Bank Pekao S.A., founded in 1929, is one of the largest financial institutions in the Central and Eastern Europe region and one of the three largest universal banks in Poland with approx. PLN 190 billion PLN in assets and approx. PLN 30 billion PLN in market capitalization.
With its second largest branch network, Bank Pekao serves over 5.5 million retail clients. As a leading corporate bank in Poland, it serves every second corporation in Poland. The status of a universal bank is also based on the market leading position in private banking, asset management and brokerage activities.
The universal business profile of Bank Pekao is supported by a strong balance sheet position and risk profile reflected in the lowest risk costs, high capital buffers and the ability to pay high dividends.
Since 1998, Bank Pekao has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange and is part of a number of prestigious local (including WIG 20 and WIG Respect) and international (including MSCI EM, Stoxx Europe 600 and FTSE Developed) indices.
From 2017 Bank Pekao is part of the PZU Group, the largest financial group in Central and Eastern Europe, both in the field of banking and insurance activities.
Atlantic Council is an American think-tank dealing with international issues. Established in 1961, it is a forum for international political, economic and intellectual leaders. It runs ten regional centers and a number of substantive programs devoted to issues of international security and global economic prosperity. The headquarters of Atlantic Council are based in Washington. The organization belongs to the Atlantic Treaty Association.
The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and commitment to international affairs, aware of the key role of the Atlantic community in tackling global challenges. The Council is a place where issues of deep economic and political changes defining the 21st century are taken up by informing and activating a unique network of world leaders gathered within the organization. By creating its publications, formulating concepts and building communities, the Atlantic Council influences political choices and strategies to improve global security and prosperity.
Ambassador Daniel Fried
Dr. Ian Goldin
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
The Hon. Georgette Mosbacher
Professor Iain Begg
Dr. Kevin Lu
Dr. Linda Yueh
Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky
Editor at Large
The Wall Street Journal
Gerard Baker is Editor At Large of The Wall Street Journal. He writes columns and commentary for the Journal. He is also the host of “WSJ at Large with Gerry Baker,” a weekly news and current affairs interview show on the Fox Business Network.
Mr. Baker previously served as Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones from 2013 to 2018. Before that, Mr. Baker was Deputy Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal. He has been a journalist for more than 30 years, writing and broadcasting for some of the world’s most famous news organizations, and also has the distinction of being the first British citizen to moderate a US presidential debate when he co-hosted a Republican primary debate in November 2015 that was watched live by more than 15 million people
Mr. Baker was previously Deputy Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal from 2009-2013. Before joining the Journal, Mr. Baker was the U.S. Editor and an Assistant Editor of The Times of London, where he wrote news and commentary for Britain’s longest continuously published newspaper and oversaw U.S. coverage for the paper and online editions.
From 1994 to 2004, Mr. Baker worked for the Financial Times, first as Tokyo Correspondent, where he wrote about the country’s financial crisis, and then, from 1998 to 2002, as Washington Bureau Chief, where he led a team of 10 correspondents and provided extensive reporting and analysis of the Federal Reserve. From 2002 to 2004, he was the FT’s Chief U.S. Commentator and an Associate Editor.
Before joining the FT, Mr. Baker worked for the BBC from 1988 to 1994, as a producer, then as U.S. producer, and finally as Economics Correspondent for TV and radio.
In addition to the Journal, the FT, The Times and the BBC, Mr. Baker’s work has appeared in many other publications, and he has been a frequent television and radio contributor in the UK, the U.S. and around the world.
Mr. Baker started his working life in the financial sector, first as an analyst at the Bank of England, then as an economist at Lloyds Bank in the city of London.
He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, where he graduated in 1983 with a First Class Honors Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs
Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, a foreign policy expert and former diplomat specializing in national security affairs, is a Senior Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Vice Chair of the National Executive Committee, US Water Partnership.
From 2010 to 2012, she was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters, responsible for designing and implementing a corporate approach for engagement in Washington, DC and other key capitals around the globe. She was instrumental in the development of Thomson Reuters’ financial regulatory strategy. During this time, she was also appointed the Distinguished National Security Chair at the US Naval Academy. From 2001 to 2009, Ambassador Dobriansky served as Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs. Among her primary accomplishments, she established and led the US-India, US-China, and US- Brazil Global Issues Fora. In February 2007, as the President's Envoy to Northern Ireland, Ambassador Dobriansky received the Secretary of State’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, for her contribution to the historic devolution of power in Belfast.
During her more than twenty-five years in national security affairs, Ambassador Dobriansky has held many Senate-confirmed, senior level positions in the U.S. government including Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Associate Director for Policy and Programs at the United States Information Agency and Deputy Head, U.S. Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE). From 1997 to 2001, she served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Ambassador Dobriansky, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy, serves on various boards, including the Middle East Institute, IDS International, and the Atlantic Council. She is also a trustee of the Trilateral Commission, on the Board of Visitors of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Chair of the Bush Center's Women's Initiative Policy Advisory Council. Ambassador Dobriansky received a BSFS summa cum laude in international politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, as well as an MA and PhD in Soviet political and military affairs from Harvard University.
Chief Financial and Development Officer
Mr. Tomasz Blicharski is the Chief Financial and Development Officer at Żabka. He also serves as the Vice President of the Management Board for Finance and Development. He previously worked at Mid Europa Partners as an Investment Professional. He has worked in ABN AMRO as an Analyst in the M&A and TMT teams as well as in BNP Paribas in Warsaw, involved in M&A execution and origination.
He holds a master’s degree in Finance from the SGH Warsaw School of Economics and has completed a Business Executive Program at the Sandford University Graduate School of Education.
Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow
In the course of his forty-year Foreign Service career, Ambassador Fried played a key role in designing and implementing American policy in Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union. As special assistant and NSC senior director for Presidents Clinton and Bush, ambassador to Poland, and assistant secretary of state for Europe (2005-09), Ambassador Fried crafted the policy of NATO enlargement to Central European nations and, in parallel, NATO-Russia relations, thus advancing the goal of Europe whole, free, and at peace. During those years, the West’s community of democracy and security grew in Europe. Ambassador Fried helped lead the West’s response to Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine starting in 2014: as State Department coordinator for sanctions policy, he crafted US sanctions against Russia, the largest US sanctions program to date, and negotiated the imposition of similar sanctions by Europe, Canada, Japan, and Australia.
Ambassador Fried became one of the US government’s foremost experts on Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. While a student, he lived in Moscow, majored in Soviet studies and history at Cornell University (BA, magna cum laude, 1975), and received an MA from Columbia’s Russian Institute and School of International Affairs in 1977. He joined the US Foreign Service later that year, serving overseas in Leningrad (human rights, Baltic affairs, and consular officer), and Belgrade (political officer), and in the Office of Soviet Affairs in the State Department.
As Polish desk officer in the late 1980s, Ambassador Fried was one of the first in Washington to recognize the impending collapse of Communism in Poland, and helped develop the immediate response of the George H.W. Bush Administration to these developments. As political counselor at the US Embassy in Warsaw (1990-93), Fried witnessed Poland’s difficult but ultimately successful free market, democratic transformation, working with successive Polish governments.
Ambassador Fried also served as the State Department’s first special envoy for the closure of the Guantanamo (GTMO) Detainee Facility. He established procedures for the transfer of individual detainees and negotiated the transfers of seventy detainees to twenty countries, with improved security outcomes.
Professor of Globalisation and Development, Oxford University
Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change
Dr. Ian Goldin is currently Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development and the Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change. He is Senior Fellow at the Oxford Martin School and a Professorial Fellow at the University’s Balliol College.
He was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School from September 2006 to September 2016; he established 45 programmes of research, bringing together more than 500 academics from across Oxford, from over 100 disciplines, making the School into the world’s leading centre for interdisciplinary scholarly research into critical global challenges. Professor Goldin initiated and served as Vice-Chair of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, which brought together 19 international leaders from government, business, academia, media and civil society to address the growing short-term preoccupations of modern politics and business, and identify ways of overcoming today’s gridlock in key international negotiations. The Commission’s report, Now for the Long Term, has had over a million downloads and provides new perspectives on meeting critical global challenges.
From 2003 to 2006 he was Vice President of the World Bank, and prior to that the Bank’s Director of Development Policy (2001-2003). He served on the Bank’s senior management team and led the Bank’s activities with the United Nations and other partners as well as with key countries. As Director of Development Policy, he played a pivotal role in the research and strategy agenda of the Bank Group.
From 1995 to 2001 he was Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and served as an advisor to President Nelson Mandela. He succeeded in transforming the Bank to become the leading agent of development in the 14 countries of Southern Africa. During this period, Goldin served on several Government committees and Boards, and was Finance Director for South Africa’s Olympic Bid. As Economic Advisor to President Mandela he was intimately involved in all decisions regarding the economy and accompanied President Mandela on all the major state visits, including to the USA, UK, European capitals, Tokyo and Beijing.
Prior to working in South Africa, Ian was Principal Economist at the EBRD from 1993-1995 and Programme Director for trade at the OECD from 1988-1992, at which time he was intimately involved in the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations and in the integration of Europe.
Ian has an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a MA and DPhil from the University of Oxford. Ian has been knighted by the French Government and has published 21 books, including Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance; Development: An Introduction; The Butterfly Defect: How Globalisation Creates Systemic Risks and What to Do; Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future; The Economics of Sustainable Development (Cambridge Univ Press) and, Is the Planet Full?. His report Migration and The Economy was published by Citi. He wrote and presented the BBC Five Part Series ‘After the Crash’ and BBC Documentary on ‘The Impact of Artificial Intelligence’. He has been a non-executive Board Director for leading global companies, chairing and serving on all Board Committees. He is an Honorary Trustee of Comic Relief and the Chair of the https://www.core-econ.org/ initiative to modernise the teaching of economics. He lectures at Oxford, Harvard and Tsinghua Universities and provides advisory and strategy advice to governments and global companies. His recent speaking engagements include the opening keynote at Google Zeitgeist, the Microsoft CEO forum, TED, and for the past 21 years has provided keynotes at the WEF Davos meetings. His twitter address is and @ian_goldin and website is https://iangoldin.org/.
Director, Future Europe Initiative
Mr. Benjamin Haddad is an expert in European politics and transatlantic relations. Before moving to the Atlantic Council, he was a fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. His work has notably advocated for transatlantic unity in the face of Russian aggression, greater European responsibility, and investment on strategic matters. His recent book Paradise Lost: Europe in the World of Trump makes the case for greater European unity in a world of new challenges and threats. He has been published in Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Le Figaro, and Politique Etrangère and is a frequent guest on France 24, BFM, CBC, CNN, Fox News, and NPR. In 2017, Mr. Haddad was the Washington, DC representative of Emmanuel Macron's movement En Marche.
Mr. Haddad graduated from Sciences Po Paris with an MA in international affairs and from HEC with an MA in financial economics. He has since lectured in international affairs at Sciences Po.
Ms. Rebeccah L. Heinrichs is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute where she specializes in nuclear deterrence and missile defense.
Ms. Heinrichs serves as an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics where she teaches nuclear deterrence theory. She was tapped by the State Department’s office of the U.S. Speakers Program to serve the American people by communicating with foreign audiences to foster greater understanding.
Ms. Heinrichs is a contributing editor of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy. She is a prolific writer, publishing in online and print media as well as academic journals, and a regular commentator on major cable news and radio outlets.
Ms. Heinrichs served in the U.S. House of Representatives as an adviser to former Congressman Trent Franks, where she focused on matters related to the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee. She was instrumental in starting the Bipartisan Missile Defense Caucus. Prior to her work on defense policy, she was on the oversight staff of the House Judiciary Committee.
Ms. Heinrichs earned her M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and graduated with highest distinction from its College of Naval Command and Staff, receiving the Director’s Award for academic excellence. She earned her B.A. in History and Political Science from Ashland University in Ohio and was an Ashbrook Scholar. She and her husband live in Virginia with their five children.
Managing Director and Senior Partner
Boston Consulting Group
Mr. Franek Hutten-Czapski is a Managing Director & Senior Partner at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the Chairman of BCG Poland, responsible for BCG GAMMA and BCG Platinion in the Central Eastern European (CEE) Region. He has 22 years of management consulting experience serving clients within Banking, Insurance and Private Equity sectors with concentration in Strategy, Operational Improvement, M&A Advisory. Prior to BCG he worked in Brand Management for Procter and Gamble.
Mr. Hutten-Czapski received his undergraduate and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering for Aircrafts and Energy from Warsaw University of Technology, having also studied at the University of Liege and the University of Surrey.
Matthew Kaminski is POLITICO’s Editor-in-Chief, overseeing all editorial operations of the publication. He joined POLITICO in late 2014 to become the founding editor of the European edition, which launched in April 2015. He moved to Washington in the fall of 2018 to help lead the publication’s global expansion efforts, and took on his current role in April 2019.
In 2004, Mr. Kaminski was awarded the Peter Weitz Prize by the German Marshall Fund for a series of stories on the European Union. His coverage of the Ukrainian crisis won an Overseas Press Club prize in 2015. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary that year.
Starting as a freelancer from Eastern Europe before his senior year in college, Mr. Kaminski has reported on international affairs, politics and business on and off for the past quarter century. He covered the former Soviet Union for the Financial Times and Economist in 1994-97, and in 1997 joined the Wall Street Journal in Brussels as a correspondent. He subsequently held various writing and editing roles with the Journal in Paris and New York.
Born in Poland, Mr. Kaminski immigrated to the United States as a child and grew up in Washington. He holds degrees from Yale College and the University of Paris and lives in Washington with his wife, Alexandra Geneste, and their two children.
Mr. Michał Kobosko is a senior advisor at the Atlantic Council. He is a member of the board of the Junior Achievement Foundation (www.junior.org.pl) and the Leopolis for Future Foundation (www.leopolisforfuture.pl). Previously, Mr. Kobosko served as the director of the Poland Office and the Wrocław Global Forum at the Atlantic Council (2013-2017). Between May 2013 and April 2016, Mr. Kobosko also served as the Editor in Chief at Project Syndicate Polska.
In 2015 he also hosted a morning on-line TV political talk-show broadcasted by Wirtualna Polska (www.wp.pl).In 2011, he was responsible for the launch of Bloomberg Businessweek Polska, from where he moved to become the editor of the weekly news magazine WPROST. He has also served as editor-in-chief of major international publications in Poland, including the national editions of Forbes, Newsweek, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Mr. Kobosko started his journalistic career in 1993 at the economic desk of Gazeta Wyborcza, while studying at the Warsaw Technical University and the American Study Center of the Warsaw University.
President of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer
Bank Pekao SA
Mr. Michał Krupiński is the chief executive officer of Bank Pekao SA, a role he has held since June 2017.
Prior to joining the bank, Mr. Krupiński held a number of senior managerial roles in leading financial institutions. Most recently, as CEO of PZU Group, the region’s largest financial group, he repositioned the firm for growth and strengthened its presence in banking. Previously, since 2011, Mr. Krupiński was head of Global Banking and Markets for Central and Eastern Europe at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, responsible for M&A projects, financings, and capital advisory.
Mr. Krupiński also has a broad-based public sector experience. Between 2008-2011 he was alternate executive director at Board of Directors of the World Bank Group in Washington. Prior to this, he served as undersecretary of state in the Ministry of the Treasury. Mr. Krupiński graduated from Warsaw School of Economics, KU Leuven and has MBA degree from Columbia University. In 2012 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
United States Ambassador to the Republic of Poland
Georgette Mosbacher, an American business executive, entrepreneur and author, has been President of Georgette Mosbacher Enterprises, Inc., a business and marketing consulting company in New York City, since 1992. She also served as CEO of Borghese Inc., a cosmetics manufacturer based in New York City, from 2001 to 2015. In 2016 she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. Ms. Mosbacher has taken an active role in international affairs in both the private and public spheres for decades, leading two international companies and opening foreign markets for each, particularly in Europe and Asia. Her leadership, international business and economic acumen, success in negotiating within an intercultural context and management expertise make her well qualified to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland.
An active philanthropist, Ms. Mosbacher founded the New York Center for Children, which assists abused children and their families in New York City, and has served on the boards of numerous charities supporting veterans and their families. A fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, she is also a board member of Business Executives for National Security and the Atlantic Council. Engaged in politics, she previously served as a co-chair of the Republican National Committee’s Finance Committee, and was the first woman to serve as the General Chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Ms. Mosbacher authored two motivational books for women as well as numerous op-eds published in the national news media.
Ms. Mosbacher earned a B.S. from Indiana University and is the recipient of many awards recognizing her humanitarian and entrepreneurial contributions, including two Honorary Doctorates.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
The Fifty-Five Foundry, Inc.
Mr. Jeff Schumacher is the founder and CEO of The Fifty-Five Foundry, Inc., a decentralized technology company creating industry software and infrastructure for the new internet.
As an innovation leader with over 20 years of experience building new businesses and transforming large corporations, Jeff has actively contributed to the startup network as an operator, investor and entrepreneur for more than two decades, helping to found over 85 early-growth companies.
Jeff previously co-founded BCG Digital Ventures in January of 2014, which quickly became one of the fastest-growing venture investment and incubation firms worldwide. He spent nearly ten years developing the pioneering business model for BCG Digital Ventures, which has since transformed into a global platform that spans four continents and includes a growing team of cross-industry experts. Jeff helped build innovation, investment and incubation centers in leading entrepreneurial hubs globally and drew from his deep expertise in marketing, sales and strategy to build new digital business and create transformative digital capabilities for large multinational corporations.
He began his career as a Partner in the North American marketing and sales practice of McKinsey & Company and was previously the Chief Marketing Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Sports Authority. Jeff also co-founded Booz Digital and was a founding partner with the Axon Advisory Partners. He frequently contributes to media conversations on the use of technology as a tool for innovation and speaks on the topic of digital disruption and decentralization throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Partner and Head of Thematic Investing
Signal Capital Partners
Mr. Sarbjit Nahal is a Partner and the Head of Thematic Investing at Signal Capital Partners. He previously worked at Bank of America (BofA) Merrill Lynch where he headed the thematic investing strategy team within its global research department, based in London and New York. He was also a member of BofA Merrill Lynch’s Global Wealth & Investment Management impact investing core council. Prior to joining BofA Merrill Lynch in 2010, he was Head of Thematic Investing at Société Générale and Crédit-Mutuel-CIC, and held positions at Vigeo, the International Council on Human Rights Policy, and Pensions Investment Research Consultants.
Mr. Nahal holds a Masters in Law (UCL), JD/Bachelor of Laws (Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto) and Bachelors in History (University of Toronto).
Executive Vice President Programs and Strategy
Mr. Damon Wilson is executive vice president of the Atlantic Council, where he is responsible for programs and strategy. His work is committed to advancing a Europe whole, free, and at peace; to strengthening the NATO Alliance; and to fostering a transatlantic partnership capable of tackling global challenges and promoting its common values. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Wilson served as special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs at the National Security Council. He managed interagency policy on NATO, the European Union, Georgia, Ukraine, the Balkans, Eurasian energy security, and Turkey, and planned numerous Presidential visits to Europe, including US-European Union and NATO summits. Mr. Wilson has also served at the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq as the executive secretary and chief of staff; at the National Security Council as the director for Central, Eastern, and Northern European affairs; and as deputy director in the Private Office of NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson. Prior to serving in Brussels, Mr. Wilson worked in the US Department of State in various positions dealing with European security and China and served in Rwanda with Save the Children.
He is a graduate of Duke University, studied at the University of Grenoble in France, and completed his graduate studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs. Mr. Wilson also worked with the Unaccompanied Children in Exile refugee program in Croatia and Turkey, and has been decorated by the presidents of Estonia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, and Poland for his efforts to advance transatlantic relations.
Fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University and Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School
Dr. Linda Yueh is a fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University and adjunct professor of Economics at the London Business School. She is also visiting professor at LSE IDEAS and an Associate Fellow (Global Economy and Finance Department & the U.S. and the Americas Programme) at Chatham House. Professor Yueh is also Chair of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission.
Dr. Yueh is working on the impact of technology on the global economy and providing regular analysis of economic issues, including what drives growth and international trade.
She is a widely published author and Editor of the Routledge Economic Growth and Development book series. Her latest book, The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today is published by Viking/ Penguin Random House (The Times's Best Business Books of the Year) and What Would the Great Economists Do? How Twelve Brilliant Minds Would Solve Today's Biggest Problems (Newsweek's Best Books of the Year) published by Picador/ Macmillan in the US.
She was previously a Visiting Professor of Economics at Peking University, Chief Business Correspondent for BBC News, and presenter of Talking Business with Linda Yueh for BBC World TV. She had been Economics Editor and anchor at Bloomberg TV in London. Beforehand, she was an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York.
Dr. Yueh has a BA from Yale University, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University, a JD from New York University School of Law and a D.Phil in Economics and MA from the University of Oxford.
Professor, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science/p>
Iain Begg is a professorial research fellow at the European Institute and co-director of the Dahrenforf Forum, London School of Economics and Political Science, and associate fellow at Chatham House. His main research work is on the political economy of European integration and EU economic governance, and since 2015 he has contributed extensively to analysis of Brexit.
He has directed and participated in a series of research projects on different facets of EU policy, covering the governance of economic and monetary union in Europe, the EU’s finances and reform of the EU cohesion policy. He has served as a specialist adviser to the House of Lords European Communities Committee for a number of inquiries and has undertaken a variety of other advisory roles.
He is a frequent contributor to international conferences on EU economic policy issues and is regularly solicited for interviews by journalists.
Chief Euro-Area Economist
Mr. David Powell is the Chief Euro-Area Economist at Bloomberg. He focuses on the euro area and G-10 currencies and is the author of "A Trader's Guide to the Euro Area: Economic Indicators, the ECB and the Euro Crisis", published by Wiley in September. He has been at Bloomberg since 2010, previously as Senior Economist.
He was previously a G10 Currency Strategist and Vice President at Bank of America – Merrill Lynch and a Currency Strategist at IDEAglobal, a financial services firm in London.
Mr. David Powell holds a BA in Economics and French from New York University and a MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics.
Partner and Chairman of Asia
Dr. Kevin Lu is Chairman of Asia of Partners Group, a global private equity firm with over $90 billion AUM. He is a Partner, a member of the Global Executive Board, and Head of Partners Group’s Singapore office with over 280 professionals. Additionally, he chairs the Impact Committee of PG LIFE, Partners Group's Sustainability investment fund, and leads the development of relationships with key strategic clients in Asia.
Prior to joining Partners Group, he was a member of the senior management team at the World Bank Group's Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency as its CFO and Asia-Pacific Regional Director. He has served on advisory boards of several international organizations, including the World Bank's Global Infrastructure Facility, Monetary Authority of Singapore's Financial Centre Advisory Panel, the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on China, and the Advisory Board of IFC's Impact Management Principles.
Dr. Lu has published commentaries in the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, Financial Times and the Straits Times. He is a Distinguished Fellow of INSEAD.
Chief Executive Officer
Thierry Déau is Meridiam’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He founded Meridiam, an independent investment firm, recently transformed into a Benefit Corporation*, specialized in the development, financing, and management of long-term and sustainable infrastructure projects in 2005, with the belief that the alignment of interests between the public and private sector can provide critical solutions to the collective needs of communities. Managing $7 Billion of assets, the firm has to date more than 70 projects under development, construction or in operation.
Meridiam currently holds offices in Paris, New York, Toronto, Istanbul, Addis Ababa, Dakar, Luxemburg, Aman and Vienna and is a leading investor in public infrastructure across Europe, North America and Africa.
Prior to Meridiam, Thierry worked for France’s Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations where he held several positions with its engineering and development subsidiary Egis Projects, moving up from project manager, then director for concession projects to his appointment as chief Executive Officer in 2001.
Thierry is currently Chairman of the Long Term Infrastructure Association (LTIIA), a board member of Fondation des Ponts, a member of the Investment Committee of the European Fund for Strategic Investment, Chairman of Archery for Inclusive Leadership and founder of Africa Infrastructure fellowship program Foundation (AIFP Foundation), founding member of the Sustainable Development Investment Partnership (SDIP) of the World Economic Forum and a member of Prince of Wales’ Sustainable Markets Council for the Commonwealth.
Thierry Déau graduated from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées engineering School
* within the meaning of the French « Pacte » law promulgated on May 23, 2019
Hotel Sofitel Victoria Warszawa
Królewska 11 St.
Event Moderator: Mr. Michał Kobosko, Senior Advisor, Atlantic Council
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Mr. Michał Krupiński, Chief Executive Officer, Bank Pekao SA
Ambassador Daniel Fried, Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow, Atlantic Council; Former US Ambassador to Poland
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
H.E. Krzysztof Szczerski, Chief, Cabinet of the President, Republic of Poland
10:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
The Megatrends Session: Shifts and Shocks
Shaping the World
Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Dr. Ian Goldin, Professor, Globalisation and Development, Oxford University; Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change, Oxford University Mr. Sarbjit Nahal, Partner and Head of Thematic Investing, Signal Capital Partners Moderator: Mr. Benjamin Haddad, Director, Future Europe Initiative, Atlantic Council
11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Navigating Today’s Economy – The Long and Short of it
Mr. Iain Begg, Professor, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science Dr. Kevin Lu, Partner, Chairman of Asia, at Partners Group Mr. David Powell, Senior Euro-Area Economist, Bloomberg Economics Dr. Linda Yueh, Economist, Oxford University, London Business School, and London School of Economics and Political Science Moderator: Mr. Matthew Kaminski, Editor-in-Chief, Politico
12:40 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Networking Lunch and Private Bilateral Meetings
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Spotlight #1: In Search of Rhyme and Rhythm in the
World of Geopolitics
Mr. Ian Goldin, Professor, Globalization and Development, Oxford University
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Panel 3: Inbound/Outbound: Building Connections for a
Stronger, Interlinked Economy
Mr. Michał Krupiński, Chief Executive Officer, Bank Pekao SA The Hon. Georgette Mosbacher, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Poland Mr. Marco Rosso, Partner, Global Business development Director, Meridiam Moderator: Mr. Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council
3:15 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.
3:35 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Spotlight #2: The Silver Dollar Opportunity: Aging Populations
Mr. Sarbjit Nahal, Partner and Head of Thematic Investing, Signal Capital Partners
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Panel 4: Mobilizing the Digital Revolution to Take Polish
Businesses to the Next Level
Mr. Tomasz Blicharski, Vice President of the Management Board for Finance and Development, Żabka Mr. Jeff Schumacher, Founder and Investor, 55 Catalyst Capital Ms. Elizabeth Varley, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TechHub Moderator: Mr. Franek Hutten-Czapski, Chairman, BCG Poland
5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Mr. Michał Krupiński, Chief Executive Officer, Bank Pekao SA Mr. Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Networking Cocktail and Gala Dinner
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Special Performance – Adam Sztaba Orchestra