Organizer:

Speakers

Marek Kłoczko

Marek Kłoczko

President of the National Chamber of Commerce

Politician, MP of the first term, manager, economic activist. Graduated from the Department of Electronics at Budapest Technical University and the Department of Production Economics at SGPiS. He has completed numerous studies and internships in the UK, USA, South Korea and Japan. He was a sworn translator of Hungarian, and Chief Executive Officer of Warsaw Television Works ELEMIS.

Since 2015, he has been Vice President of the Association of European Chambers EUROCHAMBRES in Brussels. He is also Honorary Consul of the Republic of El Salvador in Poland. Awarded with high orders of Poland, Hungary, Lithuania and Estonia.

He has been with the Polish Chamber of Commerce since 1990: as Director General of the Polish Chamber of Commerce since 1990, Secretary General of the Polish Chamber of Commerce since 1993, Vice President-Director General since 2014, and President of the Polish Chamber of Commerce since 2021.

Karolina Opielewicz

Karolina Opielewicz

Member of the Board of Directors of the National Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Office of Communications and Member Affairs

Member of the Board of the National Chamber of Commerce, responsible for communications and projects supporting business development. Actively works for SMEs, promoting among the largest companies the need to take responsibility for their smaller partners.

She has worked at the National Chamber of Commerce since 2008. Since 2016, she has been Deputy Director General. Since 2021, she has served on the three-member Board of Directors. She initiated such activities of the National Chamber of Commerce as the running of the Center for Creativity Targowa, the establishment of the ESG Committee, and the creation of the cross-border.pl platform in cooperation with Amazon.

It was on her initiative that the National Chamber of Commerce established the ESG School and undertook a number of other educational and development activities to support entrepreneurs in their green transformation.

In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors and the Budget Committee of Eurochambres. As of 2024, within Eurochambres, she was elected Vice-Chair of the Sustainability Committee.

Karolina is also a member of a number of working groups at the national and European level that deal with sustainable development. Among them, POLSIF, Chapter Zero Poland, and the Sustainable Finance Platform at the Ministry of Finance.

Maria Krawczyńska-Kaczmarek

Maria Krawczyńska-Kaczmarek

Board member of the Responsible Business Forum

Leader, expert, manager, enthusiast, trainer and lecturer with over 10 years of experience in the practice of sustainability, CSR, ESG and sustainable finance. Director, Sustainability and Reputational Risk at Standard Chartered Bank. On behalf of the Board of Directors, she oversees the substantive development of FOB. From August 2023 to March 2024, in her role as CEO, she was responsible for the development and transformation of the organization and management of FOB's projects and team. Actively involved in the development and promotion of sustainability topics in local and international initiatives.

Since March 2024, she has been a member of the EFRAG Banking Advisory Panel, an advisory body supporting the preparation of sectoral ESRSs. Member of the Working Groups within the Sustainable Finance Platform at the MF. Member of the ESG Committee of the National Chamber of Commerce and the ESG Innovators Council of the Polish ESG Association.

Lecturer and trainer at Lazarski University, Warsaw School of Economics, Polish Chamber of Certified Public Accountants, WSE Growth, ESG School, Compliance Institute, EY Academy of Business, among others. Juror in The Best Annual Report competition of the Institute of Accounting and Taxation. Initiator, founding member and member of the Audit Committee of POLSIF Association - Sustainable Investment Forum Poland.

From 2017 to 2023, she was responsible for the management and implementation of the Sustainability Strategy of Bank BNP Paribas, the creation of the Sustainability area in the bank, the introduction of integrated reporting as well as the development of the area of sustainable finance and the creation of a competence center for structuring sustainable products. Initiator of the Bank of Green Change program. Member of the Board of Directors of the BNP Paribas Foundation. From the period 2021-2023, she was a member of the working group for the development of a unified sustainability reporting standard (ESRS) for the EU (in line with the CSRD) as part of EFRAG's work. She also gained professional experience in the area of sustainability, among others, in the Deloitte Sustainability Consulting Central Europe team, where she was responsible for non-financial reporting projects, strategic CSR/ESG management and project management for business and institutional clients on a European scale.

Mateusz Sulwiński

Mateusz Sulwiński

Transpraca.pl campaign coordinator, Member of the board of directors of the association Stonewall Group

Member of the board of directors of the Stonewall Group association and its president from 2019 to 2022. He studied international relations and journalism at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He gained professional experience in PR agencies and worked with brands such as Cartoon Network, TNT and PKO Bank Polski. He worked on the social channels of Allegro, the largest online transaction platform in Poland.

In early 2020, he left the company to focus on his work at Stonewall Group. He is currently involved in online marketing, special projects and coordination of the association's training activities. He has conducted several hundred hours of webinars and lectures on the LGBT+ community, inclusive language and the movement's demands for Endemol Shine Poland, Converse, Deloitte and Heineken, among others. Originator and coordinator of the Poznań-based employee network "LGBT+ in the workplace".

Coordinator of the transpraca.pl campaign, which aims to improve the situation of transgender people in the labor market. Co-coordinator of the social campaign "We are good at being together" (Golden Clip 2022). Co-organized eight editions of the Poznań Pride Week festival and the Poznań Equality March. In 2024, he was included in the list of 100 people supporting sex education in Poland by Forbes Women and SEXEDPL magazine.

Agnieszka Skorupińska

Agnieszka Skorupińska

Partner, Rymarz Zdort Maruta

Attorney with over fifteen years of professional experience. She specializes in Polish and EU environmental law, natural resources, and ESG regulations. She advises companies on regulatory aspects, litigation, investment projects and environmental aspects of real estate transactions, M&A transactions and financing processes. For the past six years Agnieszka Skorupińska has worked with an international law firm, where she headed the Environmental Law Practice in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe, and coordinated ESG activities at the Central and Eastern European level.

As counsel, she has successfully advised companies in the energy, chemical, construction, waste management, FMCG, water and wastewater, renewable energy, mining, automotive, apparel, real estate and food sectors, among others. She has successfully represented clients in administrative and judicial proceedings concerning environmental law for many years.

Agnieszka Skorupińska is also Chair of the Working Group on the Application of Taxonomy at the Ministry of Development and Technology and Vice-Chair of the ESG Committee at the National Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the group supporting work on the draft European Sustainable Reporting Standards (ESRS) for listed small and medium-sized enterprises at EFRAG.

Franek Sterczewski

Franek Sterczewski

Member of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland for the ninth and tenth terms

During the previous term, he submitted nearly 900 interpellations. He is a member of the parliamentary Committees on Infrastructure and Justice and Human Rights, chairman of the Parliamentary Group on Migration Policy and the Parliamentary Group on Bicycle Transportation. During his term in office, he has dealt with topics such as public transport development, infrastructure quality, green protection, labor safety, judiciary, health care, humanitarian crisis and LGBT+ rights.

Councilman of the St. Lazarus Estate. Architect, activist, cyclist. Initiator of the Poznan Chain of Light in defense of judicial independence. Graduate of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Arts in Poznan. Animator of urban culture. Curator of events related to architecture and long-time collaborator of festivals such as: MIASTOmovie, Short Waves Festival and Malta Festival. Organizer of actions such as Picnic on Liberty Square, Snap, Winter Funeral, and Parking Day, which, in addition to their recreational function, act as a commentary on the state of the socio-urban fabric of the city. In 2018 - 2019, Coordinator for the Development Strategy of the Poznań International Fair, responsible for opening the fair to the city.

Aleksandra Majda

Aleksandra Majda

ESG Impact Network

Sustainability specialist, she provides communication and consulting support to businesses going green, popularizes the goals of the UN agenda, helps implement sustainable business and ESG concepts, promotes and supports green attitudes among employers. Founder and CEO at Go Green. Founder of the Citizens of Nature Foundation. Member of: the ESG committee of the National Chamber of Commerce, the Renewable Energy Council and the Clean Air Council of the Lewiatan Confederation, hydrogen, buildings and transportation groups. She was director of the Warsaw Greenery Board, where she directly supervised the following departments: public procurement, public communication, property management, legal, human resources and internal organization. She coordinated communications and PR of Warsaw's offices and units dealing with̨ ecology and sustainable development: The Greenery Board, the Environmental Protection Bureau and the Air Protection and Climate Policy Bureau. She was: on the management staff of www.tvn24.pl, editor-in-chief of TVN24 Magazine, head of the Kontakt 24 section of TVN24, a journalist for Rzeczpospolita and PAP, and an academic teacher (SWPS University).

Aneta Korycińska

Aneta Korycińska

Founder of the site "Baba from Polish language"

Trained as a Polish language teacher, editor, oligophrenopedagogue, teacher and founder of the "Baba from Polish language" website, which has already attracted the attention of more than one million users for eight years. She shows that modern school does not have to be boring, and that you can make a meme out of any reading, because the basis of learning is fun. In his online activities he focuses on exposing the linguistic image of the world and encourages inclusive Polish, points out the absurdities of the education system, and deepens sensitivity to topics such as non-neurotypicality or minority rights. She loves learning and exploring new branches, so in addition to Polish studies, she has also graduated in animal psychology, educational management, oligophrenopedagogy and language editing of texts.

Anna Larsson

Anna Larsson

Circular Economy Director at Reloop Platform

Reloop Platform is a global organization the vision of which is world without waste pollution.  With education and 18-year experience in value creating waste management, Anna Larsson is an international expert in sustainable resource management promoting ambitious, nationwide, and cost-efficient Circular Economy models based on secondary materials.

Jarema Drozdowicz

Jarema Drozdowicz

prof. UAM dr hab.

Pedagogue, anthropologist and sociologist of education. He is a member of the Polish Pedagogical Society, the Polish Religious Studies Society, the Polish Society for Comparative Pedagogy, and the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. In his research he deals with issues related to cultural and linguistic diversity, the processes of formation of new forms of cultural communities, migration processes and multiculturalism policy in educational contexts. In this research he undertakes qualitative and quantitative analyses, both in the Polish and global contexts. Other areas of research interest include issues related to bilingual and multilingual education, cultural theory, contemporary and popular culture, history and theory of education, processes of cultural change, the problem of enculturation and transmission of socio-cultural patterns, integration of immigrants, the problem of social inequality, democratic education, transformations of contemporary religiosity, processes of identity construction and youth subcultures. Contractor in the NSC grant "Elite secondary education in contemporary Europe. A study in sociology of education and comparative pedagogy". Head of the international research and implementation consortium INTERACT.

Giuseppe Ottavianelli

Giuseppe Ottavianelli

Head of the Earth Observation Applications Section at ESA

With a PhD in Remote Sensing on environmental monitoring, Giuseppe Ottavianelli is the Head of the Earth Observation Applications Section at ESA. This Section pioneers new applications, enabling European and global international policies on the environment and sustainable development, through the involvement of stakeholders and end-users from the initial co-design to the validation phase. He also manages the ESA EO AFRICA (African Framework for Research, Innovation, Communities and Applications) initiative. At ESA, Giuseppe has covered various roles over the course of 15 years and he also worked at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and at the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs.

Katarzyna Jedlińska

Katarzyna Jedlińska

Fintech Poland

A manager with over 20 years of experience. She is a specialist in the area of management and communication. Previously, the General Manager of Campiri Poland, launching one of the region's largest online campervan booking platforms in Poland and Slovakia. At Cenatorium-Inplus Group, as Operations Director, she was responsible for international projects, cooperation with partners, and the administrative and human resources area. During her career, she also headed the Partnership and Communication Department of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency. The former advisor to the board of directors at the Poland Cashless Foundation. Graduate of Journalism and Social Communication at the University of Warsaw and Human Resource Management at the School of Promotion. Graduate of the Vital Voices mentoring program. Volunteer and social activist.

Kurt Vandenberghe

Kurt Vandenberghe

Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General Climate Action (DG CLIMA)

Kurt Vandenberghe was appointed Director General of DG CLIMA on 16 January 2023.  Until then, he was the Green Deal and Health advisor to President Ursula von der Leyen since 1 December 2019. He had joined the cabinet of the President coming from DG Research and Innovation where he was Director for Policy & Programming since 1 February 2016 and Acting Director for Research & Innovation Outreach since 1 June 2019. Before that, he was Director for 'Climate action and resource efficiency' at DG Research and Innovation since July 2013. He served in the Cabinet of Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin (1999-2004) and as Head of the Cabinet of Janez Potočnik, who was Commissioner for Research and Innovation (2004-2009) and subsequently for Environment (from 2010). Kurt joined the European Commission in 1996 as co-ordinator of the Commission’s Intermodal Transport Task Force and of the Transport Research Programme. Before entering the Commission, Kurt worked for 4 years as a manager at Ernst & Young Association Management, where he set up, managed and represented international trade associations. 

After reading French and Italian literature at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) and obtaining a degree in Public and International Affairs at the University Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL), Kurt gained a Master of Arts degree in International Relations at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (S.A.I.S.) in Bologna, Italy and Washington D.C., US. 

Dr Lalasia Bialic-Murphy

Dr Lalasia Bialic-Murphy

Lead Scientist in the Crowther Lab at ETH Zürich.

Her group studies the mechanisms, processes, and principles that give rise to biological diversity and ecosystem function in a changing world. Her training is in demographic modeling and actuarial statistics, and her work is motivated by core principles in life-history theory. Her work is multidisciplinary and focused on developing collaborative research to synthesize and communicate robust science that can be used to inform the global restoration movement. Lalasia received her Ph.D. in 2017 at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and then did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Tennessee. From 2019-2020, she held a joint appointment as a Research Assistant Professor at the U. of Tennessee Knoxville and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis. In 2020, she moved to ETH Zürich to lead the Fundamental Ecology Group in the Crowther Lab.  In addition to her academic background, Lalasia has nine years of management experience running conservation monitoring programs and leading large-scale restoration efforts in Hawaii. 

Dr Maciej Bukowski

Dr Maciej Bukowski

Doctor of economics, president of WiseEuropa.

Researcher at the University of Warsaw. From 2006 to 2013 president of the IBS Foundation. Co-author of many Polish strategic documents (including the Hausner Plan, Poland 2030 - development challenges, Long-term Strategy of National Development until 2030 (Poland 2030 - the third wave of modernity). Manager of projects and numerous commentaries and press articles on macroeconomics, energy policy, innovation, pension system or labor market, among others.

Dr n.med. Magdalena Gawrych

Dr n.med. Magdalena Gawrych

Doctor of Medicine, psychologist, psychotherapist, researcher, trainer.

She is scientifically concerned with intra-psychic and environmental factors affecting human mental health. In recent years, she has focused on the relationship of a sense of community with nature (nature connectedness) with mental health,nature-based interventions and the mechanisms of influence of so-called "green therapy" on human mental well-being.

Research and teaching fellow at the Institute of Psychology at the Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education in Warsaw. She has cooperated scientifically and didactically with the Piastów Śląskich Medical University in Wroclaw, SWPS University in Wroclaw, as well as the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw.

She has authored and co-authored more than 60 national and international publications, including the first Polish scientific monograph on the relationship between nature and mental health ("Nature and Mental Health," 2022). She carries out scientific research projects in the field of psychology and psychiatry. She regularly presents her work at national and international conferences.

Involved in the activities of the World Psychitric Association network (Climate Change/ Total Health Initiative), Member of the Committee on Climate Psychiatry of the Polish Psychiatric Association, reviewer in international scientific journals, popularizer of knowledge on mental health. Clinically, she works with individuals and couples experiencing mental disorders and psychosexual problems.

Mateusz Żydek

Mateusz Żydek

Randstad Research Institute expert

A specialist in corporate communications and the Polish labor market, since 2016 he has been associated with the largest HR company in Poland - Randstad Polska. Graduate of sociology at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin.

For many years he has been creating detailed analyses of the Polish and global labor market, created at the Randstad Research Institute (research cycles "Employers' Plans" and "Labor Market Monitor".


He is co-author of the study "Radio and Society" (Wydawnictwo UMCS, Lublin 2011). In it, he analyzes modern mechanisms of communication with local radio audiences and community building based on the local radio system. In addition, he is the co-author of the study "Benefits. How to build an attractive offer for employees" (Wolters Kluwer Publishing House, Warsaw 2020), in which he looks at the perception of employee benefits and social benefits among Poles and the offers built by employers.

Piotr Glen

Piotr Glen

Head of the Sustainability and ESG Team and secretary of the Rector's Commission on Social Responsibility at Warsaw School of Economics

Graduate of the Faculty of Management and Mini MBA managerial studies at the University of Lodz. In addition, he is a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics, where he completed the Annual Postgraduate Management Studies with distinction. For many years he has been involved in the topics of social responsibility and sustainable development and non-financial reporting.

Member of the team, within the Association of Stock Exchange Issuers, which developed the Non-Financial Information Standard (SIN), which enables Polish companies to meet their non-financial information reporting obligations. In addition, he is a member of the University's Social Responsibility Working Group operating within the Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility Team at the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy.

At the Warsaw School of Economics, he serves as head of the Sustainability and ESG Team and secretary of the Rector's Commission for Social Responsibility at SGH. 

Dr Sonia Bucholtz

Dr Sonia Bucholtz

Energy Forum

Doctor of economics, assistant professor at the Warsaw School of Economics. Expert in macroeconomics, labor market and public policy evaluation with a strong analytical background. Author and co-author of publications in this area, participant in international research and policymaking projects. In the past, she has been associated, among other things, with the third sector, most recently working as chief economist for the Lewiatan Confederation.

Dr Agata Warchalska-Troll

Dr Agata Warchalska-Troll

Geographer, a graduate of the Department of Geography and Geology at the Jagiellonian University, currently an expert on the environment and climate change at the IRMiR's Urban and Regional Policy Observatory.

She is interested in challenges in urban greenery management, as well as area-based nature conservation and social conflicts at the interface between economic development and the natural environment. She is the author of a series of scientific publications on the social context of the functioning of protected areas in the Carpathians and co-editor of the OPMR report "Greenery in the centers of Polish cities. Status, functions and challenges". Currently at OPMR IRMiR, she is working on the development of environmental issues for Polish sub-regional cities.

Dr inż. Weronika Urbańska

Dr inż. Weronika Urbańska

Doctor of engineering, Research and teaching assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering at the Faculty of Environmental Engineering, Wroclaw University of Technology.

Her interests include methods of recovering critical metals from spent lithium-ion batteries, sustainable management of raw materials and their extraction from extraterrestrial resources (Martian and lunar regolith), the impact of waste management on climate change, and the implementation of the GOZ model in everyday life (zero waste) and industry.

Author of more than 60 scientific papers, as well as industrial studies in the field of waste treatment and resource management, manager and contractor in scientific and R&D projects (NCN, NCBiR), participant in many national and international industry conferences. Constantly cooperates with industry, currently with startup Extremo Technologies as Advisor and Chief Scientific Officer.


Popularizer of environmental issues - including author of popular science articles, expert at many events and in radio and TV appearances. Winner of competitions and prestigious awards.
Certified academic tutor. Accessibility Leader at the Wrocław University of Technology. Currently chairwoman of the Wroclaw Academy of Young Scientists and Artists.

Borys Sawicki

Borys Sawicki

Sołtysiński, Kawecki & Szlęzak

Borys D. Sawicki specializes in banking and finance, focusing on investment finance transactions, including project finance, particularly in the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors. He actively supports clients on issues related to sustainable transformation and sustainable financing, including assessing business compliance with the EU taxonomy and reporting on sustainability issues.

Dr hab. Joanna Kulczycka

Dr hab. Joanna Kulczycka

Academy of Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow

Dr hab. Joanna Kulczycka, Prof. of the university, associate dean for cooperation and development at the Faculty of Management, AGH University of Science and Technology and head of the Strategic Research Laboratory at the Institute of Mineral Raw Materials and Energy Management, Polish Academy of Sciences. Author of more than 200 publications (scientific articles, monographs and chapters in monographs).

Joanna Maria Stolarek

Joanna Maria Stolarek

Director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Warsaw

She will head the green representative office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Warsaw, which implements projects in Poland and the Baltic countries, starting in October 2019. She studied German, Slavic and Spanish philology at Karls-Eberhardt-Universität in Tübingen. Before devoting herself to journalism professionally, she was a researcher at the Department of Economics and Business Law at the Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt in Geislingen/Steige. After journalism school in Munich, she worked as an editor and political commentator at the Südwest Presse (economics and economics section) in Ulm, the Märkische Oderzeitung in Frankfurt/Oder and the Neue Berliner Redaktionsgesellschaft (political section) in Berlin. Her commitment to diversity - including in the media - led her to the NGO - Neue deutsche Medienmacher, which advocates for diversity in the media and ensures that texts and articles are produced with sensitivity to cultural diversity. There she was a member of the board of directors and managed media projects.

Joanna Maria Stolarek continues to publish in various media, taking into account the Polish-German point of view, commenting on current political events in both countries, trying to explain Poland to Germans and Germany to Poles. She voluntarily supports the development of women in media and politics as a mentor.

Jolanta Okońska-Kubica

Jolanta Okońska-Kubica

Managing Director at ENVIPOL

Specializes in supporting companies and organizations in the area of sustainable development (analysis, strategies, reports, training, etc.). Expert in the field of sustainable development, GOZ, waste management, co-founder and long-term President of the coordinator company of the Cluster of Waste Management and Recycling - National Key Cluster. Manager with many years of experience in the field of strategic planning and business development.

Chairman of the ESG Committee of the National Chamber of Commerce.

Dr Jolanta Turek

Dr Jolanta Turek

Assistant Professor in the Department of Risk Management at the Institute of Corporate and Investment Finance at the College of Business Administration of the Warsaw School of Economics

Doctor of Economics in the field of management and quality, graduate of the School of Economics in Warsaw. She is Deputy Head of the Inter-University Climate Academy Postgraduate Program. Author and co-author of publications on risk management in the context of sustainability and supply chain. She is currently the stream leader of a project on the impact of the quality of management of ESG aspects on the resilience of companies (research grant at the College of Business Administration of the Warsaw School of Economics) and the head of the study "Climate risk Climate Risk in Investment Decisions" (research grant at the College of Business Sciences SGH).

Business practitioner and advisor with many years of experience. She is director of ESG at CVI Dom Brokerage Sp. z o.o.

Involved in key substantive initiatives related to ESG issues - Responsible Business Forum, Sustainable Investment Forum Poland (POLSIF), Council of Innovators Polish ESG Association, Chapter Zero, the Sustainable Supply Chain Team of the Climate Positive program at the UN Global Compact Network Poland, the #EndPlasticPollution initiative, the ESG Committee at the National Chamber of Commerce. He is a lecturer at undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and MBA programs and a trainer at the ESG School at the National Chamber of Commerce, among others.

Tomoho Umeda

Tomoho Umeda

The founder of Hynfra and Hynfra Energy Storage

A entrepreneur and strategic advisor, promoter of hydrogen technologies and large-scale renewable energy solutions. He is committed to accelerating market and technological progress towards climate neutrality. Chairman of the Hydrogen Technologies Committee of the Polish Chamber of Commerce, a Vice CEO of the Polish association Hydrogen Poland, member of Hydrogen Europe and European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. He is a member of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce for Energy and Environmental Protection (IGEOŚ) and also a member of the Honorary Council of the Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Technologies Center at Wrocław University of Technology. He is a lecturer at the Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Hydrogen Technologies Management at Collegium Humanum in Poland.

Dariusz Bugalski

Dariusz Bugalski

Journalist, columnist, writer, poet, teacher

Husband of Anna, father of Natalia, grandfather of Malina and Kazio. Author of the K3 podcast.

For years at Radio Trójka (including "Klub Trójki", "Trójka pod Księżyc", "All that matters"), and before that at Tok FM. He is the author of seven volumes of poetry, a collection of short stories, the art book "Brightening" (together with Wojciech Prażmowski) and the novel "Virus." He recently published a volume of poems "Correspondent of the Small Review".

Academic lecturer (SWPS University, UMCS, Institute of Literary Research). Teacher of communication and public speaking according to the author's method.

Mikołaj Potocki

Mikołaj Potocki

ALTEMIS

Experienced manager in the areas of climate change, risk management and governance systems. He supports companies in managing their climate impacts in such areas as organizational and product carbon footprint analysis, LCA, EPD, ESG audits, sustainable supply chain and sustainable purchasing. By virtue of his roles and experience, he has knowledge related to the general operation of certification systems in various sectors of the economy, as well as legal requirements in the areas of climate change, environmental protection and corporate social responsibility.

Agnieszka Durlik

Agnieszka Durlik

Director General, Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce

Long-time practitioner in supporting entrepreneurs. Graduate of Jagiellonian University and Postgraduate Studies at the Warsaw School of Economics in Human Resource Management. She developed her first professional experience as the right hand of the director of one of the largest hospitals in Warsaw, where she learned the ins and outs of the challenges of managing an organization in a way that required reconciling opposing interest groups. 

For many years, she has represented the entrepreneurial self-government in the role of an expert in economic and legal topics concerning the establishment and operation of businesses, labor law and social security. She has worked her way up through the various levels in a large organization such as the National Chamber of Commerce - from expert, to project-manager, to Spokesman, to Director of the President's Office, to Director General of the Court of Arbitration at the National Chamber of Commerce. She actively participates in the lawmaking processes in Poland - in parliament, ministries, public administration bodies. She has successfully prepared and implemented projects financed by EU funds. She advises entrepreneurs and is a guest of various media in advocating the interests of entrepreneurs.

Since 2017, she has headed the largest amicable court for entrepreneurs in Poland. On a daily basis, she interacts with the challenges faced by micro, small, medium and large entrepreneurs in the course of doing business. He is a member of the Jury of the "Golden Clips" competition. He is the co-author of a number of publications in the field of, among others, business advocacy, business conduct and anti-corruption.

Dr Beata Kozyra

Dr Beata Kozyra

ESG director; Grant Thornton Member of the ESG Committee of the Polish Chamber of Commerce.

Beata Kozyra has more than 20 years of business experience, including the creation and operationalization of sustainability aspects. Her core competency is the creation of ESG Reports and the creation and implementation of the company's ESG strategy and business strategy, taking into account the integrated sustainability strategy and cascading strategic goals to the operational and tactical levels, as well as the development of the necessary to achieve the aforementioned goals: business models, action plans, resource allocation and budget, and managing the change process in the organization.

He is a member of the ESG Committee of the Polish Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the international Net Zero Carbon Events initiative and a member of the international Carbon Footprint Counting Methodology Team for the events industry.

She has worked with more than 50 companies both on boards and as a strategy consultant.

She is a published author and speaker at numerous conferences in the field of sustainability. She has completed a doctoral degree, 3 post-graduate degrees in broad management, and many training and certified courses in strategic analysis, strategy development and implementation, and ESG reporting.

Clarissa Morawski

Clarissa Morawski

Co-founder of the Reloop Platform

Clarissa Morawski co-founded the Reloop Platform in 2015, (headquartered in Brussels and New York) – an international not-for-profit which combines expertise, scientific analysis and engagement with value-chain networks to better define, communicate and deploy circular economy policies and operations.

Clarissa Morawski brings 30 years of technical, analytical and communications experience in waste minimization policy. She has authored more than 100 articles and cover stories on Extended Producer Responsibility and circular economy for recycling publications and taught waste management at Trent University (Canada) from 2010-2015. More recently, in her role as Reloop CEO, Clarissa Morawski has been actively engaged in waste and circular economy policy development at European Union level.

Cleo Ćwiek

Cleo Ćwiek

Model, podcaster, founder of the You Can Go Crazy Foundation

Author of the book "CLOU. How to be yourself when you are everything else" (Agora Publishing). Enthusiast of climbing, podcasts, technology, literature and all sorts of trivia.

Dr Ilona Biedroń

Dr Ilona Biedroń

President of the Healthy River Foundation (d. Hectares For Nature)

Doctor of Engineering in the discipline of environmental engineering, specializing in water resources management including flood, drought and river ecosystem protection and restoration (river restoration). He is qualified to perform hydrological documentation issued in 2007.

President of the Healthy River Foundation (d. Hectares For Nature), expert on surface water restoration at the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management - PIB, coordinator of the WaterLANDS project at the Center for Wetland Conservation. Independent expert cooperating with the scientific and research community and NGOs, i.e. WWF Poland, Sendzimir Foundation, Shipyard Foundation or Clean Baltic Coalition.

She has extensive experience related to the preparation of key methodologies, analyses and databases for the development of water management plans, drought mitigation, flood risk management and their updates, and in conducting public consultations in this area.

Co-author of a number of expert reports, studies and planning works in the field of water management carried out since 2003. Coordinator and manager of a number of projects carried out for the benefit of water administration in Poland, including the project entitled "Development of the National Program for Restoration of Surface Waters" indicating the need and scope for taking action to improve hydromorphology for Polish rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Co-author of the concept on wetland restoration: Program and Spatial Concept of hydrotechnical structures on the Łasica and Zaborowski Canal within the Kampinos WetLIFE project, and the Concept of functional connection of the Drzewiczka and Wąglanka rivers and their valleys with the public space of Opoczno.

She has co-authored a number of publications on water issues, including recent ones on good practices in water management and surface water renaturalization.

In addition to her expertise, she is skilled in planning and leading projects, as well as building and coordinating project teams. Certified Project Manager - PRINCE2® Practitioner.

Dr Irena Chawrilska

Dr Irena Chawrilska

Director of the Academic Center for Polish Language and Culture at the University of Gdansk, coordinator of the Culture (for) Sustainable Development program at the UG Center for Sustainable Development

Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Polish Studies at the Institute of Polish Philology, visiting scholar (2023) at Utrecht University, visiting professor at the University of Toronto (2023-2024); author of books: Hybrids and hybridity: from the borderland of literature and visual arts (2020), Polish for sustainability? Polish culture and global challenges (2022), LOST in Gdansk! Polish culture in the age of uncertainty (2023).

Ludwika Włodek

Ludwika Włodek

Sociologist, journalist, Assistant Professor at the UW's Eastern European Studies Program

The topic of migration has long interested her, and she has written about labor migration from post-Soviet Central Asia to Russia and refugees from these areas in Poland. She is the author of the book "Worse Children of the Republic. On Algerians in France" (Wyd. Czarne 2020). The topic of migration is also present in her latest book, "Rebels of Afghanistan" (WAB 2022), about the fate of Afghan women's rights activists who had to flee Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power.

Maciej Kalwasiński

Maciej Kalwasiński

Chief specialist in the China Team of the Mark Karp Center for Eastern Studies

He previously worked at the financial portal "Bankier.pl" as a managing editor and analyst. He specializes in issues related to the PRC economy: the macroeconomic situation, economic policy, trade and foreign investment, and foreign economic policy.

Marianna Wartecka

Marianna Wartecka

Director of partnerships and advocacy and board member of the Survivor Foundation

A graduate in theater studies and law, she has been professionally involved in external communications and relationship building for more than a dozen years; she has been with the Survivor Foundation since 2016; she has been providing humanitarian assistance to people on the road on the Polish-Belarusian border since 2021 as a volunteer.

Robert Adamczyk

Robert Adamczyk

Chief ESG specialist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

25 years of experience reporting and estimating environmental and social risks. At the Bank, he is involved in due diligence and environmental and social risk analysis of energy, industrial and infrastructure projects in the Bank's countries of operation. Robert Adamczyk is an expert of the EU Platform for Sustainable Finance developing the European Taxonomy and an expert of the Task Force for Nature-related Financial Dislcosure (TNFD) on biodiversity reporting. He has worked on ESG reporting guidelines together with the Stock Exchange (WSE) and the Bucharest Stock Exchange, and is currently working on similar guidelines for the Prague Stock Exchange. Robert Adamczyk is also an EFRAG expert on reporting standards under the CSRD developing ESRS standards on pollution and biodiversity. He is also on the Technical Review Group of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) and on the Climate Bonds Iniative (CBI) technical review groups for the Steel and Chemicals sectors. Since 2017, he has been a member of the Renewable Energy Working Group under the United Nations Convection for Migratory Species (UN CMS).

Until 2004, he was Director of the Environmental Department at WS Atkins Poland (Atkins), which he founded in 1997. Robert Adamczyk is a graduate of Kings College London and Imperial College London. In his career, he has participated in several hundred environmental audits and analyses including environmental impact assessments on behalf of industry investors, financial investors, the Treasury and international financial institutions. He is a leading IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment) auditor and environmental assessor and member of RICS Europe (Royal Instituation of Charted Surveyors), ISO 14001 auditor and verifier for ResonsbileSteel. He specializes in the implementation of European Union requirements and ESG reporting, including the requirements of the IED, and conducting Environmental Impact Assessments of investments against the requirements of international financial institutions as well as European Union Directives. Between 2012-2021 he was chairman of the staff council at the EBRD.

Tomasz Pietrzak

Tomasz Pietrzak

Manager of the legal team of the Survivor Foundation

Lawyer and Arabist, manager of the legal team of the Ocalenie Foundation. Provides legal assistance to migrants and refugees in Warsaw and Lodz.

Wojciech Konecki

Wojciech Konecki

President of APPLiA - Association of Domestic Appliances and HVAC Manufacturers, Vice President of the Polish Chamber of Commerce

Wojciech Konecki graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics in 1991 with a master’s degree in economics.

He has worked in the household appliance manufacturing industry sector for the past 30 years. He has held both managerial and executive level positions in international companies, Whirlpool and Electrolux. Since 2004 he has been leading the APPLiA Polska (CECED), the domestic appliance manufacturers’ association which represents the industry’s interests towards the government, parliament and media, as well as market research and economic analysis activities. In 2020 he has been appointed as the President of the Board.

Since 2005, he has been working as Councillor and Vice-Chairman of the National Chamber of Commerce (KIG). He is also a chairman of the Committee of Electrical Consumer Goods in the Polish Committee for Standardization, he is a member of Board of Officers of CENELEC and holds the chairmanship of the supervisory board of the waste producer EEE collection system ElektroEko SA.

Wojciech Konecki has published many articles on the subjects of Circular Economy, EEE recycling, energy efficiency and market trends.

Decorated by the President of Poland with the Silver Cross of Merit and by the Minister of Economy with the decoration For Merit for the Development of the Economy of Poland.

Zuzanna Nowak

Zuzanna Nowak

Director of analysis at The Opportunity Institute for Foreign Affairs, expert at the Ignacy Lukasiewicz Institute for Energy Policy

Previously, she was energy and climate analyst in the Global Issues Programme of the Polish Institute of International Affairs. Her research interests focus in particular on energy security issues, as well as multilateral climate diplomacy. A graduate of The Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and the College of Europe in Bruges.

Maria Garcia Alvarez, MA

Maria Garcia Alvarez, MA

Senior lecturer by the Global Project and Change Management BBA program at the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands

She is a lecturer in Geopolitics & Globalization and Global Challenges, using the Earth Charter to teach on values approach to sustainable development. She is co-developer and coordinator of the educational concept Value Creators (www.valuecreators-whc.com), awarded by the Dutch Ministry of Education with the highest national award on educational innovation. She is an Earth Charter certified ESD Educator and she is involved in other international networks working on Sustainable Development, such is UN SDSN, UN Habitat, Wellbeing Economy Alliance and the IDGs initiative.

She is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Philosophy, Anthropology and Education at the University of the Basque country, where she carries research on innovative learning environments to foster Education for Sustainable Development and sustainability performance. She is also a guest lecturer for the Master of Leadership and Sustainability Aldatuz, faculty of Economics at the university of the Basque Country, where she lecturers on alternative futures for sustainable development. She has authored and co-authored different articles published internationally in the field of ESD.

At the moment, she is also Special Editor for Springer Nature series on Discover Sustainability, where she guides an edition highlighting tools and concepts to overcome barriers for a full implementation of ESD in higher education. In the Netherlands, she is member of the Board of Directors of the National Comenius Network, fostering innovation in higher education.