It’s been over five years since the Belt & Road Initiative was launched by China’s President Xi Jinping, but it’s still unclear whether Poland and the wider Central & Eastern Europe region will truly benefit from it, or if the area will be consigned to ‘corridor’ status between China and the ‘Blue Banana’ part of Central-Western Europe.
The Poland & CEE: co-building the Belt & Road conference will be the first C-level event to bring in holistic, balanced – or even critical – point of view on what the Chinese initiative could mean for Polish & CEE businesses.
With top experts in logistics, supply chain, infrastructure and financing from around the world we will provide high-level networking and deliver insights useful for future business development.
Who should attend:
• Professionals from CEE, Asia and Western Europe
•C-level management from transport & logistics, real estate, developers, investors, cross border trade, shippers, e-commerce
•Decision makers from local, regional and national as well as international authorities and institutions
How do we differ from other BRI-related events?
•Focus on business
•Belt & Road Initiative from the perspective of the CEE Region where different political systems meet (EU 28 and China 16+1)
•A highly condensed thus objective overview about the complexity of the activities in this global initiative
Frank Schuhholz, Founder FMS Advisers, thought leader in multimodal transport, rail and logistics, The Hague
Wolfgang Lehmacher, Thought leader in global transport, logistics and supply chain, Hong Kong
Thought leader in global transport, logistics and supply chain
Wolfgang Lehmacher is a thought leader in global transport, logistics and supply chain. Until recently the Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries for the Geneva-based World Economic Forum, Lehmacher now works as a non-executive board director and strategy consultant who, as his LinkedIn profile puts it, is an ‘industry and technology evangelist and polymath, offering advice and support to stakeholders across the global supply chain ecosystem – ranging from start-ups, to investors, to Fortune 50 companies’. Lehmacher has written for the Financial Times, Forbes and Fortune magazines and speaks at leading business schools and conferences around the world. Wolfgang is a keynote speaker and strategic advisor.
Frank Schuhholz is a global expert on logistics, with a particular focus on the Belt & Road Initiative. Passionate about the pan-European rail freight industry, he has been tracking Chinese activities and interests in Europe since he saw the first regular container trains coming into Europe from China over 10 years ago while working for the A.P. Moller Maersk Group. In 2016 he set up FMS Advisers in order to assist business leaders who believe that rail can play a far more important role within their company’s supply chains in the future then it does today. Frank is a co-organizer of this conference.
Dr Chen Chen
China Special Advisor
Chen, as China Special Advisor, is a key member of the China Service Group of Baker McKenzie Budapest office. Being a native Chinese with a Hungarian law degree, Chen is best positioned to assist Chinese clients in connection with the legal aspects of their investments and operations in Hungary. In co-operation with our Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offices, Chen can also assist Hungarian and other European clients in their business relationships with Chinese companies and their activities in the Chinese markets.
Dr. Carsten Hinne
DB Cargo Eurasia
Dr. Carsten Hinne is the CEO of DB Cargo Eurasia and SVP of Corridor Development China in Frankfurt.
Robert Dobrzycki as Chief Executive Officer oversees the operations in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Romania and recently also in the United Kingdom where Panattoni merged to form a new development company, named First Panattoni, with a first phase capital facility of £300m to spend on new land purchases and speculative development in the UK. Dobrzycki opened Panattoni CEE’s operation in 2005 and under his management Panattoni Europe achieved the leading position on the Polish market and high brand recognition in Central Europe. During 12 years under Mr. Dobrzycki management Panattoni Europe developed in Poland over 4.7 million square meters of warehouse space out of existing stock of 13 million square meters. In 2018 Panattoni was named the most active developer in Europe by Property EU magazine. Currently, the portfolio managed by the Company in Europe is ca. 3 million square meters. Apart from Poland, Panattoni Europe has offices in the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Germany and Romania.
Founder & CEO
Volker Friedrich is the Founder & CEO of GBP International Management Consultancy, in Berlin - Beijing.
AXI IMMO Group
Renata has many years of experience in real estate management, especially in the warehouse and industrial sector. Ten years ago she created the strong and reliable advisory agency, that has grown into today’s Axi Immo. Renata gained her experience working for developers and international real estate agencies. Renata is a President SIOR European Chapter and a member of the RICS. Together with her team she advises and represents clients in leasing, renegotiations, disposal and acquisition of commercial facilities. She has an MA from Warsaw University and a post graduate degree in Management & Valuation in Sheffield University in UK.
Carsten Pottharst is the CEO of InterRail Europe in Frankfurt.
Dr. Wulf Meinel
Frasers Property Europe
Dr. Wulf Meinel is the CEO of Frasers Property Europe in Amsterdam.
LOT Polish Airlines
Michał Grochowski is the Cargo Director at LOT Polish Airlines in Warsaw.
Port of Rijeka
Bartek Pastwa is a Board Member of Port of Rijeka.
Founder & Editor
Richard Stephens is Founder & Editor of Poland Today, an English-language media firm based in Warsaw. The company is the publisher of the award-winning Poland Today magazine and hosts its flagship conferences at MIPIM, the world’s leading real estate fair in Cannes. Richard is also Director of the Emerging Europe Awards in London, organized by Emerging Europe. He was previously editor of Eurobuild CEE magazine, where he established the conference department and also created the hugely successful Eurobuild Awards Gala, running the first two editions. Previously, he was Managing Director of CEPIF, the CEE region’s real estate fair in Warsaw. Throughout his career, Richard has organised over 120 international conferences and events, including 10+ trips of international journalists to Poland & CEE countries on behalf of entities like UEFA, ahead of Euro 2012 in Poland & Ukraine. Richard is English and graduated in Theology & Religious Studies from Bristol University.
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