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Society and inequalities


Maria Nowak

French economist and pioneer of microfinance of Polish origin. She was born in Poland in 1935. Her father, prof. Antoni Nowak-Przygodzki was the Vice-President of Lviv. Maria Nowak spent her childhood in Soviet-occupied and German-occupied Poland. After the war, she settled with her family in France. She graduated from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics.


Since the mid-1980s, she has been particularly involved in the development of microcredits (small loans granted to those who want to be entrepreneurs, but have no chance for a bank loan). In 1985, she met Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi social entrepreneur and founder of the first modern microcredit institution who became the 2006 Nobel peace Prize Laureate. This meeting inspired Maria Nowak to establish the Association for the Right to Economic Initiative (ADIE) operating in France. In 1997, she founded the Microfinance center for Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States, of which she was the first president. In April 2003, she founded the European Microfinance Network, which plays a similar role as a training and study center for microfinance operators in the European Union.


Between 2000 and 2002, she was special advisor to Laurent Fabius, Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry. She received numerous awards and orders, most notably the National Order of the Legion of Honour and the National Order of Merit.

Paweł Bukowski PhD

Dr Pawel Bukowski is a lecturer and a Research Officer at The Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science. He got his Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Warsaw and a PhD degree in Economics from the Central European University in Budapest.


In 2015 he was a Visiting Student Researcher at University of California at Berkeley. His areas of expertise include Labour Market Inequalities, Economics of Education and Economic History. he also investigates the long-run inequalities in Central and Eastern Europe. Over the course of his career he has thought at the University of Warsaw and Central European University.


He is an author of numerous working papers and journal articles, as well as a Member of the Royal Economic Society, European Economic Association and Senior Expert at the European Expert Network on Economic Education.

Sonja Avlijas

Dr Sonja Avlijaš defended her PhD thesis in political economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in December 2015. She is assistant editor of the 'Europe in Question' Discussion Paper Series at the LSE’s European Institute and a research associate at the Foundation for the Advancement of Economics at the Belgrade University’s Faculty of Economics.

Sonja’s research focuses on how the experience of post-socialist transition in Eastern Europe can help us to understand the evolution of capitalist political economies in the era of globalisation. Prior to joining the LSE, she worked at the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office of the Government of Serbia. As an independent consultant, she has collaborated with UN Women, ILO, the World Bank and USAID.

Innovation by Boston Consulting Group


Jan Emeryk Rościszewski

Jan Emeryk Rosciszewski is the Vice President of The Management Board and Acting Head of Retail Banking Area at PKO Bank Polski. He holds a master's degree in history from the Catholic University of Lublin and the DEA diploma from Sciences Po Paris.


In 1996, Mr. Rosciszewski became an insurance broker. In 1990s, he started his international career in the field of banking and insurance. He worked in France for such companies as AXA or Groupe Azur. Between 1998 and 2016 he was the Chairman of the Management Board of Cardiff Polska insurance company which now belongs to the BNP Paribas Group. He also performed as the chairman / vice-president of the Supervisory Board of Pocztylion Arka PTE and the Postal Financial Services Agency. He is also a member of the supervisory board of Bank Pocztowy (since 2017). 


Since 2009 he has been a Knight of Honour and Devotion of the Order of Malta, and since December 2012, he has been a Hospitaller of the Polish Association of the Knights of Malta.

He is an author and co-author of historical books. He has also written widely on finance, management and insurance industry for publications such as "Rzeczpospolita", "Harvard Business Review", "Gazeta Wyborcza", "Le Figaro" and "Le Point".

In 2010, he was awarded the Officer's Cross of the Polonia Restituta Order for outstanding services in the development of the insurance market in Poland.

Daniel Astraud

Daniel Astraud is the Vice President of the Management Board of the BGŻ BNP Paribas Bank. He is responsible for the Strategy and Transformation Area, including Digital Transformation Line, Innovation Department and Petrus Project Coordination Bureau. In 1993, he graduated from Université de Paris 1, with a Master’s Degree in Banking and Finance. From early stages of his professional career, Mr Astraud has been associated with the BNP Paribas Group. 

From 1985 to 1987 he worked as head of Credit Department in Melun, France, and then in the years 1987-1989 as branch manager in Lagny, France. From 1989 to 1994 he worked in General Inspection, internal audit of the BNP Paribas Group, and in the years 1994-1998 he was secretary general of Banque de Bretagne in the BNP Paribas Group. Next, from 1999 to 2004 he was head of Banking Operations and Real Estate in Corporate and Investment Banking of the BNP Paribas Group. From 2004 to 2009 he was chief operating officer (COO) of BNP Paribas BNL Corporate and Investment Banking in Italy and then from 2009 to 2011 in Findomestic Banca Italy. In the years 2012-2014 he was chief operating officer (COO) of International Retail Banking of the BNP Paribas Group.

Since 2014, he has been co-head of integration of BNP Paribas Polska, BGŻ Bank and Sygma Bank in Poland.
Besides, Daniel Astraud holds the following positions: Member of the Supervisory Board of BFN Actus Sp. z o.o., Member of the Supervisory Board of Ukrsibank, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lion 2I (BNP Paribas Group), Member of the Management Board of BNP Paribas Real Polska.

Jannis Koasidis

Jannis Koasidis is a digital marketing and transformation professional with more than ten years of experience in this area. He is a Senior Manager in the Global Digital Excellence team at Bayer Consumer Health​, based in company's headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

Jannis is responsible for strategic projects of Bayer's 16 biggest brands worldwide (i.e. Aspirin, Rennie, Bepanthen, Berocca), coordinating the work of global agencies and leading pilot projects in the field of digital transformation, technology and eCommerce. He also cooperates with digital teams in more than 70 markets across 5 continents. 


Before joining Bayer, Jannis worked for key ​global clients within the Saatchi & Saatchi network (one of world's leading ad agencies), where his last position was Digital & Business Development Director. Prior to that, he worked in various roles ​in digital agencies and for multinational corporations such as Accenture, Procter & Gamble and GlaxoSmithKline. ​He successfully delivered hundreds of digital projects to global and local markets. Some of his most exciting assignments were P&G's first eCommerce implementations in CEE region (Pampers, 2009), leading an agency team that introduced Virgin Mobile to Polish market or working for Google and Polish Football Association on innovative video projects for the Polish National Team. 

Jannis is a graduate of International Relations at the University of Warsaw, having also studied international management at ​Universität Bern and ​trade law at the ​World Trade Institute in Switzerland​.

Karol Czupryński

Karol Czuprynski is a project leader at the Warsaw office of the Boston Consulting Group with 10 years industry experience in Commercial and Sales strategies. Prior to his career at BCG, he worked at Procter & Gamble in Geneva as a Senior Commercial Manager for the European, and later, Global Laundry Portfolio. 

He graduated from Politechnika Bialostocka with a Master's degree in Marketing and Management. He is a frequent media commentator on business and economic issues and author of press articles on commercial management published in Puls Biznesu and Rzeczpospolita

Anna Brussa

Anna Brussa is the Director of the Startups Development Department at the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP). PARP is involved in the implementation of national and international projects financed from the structural funds, state budget and programmes of the European Commission.


Prior to her career at the Startups and Development Department, Ms. Brussa was the Deputy Director at the Department of Analysis and Strategy as well as the Department of Enterprise and Innovation. Before joining PARP, she worked at the Ministry of Economy, where she was involved in the process of shaping industrial policy, innovation and entrepreneurship, including the legal and institutional framework for SMEs and business organizations, designing support instruments for entrepreneurship development, R&D and innovation of enterprises. Ms. Brussa is an expert in national and international projects and initiatives, she was a Polish delegate in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation in committees, working groups, expert groups of the EC, OECD, UN and TAFTIE.


Anna Brussa holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Poznan School of Humanities and Journalism and a Graduate Diploma in Economics and Business Strategy from the Poznan University of Economics and Business. She also studied European Economic Policy as part of the Chevening Foreign Commonwealth Office Programme at the University of Sussex.

Climate Diplomacy


H.E. Wojciech Ponikiewski

Wojciech Ponikiewski is a Polish diplomat. He was born in 1963 in Rabat, Morocco. He got a post-graduate diploma in Development Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. He also got a s degree in Economics of the European Integration from the European University Center in Nancy, France and master's degree in Economics from the Poznan Academy of Economics. Soon after the collapse of the communist regime in Poland, he joined Polish Foreign Service.


Between 1990 and 1995, he worked as the third, then second secretary at Representation of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations in New York. He mainly dealt with economic issues and environmental protection as well as the issues connected to the conflict in the Balkans in the Security Council. Between 1995 and 1997, he was an expert at the UN, including the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in New York and Nairobi. Since 1997, he was a Counselor at the United Nations Department of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On behalf of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was the Chief Negotiator of the Kyoto Protocol. In 1998, he became the Director of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs responsible for cooperating with UN agencies in the economic and social fields and for preparing the foundations of the Polish development assistance system.


Between 2001 and 2007, he was a Minister Plenipotentiary at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Rome and Head of the Political Department of the Embassy. From October 2010 to January 2015 he served as the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Italy, Republic of San Marino and Malta. Currently, he is the Deputy Head of the Department for Economic Cooperation at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Thierry Bros

Dr. Thierry Bros is a senior research fellow of The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, a member of the EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council and an advisor for the World Energy Council - Global Gas Centre. 

He is also a senior energy expert at Energy Delta Institute, a visiting professor at Sciences Po Paris and an academic consultant to CEG practice dealing with gas disputes. Over the course of his career, he worked for eight years at IFPEN - an oil & gas research institute. From 2002 to 2007, Thierry Bros was a Senior Oil & Gas expert at the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry, where he represented France on oil markets and advised on emergency issues at the International Energy Agency, the European Commission and the Energy Charter.

From 2010 to 2016, Senior European Gas and LNG Analyst for Société Générale. He joined Société Générale in 2007 as a Senior Financial Analyst to provide recommendations on listed pan-European gas stocks and in-depth research on gas issues. 

Dr. Bros is the author of the book “After the US Shale Gas revolution” (2012) and a co-author of the books “The European Gas Markets: Challenges and Opportunities” (2017), “Géopolitique du gaz russe” (2017) and “The Oxford Handbook of International Security” (2018). Thierry Bros holds a Master of chemical engineering from ESPCI ParisTech and a PhD from Ecole Centrale Paris.

Paulina Potemski

Paulina Potemski is the Deputy to the Head of Climate and Energy Office and Coordinator for Climate Action for France at the French Ministry for an Ecological and Solidary Transition. 

She is in charge of the Agenda for Action and she also works on the COPs initiatives that are part of the Ministry’s portfolio. Prior to that, she worked for The French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR), initially as the Project Manager of the TRA2014 Conference in Paris. Between 2014 and 2017 she was in charge of European networks coordination. 

From 2009 to 2011, she served at the French Ministry of Sustainable Development where she was in charge of International Transport Affairs (bilateral and multilateral cooperation). Before that she worked at the French Embassy in Warsaw, Poland where she developed bilateral cooperation on transport and environmental issues. 

At the European level, she has also been the Editor Assistant of ETRR (European Transport Research Review) and EURNEX (European Rail Research Network of Excellence) internal auditor.


Luxury Market

Jonathan Siboni

Jonathan Siboni specializes in smart data on luxury markets and provides advisory services to companies operating in the field of luxury goods. He is the Founder and the President of Luxurynsight, a business analytics platform dedicated to the luxury sector. Luxurynsight is the first data intelligence platform dedicated to the world of luxury. At the crossroads of big data and business intelligence, Luxurynsight develops technologies that allow brands to have a real-time view of their markets and their opportunities.

He is also a Director and Co-founder of DEAL (Developing Euro-Asian Links), a strategic marketing consulting firm that supports luxury brands in their development in China with offices in China, France and Morocco.

Mr. Sibioni is a frequent commentator on the luxury market in China (Nouvel Observateur, Challenges, AFP, La Tribune, China Daily, France 24).

He teaches a class on international luxury markets and consumers at Sciences Po Paris. He is a co-author of "Silver, Fortunes and Luxury in Asia” - a reference book on the market of luxury goods in Asia, published by Philippe Picquier in 2013. Jonathan Siboni holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Paris IV Sorbonne University and a Master’s in International Affairs from Sciences Po. He is also a graduate of ESSEC (Chair LVMH programme).

Serge Carreira

Serge Carreira is a luxury sector expert and a teacher at Sciences Po Paris.


Mr. Carreira began his career at Galeries Lafayette. He then joined the Prada group, where he held several positions in Retail Merchandising including the Position of the Worldwide Merchandising Director at Miu Miu Ready-To-Wea .

Since 2005, he has taught an introductory course on fashion and luxury at Sciences Po.


He is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Mary Katrantzou.

Anna Nowacka

Anna Nowacka is a Communication Manager at the Polish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in France. She is specialized in international marketing, business planning, luxury product management, media and PR.


Ms. Nowacka is responsible for management of various projects related to the Chamber’s activities i.e. event management, media relations and communication. She also participates in the development of Polish luxury brands on the French market. Prior to that, she used to work a Trade and Communication Manager for Etoile Rouge (part of the BETC Luxe group) - a company that advises biggest luxury, fashion and beauty brands. At that time, Ms. Nowacka was responsible for trade marketing, communication and press relations.


Anna Nowacka holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master's degree in Languages, Translation, Literature and Civilization of Central Europe from Paris IV Sorbonne University. She also graduated from National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in International Commerce.

Joanna Dlutowska

Joanna Dlutowska is a Consultant and a Senior Associate at the Boston Consulting Group. Joanna is a specializes in IT management, telecommunication, supply chain management, initiative management, strategy operations and the fashion industry.


Before joining BCG, Joanna worked as a Market Initiative Leader for Procter and GAmble’s beauty portfolio at Caucasus markets. Joanna is also a founder of the Stonewire Consulting company. Previous to her career as a consultant, Joanna was a professional basketball player in Polska Liga Koszykówki Kobiet - the first and highest-tier professional women's club league in Poland.


Joanna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Quantitative Methods of Economics and Information Systems and Master’s degree in Economics and Management of Innovation Technology from Bocconi University.

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