Globalism, Bilateralism, Economic Patriotism? Challenges for Societies and Business

27th - 29th September 2017
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Strategic partners


MetLife, founded in 1868, is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world and a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Serving approximately 100 million customers, MetLife has operations in nearly 50 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


In Poland, MetLife began its operations in 1990 as the first insurance company with foreign capital on the Polish market. The company offers individual and group life insurance, pension and investment funds, and is ranked 3rdin terms of life insurance market share.

Bank Pekao S.A.

Bank Pekao S.A. is one of the largest financial institutions in Europe. Pekao has been awarded with a lot of prestigious prizes for innovative solutions. In 2016 it strengthened its position of the most innovative Bank in Poland, by receiving again “Gold Banker” prize in Innovation category. Bank was also awarded „Most innovative Bank in CEE & CIS” by EMEA Finance magazine. For 18 years now, Pekao has been a Banker of WOŚP – the biggest charity organization in Poland. It supports young artists via “Pekao Project Room” and in 2016, for the second time in a row it committed to “Social StartUp” – a social entrepreneurship development project in Poland.

Citi Handlowy

Citi Handlowy (Bank Handlowy w Warszawie SA) combines the Polish banking tradition with cutting-edge solutions. Being a part of Citi – one of the biggest global financial institutions – it actively supports foreign expansion of its Clients (Emerging Market Champions Program). The Bank remains a strong credit-card market and private banking leader and it is the first institution in Poland to launch and implement the Smart banking concept.

Main partners

Agencja Rozwoju Pomorza

Związek Pracodawców Motoryzacji i Artykułów Przemysłowych


IKEA aims to create a better everyday life for the many people. We offer good design and functional furniture in affordable prices. We care for the quality of life of Poles, offering innovative home furnishing solutions. We implement our sustainable development strategy People and Planet Positive with passion, improving life of communities all over the world.


Orange Polska

Orange Polska jest wiodącym dostawcą usług telekomunikacyjnych w Polsce i jednym z największych operatorów telekomunikacyjnych w Europie Środkowej. Posiada największą w Polsce infrastrukturę techniczną, wspierającą świadczenie usług w najnowocześniejszych technologiach. Działa we wszystkich segmentach rynku telekomunikacyjnego, prowadzi własną działalność badawczą i wdrożeniową w dziedzinie telekomunikacji.

Supporting partners


T‑Mobile Polska jest jednym z największych operatorów komórkowych w Polsce, obsługując ponad 10,23 mln klientów. Świadczy pełen zakres usług telekomunikacyjnych dla klientów indywidualnych oraz biznesowych, szeroki pakiet usług ICT oraz usługi finansowe w ramach T‑Mobile Usługi Bankowe.

The Family Business Network Poland

Fundacja na Rzecz Nauki Polskiej


Siemens is a strategic partner of the Polish economy offering innovative services, products and solutions in the field of efficient energy, automation and digitalization of industry and intelligent building and transport infrastructure.


Współczesny Gdańsk to nowoczesna, europejska metropolia, gospodarka oparta na wiedzy i technologii, ekosystem przyjazny innowacjom, prężnie rozwijające się centrum kultury, nauki, rozrywki i sportu, atrakcyjny cel wyjazdów turystycznych.

Media partners

Strategic media partner

Gazeta Wyborcza

Gazeta Wyborcza is the most often bought and read quality newspaper in Poland. It was founded in 1989. Gazeta Wyborcza can be read in traditional paper form and online – at

Main media partners


Grupa, founded in 1996, is one of the most recognizable media companies and a leading online publisher in Poland. The company is a part of Ringier Axel Springer Media group, and its online services are visited every month by over 15.5 million users. offers a variety of internet services, covering different topics. Grupa includes also a big porfolio of strong brands, e.g. – one of the biggest Polish social networks, price comparison service Ską, leading dating website, business location service, strong video brands, such as and and entertaining


Radio TOK FM – “Pierwsze Radio Informacyjne” – is a news & talk station. The spoken word represents about 90% of the air time. Available in 22 biggest cities in Poland, also online and via satelite.

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (Published by INFOR Biznes Sp. z o. o.) is the largest Polish legal-economic daily newspaper; it informs about the most important events in domestic and foreign economy, changes in the law, taxes and finances.


Newsweek Polska is the most popular weekly opinion magazine in Poland. It provides its readers with current overview of politics, economics, science and culture. Newsweek’s trademark is its uncompromised approach to controversial social topics. It was the first weekly opinion magazine in Poland available for both tablets and smartphones.


“FORBES” is the biggest and the most prestigious business monthly magazine in Poland. We interview business leaders, present their activities, analyse macroeconomic trends and publish unique rankings. Each issue of “FORBES” is a source of inspiration and explains the world of business. “FORBES” makes great reading.

Supporting media partners

Dziennik Bałtycki


Expert daily newspaper issued nationwide which covers topics related to economy, capital market and finance. For over 20 years it has been supporting the decisions of investors and specialists connected to capital market. Available both in paper and electronic edition, as well as via mobile application and website.

Radio Gdańsk

Radio Gdansk broadcasts a 24-hour program in Pomeranian Voivodeship. Along with broadcating, it also enables recording sessions. Radio Gdansk provides recording studios, which were used, among others, by Vader, Myslovitz, Shakira and Jean-Michel Jarre.

Radio Zet

Radio ZET is a nationwide radio station belonging to the Eurozet Group. It was founded in 1990 as the first commercial radio station in Warsaw. Every day it provides millions of listeners reliable information, carefully selected music and entertainment at the highest level.

Warsaw Business Journal

”Warsaw Business Journal Observer” is an English-language business monthly in Poland. Since 1994 it has been a key resource for high level English speakers conducting business in Poland  and abroad.

Business Insider

Tró – The first source of information for Tri-City residents, the leader in the local media market among regional portals, with 180,000 unique visitors per day. The portal presents news from the life of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia


AMS is the largest out-of-home advertising house in Poland. We deal in the traditional and digital OOH advertising. We provide our clients with efficient marketing campaigns planned and executed on our own modern tools encompassing more than 26 000 adv. panels.

Puls Biznesu

“Puls Biznesu” daily has all important business stories, presented in an accessible and applicative way, so readers understand what happened, why, who was involved and what will be next. To take the right decisions at the right time.

Knowledge partners

Main knowledge partners


Centre for dialogue and analysis THINKTANK is a platform for sharing insights and opinions for leaders of business and administration. It is concentrated around the THINKTANK magazine and THINKTANK Society. It also engages in research, drafts reports and analytical papers.

Polityka Insight

POLITYKA INSIGHT is Poland’s first centre for policy analysis, providing daily economic and political analyses. Our subscribers include Cabinet ministers, chief executives of leading companies and ambassadors accredited to Poland. We publish in English as well. POLITYKA INSIGHT also offers analytical services on request.

Partnerzy merytoryczni

Centre for International Relations

The Centre for International Relations is an independent non-governmental think-tank dedicated to the study of international relations. CIR carries out its own research projects, drafts reports and analytical papers, and participates in international projects.

Krytyka Polityczna

UN Global Compact

Global Compact Poland is a Polish network of United Nations Global Compact. Its mission is to advance its Ten Principles as well as to help the companies understand what responsible business means within national context and facilitate outreach, learning, policy dialogue and partnerships.


Liberté! is the liberal magazine and think tank. Our mission is to be a spokesman for open society and liberal economic ideas as well as to organize a social movement around these ideas. “Liberté!” is published by Fundacja Industrial from Lodz.

Institutional partners

Employers’ Group – EESC

The Employers’ Group brings together entrepreneurs and representatives of entrepreneur associations working in industry, commerce, services, agriculture and other business sectors in the 28 Member States. Our 117 members create opinions about European regulations for the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament. The Group strives for the employers’ voice to be heard by the European decision-making bodies.

European Commission Representation in Poland

The European Commission (EC) is one of the main European Union institutions. It is a politically independent executive body which promotes the general interest of the EU by proposing and enforcing legislation as well as by implementing policies and the EU budget. In Poland the Commission has two Representations, in Warsaw and Wrocław. More about us:

Logistic partners


The BMW Group with its three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles as well as provider of financial and mobility services. Company success of is based on long-term thinking and responsible action, including ecological and social sustainability, product responsibility and commitment to conserving resources.


Polish Confederation Lewiatan

Polish Confederation Lewiatan is a nation-wide representation of employers to the state and trade unions. Today it is an organization of sector and regional associations of private employers and individual members. Thus in total there are about 4100 companies employing over 1 050 000 workers.

Lewiatan runs its offices in Warsaw and Brussels and employs professionals experienced in a wide range of issues such as: labour relations, macroeconomics, small and medium-sized enterprises sector and the European Union. The confederation participates in social dialogue, taking part in the Social Dialogue Council. Polish Confederation Lewiatan contributes to many international activities and as the only Polish member of BusinessEurope is able to influence regulations at the international level. Henryka Bochniarz, President of Polish Confederation Lewiatan, holds the position of Vice-President of BusinessEurope.


Miasto Sopot

Sopot is a modern resort with traditions. It has gained its magical climate from the very beginning of its existence not only from its unique location on the seacoast as well art nouveau spas and villas but also from an atmosphere of entertainment and elegance that was brought by the famous guests. Sopot managed to maintain its pre-war melancholy while fostering dynamic growth to make it a city with numerous attractions. All of this is thanks to an rich cultural program and new opportunities created by bold investments.

Sopot is not just beautiful beaches and the sea with the longest pier in Europe, but also one of Poland’s most popular promenades, Bohaterów Monte Cassino commonly known as Monciak, picturesque moraine hills and finally numerous parks and trees enveloping the whole town in greenery. Sopot offers over 200 clubs, pubs, discotheques, restaurants, including ones that are famous and legendary.


BusinessEurope  is the leading advocate for pro-growth public policy at European level, standing up for companies across the continent and actively campaigning on the issues that most influence their competitiveness. BusinessEurope speaks for all-sized enterprises in 34 European countries, whose national business federations are its direct members. The organisation is also a European social partner, recognised as the continent’s leading business voice.

The current president of BusinessEurope is Ms Emma Marcegaglia, Chairman and CEO of Marcegaglia Holding S.p.A. and of Marcegaglia Investments Srl. The director general is Mr Markus J. Beyrer, who leads the team of advocacy professionals at the BusinessEurope offices in Brussels.

Honorary patronage

European Parliament

European Forum for New Ideas 2016 is held under the honorary patronage of the European Parliament.

Executive producer


Since 1997, IDFX Agency has managed over 800 branding and cultural events. Works with the same kind of passion on both small and large scale initiatives. Takes a unique approach to each one of them individually.


Ergis is  leader of polymer processing in Central and Eastern Europe listed in Warsaw SE. In factories in Poland and Germany it produces packaging and special application films. It introduced an innovative stretch film – nanoERGIS® – to the market.