8th European Financial Congress

Sopot, 18-20 June 2018

On the centenary - for an innovative and secure future of the financial sector

Patronat honorowy
Program board

Sławomir Panasiuk

Deputy President of the Management Board of KDPW, the Central Securities Depository of Poland and KDPW_CCP, the CCP clearinghouse

Senior Manager, expert in the fields of financial markets, management, IT system development and security, and operational risk management.Graduate of the Cybernetics Department at the Military University of Technology,

completing an MA in IT studies and post-graduate IT studies. Post-graduate PhD studies in Economic Science, specialising in Management Science, at the Warsaw School of Economics. Completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the IESE Business School of the University of Navarre. Holds an ITIL IT infrastructure management certificate from the Examination Institute for Information Science (EXIN).Has been closely involved with KDPW – the Polish central securities depository – since 1999. Member of the KDPW Management Board since 2006 and Deputy President of the Management Board since 2009. From 2011, also Deputy President of the KDPW_CCP clearinghouse, which was separated from the structures of KDPW. Responsible in both companies for technology, operations and corporate security. Has overseen numerous projects aimed at raising the standard and range of post-trade services, preparing and adapting the Polish financial market to outside competition and to international standards. Key achievements include: implementation of the kdpw_stream depository-settlement system, EU authorization of the KDPW_CCP central counterparty clearinghouse, the launch and registration (in ESMA – the European Securities and Markets Authority) of the KDPW Trade Repository, and overseeing the launch and EU authorisation of services involving assigning Legal Entity Identifiers (LEI).Deputy Chairman of the Stock Exchange Centre Supervisory Board. Previously, a member of the Supervisory Boards of BondSpot and IRGiT.A member of the Program Council of the CIO Club. Awarded the title of CIO of the Year in 2009 in a contest organised by International Data Group Poland Publishers and CIO Magazyn Dyrektorów IT Magazine, for the implementation of the kdpw_stream system. Awarded the title of CIO of the last 15 years in 2017, presented by a jury consisting of the winners of previous editions of the CIO of the Year contests.

Joschka Fischer

Honorary Chairman of the European Financial Congress Program Board

The former Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany (1998-2005) led the Green Party in its first participation in government, both at the state (Hessen) and federal levels. From 2006 to 2007,

Mr. Fischer held a professorship at the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University (US). Mr. Fischer is a founding partner of Joschka Fischer and Company.

Artur Tomala

Managing Director Warsaw, Goldman Sachs

Artur heads the investment banking effort across Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and is the director of Goldman Sachs International, Warsaw Branch. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2006 as an associate and was named executive

director later that year. Artur was named managing director in 2011. Prior to joining the firm, Artur worked at Lehman Brothers, where he was responsiblefor structuring hybrid capital solutions for European financial institutions. Before that, he worked at ABN AMRO. Artur earned a degree in finance and banking from the Warsaw School of Economics and an MBA from IESE Universidad de Navarra, Spain.

Piotr Alicki

‎President of the Management Board, KIR S.A.

Małgorzata O’Shaughnessy

Regional Managing Director, Central Eastern Europe, Visa

Małgorzata is a graduate of the Foreign Trade Department at Warsaw School of Economics and has been working for Visa for over two decades. Małgorzata has won a number of awards for her contributions to the growth of

Poland’s cashless economy. In 2015, in a prestigious survey conducted by the Institute for Innovative Economy under the patronage of the Polish Bank Association, she was named one of the top 10 most influential women in the Polish financial sector. During the course of her longstanding service for Visa, Małgorzata spurred the development of payment systems in Central and Eastern European countries, including Poland, which on her watch became one of Visa’s most innovative European markets. Poland’s ratio of contactless to all card payments is at some 75% and the market offers excellent prospects for mobile payments and other innovative payment technologies. Małgorzata was behind the idea of the Visa Warsaw Innovation Incubator, a joint initiative of Visa and its clients in Poland which seeks to develop solutions that will drive the growth of electronic payments and the digitalisation of the Polish economy.

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.

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. 

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

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.

Jacek Socha

Partner in Advisory Department, PwC

Partner in Advisory Department and the Deputy Chairman of PwC in Poland.Jacek Socha is the Vice Chairman and the Partner of PwC Polska Sp. z o.o. In the years 2004-2005 - Minister of State Treasury. In the years 1994-2004

- Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Poland. He is the Honorary Member of the Warsaw Stock Exchange, the Chamber of Brokerage Houses, and the Association of Securities Brokers and Investment Advisors.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Krzysztof Jedlak

Editor in Chief, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna

Tomasz Mironczuk

Gdansk Institute for Market Economics

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.

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.

Sławomir S. Sikora

CEO, Bank Handlowy w Warszawie

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.

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)

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.