OVERVIEW

The first annual ‘Poland & CEE: Co-building the Belt & Road’ conference was a success!

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AGENDA

Tuesday 11 June Conference Day 1
12.00
Registration & Networking Lunch
13.00
Welcome

Richard Stephens, Founder & Editor, Poland Today (conference co-host)

13.05
Opening Presentation - Poland & CEE: The Buckle on the Belt & Road?
A $900-billion investment programme sees the Chinese amassing thousands of kilometres of railway lines and a portfolio of ports across Europe. What are the impacts and the outlook for the CEE region from a logistics perspective?

Frank Schuhholz, Founder & CEO, FMS ADVISERS B.V. (conference co-host)

13.20
Keynote: Opportunities Arising from the BRI - A Global Economic & Geopolitical Context
While the West grapples with the rise of populism and protectionism, Brexit and President Donald Trump, Asia is increasingly shaping global trade and shaking up geopolitics. Asia not only offers fresh perspectives for its own economies, but also for other regions – including Europe. The Central and Eastern European Region in particular has the opportunity to benefit from a significant economic impetus that Belt & Road could offer – provided the nations align and establish themselves as a set of well-designed, tightly-connected hubs on the canvas of the largest area development project of all times.

Wolfgang Lehmacher, Global Supply Chain Evangelist and former Head of Supply Chain & Transport Industries, World Economic Forum

 

13.40
Answering Challenges: Building Blocks for EU-Asia Connectivity
The presentation will describe and explain the rationale behind the EU’s new encompassing framework for EU relations with Asia, the “EU-Asia Connectivity".

Dr. Lúcio Vinhas de SouzaHead, Economics Team, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission, Brussels

14.00
Panel: Assessing the BRI - Concept & Current State of Affairs
The Belt & Road Initiative is vast and complex. This session breaks down the various pillars of the BRI and assesses how they impact both the global economy and regional economies, as well as looking at the impact the BRI will have on the development of current and future transport networks spanning the various regions covered by BRI.

Dr. Lúcio Vinhas de Souza, Head, Economics Team, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission, Brussels

• Dr. Christian Kuhn, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ); Member of Supervisory Board, State Railway of Ukraine, Board of Directors, LG (Baltics)

• Steffen Bobsien, CEO, DB Cargo Polska

Dr. Krzysztof Senger, Executive Vice President, Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH)

Wolfgang Lehmacher, Global Supply Chain Evangelist and former Head of Supply Chain & Transport Industries, World Economic Forum (moderator)

15.00
Networking Coffee Break
15.30
Presentation: Political Implications of 17 +1 for the Development of Infrastructure in CEE
During the recent 16+1 summit in Dubrovnik a new member-state was invited to the Chinese led initiative: Greece. Will a new member change the dynamics of the 17+1 platform? Can we expect more investment on the south-north corridor from Greece's Pireus port to the Baltic States?

Patrycja Pendrakowska, President of the Board, Boym Institute

 

15.40
Panel: The Region - How can CEE Benefit from its Location, Connections & Nodes?
The CEE region is mainly landlocked and cannot compete in level terms, in this regard, with countries which have established maritime structures. However, its central location allows the region to potentially play a significant role regarding overland transport. How can it optimize its strengths to compensate for its weaknesses?

Robert Dobrzycki, CEO Europe, Panattoni Europe

Dr. Wulf Meinel, CEO, Fraser Property Europe

Dr. Carsten Hinne, Senior Vice President Corridor Development China/New Silk Road, DB Cargo AG

Radosław Pacewicz, Vice President, The Office of Rail Transport (UTK)

Andrew Wrobel, Founding Partner, Strategy & Content, Emerging Europe (moderator)

TOPICS
  • Strong competitor

    Can the CEE region rival existing Western European logistics hotspots and could we see a shift in the centre of gravity?

  • Consumer potential

    What is the consumer reach of respective locations?

  • New roles

    What role can countries like Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and others play, and do they have what supply chains need in order to become distribution hubs?

  • Plan B route

    Which alternative transport routes/supply chains already exist, or are in the making?

  • Reaping the benefits

    Which industries and businesses will benefit from a CEE-based approach to the BRI?

16.30
Solidarity Transport Hub Poland: Transforming Central Europe's Transport Infrastructure
With CPK’s plan to build a large new airport and transform the country’s passenger and cargo rail system, Poland has the potential to join the group of countries with their own large transfer hub. What are the prospects for this massive infrastructure project, and how could it affect the region’s - and Europe’s - transport system?

Piotr Malepszak, President of the Board, Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (CPK)

Marta Fredrych, Associate, Baker McKenzie

Rafał Milczarski, President & CEO, LOT Polish Airlines

Adam Czerniak, Chief Economist, Director for Research, Polityka Insight (moderator)

17.15
Speed Networking Session
So you can find who you’re looking for, at each table will be positioned experts in the following topics, ready to engage with you:

SEA FREIGHT & MARITIME PORTS

Martin HubeňákPort Representative Central & Eastern Europe, Antwerp Port Authority, Belgium

 

RAIL FREIGHT & RAIL TERMINALS

Dr. Carsten Hinne, Senior Vice President Corridor Development China/New Silk Road, DB Cargo AG

Thomas Kowitzki, Head of China Rail Multimodal/Europe, DHL Global Forwarding

Carsten Pottharst, Managing Director, InterRail Europe

 

AIR FREIGHT & AIRPORTS

József Kossuth, Senior Cargo Manager, Budapest Airport Zrt

Michał Grochowski, Director, LOT Cargo

 

INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

Marta Fredrych, Associate, Baker McKenzie

 

LEGAL

Dr. Chen Chen, China Special Advisor, Baker McKenzie

 

REAL ESTATE & WAREHOUSING

Dr. Wulf Meinel, CEO, Fraser Property Europe

Renata Osiecka, Managing Partner, AXI IMMO

Dorota Jagodzińska-Sasson, Managing Director, Panattoni Europe

 

EXPORT AND INVESTMENT IN CHINA AND BRI

Dr. Andrzej Juchniewicz, Chief Representative Shanghai Office, Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH)

 

HOTEL INVESTMENT ON THE BELT AND ROAD 

Adam Konieczny, Development Director for Poland and Eastern Europe, Louvre Hotels Group

18.00
One-to-one business meetings (optional)
To be set up by participants via the app that will be shared shortly before the conference
20.00
Gala Dinner: Celebrating 30 Years of Poland's Economic Miracle
In 1989 Poland emerged from over 40 years of communism, an economic basket case. Fast forward to 2019 and the country has recorded 27 years of continuous economic growth (the only modern economy other than Australia to achieve this feat), and was last year promoted by FTSE Russell to Advanced market status, joining an exclusive group of 25 major economies. In context, the last country to be thus promoted was South Korea more than 10 years previously. Poland’s success was no foregone conclusion: it was achieved through sound policy and the hard work and ingenuity of the Polish people. Join us at this exclusive gala dinner to celebrate a modern economic phenomenon.
Keynote Speech
Poland’s Transition to Market and Democracy: Can the Success Hold?

Prof. Grzegorz W. KolodkoPolish Economist, Poland’s former Deputy Prime Minister, 1994-97 and Minister of Finance, 2002-03

Wednesday 12 June Conference Day 2
8.30
Welcome Coffee & Registration
9.00
Panel: The Modes - Multimodal Dimensions of the Belt & Road
The BRI is nothing without the modes of transport that get goods and people from A to B. This panel will assess the different strategies and business models of key players such as logistics companies, express operators and ocean & rail carriers, and will pose questions such as:

How will the split between sea, rail, and air look like in the future, and what are the plans of the big players?

Which routes are interesting for which types of cargo, which roles the different CEE countries can play, where regional hotspots are already located – or could be located?

What is the value proposition for forwarders regarding railway vs maritime supply chains?

Which industries will both benefit & play a role in the BRI, and why?

Customs and border controls: how will they influence pricing?

What are the pricing comparisons between maritime, rail and air freight (including incentives and subsidies)?

Taking into account the imbalance issues in rail transport, what the strategies and initiatives taken by market players to solve the issues?

 

Carsten Pottharst, Managing Director, InterRail Europe

• Michał Grochowski, Director, LOT Cargo

• József Kossuth, Senior Cargo Manager, Budapest Airport Zrt

Thomas Kowitzki, Head of China Rail Multimodal/Europe,  DHL Global Forwarding

Philip Evans, Secretary General, The European Freight & Logistics Leaders’ Forum

Frank Schuhholz, Founder & CEO, FMS ADVISERS B.V. (moderator)

10.00
The Finest Bay Area Project: Closing a gap in the BRI connecting the Nordics with the CEE via the longest underwater railway tunnel in the world

Peter Vesterbacka, Co-Founder, FinEstBay Area Development Oy

10.30
Panel: Financing the BRI - Sustainability, Legal and Political Risks
Given the enormous capital needs of the BRI, and on the assumption that China won’t be able to carry them alone, it’s natural to ask how financially sustainable the initiative is?

Dr. Chen Chen, China Special Advisor, Baker McKenzie

Bartosz Komasa, Head of Corporate Relations, Bank of China

Kustaa Valtonen, Co-founder, FinEstBay Area Development Oy

Volker Friedrich,  Founder & CEO, GBP International

Dr. Andrzej Juchniewicz, Chief Representative Shanghai Office, Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH)

Wolfgang Lehmacher, Global Supply Chain Evangelist and former Head of Supply Chain & Transport Industries, World Economic Forum (moderator)

TOPICS
  • Great expectations

    Which investments arising from the BRI can be expected or needed in the CEE Region?

  • Risky business

    Which legal risks could occur, and how to deal with them in the absence of a regulatory framework among the various countries?

  • Complex investment

    How to deal with the complexities of trade and cross-border investment?

  • Political aspect

    What are the identifiable political risks as China and the EU battle for influence, potentially hampering the development of the BRI within the CEE region?

  • VAT rates

    With variable VAT rates from country to country, how does this affect the CEE region’s financial attractiveness, or are there more important factors which should be taken into account?

11.15
Networking Coffee Break
11.45
Breakout Sessions
The conference divides into separate rooms to allow greater discussion between the participants on the topics and issues surrounding the Belt & Road Initiative – from their perspective. Each room will have a session host to moderate the discussion and there will be designated speakers to help lead it. Participants can contribute if they wish, or simply listen and digest the debate.
SESSION 1: Infrastructure & Investments

Frank Schuhholz, Founder & CEO, FMS ADVISERS B.V (session host)
Michał Zięba, Partner, Elżanowski, Cherka & Wąsowski Law Firm
Artur Mokrzycki, Head of Capital Markets Europe, Panattoni Europe
Jakub Jakóbowski
, Senior Fellow, Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW
Patrycja Pendrakowska, President of the Board, Boym Institute
Dr. Wulf Meinel
, CEO, Fraser Property Europe
József Kossuth, Senior Cargo Manager, Budapest Airport Zrt
Dr. Andrzej Juchniewicz
, Chief Representative Shanghai Office, Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH)
Peter Vesterbacka
, Co-Founder, FinEstBay Area Development Oy
Kustaa Valtonen
, Co-founder, FinEstBay Area Development Oy
Volker Friedrich
,  Founder & CEO, GBP International  

 

•Hotspots for infrastructure investment – where should they be?
•Where are EU funds being targeted in terms of location and project type?
•Issues at the border crossings – how can they be solved?
•Where are the new transport nodes?
•Will air freight play a bigger role European logistics?
•What’s the priority for CEE: roads, rail, port or air freight?
•Where are freight villages planned and needed?
•What are the prospects for better infrastructure in the CEE hinterland to process cargo flows properly?
•Does the increased trend for near-shoring mean a return to Europe for producers & manufacturers who had headed east?

SESSION 2: Transport & Supply Chain

Wolfgang Lehmacher, Global Supply Chain Evangelist and former Head of Supply Chain & Transport Industries, World Economic Forum (session host)
Łukasz Dziewanowski
, Operational Director Region PL, ESA logistika
Christoph Szakowski
Managing Partner, LogCon East
Krzysztof Maśny
, Senior Executive Logistics & Supply Chain Executive, PSME Expert
Prof. Jana Pieriegud
, Head of the Department of Infrastructure and Mobility Studies, SGH Warsaw School of Economics and Member of the Scientific Committee of the Shift2Rail JU, Brussels
Dariusz Mierkiewicz, Business Development Manager for Poland, Port Koper
Bartek Pastwa
, Board Member, Port Rijeka
Thomas Kowitzki
, Head of China Rail Multimodal/Europe, DHL Global Forwarding
Carsten Pottharst
, Managing Director, InterRail Europe
Michał Grochowski
, Director, LOT Cargo
Philip Evans
, Secretary General, The European Freight & Logistics Leaders’ Forum
Łukasz Dziewanowski
, Operational Director Region PL, ESA logistika member of Hitachi Transport System  

 

 

•What are the future projections and targets regarding transit times between China and CEE?
•What are the key factors that will improve these transit times?
•With stability and peace of mind crucial for the modern supply chain leader, how close are estimated delivery times to actual arrival times, and what needs to be done to improve them?
•What are alternative routes for cargo from East to West: is Poland the alternative, or through Georgia then Romania, or is the future via Finland with the planned tunnel?
•With the majority of rail cargo, not temperature controlled, can this be expected to change, and when?

12.45
Panel: Location SWOT Analysis - CEE in the European Context
Infrastructure investments are just one of the key elements of the BRI. Given its geographical position within Europe, and within the BRI context of better connectivity by rail as well as air and sea, this panel shall discuss whether - by its very location - the CEE region will be able to strengthen its position versus the traditional (logistics) hot spots in Europe.

Bartek Pastwa, Board Member, Port of Rijeka

Renata Osiecka, Managing Partner, AXI IMMO

Peter Vesterbacka, Co-Founder, FinEstBay Area Development Oy

Prof. Jana Pieriegud, Head of the Department of Infrastructure and Mobility Studies, SGH Warsaw School of Economics and Member of the Scientific Committee of the Shift2Rail JU, Brussels

Frank Schuhholz, Founder & CEO, FMS ADVISERS B.V.

Richard Stephens, Founder & Editor, Poland Today (moderator)

 

TOPICS
  • Europe West

    How will the BRI influence the development of Western European logistic clusters, if at all, and what will be the benefits for them?

  • Europe Central

    What are the key elements for a successful positioning of the CEE region within the BRI, and which opportunities and risks will occur? Are there plans are to more closely interlink key CEE countries to become more attractive for investors/partners from China?

  • Europe East

    How will the so-called ‘middle corridor’ (via Kazakhstan, Iran Turkey into Europe) come into play? What effects can be expected regarding connectivity, and will this be a competing corridor to the Russian corridor, or is it planned as a complementary route connecting China with Europe?

  • Europe South

    How will the increased Chinese interest in South European/Mediterranean countries and infrastructures play out towards the CEE region?

13.30
Closing Remarks
Summary of the conference’s key findings by Wolfgang Lehmacher & Frank Schuhholz
13.45
Networking Lunch

SPEAKERS

    Wolfgang Lehmacher
    Global Supply Chain Evangelist and former Head of Supply Chain & Transport Industries
    World Economic Forum

    Wolfgang Lehmacher is a Global Supply Chain Evangelist. Until recently, he was 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 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. Wolfgang is a keynote speaker and strategic advisor.

  • Wolfgang Lehmacher
    World Economic Forum
    SEE BIO
  • Frank Schuhholz
    Founder & CEO
    FMS ADVISERS B.V.

    Frank Schuhholz is a global expert on logistics, with a focus on the Belt & Road Initiative. Passionate about the pan-European rail freight industry, he has been tracking Chinese activities in Europe since he saw regular container trains coming into Europe from China 10 years ago while working for A.P. Moller Maersk Group. In 2016 he set up FMS Advisers to assist business leaders who believe that rail can play a more important role within their company’s supply chains in the future than it does today. Frank is the inventor and co-organiser of this conference.

  • Frank Schuhholz
    FMS ADVISERS B.V.
    SEE BIO
  • Dr. Chen Chen
    China Special Advisor
    Baker McKenzie

    Dr. Chen Chen is a China Special Advisor and is a key member of the China Service Group of Baker McKenzie Budapest office. Being 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 the Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai offices, Chen also assists Hungarian and other European clients in their business relationships with Chinese companies and their activities in the Chinese markets.

  • Dr. Chen Chen
    Baker McKenzie
    SEE BIO
  • Dr. Christian Kuhn
    Chairman, Board of Directors
    Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ)

    Dr. Christian Kuhn is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ), the second largest railway in the CIS and a major player in the development of the new Silk Road corridor linking China with Europe and the Middle East. He is also a Member of the Supervisory Board and Chairman of Committee on Strategy and Finance for Ukrzaliznytsia, the State Railway of Ukraine and is also a Member of the Board of Directors of Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (LG), the biggest freight railway in the Baltic countries.

  • Dr. Christian Kuhn
    Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ)
    SEE BIO
  • Dr. Lúcio Vinhas de Souza
    Head of Economics Team
    European Commission

    Dr. Lúcio Vinhas de Souza is the Head of the Economics Team for the European Commission. He has been a visiting researcher and visiting fellow at a number of institutions, including the Central Banks of Estonia and Germany, the New Economic School in Moscow and the European Centre for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics in Brussels. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and Master and Bachelor degrees in economics from the New University of Lisbon in Portugal.

  • Dr. Lúcio Vinhas de Souza
    European Commission
    SEE BIO
  • Robert Dobrzycki
    CEO Europe
    Panattoni Europe

    Robert Dobrzycki is CEO of Panattoni Europe and oversees operations in Poland, Czech, Slovakia, Germany and the UK. Dobrzycki opened Panattoni CEE operations in 2005 and under his management, Panattoni Europe has achieved the leading position on the Polish market and high brand recognition in CE. In 14 years under his management, Panattoni Europe has developed in Poland over 6m sqm of warehouse space out of existing stock of 16m sqm. Panattoni was recently named largest developer in Europe by PropertyEU for the third year in a row.

  • Robert Dobrzycki
    Panattoni Europe
    SEE BIO
  • Dr. Carsten Hinne
    CEO
    DB Cargo Eurasia

    Dr. Carsten Hinne is responsible for developing the Eurasian Corridor for DB Cargo as SVP since January 2018 and was appointed as CEO of DB Cargo Eurasia. Previously, Carsten was responsible for Industry Sector Chemicals for DB Cargo as Senior Vice President. Earlier, in 2011, Carsten took on his first P&L responsibility when he was appointed Managing Director to lead the strategic expansion of DB Schenker´s intermodal and rail logistics division in the UK.

  • Dr. Carsten Hinne
    DB Cargo Eurasia
    SEE BIO
  • Volker Friedrich
    Founder & CEO
    GBP International

    Volker Friedrich is the Founder and CEO of GBP International, an independent consulting company founded in 1997 which offers management consulting and project management services across many industry segments in Europe and Asia Pacific, with a network in China, India, Southeast-Asia and Europe. GBP International is based in Malaysia but has offices in cities in Asia Pacific. Berlin and Kuala Lumpur are centres for coordinating activities in Europe and Asia. Prior to founding GBP, Friedrich was a Senior Consultant with Roland Berger & Partner.

  • Volker Friedrich
    GBP International
    SEE BIO
  • Renata Osiecka
    Managing Partner
    AXI IMMO Group

    Renata Osiecka is the Managing Partner of AXI IMMO. She has many years of experience in real estate management, especially in the warehouse and industrial sector. Ten years ago she created an advisory agency that has grown into today’s AXI IMMO. Osiecka gained her experience working for developers and international real estate agencies. She is a President of SIOR European Chapter and a member of RICS. She advises and represents clients in leasing, renegotiations, disposal, and acquisition of commercial facilities.

  • Renata Osiecka
    AXI IMMO Group
    SEE BIO
  • József Kossuth
    Senior Cargo Manager
    Budapest Airport Zrt

    József Kossuth is the Senior Cargo Manager for Budapest Airport Zrt, responsible for managing the airport’s cargo business development, sales and marketing. His mission is to optimise the air cargo environment of the airport for cargo business partners and to develop the regional cargo hub role of BUD utilising the large cargo potential in the CEE region. Previously, he worked as Assistant Fuel Manager for Malév Hungarian Airlines, and Sales Manager of Airport Fuel Supply Ltd. subsidiary of (BUD). In addition, he is a Board Member of the Hungarian Logistic Service Centres Association.

  • József Kossuth
    Budapest Airport Zrt
    SEE BIO
  • Carsten Pottharst
    Managing Director
    InterRail Europe

    Carsten Pottharst is the Managing Director of InterRail Europe GmbH, based in Switzerland. He was previously Sales Director at InterRail, having joined from DB Schenker Automotive. InterRail Europe is a rail service and forwarding provider which focuses on rail transport along three corridors across the states of the former Soviet Union, from Europe to China, from Europe to Russia, Iran and India, and along the Central Asian corridor. It is the General Agent for Chinese Railway subsidiary CRCT and also General Forwarder for KTZE.

  • Carsten Pottharst
    InterRail Europe
    SEE BIO
  • Dr. Wulf Meinel
    CEO
    Frasers Property Europe

    Dr. Wulf Meinel is the CEO of Frasers Property Europe and has over 25 years of real estate experience as an investment manager, banker and real estate lawyer. Frasers Property Europe develops, owns and manages light industrial and logistics assets. Previously, Meinel was a Managing Director/Partner at The Carlyle Group, where he realised growth and expansion strategies for Germany, the Nordics and Central Europe, and played a key role in raising over € 3.5bn for Carlyle’s three Real Estate Funds in Europe.

  • Dr. Wulf Meinel
    Frasers Property Europe
    SEE BIO
  • Piotr Malepszak
    Acting President
    Solidarity Transport Hub Poland

    Piotr Malepszak is the Acting President of Solidarity Transport Hub Poland and is responsible for planning, design and construction of the air-and-rail hub. He is a Member of the Board and is in charge of the railway component of the investment. Previously, he was a Member of the Board of Koleje Dolnośląskie (Lower Silesian Railways) and worked with PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe as the Director of the Railway Road Office and the Board's Representative for Railway Revitalisation.

  • Piotr Malepszak
    Solidarity Transport Hub Poland
    SEE BIO
  • Philip Evans
    Secretary General
    European Freight & Logistics Leaders’ Forum

    Philip Evans is the Secretary General of the European Freight & Logistics Leaders’ Forum, an international network of senior business leaders from across global supply chains. His knowledge of global markets comes from two decades of working in the sector as Commercial Director of an FMCG export wholesaler, Founder of an international retail franchise and now Founder and Managing Director of Global Food & Drink Brands. He was formerly a corporate finance Partner at Arthur Andersen and Head of its European Retail team.

  • Philip Evans
    European Freight & Logistics Leaders’ Forum
    SEE BIO
  • Patrycja Pendrakowska
    President of the Board
    Boym Institute

    Patrycja Pendrakowska is President of the Board at the Boym Institute, an independent think tank that brings together experts on issues such as politics, economy and innovation in developing countries, especially contemporary Asia. She is also CEO of Asian Century, a consulting company connecting Europe with Asia, and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Warsaw. She graduated with degrees in Sinology, Philosophy, Sociology, and Ethnology at the University of Warsaw.

  • Patrycja Pendrakowska
    Boym Institute
    SEE BIO
  • Rafał Milczarski
    President and CEO
    LOT Polish Airlines

    Rafał Milczarski is the President and CEO for LOT Polish Airlines. In 2017, Milczarski was elected as President of AIRiE (Airlines International Representation in Europe) association and he was also appointed as President of Polish Aviation Group (PGL). He co-founded the Baltic Rail, one of the first private railway carriers of goods in Poland. Together with UK’s Freightliner Group, he founded Freightliner PL. He is also the founder of Freightliner DE – a German subsidiary Freightliner PL and the Association of Independent Railway.

  • Rafał Milczarski
    LOT Polish Airlines
    SEE BIO
  • Marta Fredrych
    Associate
    Baker Mckenzie

    Rafał Milczarski is the President and CEO for LOT Polish Airlines. In 2017, Milczarski was elected as President of AIRiE (Airlines International Representation in Europe) association and he was also appointed as President of Polish Aviation Group (PGL). He co-founded the Baltic Rail, one of the first private railway carriers of goods in Poland. Together with UK’s Freightliner Group, he founded Freightliner PL. He is also the founder of Freightliner DE – a German subsidiary Freightliner PL and the Association of Independent Railway.

  • Marta Fredrych
    Baker Mckenzie
    SEE BIO
  • Thomas Kowitzki
    Head of China Rail Multimodal/Europe
    DHL Global Forwarding

    Thomas Kowitzki is the Head of China Rail Mutlimodal/Europe at DHL Global Forwarding. With 30 years of experience, he has expertise in International Freight Forwarding and CEP/Parcel/Express. In the context of the further successful development of the Chinarail Service, the group decided in 2017 to bundle the service under DHL Global Forwarding and set up an integrated team, headed by Kowitzki. Today DHL has a dedicated Rail team in place located in Europe and China to ensure smooth operation and expansion of DHL services along the New Silk Road.

  • Thomas Kowitzki
    DHL Global Forwarding
    SEE BIO
  • Steffen Bobsien
    CEO
    DB Cargo Polska

    Steffen Bobsien is the Chief Executive Officer of DB Cargo Polska, one of the leading freight rail carriers on the Polish market. Previously, as Senior Vice President of DB Cargo, he was responsible for Assets & Technology. In this position he established a holistic European asset and technology management system and created the innovative "amspireLab". He set industry standards by taking innovative approaches to asset management, introducing ECM and making technological improvements to the fleet.

  • Steffen Bobsien
    DB Cargo Polska
    SEE BIO
  • Dr. Andrzej Juchniewicz
    Chief Representative Shanghai Office
    Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH)

    Dr. Andrzej Juchniewicz is the Chief Representative of the PAIH office in Shanghai. PAIH works to increase the inflow of investments to Poland and the outflow of Polish FDI. It also aims to increase Polish exports. The Agency assists entrepreneurs with administrative and legal procedures and helps to develop legal solutions, find suitable locations, reliable partners and suppliers. Foreign Trade Offices of PAIH are responsible for supporting Polish exporters and investors looking for new opportunities.

  • Dr. Andrzej Juchniewicz
    Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH)
    SEE BIO
  • Michał Grochowski
    Cargo Director
    LOT Polish Airlines

    Michał Grochowski is the Cargo Director at LOT Polish Airlines, where he is responsible for the continuous growth of the LOT Cargo brand and the support of LOT Cargo agents. Before joining LOT, Grochowski was Head of Sales, Air & Ocean, for CEVA Logistics, and prior to that he was Air Freight Developing Manager CE for Switzerland-based logistics & supply chain company Panalpina. He started his career with DB Schenker, where he was Head of VM Aerospace Region East, and was responsible for business development.

  • Michał Grochowski
    LOT Polish Airlines
    SEE BIO
  • Bartek Pastwa
    Board Member
    Port of Rijeka

    The Port of Rijeka in Croatia is the largest concessionaire for shipping and reloading of dry cargo in the Rijeka port basin. The port offers services in maritime traffic, port services and the storage of cargo. It is located on the Kvarner Gulf in the northern Adriatic Sea and is at the southern terminus of the Pan-European transport network corridor, representing a maritime extension of the rail and road routes leading to and from Rijeka. They include modern roads such as the A6 and A7 motorways.

  • Bartek Pastwa
    Port of Rijeka
    SEE BIO
  • Bartosz Komasa
    Head of Corporate Relations
    Bank of China

    Bartosz Komasa is the Head of Corporate Relations for the Bank of China in Poland. He has been involved in Sino-Polish economic relations since 2002, starting his career at the Economic Section of the Polish Embassy in Beijing, where he assisted Polish enterprises entering the Chinese market. Komasa previously worked for the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency, where he was in charge of Chinese investments in Poland. In 2012, he assisted in the establishment of the first Chinese bank in Poland – Bank of China.

  • Bartosz Komasa
    Bank of China
    SEE BIO
  • Peter Vesterbacka
    Co-Founder
    FinEstBay Area Development Oy

    Peter Vesterbacka is co-Founder of FinEstBay Area Development Oy. Previously, he served as the Chief Marketing Officer and Mighty Eagle of Rovio Entertainment Oy until summer 2016. He has also worked at the original startup Hewlett-Packard and founded among others Slush and Mobile Monday. Lately, Vesterbacka has focused on education-related ventures, as well as developing the world's longest subsea tunnel connecting Finland and Estonia. He is well known and active in the global startup community.

  • Peter Vesterbacka
    FinEstBay Area Development Oy
    SEE BIO
  • Kustaa Valtonen
    Co-Founder
    FinEstBay Area Development Oy

    Kustaa Valtonen is co-Founder of FinEstBay Area Development Oy. He is an experienced sales professional with more than 13 years of experience from HP and Microsoft. During the last seven years, he has worked as a business angel helping a large number of startups to raise funding and grow their businesses. In May 2016, Valtonen started to work on the world's longest subsea railway tunnel connecting Finland and Estonia.

  • Kustaa Valtonen
    FinEstBay Area Development Oy
    SEE BIO
  • Martin Hubeňák
    Port Representative Central & Eastern Europe
    Antwerp Port Authority

    Martin Hubeňák is the Port Representative Central & Eastern Europe for the Antwerp Port Authority. He started his career in 2001 and gained operational experience in supply chain, warehousing and freight forwarding at the logistics company Exel/DHL, DB Schenker as Project Manager and Transpoint International as General Manager. In 2012 moved to one of the main steel producers in Czech Republic, Vitkovice Steel and held the position of Logistics and Production Planning Director.

  • Martin Hubeňák
    Antwerp Port Authority
    SEE BIO
  • Adam Czerniak
    Director for Research
    Polityka Insight

    Adam Czerniak is the Director for Research at Polityka Insight. He specialises in macroeconomics and is a researcher at the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH). Previously, he was a banking economist. Before that, he worked with the World Bank, FOR Foundation and held a fellowship from the Ronald Coase Institute. He has authored academic publications on the functioning of the housing market and institutional economics.

  • Adam Czerniak
    Polityka Insight
    SEE BIO
  • Michał Zięba
    Partner
    Elżanowski, Cherka & Wąsowski Law Firm

    Michał Zięba is a Partner at Elżanowski, Cherka & Wąsowski Law Firm. Recently, he was the Director of the Department of Monitoring and Safety in the Office of Rail Transportation and he actively participated in legislative works on the amendments to the Railway Transport Act. He represented Poland during the meetings of the European Railway Agency, including on the meetings of the Administrative Council of the ERA, NSA Network group, and as part of the programme of the European Council when he advised the Ukrainian Ministry of Transportation.

  • Michał Zięba
    Elżanowski, Cherka & Wąsowski Law Firm
    SEE BIO
  • Dariusz Mierkiewicz
    Business Development Manager for Poland
    Port of Koper

    Dariusz Mierkiewicz is the Business Development Manager for Poland for the Port of Koper in Slovenia, where 12 specialised terminals operate in the port area. The container terminal is the largest terminal in the Adriatic, the car terminal is one of the largest in the Mediterranean, and the reefer terminal is one of the most experienced - with over 50 years of activity and development. Cargo volume to and from Poland via the Port of Koper has increased year-on-year.

  • Dariusz Mierkiewicz
    Port of Koper
    SEE BIO
  • Christoph Szakowski
    Managing Partner
    LogCon East

    Christoph Szakowski is a Managing Partner at LogCon East. He has 20 years of experience in top management roles and consultancy assignments in Europe and Asia. He supports large and mid-size logistics providers in Transformations, M&A processes, Executive Search and the implementation of key change management initiatives. At LogCon East, the CEE’s largest boutique advisory firm based in Vienna, he is responsible for projects that make clients more competitive, efficient and profitable in the Emerging Markets, CEE, CIS and DACH.

  • Christoph Szakowski
    LogCon East
    SEE BIO
  • Łukasz Dziewanowski
    Operational Director Region PL
    ESA logistika member of Hitachi Transport System

    Łukasz Dziewanowski is the Operational Director for Poland at ESA logistika, a company of the Hitachi Transport System. With his years of experience in the logistics industry, he actively co-creates business strategies, coordinates processes and oversees the implementation of tasks. In the ESA group, which has been operating in Poland for 10 years, he helped create the Freight Forwarding Department as an inseparable element of the supply chain or the initiation of solutions that improve security in logistics, which is the FTL Premium project.

  • Łukasz Dziewanowski
    ESA logistika member of Hitachi Transport System
    SEE BIO
  • Jakub Jakóbowski
    Senior Fellow
    China-EU Programme in the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW)

    Jakub Jakóbowski is a Senior Fellow at the China-EU Programme at the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW), a public think-tank based in Warsaw. He specialises in China's international political economy, as well as CEE-China and EU-China relations. Jakóbowski is the author of the recent report 'The Silk Railroad. The EU-China rail connections: background, actors, interests', as well as a series of publications on the China-CEE 16+1 format cooperation in finance, investment and trade.

  • Jakub Jakóbowski
    China-EU Programme in the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW)
    SEE BIO
  • Adam Konieczny
    Development Director for Poland and Eastern Europe
    Louvre Hotels Group

    Adam Konieczny is Development Director for Poland and Eastern Europe for the Louvre Hotels Group. He is responsible for development in Europe and supervises regional development managers. Previously he was Country Head Poland at Christie & Co. In 2016 Konieczny was involved in the sale of two 4-star hotels in Wrocław and Gdańsk on behalf of an American fund. Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Consultant in the hospitality area, at DTZ´s (now Cushman & Wakefield) hospitality department in Warsaw.

  • Adam Konieczny
    Louvre Hotels Group
    SEE BIO
  • Krzysztof Masny
    Senior Executive Logistics & Supply Chain Executive
    PSME Expert

    Krzysztof Masny is an experienced Senior Logistics & Supply Chain Executive with a proven track record of leading teams, implementing projects to optimise costs and efficiency. He has over 25 years of experience in logistics and supply chain management at various positions and companies (IBM, METRO Group, Castorama) with over 10 years of experience in managing the company as a Managing Director, including regional positions in Europe. He is now an expert for the Polish Supply Management Leaders (PSML) organisation.

  • Krzysztof Masny
    PSME Expert
    SEE BIO
  • Prof. Grzegorz W. Kolodko
    Polish Economist

    Prof. Grzegorz W. Kolodko is the world’s most quoted Polish economist. He is an intellectual and politician, and a key architect of Polish reforms. He was the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, 1994-97 and 2002-03. He is a Member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities. He is the Founder and Director of Transformation, Integration and Globalization Economic Research, TIGER at Kozminski University. Kolodko is the author of research papers and numerous books published in 26 languages.

  • Prof. Grzegorz W. Kolodko
    Polish Economist
    SEE BIO
  • Prof. Jana Pieriegud
    Head of the Department of Infrastructure and Mobility Studies
    SGH Warsaw School of Economics

    Prof. Jana Pieriegud, Ph.D. is the Head of the Department of Infrastructure and Mobility Studies at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics. She is also an individual expert for a number of institutions such as: the National Centre for Research and Development, European Commission’s Innovation and Network Executive Agency, Austrian Research Promotion Agency. She collaborated with the Horizon 2020 Transport Advisory Group. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Shift2Rail JU, as well as the Research Board for ProKolej Foundation.

  • Prof. Jana Pieriegud
    SGH Warsaw School of Economics
    SEE BIO
  • Dorota Jagodzińska-Sasson
    Managing Director
    Panattoni Europe

    Dorota Jagodzińska-Sasson is the Managing Director at Panattoni Europe. Her main responsibilities include the development of warehouse and production investments on the so-called emerging markets ─ in Kielce, Opole, Zielona Góra, Białystok, Bydgoszcz, Szczecin, Lublin and Toruń. Jagodzińska has over 20 years of experience in the industry, both in acquiring new clients and in managing industrial and warehouse properties. Before joining the Panattoni team, she was a member of the management board of all companies in the MLP Group SA.

  • Dorota Jagodzińska-Sasson
    Panattoni Europe
    SEE BIO
  • Artur Mokrzycki
    Head of Capital Markets Europe
    Panattoni Europe

    Artur Mokrzycki is the Head of Capital Markets Europe for Panattoni Europe. He is responsible for investor management and relationships including capital sourcing and structuring for the Panattoni platform across Europe. He has 20 years of experience in real estate investment management. He joined Panattoni Europe from AEW Europe where he was the Managing Director for Central Europe and fund manager of PBW I and PBW II funds. In these roles he was responsible for debt and equity raising, acquisitions and management of a €1.3bn portfolio.

  • Artur Mokrzycki
    Panattoni Europe
    SEE BIO
  • Radosław Pacewicz
    Vice President
    The Office of Rail Transport (UTK)

    Radosław Pacewicz was nominated by Polish Prime Minister as Vice President of UTK in 2017. In his professional career he concentrated on sectoral market regulation. Prior to UTK, he worked in the UKE, where he was responsible for the analysis of the costs of mobile operators in terms of regulatory obligation, the preparation and implementation of the LRIC bottom -up model. In 2011 he was President of the Counsel; then he was the Director of the Department of Railway Market Regulation. He also served as Director of the Regulation Department.

  • Radosław Pacewicz
    The Office of Rail Transport (UTK)
    SEE BIO
  • Andrew Wrobel
    Founding Partner, Content & Strategy
    Emerging Europe

    Andrew Wrobel is the Founding Partner, Content & Strategy at Emerging Europe. Trained as a journalist, he has worked for broadcast and print media for over 15 years. Since the beginning of his career, he has covered business, investment, trade, macro-economy, and political economy. He regularly interviews political and business leaders about economics, business, and politics. He has authored and contributed to international business, investment, and trade-related publications. Wrobel is also a member of IAOP’s European Outsourcing Council.

  • Andrew Wrobel
    Emerging Europe
    SEE BIO
  • Richard Stephens
    Founder & Editor
    Poland Today

    Richard is Founder & Editor of Poland Today, an English-language media firm based in Warsaw. The company publishes Poland Today magazine and organises conferences in Poland and abroad, including at MIPIM in Cannes. He was previously editor of Eurobuild CEE magazine, where he launched the Eurobuild Awards, and was Managing Director of CEPIF, a CEE real estate fair. Throughout his career, Stephens has organised over 120 international conferences and events, including 10+ trips of international journalists to Poland & CEE countries.

  • Richard Stephens
    Poland Today
    SEE BIO

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