8.30 a.m. - 9.10 a.m.
Welcome coffee & registration
9.15 a.m. - 9.45 a.m.
Opening speeches

Günter Verheugen, the former European Union commissioner for enlargement

Jerzy Kwieciński, minister of investment and development (tbc)

9.45 a.m. - 10.00 a.m.
The New York Times Global Impact Presentation

Morning plenary session: Global & European challenges

10.05 a.m. - 11.10 a.m.
Panel I: World economy: chaos or new balance?

Global trade and investments now and in perspective of 5 – 10 years. Is Europe to stay in the play unconditionally? Who are going to be the winners of globalzation? US, China or …? Can we avoid the designation of “winners” and “losers” from trade? Is it a zero-sum game or a win-win? Are we on the brinks of the trade war? What is the potential for devastating effects to the global economy?

Dismantling global order? Are we changing rules of the game? What cards are we playing? Are we just witnessing just a Trumpian chaos or a real paradigm change of global rule-based order? In the end may the frustration of perceived failure of liberal order lead to a catastrophic miscalculation?



Moderators: Andrzej Jonas, The Warsaw Voice and Marc Santora, The New York Times

  1. Jerzy Buzek, Former prime minister and ex-president of the European Parliament (tbc)
  2. Tomasz Pisula, president, PAIH
  3. Gabriela Ramos, G20 Sherpa OECD, chief of staff OECD (tbc)
  4. Paweł Wojciechowski, former minister of finance, Chief Economist of ZUS
11.10 a.m. - 11.20 a.m.
Special guest, speech
11.25 a.m. - 11.40 a.m.
Coffee break
11.45 a.m. - 12.50 a.m.
Panel II: Europe and Poland in the EU

Europe’s survival in the age of globalization. Will Europeans maintain their lifestyles and defend their values? Must Europeans look for new world leadership, new partners, or simply walk alone?

European unity. Is the euro be part of a future EU? Is the EU playing hard ball towards reversing Brexit, or is just protecting its own unity? New MFF in the search for European Value Added.

The new budget perspective: will it define the development of the union and its member countries?

Poland. What Poland can contribute to the shared future of Europe? Does Poland have a potential to influence the future of EU and to join EU leadership?



Moderator: Guenter Verheugen, the former European Union commissioner for enlargement

  1. Ryszard Czarnecki, Vice-President of the European Parliament
  2. Peter Balazs, former European commissioner (tbc)
  3. Danuta Huebner, Poland’s first-ever European commissioner (tbc)
  4. Elżbieta Łukacijewska, Member of the European Parliament
  5. Bogusław Liberadzki, Vice-President of the European Parliament (tbc)
12.55 a.m. - 1.40 p.m.
Citizens Dialogue on Future of Europe

with the Questions & Answers Session

Günter Verheugen, the former European Union commissioner for enlargement

Marek Prawda, Head of the Representation, European Commission

Panel discussions with business leaders

1.45 p.m. - 2.40 p.m.
Session I under the Auspices of KDPW S.A.: Age of digitalization: technology and our lives

Digital transformation. Sharing economy, fintech, blockchain and behavioral changes in the world of Instant communication. How to stay innovative? Is it the main determinant of the constant growth and development? How far can we push technological barriers in economic growth?

2.45 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.
3.20 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Session II. Age of increasing mobility and communication: why we still need to meet?

Moderator: Juliusz Kłosowski, director, WEH
1.    Mateusz Czerwiński, Vice-President, Warsaw Tourist Organization
2.    Luc Gesvret, Chief TOP LINE Officer at AccorHotels Eastern Europe (tbc)
3.    Żaneta Berus, managing director, Ptak Warsaw Expo
4.    Kamil Szymański, president, G2A Arena, Rzeszów (tbc)

Afternoon plenary session

4.05 p.m. - 5.15 p.m.
Panel III: Perspective for Poland's economic growth and business climate

Former Polish financial ministers about Poland’s current financial standing and future challenges.


Participants (as usual):

Moderator: Paweł Wojciechowski, former minister of finance, Chief Economist of ZUS

  1. Mirosław Gronicki, former minister of finance
  2. Stanisław Kluza, former minister of finance
  3. Jerzy Osiatyński, former minister of finance (tbc)
  4. Andrzej Raczko, former minister of finance
  5. Mateusz Szczurek, former minister of finance (tbc)


Past vs. Future. What have we learned? Ten years after, what is the legacy of economic crisis in Europe?  Is Polish economy more resilient now, then 10 years ago?


Sustainable growth. How to increase growth potential?  How to increase investments? Do we need more savings or better investment climate? Can we afford to succumb to ‘reform fatigue’ and postpone key structural reforms?

5.15 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Panel IV: Wrap-up Panel and Recommendations. Closing of the conference


Ryszard Czarnecki
Ryszard Czarnecki,
Member of the European Parliament

Former Minister of the European Affairs, Vice-President of the Euronest Polish politician, Member of the European Parliament. Born in the UK, graduate from University of Wroclaw, where he received master degree in history. Former Minister of the European Affairs, Minister without Portfolio and former Deputy Minister of Culture and Arts.  Since 2004 he is a member of the European Parliament. Vice-President of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, as well as interparliamentary forum with national parliaments of Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Coordinator in Committee on Budget Control (CONT), member of the Foreign Affairs (AFET) committee in the EP and the Delegation EU – Ukraine. In addition, Vice-President Ryszard Czarnecki is a member of the Delegation DCAS to the EU – Kazakhstan, EU – Kyrgyzstan, the EU – Uzbekistan and the EU – Tajikistan and the Commission to corporations of parliamentary relations between Turkmenistan and Mongolia. He was awarded high state awards by Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia. He holds a Doctor Honoris Causa of the University in Erevan. Author of 6 books.

Mateusz Czerwiński
Mateusz Czerwiński,
Vice-President of the Warsaw Tourist Organization

He began his work in the field of the meetings industry in 2008 as a project manager in the MICE agencies implementing outgoing and incoming projects. In the ongoing events, as one of the first in Poland he implemented the sustainable meeting standard BS 8901 solutions, being responsible for the preparation and implementation of the management system of the Radisson Blu Kraków Hotel on the basis of BS 8901. The facility as the first in the world has been certified by an international company certifying sustainable activities in the meetings industry .
Since 2010 at the Warsaw Convention Bureau (Warsaw Tourist Office), he is responsible for the planning and implementation of marketing activities of Warsaw as a destination of meetings, contacts with foreign clients, supervision of the local MICE market researches and cooperation with the scientific community in Warsaw under the ambassador’s congresses. He represented Warsaw as the Tourism Expert in the ONE BSR EU project, under which the international group of collaborators was preparing travel products and strategy for their promotion in the United States and Japan. After changing his position at the Warsaw Convention Bureau into Warsaw Tourist Organization structures, he is responsible, among others, for the acquisition for Warsaw and coordination MCE CEE Warsaw 2015, the first ever Polish international meetings industry B2B event, which was visited by a large group of foreign hosted buyers (meeting planners 80). Since June 2018 he is the Vice-President of Warsaw Tourist Organization.

Mirosław Gronicki
Mirosław Gronicki,
Former Minister of Finance in 2004-2005

Economist, PhD in economics, Minister of Finance in Marek Belka’s government. He graduated from the Faculty of Transport Economics at the University of Gdansk. In 1987-1993, he worked in international academic institutions, including, among others, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Charles University in Prague and ICESAD in Kitakyushu. He has worked in international organisations, including the World Bank, the UN and the EU. Until 1998, he was employed as a macroeconomist at the Institute for Market Economics. In 1999-2004, he worked with the Center for Social and Economic Research. He has been an advisor for the governments of Bulgaria, Turkmenistan and Slovakia. In 2000-2004, he was chief economist at Bank Millennium S.A., and in 2004-2005, he held the office of Minister of Finance in the government of Marek Belka. From 2012 to 2014, he headed the team of advisors of the President of the Krajowy Fundusz Poręczeniowy „Samorządowa Polska” sp. z o.o. He is currently an independent consultant.

Andrzej Jonas
Andrzej Jonas,
Editor-in-Chief, The Warsaw Voice

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Warsaw Voice magazine. Co-founder of the Children of the Holocaust Association in Poland. Former Vice-President of the Association of Polish Journalists, former head of the Polish section of the Association of European Journalists; former Vice-President of the Association of European Journalists. Press and television commentator, recipient of the Bene Merito award.

Stanisław Kluza
Stanisław Kluza,
Former Minister of Finance

Doctor of economy, creator of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (PFSA; Polish: Komisja Nadzoru Finansowego, KNF), a former chairman of PFSA (2006-2011), Minister and vice-Minister of Finance (2006), chief economist and the director of the Analysis Department at Bank Gospodarki Żywnościowej (in Rabobank Group) (2002-2006). He is a faculty member at Warsaw School of Economics (since 1994), where he is affiliated at the Institute of Statistics and Demography. His main fields of interest are: monetary policy, statistics, econometrics, macroeconomics, banking and business cycle. He is the author of numerous presentations and papers in the fields of supervising financial market and macroeconomic analysis.

Juliusz Kłosowski
Juliusz Kłosowski,
Publisher & CEO, The Warsaw Voice

Historian by education and journalist by profession, with a postgraduate degree from Warsaw University (1982), since 1993 has been General Director of the Warsaw Voice publishing house. Kłosowski is also director of the Warsaw Economic Hub and Poland Meetings Destination conferencing projects.

Tomasz Pisula
Tomasz Pisula,
President of the Board, PAIH

Before being appointed as president of PAIH S.A., Tomasz Pisula was responsible for ownership supervision on behalf of the Ministry of Development for over a hundred subordinate entities, including special economic zones, departments of trade and investment at Polish embassies, scientific and research institutes, the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, the Industrial Development Agency, the Polish Development Fund, the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency, PKO BP, the Office of Technical Inspection, and the Public Procurement Office. The total value of assets in subordinate entities supervised by the Department exceeded 300 billion PLN. bHe was also involved, on behalf of the Ministry of Development, in the establishment of the Polish Development Fund and the associated reform of the WPHI personnel system from the very beginning. Prior to working with the Ministry of Development, Tomasz Pisula was also the Public Policy manager at Bank Zachodni WBK, where he led a team monitoring regulatory changes and building relationships with the institutions forming them. He was also involved in creating analyses and positions concerning regulatory issues for the management of the Santander Group. In the years 2006-2014, he was part of the Freedom and Democracy Foundation, one of the largest Polish non-governmental organisations dealing with issues of human rights and democracy. As president of the Foundation, he was responsible for the acquisition and disbursement of foreign funds for the needs of the foreign Polish Television channel Belsat TV. He acquired a total amount of over $12 million for initiatives related to the promotion of democracy by establishing cooperation with a number of leading international development agencies. Mr Pisula has implemented technical assistance projects in a number of authoritarian and former communist states, including Cuba, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaijan, and Egypt. He has appeared many times as a democracy expert before team working groups of the Polish parliament and worked closely with Polish and foreign media.  In the years 1998-2003, he worked with Senator Zbigniew Romaszewski in the Foundation for Human Rights, where he was responsible for the Senator’s foreign contacts.


Andrzej Raczko
Andrzej Raczko,
Former Minister of Finance, Member of the Management Board of the NBP

Dr Andrzej Raczko was born on 27 February 1953 in Kutno. In 1977, he graduated from the University of Łódź specialising in Econometrics. In 1985, he obtained his PhD in Economics and then worked as an assistant professor at the University of Łódź. He collaborated with academic centres in the United Kingdom, France and Central European countries within the framework of EU research projects. Since the 1990s he has worked in the banking sector, among others in LG Petro Bank SA, where he was CEO. In 1999-2001, working in PKO BP, he was in charge of the mortgage bank project, and in 2003 he was Vice-President of Bank Gospodarki Żywnościowej SA. In 2001-2002, Dr Raczko was undersecretary of state in the Ministry of Finance. His responsibilities covered public debt management, financial negotiations with the European Union and co-operation with international financial institutions. Minister of Finance in the final stage of Poland’s accession to the European Union (2003-2004). After 2004 Dr Raczko served as Alternate Executive Director and subsequently as visiting scholar in the International Monetary Fund. He was also Chief Economist and Director of Research Department in the Polish Financial Supervision Authority.

Paweł Wojciechowski, Ph.D
Paweł Wojciechowski, Ph.D,
Former Minister of Finance, Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

Chief Economist of the Social Insurance Institution, from Nov 2014. Earlier served as: Permanent Representative of Poland to the OECD, Undersecretary of State at MFA, CEO of Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency and Minister of Finance. From 1995 to 2005 he was CEO of several financial market companies, including PTE Allianz Polska for six years. He graduated from John Caroll University (economics), Case Western Reserve University (operations research), Warsaw School of Economics (accounting), Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Ph.D. in technical sciences).

Prof. Günter Verheugen
Prof. Günter Verheugen,
Former Vice-President of European Commission, Commissioner 1999-2011

He started his political carrier in 1969 after having worked as a journalist and having studied history and political sciences. He was a member of the German Bundestag from 1983 until 1999, where he hold a number of senior posts and was mainly dealing with foreign and security policy and European affairs. He was appointed Minister of State for European affairs in the Foreign Office in 1998. In 1999 he became a member of the European Commission, responsible for enlargement until 2004. In 2002 he also took over the responsibility for the European neighbourhood policy. In his second term in the European Commission, from 2004 to 2011 he served as Vice-President and was in charge of enterprise and industry. In this capacity he was the European chairperson of the Transatlantic Economic Council as of 2007. He is now an honorary professor of Viadrina University in Frankfurt/Oder. He has published a number of books and essays on European and other issues. From 2015, he is one of the seven advisors of the Agency for Modernization of Ukraine, working in the area of models integrating Ukraine with the EU.