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Romeo Grzębowski is a Chief Inspiration Officer at Extended Tools Polska. Company is offering digital tools supporting recruitment, development, and engagement of employees. Partner at Time for Team – training company. Previously: HR Manager – Xerox Polska, Consultant – Nicholson International Executive Search, Intern – Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Completed Advanced Management Program at IESE Business School – University of Navarra. Graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań – Management & Marketing and The Poznań College of Management and Banking,
For the last 15 years, Romeo helps organizations fully utilize potential and creativity of individuals and teams, using recognized tools and programs. He is also active as Mentor at Women Leadership in Business Foundation and as Mentor and Expert at MIT Enterprise Forum CEE. He is passionate about team sports, especially basketball. He supports professional and amateur sport teams in effective communication and cooperation.
Matej Golob is a Co-founder and Managing Partner at CorpoHub. Focus on transforming established companies into lean and agile innovation leaders
Jerzy Potocki is Head of M&A at TenderHut SA, a Polish IT business, ranked 23rd fastest growing company in Europe in FT 1000 2019 list, number 2 in CEE (after Taxify /Bolt). Previously Jerzy was leading AIMS International Poland in executive search & HR consulting, then managed several circular economy projects in smart energy & alternative fuels, clean chemistry & waste utilization and beyond, working with scientists and investors. Currently, he is concentrating on digital transformation business. This is all based on over 20 years of his entrepreneurial experience – running companies, developing Teams & Business, connecting People & Ideas, Strategy & Finance, Human Resources & IT, soft & hard things.
Agata Hinc is a Business Development at Skyven Technologies a US based clean energy company. Previously, she was with Shell – an international energy company and before that with demosEUROPA – a European think tank. She brings experience in international business, strategy development and project management. She is passionate about counteracting inequality through providing access to sustainable energy.
Jan Orzechowski is an Engineer, CEO and Co-founder of J-labs, 250 people software development company, Forbes Diamond 2017 awarded. Working in IT industry for 20 years as Business Analyst, Project Manager, CTO and from 10 years as CEO. Computer sciences and economic studies alumni, combines technical background with business perspective. In j-labs responsible for general management, business development on DACH market, finance and administration areas. Startup’s Mentor in MIT Enterprise Forum accelerator. On weekends beekeeper and motobiker.
Greg Geehan is an Entrepreneur, Co-founding innovate|POLAND and AccelHUB, which focus on expanding innovation internationally. He is a very active in the US, Polish and Latin American startup ecosystems and mentors startups from multiple countries and industries. He is also an early stage technology start-up investor and advisor with a focus on digital health and international start-ups. He is also currently over operations at athenahealth’s More Disruption Please program and is a Founding Venture Partner with NextGen Venture Partners. He received an MBA from Bentley University.
Andrzej Nitecki is a Partner in Fluent – advisory company. An experienced HR expert with managerial background, promotor of HR Based on evidence. Enthusiast of AI and automatisation of proceses in HR world.
Aneta Daniszewska is connecting executives with startups in Tech (Talent Fountain). She connects startups with leadership talent in Europe and in the Bay Area. She has been partnering with early stage startups and scale-ups across Europe since 2014. Aneta specialises in networking, search, selection, attraction and hiring for critical roles – both commercial and technical. Startups she consults include: fin-tech, SaaS – enterprise and consumer software, edu-tech, marketplace, e-commerce, games studios, etc.
Tomasz Pilewicz – PhD, MBA – ia s Senior Manager at Philips Solution & Partnerships in CEE & Assistant Professor at Institute of Enterprise at Warsaw School of Economics. Enthusiast of early stage healthtech, medtech and biotech undertakings with focus on prevention, self-management of health, coordinated care models, virtual care, population health management, minimally invasive treatment and regenerative medicine.
Jouko Ahvenainen is a Serial-Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Grow VC Group, a holding entity including over 10 companies, a pioneer in digital finance, fintech and data analytics solutions. Jouko started his work with digital finance and fintech models in 2008 and listed world-class influencer. Jouko is founder, partner and board member in 10+ innovative digital finance companies. Jouko is advisor for US, European and Asian investing and finance programs. He focuses on digital disruption in finance services and business.
Marcin Rulnicki is a Group CFO at Asseco South Eastern Europe S.A. a listed company offering IT solutions in the Balkans. In his current role Marcin manages the whole Finance function of an international IT solutions provider. Previously Marcin worked as a Corporate Finance Manager at Asseco Poland, supervising international investments and supporting M&A processes. His expertise includes all aspects of Finance management. Marcin also shows good understanding of capital markets and investor relations, based on his long-term experience with entities listed on Warsaw Stock Exchange and on other markets, including Nasdaq. He is ready to assist entrepreneurs from any field but obviously his professional experience will be used best around IT solutions.
Maciej Szcześniak is a Director Global SMB GTM HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE. Maciek’s responsibilities include driving transformation of business models through Channel and Sales programs, across HPE’s diverse businesses and regions. One of his recent focus projects was driving the usage of price optimization for increased profitably and simplification of special pricing processes for HPE’s Channel Partners. Maciek has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry. His previous assignments include positions in Product Marketing, Sales and Marketing Management, Business Management and Finance. He has managed pricing operations and policies in EMEA and APJ Region. Maciek holds an Executive MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.
Igor Zacharjasz is a Director Engagement, Visa Innovation Incubator. Igor is responsible at Visa for the Warsaw Innovation Incubator, where he coordinates collaboration with Incubator co-founders, including issuer banks, acquirers and startups. Active on the market for leading edge technology since 2001. Prior to joining Visa team, Igor worked for Alior Bank, where he was in charge of technology scouting and sourcing, led a startup engagement team at Alior Innovation Lab, and was responsible for Poland’s first Android Pay deployment. Previously, Igor was leader of the IBM Ecosystem Development team for Central and Eastern Europe.
Steve Wychorski is a Boston MA As a Architectural Designer and Project Manager for TRIA, Inc. He brings 25 years of Design and Management experience to projects in the Commercial, Bio Science and Education sectors. With experience in all phases of Design and Construction, he brings an in-depth knowledge and attention to detail in every project. For the past 10 years his focus has been on Sustainable Design; the tools needed for greater energy efficiency and products that enhance the living and working environment and contribute to a cleaner healthier world.
Richard Lada is a CEO at Eremel Consulting. Warsaw, Poland-based consultant/advisor specialized in innovation strategy, new product development and technology commercialization. Career experience includes new product development and marketing roles at Apple and Xerox in United States, starting up and managing Apple and Motorola operations in Central & Eastern Europe and launching shared services and manufacturing investments in Poland. Active also in angel investing and mentoring Polish startups.
Sławomir Stachowicz is a Finance & Operations Manager. He has 20 years of practice in financial audit, strategic management, management of financial area and business consulting. Proven record of success in cost optimization and business effectiveness improvement in large pharmaceutical and energy organisations. Results based on knowledge and experience acquired at leading consulting company.
Marek Kukuryka is a Co-owner of Lecico CEE, trading with bathroom equipment. Consultant in building materials / civil engineering activities. Since last few years he tried to support start-ups, helping them to see real business prospects in various type of projects. He invested as well in few start-ups in different business areas.
Grzegorz Kossakowski has over twenty years of experience in media and new technologies. During this time responsible for many investments in companies both at an early stage of development and in well established companies. Especially interested in solutions in media and advertising, AI, IoT, processes automation.
Irmina Myszkowska is a co-founder of 2 startups, an international marketing & innovation strategist (MBA Innovation, US / MSc Marketing, UK) with 10 years of global experience (9 countries, 7 languages) designing and executing multi-channel (B2B & B2C) innovative marketing strategies & managing cross-functional teams in organizations ranging from technology start-ups to multinational fortune 500 companies. She specializes in innovation & design thinking, product design, strategy & international marketing.
Nancy Levy, Ph.D. is a strategic business development, marketing and commercialization advisor and consultant, facilitating development of entrepreneurs and international companies. As an extension of her work, she has programs, the Entrepreneur’s Academy and the Boston Landing Accelerator, boot-camps and one-on-one mentoring, offering entrepreneurs training on advanced entrepreneurial skills and executive preparation for financing and partnering. She has been an active member of the innovation ecosystem in the Boston area, giving her the opportunity to create a deep network of experts to support her clients.
Joanna Ostrowska is Head of Operations – PKO Ubezpieczenia. She is an experienced leader, with consulting background and solid insurance knowledge. She believes that continuous transformation is a key priority in today’s turbulent corporate environment. As a Head of Operations she looks for innovations improving efficiency of processes and quality of services to address rising customer expectations. Her special interest is AI and its practical usage in financial sector.
Edyta Tararuj is Head of Mass-market Client Office at PKO Bank Polski. She is mainly held responsible for supporting our branches in reaching their targets. At her daily work she cooperates with all bank departments in order to provide our customers with the most efficient processes and products. Moreover, she is in charge of creating the informative content necessary for the communication between the headquarters and branches. As far as modern technologies are concerned, not only is she interested in technology that facilitates and improves customer experience and satisfaction, but also in technology that simplifies work of employees in the branches and allows them to assist the customers in a more efficient way.
Michał Macierzyński is a Director of Digital Services Department at PKO Bank Polski. Doctor of economic sciences. For many years associated with banking and modern technologies. At PKO Bank Polski responsible for the development of mobile banking and payments as well as projects related to the digitization of the state. Previously, as the director of the Innovation Office, responsible for the overall revitalization of School Savings Programme, and the introduction of a comprehensive offer of PKO Junior – the first account and payment card for children under 13 in Poland. He initiated the implementation and launched the IKO mobile payment project. Author of numerous reports, analyzes, scientific publications and press articles on banking
Ania Jakubowski is a seasoned FMCG executive, who is leveraging her years of leadership experience to apply to her own medical start up! Ania combines a strong sense of vision and strategy, coupled with marketing and sales expertise to deliver strong execution & experience. This in turn delivers results. At the heart of her approach – how you communicate with and engage the people around you. “What you achieve is important, HOW you achieve it, makes all the difference!”
Piotr Wojtowicz is a Swiss lawyer with work and academic experience in Switzerland, Poland, France, and the United States. His legal expertise is cross-border dispute resolution, notably international arbitration, and cross-border business networks. He resides in Zurich and New York.
Edward Stanoch is a CEO at Leanpassion Management Consulting Company. As an alumni of MIT Executive program and Singularity University Global program is passionate about combining technology and management/HR consulting capabilities to solve the grand challenges in the field of employees happiness, engagement, productivity and general health. He is also a supervisory board member of leading software house with the focused on telemedicine applications and solutions. Additionally he is co-founder of the business venture offering the lifestyle assessment technology based solutions and promoting healthy lifestyle. He has a strong strategic and operational background based on over 23 years of his experience in leading the management and HR consulting companies on European level, being lecturer at ExMBA programs and recently start-ups mentoring.
Paul Kryla is an experienced Solutions Architect with progressive success selling and supporting enterprise software to the financial services industry. He has proven to formulate best solutions based upon complex requirements to improve processes and add value to end consumer. He is mainly interested in Cloud, APIs, integration, and big data technologies.
Anna Kozińska is a recognized professional in the area of workplace learning, business development and human resource management. Experienced Executive (mbank, HSBC, Danone). Leader in the entrepreneurship and business education (SGH – University of Minnesota, Nyenrode Business School, IESE). The practical, pragmatic approach of leadership development resulted in high performance of agile teams and innovative culture (experience covers financial services, corporate, retail and internet banking, FMCG).Helps young leaders and startups to create new organizational designs and deliver business-relevant talent solutions. Interested in the digital enterprise, digital HR, VR, AI, Big Data for analytical research of people’s behaviors in order to develop interventions, apps, and tools to get employees engaged, less stressed and more productive.
Agata Sambor is a Clinical Research Specialist in Clinical Phase Study Department of Adamed Group. Her professional experiences are connecting with study monitoring, coordinating of bioequivalence studies and since 1 year she is responsible for medical device study. She has a certificate of 14155 ISO.
Maciej Oldziej is a Founder of Innovate Poland, Maciej is bridging Boston with Poland’s innovation ecosystem. Passionate entrepreneur, he is focused on identifying synergies, building programs and partnerships across a diverse range of industry verticals fostering co-creation in the process. His expertise includes cross-border ecosystem and market introduction, economic and business development, global supply chain, and operational excellence.
Beata Greszta is a Group Product Manager at Adamed Pharma S.A. She built her professional experience as a Medical Consultant, Sales Area Manager and then Product Manager. Currently, as Group Product Manager in the Primary Care marketing department, she is responsible for the portfolio of pulmonology and allergy products Rx and OTx. Her success derives from her solid qualifications and wide experience. She is fluent in using new tools and communication channels to monitor constantly changing customer needs.
Adam Kruszewski is a successful entrepreneurial board member with over 20 years’ experience of turning companies around in Poland and other CEE countries, as well as in the US. International education – MD, MBA, MHA. Professional development up to CEO position. Experienced in operations, sales & marketing, finance and general management. Built and managed international operations of up to 2,000 employees. Created winning strategies, led successful turnarounds, grew, built up, managed and sold my own successful international business.
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Adam Targowski, MRICS, Sustainability Manager CEE. Adam is responsible for driving sustainability agenda that include both technological and environmental as well as organizational and social aspects. Experience gained in multiple commercial development projects include mainly change management and new technologies and processes implementation. Working with companies at different stage of development. Interested of utilization of technology in operational excellence and creation of shared value.
Andrzej Szewczyk – Vice President & Managing Director of Efigence. Combines technology knowledge with experience in business management, creating innovative solutions for banks and other financial market players. In the Internet industry since 1999. He worked for the largest telecom and media companies, implementing innovative broadband-based projects. For nearly a decade, his focus has been on innovative solutions for the financial industry. Author of numerous publications and speeches devoted to network applications.
Brendan Ciecko is the founder and CEO of Cuseum, a platform that helps museums and cultural organizations engage their visitors, members, and patrons. Ciecko has been building technology since the age of 11 and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as being one of America’s top entrepreneurs under 30. Ciecko has been featured in The New York Times, WIRED, The Guardian, Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Esquire, and PC Magazine for his work in design, technology, and business. In addition, Ciecko currently sits on the Steering Committee of the Museum Council at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Digital Advisory Board at the Neue Galerie New York, and the Community Advisory Board for the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts. He holds three patents in the area of mobile technology.
Daniel Kulig is an Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lead at EIT Climate-KIC. Previously Head of Start-up Incubator (Technology Park). 15 years of working experience in corporate finance in the United States of America. Start-up evangelist, mentor, business angel, pitching expert, open-minder and innovation visionary. Proven track record of mentoring to more than 120 domestic and international tech start-ups, organizing demo days, bootcamps and hackathons. A graduate of Economics and Finance (M.B.A.) from the Fairleigh Dickinson University (USA).
Dariusz Jemielniak, Ph.D. chairs the MINDS (Management in Networked and Digital Societies) department at Kozminski University. He has worked for several years at Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, as well as at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT. He currently serves as a Trustee at the Wikimedia Foundation. His “Common Knowledge?” (2014, Stanford University Press) won Dorothy Lee award from Media Ecology Association, and he has an upcoming book on “Collaborative Society” (2019, MIT Press, with A. Przegalinska).
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Edward Mcdonald is Present in Poland since 1991. Graduate of Harvard College, Major – International Relations. Started an investment banking advisory boutique in 2000 called CAG.
Mario Gobbo is investment banker with wide-ranging experience in M&A and equity capital markets in healthcare and energy. Also worked with IFC and EBRD in project finance, primarily in Central Europe and Asia. Studied biochemistry and management. Interested in meeting cross-cultural and cross-sectorial innovative and imaginative entrepreneurs.
Grégory Montenot helps startups and bigger companies in their international business development strategy. Based in Brussels, his company Octogether works with clients to bring their expansion and investment strategies to the next level. Strong focus and expertise on Central and Eastern Europe, France, Benelux and Finland. Grégory’s international experience from working in both startups and big businesses offers valuable advantages to the companies he works with.
Ireneusz Tomczak is entrepreneur, investor, expert specializing in digital transformation, commercialization and building the value of innovative business projects, especially in the area of EdTech, AdTech and IoT. He runs the Digital Knowledge Observatory Foundation, with activity focused on Accelerator, Claster and VC EdtechHub Venture Fund.
Małgorzata Marcinkowska is responsible for defining and implementing a consumer data and CRM strategy in Oriflame, where she has been working since 2014. She is a member of a Digital Steering Committee driving digital transformation across all Oriflame markets. Three of the most important elements of her work in Oriflame are: defining the customer analytics and data insights framework, recommending the right marketing technology stack and rolling out new processes and systems globally. Before joining Oriflame Małgorzata has worked in mobile telecommunication, IT and management consulting, where she has gained insights into dynamics of implementing change in corporations and was running different marketing and sales projects on a local and regional level. She loves technology, is passionate about marketing and advertising technologies and how they are changing the way businesses can build brands and deliver personalized and valuable customer experiences. Małgorzata received an MBA title from University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and Warsaw School of Economics. She is a Mentor in the MIT Enterprise Forum Poland Startup Accelerator Program.
Jacek Bełdowski is co-owner & CEO of Content Tube. Having over 20 years of experience in managing international business. Passionate about developing healthy customer-centric organizational culture. Enjoying sharing the knowledge and experience thru coaching & mentoring.
Jarosław Łukasiewicz, Managing Director, Vetasi Poland & CEE. Jarosław has more than 20 years of experience working at a senior level in the IT sector. Having previously headed up the Key Enterprises Unit of the region’s largest IT consultancy, he joined Vetasi as Managing Director of the Poland and Central & Eastern Europe region in 2013. He has delivered and overseen many successful IT projects in Poland and across Europe in the fields of ERP, EAM and ITSM for a wide range of clients in large enterprises, public institutions and global corporations. A deep technical knowledge coupled with his entrepreneurial flair, Jaroslaw’s direction has grown Vetasi’s footprint in Poland, Central & Eastern Europe to a 20-consultant strong team.
Joanna Pydo has over 13 years’ experience in the capital markets in the field of international investor relations and reputation management for the energy sector, wood industry, IT and healthcare. She is a hands-on senior expert, bringing third-party objectivity as well as deep best practice knowledge and cooperation with companies to execute sound, effective investor communication, and engagement strategies. Especially interested in energy efficiency, IoT and smart cities.
Maciej Olczak is a highly experienced management professional and seasoned executive who excels at energy sector and particularly in offshore upstream and downstream operations, engineering, and project management. With deep grounding in Oil and Gas finance, marketing, and business development strategies, he has a history of rising from engineering operations and project management roles to oil & gas leadership with a Harvard-educated business perspective. He is a meticulous planner, investor, business owner and multinational expert. He delivers customized individual advisory services to oil majors, financial institutions, stakeholders, shipyards and oil and gas clients. Since 2008 he runs a Singapore based consulting firm, providing customized services to various international clients.
Lukasz Olszewski is an experienced and well plugged-in senior business professional with diverse business experience in the areas of investment banking (M&A, DCM, ECM) private equity, management, sales, marketing as well as relationship management. He is a well- rounded, self-driven, creative and reliable corporate entrepreneur bringing together international experience with strong understanding and wide network of contacts in CEEMEA markets. Lukasz’s objective as a mentor is to challenge start-upers in many areas, while actively helping them to learn and develop as individuals as well as business owners.
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Marcin Kilanowski – Ph.D., LLM, is an experienced academic, lawyer, mentor, and advisor. Being passioned about the application of academic knowledge into the social and business world the very recent years – culminating with managing multimillion ministerial projects focused on application of science to foster innovative solutions – have provided him with an opportunity to establish and mentor several technological startups.
Marek Lesiak – President & CTO of Efigence. Fintech evangelist specialized in innovative products development. In Efigence since 2007. He has almost 20 years of experience in designing web solutions. Responsible for technology development of projects dedicated to key clients. He also oversees operational and development activities related to software development, server platforms and maintenance and development procedures.
Michał Jaworski – Warsaw-based, over 30 years experience in IT (incl. 24+ years at Microsoft in many different positions). Fascinated how technology, organization, law, privacy, security, and compliance are creating framework for new solutions. Excited to work on opportunities to grow companies using the hyper cloud scale.
Michal Koszałka is a senior manager with 20 years of experience gained with large international and Polish public companies from the automotive and energy sector. Starting as a salesperson and going through various managerial positions he collected a lot of expertise in sales and marketing operations. As a CEO and general manager, he developed and implemented sales and marketing strategies for several Central and Eastern European markets. Currently, he manages two companies belonging to TAURON Group which focuses on new business models based on street lighting and smart city services as well as on e-mobility solutions (charging infrastructure, car/scooter sharing, software applications etc.).
Dr. Monika Emilia Richter is a German lawyer/Counsel in the Frankfurt office of the international law firm McDermott Will & Emery. Since 2009, she focuses her practice on the Life Sciences industry. She advises national and international clients on various legal matters related to the development and partnering of pharmaceutical compounds and products, with a particular focus on strategic alliances, license agreements, research collaborations and co-development agreements. In course of her work she has been mentoring and advising various biotech start-up companies in connection with corporate structuring, investor agreements, financing and business concepts, including the preparation and set-up of partnering transactions. Given her Polish background, Monika is active in the Eastern European market.
Olga Sobieraj is entrepreneur, Manager, Marketing & Sales Expert. Believes in „Sales Overnight, Brand Overtime”. Has experience in delivering marketing, communication & sales strategies in Central Europe and Russia. In B2B and B2C, online and offline. Over 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising. Started with local advertising agency Gruppa66 and later with international Ogilvy, becoming CEO of Ogilvy. Since 2013 Marketing Director of AmRest in Central Europe responsible for product, price, and communication of KFC, Starbucks, Pizza Hut and Burger King. Since 3 years running own Consulting Company, working for Pracuj.pl, Audioteka, Netia and since last year Supermarket chain in Russia. Many delivered strategies were awarded effectiveness awards Effie, Cannes Lions, SABRE PR, Superbrands. Cooperates with Sieć Przedsiębiorczych Kobiet and Funduszem MIT EF. Experienced Member of Supervisory Boards and juror in Effie Awards, as well as Superbrands Expert.
Ophir Marko is a Partner at eNitiatives IP, a leading global provider of Intellectual Property Solutions, specializing in startups and SMBs. Mr. Marko is a retired intelligence officer for an elite unit and holds a BSc in Physics from the Technion. He is widely considered a leading patent attorney and an authority on increasing company value through leveraging patents and other intellectual property.
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Patrick Kedziora is the Founder & CEO of Boilingice.com. He is an entrepreneur, board member, and advisor to start-ups and scale-up. He is a winner of three major awards: Startup Chile, Startup Brazil, and French Tech Ticket. Mr. Kedziora headed several investment banking groups in New York City, was the Managing Director for a $250 million fund, was the CFO of public and private companies and counted KKR amongst his clients. Mr. Kedziora has an M.B.A. from the Stern School at NYU and Bachelor degrees in Economics and Political Science from New York University. He speaks native English and French. He is also a member of EBAN and is the High Commissioner for France for the World Business Angels Forum and is President of its Global Start-up Committee.
Paweł Kacprzyk is the CEO of Nationale-Nederlanden in Poland. Paweł has a strong background in insurance and healthcare, and a proven track record in executive positions and CEO roles over the past 20 years. His professional agenda concentrates on customer-centricity, driving results via quick and flexible ways of working. As CEO and Managing Director of Healthcare Insurance Division at PZU Group, Paweł was responsible for the development of healthcare insurance business lines from 2015 to 2017. From 2011 to 2014, he was CEO and President of the Board of Medicover. In his current role as CEO of Nationale-Nederlanden Paweł focuses on further strengthening NN’s commercial position, and on driving the growth agenda in Poland.
Piotr Kordel is Associate Professor at Silesia University of Technology, Department of Organization and Management. He is an experienced advisor and researcher in the field of strategic management in innovation economy. His last book edited in 2018 is titled ‘Technology Entrepreneurship’. He specializes in high technology industries.
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Piotr Widacki – Managing Director – Head of Digital Transformation, BGŻ BNP Paribas. New technologies enthusiast, innovator and solutions creator, who turns visions from paper to reality. Successful manager with proven track record of effectively developing and implementing strategic, cross-functional initiatives in financial services. Rare combination of management consulting approach with extensive in-house hands-on experience. Involved in 5 banking start-up projects: founder member of Alior Bank and Alior Sync; strategy consultant involved in Telenor, MTS and T-Mobile Banking Services. Currently, as a Managing Director and Head of Digital Transformation in BGŻ BNP Paribas, responsible for digital transformation, including cooperation with startups ecosystem and new ways of working (Agile & Design Thinking). His main objective is to support Bank in its journey ‘from bricks to clicks’.
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Rafał Jarosz is focused on Customer Success, Support, Satisfaction and Retention. Since 2001 provided highly specialized services during over 60 projects for 40 local and global players, working with teams up to 1300 people. He managed to reach 98% success rate in measurable and expected goals delivery.
Rafał Milewski is an experienced Director, Insurance Technology Delivery Lead at Accenture. He has 15 years of experience in IT consulting, delivering complex programmes and projects for the biggest financial institutions. Managing the whole cycle of consulting process, from lead generation, through contracting and project delivery to project closing or stabilization and maintenance team setup. Acts like entrepreneur, used to work in demanding environments taking care of clients’ needs and project teams to achieve both customer’s goals and the team’s positive engagement.
Rafał Stroiński is a Polish advocate and a US-qualified attorney admitted in the state of New York, Harvard Law School graduate and a founding partner at JSLegal. Rafał was a Fulbright and Polish Science Foundation Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School. Rafał is one of the leading Private Equity and Venture Capital lawyers in Poland. An experienced non-executive board member, he is also the former Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PFR Ventures, Poland’s largest fund of funds management company providing financing via VC funds and groups of business angels for innovative SMEs at a different stage of development. Rafal acts as a mentor for start-ups assisting their growth and expansion in Poland and abroad.
Sebastian Gensior, is an expert in understanding healthcare systems around the world and possesses an outstanding ability to estimate how regulations can affect healthcare innovators. He is particularly interested in bringing together all healthcare stakeholders early on to make innovation available as soon as possible. He regularly works with patient groups, pharmaceutical companies and digital health startup to improve healthcare systems.
Shane Keating is an Irish software engineering manager with extensive experience in innovation. During his 13 years in Intel R&D Ireland he was responsible for numerous pathfinding technology initiatives in areas such as networking and cryptographic IP, SDN/NFV, Android, DSP and embedded Firmware. He has built multiple dynamic cross-geo teams in Poland and elsewhere taking on customer-focused challenges in leading edge technologies.
Wojciech Sobczuk is entrepreneur, founder of startups, an innovator. Expert in over 15 programming languages. The creator of the first social networking site in Poland Grono.net (2million users, Intel Capital investment), and currently CTO of the Polish-American technology company VentureDevs. Previously, the creator, among others, of the financial system for the Egnyte.com company from Silicon Valley, or the Modasphere.com startup (together with Joe Gardner) which was successfully sold to the acting company in Hollywood. Mentor of MassChallenge startup programs and MIT’s Enterprise Forum (MITEF). A strategic advisor on cybersecurity in the private and government sectors. He used his technological knowledge while trading in cryptocurrencies (Ethereum, Raiblocks, IOTA), thus increasing the portfolio by 10,000% in two years.
Szymon Kniaz is Business Development Director at Danfoss Eastern Europe Region, Member of Leadership Team with 15 years of experience in international organizations. As business developer create ecosystems and partnerships which change the rules of market, creating long term opportunities for sales force; as a responsible leader – I help my colleagues to grow and do what is right also when nobody is watching. My work, is a meaningful part of my life, it gives me satisfaction and energy. In the past I delivered projects in Denmark, Germany, Dubai, India, Australia, China and USA.
Szymon Ruta is Board Member & CFO in Scope Fluidics a listed (NewConnect) lifescience company. Since 2016 is engaged in two medtech startups developing global scale diagnostics solutions, being responsible for rising capital, building corporate structure and finding strategic investors. Szymon has over 15 years of experience in investment projects, M&A projects as well as strategic management and operational consulting.
Tomasz Karwatka CEO Divante BIO: eCommerce expert focusing on UX and tech innovations. An avid speaker and a writer sharing knowledge on eCommerce trends, mobile-first solutions (like PWA, AMP, RWD and many more) and modern approaches to eCommerce. CEO at Divante eCommerce software house, Head of UX at Vue Storefront & Storefront Cloud. For over 10 years engaged in creating unique eCommerce solutions for worldwide brands including SAP, T-Mobile, ING, Highsnobiety.
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Tomasz Bienias is an independent expert in areas of product development, technology leadership and the design of digital organizations. He has over 10 years of experience in managing product development, UX and technology teams. He started building digital products in the early 2000s. He has also been a blogger since 2004. He specialises in the implementation of the Objectives and Key Results method in scale-ups. Tomasz is the OKRs domain expert and the owner of the OKRy.pl website.
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Tomasz Bogus is private smart money investor in two fintech start up companies. Xchanger Ltd , which deliver FX and remittance comparison and payment solutions and Fandla Ltd which operate in digital microfactoring. Before more than twenty six years of experience in Banking sector, including last seven years as Chief Execution Officer in two Banks. Over last two and half years, working for BNP Paribas, large International Financial Group as the CEO of its Polish subsidiary BGZ BNP Paribas in Poland. It is the universal top six Bank in Poland with 72 billion PLN (about 17 billion EUR) assets. In charge of all bank operation, including main strategic projects like two years Bank’s merger, strategy and digital transformation, directly supervising audit, compliance and managing regulatory and shareholder relations, in the international environment and management team. Before, working seven years for State own Bank – Post Bank. Six years as the CEO of Bank, responsible for the Bank’s strategy and business development, supervising HR, audit, compliance and regulatory issues, managing relations with State own shareholders. Over six years we acquired one million new customers and doubled Bank’s capitalization. Parallel, a Member and Chairman of Post Insurance Company developing bank-assurance project in Polish Post Group.
Tomasz Cichowicz has over 10 years of experience in building ventures including software houses, startups, and VC funds. Actively involved in the growth of regional startup ecosystem, mentor in many local accelerators. Expert and advisor in the field of business strategies, fundraising, and VC transactions. Formerly Investment Director at Luma Ventures, GTF FIZAN and a founder of Printelize.com. Currently, Partner at Nunatak Capital VC fund. Holds a Master degree in Software Engineering and Computer Science from Coventry University and Technical University of Lodz and Executive MBA from ESMT in Berlin.
Tomasz L. Schellenberg, a highly successful Boston based entrepreneur was a founder and a CEO of ADEPT Inc., an IT solutions and staffing company. ADEPT had done business worldwide and grew to over 500 consultants and over 60 mln $ in sales in 2001, at the time of its sale to Monster.com.Since then, Mr. Schellenberg has been investing in early-stage startups; mentoring CEO’s of rapidly growing companies and has been active on a number of boards. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, sales and marketing, entrepreneurship, IT, HR, team building, process optimization, and cross-cultural integration. He has experience in many industries including banking, healthcare, consulting and energy. Fluent in 5 languages Mr. Schellenberg has personally developed business in the US, South America, Asia, and Europe.
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Dr. Rüdiger Herrmann is a German lawyer/Partner in the Frankfurt office of the international law firm McDermott Will & Emery. He focuses his practice on key transactions in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. He has a wealth of experience advising national and international clients on mergers and acquisitions, licensing agreements, initial public offerings, intellectual property matters and private equity/venture capital transactions. He has a particularly strong background in dealing with life science matters in the US, Europe, China and Taiwan. Rüdiger is an international speaker on biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, private equity and M&A topics at recognized international industry conferences. He has been mentoring and advising various biotech start-up companies in connection with corporate structuring, patent strategy, investor agreements, financing and business concepts, including the preparation and set-up of partnering transactions.
Sławomir J. Chodor is creative, dynamic and experienced professionals working to develop Polish innovations. I rely on close cooperation between science and business pursuing joint ventures with academic institutions in line with key slogan: Smart Business Ventures. Providing business advisory services (the lean startup and customer development process of projects, including research and development – especially in the Marinetech&Energy sector – making investment decisions in the process of commercialization) to established start-up companies. Established and Project Leader 1st “Marinetech Accelerator”.
Leszek Chybowski is an associate professor at the Maritime University of Szczecin (MUS) as well as editor-in-chief and director of the MUS Press. He is a researcher and inventor, marine engineer, certified reliability professional, certified TRIZ specialist, graduate of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education programme Top 500 Innovators at Stanford University. The scope of his research includes safety and reliability engineering, reduction of machinery-environment interference, machinery effectiveness, inventics, and innovation management.
Bartosz Gonczarek, Ph.D. COO & Co-Founder of Explain Everything.
Business developer that turned into an entrepreneur by supporting ideas that resulted in Explain Everything INC, a company behind powerhouse interactive whiteboard, which he led as initial CEO thought two investment rounds. Bartosz holds a Ph.D. in economics and worked as an advisor to the companies at different stages of growth. Cooperates with startups and lectures to students on business and innovation.
Jaroslaw Sarwa is a Master Connector, Global Ambassador and Community Partner at FinTech Connector – a global fintech platform which mission is to connect people, opportunities, and capital to innovate financial services for global impact.Jaroslaw is a digital transformation leader, Fintech and Blockchain business and technology solutions expert with well-regarded innovative processes and resources to harness new business technologies and show customers the direction forward. Possesses a vast experience in advising financial institutions and also startups in achieving business goals and strategize and tailor Fintech and Blockchain business technology solutions and deploy new models! As a FinTech Connector Community Partner in Warsaw, Jaroslaw is building and connecting Fintech community in Poland and CEE countries.
Rudradeb Mitra. A graduate from the University of Cambridge, he has built six tech startups (one with multi-million dollars in profits) in 4 countries. The startups were B2B, B2C as well as B2B2C and were in various sectors like travel-tech, sales-tech, insurance tech, security, product platform. In the last two years, he is busy with sharing his knowledge and experiences. He is a mentor of Google Launchpad, MIT Enterprise, Impact Hub Switzerland, Start Global, an Entrepreneur in Residence at WeWork Labs, and a senior AI advisor of EFMA. He is also an invited speaker from 25 countries and has spoken at over 70 events. He is an avid writer and wrote over 40 articles on topics like growth-hacking, sales, startups, Machine Learning/AI, future of jobs. Recently he also wrote his first book titled “Creating Value With Artificial Intelligence”. His current interest is building products with Social Value to solve the fundamental problems of human society.
Tal Sharon. A FinTech consultant specializing in analyzing the requirements of corporates and financial institutions in their FinTech transformation process. Has been leading hundreds of engagements between FinTech companies and global financial institutions, consulting regulators and government bodies in FinTech transformation and market education, and supporting the growth of FinTech companies. Based on a broad understanding of the FinTech industry, Tal is constantly orchestrating FinTech events, moderating panels in global FinTech Summits and delivering keynotes.
Marcin Kolczyński. Chief Growth Officer, Omnipotential.
Since more than 25 years Marcin designs innovative strategies and digital business models for Polish and international companies, from start-ups to multinationals. He worked with such companies as T-Mobile, Roland Berger, TVN, Orange, Clear Channel, Pekaes, Baltona, NBC IT Outsourcing, BZ WBK, GIVT.COM as a head of strategy and business consultant / project manager.
He helps companies to find answers to their business challenges by:
– assessing the market environment, analysing competition and major trends in the industry,
– facilitating strategic workshops,
– developing a detailed plan of initiatives to implement the new strategy.
His expertise covers digitalisation processes, market, social and technological trends analyses, as well as change management.