Speakers

Przemek Gdański

President of the Management Board

Responsible for day-to-day management of the Bank and work performed by the Management Board. He represents the Bank's Management Board towards third parties.

His responsibilities also comprise overall supervision over the Bank’s organizational units. He supervises the Bank Management, Strategy & Agro Markets Area, including supervising the Bank’s compliance with law provisions, internal regulations and market standards. His supervisory duties also cover the Internal Audit Line, the Compliance Line, Legal Line, Marketing, Communication, Social Involvement Line, Agro-business Line, Strategy and Market Analysis Line. He also supervises the HR Area and Transformation Area.

Przemek Gdański graduated from the University of Gdańsk (MSc in Economics) and took a one-year program in international banking and finance at Loughborough University in the UK. He completed Advanced Management Program at IESE Business School and several professional and executive development programs at Harvard Business School, London Business School, University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business, Ashridge - Hult International Business School and HEC.

He has over 25 years of banking experience. From 1993 to 1995 he worked for IBP Bank SA, then for ABN AMRO Bank in Poland, Romania and in the headquarters in Amsterdam. From 2002 to 2006 he was managing director of Large Corporates Division in BPH Bank. From May to November 2006 - CEO and general director of Calyon Bank Polska and Calyon SA Branch in Poland. In November 2006 he was appointed to the position of deputy CEO in BPH Bank, responsible for corporate banking and real estate financing. After the merger of part of BPH Bank and Pekao SA - deputy CEO of Pekao SA, responsible for Corporate Banking, Markets and Investment Banking Division. Member and vice president of the Management Board of mBank (formerly BRE Bank) from November 19, 2008 to October 25, 2017, responsible for Corporate and Investment Banking.

Since November 2, 2017 he has been the CEO of BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. and a Territory Head for BNP Paribas, supervising BNP Paribas Group’s enterprises in Poland. He has a proven record of supporting diversity, gender equality and women’s entrepreneurship. In March 2018 he has been awarded Male Champion of Change accolade presented by Success Written with Lipstick Foundation in the recognition of his achievements in advocacy for women and his encouragement of their professional development.

Mr. Przemek Gdański meets the requirements of Art. 22aa of the Banking Law dated 29 August 1997 (as amended).

Bartosz Urbaniak

Head of AgroHub CEE & Africa BNP Paribas Group

Graduate of banking at the Faculty of Finance and Statistics of SGH Warsaw School of Economics He completed a postgraduate programme for foreigners at the Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine in Japan.

Participant and graduate of many training courses and educational programmes, including Harvard Business School, IESE, Ashridge College.

At the beginning of his professional career (1995-2001) he joined the Warsaw Commodities Exchange (WGT), performing many functions, from a student trainee at the time of founding WGT to the Vice-President of the Management Board in 1999-2001.

In 2001-2002, he worked for the Agricultural Market Agency, where he was Deputy Director of the Market Intervention Office and held the position of Director for Plant Products. He has been working for Bank BGŻ since 2002, initially as Vice Director of the Separate Credit Department (in 2002-2003). He then became Director of the Institutional Banking Development Department (2003-2005). Since September 2005, he has held various functions in the area of agribusiness, including Director of the Agribusiness Finance Department and Managing Director for Agribusiness and SMEs. From March 2015 to February 2018 he was a Member of the Board of Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas.

Marie-Christine Le Gal

Agricultural counsellor for the regional sector, French Embassy in Warsaw

has been working for over ten years in the agricultural sector, during which she has taken on many different positions, in France and abroad.

Since December 2018, she works at the French Embassy in Warsaw, as the Agricultural counsellor for the regional sector including Poland, Hungary and Baltic countries. The role of the Agricultural counsellor is to promote French agricultural policies, to support French businesses, and to follow the agricultural news, regulations and policies of the countries in the region. Before, Marie-Christine Le Gal worked at the French embassy in Russia, and in Paris, within the ministries of Agriculture and Economy, notably on trade agreements and innovation in agribusiness.

Marie-Christine Le Gal is a veterinary Doctor, and holds an advanced degree in Veterinary Public Health.

Peter Schmidt

President of the EESC Section on Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (NAT), European Economic and Social Committee

Born in 1962, Peter Schmidt's first occupation was cheesemaker. Later on he was a regional officer of the NGG trade union (Food and Catering Union, affiliated to the DGB) for 27 years, in charge of dairy industries and bakeries.

Since 2014 he has been a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)'s Group II (Workers).

From 2015 to March 2018, he was the president of the EESC's Permanent Study Group on Sustainable Food Systems, and from April 2018 to September 2020 he was the president of the EESC's Sustainable Development Observatory. Since October 2020, he is the President of the EESC Section on Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (NAT).

David Rowan

Founding Editor in chief of WIRED's UK edition

As founding Editor-in-Chief of WIRED magazine’s UK edition, David came to know the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Didi, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other ambitious startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen.

He has since invested in more than 60 early-stage tech companies, including two that became billion-dollar “unicorns”, and is an adviser to Lakestar, one of Europe’s largest venture-capital funds. His best-selling book “Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds” (Penguin, 2019) has been published in Japan, Korea, Russia and beyond. The book, a 20-country quest for bold corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption, sets out sixteen proven strategies for future-proofing a successful business — from “Turn products into services” to “Empower your team” and “Become a platform”. David has been a technology columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Sunday Times, and hosts a podcast series about tech founders called Walks With Founders. He has received repeat requests to keynote for clients such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Google, KPMG, McKinsey, Chanel and Unilever, and has moderated events for the World Economic Forum and the UK and French governments. And he is still searching for the future.

Małgorzata Bojańczyk

Director of the Polish Association of Sustainable Agriculture "ASAP"

Is the co-author of the report entitled "Sustainable food in Poland - The birth of the mass market as an opportunity for the food industry" published in June 2021.

He has several years of experience in management, legislation, control and effective implementation of projects related to agriculture and rural development, and is an experienced expert in the field of the Common Agricultural Policy European Union. Before joining the "ASAP" Association, she worked at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, where she carried out tasks related to the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union and supervision of the Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture. She represented Poland as a national expert in EU groups and committees, including DG AGRI of the European Commission (Dire

Grzegorz Brodziak

Managing Director of Goodvalley

It started with Goodvalley in 1994, and it shared the foundations from its activities. She graduated from Scandinavian philology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, as well as studies in the field of Organization and Co-organizing Management by the Academy of Leon Koźmiński in Warsaw and the Koszalin University of Technology.

He is an expert in the management of agricultural policy, governance and laws, as well as on restoration and transition issues. Its delegation of members of the Employers-Producers of Pigs Polpig, the board of the National Federation of Employers 'Associations, Leaseholders and Members' Owners, the Pomeranian Agricultural Council and the Society of Polish Economists.

Marcin Czarnecki

President of the Management Board, Bakalland

An expert in the field of management and development of FMCG Food companies in Poland and Europe: long-term President of the Management Board, General Director and Member of Supervisory Boards of Raisio Polska, Danone, Bongrain (Savencia Group), Rigas Piensaimnieks (Riga, Latvia), Delicpol Group, Van Pur. President of the Management Board of Bakalland SA.

The areas of specialization are sales and marketing, innovation, process and change management.

Co-author of the success of FMCG product brands in Poland and Europe: Galbani (Eastern and Central Europe); Sekret Mnicha, Tartare, Turek (Poland); Zhivinka (Russia and Ukraine), Zvenigora (Ukraine), Delisana (Poland and Europe), Łomża (Poland), Cleanic (Poland and Europe).

Francis Dorsemaine

Counsellor (Commercial) and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada to Poland

Overseas, he has previously served as Counsellor (Commercial) and Regional Senior Trade Commissioner based out of the High Commission of Canada in Nairobi, Kenya; First Secretary (Commercial) and Head of Investment Attraction at the Embassy of Canada to China; Vice-Consul and Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai, India.

Mr Dorsemaine has also held a number of positions within Global Affairs Canada (Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development) including Chief of Staff to the Assistant Deputy Minister for Sub-Saharan Africa, Deputy Director for the European Bilateral Relations and Advocacy, Deputy Director for Eastern and Southern Africa Relations, as well as working on issues such as international financing, venture capital and private equity, trade missions strategy and planning, and business sector support.

He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Rutgers Business School (2011) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia (2001).

Rafał Gruszeczka

CFO, Maspex Group

A graduate of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków at the Faculty of Management. He started working in the Maspex Group, one of the largest companies in the segment of food products in Central and Eastern Europe, in 1998. Previously responsible for Treasury, currently as Chief Financial Officer.

prof. dr hab. Jerzy Hausner

Chairman of the Open Eyes Economy Summit Program Council, GAP Foundation

Habilitated professor in economics, chairman of the Open Eyes Economy Summit Program Council and the Council of the Foundation of Economy and Public Administration, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Labor and Social Policy, Member of the Parliament in 2001-2005, member of the Monetary Policy Council of the 3rd term, corresponding member of Polish Academy of Skills, laureate of the following awards: Kisiel, Władysław Grabski and Edward Lipiński, honorary doctorate of the Warsaw School of Economics.

Alicia Hernandez

Agricultural Counselor

Alicia Hernandez arrived in Warsaw, Poland in August 2021 to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) team.

She and her staff liaise with the Polish government on agricultural policy issues, engage with farmer organizations to understand crop development, and implement marketing activities to promote the consumption of U.S. agricultural products in Poland. The USDA office also covers the same topics for the Baltics. In addition, Alicia manages USDA offices in Romania and Bulgaria and the locally staff there.

Before her assignment in Poland, Alicia served as the Director of the U.S. Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) in Hong Kong and Macau from November 2017-June 2021. She guided her staff to promote U.S. agricultural products in the United States’ ninth-largest export market worth more than $3 billion annually and engaged with local governments on food safety and animal and plant health issues.

Honorata Jarocka

Senior Food & Drink Analyst

With 15 years of experience in market research and a strong interest in health and wellbeing, Honorata has been part of the Mintel Food and Drink team since 2013.

In her current role as a Senior Food and Drink Analyst, Honorata shares invaluable insights into how consumer needs and expectations are evolving and what’s trending in the food and drink industry. Frequently working with the media, she is also a regular speaker at industry events.

Barbara Kowalska

Quality and Sustainable Development Director at Carrefour Polska sp.z o.o.

In the company, she has been involved in activities related to responsible business and product safety since July 2003. Previously, a consultant, trainer and auditor of Quality Systems at Earning Sarl Group in France, and then at POLCOFAQ sp.z o.o. Poland. A graduate of doctoral studies from D.E.A. LYON II University in the field of "Culture and Economics of Central and Eastern Europe" and the University of Lodz and LYON I D.E.A. - I.A.E. in the field of "Enterprise Management - specialization in Quality Management".

Friedemann Kraft

Counsellor for Food and Agriculture in the Embassy in Warsaw

Friedemann Kraft studied Law in Germany, Spain and Belgium. After working as a food lawyer for six years in the German Agency for Food Safety he joined the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture in 2011 and worked as counsellor for Food and Agriculture in the Embassy in Warsaw till 2015. Since 2020 he is back in Warsaw and works again in the Embassy as Agricultural counsellor.

Tatiana L. Palermo

Founder and President, Palermo Strategic Consulting LLC,
Vice-Chair, Washington Agricultural Roundtable

Tatiana L. Palermo, Founder and President of Palermo Strategic Consulting LLC, serves as Vice-Chair of Washington Agricultural Roundtable, a policy discussion forum in the U.S. capital. Tatiana focuses on policy, regulatory and legislative advocacy, market access negotiations, and agricultural trade.

She served as Secretary for International Agribusiness Relations (Vice-Minister) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply of Brazil, acting as Brazil's chief agricultural trade negotiator, and has an extensive track record of senior management positions in government and in the private sector in Brazil, U.S., The Netherlands and Russia.

Tatiana holds an LL.M. Degree in International Business Law from Leiden University (The Netherlands), a Master's Degree in Private Law from the Russian Post-Graduate School for Private Law, and a Post-Graduate Degree in Law of Economic & Commercial International Relations from Fundação Getulio Vargas (Brazil).

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Lucjan Paszkiewicz

Advisor and expert on strategy and future designing;
Senior Partner Capful Polska Sp. z o.o.

Lucjan has over 16 years of experience in creating innovations, strategies, foresight studies and creating scenarios of the future.

Creator of many proprietary development programs and strategic projects He has supported the creation and development of over 300 business models from start-ups to capital companies. Advisor and trainer in projects for scientific staff, e.g. “The Future of Food Development” and “Managing Food Production Sector Research”. Cooperates with Design Factory and Startup Sauna in Finland.

Anna Rychlik

Re-Frame & Grow company - owner
,,Association For Us’’ - representative
,,Market After The Neighborhood’’ in the commune of Izabelin - manager

Business advisor and trainer in the field of Category Management at the interface between Manufacturer and Retailer and the effective use of market research and analysis in business, with over 25 years of expertise in the food industry in international organizations: SEITA and MARS.

Organizer and manager of the "Market in the neighborhood" in the Izabelin commune - a market with healthy food obtained directly from farmers and local factories in a shortened chain "from field to table". As an NGO (ordinary association "Stowarzyszenie Dla Nas"), it partners with the local government in the implementation of the sustainable development strategy for the Izabelin commune.

Certified Category Manager (GS-1 Institute Germany). Certified ICC Coach. Member of PTBRiO.

Michał Siwek

Director of the Food & Agri International Hub Department of the BNP Paribas Group

Michał has 18 years of banking experience. Over that time he was responsible for (i.a.) development & relationship management with strategic corporate clients, business teams’ management, development & implementation of the sectorial strategies (TSL and Food&Agri). He gained his experience in Rabobank Group, where he worked in Poland (Rabobank Polska and BGZ) and as well as in the Netherlands (bank’s HQs and Corporate Network).

In the process of BNPP and Rabobank/BGZ merger was responsible for integration of the strategic and multinational corporate clients, and subsequently Michał became head of Large Corporates Department. He worked also in Corporate Division of Santander Bank, where was responsible for development of TSL sector strategy. Currently is responsible for Food&Agri sector strategy and growth for BNPP Group’s bank in CEE & Turkey. Michał graduated from Krakow University of Economics.

Carolien Spaans

Agricultural Counsellor at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Warsaw

Carolien has been working for the ministry of Agriculture in the Netherlands since 2006, in several positions, among them as political policy advisor. Before moving to Warsaw in the summer of 2019, she was working as Agricultural Counsellor for the Netherlands in Ukraine. Currently, her working area includes Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Dariusz Szymczycha

Vice President of the Polish-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber operates simultaneously in both countries, with main offices in Warsaw and Kiev and representative offices in 10 Ukrainian and 10 Polish cities.

As an economic self-government organisation, it represents the interests of the associated companies, especially vis-à-vis public authorities, and gives its opinion on regulatory solutions. The Chamber strengthens economic and social relations between Poland and Ukraine by organizing conferences, trainings, study tours, social campaign "Partnership and Employment". The Chamber promotes information about the economy of Ukraine through the portal www.edialog.media
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Michał Szafryna

Sales director, De Heus

a graduate of the Agricultural University in Poznań. He has been associated with the feed industry for almost 18 years. He spent most of his professional career as a product manager, being the main originator and initiator of the “Turkey Academy”, or co-creator of the “Business with an egg”.

Currently at De Heus he is the sales director, and he specializes in the poultry meat market, responsible for the sale of De Heus products for chicken and turkey broilers. He is also responsible for cooperation with breeders, hatcheries and slaughterhouses in the meat production chain.

Privately, a horse breeder and horse riding enthusiast.

Konrad Wacławik

Head of Retailer Services Poland

Konrad has been working in the FMCG industry for last 9 years. He gained experience in research and analysis of FMCG market data while working for Jeronimo Martins Polska, OMD Media, and for last 7 years associated with NielsenIQ Poland.

All the time spent in NielsenIQ, Konrad is engaged in cooperation with retail chains, he currently manages the part of Nielsen focused on supporting Retailers' in Poland. Thanks to his daily contact with retail chains from hypermarkets, through discounters to petrol stations, he has a broad perspective on the Polish FMCG market, and he also closely observes consumer trends affecting retailers' business. He is a graduate of Econometrics and Computer Science at the Warsaw University, a fan of Italian football and cuisine, collector and music connoisseur.

Jarosław Wańkowicz

Raw Material Supply Chain Director Farm Frites Poland SA

A graduate of the University of Life Sciences in Poznań and MBA studies at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Gdańsk. From Farm Frites Poland S.A. He has been associated since 2001, where he worked as an Agronomist, then Potato Logistics Specialist and Potato Supply Manager.

In 2003 he moved to Farm Frites Poland Dwa Sp. z o.o. as a Financial Controller. After four years of work, he took the position of General Manager there. Until the end of 2017, he combines his duties at Farm Frites Poland Dwa with the function of the Director of the Raw Material Management Department at Farm Frites Poland SA. At work, she values the opportunity to take on new challenges and implement them in a professional group, which is a source of development and personal satisfaction.

Arkadiusz Wódkowski

Marketing consultant

Born in 1969. A graduate of the University of Warsaw. Over 30 years of work in social and marketing research. He specializes in the analysis of: consumer trends, service quality, as well as consumer motivation and satisfaction.

Co-author of the largest trendwatching project in Poland. He is the substantive manager of the Customer Satisfaction Management studies at the Warsaw School of Economics. He was the president of the Polish Society of Market and Opinion Researchers. In his spare time, he plays bridge, watches live sports, plays tennis, goes skiing and goes to the theater. For 10 years he has been traveling in a motorhome around the country and Europe. Wife Eliza, daughters Weronika and Wanda.

Łukasz Grass

Former radio and television journalist, author of books

In 2016-2019, he was the editor-in-chief of Business Insider Polska, a business and information website, which within 3 years from its appearance on the market, became the second most popular business website in Poland and the first of the Business Insider family in Europe.

In Onet and Business Insider Grass he ran his own program "Na Czasie" and "Coffee with the President". Both programs addressed issues related to modern business, leadership and personal development. He worked, among others in Radio TOK FM, as deputy editor-in-chief and head of news. For 6 years he was associated with TVN24, where he ran news services and the magazine "Polska i Świat". In 2005, he was awarded by the Sukces monthly. He received the "Taurus of Success" award in the Debut of the Year category.

He is the author of the best-selling biographical novel "The Best. When weakness becomes strength”. The story of Jerzy Górski, the legend of the Polish triathlon, has sold over 50,000 copies. It also became an inspiration for the creators of the film of the same title. "The Best" directed by Łukasz Palkowski won as many as 5 awards at the Feature Film Festival in Gdynia.

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