland, Deloitte

He oversees advisory and implementation projects in the areas of risk management, M&A and external reporting for major banks and insurance groups in Poland.  Dariusz is a graduate of a highly prestigious Global

Executive MBA programme organized jointly by the renowned London Business School and Columbia Business School. He is also a graduate of the Cracow University of Economics and a holder of ACCA, FCCA and CFA professional certificates. His area of expertise is financial market regulation. Dariusz is a highly respected commentator on the macroeconomic situation on the domestic and EU market.

Wojciech Paprocki

Professor, Head of Transport Enterprise Economics Unit, Department of Transport, Collegium of Management and Finance, Warsaw School of Economics

I graduated from        the 2nd Secondary School in Warsaw in 1974                                   

the Warsaw School of Economics - SGH (formerly the                                    Main School of Planning and Statistics - SGPiS) the Faculty                                    of the Economics and Organisation of Transport in 1979Teaching postsand scientific path      from 1979 Assistant, Professor's Assistant and Docent in the Department of  Transport at SGPiS                                    Ph. D. thesis titled "Methods of evaluation of the economic effectiveness of on  the inland waterways transport" in 1985                                    between 1992-1995 Associate Professor in the Department of Logistics at SGH                                    since 1995 Associate Professor in the Department of Transport at SGH                                    since 2001 Head of the Department of Economics of Transport Enterprise SGH                                    since Febriary 2005 title Professor of Economics                                    supervisor of two Ph.D. theses, numerous master's and bachelor's thesesPublicationsand research work     author of several books and over 70 publications in Polish, English, German, Russian and Chinese                                    active participation in many research projects (national and international):                                    :: OBET research projects                                    :: SGH research projects                                    :: eBusi-Net in joint co-operation with the University of Duisburg                                    between 2002-2004 leader of KBN (State Committee for Scientific Research) Project "The impact of demonopolization and consolidation in transport on                                    its effectiveness"                                    since November 2005 SGH team leader of 6th FP "SMMART" (System for Mobile Maintenance Accessible in Real Time)

Marek Rosiński

Managing Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Marek Rosiński is the managing partner of the Firm’s Warsaw office and head of the IP, TMT and Life Sciences local practice group. He is also a member of the European IP Practice Group Steering Committee. Chambers

Europe ranked Marek as Eminent Practitioner in IP and TMT in Poland. Marek's representative engagements include advising the Polish government on the EUR 8 billion public aid program for stimulating innovation in years 2014 to 2020.

Andrzej Reich

Director of the Banking, Payment Institutions and Credit Unions Regulations Department, Polish Financial Supervision Authority; Member of the Management Board of the European Banking Authority

Tomasz Mironczuk

Gdansk Institute for Market Economics

Waldemar Markiewicz

President of the Polish Chamber of the Brokerage Houses

Związany z Deutsche Bank od 1999 r. jako Prezes domu maklerskiego DB Securities SA – poprzednio ProCapital SA, spółki, którą współtworzył oraz zarządzał od 1995 r.W latach 1993-1994 był Dyrektorem Coroporate Finance

w firmie konsultingowej Pro-Invest International Sp. z o.o. gdzie świadczył usługi doradztwa w zakresie prywatyzacji polskich przedsiębiorstw na rzecz zagranicznych oraz polskich inwestorów.W latach 1992 –1993 pracował w Scotia Bank w Kanadzie, gdzie m.in. uczestniczył w ośmiomiesięcznym programie szkoleniowym dla wyższej kadry kierowniczej Banku. Koncentrował się wówczas na emisjach papierów wartościowych łącznie z analizami i wyceną akcji.W latach 1989 – 1991 pracował w Polskim Przedstawicielstwie Handlowym w Kanadzie gdzie m.in. pełnił obowiązki szefa Przedstawiciela.W latach 1882-1988 pracował w Departamencie Walutowym Ministerstwa Współpracy z Zagranicą.

Piotr Nowak

Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Finance

Iwona Kozera

Partner, EY

Director of Financial Services Industry for the  Eastern  and  Southern Europe, Business Advisory Department, Ernst & Young Warsaw.Over 20-years experience in business advisory to clients from

the financial services sector (banks, insurance companies, asset management) concerning  increasing  the efficiency and risk management in Poland and Europe . Iwona was  also involved  in  the projects regarding financial statements reviews and internal control systems. She was working as well on behalf of government and European Union projects.Graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology; Polish Statutory Auditor. She completed management programmes at the Harward Business School and the Kellog School of Management.

Jacek Socha

Partner in Advisory Department, PwC

Partner in Advisory Department and the Deputy Chairman of PwC in Poland.Jacek was Minister of State Treasury, previously he has been Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He was a member of the Banking Supervision

Commission and the Insurance and Pension Funds Commission. He is currently an honorable member of the Broker&Dealer Association and the Brokerage Houses Association. He has also held important positions in the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and he was the chairman of the European Regional Committee and the Consultative Group (an organization of institutions responsible for the supervision of capital markets in EU accession countries).

Tomasz Pisula

CEO, Polish Trade and Investment Agency

Iwona Sroka

President & CEO of KDPW and KDPW_CCP

Responsible for the management of two key infrastructure institutions in the Polish capital market: the central securities depository (KDPW) and the CCP clearing house (KDPW_CCP).In 2009, appointed President & CEO of

KDPW, since the spin-off of the clearing house KDPW_CCP from KDPW in 2011, she is also President & CEO of KDPW_CCP.Educated at the Warsaw School of Economics, where she obtained her Ph.D. in Economics (Management Science). In 2001-2009 with the Warsaw Stock Exchange as Advisor to the Management Board and then Director of the Market Communication Department. She participated in all the major business projects of the WSE, from outline to implementation and development.Previously with the Ministry of Privatisation, the Institute for the Internal Market and Consumption, the Warsaw Consulting Group, and the Warsaw Commodity Exchange. Since October 2011, Iwona Sroka serves as Vice President of the Employers of Poland, the oldest and biggest organisation of employers. On 18 April 2012 she was appointed by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to the Tripartite Social and Economic Committee. Member of the Board of Directors of the European Central Securities Depositories Association (ECSDA). Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Junior Achievement Foundation, Member of the Payment System Council at the National Bank of Poland, Member of the Board of Directors of the Polish Economic Congress Foundation, Member of the Board of Directors of the 2065 Lesław A. Paga Foundation.Iwona Sroka is a Member of the Jury of the Władysław Grabski Competition for the best financial journalists under the auspices of the National Bank of Poland.Assistant Professor at the Faculty of National Economics, Department of Management, University of Warsaw, where she gives lectures on capital markets, risk management instruments, investor relations, and business ethics. As an expert in these areas, she is also a lecturer of the Executive MBA course of the Institute of Economic Sciences at the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 1994-2010, she was Assistant Professor at the Warsaw School of Economics.She has published books, research papers and articles on corporate management, financial instruments, risk management and capital markets.

Jacek Poświata

Managing Director, Bain & Company Poland

Jacek Poświata posiada 25-letnie doświadczenie w doradztwie w branży telekomunikacyjnej, transportowej, naftowej i gazowej, górniczej, a także private equity. Doradzał zarządom wiodących firm w zakresie strategii, fuzji,

przejęć, analizy ekonomiczno-finansowej, reorganizacji i ładu korporacyjnego oraz restrukturyzacji. Współpracował z wiodącymi firmami na całym świecie m.in. w Polsce, Europie, Kanadzie i w Stanach Zjednoczonych. Przez wiele lat doradzał również instytucjom rządowym oraz samorządom terytorialnym w państwach Europy Wschodniej oraz w Polsce. Jacek Poświata jest członkiem Polskiej Rady Biznesu. Wielokrotne pełnił rolę prelegenta na Forum Ekonomicznym w Krynicy oraz wielu innych wydarzeniach biznesowo – ekonomicznych, podejmując tematy z zakresu strategii i przekształceń oraz ładu korporacyjnego. Wspierał i współpracował pro bono m.in. z Teatrem Narodowym w Warszawie oraz międzynarodową organizacją Ashoka. Jacek Poświata studiował w Szkole Głównej Handlowej oraz posiada tytuł M.B.A. z Columbia Bussiness  School w Nowym Yorku. 

Leszek Pawłowicz

Director, Gdańsk Academy of Banking

Economist, Professor at the University of Gdansk, Head of the Department of Banking UG. Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Warsaw Stock Exchange, Vice-Chairmanof the Supervisory Boards Bank Pekao S.A. and BEST SA.

Member of the Committee on Fiancial Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences.Author of numerous publications on enterprise value management, finance and banking. Initiator and organizer of the European Financial Congress.

Andrzej Marcin Suszycki

Head of Representation of Joschka Fischer & Company in Poland

Dr Andrzej Marcin Suszycki received his MA degree in German and Scandinavian literature and Political Science as well as his PhD in International Relations at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He has lectured in International

Relations, Political Theory, European Integration and Welfare State Studies as well as Comparative Politics at universities in Potsdam, Passau, Wuppertal, Berlin (Humboldt University and Free University of Berlin), Torun (Poland) and at the Collegium Civitas University in Warsaw. He was also a research fellow at the University of Padua (Italy), Odense (Denmark) and Helsinki (Finland). Dr Suszycki has authored and edited several books in the field of political science.Dr Suszycki heads JF&C representation in Warsaw.

Małgorzata Rusewicz

Chairman, Polish Chamber of Pension Funds

Z wykształcenia prawnik,  ukończyła również podyplomowe studia z zakresu ubezpieczeń w SGH. W 2013 r. objęła stanowisko Prezesa Izby Gospodarczej Towarzystw Emerytalnych, ale tematyką ubezpieczeń zajmuje się

od początku swojej kariery, którą rozpoczęła w 2002 r. w Zakładzie Ubezpieczeń Społecznych. W kolejnych latach współpracowała z Instytutem Pracy i Spraw Socjalnych oraz Komisją Europejską jako ekspert z zakresu rynku pracy oraz prawa ubezpieczeniowego. W latach 2005-2007 była związana z Uniwersytetem w Gandawie, gdzie uczestniczyła w programie Training and Reporting on European Social Security. W latach 2007-2012 w Konfederacji Lewiatan pełniła funkcję dyrektora Departamentu Dialogu Społecznego i Stosunków Pracy oraz Koordynatora Rady Rynku Pracy. Była także członkiem Zespołu Trójstronnej Komisji ds. Ubezpieczeń Społecznych, Komitetu ds. Dialogu Społecznego przy Komisji Europejskiej oraz grup eksperckich funkcjonujących w ramach BUSINESSEUROPE. Jest autorką licznych publikacji z zakresu prawa ubezpieczeniowego i rynku pracy.

Zdzisław Sokal

President of the Management Board, Bank Guarantee Fund

Małgorzata O’Shaughnessy

Regional Managing Director, Central Eastern Europe, Visa

Graduate of the Foreign Trade Department at Warsaw School of Economics, she continued her studies in London. In 2015, Małgorzata was ranked among the Top Ten most influential women in the Polish financial sector, in

a prestigious survey prepared under the patronage of the Polish Bank Association. Under her leadership Poland has become one of Europe’s top payment technology markets. More than 60% of all Visa payments in Poland are contactless which also paves the way for Polish consumers to embrace mobile payments. In November 2015, as the second market after the United Kingdom, Poland also launched an innovative card-linked offers programme, Visa Oferty. At the turn of 2015 and 2016, Małgorzata worked on a secondment in Visa Europe London HQ in the capacity of a regional president responsible for the HQ communication with all Visa Europe Regional Managing Directors.

Sławomir S. Sikora

CEO, Bank Handlowy w Warszawie

Wojciech Sobieraj

CEO, Alior Bank

Since April 2008 Wojciech Sobieraj is the President of the Management Board of Alior Bank, one of the most dynamically developing universal banks, and one of the most recognisable brands on the Polish banking market. The

Bank continuously strengthens its market position by combining traditional banking with innovative solutions and products. Wojciech Sobieraj was Vice President of the Management Board of Bank BPH SA from 2002 to 2006, where he was responsible for the retail banking division. While employed at Bank BPH SA, he also held the posts of Chairperson of the Supervisory Boards of Górnośląski Bank Gospodarczy SA and BPH Bank Hipoteczny SA. Previously, in the years 1994-2002, he was an employee, manager and partner of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Boston, London and Warsaw. He was one of the creators of the BCG office in Warsaw, one of its directors and the first Polish partner of BCG. He was the head of the BCG financial services division in Eastern Europe, an expert on mergers and acquisitions and the banking payments market. Between 1991 and 1994, Wojciech Sobieraj was the owner of Central European Financial Group (analysis of Eastern European capital markets), gained a broker’s license on Wall Street and worked as an assistant in the Department of Finance and Operations at New York University.

Stacy Ligas

Partner, Head of Financial Services Audit, KPMG

Head of KPMG Financial Services Audit Group in Warsaw with broad experience in audit and other assurance services for the largest financial institutions in Poland, including retail and corporate banks, insurance companies,

leasing, factoring, asset management and investments funds. 18 years experience in assurance services, agreed-upon procedures projects, due diligence projects, securities offerings and initial public offerings in the United States and in Poland. She was involved in projects related to the due diligence of several Polish banks, numerous reviews of loan portfolios in the local market as well as the implementation of International Accounting Standards. Responsible for conducting internal control systems and the preparation of financial statements in accordance with PCAOB Standards.Stacy Ligas is a US Certified Public Accountant; she graduated from Loyola University in Chicago, Faculty of Public Accounting, Degree BBA (1996) with honors.

Mirosław Skiba

Vice President of the Management Board, Head of the Retail Banking Division, Bank Zachodni WBK

Mirosław Skiba is in charge of Retail Banking Division from July 27th, 2008. He is a graduate of Poznan University of Technology and Poznan University of Economics. He commenced his career in the Bank in 1992 in the structures

of branch banking. In 2002 he took a position of the Head of Macroregion Poznań and then of Macroregion Warsaw. In 2008 he was appointed as the Management Board member. Mirosław is in charge of Branch Banking, Individual Customers’ Segment Area, Affluent Customer Segment Area including Private Banking, Multichannel Banking Area, CRM and Business Development, Investments and Protection Department.

Jarosław Kroc

CEO, Accenture Poland

He has been a Country Managing Director of Accenture in Poland, a global management, consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, since 2002.He began his career in Accenture almost 20 years ago, after graduating

from the faculty of Economics at Łódź University. He worked, inter alia, in London and Madrid. His extensive experience of working for Accenture includes implementation of several dozen projects in the area of management and system integration for leading Polish and foreign financial institutions. While in Accenture, he completed an Executive MBA Program at Kellogg School of Management, Northern University in Chicago.

Grzegorz Piwowar

Vice President of the Management Board, Bank Pekao S.A.

He holds a master’s degree in Electronics from the University ofScience and Technology of Kraków, and completed post-graduatestudies in banking at the Kraków School of Economics.He has been associated with the banking

sector since 1992, whenhe joined Bank BPH S.A. In the years 1996-2000, he worked asHead of the Brokerage Office and for another two years as Directorof the Retail Banking Southern Region. In 2002, he was promoted tothe position of Sales and Distribution Managing Director of the RetailBanking Division. In October 2006, he was appointed member of theManagement Board of Bank BPH S.A. in charge of Retail Banking.From November 30th 2007, he held the position of Vice President of the Management Board of Bank Pekao S.A. with responsibility for theRetail and Business Banking Division and since 2009 he has beenresponsible for the Retail Banking Division.