EEC 2019


  • How to ensure Poland’s energy security in the medium and long term?

    • How will the Power Market improve Poland’s energy security?
    • The impact of EU climate policy on Poland’s energy independence
    • The Power Market in the context of solutions proposed as part of the Winter Package
    • Power supply security
    • The Pan-European Electricity Market versus Poland’s energy security
    • Decarbonisation of the EU by 2050 and Polish contributions thereunder
  • Electromobility

    • The development of electromobility as a global trend. Its basis in Europe. Leaders and the pace of changes
    • An overview of legal tools, tax incentives and other facilitators that aim at promoting the development of electromobility in EU countries
    • What regulatory changes (technical standards, the energy system and safety) will be forced by the advances in electromobility?
    • The potential of Polish electromobility – according to the administration and the market. Its projected results for the economy and the environment
    • A breakthrough is needed. Key factors that impact the acceleration in the development of electromobility
  • The 4th Industrial Revolution in Europe. How to take advantage of the opportunities?

    • Faces of the so-called Industry 4.0 – the impact of technology on marketing, logistics and management
    • New skills of employees. The education system and social life in the context of transformations in industry
    • Traditional industries in the face of new possibilities, needs and requirements?
    • The role of the state in the process of revolutionary technological changes
    • How to convince companies/enterprises to use new technologies?
    • Zoltán Cséfalvay - Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the OECD and UNESCO, Deputy Minister at the Ministry of National Economy of Hungary in the years 2010–2014
    • Adam B. Czyżewski - Chief Economist, PKN ORLEN
    • Tomasz Haiduk - Member of the Board, Digital FactoryProcess Industries and Drives Director, Siemens Sp. z o.o.
    • Martin Hronza - Director, Economic Analysis Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic
    • Jerzy Kalinowski - Adviser to the Board, KPMG
    • Radosław Kwiecień - Member of the Management Board, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego
    • Ireneusz Martyniuk - Deputy Chairman of the Board, CEE Region, Schneider Electric Polska Sp. z o.o.
  • The world for climate, or what the climate summit in Katowice will bring


    The 2018 UN Climate Summit in Katowice will be crucial to the implementation of the Paris Agreement. It provides an opportunity for all countries in the world to take actions aimed at climate protection. However, it is necessary to create a transparent and credible system of reporting national obligations and monitoring them, so as to ensure proportionality of the efforts made by all parties. This will be the main task of the climate summit in Katowice. What are the negotiation objectives of the EU, the Polish presidency, the USA, and the developing countries? What is actually possible to agree on?

    • Rafał Bochenek - Minister’s Plenipotentiary for Organisation of COP 24
    • Jerzy Buzek - Member of the European Parliament, President of the European Parliament in the years 2009–2012; Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland in the years 1997–2001; Chairman of the Programme Board of the EEC
    • Miguel Arias Cañete - European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy
    • Sławomir Dębski - Director, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)
    • Henryk Kowalczyk - Minister of the Environment, Poland
    • Michał Kurtyka
    • Andris Piebalgs - Commissioner for Energy in the years 2004-2010, Commissioner for Development in the years 2010-2014, European Commission
  • The right of superficies versus investment

    • The right of superficies in the context of infrastructure investment projects
    • Trains, office buildings and shopping arcades. Commercial use of land over railway tracks and tunnels. Interest expressed by investors
    • The current legal status of buildings above ground. Interim solutions
    • A 3D plot of land? The operation of the right of superficies in the legal systems of other countries. Examples
    • The investment potential of railway areas – prospects and barriers in the context of infrastructure investment projects
    • The impact of new construction models on urban development. Benefits for investors, land owners and local governments
  • Following in the footsteps of the Second Polish Republic? About the economy on the 100th anniversary of the regaining of independence

    • Economic experiences of the interwar period. Plans, achievements and disappointments
    • The Polish economy and geopolitics in 1918 and 2018. Analogies, differences and contexts
    • The contemporary Polish state and its roles in the economy: owner, investor, animator of development projects, and regulator
  • Investment projects in Central Europe and in Poland

    • In the eyes of investors. The picture of the region and the images of particular countries – directions of evolution
    • Competition for investors in Central Europe. Advantages, strategies and tools
    • Foreign investors in Poland. What are they interested in?
    • What types of investment does the Polish economy need?
    • Mechanisms of winning over desired investors with attractive projects
    • Will the entire territory of Poland be a single SEZ? Is this the optimum concept? Alternative solutions
  • The circular economy in the EU

    • A fashionable slogan or reality at hand? The European perspective on the new trend
    • The philosophy of the circular economy; costs and the adaptation schedule
    • Which industries will lose, and which ones will benefit from it? What will consumers gain from it?
    • Prospects for companies/enterprises operating in the waste disposal, furniture, electronics and advisory industries
    • How will the circular economy change the market? Will products ‘made in EU’ be competitive on foreign markets?
  • Biotechnology in Poland: Cost-intensive pipe dreams or a real opportunity?

    • Can there be an innovative economy without biotechnology? This is not possible.
    • Ways to commercialise biotechnology projects – people, knowledge and financing
    • Development of biotechnology research and implementation in the context of the Strategy for Sustainable Development
    • Research & development centres and clinical research centres in Poland – attractive places for creating innovation, providing professional development and improving qualifications
    • Biotechnology in the strategies pursued by pharmaceutical companies – more than added value
    • Development of biotechnological start-ups in Poland
  • The free market in Europe – benefits and barriers

    • Benefits from EU’s Single Market for the economic development of the Member States
    • Risks to the market. Trade barriers within the EU. Sources, causes and examples
    • A catalogue of industry-specific handicaps – textiles, pharmacy, the shipbuilding industry and the furniture industry
    • The freedom to provide services. Transport and finance as ‘sensitive’ sectors
    • How to manage: business tips and tasks for decision-makers
    • Posted workers in the EU – the essence of divergences and the directions of possible solutions
  • Civilisation diseases of the 21st century

    • The most significant risk factors of selected civilisation diseases: Are we able to mitigate them?
    • Preventive medicine. Do we appreciate its importance in combating civilisation diseases?
    • Organisation and financing of patient care for patients with diabetes, lung diseases and cardiovascular diseases
    • Indirect costs related to civilisation diseases
    • Ewa Dąbrowska-Górniak - AstraZeneca Pharma Poland Sp. z o.o
    • Mariusz Gąsior - chief of 3rd Department of Cardiology in Zabrze, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Piotr Jankowski - 1st Department of Cardiology, Interventional Electrocardiology and Hypertension, Jagiellonian University Medical College in Kraków
    • Przemysława Jarosz-Chobot - Chair of Paediatrics, Department of Paediatric Diabetology, Faculty of Medicine (WLK), Medical University of Silesia (SUM); Independent Public Research and Teaching Hospital No. 6 of the Medical University of Silesia (SUM), John Paul II Upper Silesian Children’s Health Centre (Górnośląskie Centrum Zdrowia Dziecka im. Jana Pawła II), Department of Paediatric Diabetology; Regional Diabetology Consultant
    • Marzena Sygut - Journalist, Rynek Zdrowia
    • Wojciech Zawalski - Healthcare System Expert
  • Security and new technologies in taxes

    • The new Tax Code and its institutions
    • Ways to assess risk in relations with other business entities
    • Alternative methods of solving tax disputes – settlement, mediation, consultation and arbitration
    • Security of tax processes: methods of internal verification, tax policy certification, and IT tools
    • Digitisation of taxes in tax systems. Effectiveness of the new tools at the disposal of the treasury
    • Concepts of taxing the digital economy and e-commerce. European (EC), global (OECD) and national recommendations
  • The labour market – the sum of challenges

    • The situation and main trends in the labour market in Poland as well as in other countries of Europe. Common phenomena and the specificity of particular countries
    • Desired competences and their supply. Ways to combat deficit
    • Flexibility of labour as a problem. Efficient employment versus the need for stability 
    • Moving away from civil-law contracts in favour of full-time jobs. How does it come off compared to the requirements of the contemporary economy?
    • New generations in the labour market: How to acquire, motivate and keep them?
    • Mobility of employees, drain on brains, and migrations – short-term ‘supplements’ and losses or a continuous trend? 
  • Economic prosperity and problems – construction under pressure

    • The situation is as good as it is dangerous. The situation in the construction industry – a set of problems it experiences
    • The accumulation of infrastructure investment projects. Consequences for the market. Prices of construction materials
    • Tenders according to new rules. How to avoid repeating the nightmare scenario from the time of the ‘motorway boom’?
    • Bottlenecks. Investment in the railway and its current capacity
    • New technologies and more efficient logistics – an indispensable response to the current reality
    • Where are the professionals? The situation in the labour market versus contracting capabilities of the Polish construction sector
    • Necessary new system solutions. Will Poland be more open to foreign employees?
  • Management - successful mergers and acquisitions

    • Preparation of the merger process. Objectives, tools, tactics and advice
    • Business management after the merger – the main success factors
    • Success factors – the integration of organisational cultures and operational models
    • How to deal with differences in the integration process (management styles, seniority, age and employee habits)?
    • The employees’ attitude towards changes. The emotions accompanying the integration process
    • How to effectively involve the crew in the integration process?
    • The financing of the acquisition process
  • Foreign expansion of companies/enterprises

    • How to support exports and foreign investment projects of companies/enterprises effectively?
    • Experiences gained by various countries
    • What are the results of the Polish revolution in state aid for companies/enterprises pursuing foreign expansion?
    • Centralisation of diplomatic and financial support. What are the problems that still remain unsolved? Assessments and expectations of business
  • Gas from the USA in Europe

    • The place of Central Europe on the American LNG map
    • At the political level – gas from the USA versus EU’s energy security
    • It is time we got down to brass tacks: prices and logistics. The point of view of companies/enterprises and specialists
    • Who will benefit from it? In what ways will the new direction of imports change the European gas market?
    • Michał Baranowski - Head, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Warsaw Office
    • Shawn Bennett - Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for Oil and Gas, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Fred Hutchison - President, United States Department of State, LNG Allies
    • Paweł Jakubowski - Chairman of the Board, Polskie LNG SA
    • Piotr Naimski - Secretary of State, Prime Minister’s Chancellery, Government Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure
    • Rafael Świąder - Deputy Director, Wholesale Trading Branch, Director, Portfolio Management Division, PGNiG SA
  • A time of co-generation and of the modern heating industry

    • A new model of support for co-generation. Its role in the future energy mix
    • The economic and environmental context of the development of the heating industry. Energy efficiency. District heating
    • Negligence, needs and results. Are we to expect a large-scale programme of investment in the heating industry?
    • Do big names invest in the heating industry? The modern heating industry and co-generation in the strategies pursued by energy groups
  • The Polish defence industry - investment, competition and security

    • An increase in the outlays on defence – its result for the defence sector in Poland
    • The necessity of modernising conventional armed forces (including armoured troops, mechanised infantry, air force and anti-aircraft defence) and their role in the deterrence system
    • Polish specialisation, advantages and shortages. Co-operation with business tycoons. What about the offset?
    • Public safety in the 21st century, or war games. How are defence doctrines changing under the influence of new types of risks?
    • The contemporary ‘arms race’ from the point of view of tactics and technology. Hybrid wars, terrorism, new types of weapons, and new defence systems (including prevention and risk mitigation)
    • Should the enemy be taken by surprise and deterred? Innovations that serve security
  • Technologies that will change our world

    • The technological revolution. The pace and expected consequences of changes. What can possibly catch futurologists unawares?
    • Robots, automatic machines and artificial intelligence in the labour market
    • New staff and human relations. What is your digital twin capable of?
    • What do machines talk about? The Internet of Things – opportunities and risks. Machine learning
    • Blockchain – decentralisation online. The development and applications of Big Data
    • The new energy industry – energy storage, green sources and smart technologies. Electromobility and autonomous transport
    • Access to goods. Technologies versus the culture of sharing


  • VR/AR – the world in a new reality

    • Artificial reality – real money. The dynamic development and business potential of VR/AR technologies
    • The development of virtual and augmented reality. Expectations, forecasts and emotions
    • VR and AR in design, medicine, education and entertainment.
    • VR in business. Production, marketing and trade with the use of virtual reality


  • National champions - ambitions and prospects

    • What is a national champion? Criteria and definition of the concept in the public debate
    • What champions do we have and what ones do we want and should have? A global or regional leader?
    • How to support national champions? Experiences gained by other countries
    • Wisely, flexibly and without complexes. How and where to compete with bigger and stronger entities?
  • The infrastructure for electromobility

    • The infrastructure for electromobility in Poland – the current state of play, plans and challenges
    • The city comes first. Electromobility and sustainable transport in metropolises as a tool intended to combat traffic jams and smog
    • Development of the e-cars charging infrastructure in view of the plans of energy companies
    • The impact of the development of electromobility on the structure of energy demand and the energy distribution system
    • Electromobility as a source of new energy market regulations
  • The energy-intensive industry in Poland against the backdrop of Europe

    • Energy-intensive industrial specialisations and the sources of their problems: energy costs and climate policy
    • The steel industry, chemistry, the food industry, and the pulp and paper industry – their competitiveness and importance to the economy as well as to the labour market
    • Where are the reserves? Energy efficiency and its natural limits
    • Energy-intensive entities in the energy and power markets. Access to cheaper/own energy in practice
    • Dialogue and compromise or an escape from Poland and Europe? Demands of the industrial environment and responses from politicians
    • Possibilities of supporting energy-intensive industries as part of existing and future regulations
  • Capital in search of profitability in the Polish commercial property market

    • Cheap money, the growing economy, the market that has not been overheated, and attractive prices. What attracts foreign capital?
    • Location, market size and macroeconomic fundamentals versus administrative barriers and the political climate
    • What to invest in? Investors are zeroing in on particular segments of the property market
  • Trends of the future in the Polish energy industry

    • In search of stability. What trends will build the future of the Polish energy industry?
    • Clusters or the large-scale energy industry? Which solution is better for the Polish economy?
    • What will happen next with the conventional energy industry? Restrictions and alternatives in view of the development of renewable energy technologies and storage
    • Automation of power generation industry as well as of energy distribution and transmission. Where is room for robots?
    • Electromobility or, maybe, hydromobility? Which one will prove more profitable?
  • The state actively participating in the economy – yesterday and tomorrow

    • Development projects of the Second Polish Republic: Are they a valuable history lesson from today’s perspective?
    • A time of extra-large-scale investment projects: infrastructure projects (road and air transport, as well as inland waterways) and the energy industry, both conventional and nuclear; and support for trends (digitisation, innovations, start-ups and electromobility)
    • When does the state become irreplaceable? Forms and scale of engagement. The financing of projects that are important to the entire economy
    • The role of private entrepreneurship in large-scale undertakings initiated by the state
    • Paweł Borys - Chairman of the Board, Polish Development Fund (Polski Fundusz Rozwoju SA)
    • Marek Jakubiak - Member of the Polish Parliament (Sejm)
    • Krzysztof Mamiński - Chairman of the Board, PKP SA
    • Mariusz Omelańczuk - Market, Consumption and Economic Prospects Research Institute – National Research Institute (Instytut Badań Rynku, Konsumpcji i Koniunktur – Państwowy Instytut Badawczy)
    • Grzegorz W. Kołodko - Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Minister of Finance in the years 1994–1997 and 2002–2013
    • Krzysztof Zakrzewski - Managing Partner and Head of Corporate and M&A Practice, Domański Zakrzewski Palinka (DZP) Law Firm
    • Jacek Ziarno - Editor-in-Chief, ‘Nowy Przemysł’ Economic Magazine
  • A thousand business service centres

    • A continuation or a leap? A time of challenges for the business services sector
    • Competition, operating costs and automation. What gives impetus to the development of the outsourcing sector in Poland, and what limits it?
    • Old and new advantages. How is Poland competing for investors?
    • The deficit in workforce is becoming increasingly noticeable. How to develop the employee market for the modern services sector?
  • The stock exchange – challenges for investors and issuers

    • Information obligations: Are they useful to investors, or just burdensome for companies?
    • The responsibility of the members of management boards. The role of supervisory boards
    • The Good Practice of Listed Companies in view of the expectations of investors and the market?
    • Delisting and the motivation behind it. Is it a natural process, or rather, a nervous escape?
    • How to take care of liquidity effectively?
    • Investor relations versus the goodwill and trust on the part of individual investors
    • Future issuers: What is a magnet for them today?
    • Jarosław Dominiak - Chairman of the Board, Individual Investors Association (Stowarzyszenie Inwestorów Indywidualnych)
    • Waldemar Markiewicz - Chairman of the Board, Polish Chamber of Brokerage Houses (Izba Domów Maklerskich)
    • Wojciech Nagel - Chairman of the Exchange Supervisory Board, Warsaw Stock Exchange (GPW SA)
    • Wiesław Rozłucki - Chairman of the Board of the Warsaw Stock Exchange (GPW SA) in the years 1991–2006, Senior Advisor, Rothschild Global Advisory
    • Piotr Rybicki - Nadzó
    • Iwona Sroka - Member of the Board, Murapol; Member of the Supervisory Board, Skarbiec TFI
    • Andrzej Stec - Editor-in-Chief, Parkiet – Gazeta Giełdy i Inwestorów
  • The future of co-operation between Poland and China

    • An assessment of co-operation as part of the so-called “16+1” format
    • Promising areas of economic co-operation: trade and investment
    • Logistics and extra-large-scale infrastructure projects. The New Silk Road as an opportunity for China and Poland. A gateway to Europe?
    • New challenges related to the strategic co-operation between China and Europe in the new political situation worldwide (Brexit and the US policy). The role of Poland
    • Liu Guangyuan - Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Poland
    • Michalina Jendrzejczyk - Co-ordinator of Foreign Trade Offices in China, Polish Investment and Trade Agency (Polska Agencja Inwestycji i Handlu SA – PAIH)
    • Szymon J. Ostrowski - Chief Representative Officer for Poland, Sino-CEEF
    • Janusz Piechociński - President, Polish-Asian Chamber of Commerce
    • Radosław Pyffel - Member of the Board of Directors on behalf of the Republic of Poland, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
    • Piotr Walczak - Undersecretary of State, Deputy Head of the National Revenue Administration, Ministry of Finance, Poland
    • Janusz Władyczak - Chairman of the Board, KUKE
    • Justin Yifu Lin - Former Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President, World Bank
    • Liu Zuokui - Director, Department of Central and Eastern European Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • Sources of investment financing

    • The year 2020 as the turning point: Is the stream of EU funds drying?
    • Repayable instruments: How to benefit from them? What does this change?
    • How will the economy manage with considerably depleted funds coming from Brussels?
    • New sources and models of investment financing
    • The financial market’s offer for business. Funds, external investors, and co-financing
  • ‘Privatisation of Centrenergo’: Investment projects and privatisation – prospects for the Ukrainian energy sector


    • A grand opening. The potential and needs of the Ukrainian economy in the context of foreign investment
    • Legislative conditions for privatisation processes
    • The Ukrainian energy market as an area of future ownership transformations – the structure, scale and forecasts
    • In the trend of change. Transformation of the power generation sector and market liberalisation
    • Centrenergo – one of the largest producers of electricity in Ukraine. Market position, profile and specific nature of the activity
    • Models and scenarios of the privatisation process. Principles and time frames; challenges, objectives and potential results

  • Polish construction – scenarios for the future

    • On the crest of the last great wave of investment projects. What should we do when it breaks? In search of alternatives for the domestic market
    • Facility maintenance – this is the potential of the sector. It is necessary to specialise
    • The expansion of Polish construction. There are more and more examples of success of Polish companies in foreign markets
    • Cases of failure and precious experiences
    • Consortia and clusters. Co-operation between Polish companies/enterprises in foreign markets
  • Transport, infrastructure and cargo in Europe and in Poland


    • The European transport and logistics system. Integration versus internal diversity. What are its strengths and weaknesses?
    • The cargo market: railways, roads and air transport. The potential and directions of development
    • Poland and its neighbours on the European logistics map. How to take advantage of a country’s location?
    • Infrastructure investment projects in Central Europe – their impact on mobility, the economy and exchange of goods
    • Intermodal transport, terminals and warehouses: How and where?

  • The private sector in development aid. How to help more effectively?

    • How can aid mobilise private investment in developing countries?
    • The EU’s "External Investment Plan" and innovative business guarantees
    • The EIB’s Economic Resilience Initiative
    • Opportunities for Polish entrepreneurs and the financial sector
    • How can Polish government institutions involve business in development aid?
    • Paulus Geraedts - Director, Directorate-General for Regional Policy, Directorate F: Closure, Major Projects and Programme Implementation III, European Commission
    • Bartosz Marcinkowski - Partner, Corporate and M&A Practice, Head of DZP Go Global Project , Domański Zakrzewski Palinka (DZP) Law Firm
    • Aleksandra Piątkowska - Director, Development Co-operation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland
    • Heike Rüttgers - Head of Division, Development and Impact Finance Division , Mandate Management Department, European Investment Bank
    • Robert Zduńczyk - President, Poland – East Africa Economic Foundation (PEAEF)
  • The European gas market

    • The current role of Poland in the Central European gas market
    • The gas terminal, the LNG market and infrastructure development versus the chances of playing a different role in our region of Europe
    • Common interests and common benefits. Will there be gas partnerships with Slovakia, Lithuania and Ukraine?
    • Piotr Kasprzak - Member of the Board for Operations, Hermes Energy Group SA (HEG)
    • Arkadiusz Krasnodębski - Managing Partner, Dentons
    • Andris Piebalgs - Commissioner for Energy in the years 2004-2010, Commissioner for Development in the years 2010-2014, European Commission
    • Joanna Rycerz - Memeber of the Management Board, Young Leaders in Energy Association
    • Mirek Topolánek - Member of the Board, eustream, a.s.; Prime Minister of the Czech Republic in the years 2006–2009
    • Grzegorz Żarski - Director Business Development, Polish Power Exchange (TGE)
  • Polish roads to Industry 4.0 – facts and myths

    • Strategies for implementation of new solutions at the levels of industries and companies/enterprises
    • Examples of application of 4.0 solutions: IoT (Internet of Things), automation and robotics
    • Costs of implementation. Support, financing and co-operation
    • The Polish potential for Industry 4.0. Chances of ‘leaping over’ the stage the developed economies of Western Europe are currently in
    • What conditions should be met? What advantages do we have at our disposal?
    • Staff for the industry of the future. The role of education and of the ‘human factor’


  • Coal regions in transition: The Silesia region – vision and projects


    • The regional development plan and priority projects
    • Wind energy potential in coal regions – examples of projects
    • High potential projects in advanced coal technologies
    • E-mobility potential for Upper Silesia
    • The plan for Silesia and funding needs
    • Funding opportunities


  • The onrush of e-sport

    • A new and powerful industry. Its scale, dynamics, potential and importance to the economy
    • Sponsors, fans, the media, and the market. E-sport as a way to reach young customers
    • Large-scale events and championships as the driving force behind the industry
    • E-sport as a platform for technological development, a testing ground for equipment, and a school for specialists


  • The automotive industry versus electromobility

    • Changes in the strategies pursued by automotive corporations. Is this a decline of the history of the combustion engine?
    • Does ‘eco-friendly’ necessarily have to mean electric? Technologies versus social expectations
    • Ranges and performance. Barriers to the development of the electric drive. Energy storage – the key to success
    • The automotive industry and the IT sector. Co-operation and interdependences
    • Electric buses on the streets of Polish cities – purchases and infrastructure
    • Manufacturing for electromobility. A car or components? Where to look for an opportunity for Polish industry?
  • Smog - a social and economic problem

    • Sources and scale of the phenomenon. Awareness, education and determination
    • Air quality in Polish towns and cities
    • This has been the first year of the anti-smog resolutions being in force: Are they practical tools or just a dead letter?
    • Standards and regulations – requirements for boilers and the quality of fuels: What do local governments, the mining industry and inhabitants expect?
  • Mobility in a metropolis

    • The role of local governments in the shaping of transport policy in the 21st century
    • Metropolisation and new needs of the inhabitants versus the traditional range of communication services
    • Barriers to mobility and their removal. Experience gained by European cities
    • Public-private partnership in transport. The competition and the quality of services
    • New technologies supporting sustainable and efficient urban transport
    • The MaaS concept: Will far-reaching integration be the future of public transport?
  • The European energy industry – the most important regulations

    • The Winter Package versus the transformation of the energy industry towards clean energy
    • The power market – options, models and costs. The specific nature of the Polish solution
    • End users in the competitive European electricity market – the impact of regulations on energy costs
    • Gas as the main raw material for the conventional energy industry? Its impact on energy prices and energy independence
    • Direction: new technologies. Energy storage, electromobility and smart energy in the Winter Package
  • Polish railway in 2023 and beyond

    • When will the railway in Poland reach the average European standard?
    • Are there problems related to implementation? The struggle on the open investment front
    • Priorities on the map and in the calendar. What types of projects are key and urgent from the point of view of the entire economy?
    • Preparations for investment in the next decade (including a high-speed rail system)
  • Office buildings are facing Europe

    • Politics, capital and the economy: What is the driving force behind the office boom in Poland?
    • Will the record-breaking supply meet adequate demand?
    • The Polish ‘office’ brand worldwide. Ambitions and reality
    • Warsaw has joined the queue of cities that wish to take over the key players from London and Barcelona
    • The dynamics of market development in regional cities
  • Investment projects implemented by local governments with central support

    • Does the package for medium-sized cities satisfy all the expectations of cities that are not regional capitals?
    • Separate funds for local government investment projects. Was the Local Government Road Fund a good direction?
    • The Ministry of Sport and Tourism launches the OSA Programme. Does the government know what local governments need?
    • The Polish Development Fund as a partner for local governments. Plans and experience gained from projects. The Fund’s role in reducing development differences
    • The announcement of support for 33 cities with the highest air pollution levels
  • Polish capital under construction

    • The Capital Building Programme as the key element of the implementation of the Plan for Responsible Development
    • The voluntary Pillar 3 of the Polish pension system. Savings and security; investment and economic development
    • In what way will the programme influence the financial sector, the economy and public finances?
    • Stabilisation and an acceleration in the development of the local capital market. What about the risks?
  • Industry 4.0: Digital transformation of traditional businesses


    • Who should be responsible for digital transformation in an organisation?
    • New business models; trends in transformation
    • What is a digital strategy and how to develop it? What drives the transformation?
    • Leadership and HR. The role of leadership in cultural and organisational transformations
    • Digital culture and way of thinking. How to build it? How to stimulate innovative thinking?
    • Innovation – organisational structures and innovation strategy. How to customise an organization to be digital-ready?
    • Customer needs and employee involvement

    • Yousef Alhammadi - Adviser, Office of Strategic Affairs, General Secretariat of the Executive Council in Abu Dhabi (GSEC) and Executive Committee Office (ECO)
    • Jowita Michalska - Founder, CEO, Digital University, SingularityU Warsaw Chapter Ambassador
    • Jakub Michalski - Co-Founder & CEO, VersaBox
    • Kacper Nosarzewski - Strategic Foresight Professional, Business Development Director, 4CF
    • Ramzi Ben Romdhane - General Manager Quality and Customers’ Satisfaction for the Alliance Renault Nissan Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services, Speaker, Singularity University, France
    • Jarosław Sroka - Publicist, Journalist, Member of the Board, Kulczyk Holding
    • Chia Young Hui - President and CEO, Ascenz; Digital Transformation Leader, Speaker, Singularity University, Singapore
  • Seaports

    • Logistics investment projects on the Polish Baltic coast – the ambitions of Polish ports
    • The importance of port infrastructure to the development of foreign trade
    • Revenues of logistics operators and receipts to the state budget
    • Ports and their abilities to compete. Investment plans
    • Karol Bowżyk - Director, Port Division, OT Logistics SA
    • Wojciech Drzymała - Partner, Audit, Head of Advisory Services for the Transport, Shipping and Logistics Industry, KPMG
    • Łukasz Greinke - Chairman of the Board, CEO, Zarząd Morskiego Portu Gdańsk (Port of Gdańsk Authority)
    • Adam Meller - Chairman of the Board, CEO, Port of Gdynia Authority
    • Ireneusz Merchel - Chairman of the Board, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe SA
    • Marek Trojnar - Head, Office of Seaports Strategy, Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority (Zarząd Morskich Portów Szczecin i Świnoujście SA)
    • Piotr Walczak - Undersecretary of State, Deputy Head of the National Revenue Administration, Ministry of Finance, Poland
    • Artur Warsocki - Chairman of the Board, Inter Balt Sp. z o.o.
  • The future of Polish chemistry

    • Main trends in the development of chemistry worldwide. The position of Poland
    • Raw materials – new challenges related to them. New restrictions
    • Is the big chemical business becoming pointless in the EU?
    • Polish investment projects against the backdrop of other European countries
    • Marek Jagieła - Head of Sales Industrial Chemicals & Head of Market Development, BASF Polska
    • Igor Korczagin - Research and Development Manager , PCC Rokita SA
    • Iga Lis - Partner, Energy and Infrastructure Projects Practice, Head of Chemistry Sector Team, CMS Law Firm
    • Zbigniew Warmuz - Chairman of the Board, Synthos SA
    • Janusz Wiśniewski - Deputy Chairman of the Board, Polish Chamber of Commerce (Krajowa Izba Gospodarcza)
    • Tomasz Zieliński - President of the Board, Polish Chamber of Chemical Industry
  • The New Silk Road – today and tomorrow

    • Various faces of the ‘One Belt and One Road’ initiative. Enthusiasm and concerns
    • Win-win? Benefits arising from that connection to Polish companies/enterprises  
    • The role of a railway line in that programme
    • What forms will the initiative take in the context of the changing economic policy pursued by China?
  • West Bengal – Poland. Co-operation in the mining industry

    • Prospects of Polish-Indian co-operation in the extractive sector. Legal and concession-related as well as economic conditions for entry to the mining market in India
    • Polish manufacturers of mining machinery and equipment – their knowledge, customer base and network of relations in India. The administrative and financial support for business
    • Possibilities of co-operation between the Polish Development Fund and the institutions that finance the development of infrastructure in India
    • Development of the coal export infrastructure. Partnership in seaport construction
    • Demethanation of mines and the industrial utilisation of methane – Polish experiences
    • Co-operation in the field of safety at mines
  • The ASEAN – European Union Economic Co-operation Forum

    • Prospects of development for ASEAN countries’ market and economy
    • Does the rise of the middle class provide an opportunity for Polish products?
    • Logistics and entry barriers for investors and exporters from Europe
    • There is more to that than just mining and the energy industry. Promising areas for Polish companies/enterprises: the machinery and shipbuilding industries; the medical and pharmaceutical sector; the food industry; chemistry; and environmental protection
  • Poland – Germany: prospects of economic relations

    • The current state of play; the temperature of and conditions for bilateral relations. How to build partnership in the new reality?
    • Important partners in the economy – an assessment of benefits and an overview of experiences
    • The future of the Polish-German economic co-operation in view of interdependences
    • How to bring economic co-operation to a higher level?
    • Together towards European competitiveness – promising areas, directions and models of co-operation
  • The third decade of the development of Polish food business - success and challenges

    • Generational succession and change versus new strategies employed by food companies/enterprises in Poland
    • The acceleration of consolidation activities – awaiting the boom in the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market
    • Modern and technologically advanced food industry is ready for subsequent challenges
    • The situation in the labour market as a challenge for the food industry in Poland
  • Sustainable business models

    • In what way can care for the environment, society and innovations create the value of companies/enterprises? International experiences and the possibility of their implementation in Poland
    • Sustainable development in business models pursued by enterprises – a long-term goal in practice
    • "Bringing organisations to life" – a recipe for effective co-operation between business, authorities, public organisations and the media in order to ensure lasting values
    • 3R’s – RECYCLE, REUSE, REMANUFACTURE: How to promote and inspire business to be environmentally sound?
    • Smart Grid & High-Tech Ecosystems – innovative high-tech solutions, sensors and natural lighting on the road to sustainable business development
    • Circular business. How much does it cost?
    • Łukasz Bochenek - Co-Director Executive Master Advocacy in International Affairs, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies / Managing Director Leidar SA Switzerland
    • Robert Konieczny - Architect, Founder, KWK Promes
    • Marcin Lewandowski - Member of the Board, GPEC Group
    • Marek Rembisz - Deputy Director, Institute for Environmental Protection – National Research Institute (Instytut Ochrony Środowiska – Państwowy Instytut Badawczy)
    • Emilia Sobańska - architekt, BBGK Architekci Sp. z o.o.
    • Marcin Szczelina - Critic, Curator of Architecture, Architecture Snob
    • Oskar Zięta - Architect, Designer, Founder, Zieta Prozessdesign Sp. z o.o.
  • Information in public space

    • Three years of operation of the Landscape Act – an overview of experiences. Interpretations, implementation and good practice
    • The communication function of public space. External advertising as a component of the "visual environment"
    • How to reconcile business with spatial order and social needs?
    • Experience gained by European cities; inspirations from the world. New (friendly, useful?) communication technologies in public space
  • Gaming – a Polish speciality

    • The strength of Polish companies/enterprises in the global market: Propaganda or reality?
    • Not for everyone… Efforts, means, money and business models
    • Development paths. A pioneering or an imitative approach?
    • The apple of the government’s eye. Gaming in the Strategy of Prime Minister Morawiecki
    • The future. Global trends and Polish hopes  
  • New technologies in medicine - from medicines to digitisation

    • Where is medicine heading in the era of fast technological development?
    • The patients’ access to innovative technologies: Is this a purely financial problem?
    • Faces of advancement in diagnostics and therapy – main trends in selected fields of medicine
    • The financing of new medical technologies as a challenge for health care systems
    • Mateusz Juszczak - Founder, Chairman of the Board, Laparo Sp. z o.o
    • Edyta Kocyk - Co-Founder, SiDLY
    • Bogdan Koczy - Director, Dr Janusz Daab Independent Public Regional Hospital of Trauma Surgery (Wojewódzki Szpital Chirurgii Urazowej) in Piekary Śląskie; Regional Orthopaedics and Traumatology Consultant
    • Kornel Lukaszczyk - Head of Notified Certification Body for Medical Products, TÜV NORD
    • Piotr Najbuk - Senior Associate, Life Sciences Practice, Domański Zakrzewski Palinka (DZP)
    • Tomasz Staszelis - Chief Digital Officer, Grupa Polpharma
    • Maciej Wybraniec - 1st Department of Cardiology of Professor Leszek Giec Upper Silesian Medical Centre (Górnośląskie Centrum Medyczne im. prof. Leszka Gieca – GCM), 1st Department and Clinic of Cardiology, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice


  • The euro: What will come next?

    • The condition of the European currency and of the euro area
    • What is being changed in the euro area? Directions of transformations
    • What about the EU countries that remain outside the euro area?
    • Poland and the euro. New circumstances. Arguments for and against
    • Bogusław Chrabota - Editor-in-Chief, Rzeczpospolita
    • Mirosław Gronicki - Economist, Minister of Finance in the years 2004-2005
    • Robert Gwiazdowski - Chairman of the Board, Adam Smith Center (Centrum im. Adama Smitha)
    • Stanisław Kluza - Collegium of Economic Analysis, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Minister of Finance of Poland in 2006, Chairman of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority in the years 2006–2011
    • Izabela Leszczyna - Member of the Polish Parliament (Sejm), Secretary of State at the Ministry of Finance in the years 2013-2015
    • Jiří Rusnok - Prime Minister of the Czech Republic in the years 2013–2014; Governor, Czech National Bank (CNB)
    • Konrad Szymański - Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland
  • Being effective in the fight for clean air

    • Ways to combat low-level emissions. Experiences, examples and popularisation of good practice
    • What do local governments and business do? Common interest and necessary dialogue
    • Industry’s involvement in the efforts to improve air quality.
    • Opportunities for systematic support for investment projects aimed at improving air quality.
    • Technologies and innovations in combating atmospheric pollution
    • Jan Bondaruk - Deputy General Director for Environmental Engineering, Główny Instytut Górnictwa (Central Mining Institute)
    • Arkadiusz Czech - Mayor of Tarnowskie Góry
    • Tomasz Kosiński - Office Director, Polish Electricity Association (PKEE)
    • Marcin Lewenstein - Innovation Officer, InnoEnergy Poland Plus
    • Artur Michalski - Deputy Chairman of the Board, National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW)
    • Henryk Mucha - Chairman of the Board, PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny
    • Irena Pichola - Partner, Sustainability Consulting Central Europe, Deloitte
    • Ryszard Stefański - Director of Business Development, EWE Polska Sp. z o.o.
    • Piotr Woźny - Plenipotentiary of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland for the ‘Clean Air’ Programme
  • A new model of investment in the energy industry

    • Energy demand across Europe and in Poland. Forecasts, supply and security
    • EU’s new environmental standards and a new wave of investment in the energy generation industry. Will we complete these investment projects in time, that is, by 2021?
    • Investment strategies pursued by companies/enterprises and states in view of political, regulatory, economic and technological conditions. What will the Polish energy industry invest in?
    • The state as a stabilising factor and guarantor of profitability of investment in the energy industry
    • The municipal heating industry – a burning need for modernisation. Financing?
  • Succession in family businesses

    • ‘Orphaned’ businesses. A global problem. Do we experience it too?
    • Succession strategies pursued by Polish family businesses. Legal and customary restrictions
    • Legacy, ambition and mindset. Is transferring an enterprise into foreign hands tantamount to failure?
    • On the benefits and drawbacks of conservatism. The generational conflict in business management. Truth and myths
    • The new economy and the future of family businesses. How to change oneself while remaining true to one’s values at the same time?
  • Manufacturing in the reality of the industrial revolution

    • Optimisation of manufacturing activities based on production data
    • The Internet of Things in the factory of the future – changes taking place here and now
    • A product of the ‘new era’? Benefits from utilising new production methods to competitiveness and market position of a company/enterprise
  • Employee Capital Plans

    • Employee Capital Plans (PPK) as an element of the third pillar of the pension system and the government Capital Development Programme. Models, legislative solutions, objectives, expectations and dates
    • PPK’s impact on the social security system and the financial services market
    • PPK versus the already operating Employee Pension Programmes and Employee Saving Programmes
    • New duties, employers’ recommendations, and opinions expressed by employees. Will they be voluntary or obligatory?
    • Increased resources of savings in the capital market. A new source of financing of long-term investment projects; a factor in the reduction in the dependence of the Polish economy on foreign capital
  • Energy storage

    • Energy collection and storage techniques – an overview of methods, and promising directions of research
    • Energy storage facilities – their scale and usability; their role in electromobility, as well as in energy systems and buildings
    • A revolution in energy utilisation. Consequences for producers, grid operators and consumers/prosumers
    • Costs versus the ubiquity of energy storage: Who will decide – the market or regulations?
    • Emilia Głozak - Senior Specialist, Innovation and Technology Development Department, Ministry of Energy, Poland
    • Krzysztof Kochanowski - Deputy Chairman of the Board, General Manager, Polish Chamber of Energy Storage (Stowarzyszenie Polska Izba Magazynowania Energii)
    • Konrad Makomaski - Vice-President of the Management Board, Impact Clean Power Technology SA
    • Daniel Waschow - Chairman of the Board, EWE Polska Sp. z o.o.
  • Cyber threats - awareness, technologies and prevention

    • Scale, coverage and areas of cyber threats. From holding up a bank to holding up… presidency
    • Global threat versus local strategies. Does the world need a new convention on cybersecurity?
    • Solutions at the EU and national level - implementation tools
    • Cyber-attacks in the world of the Internet of Things (IoT). A new level of security challenges
    • How to build resilience of companies to threats? Prevention in practice – areas, methods and models
    • Can protection against cyber threats be a Polish specialty?
  • Intermodal transport

    • Contemporary trends in European transport. The importance of intermodality
    • What infrastructure should be there for intermodal transport?
    • Polish intermodal infrastructure resources – locations and availability. How to optimise them?
    • Will intermodal transport defend the position of the railway in the cargo market?
    • Grzegorz Fingas - Management Board Member responsible for Trade Affairs, PKP Cargo
    • Ireneusz Merchel - Chairman of the Board, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe SA
    • Tomasz Miszczuk - Chairman of the Board, PKP Informatyka Sp. z o.o.
    • Adam Soroka - Sales Director, C.Hartwig S.A., OT Logistics Group
    • Piotr Stefaniak - Journalist, WNP.PL and Nowy Przemysł
    • Ryszard Świlski - Member of the Board of the Pomeranian Voivodeship; Chairman of the Board,, Association of Polish Regions of the Baltic-Adriatic Transport Corridor (Stowarzyszenie Polskich Regionów Korytarza Transportowego Bałtyk-Adriatyk)
  • Vocational education – a fresh impetus

    • The vocational education system (institutions of higher education and secondary schools) – we know the needs. What do we do? 
    • Teaching programmes (in the vocational education process) versus the projected needs of the labour market 
    • The dual education system – (Polish and European) experiences, new concepts, and practice
    • Involvement of employers and the role of local governments. Co-operation of companies/enterprises with schools and educational institutions
  • The ASEAN – European Union Economic Co-operation Forum

    • Prospects of development for ASEAN countries’ market and economy
    • Does the rise of the middle class provide an opportunity for Polish products?
    • Logistics and entry barriers for investors and exporters from Europe
    • There is more to that than just mining and the energy industry. Promising areas for Polish companies/enterprises: the machinery and shipbuilding industries; the medical and pharmaceutical sector; the food industry; chemistry; and environmental protection
    • Goh Boon Keem - Managing Director , NSO Operational Office
    • Nguyen Duc Thanh - President, Viet Nam Institute for Economic and Policy Research, University of Economics and Business, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Zbigniew Głuchowski - Found Manager for Polish International Development Fund, PFR Towarzystwo Funduszy Inwestycyjnych SA
    • Tran Ngoc Liem - Deputy Director-General, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hồ Chí Minh City
    • Olaf Osica - Director, Foreign Markets Project, PTWP SA Group
    • Janusz Piechociński - President, Polish-Asian Chamber of Commerce
    • Ta Quang Dong - Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Hồ Chí Minh City Conservatory of Music
    • Janusz Władyczak - Chairman of the Board, KUKE
  • The 100th anniversary of co-operation between Poland and the USA. A debate on the future

    • What is the assessment of political and economic relations between Poland and the USA?
    • Geopolitics versus the economy. European and global conditions for bilateral relations
    • Industry in general, the energy industry, and trade. Where to look for opportunities for the future?
    • Experiences and challenges related to co-operation in the defence sector
    • Raw materials and security. American gas in Europe and in Poland
    • American investment projects in Poland. The current state of play and the plans of investors
    • How much co-operation and how much rivalry is there? What model of trade and economic co-operation between the EU and the USA should be there?
  • Smart City: Is it a dream or reality?

    • Sustainable and smart cities – experience, trends and good practice in Poland as well as in Central and Eastern Europe
    • "Green" and smart urban development in the digital transformation era – challenges for cities
    • Can start-ups help local governments provide improvement for inhabitants?
    • Cities as testing grounds for digital solutions. Is it justified to test previously untested solutions on a living organism?
    • Mobile applications in transport. Who is doing them right, and who is doing them wrong?
  • Automation and robotics in advanced services

    • A new wave of development of business services centres and outsourcing (BPO, SSC)
    • Employment costs are mounting – an opportunity for automation and robotisation
    • Where will a robot be unable to help? Advanced services that require specialist staff
  • New trends and new consumers in the food market

    • The strong and modern food industry in its relations with increasingly demanding consumers
    • The new generation of consumers is creating the range of products offered by food companies
    • How not to get lost among numerous food and culinary trends and fashions?
    • Food and retail start-ups are driving the development of the FMCG industry and popularising niche categories


  • On Industry 4.0 - specifically

    • How will start-ups be positioned at particular stages of Industry 4.0? The most "receptive" industries
    • Be wise in advance. How to prepare for this?
    • Opportunities for independence or inevitable integration into the Grand System? Possible points in common and sources of animosity, misunderstanding and flawed practice
    • "The great start-up" (organisational structure) within a global or continental corporation
    • Filiberto Amati - Partner, Amati & Associates, Founder , The Future Of
    • Michał Kot - Director Regional Sales, Siemens Polska
    • Andrzej Soldaty - Project Leader, ‘Future Industry Platform’ (‘Platforma Przemysłu Przyszłości’)
    • Jacek Ziarno - Editor-in-Chief, ‘Nowy Przemysł’ Economic Magazine


  • Artificial intelligence and an ocean of data

    • Artificial intelligence has more than one name. On its applications today and tomorrow
    • Dialogues without humans, or on the Internet of Things. Edge Computing
    • Big Data. People faced with the outpouring of news: information brokers, data analysts, and management – consumers thirsty for information
    • In a dialogue with a machine. Changes in the way of thinking about the world, in hierarchies of values, and in social customs
    • Artificial intelligence in management, including human capital management
    • Is there something we should be afraid of? Risks resulting from the autonomy of machines


  • Polish business on the road to maturity

    • Polish business here and now. The growing scale of business activity versus corporate structure. Barriers to further growth
    • "A large and mature business": What is it?
    • How to effectively manage the process of change? Critical points and difficult decisions
    • In Poland and worldwide. International expansion as a condition for development?
    • Maturity with external support. Competences worth buying / must-have competences


    This thematic session is combined with the final gala of the Visionaries 2018 competition.
    It is a prestigious competition for managers with passion who, thanks to their determination and courage, were able to successfully implement large-scale projects and increase a company’s value despite the competition and unfavourable market environment.


    Organiser: The "Gazeta Prawna" Daily – DGP


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