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Diversified Leadership by Boston Consulting Group


Aleksandra Sroka-Krzyżak

Director of the Strategy Department in PKO Bank Polski. Before joining PKO BP, Aleksandra was a director in BCG. She was in the top management of the practice of financial markets and Pharmaceutical areas. In BCG she worked in many European countries, in the Middle East and also she spent a year in the USA. Currently, Aleksandra is responsible for Strategy, Projects and Digital Transformation at PKO Bank Polski.

Aleksandra Janusz

CEO of Ciech R&D. She is a graduate of the University of Cambridge. After completing her studies, she deepened her knowledge in the field of investment and real estate, including 1.5 years of work at Goldman Sachs. After her living in London, Aleksandra Janusz has returned to Warsaw and was immediately involved in many projects, including management of Venture Capital fund, which is to invest in innovative technology companies. Today, Aleksandra Janusz successfully runs a company and coordinates research and development projects for a large chemical conglomerate the Ciech Group.

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Oktawian Zając

Partner and Managing Director of Boston Consulting Group in Warsaw. He leads the team of consultants for mining and industrial goods players. He gained his experience in Poland, North America and Asia. Oktawian graduated from University of Technology in Lodz and University of Manchester.


In 2004 he joined BCG, where he is a specialist in large-scale transformations, restructuring and cost optimization in the consumer goods and industrial goods industries. Thanks to his many years of experience, he has an in-depth knowledge of mergers and acquisitions and the integration of companies after the merger of large organizations. Oktawian has advised leading global players on new market entry strategies in various regions and has created many innovative business models and ventures around the world, including groundbreaking digital platforms.

Justyna Markiewicz

CEO of Vogue Poland. In the past, she worked as a Deputy Director in Zacheta National Gallery of Art. Justyna also gained her experience in PZU. She graduated from University of Warsaw.

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Security: 20 years of Poland in NATO

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Renaud Girard

Renaud Girard is a French journalist, alumni of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration.


International reporter and war reporter for Le Figaro newspaper since 1984, he has covered almost all major political crises and armed conflicts on the planet for the last thirty years. An expert in geopolitics, he has written several books on the Middle East and often intervenes in the media, as well as regularly leads international conferences. He is a professor of strategy, geostrategy and international relations at Sciences Po Paris, awarded numerous prizes for his work.

Adam Hałaciński

Experienced Diplomat and Ambassador, graduated from the University in Warsaw with a degree in German studies and political studies. He gained various experience at multi and bilateral diplomatic missions, including the Polish Permanent Mission to the OSCE as well as at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Vienna, where he served as the Deputy Head of mission.


He was appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in the Kingdom of Sweden in 2010. He served as the Director of the Department responsible for relations between Poland and countries of Central Europe. In 2017 appointed as Head of Security Policy Department at the Polish MFA. 

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Karolina Zbytniewska

Karolina Zbytniewska is an EU-policy expert and commentator, editor and journalist. She graduated from European and American Affairs at the University of Warsaw and the Freie Universitaet in Berlin. After an experience in the European Parliament, the Ministry of the Environment, and in many media as a freelance journalist, she joined in 2010. Later on, she also became the managing director and editor-in-chief. She often represents the editorial team on radio and television as an expert on European, American and international issues.

Wojciech Lorenz

Wojciech Lorenz is a Senior Analyst on the International Security Programme at The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM).


His areas of research include NATO, Polish security and defense policy, international conflicts and deterrence. In 2013-2014 he served as a civilian specialist for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. Also, prior to joining PISM in 2012 he covered international affairs as an editor in the Polish Section of the BBC World Service (2001-2006) and as a reporter for the daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita. Wojciech graduated from the University of Wroclaw and completed post-graduate studies in International Relations and Diplomacy at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw. 

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Benoit d'Aboville

Benoît d’Aboville, a former career diplomat, has been posted in Washington, Moscow, Geneva Madrid (CSCE) and New York. Former Deputy Political Director. French Ambassador in Prague, Warsaw and Brussels (NATO). Senior Auditor at the National Audit Office (Cour des Comptes) (2005-2011). Member of the National Defense “White Book” Commission (2007-2008).


Since 2014, Vice President of the “Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique” in Paris, member of the Board and Vice President of the “Institute of International Humanitarian Law” in San Remo and Geneva, chairman of the editorial board of “Revue de la Defense Nationale”. Professor at Sciences Po Paris / Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA).

Poland as a first developed economy


Wiesław Rozłucki

Mr. Wieslaw Rozlucki is the Co-Founder of the Warsaw Stock Exchange, he currently serves as a Senior Advisor in Warsaw’s office of Rothschild & Co.

From 1991 to 2006, he was the President of the Management Board of the Warsaw Stock Exchange as well as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the National Depository for Securities. He also served as a member of the Economic Development Council to President of the Republic of Poland. He was also a member of the government bodies of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE) and the Chairman of the Committee for the Economic Prize of the President of the Republic of Poland. 

Currently, Mr. Rozlucki is a Supervisory Board chairman of: Bank BPH SA and Internet Media Services S.A. He is Chairman of the Programming Board of the Polish Institute of Directors and of the Harvard Business Review Polska, as well as a member of the Supervisory Board of Orange Polska.

Mr. Wieslaw Rozlucki was honoured with Polish Commander Cross with the Star of the Order of Rebirth of Poland and L’Ordre National du Merite.

Łukasz Czernicki

Head of the strategy team at Polish Economic Institute.


He studied macroeconomics at the Technische Universität in Berlin and is finishing a PhD at the University of Potsdam. He has worked for a broad range of analytical centres and consultancies in Poland and Germany, as well as for the public administration, and written numerous publications on economic and regulatory issues.

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Olivier De Boysson

French economist, currently Chief Economist for emerging countries at Société Générale. His current purview within the Risk Department includes country-based risk assessment that informs investment and credit policy of the major French banking group. 

His decades-long experience as an economist specializing in the emerging markets has brought him around the world, and his expertise will certainly go a long way in our Economic Panel.

Polish-French Academic Co-operation

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Christian Lequesne

French academic, known as one of the most brilliant specialists of the EU.

Deputy Director of the Centre de recherches internationales (CERI) from 2000 to 2003, he is also a professor at SciencesPo before being in charge of the CEFRES in Czech Republic from 2004 to 2006. Then from 2006 to 2008, he was named SciencesPo – LSE Alliance Professor at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science. In January 2009, he became the Director of the CERI. As a visiting professor, he intervenes in many universities and instates of research in the world.

In his teachings and publications, he helps us to better understand the functioning of the EU, the institutional landscape, the Community policies and the diplomatic practices. With Jean-Louis Quermonne, he created at SciencesPo both the Cycle supérieur d'études européennes and the so-called Europe scholarship.

Thanks to his experience in Prague, he developed research networks in social sciences about France and Central European countries relations. He is also a co-director of the European Review of International Affairs (ERIS) and a member of the international scientific committee of The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, du Journal of European Integration and of Politique Européenne .

He received the Ordre des Palmes académiques and the medal František Palacký in social sciences from the Academy of science of Czech Republic. In 2011, with Yves Doutriaux, he obtained the Prize « To Better Understand Europe », given by the Center for European culture.

Stanislas Pierret

Stanislas Perret is a French diplomatic advisor and functionary. In 1989, he created and managed the foundation Bernadette Chirac "Pont-Neuf", an important scholarship program for young people, to help the CEE countries, in the midst of a democratic transition.


Former cultural advisor to the French Embassy in Poland and former director of the French Institutes in Czech Republic, Romania and Poland. Today he is a diplomatic adviser to the prefect of the Center-Pays de la Loire region. In 2018, he was awarded the price «Meritorious for Polish Culture» from the Polish Minister of Culture, awarded to him for his support for the promotion of Polish culture and also for his cultural commitment for 30 years to Central Europe and more particularly to Poland. He speaks 10 languages. 

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