09:30-11:00

  • Active investors in Polish towns and cities

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    Active investors in Polish towns and cities

    • How investors change the face of Polish towns and cities. Necessary tools: imagination, audacity and money
    • Local government and capital, or effective partnership in practice. Models of relations, transparency, responsibility
    • Informed spatial management for people. The role of creative architects and urban planners
    • How businesses make profit, how the town benefits. The image is priceless. Good practices worth spreading
  • Is the steel industry under siege?

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    Is the steel industry under siege?

    • The situation of the steel industry in Europe. Under pressure: energy prices, climate policy and aggressive competition
    • The steel industry and steel trade worldwide. Global economic agreements. Protectionism and dumping
    • Steel distribution and processing – the sector is in the throes of change and faces new challenges
    • The steel industry keeps investing. The steel sector as a vector of innovation. Towards specialisation?
    • Robert Agh

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Ferona Polska SA

    • Jerzy Bernhard

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Stalprofil SA

    • Grzegorz Czornik

    • Stefan Dzienniak

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Hutnicza Izba Przemysłowo-Handlowa (Polish Steel Association)

    • Tomasz Jurkanis

      Position: Partner, McKinsey & Company Poland Sp. z o.o.

    • Jerzy Kozicz

      Position: Chairman of the Board, CMC Poland Sp. z o.o.

    • Tomasz Ślęzak

      Position: Country Manager, Head of Corporate Governance & Government Affairs, Head of Energy & Environment Office, ArcelorMittal Poland

    • Tadeusz Wenecki

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Polski Koks SA

  • Higher education – from quantity to quality

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    Higher education – from quantity to quality

    • Education in Poland. Less means more. Changes in higher education
    • The educational reform versus education quality – challenges faced by teachers
    • The role of industry-specific schools in the future of the job market
    • Will a lower number of students improve the situation on the job market? Polish and European experience
    • Dual education – current trends and good Western models
    • Teresa Czerwińska

      Position: Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland

    • Marek Dietl

      Position: Adviser to the President of the Republic of Poland, Member of the Board, Economic Expert, Sobieski Institute

    • Arkadiusz Hołda

      Position: Founder, Chancellor, Wyższa Szkoła Techniczna w Katowicach (Katowice School of Technology)

    • Ryszard Koziołek

      Position: Vice-Rector for Education and Students, University of Silesia

    • Andrzej Koźmiński

      Position: President, Leon Kozminski Academy

    • Arkadiusz Mężyk

      Position: Rektor, Silesian University of Technology

    • Robert Tomanek

      Position: Rector Elect, University of Economics in Katowice

  • Automotive industry in Poland and Europe

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    Automotive industry in Poland and Europe

    • Main trends in the European automotive industry. Are we manufacturing a car for the future?
    • Co-operation or competition? Standardisation or car customisation? 
    • The automotive industry and the transfer of technologies 
    • The automotive industry – a Polish speciality? The role of the sector in the economy
    • Electromobility – an important trend in the automotive sector
    • Jakub Faryś

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Polish Association of Automotive Industry (PZPM)

    • Alfred Franke

      Position: President, Association of Automotive Parts Distributors and Producers

    • Janusz Kobus

      Position: Deputy Chairman of the Board, Pilkington Automotive Poland Sp. z o.o.

    • Agnieszka Kucharska

      Position: Managing Director, Volvo Auto-Boss

    • Mirosław Michna

      Position: Partner, Tax Advisory Department, Head of Automotive Industry, KPMG

    • Adam Sikorski

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Polska Grupa Motoryzacyjna (Polish Automotive Group – PGM)

    • Przemysław Skrzydlak

      Position: Chairman of the Board, IZOBLOK SA

    • Leszek Waliszewski

      Position: Chairman of the Board, FA Krosno SA

  • Local companies go global

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    Local companies go global

    • Large Polish food companies on the edge of key decisions – will they be forced by a generational change and succession?
    • Consolidation and scale. Dilemmas of co-operation
    • The Polish food industry – technologically advanced and ready for change
    • Growth stimulators for Polish food companies: financing, promotional funds
    • Legal, economic and political barriers to business growth and expansion
  • The risks of foreign expansion

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    The risks of foreign expansion

    • Types of risk on remote markets – general and specific features of culture and geography
    • Restrictions and acceptance. Available risk reduction tools, tested methods. Knowledge, co-operation, diversification
    • A role of the administration and economic diplomacy in minimising the risk and the consequences of failure
    • Right in time or a decision to disinvest. Experience as valuable capital
    • Giving up is not disaster. Should we give it one more try?
  • Polish ports - in the global market and in the system of European transport corridors

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    Polish ports – in the global market and in the system of European transport corridors

    • A boom in maritime transportation and its impact on the activity of Polish ports. Alliances between container ship owners
    • Year 2016 – new loading records in Polish seaports. Sources of success
    • Completed and planned investments in ports (agro products, gas and liquid fuels). Break bulk cargo in containers. A range of loading and unloading services
    • Seaports as elements of the Baltic-Adriatic transport corridor. Interconnections between the road and rail infrastructure with the port infrastructure
    • Competition for transit goods. Advantages of Polish ports and operators
    • The role of seaports in foreign trade and increasing energy security
    • The “Ports 24” programme. Western standards are within reach. What is still missing?
  • The future of the local government in Poland - the system

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    The future of the local government in Poland – the system

    • The division of competence between the government, central administration and local governments
    • The role of new metropolises and voivodeship governments after the end of the EU financial framework 2014–2020
    • Funding for services for citizens and the manner of providing such services (including schools and hospitals) as well as delegated tasks
    • The framework for consultation and responsible dialogue between the government and local governments
    • Citizen participation in the local government
    • Andrzej Dera

      Position: Secretary of State, Chancellery of the President of Poland

    • Adam Jarubas

      Position: Marshal of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship

    • Rafał Kerger

      Position: Editor-in-chief, PortalSamorzadowy.pl

    • Andrzej Maciejewski

      Position: Chairman, Local Government and Regional Policy Committee of the Polish Parliament

    • Wojciech Saługa

      Position: Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship

  • The coal-based energy industry

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    The coal-based energy industry

    • The European anti-carbon faction. Arguments and figures versus doctrine
    • The national energy mix determines awareness? Structural differences between the energy systems of the EU Member States
    • The energy industry in a new form. Fuel and energy companies. Capital and trade connections between the energy sector and the mining industry
    • Energy security and independence vs. environmental policy – how to reconcile their contradictions?
    • National Raw Materials Policy – the current state of play
    • Michal Heřman

      Position: Chairman of the Board, PG SILESIA

    • Tomasz Rogala

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Polska Grupa Górnicza Sp. z o.o.

    • Dennis Schwindt

    • Paweł Smoleń

      Position: Member of the Board for Industry and Energy, ERBUD SA

    • Janusz Steinhoff

      Position: Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy in the years 1997–2001, Poland, Adviser to the Board, PwC

    • Krzysztof Szlaga

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Lubelski Węgiel "Bogdanka" SA

    • Jan Wojtyła

      Position: Department of Law and Insurance, University of Economics in Katowice, Head, Research Centre for Social Labour Dialogue

  • Energy security of Central Europe*

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    Energy security of Central Europe*

    • The energy industry as the critical area of regional co-operation – common goals
    • The role of the North-South Corridor
    • What hampers the implementation of joint energy projects in the region?
    • Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Fyk

      Position: Head of the ‘Energy’ Programme, The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)

    • Leszek Jesień

      Position: Director, Department of Strategy and International Cooperation, Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne SA

    • Pál Ságvári

      Position: Director, Head of Department of Emerging Security Challenges, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary

    • Bartosz Wiśniewski

      Position: Head of Research Office, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)

  • Culture and municipal development

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    Culture and municipal development

    • The quality of life as a parameter of transformation in urban centres
    • ‘Soft’ pro-development elements (the cultural offer, leisure and entertainment, education, mobility, accessibility, and attractive public space). Their impact on the development of regions, towns, cities and the economy
    • Attractive location as a component of business and investment offers. The fashionability and image of towns and cities
    • An environment friendly to creative industries. Traditional versus modern or inspiring confrontations. Freedom, diversity and tolerance
    • Preferences of younger workers who appreciate the balance between work and private life
    • Artur Celiński

      Position: Head, City DNA Team, Author of the Report ‘Miejskie Polityki Kulturalne 2016’ (‘Urban Cultural Policies 2016’)

    • Pete Kercher

      Position: Founder-Member, Europejski Instytut Projektowania i Niepełnosprawności (The Institute for Design and Disability), Ambassador, Design for All Europe

    • Stanisław Kluza

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Bank Ochrony Środowiska SA

    • Alicja Knast

      Position: Director, Silesian Museum

    • Tomasz Konior

      Position: Founder, Konior Studio

    • Krzysztof Materna

      Position: Co-Owner, MM Communications

    • Dorota Niećko

      Position: Journalist, 'Dziennik Zachodni’ Daily

    • Marzena Szuba

      Position: Vice-President of Katowice

  • The circular economy

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    The circular economy

    • Communal waste and the economy. The assessment of current waste management law
    • A world without waste. The idea of a “circular economy” and the associated practical challenges
    • A need to verify the quantity and type of waste processing installations. Have billions invested in incinerators gone down the drain?
    • Using waste in the energy sector and the cement industry, and also in the chemical industry (e.g. the recycling of plastic)
    • Knowledge and awareness. How to create a fashion for effective waste sorting
    • New jobs, new investments, new innovations: circularity at the service of the economy
  • Space industry as a carrier of innovation

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    Space industry as a carrier of innovation

    • The value and prospects of the space industry in Poland and Europe 
    • Activities, requirements and plans of the European Space Agency 
    • The space industry as a pillar of the innovation economy in Poland?
    • The “Support Programme for Space Technologies in Poland” – the role of the administration and government agencies
    • Incubators, start-ups and acceleration programs – young entrepreneurship and the space industry
    • Together we can tap the space boom – consortia and co-operation
  • Business-friendly law

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    Business-friendly law

    • The quality of law and its impact on economic activity
    • The instability of regulations and multiple interpretations as a source of costs for companies
    • An efficient justice system – what changes do entrepreneurs expect?
    • Preference packages. Will businesses trust politicians? The role of a dialogue with the representatives of the community
    • Borys Budka

      Position: Former Ministerf of Justice of the Polish Parliament (Sejm) in 2015

    • Tadeusz Donocik

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Regionalna Izba Gospodarcza w Katowicach (Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice)

    • Grzegorz Dzik

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Impel SA

    • Roman Kusz

      Position: Chairman, External Image and Legal Protection Committee, Naczelna Rada Adwokacka (Polish Bar Council)

    • Krzysztof Kwiatkowski

      Position: President, Supreme Audit Office

    • Piotr Miklis

      Position: Director in Katowice, Supreme Audit Office

    • Paweł Mucha

      Position: Secretary of State, Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland

    • Tomasz Nowacki

    • Michał Wójcik

      Position: Secretary of State, Government Plenipotentiary for Computerisation of the Justice System, Ministry of Justice, Poland

    • Andrzej Zwara

      Position: Chairman, Chairman, Ośrodek Badawczy Adwokatury im. Witolda Bayera (Witold Bayer Polish Bar Research Centre), President of Naczelna Rada Adwokacka (Polish Bar Council) in the years 2010–2016

  • Challenges of modern management

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    Challenges of modern management

    • Leader or dictator? Optimal models of HR management
    • Three generations in one company – a new challenge. Diversity as a value in business and management
    • Motivating the team – how to improve work efficiency?
    • Business changes fast. Employee assessment is on its way out, what we need is feedback right here and right now
    • Management of the future. Turquoise companies in practice. An opportunity or a trap?
    • Mere gadgets or actual support tools for communication and decision-making? Technology in management
  • Renewable energy sources

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    Renewable energy sources

    • Renewable energy sources in Europe and Poland – their state, role in energy systems, determinants and development trends
    • Our preferences: move away from wind, bet on biomass, biogas and photovoltaics? Scenarios, opportunities, risks. Energy clusters. Opportunities for success
    • Renewable energy auctions. Mechanism assessment
    • Regulations governing support for renewable energy sources in Europe – diversity of solutions and their consequences. Opportunities for standardisation?
    • Cheaper, more effective and lacking negative side effects for the system. Towards “better” renewable energy sources?
    • Renewable sources in national energy mixes from the perspective of 2030
    • Krzysztof Bolesta

      Position: Polityka Insight

    • Anna Chmielewska

      Position: Associate Director/Senior Banker, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

    • Włodzimierz Ehrenhalt

      Position: Deputy Chairman of the Board, Stowarzyszenie Energii Odnawialnej (Renewable Energy Association)

    • Janusz Gajowiecki

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Polish Wind Energy Association (PSEW)

    • Andrzej Kaźmierski

      Position: Director, Renewable Energy Department, Ministry of Energy, Poland

    • Artur Michalski

      Position: Deputy Chairman of the Board, National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management

    • Arnold Rabiega

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Krajowy Instytut Energetyki Rozproszonej (National Institute of Distributed Generation – KIER)

    • Grzegorz Wiśniewski

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Institute for Renewable Energy (EC BREC IEO)

  • E-citizens in the e-office

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    E-citizens in the e-office

    • The information society and computerising offices
    • Changes in the way offices work – how business and technology can help
    • Cities opening their public data, the uniform control file, mobile documents
    • The Integrated State Computerisation Plan until 2020

11:30-13:00

  • Domestic cargo transport market

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    Domestic cargo transport market 

    • Rail freight services in Poland. Market evolution
    • Challenges that the Polish railway is facing. The European ambitions of Polish carriers and forwarders
    • Competition versus the business model. Advantages of the holding structure based on a comparison of the Polish railway with that of Germany
    • Development of the logistics base and the cargo services infrastructure
    • Air cargo – untapped potential
  • Science for industry - changes are coming

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    Science for industry – changes are coming

    • Assumptions of the industrial science system reform (that is, the reform of the network of state-owned research and development units for industry)
    • The time has come for integration. Benefits arising from establishing the interdisciplinary National Institute of Technology (NIT)
    • Will operations be conducted as part of the NIT or on a commercial basis? The future of over one hundred state-owned research institutes
    • Questions and controversies. Opinions expressed by scientific and industrial circles 
    • The importance of changes to the further operation of Polish science and industry – particularly in the area of advanced technologies
    • Tomasz Babul

      Position: Director, Instytut Mechaniki Precyzyjnej (Institute of Precision Mechanics)

    • Adam Czyżewski

      Position: Chief Economist, PKN ORLEN SA

    • Piotr Dardziński

      Position: Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland

    • Ewa Mańkiewicz-Cudny

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Federacja Stowarzyszeń Naukowo-Technicznych, Naczelna Organizacja Techniczna (The Polish Federation of Engineering Associations FSNT–NOT)

    • Arkadiusz Mężyk

      Position: Rektor, Silesian University of Technology

    • Ryszard Pregiel

      Position: President, Polish Chamber of Commerce for High Technology

    • Leszek Rafalski

    • Zbigniew Śmieszek

      Position: Director, Instytut Metali Nieżelaznych (Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals) in Gliwice

    • Juliusz Żach

      Position: Head, R&D Department, Mostostal Warszawa SA

  • The gaming and e-sport industry in Poland

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    The gaming and e-sport industry in Poland

    • The potential of the global and Polish gaming market. The balance of power, customer profile and value 
    • Creative companies and their resounding success in the global market
    • Innovations with a high potential for commercialisation. Institutional support for the gaming industry
    • E-sport and its importance to the development of the industry
    • Will the industry continue to develop? Products and people. Distribution and co-operation
  • Drones - technology for the people and the economy

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    Drones - technology for the people and the economy

    • Regulate and make available. The European Commission’s work on setting the conditions for the use of air space for commercial (and private) drone applications
    • Drones as part of everyday life? The vision of the future, the implementation of... today
    • The economic potential of “unmanned aerial vehicles”
    • A specialisation in flying? European ambitions and the development of drone technologies and applications
    • The Polish drone market. Outlooks, potential, plans
  • Sports, business, infrastructure

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    Sports, business, infrastructure

    • How to use the sports infrastructure. Stadiums after the Euro Championships – still a problem and a burden? 
    • Large sports arenas and stadiums – the art of managing the sports infrastructure. Foreign and domestic experiences
    • Who has ideas and who has the money? In search of a sponsor. The state? The commune? The business sector?
    • Sport as a common interest and promotional tool for regions and towns. The leisure industry as a mainspring of development
    • Health and lifestyle. Business and advertising. The long-term role of sports and physical culture in society
  • What will come next in the East? Economy in the shadow of politics

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    What will come next in the East? Economy in the shadow of politics

    • Economic prospects in an adverse political environment. Prospects, scenarios, riddles
    • Embargoes and prohibitions – a catalogue of restrictions. In search of an alternative: viable possibilities, a correction to business strategies
    • Examples of economic activities and strategies immune to political upheavals
    • Actual risk level versus stereotypes and irrational fears
    • Belarus – a promising destination for exports. Will economic pragmatism prevail?
    • Business first, politics second. Economy at the vanguard of normalisation
    • Akaki Gvimradze

      Position: Editor-in-chief, Rezonansi

    • Murman Margvelashvili

      Position: Expert, World Experience for Georgia

    • Jacek Piechota

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Polish-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce

    • Damian Wnukowski

      Position: Analyst, the International Economic Relations and Energy Policy Programme, The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)

    • Kazimierz Zdunowski

      Position: Chairman, Polsko-Białoruska Izba Handlowo-Przemysłowa (PBIHP)

  • Coal in Europe and Poland

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    Coal in Europe and Poland

    • Commitments and regulations. The dilemmas of climate policy and energy security
    • Coal in the backwaters? Carbon sovereignty? The energy mix as an issue for European debate. Areas and methods of compromise
    • A time to phase out? Prospects for hard coal mining in the light of current development trends in the European energy sector
    • The programme to restructure Polish mining: objectives, outcomes and future prospects
    • Clean combustion technologies. Ambitions, opportunities, reality
  • The Three Seas Initiative - prospects of co-operation*

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    The Three Seas Initiative - prospects of co-operation*

    • The changing political environment in Europe and worldwide as a context for the Initiative of ‘Trójmorze’
    • Overarching objectives, common aspirations, and an acceptable co-operation format
    • From ideas to practical actions – the shortest path and effective scenarios
  • Industry 4.0 - faces of the industrial revolution

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    Industry 4.0 – faces of the industrial revolution

    • Technologies, digitisation and information in production. Where are we? What are we to expect?
    • Tools of change: machine-machine dialogue, Big Data, robots and automatic machines, and artificial intelligence
    • Examples of projects and cases of implementation as part of Industry 4.0 – a review of best practice
    • Humans in the factory of the future: Is this vision coming close to fulfilment?
    • Specialisation and co-operation, that is management and education in the age of revolution
    • Maciej Balsewicz

      Position: CEO, bvalue

    • Tomasz Haiduk

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Digital Factory, Process Industries and Drives Director, Siemens Sp. z o.o.

    • Jacek Łukaszewski

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Schneider Electric Polska Sp. z o.o.

    • Andrzej Soldaty

      Position: Founder, Inicjatywa dla Polskiego Przemysłu 4.0 (Initiative for Polish Industry 4.0)

    • Jan Staniłko

      Position: Deputy Director, Innovation Department, Ministry of Economic Development, Poland Moderator

    • Jacek Ziarno

      Position: Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Nowy Przemysł Economic Magazine

  • Employees and employers in the light of new technologies

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    Employees and employers in the light of new technologies

    • The role of ICT and digitisation in modern companies
    • New technologies and new possibilities – their business potential
    • The generation ‘Y’ in an enterprise. How to harness the skills of the youngest employees?
    • Knowledge as an investment. Wider competences and their importance
    • Management and technology. Models of relations and the art of co-operation
  • Demographic challenges

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    Demographic challenges

    • Demographic trends and their potential social and economic consequences
    • The future structure of society as a challenge to civilisation. How to prepare for the inevitable?
    • Economic forecasts in the context of demography. Productivity, labour and public finance
    • The role of the government and local governments in stimulating the fertility rate
    • Immigrants from the East (Ukraine and Belarus) in the Polish labour market. Conditions, concerns and benefits
  • Efficient energy management

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    Efficient energy management

    • Energy efficiency in practice: What have achieved? What point are we at?
    • The potential for efficiency in the economies of European countries
    • Energy-efficient technologies and rational energy consumption management technologies
    • How to be efficient? The market for services and consulting. Comprehensive solutions available on request
    • Ireneusz Chojnacki

      Position: Journalist, Nowy Przemysł Economic Magazine / wnp.pl

    • Beata Kurdelska

      Position: Member of the Board, Veolia Energia Warszawa

    • Jaromír Pečonka

      Position: Chairman of the Board, CEZ ESCO Polska

    • Tadeusz Skoczkowski

      Position: Head, Division of Rational Use of Energy, Bohdan Stefanowski Institute of Heat Engineering, Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology

    • Marek Szałas

    • Dariusz Szwed

      Position: Adviser to the Mayor for Foreign Affairs, Słupsk City Hall

  • Public transport

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    Public transport

    • Efficient, comfortable, clean and cheap? The ideal public transportation system and its universal features
    • Public transportation as an element of enhancing the quality of life in Polish towns, and giving a competitive edge to towns and regions
    • Automation of public transportation, electromobility
    • Prosumers in transportation, sharing economy – a remedy for the transportation issues of contemporary towns and cities
    • Stanisław Dąbrowa

      Position: Deputy Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship

    • Wojciech Dinges

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Koleje Śląskie Sp. z o.o.

    • Piotr Rachwalski

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Koleje Dolnośląskie SA

    • Dariusz Szymczak

      Position: Deputy Mayor of Wodzisław Śląski

    • Roman Urbańczyk

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Komunikacyjny Związek Komunalny Górnośląskiego Okręgu Przemysłowego (Municipal Transport Union of the Upper Silesian Industrial District – KZK GOP)

    • Michał Wroński

      Position: Journalist, PortalSamorzadowy.pl

  • Investments undertaken by local governments - a new prospect

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    Investments undertaken by local governments – a new prospect

    • What do local governments invest in and how? Experience and limitations
    • Are Polish local governments back in the game? Hopes of a recovery after a period of slowdown
    • Investment in the future – effective, pro-development and promising projects
    • Bold plans and their consequences – facility maintenance costs
    • The future of financing municipal and regional investments. What to expect after 2020? 
    • Olgierd Dziekoński

      Position: Secretary of State at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland in the years 2010–2015, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Infrastructure in the years 2007–2010

    • Marek Foryński

      Position: Managing Director, BTS Group, Panattoni Europe

    • Janusz Kubicki

      Position: Mayor of Zielona Góra

    • Andrzej Maciejewski

      Position: Chairman, Local Government and Regional Policy Committee of the Polish Parliament

    • Krzysztof Mamiński

      Position: Chairman of the Board, PKP SA

    • Grzegorz Sadowski

      Position: Head of Business Department, ‘Wprost’ Magazine

    • Jacek Terebus

      Position: Executive Director CIFAL Płock, Deputy Mayor of Płock for Town Development and Investment, CIFAL Płock

  • Product Concept, or a product from scratch

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    Product Concept, or a product from scratch

    • More than marketing – a comprehensive approach to the product.
    • The role of economic analyses and business models in product market strategy.
    • Brand strategy and creativity.
    • The crucial questions: the competitive potential of a product.
    • Ewa Dudzic

      Position: Co-Founder, Phenicoptere

    • Hubert Laszczyk

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Express Sp. z o.o. sp.k.

    • Łukasz Majer

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Nova Praxis Sp. z o.o.

    • Andrzej Olszewski

      Position: consultant, expert in the research area, entrepreneur, Chairman of TNS OBOP in the years 2000-2013

    • Jacek Sadowski

      Position: Owner, Chairman, DEMO Effective Launching

  • Women in business

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    Women in business

    • The share of women among business leaders in the sphere of technology and in the media. Their importance to the efficiency of an organisation
    • The causes of inequality between women and men on the road to promotion
    • The glass ceiling, prejudices, and stereotypes. A map of barriers and external constraints
    • Towards a gender-neutral structure. Building alliances
    • Personalities, role models, and support – it is them that blaze a trail
    • Tactics, practice, and examples. How to be promoted in the circles unfavourable to women?
    • Steadfastness versus the art of compromise: Where to set the limits? How to survive in one’s heyday?
  • Exporting Polish food in the new global economic reality

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    Exporting Polish food in the new global economic reality

    • CETA, TTIP, TTP – what is the future of the global free trade agreements?
    • Asia, Africa, South America: opportunities for Polish producers
    • The foreign expansion of Polish exporters – global political and economic determinants
    • “Consumer nationalism” in the EU and the dynamics of exports
    • Better together. Consolidating and creating exporting consortia

13:30-15:00

  • The mysteries of banking crises: Who is to blame? The free market or the state?

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    The mysteries of banking crises: Who is to blame? The free market or the state?

    • Financial crises, banking crises, economics, economic crises, economic policy, institutional economics and state intervention versus the free market
  • The steel industry: processing, the market and distribution

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    The steel industry: processing, the market and distribution

    • The steel market in Europe. In search of a balance between protection and competition
    • Steel processing Strategies for building added value
    • Investments in the distribution sector – technologies, innovations and specialist services
    • Prices, competition and consumers. How to keep free-market values balanced?
    • The role of regulations – stimulating development and limiting pathology
    • Robert Agh

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Ferona Polska SA

    • Jerzy Bernhard

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Stalprofil SA

    • Iwona Dybał

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Polish Union of Steel Distributors

    • Andrzej Michalski-Stępkowski

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Stowarzyszenie Stal Nierdzewna (Stainless Steel Association – SSN)

    • Krzysztof Mikuła

      Position: Vice-President of the Management Board, Węglokoks SA

    • Tomasz Plaskura

      Position: CMO Region East, ArcelorMittal Europe Flat Products, Chairman of the BOD, ArcelorMittal FCE Poland

  • Via Carpathia - a Project Beyond Borders*

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    Via Carpathia – a Project Beyond Borders*

    • The new European route and its importance in terms of the economy, civilisation and culture
    • Is it possible to speed up its implementation? The impetus and declarations on the part of countries involved in the project
    • Investment priorities of the states located on the route
    • Role of Via Carpathia in the Trans-European Transport Network
    • Current and future possibilities of financing the project
    • Gyula Ocskay

      Position: Secretary General, Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI)

    • Petrisor Gabriel Peiu

      Position: Coordinator of Economic Analysis Department, The Black Sea University Foundation

    • Jerzy Polaczek

      Position: Member of the Polish Parliament (Sejm), Minister of Transport and Construction in the years 2005–2006, Minister of Transport in the years 2006–2007

    • Tomasz Żornaczuk

      Position: Head of the Central Europe Programme, Polish Institute of International Affairs

  • The rolling stock and fleet market

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    The rolling stock and fleet market 

    • Producers of rolling stock and fleets of motor vehicles for public transport in Poland
    • The export potential and position of the industry in the European market
    • Innovative solutions, technologies and technology transfer, and know-how
    • Strategic plans of enterprises. Consortia, co-operation and competition
    • The place of the industry in the plans of the government
  • Modern education - employment and innovation

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    Modern education – employment and innovation

    • Narrow specialisation or versatile, creative professionals? Trends in vocational education
    • Effective educational methods in industry-specific schools
    • Professions in high demand today and tomorrow. Filling gaps and predicting needs
    • Co-operation of schools and universities with employers – how to educate students for innovation?
    • The new strategy for science and higher education as assessed by schools and entrepreneurs
  • International tenders: Why not?

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    International tenders: Why not?

    • International projects and tenders – a large and attractive market. Who wins?
    • The absence of Polish enterprises. Do we lack potential or competence?
    • Access to public procurement in foreign markets
    • How to compete for orders in the global market effectively?
    • Beata Pich

      Position: Head of Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    • Piotr Sochoń

      Position: Expert, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP)

    • Arkadiusz Tarnowski

      Position: Private Sector Liaison Officer to the World Bank Group (PSLO), Polska Agencja Inwestycji i Handlu SA (Polish Investment and Trade Agency – PAIH)

  • Participation and public consultation in practice

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    Participation and public consultation in practice

    • Democracy on your street. Participatory budgeting in Polish municipalities – practice and experience
    • Mechanisms of co-operation between public institutions, local governments and citizens: public hearings, public consultation and civic panels
    • Managing cities, institutions and businesses using participatory methods: How to do it effectively?
  • Water routes in Poland and Europe

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    Water routes in Poland and Europe

    • Phase and timetable of state plans for the development of inland waterways in Poland for 2016-2020, with a perspective leading up to 2030. Polish ambitions against the background of other European countries
    • Key investments: modernising the Oder Waterway and the Vistula Waterway, building the Silesian Canal and the Koźle-Ostrava connection
    • Opportunities for internationalising Polish inland routes – interests of neighbours in co-operation and co-ordination of investment plans
    • Business and inland investments (participation, cascade hydropower plants, anti-flood protection)
    • Potential of the land infrastructure for supporting inland transportation (development plans for river ports; their communication with road, rail and air transportation)
    • Shipyards and fleet production. Carriers and forwarders on the market and their capabilities
    • Andrzej Klimek

      Position: Director of Inland Shipping Division, OT Logistics S.A.

    • Maria Szurowska

      Position: Economic Journalist

    • Stanisław Wroński

      Position: Representative of Marshal of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodship for Waterways, Marshal's Office of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province

    • Kamil Wyszkowski

      Position: Director General, The Initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Global Compact in Poland

  • The TMTM Transport Corridor and the development of economic contacts between Europe and Asia

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    The TMTM Transport Corridor and the development of economic contacts between Europe and Asia

    • The multimodal trans-Caspian corridor as an answer to the transport needs of the Asia-Pacific region as well as those of Central Asia, the Caucasus and Europe
    • The competitiveness of the new project. Participants in the project and the progress of its implementation
    • Potential benefits for trade and economic co-operation between Asia and Europe
    • The TMTM Corridor in the architecture of the New Silk Road. The example of co-operation between China and Azerbaijan for the development of transport possibilities
    • Investments in the logistics infrastructure that increase the capacity of the Corridor and add to its value
    • New participants in the TMTM Corridor. The ‘Poland–Ukraine–Georgia–Azerbaijan’ project
    • Gaidar Abdikerimov

      Position: Representative, Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ) in Europe

    • Natig Jafarov

      Position: Marketing Director, AdyExpress, Azerbaijan

    • Baurzhan Kulushev

      Position: Deputy Secretary-General, Trans-Caspian International Transport Corridor (TMTM) Association

    • Yuri Merkulov

      Position: First Deputy Director-General, The State Administration of Railway Transport of Ukraine ‘Ukrzaliznytsia’

    • Grzegorz Sadowski

      Position: Head of Business Department, ‘Wprost’ Magazine

    • Dariusz Sikora

      Position: Member of the Board for Trade and Operation, PKP Linia Hutnicza Szerokotorowa Sp. z o.o. (PKP Broad Gauge Railway Line)

    • Jakub Styczeń

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Euroterminal Sławków Sp. z o.o.

    • Levan Sulaberidze

      Position: CEO, Trans Caucasus Terminals LLC (TCT)

  • The leisure industry

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    The leisure industry

    • Travel and tourism; culture and entertainment; and sport and recreation – the importance of these areas of activity to the Polish economy and labour market
    • The impact of the leisure industry on the attractiveness of regions, their development, and investment inflow
    • The potential of the leisure industry and the degree of its utilisation. Related services, infrastructure and investment
    • Actions at the national level, as well as at the local and regional levels, that support the development of the sector
    • Can Poland become the Central European leisure industry centre?
    • Jerzy Buzek

      Position: 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

    • Marcin Herra

      Position: Partner, Evolutio S.C.

    • Bohuš Hlavatý

      Position: CEO, Tatry Mountain Resorts

    • Radosław Jęcek

      Position: Mayor of Karpacz

    • Kazimierz Karolczak

      Position: Member of the Board, Urząd Marszałkowski Województwa Śląskiego (Marshal's Office of the Silesian Voivodeship)

    • Maciej Kolon

      Position: Chairman, Sport, Tourism and Recreation Committee, Silesian Voivodeship

    • Wojciech Kuśpik

      Position: Chairman of the Board, PTWP SA Group

    • Tomasz Latocha

      Position: Wice-President of the Board, Małopolska Regional Development Agency

  • Free areas. An idea and co-operation

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    Free areas. An idea and co-operation

    • ‘Unwanted’ areas and pieces of land that are difficult to manage. The scale of the phenomenon
    • Brownfield sites in the throes of restructuring and ownership transformation
    • Local government policy with respect to unwanted areas
    • How to add value to a plot of land? Subdivision, accessibility improvement, reclamation and promotion
    • Sales or partnership? Co-operation between investors and owners 
    • The most important thing is to have an idea – examples of development on plots with a difficult history
    • How about warehouses? The land for logistics operations. What does an investor need?
    • How to implement non-standard projects? Creativity, communication and responsibility
    • Piotr Bojar

      Position: Director, Land & Development Advisory, CBRE Sp. z o.o.

    • Jan Bondaruk

      Position: Deputy General Director for Environmental Engineering, Główny Instytut Górnictwa (Central Mining Institute)

    • Jakub Chełstowski

      Position: Ownership Supervision Director, Towarzystwo Finansowe Silesia Sp. z o.o. (Silesia Financial Association)

    • Jacek Guzy

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Walcownia Rur Silesia SA

    • Adam Kłos

      Position: Department Manager of Customer Service, Port of Gdansk Authority S.A.

    • Tadeusz Koperski

      Position: Chairman of the Board, General Director, Haldex SA

    • Artur Paszko

      Position: Chairman of the Board, Kraków Nowa Huta Przyszłości SA

    • Marek Tokarz

      Position: Chairman of the Board, CEO, Spółka Restrukturyzacji Kopalń SA

    • Piotr Uszok

      Position: Mayor of Katowice in years 1998-2014

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