ABSL Conference

In June, Łódź hosted the eighth ABSL conference, with over 1,000 attendees flocking from around the world to the business service sector event. With expert speakers focusing on the challenge of change and its effect on markets, talent and leadership, a key theme throughout was the constant shifting of the balance of politics and the economy, and its direct impact on business.

David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK from 2010 to 2016, was the keynote speaker, addressing crucial questions surrounding the future of Europe in a Q&A session moderated by the Financial Times correspondent Henry Foy. The session largely focused on relations between the UK and Poland, especially in business and possible resource relocation.

David Cameron discussing the future of Europe with Henry Foy. The former UK Prime Minister resigned in 2016, following the UK’s vote to leave the EU. Cameron, who supported staying in the Union, spoke about Poland’s role in Europe’s future.

Additionally, the future of robotics and smart technology featured heavily. Aleksandra Przegalińska from MIT and Fujitsu’s Joseph Reger assured audience members that robots are not to be feared, but assimilated instead. The impact of the smart world was addressed by Skanska’s Magnus Persson, who said being smart meant making everyday tasks simple and enjoyable by using intelligence, while JLL’s Tomasz Trzósło and Anna Bartoszewicz–Wnuk tackled the issue of reworking and retooling the work environment in light of tech-driven change.

Generational change was also addressed, with speakers including Mercer’s Robert Baker and Zain Wadee from Randstad Sourceright discussing what was required as Millennials become the most prominent group in the labour market and how inclusion shapes companies and employees. Finally, Skanska Property Poland’s Arkadiusz Rudzki represented the real estate industry on the panel ‘Disrupt or be disrupted’, which discussed what companies need to do to seize the upside of disruption.

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Written by: Liam Frahm

Liam Frahm is Poland Today’s editorial co-ordinator and is based in the United Kingdom. He currently studies politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University and is interested in current and international affairs.