Don Allen has been working as an actor and director for more than 25 years. He has appeared on TV, film, and theater touring in the UK, Europe and the USA. He has directed two feature films, and co-directed a multi-media project with Cannes Palme d’Or winning director, Apichatpong Weerasethakul. He is the artistic director and founder of the ETTC – a professional English speaking touring theater company in Poland. Tedx presenter. Don gives communication, team-building, public speaking, and confidence building workshops and seminars in Poland and the UK.
CEO of SALESmanago Marketing Automation
Grzegorz Błażewicz has over 20-years of experience in national and international marketing industries. His professional career started in marketing agencies in New York and London. For six year he acted as Marketing Director of Capital Group Comarch, one of the greatest providers of IT solutions in the European Union In 2006 he was appointed CEO of Interia.pl, one of the largest websites in Europe, noted at the Warsaw Stock Exchange for hiring more than 250 employees. His entrepreneurial career started in 2008, by creating from scratch the programming for the marketing department. In 2011 he founded SALESmanago Marketing Automation. He is author of the book „Marketing Automation. W kierunku sztucznej inteligencji i hiperpersonalizacji” published by the Polish Scientific Publishers PWN. He is also a lecturer at higher education institutions, supports technological start-ups, and regularly runs in marathons. Finalist at the Entrepreneur of the Year competition EY 2014.
Jan Bormans, Ph.D.
CEO at European Startup Network, Kunigi partner
Jan Bormans, Ph.D., MBA, has been active in the field of innovation for more than 25 years. His experience includes work for the Strategy Development Unit at the world-leading IMEC nanotechnology research centre that developed Europe’s first Industrial open innovation platforms in the 1990’s. After that, Jan was responsible for the research centre on entrepreneurial creativity in close collaboration with Flanders’ leading business schools. Jan has been actively involved in various start-up initiatives such as Start it @KBC and startups.be (the Belgian national start-up association) where he was COO. From 2019 on, Jan is the CEO of the European Startup Network. Together with Kunigi, the innovation agency that he co-founded, Jan is actively involved in corporate venturing for various national and international companies.
Assoc. Prof. Piotr Buła, Ph.D.
Vice-Rector for Projects and Cooperation at the Cracow University of Economics
Associate Professor Piotr Buła, Ph. D. is Vice-Rector for Projects and Cooperation at the Cracow University of Economics, and Head of International Management Department at the Cracow University of Economics. He is former Director of the Cracow School of Business CUE. Senate Member and Member of the Council of the Cracow University of Economics.
He is author or co-author of over 131 scientific publications, research works and implementation projects, as well as 42 press publications and expert opinions. The above mentioned scientific publications concern the scope of organization and management, particularly: risk management, internal audit, corporate governance, management strategy, logistic audit, and management of enterprises with increased risk. Author of many analyzes and publications in the field of economic consulting for enterprises and the public sector.
Robert Bohynik CFA, CAIA
Deputy CEO and Chief Investment Officer of NN Investment Partners TFI S.A.
He started his career in 2001. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance Management. Since 2006 he has been the CFA charterholder and since 2011 the CAIA title holder. Initially he worked as a financial analyst and portfolio manager. In 2005, he joined the Allianz Pension Fund Management Company as a fund manager. In 2007 he was promoted to Senior Portfolio Manager at Allianz Asset Management (Slovakia), where he managed the portfolios. He joined ING Group in 2008 at ING Investment Management in the Czech Republic as Chief Investment Officer, responsible for portfolio management for institutional clients. He also held the position of CEO at ING Investment Management in the Czech Republic. From 2 October 2012 until 8 December 2014 he was a Member of the Management Board of ING IM (Poland). Since October 2, 2012 till July 15, 2020 a member of the Management Board of NN Investment Partners TFI S.A. (formerly ING TFI S.A.) responsible for the Investment Department. Since July 15, 2020, Deputy CEO of NN Investment Partners TFI.
Małgorzata Gałązka-Sobotka, Ph.D.
Ph.D., specialist in the field of strategic management, leadership, healthcare management and organization and public health. Author of numerous expert and academic publications devoted to the topic of socio-economic aspects in healthcare and the management in this sector. Dean of the Postgraduate Education Centre as well as Director of the Healthcare Management Department at the Łazarski University – an academic think-tank dedicated to the research and analysis of the healthcare system effectiveness at various levels. Vice-President of the National Health Fund Council, CEO of IFIC Poland, Adviser to the President of the Polish Employers’ of the Republic of Poland in the field of healthcare.
Singer, composer, songrwiter
Singer and songwriter, composer and author of texts and arrangements, Agnieszka Hekiert is a graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy for Jazz and Entertainment Music in Katowice. As a singing tutor and vocal trainer, Agnieszka is known for her contribution to the ‘behind the scenes’ of polish television programmes such as „X-Factor”, ” Poland’s got talent”, „Your Face Sounds Familiar” and „My Camp Rock”. Her work aims to prepare participants in television shows for various different vocal challenges in public performances. Beside her TV work, she has her own workshops, where she teaches mindfulness, diction, breathing, improvisation and vocal emission and stage comfort, working both individually and in groups.
Head of the University Hospital in Cracow
A specialist in the field of management and accounting, graduate of the Cracow University of Economics. Between the years 2008 and 2016 he filled the post as Deputy Bursar of the Jagiellonian University for Collegium Medicum Affairs, and in 2016 he became the Jagiellonian University Rector’s Proxy for the construction of the new University Hospital building in Kraków-Prokocim. In April last year he was appointed Head of the University Hospital.
Global Account Based Marketing Director at Capgemini
Global Account Based Marketing Director at Capgemini – Capgemini is a global leader in consulting, digital transformation, technology and engineering services. Responsible for one-on-one Communication to top clients generating total annual revenues of over EUR 8bn. Anna Klecha is a graduate of the University of Toronto (HonBA Cultural Studies), Jagiellonian University (MA Philosophy), Cracow University of Economics (MBA Management and Marketing), currently pursuing a doctorate in the field of Management and Quality at the Kraków University of Economics.
Director at Diversity Hub
As Director of Diversity Hub she offers consulting for organizations and acts as expert for inclusive leadership matters. She creates strategies for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion within organizations. She is author of many international projects supporting the development of leadership competencies, certified Facilitator of the Leadership Development Intensive program. She conducts DEI audits, which result in updated HR processes, more efficient D&I Council, webinars and workshops (e.g. antidiscrimination) as well as intercultural competencies trainings.
Managing Partner at Romika Consulting
Mik Kuczkiewicz holds a master’s degree in law from Louvain University in Belgium and is a graduate of Solvay Business School and INSEAD. He has extensive international experience in the insurance sector and in HR consulting. Founder and Managing Partner of Hay Poland from 1996 until 2012. He has been engaged in a wide range of consulting activities for leading international organizations in areas such as strategy implementation, organizational design, managerial development programs, including the first „Executive Coaching” and „Top Team Development” programs in Poland. Since 2013 Mik has taken a new orientation in life, centered around consulting, as Managing Partner in Romika Consulting, lecturing & teaching, social & family activities. He is a lecturer and guest speaker at several business schools in Poland and abroad. Mik acts as Project Manager and Chapter member within Fundacja Perspektywy, which issues the MBA Programs Ranking in Poland.
Jakub Kwaśny, Ph.D.
CSB School Director
He has a PhD in economics in the discipline of economics and finance, formerly director of postgraduate studies at the Krakow School of Business at the University of Economics in Cracow, substantive director of the MBA in General Management and MBA in Community Management. An expert of the CUE Public Policy Centre and the Future Industry Platform Foundation. Member of Supervisory Boards of companies from the water supply and heating sector. In 2012-2017, he was the Chairman of the Programme Council of Radio Kraków S.A., and in 2011-2015, the Social Council of the E. Szczeklik Hospital in Tarnów and the Complex of Specialist Clinics. An active local government activist, since 2006 a councilor, and since 2018. Chairman of the Town Council in Tarnów. Member of the Polish delegation to the Committee of the Regions of the European Union and Chairman of the Tarnów Revitalization Committee.
UBS Investment Bank CDIO Senior Delivery Manager
At UBS, Tomasz manages the team that provides AI and Data Analytics IT, applies Big Data solutions and machine learning techniques in order to enhance user experience and automate operations. He has spent 20+ years at the crossroads of financial services and technology building digital solutions for corporate and retail users.
Assoc. prof. Stanisław Mazur, Ph.D.
Rector of the Cracow University of Economics
Rector of the Cracow University of Economics. Head of Department of Public Policies, former Dean at the College of Economy and Public Administration. Editor in chief of the quarterly “Zarządzanie Publiczne” (Public Management). His academic specialization is on Public Administration, Public Policy Analysis, Public Governance, Public Management, Organizational Learning. He participated as an expert and coordinator in several dozen national and international research projects in the fields of public policy analysis, quality of governance, strategic management, and organizational learning. Author of more than 260 research papers and books published by reputed national (PWN, Scholar) and international publishing houses (Routledge, Peter Lang Publishing).
Agnieszka Motyl, Ph.D.
Business Partner, SciTech Sub-Found, Luxemburg
A graduate of the Jagiellonian University Medical College and Cracow University of Economics. As a manager she has expert knowledge and experience in product development in the health services market, managing medical facilities and projects and companies in the field of science and technology. Agnieszka Motyl’s professional career spans over 20 years of experience in management, change management, building and enhancing company value, acquisition processes as well as generating synergies between entities and within organizations. She has developed a broad portfolio of services and business lines from specialized outpatient services through dentistry, rehabilitation, occupational medicine, aesthetic medicine to e-health services. As a qualified leader she has worked for major private companies in Poland such as LUXMED/ BUPA/ Medicover in various positions. As Chief Operating Officer/Member of the Board of Directors/Medical Director/Member of the Supervisory Board in national and international environment she was responsible for increasing value for both owners and customers. She is passionate about cost and efficiency optimization processes based on implementation of innovative customer and employee friendly solutions. Since 2021 she has been associated as Business Partner with FTF Columbus Sp.z.oo in the Sci-Tech sub-fund developing breakthrough technologies in medicine, where she is responsible for the Cardio-Cluster companies.
Managing Director at Geberit Poland
His professional career started in 1997 in the marketing consultancy and services sector. He graduated from SGH Warsaw School of Economics, and obtained his MBA at UW & University of Illinois as well as other international managing programs such as in INSEAD, London Business School, HEC and Harvard Business School. Between the years 2008 and 2015 he was CEO of Sanitec Koło and Senior Vice-President of Sanitec Group, and was responsible for the Central and Eastern Europe Region, Russia and Ukraine. After the Geberit company acquisition of Sanitec Group, and since 2015, he became CEO of Geberit Poland. Przemysław Powalacz is a mentor for the Leadership Academy for the Leaders of Education (APLO) program, and lecturer at the SPWS University. Member of many supervisory boards e.g. OTCF S.A. (owner of 4F), International Management Centre UW, and member of the Polish-Swiss Chamber of Commerce Management. He runs individual mentoring practices in the fields of leadership, strategy and management.
Piotr Prokopowicz, Ph.D.
Organizational psychologist and sociologist
Psychologist and organizational sociologist, PhD in humanities, experienced coach and consultant, leadership researcher at Stanford Culture Lab and Jagiellonian University, co-founder and Chief Scientist at Freenovation, speaker at Powerspeech. For several years he has been involved in training in the field of business psychology and leadership (piotrprokopowicz.com) and researching and developing management cultures that allow people and organizations to achieve success. Author of many articles on management, published, among others, in the American edition of Harvard Business Review and Fast Company. He gained practical and academic experience on both sides of the Atlantic – in Washington, New York, Copenhagen, Halifax and Krakow. Guest and expert of TOK FM, Future Report, Rzeczpospolita and Puls Biznesu. Co-author of the book „A good enough leader. 12 lessons of authentic leadership for times of uncertainty”. (liderwystarczajacodobry.pl) and the author of the book „Recruitment and selection based on evidence”.
CTO at Owls Department
Co-founder and CTO at Owls Department. Experienced developer with a passion for everything from generative art to application architecture. He specializes in finding a common language between the world of developers, designers, and business. Enthusiast of new technologies and open-source solutions. Privately a fan of LEGO, coffee specialty and modernism in architecture.
Ian Richardson, Ph.D.
Director of Executive Education, SBS, Stockholm University
A critical thinker, and a highly regarded professional educator, Ian specializes in the fields of strategy, leadership, public affairs, and digitalization. He’s a member of the Masters in Management (MiM) Advisory Board at Cranfield School of Management, a member of the International Advisory Board at Cracow University School of Business, a member of the European Club Association (ECA) CMP Scientific Advisory Panel in Nyon, Switzerland, and an Executive Board member of the British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce. Prior to his doctoral research at Cranfield School of Management, which explored power and consensus in transnational elite policy networks, Ian was a business leader in the magazine publishing and internet sectors. At the height of the dotcom era, he was Chief Operating Officer of the largest, and most well-funded, internet start-up in Europe and has set up, and managed, a number of pan-European digital information businesses. In addition, he has run his own e-commerce business, overseen high growth businesses in public and private sectors, and advised numerous organisations in the technology, media, and education sectors. After leaving the UK in late 2009, Ian lives in Stockholm with his wife, Valerie, and three children.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Leader
Leader for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in IKEA. Responsible for building an inclusive workplace and for integrating all levels of diversity with business practices. Co-creator of a three-year strategy D&I in IKEA, and the initiatives Paternity Leave IKEA, „Fifty-fifty”, Gender Equal Pay, as well as for introducing a leadership attitude into management. She has a degree in Clinical Psychology from the SWPS University, and a specialisation in Psychology of Diversity by Harvard University. For the past 10 years, she has worked with non-governmental organizations in the field of Human Rights and International Cooperation.
Radosław Ruchała, Ph.D.
Architect/Data Scientist, Cisco Systems Poland
He designs, creates and implements innovative IT solutions in the area of computer networks and applications running on them. Seeks for common area of scientific achievements and business pragmatics. For years associated with the academic world of IT as a researcher, assistant and lecturer (AGH, WSB-NLU, DePaul University). PhD in technical sciences in the discipline of computer science. For 12 years has been working on research and development projects in international IT corporations (Nokia Siemens Networks, Cisco). In his work he uses advanced solutions for graph databases, graph algorithms, machine learning and artificial intelligence. He tries to apply them to solve business problems more effectively.
Monika Sady, Ph.D.
International MBA Program Director
Ph.D. in economics in the discipline of Science of Management. She is Assistant professor in the International Management Department at the Cracow University of Economics, Director of the International MBA program, and Head of Unit for Social and Ecological Development. She is manager of a program financed by NCBiR “CUE available for everyone”, improving the availability for people with disabilities. She takes part in several international research and educational projects, including EU projects in the field of social entrepreneurship, MOOC courses, as well as working with startups and corporations. She is a certified European Consultant of Social Economics and a certified Innovational Lecturer. Member of the International Management Development Association, of Innovative Poland, and of The Polish Economic Society. She is a researcher of management, social responsibility, sustainable development, relations with the environment and startups with a social mission. Monika Sady has received numerous awards for her involvement in charity work, especially in the project “SOS -Społeczna Odpowiedzialność Studentów” (Students’ Social Responsibility).
COO at Owls Department
He graduated in journalism from the Wyższa Szkoła Europejska. He has been working for Owls Department for over 8 years. Initially as a project manager, and currently co-manages the company from the level of Chief Operating Officer. Focused on acquiring creative and challenging projects. His most important goal is the high quality of customer service in the company. He values openness and professionalism in his relationships with clients and team. He believes that technology (including Blockchain) is modern magic. Privately, an ultra runner and a photographer strongly associated with the outdoors.
Piotr Sedlak, Ph.D.
MBA IT Program Director
He holds Ph.D. diploma in Management, postgraduate diplomas in Social Psychology (SWPS), Project Management (CUE), Marketing and Social Research (WSE Kraków). He also finished Cambridge University program: Transforming HR Strategy with Data Science. Except 14 years of experience in academia (at International Management Department of Cracow University of Economics), he has been working for 15 years as a in Sedlak & Sedlak – family owned company as Project Manager and later Managing Partner. In the business world Piotr is responsible for employee satisfaction and engagement surveys. He is a member of World at Work and Polish Association of Market and Opinion Researchers. Piotr is a certified Project Manager (IPMA, IPMA R&D, PRINCE2, Change Management). In his free time he tries to learn how to play guitar… still long way ahead.
Board Member at DataWorkshop
Board Member at DataWorkshop – a company specialized in extracting business value from data aided by machine learning, and in Education that is connected to Data Science & Machine Learning both from a technical standpoint and regarding the management of projects focused on ML. Through its activity in the fields of research, education and business, DataWorkshop helps companies begin to implement machine learning properly, in such a way that pays off.
Katarzyna Sanak-Kosmowska, Ph.D.
MBA CSB+Master Program Director
Ph. D. in Economics & Master of Psychology working as an Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing, College of Management Sciences and Quality, Cracow University of Economics (Poland). Scientific interests: online marketing communication, psychology of consumer behaviour, advertising. She is the author of over 50 articles and monographs, including “The role of social networking in brand marketing Communications”. Katarzyna is a member of the American Marketing Association, International Association of Researchers and Scientists in Latvia, Polish Scientific Marketing Association and the Spokespersons for Science Association.
Vice President at Hutchinson Poland
A graduate of the Krakow University of Technology and Executive MBA in Paris for many years associated with the automotive industry. She started her career as a Purchaser in engineering and technological projects, going through the next stages of her career as a Project Manager in a plant near Krakow, Project Director responsible for Northern Europe, and then Project Director in France at the international level responsible for its subordinate regions, i.e. Asia, Europe and both America. In addition to international experience, she had the opportunity to cooperate with the largest car manufacturers by developing and implementing new products and technologies for Audi, VW, GM, Ford, PSA, Nissan, Toyota and even Tesla. Having such a wide range of responsibilities, she always and everywhere believed that people, i.e. our employees and business partners, are the most important. This approach allowed for the introduction of organizational and process changes enabling the acquisition of new customers, setting new directions of activity in line with market trends, increasing the portfolio of projects and increasing productivity. Currently, she continues her career as Hutchinson Poland Vice President (7 production plants in Poland with over 8,000 employees), focusing on the sustainable development with its multidimensional aspects, placing great emphasis on the social aspect.
Founder of Reins Group
Founder of Reins Group, has more than three decades of international experience in designing value propositions and strategies for entering the market, for those companies quoted in the stock market, start-ups and governmental agencies. He researches tensions between the behaviour of clients, organizational readiness and technology in the context of sustainable innovation. Usually, these conflicting interests result in permanent clashes that create an energy that Jef Teugels likes to call energy for innovation. Natural Step Framework (TNSF) defines the limits, within which this energy supports sustainable innovation.
Executive Director at United Nations Global Compact Network Poland
United Nations employee since 2002, between the years of 2009 and 2014, Director of United Nations Develpement Program (UNDP) Office in Poland. Since 2004 to this day he acts as Representative of the UN Global Compact Network Poland (coordinating cooperations with business, local government, higher education institutions, public administration and NGOs), Director of the Knowledge Transfer Center – Know How Hub (as part of the UNDP Poland, managed by UN GCNP).
Logistics Manager at Shell Catalysts & Technology Company
Aylton is a Brazilian citizen based in Poland who is passionate about people management, highly motivated and believes in mutual cooperation and teamwork. He currently works as a Logistics Manager at Shell Catalysts & Technology company. Aylton has held several Finance Credit Roles, including leadership in Shell’s Downstream and Upstream. His own career’s favourite moment was when he got awarded among the top 10 managers from Shell Business Operations Krakow according to Shell People Survey 2019. Aylton holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Santos (Brazil) and another one in Logistics and Transports from Technological University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and is currently enrolled in an MBA course from Cracow School of Business (Poland) in partnership with St. Gallen Business School (Switzerland).
Matchmaker, mentor, advisor, program developer at the European Startup Network.
Adèle has a 10-years experience in business development and acceleration, strategic partnerships and open innovation in all types of industries. She has acquired a significant knowledge of digital innovation and is fascinated by the impact of new technologies on business activities. She is convinced that a cohesive European startup ecosystem is the key to Europe’s economy and society.
Agnieszka Żur, Ph.D.
Executive MBA Program Director
Ph.D. in management, long term employee of Cracow University of Economics. Director of Executive MBA Program at Cracow School of Business. Expert in designing and managing higher education and executive education programs (BA, MA, MBA, PhD). Member of EFMD international accreditations peer review teams. Certified trainer and academic tutor. MOOC developer and TEDx speaker. Co-author of award winning Massive Open Online Course on Intrapreneurship and laureate of Teaching Innovation and Entrepreneurship Excellence International Awards 2018. Member of Academy of Management since 2010. Researcher and author of publications on corporate entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and higher education teaching and learning. Reviewer for several leading journals and member of Editorial Board of Social Entrepreneurship Review.