Professor of Marketing at NYU’s Stern School of Business, a serial entrepreneur, and a CNN+ host
Scott Galloway is Professor of Marketing at NYU’s Stern School of Business, a serial entrepreneur, and a CNN+ host. In 2012, he was named one of the world’s best business professors by Poets & Quants. Scott has founded nine companies, including Prophet, Red Envelope, L2, and Section4. He is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Four, The Algebra of Happiness, and Post Corona. Scott has served on the boards of directors of The New York Times Company, Urban Outfitters, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Panera Bread, and Ledger.
Across his CNN+ show, Prof G and Pivot podcasts, No Mercy / No Malice blog, and his YouTube channel, Scott reaches millions. In 2020, Adweek named Pivot Business Podcast of the Year.
The world’s most famous authority on artificial intelligence
Dr Kai-Fu Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures and President of Sinovation Venture’s Artificial Intelligence Institute. Sinovation Ventures, managing US$3 billion dual currency investment funds, is a leading is a leading venture capital firm focusing on developing the next generation deep tech companies in China. Prior to founding Sinovation in 2009, Dr Lee was the President of Google China, and senior executives at Microsoft, SGI, and Apple. Dr Lee received his Bachelor degree from Computer Science from Columbia University, Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Honorary Doctorate Degrees from both Carnegie Mellon and the City University of Hong Kong. He is the Co-Chair of Artificial Intelligence Council for World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Times 100 in 2013, WIRED 25 Icons, and followed by over 50 million audience on social media. In the field of artificial intelligence, Dr Lee built one of the first game playing programs to defeat a world champion (1988, Othello), as well as the world’s first large-vocabulary, speaker- independent continuous speech recognition system. Dr Lee founded Microsoft Research China, later renamed Microsoft Research Asia, which was named as the hottest research lab by MIT Technology Review. While with Apple, Dr Lee led AI projects in speech and natural language, which have been featured on Good Morning America on ABC Television and the front page of Wall Street Journal. He has authored 10 U.S. patents, and more than 100 journal and conference papers. Altogether, Dr Lee has been in artificial intelligence research, development, and investment for more than 30 years.
His New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order (aisuperpowers.com) discusses US-China co-leadership in the age of AI as well as the greater societal impacts brought upon by the AI technology revolution. His new co-authored book AI 2041 published in fall 2021 explores how artificial intelligence will change our world over the next twenty years.
General Partner of R3iCapital and Adjunct Professor of Practice – Complex Problem Solving & Entrepreneurship at SMU Cox School of Business
As a serial in/entrepreneur, Leesa Soulodre has worked for 20+ years on the cutting edge of innovation, technology, and strategy consulting. As a venture builder, she supports the growth of a portfolio of Seed to Series B tech start-ups internationally and is currently hands-on in-house as an Entrepreneur in Residence for the Australian Government’s Landing Pad in Singapore. Leesa holds a Global Executive MBA from TRIUM (NYU, HEC, & LSE) and a Masters in Management (Marketing) from USQ. She has studied Sports Marketing, Sustainability Strategies, Risk Management, and Technology Entrepreneurship at Wharton, Harvard, the Australian Graduate School of Management and Stanford University respectively. She is a Certified Reputation Manager of the Reputation Institute, a Member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Public Relations Consultants Association.
Technologist, Silicon Valley Investor, Founding Partner and Managing Director of Raiven Capital
Supreet Singh Manchanda is Founding Partner and Managing Director of Raiven Capital, a $100M global tech venture capital fund with partners in innovation hubs including Toronto, Singapore, and Silicon Valley. Supreet and his Raiven team apply their deep knowledge, and operational mastery to build companies move from old industrial into new information economies. Supreet blends his Leadership, Corporate Development and technology expertise. As a Silicon Valley digital transformation expert, Supreet blends innovation with process management to help create nimble organizations. Supreet is a Singularity University Global Impact Challenge Mentor, as well as a mentor for InCredibles in the EU. Supreet has been CEO of a $1B Global Security firm, a general partner in a $2B venture fund, a senior executive at IBM, CA Technologies and a global partner at KPMG.
Currently, he serves on Artificial Intelligence, IoT, BlockChain and Cybersecurity startup boards. He has an MBA from TRIUM – a joint offering of the London School of Economics, New York University and HEC.
Ambassador of the United States to Poland, U.S. Embassy Warsaw
Mark Brzezinski was sworn in as the Ambassador of the United States to Poland on December 22, 2021.
Ambassador Brzezinski previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Sweden from 2011 to 2015, spearheading innovative new approaches to advance U.S.-European trade and landing key Swedish investments, including Volvo’s decision to build a $1 billion factory in South Carolina. He also arranged the first-ever U.S. Presidential visit to Stockholm, which brought together all five heads of governments of the Nordic countries for a summit that galvanized a U.S.-Nordic strategic approach on energy, innovation, and sustainability. In 2015, he was asked by the White House to lead a strategic effort on the Arctic as the first Executive Director of the White House’s Arctic Executive Steering Committee.
Most recently, Ambassador Brzezinski was founder and principal of Brzezinski Strategies LLC. He was a Managing Director at Makena Capital Management, where he led the firm’s sustainable and ESG investing efforts. For a decade, he was a partner at the law firm McGuireWoods LLP, where he helped build the law firm’s international compliance practice. From 1999 to 2001, he served on President Clinton’s National Security Council staff, first as a Director for Russia and Eurasia, and then as a Director for the Balkans.
Ambassador Brzezinski is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Trilateral Commission. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Poland in 1991-93, during which he researched and wrote a book entitled “The Struggle for Constitutionalism in Poland.” In 2010, he was named to the State Department’s Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He received a BA from Dartmouth College, a JD from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Political Science from Oxford University.
He is the proud father of a teenage daughter, Aurora Brzezinski.
World authority on operations management
Nicole received her D.B.A from Harvard Business School, her M.Sc. from the University of Sussex as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and her A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College. She joined Chicago Booth in 2001 and since then has taught operations management, service operations, and supply chain management to executives in programs and companies around the globe. For exemplifying the characteristics students most value in their professors, Nicole earned the 2015 and 2016 Rotman School of Management Teaching Award.
CEO of FANUC Polska Sp. z o.o.
Jędrzej Kowalczyk is customer oriented business unit executive with strong engineering, sales and marketing experience. His interest in science and technology began in the early childhood thus the choice of the university was a simple matter. Jędrzej Kowalczyk is a graduate of robotics and automation at the Gdańsk University of Technology. He started his professional career at FANUC, as a Technical Specialist, in 2009. He was then quickly promoted to the position of the Service Coordinator (2010), Customer Service Coordinator (2012) and a number of new challenges and opportunities opened for him. In 2014 was appointed as the new Office Manager of FANUC Polska and one year later took office as General Manager of FANUC Polska. His main goal is to deliver the latest technology used in automation of production to Polish factories with full support of FANUC local staff.
The man behind innovation at the world’s leading organizations: Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Intel, Coca-Cola
Ian began his marketing career by accident after programming a server to send messages from his college dorm room in 2008 and he’s been working with emerging technologies ever since. He’s led innovation projects for some of the world’s most forward-thinking brands including Samsung, Intel, Coca-Cola, Google, Microsoft, and dozens of others. Ian is the Chief Futurist for Signal and Cipher, an agency grounded in strategic foresight and dedicated to helping brands navigate emerging platforms, like Web3, Blockchain, and the Metaverse. He is also the Head of Marketing and Futurist in Residence at Update Beverage where he applies the emerging technologies of tomorrow to build the world’s first Smart Energy Drink brand.
Ian speaks internationally on the intersection of culture and technology and is seen on stage around the world at venues like SXSW, CES, Social Media Week, and TedX.
Author, Educator, Activist, founder of Third Act
Bill McKibben is a contributing writer to The New Yorker, and a founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 to work on climate and racial justice. He founded the first global grassroots climate campaign, and serves as the Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. In 2014 he was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel,’ in the Swedish Parliament. He’s also won the Gandhi Peace Award, and honorary degrees from 19 colleges and universities. He has written over a dozen books about the environment, including his first, The End of Nature, published in 1989, and the forthcoming The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at his Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened.
Multi award-winning Creative Director, Co-founder at Prox & Reverie
Martin is a multi award-winning Creative Director, specialising in volumetric filmmaking, immersive storytelling and mixed reality. He is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Prox & Reverie, a multi-reality experience lab based in Doncaster, innovating new ways to bridge physical, digital and imagined worlds.
Prox & Reverie is a destination for content creators, producers and brands looking to supercharge the possibilities of virtual production and immersive audience experiences.
Writer at „The New Yorker”, specialist at science, technology and politics
Sue Halpern is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she writes at the intersection of technology and politics, and a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College. Halpern is author of seven books, including the best-selling A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home, and Four Wings and a Prayer, which was made into an Emmy-nominated film. She has written on science, technology and politics for The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and The New Republic, as well as for The New York Review of Books, where she is a regular contributor.
Halpern is the recipient of Guggenheim and Echoing Green Fellowships, and earned a doctorate in political theory from Oxford University.
CEO of BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.
Przemysław Gdański has been the CEO of BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. since November 1, 2017, and serves as Territory Head for all BNP Paribas Group companies in Poland.
Przemek graduated from the University of Gdańsk (MSc in Economics) and completed a one-year program in international banking and finance at Loughborough University in the UK. He participated in several professional and executive development programs at leading business schools around the world, such as IESE Business School (Advanced Management Program), Harvard Business School, London Business School, the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, Ashridge–Hult International Business School, HEC, Columbia Business School and INSEAD.
He has over 30 years of international banking experience. He has worked at leading banks in Poland and abroad, and since 2006 served on the management boards of banks Calyon (as CEO), BPH, Pekao SA and mBank.
Since 2019, he has been deputy president of Polish Confederation of Private Employers Lewiatan and a member of the advisory boards of Digital University. Since 2021, he has served as a+ member of the UN Global Compact Network Poland Programme Committee. The same year, he became a member of the advisory board of the Faculty of Management at the University of Warsaw and a partner in the prestigious international G100 Denim Club, an organization comprising leaders promoting gender parity and equality. He has chaired the council of the BNP Paribas Foundation since 2017.
In 2021, he was distinguished with the Market Visionary Award, granted by the IT@BANK conference. In 2019, he was named CEO of the Year by The Heart Warsaw, and Bank Manager of the Year 2018 by Gazeta Bankowa. In 2018, he won the title of Digital Shaper from the Digital Poland Foundation for outstanding contribution to digital transformation.
He has a proven record of supporting diversity, gender equality and women’s entrepreneurship. In March 2018, he was awarded Male Champion of Change accolade presented by Success Written with Lipstick Foundation.
A chess player with FIDE Master title, years ago member of the Polish national junior team, former president of the Polish Chess Federation.
Former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix, Author of „Powerful; Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility”
Since it was first posted on the web, the Culture Deck has been viewed more than 15 million times, and Sheryl Sandberg has said that it „may be the most important document ever to come out of Silicon Valley.” Patty participated in IPOs at Netflix and, before that, Pure Atria Software. A veteran of Sun Microsystems, Borland, and Seagate Technologies, she has also worked with small start-ups. Her background includes staffing, diversity, communications, and international human resources positions. Currently, Patty coaches and advises a small group of companies and entrepreneurs on culture and leadership. She also speaks to groups and teams around the world. Patty’s best-selling book “Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility” was published in 2018 and translated into 12 languages.
One of the Top 30 Most Influential People in The Metaverse
Hrish is a Co-founder and CEO at SuperWorld. Previously, he co-founded Rogue InitiativeStudios, a Hollywood film, TV, gaming, and immersive entertainment studio. He was also the founding Managing Partner of Eastlabs, an early-stage VC fund based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Previously, Hrish was a Senior Business Developer and Global Evangelist at Toptal (backed by Andreessen Horowitz, the Rockefellers & the co-founders of Facebook and Zynga), a venture capital investor at Spencer Trask Ventures, and an investment banker at both UBS Investment Bank and HSBC Securities, where he specialized in public finance, corporate finance, and M&A. He also was an Associate in the Global Business Development Group at management consulting firm Hewitt Associates. Hrish was born in India and grew up in the United States. He also has spent many years living around the world in Europe, Asia, and South America. He has a close connection to the people and cultures in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Spain, France, Vietnam, China, Colombia, Bali, and Thailand.
Hrish holds a BA in Political Science from Rice University and both an MBA and MPH from University of Illinois at Chicago. In his free time, he enjoys working out, fashion photography, and traveling the world.
International Marketing Legend
Seth Godin is the author of 20 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He’s also the founder of the altMBA and The Akimbo Workshops, online seminars that have transformed the work of thousands of people.He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip and Purple Cow. His book, This Is Marketing, was an instant bestseller around the world. The newest book, The Practice, is out at the end of 2020 and is already a bestseller. His newest project is leading a worldwide group of volunteers creating The Carbon Almanac.In addition to his writing and speaking, Seth has founded several companies, including Yoyodyne and Squidoo. His blog (which you can find by typing “seth” into Google) is one of the most popular in the world. His podcast is in the top 1% of all podcasts worldwide.
In 2018, he was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame. More than 20,000 people have taken the powerful Akimbo workshops he founded, including the altMBA and The Marketing Seminar.
Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics, who teaches people how to do genetic engineering at home. They are one of the stars in the Netflix documentary „Unnatural Selection”
Dr Jo Zayner is constantly pushing the boundaries of Science outside traditional environments. They started Biohacking during their Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics at the University of Chicago, creating The Chromochord in their apartment, the world’s first musical instrument that uses engineered protein nanotechnology. After their Ph.D., Jo received a prestigious fellowship to work with NASA’s Synthetic Biology program, engineering bacteria to help terraform Mars. Now They are the Founder and CEO of The ODIN, a company that is teaching people how to do genetic engineering at home.
Besides starring in the Netflix documentary „Unnatural Selection”, their work has been featured in the New York Times, Time, Scientific American and NPR, among many others.
Partner at Movens Growth Equity, Pricing Guru, Guest Lecturer at Stanford
Maciej spent 20y in pricing. Corporate roles, consulting, lecturing, startup, software- Maciej did it all in pricing. Guest lecturer at Stanford and LBS. Authored 2 book on pricing. His TedTalk on behavioral pricing has over 150k views https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTDBeI-mtDg&t=42s
He specializes in the topics of strategy and management of sales as well as promotions with a particular focus on consumer behavior analysis.
Has experience in the area of price management in B2B and B2C markets in Poland and beyond (USA, Russia, China, Germany, France). He has advised both global corporations (Siemens, Daimler, Johnson& Johnson, Cemex) and MSEs. Maciej is also a lecturer at the Faculty of Management at the University of Warsaw.
Product and interior designer, Innovator at Institute of Industrial Design
Product and interior designer, innovator (Institute of Industrial Design) and university lecturer (School of University SWPS). Specialist in sense of security design. Keen on discussing issues relating to the area of speculative and synesthetic design. Analogue astronaut and a two-time commander of space missions at Lunares Habitat. Meditation teacher and outer space enthusiast. Her works have been honored at exhibitions in Poland and abroad. Participated in numerous design festivals (Lodz Design Festival, Gdynia Design Days, Dutch Design Week). Finalist of competitions such as: MakeMe, Young Polish Designer, Innovation Ad and Jutronauci. Author of the podcast #BEZPIECZNIK and the book „Szałas na hałas”.
Head of Microsoft Technology Center
Head of the Microsoft Technology Center, the innovation incubator for the region Central and Eastern Europe. Expert in industry innovations, digital transformation and Cloud Computing. Creator of the concepts the Store of the future for the retail industry. Expert in New Technologies and Business Modeling. A graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology, SiMR faculty, he also completed postgraduate studies in Project Management at the Kozminski University in Warsaw. PhD studies in Economics in the field of Management, Kozminski University. Lecturer and member of the advisory board of the Warsaw University of Technology. A longtime engineer and trainer, he has been dealing with IT technologies in business for over 20 years.
Founder and CEO of Digital University
Mistress of the Ceremony
Jowita’s mission in life is to arm Poles with essential digital competencies. That is why she established an organization that cooperates with leading American universities such as MIT, Harvard Business School and Stanford to provide education in the field of new technologies. Digital University offers, among others, certified educational programs, such as Digital Transformation Expert, which allow employees to complement their competences of the future, as well as conferences, such as Masters&Robots, for which the world’s most prominent experts come to Poland. The organization also educates excluded and disadvantaged people in the following areas: new technologies, Internet safety, professions of the future and ecology.
Jowita is the Polish ambassador of Singularity Group, the most important educational think-tank in Silicon Valley. She has over 20 years of business experience, having worked in key positions at Polkomtel, PGE and Deloitte, among others.
For her educational activities Jowita has received many awards and honors, including Digital Shapers, awarded for significant contribution to the development of digital economy in Poland. Last year Forbes Women recognized her as one of the 100 most outstanding women in business, and the European Commission named her a Digital EU Ambassador.
Data & AI Director TVN Warner Bros. Discovery.
Data & AI enthusiast. Hands-on practitioner and academic teacher focused on building a strategic approach of organizations that drives maximum business value from Data & AI and related technologies. He has almost 20 years of experience during which he worked on and managed programs, projects and teams that delivered numerous Data and Analytical solutions. After working for global and regional pharmaceutical, telecommunications and retail corporations he moved to the TV and Digital media business where for the last six years in TVN Warner Bros Discovery he has been responsible for the Data Management & Engineering, Data Governance and AI/ML areas. Apart from defining and implementing a company’s Data Strategy, building and managing the Data & AI ecosystem and delivering numerous cutting-edge Data & AI solutions, he is also responsible for the company’s Data Culture program. Working hand in hand with the business, he oversees its component initiatives such as Data Literacy, Data-Driven approach / Decision Architecture and Data Monetization Strategy. As a hobby, he builds analytical models in the field of sports, plays basketball and goes fishing.
Head-Coordinator for Entrepreneurship and Social Dialogue – City of Warsaw
Based at the Warsaw City Hall, responsible for the implementation of tasks in the field of economic and innovation policy in Warsaw, economic and scientific projects with the participation of private partners, and supporting entrepreneurs and investors. Coordinates activities in the field of social communication – projects, programs and campaigns combining issues from many areas of life of residents, and also, supervises the process of preparing and conducting open tenders for the implementation of public tasks. Supervises and coordinates cooperation with non-governmental organizations. Deals with the dissemination of tools of dialogue and participation, as well as the promotion and strengthening of anti-discrimination activities and the promotion of equality. President’s Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment.
She is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology and the American Studies Center at the University of Warsaw. Professionally, she developed one of the design offices in Warsaw. She is also a lecturer at one of Warsaw’s private universities, teaching subjects in the field of architectural and urban design to an international student base. She has also been the head of architecture program. Since 2018, she has been active in the capital’s local government. Until the President of the Capital City of Warsaw entrusted her with the duties of head-coordinator, she was the vice-president of the Ursynów District Council in the City of Warsaw.
She is a participant of the international program European Women’s Academy 2020 organized by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), European Liberal Forum (ELF) and the Friedrich Neumann Foundation (FNF). The aim of the program is to promote gender equality in politics and to support women’s political activity.
Phd in economics, Director of Advanter Group, co-founder of the Center for Economic Recovery
Andrey Dligach is the representative of the international agency ‘Luniter troubleshooting’ in Central and Eastern Europe, head of the GOSH Strategy Center, founder of iVentures the holding of Internet projects.
He’s the No.1 business strategist in Ukraine. The sphere of his scientific interests includes strategic management; reflexive and strategic marketing; brand management; marketing pricing; management of complex systems; change management; futurology.
Andrey Dligach is the co-founder of the civil platform “Nova Krayina”; the co-founder of FreeGen movement; Vice-President of the NPO “Healthy Nation – ZNAK”.
Ha has more than 20 years of experience in running consulting projects in the field of strategic management, marketing and marketing research. He worked with such companies and organizations as Sandora, Siemens, Foxtrot, Obolon’, Niko Corporation, MTS, Microsoft, Milavitsa, Mercedes-Benz, Sport Life, Alfa Bank, Pinskdrev, Kristall, Corporation TerraFood, UFC, PwC, Luxoptica, Ukreximbank, Incom corporation, Astarta Corporation, Azovo-Don Development Company, Motors Group, Duna-West, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Ministry of Education and Science, the United Nations.
Andrey Dligach is a visiting lecturer at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University, MIM Kyiv and a number of business schools in Eastern Europe.
He’s a TV and radio presenter, the author of 9 books on business and marketing.
Hobbies: actor, poet, bard, salsero.
CEO at Innolytics Group
Volodymyris CEO at Innolytics Group www.innolyticsgroup.com technology research and competitive intelligence consulting company, Lecturer and Leadership Team Member at Singularity University Kyiv Chapter, Co-author of “Ukraine in the Global Innovation Dimension” Report, https://singularityhub.com/2018/09/28/innovation-is-on-the-rise-worldwide-how-do-you-measure-it/. Certified ExO Consultant. Prepared dialogue with Sophia the Robot when she visited Ukraine to speak at Olerom Forumin 2018. Former CMO and CFO at iconic www.Signature.uareal estate development project –the most innovative and luxurious complex currently in Ukraine with the development budget of over 130 m USD.Consulted and organized multiple international investment deals with the total amount of over 100 m USD. Volodymyrhas over 10 years of experience in large-scale investment projects andstartupsas well as in creation and development of business projects. Spoke at major national events, such as IForum (https://2019.iforum.ua/en/about/), IP Let Forum, National Science Day by the Ministry of Science and Education, InScience, CEO Club events etc. Dedicated events for Coca Cola, DTEK, Vodacom and others.Author and Co-author of publications in major national media.
Serial inventor and entrepreneur, co-founder of E44 Ventures, founder of Karyopharm Therapeutics
Dr. Shacham is a serial inventor and entrepreneur in the fields of climate and biotech. She is a co-founder and Managing Partner at E44 Ventures, a boutique venture firm focused on climate, energy and synthetic biology. In biotech, Dr. Shacham founded Karyopharm Therapeutics (NASDAQ: KPTI) where she created the novel oral cancer drug Xpovio®, and led its development from idea to commercialization: Xpovio is now approved in US, EU, China, Israel and other countries. At Karyopharm, Dr. Shacham served as President and Chief Scientific Officer until 2021 and remains a member of its Scientific Advisory Board. Prior to joining Karyopharm, Dr. Shacham was Senior Vice President of Drug Development at Epix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where she led the company’s discovery and development, with several INDs and Phase I-III clinical trials in the fields of psychiatry, obesity and autoimmune disease. Dr. Shacham holds a BS in Chemistry, a PhD in biochemistry and computational biophysics, and an MBA, all from Tel Aviv University.
Founder & Editor, Poland Today
Master of the Ceremony
Richard Stephens is founder and editor of Poland Today, an English-language media & communications company based in Warsaw. Richard established the company in 2012 with the aim of providing business news, information and context about Poland to an international audience, as well as promoting the country as a business destination. Poland Today has grown to be the leading English-language media company in Poland, printing a prestigious magazine and organizing events on a wide variety of subjects in several sectors. While the magazine and conferences have been temporarily suspended due to the economic effects of COVID-19, he and his team are currently re-shaping the company to operate fully online. He was previously editor of Eurobuild CEE magazine, where he also established the conference department and created the Eurobuild Awards Gala. Throughout his career, Richard has organised over 120 international conferences and events, including 10+ trips of international journalists to Poland & CEE countries. Richard is English and graduated in Theology & Religious Studies from Bristol University. He lives in Warsaw.
Community builder, ex Wired Magazine’s European Editor
Barbara Erskine is a community builder, brand strategist and media relations professional. In Paris, she worked on the NYT Foreign Affairs Column with Flora Lewis. She led branding and media relations at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, and created “Barbara’s Davos”, a parallel program for the media in Davos. She was Wired Magazine’s European Editor. With her company, Barbara Erskine Networks, in Geneva, she helped governments, the United Nations, and private corporations launch initiatives; notably focusing on women’s issues at the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society (Paris and Deauville); and geopolitics and finance at Ambrosetti/The European House (Milan and Cernobbio). Current projects on communications and communities now include TBLI (Triple Bottom Line Investing) and the TBLI Better World Prize; R3i Ventures and the 2022 She Loves Tech Competition; and the AI Asia Pacific Institute.
Founder of The Innovation Beehive and an expert on organisations, people and innovation
Founder of The Innovation Beehive and an expert on organisations, people and innovation. He has worked in numerous roles at Boots, Harrods and was European HR Director for Yum! Restaurants International before joining the world of innovation consulting and running practices in London and New York. Since founding the company, he has worked with clients including BP, TrustFord, Centrica, Hearst Magazines, Shell Petroleum, Google and Egon Zehnder. Mok is HR Director (voluntary) and Board Vice Chair at Islington Arts Factory in London which provides artistic education to disadvantaged youth. He is also a Trustee of the Barn Theatre Project in Cirencester, which works to develop performance skills in young people.
MOK is a Fellow of St George’s House, Windsor Castle. This society exists to share insights and wisdom within a global leadership population.
Entrepreneur and HRTech investor, Co-founder of Grupa Pracuj
An entrepreneur and HRTech investor. Co-founder of Grupa Pracuj, currently Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Managing Partner of the Innovative Fund Pracuj Ventures. An expert in the field of HRTech, he invests, sits on the supervisory and advisory boards of companies in this sector. Actively participates and speaks at conferences as well as advises management boards of large corporations. Recently, he has co-founded Symmetrical – a new category of salary benefits on the Polish market.
Maciej is also a co-founder and partner of an angel investment fund – HedgeHog Fund and Ataraxy Ventures. Member of the Supervisory Board of the MOC fund. He is also a co-founder and Partner of Valores, the first venture philanthropy fund in Poland. Privately, a father of three children with whom he spends time actively. He is an ardent promoter of „Work Life Integration” and the use of „Behavioral Science” concepts both in business, and in private life.
General Manager of Microsoft in Poland
Dominika Bettman, from December 2021 General Manager of Microsoft in Poland. For 26 years associated with Siemens Sp. z o.o. (the last years as CEO).
Entrepreneur, advocate of new technologies and sustainable business. Graduate of Faculty of Foreign Trade at Warsaw School of Economics and Advanced Management Program at IESE in Barcelona. Economist by education, humanist by nature. Propagator of the idea of diversity and inclusive leadership. Active participant in the public debate on digital transformation of the economy and society. Author of the book “Technological Magnolias”.
Senior Principal Research Manager at Microsoft
Nancy Baym (Ph.D. Speech Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1994) is a Senior Principal Research Manager at Microsoft Research in the New England lab. Her research concerns social dynamics of new communication technologies. She was a pioneer in the field of internet research, writing influential articles on online community in the early 1990s. She is the author of Twitter: A Biography (co-authored with Jean Burgess, 2020, NYU), Playing to the Crowd: Musicians, Audiences, and the Intimate Work of Connection (2018, NYU), Personal Connections in the Digital Age (2010, Second Edition 2014, Polity), Internet Inquiry: Conversations About Method (co-edited with Annette Markham, 2010, Sage), and Tune In, Log On: Soaps, Fandom and Online Community (2000, Sage). She has written numerous journal articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of New Media & Society, The Information Society, Social Media & Society, and other journals. She was a co-founder of the Association of Internet Researchers and served as its second president. She has been recognized with the Frederick Williams Prize for Contributions to the Study of Communication and Technology awarded by the International Communication Association, the naming of the Nancy Baym Book Award by the Association of Internet Researchers, and an Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Gothenburg. Since 2020, she has been helping lead a company-wide research initiative on the Future of Work.
Futurist, Partner at 4CF Strategic Foresight, Member of the Board of the Polish Society for the Study of the Future
Kacper is a partner at the research company 4CF Strategic Foresight and a member of the board of the Polish Society for the Study of the Future. He advises on strategic foresight to international institutions such as NATO, UNESCO, UNDP, as well as companies and non-governmental organizations. He has conducted research projects, workshops and training for companies from many industries: energy, FMCG, finance, construction, pharmaceuticals, high technologies and defence, as well as led military projects in Poland and the Netherlands. He gave speeches at TEDxWarsaw and the bicentenary of the University of Warsaw, of which he is a graduate. Member of the Association of Professional Futurists and World Future Society.
Founder and CEO at Global Space Ventures
Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux is an American technology entrepreneur and investor, whose 25 years career has spanned the US, Asia, and Europe. She is the Founder/CEO of Global Space Ventures, which backs emerging technology pioneers across AI, biotechnology, space and beyond. An early investor in SpaceX, she was also instrumental as co-founder/President of Escape Dynamics in meaningful advances in beamed energy technology, and its onboarding on NASA’s roadmap. She is passionate about harnessing technology to build better futures at scale, and advance STEM, innovation, and national security.
She serves on the board of directors of XPRIZE, which brought into existence in 2004 the first privately funded crewed spaceship to reach space and launched in 2021 the $100M Carbon Removal XPRIZE with Elon Musk. She also serves on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Science Board; on NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation Advisory Board; on the advisory board of the Truman Center for National Policy; and the board of the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath). She is also a security fellow of the Truman National Security Project, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, and Women Corporate Directors.
A leading voice in innovation and national security, she has contributed to U.S. congressional taskforces on innovation, Council on Foreign relations study groups on transformative technologies and U.S. Policy towards Asia, presided over policy discussions ranging from Space Force to U.S. national security and US-China relations, and briefed members of the U.S. Senate on commercial space and national security. Her earlier finance career, which she started working for Goldman Sachs in investment banking in Europe in the late 1990s, also included leadership roles at leading global investment firms TPG-Axon and Renaissance Technologies in the US and Asia. She holds an MBA from ESSEC (France) and Harvard Business School.
Independent Journalist & Reporter
For 13 years Dariusz hosted the popular radio program „Raport o stanie świata”. Since March 2020, the programme has been funded by Listeners and is available on platforms as a podcast.
Dariusz has been working in media since the 1980s. He started at RFI in Paris, then spent the entire 90s at the BBC in London. He wrote for various Polish media, from the sacred „Życie Warszawy” and „Życie” to „Machina” and „Architektura”. After returning to Poland, he worked for the Polish Press Agency, Newsweek, Przekrój, Forum and Polityka. He was also a co-founder and editor-in-chief of the first Ozon weekly. This was short-lived, but for many years he wrote for „Rzeczpospolita”, especially for its „Plus Minus” supplement. The magazine with which Dariusz has collaborated the longest and closest is „Tygodnik Powszechny”.
Dariusz has been nominated for many awards, including the Nike Literary Award for „Grain and Blood”. He also received the Beata Pawlak Award for this book, as well as the PAP’s Ryszard Kapuscinski Reporter’s Award for „Raport o stanie świata” from Kurdistan.
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World’s most famous data-driven Futurologist
Amy Webb advises CEOs of the world’s most-admired companies, three-star admirals and generals, and the senior leadership of central banks and intergovernmental organizations. Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures, Amy pioneered a data-driven, technology-led foresight methodology that is now used within hundreds of organizations. She is a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business, where she developed and teaches the MBA course on strategic foresight. She is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University’s Säid School of Business, a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center, a Fellow in the United States-Japan Leadership Program and a Foresight Fellow in the U.S. Government Accountability Office Center for Strategic Foresight. She was elected a life member to the Council on Foreign Relations and is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee. She is a member of the World Economic Forum where she serves on the Global Future Council on Media, Entertainment and Culture and the Stewardship Board of the Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of Media, Entertainment and Culture. She was a Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where her research received a national Sigma Delta Chi award. She was also a Delegate on the former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, where she worked on the future of technology, media and international diplomacy. Webb has advised CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies, three-star generals and admirals and executive government leadership on strategy and technology. She is the author of several popular books, including “The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity,” which was longlisted for the Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year award, shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Digital Thinking Award, and won the 2020 Gold Axiom Medal for the best book about business and technology, and “The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream,” which won the Thinkers50 Radar Award, was selected as one of Fast Company’s Best Books of 2016, Amazon’s best books 2016, and was the recipient of the 2017 Gold Axiom Medal for the best book about business and technology. Her highly-anticipated upcoming book, “Genesis Machine: Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology” (Public Affairs, February 2022) – co-authored with Humane Genomics founder and biotech futurist Andrew Hessel – looks at the promises and perils of synthetic biology including related ethical, political, religious and social issues.
Webb was named by Forbes as one of the five women changing the world, listed as the BBC’s 100 Women of 2020, and the Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led.