What is the European Forum for New Ideas?

The European Forum for New Ideas is one of the largest conferences in this part of the continent, dedicated to global trends, new ideas and the future of Europe. Business representatives, charismatic speakers, leaders and policy-makers as well as authorities from the world of culture and science discuss the most important challenges for business and societies in a changing world, global trends and the future shape of the European Union during dozens of events, panel discussions, open meetings, counterpoints or night owl discussions. Every year, the Forum gathers over a thousand participants – representatives of the world of business, science, culture and administration, Polish and European alike. The European Forum for New Ideas has been organised since 2011 by the Polish Confederation Lewiatan in cooperation with BusinessEurope and the city of Sopot.

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PREVIOUS EFNI GUESTS

During its nine editions to date, the Forum has attracted almost 10 thousand attendees and more than 1,500 panellists. EFNI guests include i.a.:

PANELISTS 2021

Henryka BOCHNIARZ
Chair of the General Council of the Polish Confederation Lewiatan
Henryka BOCHNIARZ
Chair of the General Council of the Polish Confederation Lewiatan
Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Jacek KARNOWSKI
Mayor of Sopot
Jacek KARNOWSKI
Mayor of Sopot

Mayor of Sopot since 1998. Winner of many distinctions, including the Grzegorz Palka Award, known as the local government “Oscar,” and a three-time leader in Newsweek’s N15 ranking of city mayors.

Councilman and Deputy Mayor of Sopot since 1990. From 1990 to 1998 Councillor at the Pomorskie Voivodship Regional Parliament. Vice-President of the Association of Polish Cities from 2007 to 2011, a delegate to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, now a member of the executive of the Association of Polish Cities and Co-Chairman of the Political System Team at the Joint Government and Territorial Self-Government Commission.

Doctor of Economics at the University of Gdańsk. Graduate of the Technical University of Gdansk. Postgraduate in Local Government Law and the School of Management at the University of Gdansk and Central Connecticut State University.

Extraordinary member of the World Association of Home Army Soldiers and the Kashubian-Pomeranian Association, lifeguard and founder of the Sopot WOPR (Water Volunteer Rescue Service), yacht and motorboat skipper, and skiing instructor.

Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Paweł WIDEŁ
President, Association of Automotive Employers and Industrial Goods
Paweł WIDEŁ
President, Association of Automotive Employers and Industrial Goods

Paweł Wideł is employed at the Stellantis in Warsaw as Director for Government Relations and Public Affairs in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary. President of the Association of Automotive Employers and Industrial Goods at the Confederation of Lewiatan and Vice-President of the Confederation of Lewiatan. He has been awarded the Medal of Merit for National Defence. Since 1991 he has been employed at General Motors, holding various positions in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary in Poland, Czech Republic and Russia, including the director of fleet sales in Poland, Opel Astra brand manager in the Central and Eastern Europe Cluster and the director of sales and marketing of Cadillac, HUMMER and Saab brands in the Russian Federation and CIS countries.

Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Maciej WITUCKI
President of the Polish Confederation Lewiatan
Maciej WITUCKI
President of the Polish Confederation Lewiatan
Prezydent Konfederacji Lewiatan

Od czerwca 2019 r. pełni funkcję prezydenta Konfederacji Lewiatan, a w latach 2006-2019 był wiceprezydentem organizacji. Wiceprzewodniczący, Członek Prezydium Rady Dialogu Społecznego. Jest przewodniczącym Rady Programowej Polskiego Forum Obywatelskiego, członkiem Rady Dyrektorów Atlantic Council of the United States oraz członkiem Zarządu Fundacji Centrum im. Bronisława Geremka.

Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Markus BEYRER
Director General, BusinessEurope
Markus BEYRER
Director General, BusinessEurope

Markus J. Beyrer has been Director General of BUSINESSEUROPE since late 2012.

Prior to this he held the positions of CEO of the Austrian Industry Holding ÖIAG, Director General of the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV) and Director for Economic Affairs of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Before this he served as Chief Economic Advisor to the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel.

Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Mieczysław STRUK
Marshal of Pomorskie Voivodeship
Mieczysław STRUK
Marshal of Pomorskie Voivodeship
Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship since 2010. In the years 2005-2010 he was member of the Pomorskie Voivodeship board as a Deputy Marshal. Since 1998, he is a councilman of the Pomorskie Voivodeship. In the years 1990-2002 he was the mayor of Jastarnia. In the 2018 local government elections, he was re-elected as a councilman, and received a record number of over 67,000 votes. Mr. Mieczysław Struk was born on January 1, 1961 in Jastarnia. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Tourism and Recreation of the Academy of Physical Education in Wrocław. He also completed postgraduate studies in organization and management as well as European integration at the University of Gdańsk and PhD studies at the Faculty of Management and Economics of Services at the University of Szczecin.
Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Katarzyna BYCZKOWSKA
Managing Director, BASF Polska
Katarzyna BYCZKOWSKA
Managing Director, BASF Polska

Managing Director at BASF Polska since May 2018. Worked at Dow Chemicals for 10 years. Started at BASF in 2005. Between 2013 and 2017 appointed Vice President, Sales & Regional Market Development Iberia and later Head of Controlling and Projects in Centra Europe. Graduated Wroclaw University of Technology and MBA at the Calgary University.

Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Magdalena ROGALSKA
Vice President of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank Polska
Magdalena ROGALSKA
Vice President of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank Polska

Magdalena Rogalska has been the Vice President of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank Polska S.A. since 2019. She is responsible for Corporate Bank including Cash Management, Trade Finance, Securities Services, as well as foreign exchange business. She has been with Deutsche Bank Polska since 1998. For several years, she served as Head of Global Subsidiaries Coverage department responsible for local relations with subsidiaries of international capital groups. In 2013, she was appointed Member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank Polska S.A responsible for Global Transaction Banking.

She holds a degree in Finance and Banking from the Warsaw School of Economics.

Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Rafał RUDZIŃSKI
CEO at Robert Bosch Sp. z o.o. and a representative of the Bosch Group in Poland
Rafał RUDZIŃSKI
CEO at Robert Bosch Sp. z o.o. and a representative of the Bosch Group in Poland

Rafał Rudziński has held managerial and executive positions in Polish companies of the Bosch Group for many years. On 1 January 2019, he was appointed the CEO of Robert Bosch and a representative of the Bosch Group in Poland. In 2005-2018, he worked at BSH Sprzęt Gospodarstwa Domowego where he initially held the position of Sales Director, and from 2008 onwards he became a Member of the Management Board responsible for marketing, sales, factory service and logistics. In 2000-2004 he was the Sales Director at Miele. Rafał Rudziński is a member of the Management Board of the Employers’ Association of Automotive and Industrial Products and a member of the Green Transformation Council, which operates within the Lewiatan Confederation. He is also a member of the UN Global Compact Network Poland Program Council.

Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Witold DROŻDŻ
Board Member in charge of Strategy and Corporate Affairs at Orange Polska
Witold DROŻDŻ
Board Member in charge of Strategy and Corporate Affairs at Orange Polska
Board Member in charge of Strategy and Corporate Affairs at Orange Polska and Member of the Board of Orange Foundation. Earlier acting President of the Management Board of PGE Energia Jądrowa S.A. and Deputy Minister of the Interior and Administration, responsible for the development of information society and public records. He is a graduate of Law and International Relations at the University of Warsaw and the Stanford Executive Program at the University of Stanford.
Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Bożena LEŚNIEWSKA
Vice-President of the Board for Business Market, Orange Polska
Bożena LEŚNIEWSKA
Vice-President of the Board for Business Market, Orange Polska
As the Vice-President of the Management Board Orange Polska, Bożena Leśniewska is responsible for Business Market and companies Integrated Solutions and BlueSoft. She has over 20 years of experience in management for the technology sector. She graduated from the Jagiellonian University, Academy of Leadership Psychology at Warsaw University of Technology Business School, Academy of Mentoring and Advanced Management Program at INSEAD. She is a member of the Responsible Leadership Council and the European Network for Women in Leadership. She holds the position of CEO of LiderShe Association. Bożena Leśniewska is also an engaged mentor, helping others in achieving their goals.
Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Elżbieta CZETWERTYŃSKA
Chief Executive Officer of the Bank Citi Handlowy
Elżbieta CZETWERTYŃSKA
Chief Executive Officer of the Bank Citi Handlowy

Serving as the Citi Country Officer for Poland since May 2021. Ms. Czetwertyńska has over 25 years of experience on six banking markets in Europe and both Americas. Joined the Citi group in 1994 in Ecuador as Corporate Banking Advisor. Between 1999 and 2003 worked as Head of the Transaction Banking Sector in Dominican Republic, then worked for a year in the US supervising the auditing for corporate credits in the Latin America. Joined Bank Handlowy in 2004. After three years she took the responsibility of managing the East and Central Poland Region. Head of the Corporate Banking Division between 2009 and 2013, when she moved to Columbia where she headed transaction banking. In 2015 appointed Head of Citi and Head of Corporate and Transaction Banking in Ecuador.Returned to Europe as Citi Country Officer for Switzerland, Monaco, and Liechtenstein in 2019. Ms. Elżbieta Czetwertyńska is a graduate of the Faculty of Nutrition Sciences, Economics and Marketing at the University of Reading in Great Britain.

Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Jacek MĘCINA
Advisor to the management board of the Polish Confederation Lewiatan for Social Dialogue
Jacek MĘCINA
Advisor to the management board of the Polish Confederation Lewiatan for Social Dialogue
Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Radosław MARKOWSKI
Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, SWPS University
Radosław MARKOWSKI
Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, SWPS University

Professor of political science, at the Center for the Study of Democracy (Director), University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw and PI of the Polish National Election Study. Recurring Visiting Professor at CEU, Budapest, in the past visiting professor at Duke, Wisconsin-Madison, Rutgers universities.He has published in peer reviewed journals, among other in Electoral Studies, Party Politics, Political Studies, West European Politics, and has edited or co-authored many books in Cambridge, Oxford, Manchester University Press, Sage and Routledge. An expert of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), Bertelsmann SGI project and the Hertie School of Governance. Member of the editorial advisory boards of a number of academic journals, among them: European Journal of Political Research, Political Studies, Populism, European Union Politics.

Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Agnieszka KURCZEWSKA
Vice-Rector for External Relations, University of Lodz
Agnieszka KURCZEWSKA
Vice-Rector for External Relations, University of Lodz

Agnieszka Kurczewska is a researcher in the field of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education. Currently she holds a position of an associate professor at the Faculty of Economics and Sociology at University of Lodz in Poland and a position of vice-rector, responsible for the University’s external relations. Agnieszka Kurczewska is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (ECSB). She created the regional entrepreneurship competition Eksoc StartUP! Her international academic experience includes work at Aalto University in Helsinki, research stays at the University of Tampa and Lund University. She has previously held internships at the European Commission in Brussels and at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Gertruda UŚCIŃSKA
Chariwomen of Social Insurance Institution (ZUS)
Gertruda UŚCIŃSKA
Chariwomen of Social Insurance Institution (ZUS)
Gertruda Uścińska is the president of Social Insurance Institution (ZUS), professor at Warsaw University and the Institute of Labour and Social Studies, Chair of Committee for Labour and Social Policy of the Polish Academy of Sciences, member of the Social Affairs Council (within the National Development Council) to the President of the Republic of Poland, member of the Bureau of the International Social Security Association, as well as the chair of the Technical Commission on Old-Age, Invalidity and Survivors’ Insurance of that institution, expert in research programs of universities and institutes from EU Member States (University of Antwerp, Ghent University, Max Planck Institute) in connection to the implementation of EU programs (Consensus, Special, LAW, trESS, FreSsco, MoveS), head and expert in Polish and international projects, author of many publications in the field of social policy, social security, social insurance, and European law. She holds the title of habilitated doctor professor.
Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Adrian ZWOLIŃSKI
Expert of the Polish Confederation Lewiatan
Adrian ZWOLIŃSKI
Expert of the Polish Confederation Lewiatan
Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Jakub TUROWSKI
Head of Public Policy Central and Eastern Europe, Facebook
Jakub TUROWSKI
Head of Public Policy Central and Eastern Europe, Facebook
Jacob is responsible for building relations between Facebook and policymakers, NGOs and other communities in Central and Eastern Europe interested in the impact of the Internet on our societies and economies. Before joining Facebook, he was leading the public policy and regulatory team in UPC Poland (the first cable operator in Poland). He has gained international experience in digital affairs, i.a. in Brussels, working for PwC and Belgacom on the digital agenda and European regulations.
Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Cezary URBAN
Head Agricultural Solutions at BASF Poland
Cezary URBAN
Head Agricultural Solutions at BASF Poland
Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Adam CZERNIAK
Chief Economist, Director for Research, Polityka Insight
Adam CZERNIAK
Chief Economist, Director for Research, Polityka Insight

Adam Czerniak is director for research and chief economist at Polityka Insight and head of the Institutional and Political Economics Department at the Warsaw School of Economics. He holds a PhD in Economics. He co-founded the Rental Research Lab. He authored dozens of publications in the field of economic sociology, institutional economics and on the varieties of residential capitalism. He is the Polish representative to the European Master in Official Statistics Board (term 2021-2023). Until 2012, he worked as a banking economist, previously he cooperated with the World Bank and the FOR Foundation, he was also a Ronald Coase Institute scholarship fellow.

Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Magdalena PIECH
Chair of European Tech Alliance, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Allegro
Magdalena PIECH
Chair of European Tech Alliance, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Allegro

Since 2017, as Head of Regulatory Affairs at Allegro, she is responsible for analyzing legislative projects in terms of their impact on the development of e-commerce and the digital economy. From 2018, she’s the Chair of the European Tech Alliance, an organization associating leading European technology companies. She gained professional experience in the European Parliament, the Ministry of Economy, and the Polish Confederation Lewiatan. Doctor of Legal Sciences, Graduate of Law at the University of Warsaw, and Université de Strasbourg. An expert in the field of regulations concerning the digital economy, including data protection laws, consumer protection, and e-commerce. For many years, she’s been following the national and EU legislative process and the impact of adopted regulations on enterprises.

Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Aleksandra MUSIELAK
Digital expert, Polish Confederation Lewiatan
Aleksandra MUSIELAK
Digital expert, Polish Confederation Lewiatan
Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Aleksandra KARASIŃSKA
Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Women magazine and Programming Director Paid Content, RASP
Aleksandra KARASIŃSKA
Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Women magazine and Programming Director Paid Content, RASP

Editor-in-Chief of the “Forbes Women” magazine and Paid Content Program Director at RASP. An expert in the field of internet media, television and radio production, as well as press. She was a journalist for Radio Wolna Europa, Radio Zet, TVN24 and Polsat. She was the deputy Editor-in-Chief of the “Wprost” and “Newsweek” opinion weeklies. She has collaborated with CNN and CNN Radio. Teaches journalism at SWPS University and runs the Forbes Women Podcast.

Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Marek TEJCHMAN
Deputy editor-in-chief of "Dziennik Gazeta Prawna"
Marek TEJCHMAN
Deputy editor-in-chief of "Dziennik Gazeta Prawna"
Journalist specializing in economy and international affairs. Currently leading news team in the biggest business newspaper in Poland (Dziennik Gazeta Prawna). Between 2007 and 2015 anchor and commentator for TVN CNBC and TVN 24 news broadcasters. Previously working in Polsat and Radio TOK FM where he held post of deputy editor in chief.
Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Katarzyna GRUSZECKA-SPYCHAŁA
Deputy Mayor of Gdynia for Economy
Katarzyna GRUSZECKA-SPYCHAŁA
Deputy Mayor of Gdynia for Economy
Deputy Mayor of Gdynia for Economy (since 2014). Legal advisor, law graduate from the University of Gdańsk, The School of American Law (UG / Chicago-Kent College of Law) and Leadership Academy for Poland. Responsible for the city development strategy, spatial planning, ownership supervision and economic policy. Member of the Urban Land Institute and the Task Force of the Committee for Spatial Economy and Regional Planning, Polish Academy of Sciences. Initiator of the creation of the European Waterfront Cities Network, currently ULI Europe Waterfront Cities Product Council. Honored with the title of Business Tiger. In 2020, she was the only Polish woman to date to receive The Innovation In Politics award in the Economy category. She has won Gdynia the title of "Polish City of the Future" in the FDI Magazine ranking (Financial Times group).
Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Grzegorz BACZEWSKI
General Director, Confederation Leviatan
Grzegorz BACZEWSKI
General Director, Confederation Leviatan
Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Jakub OLEK
Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, Central & Eastern Europe at TiKTok
Jakub OLEK
Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, Central & Eastern Europe at TiKTok
Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Julien DUCARROZ
President of the Management Board of Orange Polska
Julien DUCARROZ
President of the Management Board of Orange Polska
Julien Ducarroz is the CEO of Orange Polska S.A. Before that, in 2016-2020, he managed Orange Moldova, the largest convergent operator on the local market. He built his experience on nine European markets, incl. in the Netherlands and Romania.
Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej
Jerzy BUZEK
President of EFNI Programme Council
Jerzy BUZEK
President of EFNI Programme Council
Member of the European Parliament continuously since 2004, and it’s President in the years 2009-2012. In the EP, he is a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. Rapporteur, inter alia, of the Gas Directive or the Report on gas supplies to the EU. In 2016. Euractiv recognized him as one of the three most influential people of European energy policy. Winner of the rankings of the Rzeczpospolita daily for the best Polish MEP in 2008 and 2018. In the years 1997-2001, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland; his government carried out reforms of mining, administration, education, health, and social politic, and started negotiations on Poland's membership in the European Union. Knight of the Order of the White Eagle.
Friday, July 1, 20227:00 - 23:45Prelegenci na głównej