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    3 – 4 April 2017 Hotel IBB Andersia, Poznań

    IV International Family Business Congress
    Two Generations – Two Worlds




About the International Family Business Congress

International Family Business Congress is a very unique event in the world. We have created a special platform in order to exchange professional knowledge in the field of family business management. Here business practitioners meet scientists and professors and family business owners meet also Polish top entrepreneurs. The knowledge that we present every year at the Congress is based on the best business practices, which can be found all over the world. This event is really one of a kind. Come and become a part of the international community, which takes care of the business and the family!


International Family Business Congress is designed for those who care about the family businesses development. If you are:

  • An owner of a family business
  • A member of a family that runs a family business
  • A manager who works for a family business
  • A scientists, who is interested in family businesses
  • A journalistThis event is made for you!

Whom do we not dedicate the congress?

  • Business advisors
  • Insurance Agents
  • Lawyers
  • Corporate employees

Family business has 3 areas:

  • Business
  • Family
  • Ownership

Well managed family business is the one, that constantly develops and professionalizes those three areas. International Family Business Congress provides the knowledge of how to balance the development of family business that will last through generations and will be able to join the greatest and the oldest world family businesses.


International Family Business Congress is:

  1. An event that in 100% is dedicated to family businesses
  2. The international knowledge that is based on good practices of the largest family businesses in the world
  3. Speakers, who are business practitioners: Owners, Managers, Business family representatives
  4. The platform of exchanging knowledge and experience between business and science
  5. The presentation of the Family Business of the year

Every year we prepare our program trying to meet the needs and expectations of family businesses in the upcoming year. Every speech provides a very unique value for the participants. Entrepreneurs repeal the secrecy of the company’s and own success, researchers present the latest effects of their work and show advantages, foreign guests show how family businesses from their areas are coping with their problems. And that all is the knowledge that cannot be acquired from any book or a course and in addition it is served in a very unique atmosphere – atmosphere of family and business.

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Speakers and panelists


Thematic panels


Themed days


Day 1

The main room

  • Time: 9:00 – 10:00 Registration

    Devices and headphones needed to listen to simultaneous translation will be handed in during registration period. Please take them from the stand, which will be placed right next to the reception desk.

  • Time 10:00 – 10:10 Two generations - two worlds: challenges for family businesses

    Welcoming speech

    dr Adrianna Lewandowska, MBA – Family Business Instytute
    professor Maciej Stradomski – Family Business Instytute

  • Time 10:30 - 11:10 J.A. Baczewski – A Personal Family History

    Rasiel Gessler – Owner, J.A. Baczewski

    History of the Baczewski family – changing world
    Family company
    The role of the family in the company
    Challenges facing 8 generations of the company
    Acquired knowledge and experience

  • Time 11:10 - 11:40 Strength values - how we connect generations; history of OCHNIK

    Marcin Ochnik – President of the board, Ochnik
    Anita Ochnik – Development of Company Showrooms, Ochnik

    Changing business models
    3 steps towards new challenges
    Organizational culture – value based management
    A look into the future – Ochnik company and competencies of the future

  • Time 11:40 - 12:00 Coffee Break
  • Godzina 12:00 - 12:30 Succession strategy and business development - we double the power of the process of generational change

    dr Adrianna Lewandowska, MBA – Managing Partner, Lewandowska i Partnerzy, President of the Family Business Institute

    Succession – the key challenge and the most common mistake: we hand over the company, not the assets
    Development strategy – do seniors see the company in a few years … the same way?
    Constitution and strategy of business development – how to reconcile the intergenerational horizon with the dynamics of strategic change

  • Godzina 12:30 - 13:10 Innovation and design as a force internationalization of family business in the second generation

    Ryszard Wtorkowski – President of the board, LUG S.A.
    Eryk Wtorkowski – Director of development, LUG S.A.
    Jakub Wtorkowski – Successor, Student Master Studies in Finance, LUG S.A.

    Origin and development of LUG Light Factory
    Value based management in the company – how DNA of the owners and employees influenced the company’s development strategy
    Family constitution – how to combine the power of two generations to enjoy the past and bravely look to the future

  • Godzina 13:10 - 13:30 The constitution of the family business - the ceremonial signing

    Ryszard Wtorkowski – President of the board, LUG S.A.
    Iwona Wtorkowska – HR Director, LUG S.A.
    Eryk Wtorkowski – Director of development, LUG S.A.
    Jakub Wtorkowski – Successor, Student Master Studies in Finance, LUG S.A.

  • Godzina 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
  • Godzina 14:30 - 15:00 Competencies of the future, or what awaits us with the coming of the new generation

    dr inż. Ewa Więcek – Janka, Family Business Instytute

    Competencies: skills, knowledge, attitudes, personality
    Successors’ competencies necessary to take over a family business in the assessment of the potential successors themselves
    Which competencies will be relevant in 2020 and 20130 – Professional or cross-cutting? – Direct or virtual relationships? – Creativity or imitation?

  • Time 15:00 – 15:30 How contact with art generates innovation

    Krzysztof Madelski – President of the board, YES

    Are we an economy of imitation? Are we threatened by a medium-growth trap?
    What art. Gives us? – Creativity and innovation
    Method of work: Design Thinking
    Company culture/philosophy based on art.

  • Time 15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
  • Time 16:00 – 16:40 Panels I

    After coffe break, we invite you to enjoy our panel sessions. We have prepared  parallel panels, which will be placed in rooms YELLOW, BLUE, ORANGE and GREEN. Details of the program further.

  • Time 16:40 – 16:50 Coffee break
  • Time 16:50 – 17:30 Panels II

    After coffe break, we invite you to enjoy our panel sessions. We have prepared  parallel panels, which will be placed in rooms YELLOW, BLUE, ORANGE and GREEN. Details of the program further.

Doing business on international markets – CHANCE or NECESSITY?

Panel Partner – Duni EFF

Panelists: Marcin Sojda – CFO Marmite S.A.
Joanna Nagadowska – Industry Manager Startups, Export & Enterpreneurship Development, Google Poland
Jakub Kostrzewski – Vice president of the Board Fabryka Ceramiki Budowlanej Sp. z o.o.
Barbara Wojciechowska, KIBR – Director of Liabilities Department Duni EFF

moderator: Małgorzata Małecka – Strategy and Development Manager Family Business Institute

Founder’s mentality – can and how employees help keeping the entrepreneurial nature of the company?

Anna Mikołajczyk – Mikomax Smart Office
Ewald Raben – CEO Raben Group
Mateusz Kowalewski – Współwłaściciel HORTIMEX
Robert Krzak – Członek Rad Nadzorczych firm z Grupy Piotr i Paweł

moderated by: Michał Dubno  – Case Team Leader Bain&Company

Mother and daughter – succession is a woman

Panel Partner Family Business Instytute

Panelists: Katarzyna Zawadzka – Brand Manager HEXALINE (daughter)
Halina Zawadzka – Founder HEXALINE (mother)
Anna Bielak-Dworska – Vice president of the board SATERNUS (daughter)
Krystyna Bielak – Founder and owner SATERNUS (mother)
Karolina Zajezierska – Commercial Director, Nowel Sp. z o.o. (daughter)
Elżbieta Zajezierska – Chairman of the board, Nowel Sp. z o.o. (mother)

moderator: Sylwia Kowalenko Expert Family Business Institute

Successors who have found their own way

Panel Partner Family Business Instytute

Panelists: Jan Olszewski – Owner Owners Place
Mateusz Zyguła – Managing Direcotr Widzialni.pl
Sonja Pilarczyk – Successor in family business
Michał Leszek – Creator of Kruger&Matz Brand

moderated by: Łukasz Tylczyński – Research and development expert  Family Business Institute

Two faces of a one-page report, or how two generations will measure one company.

Panel Partner – Solet Business Intelligence


Mateusz Kowalewski – Co-owner HORTIMEX
Wioletta Nowak – Head of Finance, Hortimex
Wojciech Kruk Senior – Creator of W.Kruk success
Wojciech Kruk Junior – President ANIA KRUK

Moderated by: Paweł Rafalski – Chairman of the Board Solet Sp. z o.o.

Security of family assets – how to set up a Family Business Foundation

Panel Partner Family Business Instytute

Panelists: Adam Stadnik – President of the Board Windpol Serwis
Oskar Pawłowski – Oskar Pawłowski i Wspólnicy
Magda Gabriel – Senior Associate Partner CFEG

moderator: dr Marta Widz – Expert Family Business Institute

Opportunities and challenges for 21st century family businesses – globalization, innovation and regulation

Panel Partner – Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland

Panelists: Izabela Wiewiórka, Of Counsel, tax advisor – Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland
Ewa Łachowska-Brol – partner – Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland

Moderated by: Ewa Szlachetka – Partner Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland

  • 20:00 - 24:00 Ball
  • 21:00 The award ceremony - Family Business of the Year

Day 2

  • Time 9:00 - 10:00 Family businesses – old problems or new challenges?

    Moderator: prof. dr hab.Maciej Stradomski
    Panelists: Mikołaj Placek – Chairman of the board OKNOPLAST
    Solange Olszewska – Owner Solaris Bus & Coach S.A.
    Jacek Santorski – Co-owner Values_
    Kazimierz Wierzbicki – Owner TREFL

  • Godzina 10:00 - 10:15 People. Barrier or key to success for the development of family businesses?

    Anna Szczeblewska – Director in business consulting department, PwC

    Traps of rapid growth and how to avoid them.
    How dynamic growth will change the way you manage your business.
    I direct, I make all decisions?
    Pay, but for what?
    High potential employees, does this apply to me?

  • Time 10:15 - 10:30 New legal challenges for family businesses in 2017 - how to safely run a family business in a changing legal and tax environment

    Piotr Andrzejczak – Partner, Head of Corporate Law
    Practice, Mergers and Acquisitions, DZP
    Joanna Wierzejska – Tax Partner, DZP

    * Recent changes in legislation that significantly affect running of the family business
    * Business restrictions resulting from the recently introduced anti-avoidance clause
    * Effective tools for managing the legal risk in a family business.
    * Relationship between building family governance rules and the legal security of a family business.

  • Time 10:15-10:30 Coffee Break
  • Time 11:00-11:30 Workshops (s. 1)
  • Time 11:30-11:40 Coffee break
  • Time 11:40-12:10 Workshops (s. 2)
  • Time 12:10-12:20 Coffee break
  • Time 12:20-12:50 Workshops (s. 3)

Legal risk management and compliance as part of a family governance

dr Anna Partyka-Opiela – Legal Counsel, Senior Associate
Bartosz Marcinkowski – Partner
Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

* Changing legal environment – what are the new risks associated with responsibility for managing and overseeing a family company
* What can I be afraid of and what can I expect – enhanced service and better criminal prosecution
* Effective legal risk management tools for building family governance rules in a family business

  • Time 12:50 - 13:30 Lunch
  • Godzina 13:30 - 14:00 Family puzzle. Diversification - success of TREFL company

    Kazimierz Wierzbicki – Owner, TREFL

  • Time 14:15 - 14:50 Good to Great - two worlds?

    Jacek Santorski – Co-owner, VALUES

  • Time 14:50-15:20 Value of family values „Travel of the Łopaciński family with two children around the world - achieve your dreams``

    Łopaciński Family

  • Time 15:20-15:30 Summary and closing the Congress

    dr Adrianna Lewandowska, MBA

    professor Maciej Stradomski

  • Time 15:30-16:00 Coffe and cake for the road! :)

Corporate governance of the family business: best practices

dr Marta Widz – Expert Family Business Instutute

* What is corporate governance?
* What are the elements of corporate governance?
* What are the best practices of corporate governance for family businesses?
* How does corporate governance interlock with the family governance?

How to avoid pitfalls when passing your business to the successor – legal and tax aspects

Sławomir Łuczak, Tomasz Kański, Jacek Siński – Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

* Sudden succession
* Disputes between successors

How to professionalize an organization in order to hand it over to the next generations or professional managers

Marcin Dembowski, Managing director, Adizes Institute Poland

* When and why should we begin the process of professionalisation in our organization?
* Does this relate only to the employment of professional managers/directors?
* What else to look out for?
* Are we able to carry out this process ourselves?

Protecting the property interests of business owners and heirs

Wojciech Deja – Legal counsel
Rafał Pytlak – Legal counsel

Risks of loss of ownership rights in business succession
Hostile takeovers of the property of minors
Family dispute as an opportunity to take over business by third parties
Blockade of property in the conditions of the heirs dispute

How to avoid evaluation traps when recruiting employees

dr Aleksander Fafuła – Manager Big Data Analytics PwC

* Psychology of evaluation and how it affects choosing a man.
* How to avoid assessment problems?
* How does artificial intelligence help the recruitment process?e

Overcoming barriers in development of family companies – different strategies of two generations

Katarzyna Dąbrowska – investment advisor no 246, President
Inventures sp. z o.o.

* Is it worth it not to like change – lack of development as a threat
* Development of family businesses – capital and psychological barriers

How much is my company worth and how to accelerate its growth?

Piotr Kucharczyk, CFA, Director
Paweł Łągwa, Manager
CMT Advisory

* There is no one universal method for determining the value of a company
* The value of a company comes from a combination of many factors
* Building a company’s value is not just about organic growth

* Is it worth it not to like change – lack of development as a threat
* Development of family businesses – capital and psychological barriers

Merger and what next?

Jakub Vogtt – Chairman of the board Navigator Business Consulting Sp. z o.o.
prof. dr hab. Rafał Tuzimek – Chairman of the board Navigator Capital S.A.

* Preparation for the acquisition/merger
* How to safely conduct a transaction
* Day after – integrating the organization and achieving planned synergies

Service design – how to design the best experience for your customer?

Marietta Lewandowska,
Student of Service Experience Design and Innovation in London

* What really is service design?
* What kind of business sharks already benefit from this methodology, and succeed globally
* How to use the tools embedded in Double Diamond – a model used in projects based on the service design methodologyynergies

Lets talk about competences

dr inż. Ewa Więcek-Janka, Expert Family Business Institute

* What really are competencies?
* Professional and cross-cutting competencies
* Managerial and executive competencies
* Competency models

Ticking bomb…
Attention: conflict in the family!

Sylwia Kowalenko – Expert, Family Business Institute

* New family members – “ours or strangers” …?
* Growing crisis, lack of understanding in family-business relationships and its real threats!
* How to repair and heal relationships? What can I do? Is not it too late?



Ewald Raben

CEO Raben Group

Ewald Raben urodził się w Winterswijk w Holandii, gdzie rozpoczął swoją karierę w Holandii  pracując w rodzinnym przedsiębiorstwie.


Mikołaj Placek

President of the board



Kazimierz Wierzbicki

Owner at TREFL

Owner at TREFL. The graduate of the Academy of Physical Education and Sport in Gdańsk, in the field of Coaching (basketball).


Krzysztof Madelski

President of the board

President of the board at YES Biżuteria


Solange Olszewska

Creator of Solaris Bus & Coach S.A.

Creator of Solaris Bus & Coach S.A.


Rasiel Gessler

President Altvater Gessler – J.A. Baczewski

  8 generation of owners, founded in 1782 in Lviv family business J. A. Baczewski.


Jacek Santorski

Co-owner of Values Advisory Group

He is a recognized authority and popularizer of psychology, psychotherapist, publisher, and author. Today he deals with the psychology of business.


Jakub Wtorkowski

Successor of LUG S.A.

Successor of LUG S.A., in proximity of which he grew up.


Ryszard Wtorkowski

Creator of LUG, a leading European manufacturer of luminaires and lighting systems with 25 years of experience.

Wtorkowski Eryk

Eryk Wtorkowski

Successor in company LUG SA, with which is associated for many years, and since 2007 he has been a member of the Supervisory Board of LUG SA


dr Adrianna Lewandowska, MBA

President of Family Business Institute

One of the best strategic management and family business consultant in Poland.


Anita Ochnik

Specjalista ds. Rozwoju Salonów Firmowych w OCHNIK S.A.

A student of the Leon Koźmiński University majoring in Business Psychology.


Marcin Ochnik

President of the board

Graduated from School of Management and Law in Warsaw. For several years associated with the company OCHNIK


Eliza Łopacińska

Family Łopacińscy

Eliza Łopacińska, a Local Authority official who proved that people working in an office may also have imagination and went on a one-year trip around the world.


Wojciech Łopaciński

Family Łopacińscy

Wojciech Łopaciński, an experienced manager, academic teacher and coach.


Adam Kostrzewski

President of the board

President of the board at Fabryka Ceramiki Budowlanej Sp. z o.o.


Jacek Kostrzewski

Creator of Fabryka Ceramiki Budowlanej Sp. z o.o. and Grupa Kapitałowa Kostrzewscy

Creator of Fabryka Ceramiki Budowlanej Sp. z o.o. and Grupa Kapitałowa Kostrzewscy


Grzegorz Maliszewski

Millennium Bank

Millennium Bank


dr inż. Ewa Więcek-Janka

Expert of Family Business Institute Poland

A graduate of the University of Economics in Poznan. Treinee of nine foreign traningi on European universities.


Joanna Wierzejska

Partner Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

Licensed tax advisor with 15 years of experience at PwC. She specializes in complex tax advisory,


Anna Szczeblewska




Piotr Andrzejczak

Partner Domański, Zakrzewski Palinka

Master of Law at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, tax advisor and attorney-at-law.



Karolina Zajezierska

Commercial Director, Nowel Sp. z o.o.

Since joining Nowel in 2013, she represents the 4th generation working within the family business.


Anna Bielak – Dworska


Successor, Vice-President in family firm SATERNUS GROUP Sp. Z O.O. S.K.A.


Katarzyna Zawadzka

Brand Manager

Brand Manager, HEXELINE


Halina Zawadzka

Creator of HEXELINE

Creator of HEXELINE


Krystyna Bielak




Elżbieta Zajezierska

President of the Management Board of Nowel Sp. z o.o.

Expert in the bakery industry with over 30 years of experience in building the position of the largest enterprises on the Polish bakery market.


Wojciech Kruk Junior

President ANIA KRUK

President ANIA KRUK


Wojciech Kruk Senior

Creator of success at W.Kruk

Creator of success at W.Kruk


Michał Leszek

Creator of Kruger&Matz

Creator of Kruger&Matz, marketing director, executive board member, LECHPOL ELECTRONICS Sp. z o.o., sp. k.


Jan Olszewski

Owner at Owners Place

Mr. Olszewski graduated from the International School of Management in Germany with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and from SDA Bocconi in Italy with an MBA.


Sonja Pilarczyk

Succesor in family firm

M. Sc.; an architect. She was born in Germany, where she started her adventure with drawing, watched by her grandfather.


Mateusz Zyguła

Managing Director Widzialni.pl

For the last 10 years Mateusz zygula has been a Managing Director of Internet marketing agency – widzialni.pl (eng. visible) 


Anna Mikołajczyk

Vice-President of the board

Vice-President of the board at Mikomax Smart Office

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Paweł Rafalski

President Solet Sp. z o.o.

Graduate of Mathematics at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, specialization: numeric methods and programming;


Magda Gabriel

Senior Associate Partner at CFEG

Magda Gabriel is a Senior Associate Partner at Cambridge Advisors to Family Enterprise (CFEG). 


Marietta Lewandowska

Student at Service Experience Design and Innovation

Student at University of the Arts in London; London Collage of Communication, Service Experience Design and Innovation.


dr Aleksander Fafuła

Manager Big Data Analytics at PwC

Manager Big Data Analytics at PwC


dr Anna Partyka-Opiela

Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

Domański Zakrzewski Palinka


Bartosz Marcinkowski

Partner at Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

Partner at Domański Zakrzewski Palinka


Małgorzata Małecka, ACCA

Manager, Family Business Institute

She holds a Master degree from Poznan University of Economics


Tomasz Kański

Senior Partner at SKS

Senior Partner at Sołtysiński Kawecki Szlęzak


Sławomir Łuczak

Partner at SKS

Partner at Sołtysiński Kawecki Szlęzak


Jacek Siński

Partner at SKS

Partner at Sołtysiński Kawecki Szlęzak


Katarzyna Dąbrowska

Inventures sp. z o.o.

Inventures sp. z o.o.


Paweł Łągwa

Manager CMT Advisory

Graduate of the Poznań University of Economics. Currently prepares for the second stage of an examination within The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.


dr Marta Widz

Global Family Business Center (GFBC)

Family business researcher and advisor. Doctor oeconomiae from the leading Center for Family Business at the University of St. Gallen (CFB-HSG), Switzerland.


Wioletta Nowak

Finance Manager, HORTIMEX

Wioletta Nowak HORTIMEX, Finance Manager, she has been responsible for controlling since 2011


Mateusz Kowalewski

Owner Hortimex

Practices of management. Since 1994 he has been working in the company Hortimex, founded by his father, Tomasza  J. Kowalewskiego.


Barbara Wojciechowska

Director at Duni EFF

Duni EFF


Robert Krzak

Piotr i Paweł

Piotr i Paweł


Michał Dubno

Bain & Company

Bain & Company


Sylwia Kowalenko

Partner at Lewandowska & Partners

Łukasz Tylczyński

Family Business Instytute

Family Business Instytute


Rafał Pytlak


Wojciech Deja


Ewa Łachowska-Brol

Partner at Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland

Partner at Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland


Ewa Szlachetka

Partner at Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland

Partner at Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland


Izabela Wiewiórka

Of Counsel, Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland

Of Counsel, Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland


Jakub Vogtt

Managing Partner at Navigator Business Consulting Sp. z o.o.

Project Management Professional from Project Management Institute (PMI ®)


prof. dr hab. Rafał Tuzimek

Managing Partner at Navigator Capital Group and the CEO of Navigator Capital S.A.

Over 20 years of professional experience in financial and strategic advisory


Adam Stadnik


Jacek Byrt

Partner at Azimutus

Michał Wojewoda

Chief operating officer

Michal is working in IBR since the beginning. Field of interest is family business governance, family business constitutions, councils, strengthening families inside companies.


Jakub Kostrzewski

Fabryka Ceramiki Budowlanej Sp. z o.o.

Fabryka Ceramiki Budowlanej Sp. z o.o.


Oskar Pawłowski

Main Partner

Content Partner

Topic Partners

Supporting Partners

Media Partners

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