Industrial revolution, the future of the European Union, innovations in the energy sector – guests discuss the themes of the 10th European Economic Congress


The list of guests who have confirmed their attendance at the 10th edition of the key business event in Central Europe keeps growing, and features more and more important figures. By confirming their participation, government officials, city mayors, CEOs of large companies and scientists lend weight to the themes of the debate. The European Economic Congress will be held on 14-16 May 2018 at the International Conference Centre and the Spodek Arena in Katowice.

Officials from the European Commission and the European Parliament, politicians, CEOs of the largest companies in Europe, Africa and North America, representatives of the world of science, financial institutions and local government, as well as major opinion leaders will come together in less than a month at the 10th European Economic Congress (EEC) in Katowice. They will share their personal perspectives, knowledge and experience in a series of debates devoted to the economic and business issues of today’s rapidly changing world.

‘We have invited practitioners from all over the world to join us for the 10th anniversary of the European Economic Congress. A select group of guests from the world of business and high-level Polish and European politics will share their vast store of experience over three long days of debates, meetings and accompanying events, talking not only about what’s topical and important today, but also about the phenomena that are only starting to set new trends and affect the future of the economy. I am convinced that our visitors will be impressed by the selection of topics and the choice of panellists,’ says Wojciech Kuśpik, initiator of the European Economic Congress, CEO of the PTWP Group, ‘I have the pleasure of saying that the business community considers the Congress an important meeting venue and a platform for communicating key decisions. The Congress where important announcements are made and new projects are launched,’ he adds.

The upcoming 10th European Economic Congress is an excellent opportunity to start a serious debate on issues related to the 4th industrial revolution, digitization and technology under the common banner of “Industry 4.0”. Questions of technology will be addressed by many panel discussions this year.

‘The 4th industrial revolution is an important theme of the 10th Congress. Digitization, urbanization, electromobility and the development of renewable sources are the megatrends that will determine how we manage our energy supplies in the future,’ says Jacek Łukaszewski, President of Schneider Electric Polska.

Panels devoted to electromobility, artificial intelligence, virtual, mixed and augmented reality, Big Data, IoT, blockchain, robotics and automation, the threats and opportunities related to the expansion of new technologies, as well as start-ups, will feature experts such as, e.g. Filiberto Amati, Marketing Consultant, Innovation, Branding and Development Expert at Amati & Associates; Maciej Balsewicz, CEO, Founder, bValue Venture Capital; Ramzi Ben Romdhane, General Manager for Quality and Customer Satisfaction, Alliance Renault Nissan Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services, lecturer at the Singularity University, France; Marcin Cichy, President, Office of Electronic Communications; Liron Ben Eliahu, Digital Strategy and Development Manager, Tel Aviv Municipality; Tomasz Haiduk, Member of the Management Board, Managing director for Simens, Digital Factory, Process Industries and Drives; Marek Havrda, Strategy Director, Good AI; Piotr Hołubowicz, CEO, SEEDiA; Benoit Legrand, Global Head of Fintech, ING Group; Chia Young Hui, Chairman and CEO, Ascenz, Digital Transformation Expert, lecturer at the Singularity University, Singapore; Jowita Michalska, CEO, Digital University Foundation, Singularity University Warsaw; Daniel Navarro, Local Robotics Business Unit Director, ABB; Ireneusz Piecuch, CMS Office Partner; Otto Preiss, Chief Operating Officer Digital, ABB; Tanya Singh Kasewa, Executive Assistant to Director, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford; Andrzej Soldaty, Project Leader, “The Future Industry Platform”; Tomasz Szadkowski, CEO, Soflab Technology; Wiktor Szmidt, CEO, Netguru; Roman Szwed, Chairman of the Board, Atende; and Tomasz Wesołowski, General Director, Co-founder,, AI expert.

Ever since its inception, one of the most important elements of the European Economic Congress has been tackling the issue of EU energy policy. This thread of the debate has always combined economic questions with social and environmental concerns. This year, another good reason to focus on climate issues is the upcoming UN Global Climate Summit (COP 24), scheduled to take place this autumn in Katowice.

‘The EEC will be an opportunity for business and administration representatives to engage in a serious debate about issues of great importance to Poland, such as the future of the European Union, energy sector innovations and environmental protection,’ says Alexandre Farion, Comercial Director at the Veolia Group in Poland.

The challenges of technological transformation in the energy sector and industry, especially in the context of environmental protection policy, will be discussed by politicians, large company managers, investors and innovation animators, e.g. guests from Innoenergy Central Europe.

‘Fundamental changes are underway in the global economy, especially in the automotive sector, energy and banking. On the one hand, processes of this kind pose a major threat to current players, but on the other, a huge opportunity arises for new actors who want to break into the market today. The European Economic Congress is an exceptional event in Central Europe. What makes it so attractive is the broad range of topics that touch not just on current issues, but also on the realities we will be facing five or ten years from now. It’s worth keeping abreast of these changes. We should keep our ears open and meet people to build and strengthen our business or cast our nets wider and sail off into international waters,’ says Jakub Miler, CEO of InnoEnergy Central Europe.

“Energy” will be the guiding theme of many panels devoted to, e.g. future trends in the Polish and global energy sector, energy security and strategy, renewable energy sources, research and development, nuclear energy and climate technologies.

Experts who have confirmed their participation in energy-related panels include, e.g.: Maciej Bando, President of the Energy Regulation Office; Henryk Baranowski, Chairman of the Board, PGE Polish Energy Group; Mateusz Bonca, Interim Chairman of the Board, Vice-Director for Strategy and Development, Lotos Group; Gérard Bourland, Director of Energy Activities, Veolia Central & Eastern Europe; Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy; Bohdana Horáčková, Chairman of the Board, General Director, CEZ Polska; Patrik Kolar, Chief of Division B – LIFE and H2020 Energy, Environment and Resources, Executive Agency for Small and Mediumsized Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission; Marcin Korolec, President, Electric Vehicles Promotion Foundation, Government Plenipotentiary for Climate Policy in 2013-2015, Minister of the Environment in 2011-2013; Mirosław Kowalik, Chairman of the Board, Enea; Michał Kurtyka, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Energy; Matteo Marini, Head of Power Grids, Division Europe, ABB Group; Diego Pavia, General Director, InnoEnergy; Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, Directorate-General for Energy (DG Energy); Tomasz Rogala, Chairman of the Board, Polish Mining Group; Tomasz Stępień, Chairman of the Board, GAZ-SYSTEM; Krzysztof Tchórzewski, Minister of Energy; Piotr Woźniak, Chairman of the Board, PGNiG; and Piotr Woźny, Plenipotentiary of the Prime Minister for the Clean Air Program.

The 10th edition of the event will also ask important questions about the first official metropolitan area in Poland, the Silesian Metropolis, its outcomes and future challenges. Considering the metropolis in the context of the new Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia and the Dąbrowa Basin, as well as similar processes underway in other cities of the continent, the debate will bring together city mayors and presidents, scientists, business people and government officials.

Issues related to the future of European cities and metropolises, public space, investment and growth, new local budgets, efficient struggle for clean air, waste management in modern cities, mobility, the Polish housing market and other topics related to the idea of the metropolis will be discussed by, e.g. Dave Barry, Vice-President for Mobility Systems, Bombardier Transportation; Liron Ben Eliahu, Director for Digital Strategy and Development, Tel Aviv area; Kazimierz Karolczak, Chairman of the Board, Silesian Metropolis; Mieczysław Kieca, Mayor of Wodzisław Śląski; Tomasz Konior, architect, founder of Konior Studio; Marcin Krupa, Mayor of Katowice; Nicklas Lindberg, Chairman of the Board, Echo Investment; Robert Tomanek, Rector of the University of Economics in Katowice; Tomasz Wojtkiewicz, Chairman of the Board, Nextbike Polska; Ewa Wolniewicz-Warska, Head of Sales, Kapsch Telematic Services; and Hanna Zdanowska, President of Łódź.

The potential of the Polish commercial real estate market and all its major segments is the common theme of several important Congress panels. Maciej Dyjas, Managing Partner at Griffin Real Estate, invites everyone to take part in the debate.

‘The European Economic Congress is an opportunity for us to discuss, for instance, the investment attractiveness of Poland. We will be attending the event along with our partners from Echo Investment and Echo Polska Properties. Everybody who has any say in Polish economic life will be in Katowice. Real estate is inextricably linked to the economy and this is why I consider the EEC an excellent venue and my time there well invested,’ he says.

International economic relations have formed an important part of the Congress for many years. This year, the EEC will offer an opportunity to meet and talk with potential partners and economic decision-makers from China, Japan, Vietnam and India. A lot of attention will also be devoted to Africa as a still promising, internally diversified market.

The economic prospects of international cooperation, free trade, geopolitics and security, as well as foreign expansion will be discussed by, e.g. Jacek Bartosiak, Director of the War Games and Simulations of the Casimir Pułaski Foundation, Senior Fellow, Potomac Foundation; Ian Brzezinski, Expert for Foreign Policy and Military Affairs; Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, Minister of Power and Non-conventional Energy Sources, Government of West Bengal; Bartosz Cichocki, Undersecretary of State for Security, Consular Affairs, and Eastern Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Vu Dang Dzung, Ambassador of Vietnam in Poland; Tony Housh, Chairman of the Board of Directors, American Chamber of Commerce in Poland (AmCham); Francois Kanimba, Head of Business UNIT SMGF, former Minister of the Economy in Rwanda; Margareta Kassangana, Ambassador of Poland in Dakar; Naofumi Makino, General Director, Jetro Warszawa; Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Trade; Tomasz Pisula, Chairman of the Board, Polish Investment and Trade Agency; Vo Tan Thanh, General Director, Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hồ Chí Minh; and Justin Yifu Lin, former Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President, World Bank.

Guests of the 10th European Economic Congress will also include Bogusław Białowąs, Chairman of the Board, Bank Ochrony Środowiska; Joao Bras Jorge, Chairman of the Management Board, Bank Millennium; Zoltán Cséfalvay, ambassador, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the OECD and UNESCO, Deputy Minister, Ministry of National Economy in 2010-2014; Hadley Dean, CEO, Echo Polska Properties; Anna Jakób, Board Member, GPEC Group; Grzegorz Kołodko, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance in 1994-1997 and 2002-2013; Julia Kryszofiak-Szopa, CEO, Startup Poland; Janusz Michałek, Chairman of the Board, Katowice Special Economic Zone; Tomasz Misiak, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Work Service, entrepreneur, investor; Daniel Mzyk, owner of the Paged Capital Group; Marcin Ociepa, Undersecretary of State for European Affairs, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology; Krzysztof Pawiński, CEO, Maspex Group; Markus Sieger, Chairman of the Board, Polpharma; Stanisław Szwed, Secretary of State, Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy; Artur Tomasik, Chairman of the Board, Association of Regional Airports, Chairman of the Board, Upper Silesian Aviation Group (manager of Katowice Airport); Czesław Warsewicz, Chairman of the Board, PKP CARGO; and Jadwiga Wiśniewska, Deputy to the European Parliament.

‘There are three reasons why I can’t wait for the EEC to begin. First, it is a great opportunity to meet everybody who’s anybody in Polish business. Second, it always teaches you something new. And third, Katowice is the first Polish city I ever visited and I love it,’ says Hadley Dean, CEO of Echo Polska Properties.

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European Economic Congress (EEC) in Katowice features three days of debates, meetings and accompanying events with more than 9 thousand guests from Poland, Europe, and all over the globe. Several hundred panellists take part in nearly 150 sessions each year, including EU commissioners, European prime ministers and government officials, CEOs of large companies, scientists, practitioners and decision-makers with a huge impact on European social and economic life. A group of opinion leaders come together to hold an open public debate on issues of the greatest importance for European growth,

The European Economic Congress is recognized as one of the most representative debates on the future of the continent. Statements by its major guests are often quoted and widely commented.

Ever since its inception in 2009, the EEC has been organized by the PTWP Group SA.

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