Andrew Hallam is General Secretary and a founding member of ASPIRE, therepresentative body of the shared services, outsourcing and technology sector in Kraków.
Established in 2009, ASPIRE is acknowledged as a key player in the development ofthe sector in the city to its current position as the top ranked location for global businessservices in Europe and top 10 globally, with almost 80,000 people employed in the sector.
ASPIRE currently has over 180 member companies, multinationals operating technology and business services, and companies providing support services to the sector. In 2012, ASPIRE became the first non-governmental organisation to win the coveted Małopolska Business Award.
Andrew Hallam has lived and worked in Poland for over 20 years.
From 1998 to 2007, Andrew worked for the British Polish Chamber of Commerce, first as Director of Regional Development and later South Poland Director. In 2007 he established South Poland Business Link, which later became ASPIRE.
Before coming to Poland, Andrew worked in broadcasting and public affairs in the UK for organisations such as the BBC, Channel 4, BSkyB, the British Labour Party and the Inner London Education Authority.
He first visited in Poland in 1988 and the following year produced the documentary film, Return of a Soldier, which told the story of Tadeusz Bączkowski, a Polish war veteran returning to Poland for the first time since 1939.
Andrew is a graduate of the University of Oxford. He also attended the Central and East European University in Prague and is an alumnus of the Cambridge University Business and Environment Programme.