Jerzy Potocki

Jerzy Potocki

Entrepreneur, President of AIMS International Poland

Jerzy has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, mostly in Management Consulting, developing business, cConnecting people and ideas, IT and Human Resources.
At the age of 21, he co-founded his first company, which quickly became the market leader in Poland in its field. Since 2004 Jerzy is focused on high-quality eExecutive search and talent management at AIMS International, being its Managing Partner for Poland. Jerzy is also involved in other business projects, including mentoring technology startups, mostly in B2B and B2B2C. Jerzy is also running an NGO's hospital site giving professional care to abandoned newborn children.

Slawomir J Chodor

Slawomir J Chodor

International Sales Execs, Step-Change Innovation, for VC

Practicing manager, expert and entrepreneur (including social) with long experience and broad knowledge
Passionate about globalization processes, innovation, and market trends;
Author of numerous professional articles and comments in the specialized media;
He gained an experience in Poland, England, France and Italy;
Over 25 years of intense, varied work (finance & insurance, IT, production and new technologies);
Five successfully completed business – social projects (Legend Yacht, IIA - International Independent Advice, Azymut School (Sternik Association), Navigare Foundation, NeoYachting);
Experienced in the implementation of VC investment;
Cooperation within business projects in Poland and Brazil (e-commerce startups and others);
Expert in collaboration with E&Y - in the implementation of projects in the area of M&A;
Education: Warsaw University of Technology and the Wrocław University of Technology - Faculty of Production Engineering and the Faculty of Production Management. As an invited expert, lecturer of Case Study's MBA at Warsaw University of Technology;

Marek Kukuryka

Marek Kukuryka

Co-owner of Lecico CEE and few startups

The co-founder of the Association of Building Materials Manufacturers and Suppliers. The Association operates within the Polish Confederation of Private Employers “Lewiatan.” For the first eight years of Association’s activities, I have been appointed the Chief of Supervisory Board.

As a representative of Sanitec Koło, I maintained good relations with local communities where Sanitec carries out its business activities. The local government of the town of Koło granted me the title of Honorary Citizenship.
On the day when Poland became a member of the European Union, the President of Poland awarded me with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Poland Reborn in recognition of Sanitec Koło’s high performance under my management.

Joanna Makowiecka-Gaca

Joanna Makowiecka-Gaca

CEO, GK Polimex-Mostostal

Wieloletnia prezes i członek zarządów spółek giełdowych, W latach 2013-2016 wiceprezes i prezes zarządu Polimex-Mostostal S.A., w latach 2008-2012 członek zarządu w Budimex S.A. Wcześniej zajmowała stanowiska menedżerskie m.in. w: Orange Polska SA, Mondi Packaging oraz Japan Tobacco. Doradca przedsiębiorstw, prywatny inwestor.
20 letnie doświadczenie zawodowe w różnych sektorach rynku przemysłowego i rynku telekomunikacyjnym. Posiada bogate doświadczenie w zakresie poprawy efektywności operacyjnej firm, kreowania i wdrażania strategii, transformacji przedsiębiorstw.
Jest absolwentką Wyższej Szkoły Zarządzania i Marketingu. W 1999 roku uzyskała tytuł MBA na Uniwersytecie Warszawskim we współpracy z Staffordshire University, University of Antwerp oraz Free University of Brussels. W 2013 roku ukończyła Advanced Management Program na IESE University of Navarra.
Członek Rady Dialogu Społecznego http://www.rds.gov.pl/, Przewodnicząca Forum Nowoczesnej Produkcji http://forumprodukcji.pl/.

Lisa Cowey

Lisa Cowey

Technology Transfer Expert at Progress TT

Specializes in the field of innovation and commercialization of R&D (technology transfer and knowledge exchange) originating from Universities and Research Institutes.
Lisa spent the first half of her career in the private sector helping to realize value from venture backed , high-tech start-ups and university spin-outs in the UK, USA and Germany . For the last 10 years she has worked in SEE and CEE as helping to advise on and implement innovation support programs at national level and mentoring early stage Technology Transfer Offices and Science and Technology Parks. She has extensive experience guiding technology transfer teams through the process of protecting research outputs though patenting and transferring the rights though licensing or sale to existing and new business entities.
Lisa holds a PhD in Physics, from the University of Oxford, an MBA from Oxford Brookes Business School and a PGCert in Intellectual Property Law and Practice from Bournemouth University Business School.

Grzegorz Gorski

Grzegorz Gorski

EVP Innovation & New Business at Engie

Senior executive responsible for corporate Venture Capital activity (investing in startups in Europe, North America, Asia, and Israel) and incubation and acceleration programs at Engie.

Prior to this function operational responsibility for a region of Central & Eastern Europe, above 5 bn € turnover.

Key skills: management, strategy, entrepreneurship, negotiation of partnerships, change management, business development, M&A.

Krzysztof Sachs

Krzysztof Sachs

Strategic Advisor

Krzysztof Sachs - former partner in Andersen and EY, former vice-president of Wrocław Research Center EIT+.
Graduated from Warsaw School of Economics. Licensed tax advisor. Since 2007 head of Wrocław office of EY, responsible for business development and market strategy. In EIT+ responsible for commercialization of IP as well as for development of startup related strategy.
Pro-bono – head of Licensing Committee of Polish Football Federation