28th-29th March 2022, Poznań

9th International Family Business Congress A new dimension of WEALTH
FAMILY. LASTING. GOODNESS

Organised by: Family Business Institute Poland

9th International Family Business Congress

This is a unique event on a global scale. Among the speakers are owners of the largest family businesses in Poland and in the world. They are eager to share experiences how to deal with the challenges of family entrepreneurship and how to build long-lasting companies, caring for good relationships in the family. By initiating the Congress Family Business Institute created a platform for the exchange of knowledge in the field of family business management.

Come and become part of an international community that professionalizes business and strengthens the family!

For whom?

The International Family Business Congress is intended for those who care about the development of their family businesses, in particular for:

  • Owners of family businesses
  • Successors
  • Members of business families
  • Managers working in a family business
  • Employees at a family business

If you belong to any of these groups, you will find here what you are looking for!

What we will talk about?

During the Congress you will find knowledge and inspiration in the following areas:

  • The development strategy for a family business
  • Managing a family business
  • Planning succession in a family business
  • Implementation of the succession process
  • Family governance
  • Family business constitution
  • Intergenerational communication
2
days
400
guests
50
speakers
9
panel discussions
10
creative workshops

About family businesses in Poland:

36% of Polish companies are aware of their familiness

56% of them are planning succession

8% of children from family businesses want to take over the business

Only 30% of these companies will pass their business to the second generation!

Learn how to build long-lasting family structures at the Congress!

Register

Micro and small
family companies

1 349,00 PLN
/ per person
Register

Medium-sized and large
family companies

1 699,00 PLN
/ per person
Register

Online
Streaming

599,00 PLN
/ per person
Register

* The prices are net prices.

The International Family Business Congress is addressed primarily to owners and successors in family and private businesses (ie where the owners are natural persons).

Online participation: We encourage everyone interested in the subject of family entrepreneurship to participate online.

On-site participation in Poznań: Due to the limited number of places and the desire to ensure optimal conditions for participation and the opportunity to exchange experiences in a homogeneous group of participants, persons representing (broadly understood) consulting companies, law and tax offices, banks, family office, investment funds, HR agencies and marketing etc., as well as public sector institutions may participate in the Congress only as Partners.

Agenda

Day 1

9:30 – 10:00

Registration

10.00 – 10:10

Official 9th International Family Business Congress Opening – dr Adrianna Lewandowska

10:10 – 10:40

Succession in practice – dr Adrianna Lewandowska

10:40 – 11:20

The fourth generation of the Gucci family. Strength. Power. Name – Patrizia Gucci

– A career in family business: how did business work at the Gucci fashion house?
– How was knowledge passed on to the next generation?
– What values were nurtured in the Gucci family?
– How to take care of the reputation of the name, the company and the brand?
– How to raise a new generation in a wealthy, recognizable family?
– Selling the Gucci company from the perspective of a successor to the Gucci family legacy. What could have been done differently?
– What do the descendants of the Gucci family do today?
– What lessons can be learned from the history of the Gucci family?

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11:20 – 11:45

Expert commentary – dr Adrianna Lewandowska, Roman Wieczorek, Szymon Trzebiatowski

LOGO_IBR

11:45 – 12:05

Coffee break

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12:05 – 12:25

Thinking out of the box in business. How to develop a company based on sustainable development? – Władysław Grochowski

– Optimism as a source of empowerment
– Trust as a source of humanity
– Change – a necessary condition of today’s world

LOGO_IBR

12:25 – 12:50

Leading with purpose. Coherent Leadership – What cannot leaders look away from? – Zofia Dzik

LOGO_IBR

12:50 – 13:05

Resilience of family businesses – Ivan Miroshnychenko

-Long-term orientation
-Financial performance
-Resilience practices

LOGO_IBR

12:05 – 13:20

Expert commentary – dr Adrianna Lewandowska, Roman Wieczorek, Szymon Trzebiatowski

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13:20 – 13:35

Let’s talk about… – discussion panel

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13:35 – 14:35

LUNCH

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14:35 – 14:50

Polish Order – impact on the development of family businesses in 2022 – Joanna Wierzejska, Kancelaria Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

  • New health insurance premium – how it will affect the forms of employment
  • Estonian tax – an opportunity for Polish family businesses
  • New CFC regulations – will they limit foreign expansion?
  • Restrictions on restructuring – impediments to ownership changes and restructuring of family businesses
  • Minimum tax – a threat to some industries?

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14:50 – 15:05

How to secure the future of Polish family businesses – Ewelina Grzelak, Jacek Pawłowski, PwC

– in the next 30 years, the third generation, children of today’s successors, will join family businesses. This means that the business family will consist of about 15-25 people – what do we know about the challenges of Western European family dynasties?
– first of all, however, it is necessary to ensure the survival and development of family businesses in the coming years and decades – what are the challenges for family businesses according to the global PwC Family Business Survey – we asked 2,800 owners from 87 countries. What does it mean in practice? What do the successors say?
– what is worth paying attention to when making choices “for generations”?
– Polish private foundation – if and when it has a chance to enter into force and is it worth taking advantage of?

LOGO_IBR

15:05 – 15:30

Expert commentary – dr Adrianna Lewandowska, Roman Wieczorek, Szymon Trzebiatowski

LOGO_IBR

15:30 – 15:55

Let’s talk about… – discussion panel

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15:55 – 16:20

Coffee break

LOGO_IBR

16:20 – 17:00

I panel session

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Discussion Panel A(1)

16:20 – 17:00

Private foundation and other ways to secure property and engage future generations – Ewelina Grzelak, Jacek Pawłowski – PwC

With participation of:
Andrea Prym-Bruck – Prym
Roland Szymański – LARS
Jan Mikołuszko – Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Unibep SA
Magdalena Rokosz – manager

Details

Is it better to wait for a Polish foundation or use foreign solutions? What does a private foundation give in relation to a family company? How does bringing a family business to the foundation affect the involvement of future generations? What other questions should you ask yourself before setting up a foundation? What are other possible scenarios for securing property and engaging future generations? What is necessary to create a multi-generational family business?

Discussion Panel B (1)

16:20 – 17:00

Succession and building corporate structures in family businesses in the light of new regulations (Estonian CIT, holding structures, etc.) – Jakub Wieszczeczyński i Grzegorz Sprawka – Kancelaria Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

Details

  • How to structure a business – holding, distributed or concentrated structure?
  • Estonian CIT vs. taxation of holdings – benefits and threats
  • A simple joint-stock company in a family business – how can it be used?
  • New holding law – benefits for corporate (family) governance
  • Limited partnership – the past or the future of Polish family business
  • Protection of family business assets against business risk – does the property partnership make sense?

 

Discussion Panel C (1)

16:20 – 17:00

Automation and digitization in the organization – gaining the team’s trust – Edyta Piętak, Łukasz Chojnowski, dr Daria Bazydło-Egier – AnyRobot

With participation of:

Krzysztof Ratajczak – Winkhaus
Tomasz Mackiewicz – Center for Research and Development of Modern Technologies

Details

– How to automate the first process in the company
– Why will robots not take people’s jobs
– How to introduce modern technologies in an atmosphere of full trust
– Who are RPA evangelists and why their help is so important
– How to prepare a team for automation in the company – so that everyone benefits from it
– The impact of automation on resilience and crisis management – securing the future of the company and team

 

Discussion Panel D (1)

16:20 – 17:00

TBA

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17:00 – 17:10

Coffee break

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17:10 – 17:50

II session panel

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Discussion Panel A (2)

17:10 – 17:50

Details

– is the supervisory board in a family business (not) necessary?
– does the supervisory board during a succession facilitate, hinder or help?
– who “values” a professional and independent supervisory board?
– the supervisory board in the process of communication and cooperation of family business stakeholders
– supervisory board in a family business – not obvious examples

 

Discussion Panel B (2)

17:10 – 17:50

How to protect intellectual property in a family business for generations – Joanna Piłka, Dariusz Piróg, Patpol

Details

– Is the protection of intellectual property important in the operation of a family business?
– What solutions and ideas can and should be protected?
– Workshops, case study, discussion panel

Discussion Panel C (2)

17:10 – 17:50

Franchise as a way to develop your business. How to grow while maintaining family character? – Marcin Poniatowski, Lewiatan Holding

Details soon

Moderation:

Participants:

 

Discussion Panel D (2)

17:10 – 17:50

Family communication in Company with crisis situations -Wiesława Machalica

Details soon

– Methods of solving difficult situations
– How to solve problems effectively?
– Communication and coping skills in difficult, problematic or conflict situations

20:00 – 00:00

Evening Gala

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Day 2

8:00 – 9:00

Morning coffee and succession consultations with experts

LOGO_IBR

9:00 – 9:55

Family businesses facing current crisis – a discussion panel

– Rising inflation, rising interest rates, broken supply chains – what actions should you take to minimize risk and safeguard your business?
– How to conduct effective communication and information management
– How to prepare for risk and manage a crisis in your business and family?

LOGO_IBR

09:55 – 10:15

Prelection – Artur Kazienko

LOGO_IBR

10:15 – 10:30

Expert commentary – dr Adrianna Lewandowska, Roman Wieczorek, Szymon Trzebiatowski

LOGO_IBR

10:30 – 10:45

Let’s talk about… – discussion panel

LOGO_IBR

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee Break

LOGO_IBR

11:00 – 11:40

I session panel

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Discussion Panel A (2)

11:00 – 11:40

Investments in times of uncertainty – Zofia Szewczuk i Maciej Bałabanow – Polski Fundusz Rozwoju

With participation of:

Artur Kazienko – Kazar
Michał Zajezierski – Nowel
Michal Wypychewicz – ZPUE

Details

– Investments and M&A in Poland and abroad – an opportunity or a risk?
– Financing the development strategy: banks are not everything
– A financial partner for difficult times: changing priorities for companies and their investors

Discussion Panel B (2)

11:00 – 11:40

RPA in practice – examples of organizations that have succeeded – Edyta Piętak, Łukasz Chojnowski, Dr. Daria Bazydło-Egier – AnyRobot

With participation of:

Robert Andre jr. – Andre Abrasive Articles
Eryk Wtorkowski – LUG S.A.
Marek Zientecki – AGOS

Details

– Direct benefits of automation and digitization
– How to accelerate the growth of the company thanks to automated processes
– Solving your organization’s unique problems: staff shortages, leaky processes, and more
– Practical advice on implementing RPA
– Hidden resources of any company – data that can be extracted thanks to automation

Discussion Panel C (2)

11:00 – 11:40

Discussion Panel C (2)

11:00 – 11:40

TBA

Details soon

Moderation:

Participants:

 

11:40 – 11:50

Reorganisation break

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11:50 – 12:30

II panel session

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Discussion Panel A (2)

11:50 – 12:30

Details

– Family, nurturing relationships; respect; a sense of gratitude….
-Attitude to work – responsibility, independence, conscientiousness, concern for the common good….
-Ways to motivate children to learn, work, develop passions
-Extent and age of involvement of the child in household duties
-Teaching how to respond appropriately in different social situations; -How to communicate/communicate and form relationships in the family and community
-Exploring and teaching the world; spending time together
-Personal example of attitude towards people and work

 

Discussion Panel B (2)

11:50 – 12:30

Stable financial strategy of a family business – Przemysław Grobelny – CMT Advisory

Details

– family business finances as a response to current challenges and foundations for sustainable growth
– financial practices of family businesses in the era of succession planning
– investor support in the implementation of the financial strategy
– financial necessity for 2022

Discussion Panel C (2)

11:50 – 12:30

From family business to entrepreneurial family: turning points on the growth journey. De Agostini case study. – Marta Widz

Discussion Panel C (2)

11:50 – 12:30

Theme TBA

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12:30 – 12:45

Coffee Break

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12:45 – 13:05

Diamond Model. Parallel worlds and family businesses – Szymon Trzebiatowski

– Is it worth looking back at all in today’s world of dynamic changes?
– Can we read reality and why is it so important?
– Does the strategy matter today when we do not know what will happen tomorrow?
– How many future scenarios are there and which one should you choose?
– Especially for you: self assessment audit – Is your family business ready for the future?

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13:05 – 13:25

How to control thoughts and emotions in difficult and stressful situations? – Doc. Ewa Woydyłło-Osiatyńska

– Why should we control our thoughts and emotions?
– Our thoughts are the source of our emotions. What to do to alleviate or dismiss catastrophic thoughts?
– What to do and what to avoid in order to control difficult thoughts and emotions?

LOGO_IBR

13:25 – 13:50

Responsibility and Professionalism Today – This is the only way to hand over the Better Company to Successors Tomorrow – Roman Wieczorek

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13:50 – 14:00

Congress Summary – dr Adrianna Lewandowska

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14:00

LUNCH / Shaking hands

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Speakers

dr Adrianna Lewandowska

dr Adrianna Lewandowska
Family Business Institute

The visionary of Polish family business entrepreneurship, strategist, advisor, architect of the success of many Polish family firms. Advisor and Managing Partner at Lewandowska and Partners.

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Patrizia Gucci
Great-granddaughter of Gucci fashion house founder Guccio Gucci, daughter of Paolo Gucci, representing the fourth generation of the Gucci family

Patrizia is the great-granddaughter of the founder of the Gucci fashion house, Guccio Gucci. Her grandfather Aldo Gucci was the President of the Gucci Fashion House from 1953 to 1986, and her father Paolo Gucci was a Italian businessman and fashion designer. Patricia was involved with the family business until 1992, working in International PR representing the interests of the family and the company. Since 1996, she has dedicated her life to art. She is multi-talented: she designs modern art, fashion and interior decoration, paints and writes. She is the author of the monograph “Gucci – The True Story of a Successful Dynasty”

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Maciej Stradomski

dr hab. Maciej Stradomski
CMT Advisory

Holder of post-doctoral degree in Finance. Professor at the University of Economics and Business in Poznań, head of the Department of Investment and Capital Markets. Chairperson of the Policy Council of the Family Businesses Institute. Director of CMT Advisory. Author and reviewer of numerous scholarly and press articles.

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Roman Wieczorek
Head of Experts at the Family Business Institute

Roman Wieczorek is lawyer, legal advisor, graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Former CEO of the global Skanska Group with headquarters in Stockholm (2010-2016) and former CEO of Skanska in Poland (2005-2009) and former CEO of Skanska Czech Republic and Slovakia (2015-2016).

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Szymon Trzebiatowski
Family Business Institute

A financier by education, many years of controlling and manager practice. For almost 25 years associated with the largest private employer in Poznań and Greater Poland, the company Volkswagen Poznań sp. Z oo, including 8 years as a member of the management board for finance, organization and IT (over 10,000 employees, PLN 12 billion in investment from 1993, PLN 18 billion of turnover per year).

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Edyta Piętak
co-founder and Strategy Director at AnyRobot

Managing Director at United Ideas and co-founder and Strategy Director at AnyRobot with experience in the IT and service industries. A graduate of the Jagiellonian University (MSc) and the University of Warsaw (MA). Project Coordinator at the Jagiellonian University. An expert in the fields of management, strategy and business development. As a technology and business advisor, she helps companies undergoing digital transformation.

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Łukasz Chojnowski
General Director at United Ideas and AnyRobot

General Director at United Ideas and AnyRobot with many years of experience in the IT and service industries. An expert in the fields of business development, management, technology strategy, online marketing and modern technologies. A graduate of the SWPS University (LLM). Investor, director. As the founder of the AnyRobot brand, he supports medium and large enterprises in process automation and digitization.

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Jakub Wieszczeczyński
Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

Legal advisor and specialist in advising on commercial law, including in particular mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and restructuring projects. At the same time, he specializes in succession consulting and legal support in building corporate governance for family businesses. He is, inter alia, the co-author of the publication “The Birth of a Family Business” and a number of other press publications in this area.

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Grzegorz Sprawka
Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

Counsel at Domański Zakrzewski Palinka. He has experience in tax advisory in the field of M&A transactions, structuring of international acquisitions and reorganization of capital groups for investment funds and industry investors. He developed and implemented a number of tax restructuring and optimization related to both the acquisition and operating activities of companies. Independently, he specializes in tax consultancy for individual clients, private entrepreneurs and family businesses, including the preparation and implementation of succession processes from the tax perspective. He is the co-author of the publication “The Birth of a Family Business” and a number of other press publications in this field.

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Joanna Wierzejska
Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

A tax advisor with extensive experience in comprehensive tax services for clients from various sectors operating in Poland in matters related to reorganisations, mergers, acquisitions, selection of an effective structure for conducting business and investment implementation. She has advised on many restructuring processes, privatizations and mergers. Joanna has extensive experience in advising entities from both the Private Equity sector and industry investors.
Joanna is a licensed tax advisor with over 20 years of experience. Repeatedly distinguished in the rankings of tax advisors and advisory firms of Rzeczpospolita and Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.
She is a co-author of the publication “The Birth of a Family Business” and many other publications in this field.

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Artur Kazienko
Chairman of the Board of Kazar Group Ltd.

Entrepreneur and fashion market expert with nearly 30 years of experience in the industry, a specialist in negotiations and strategic management. Since the beginning of his professional career, associated with the clothing industry, one of the founders of Kazar company in 1990, since 2009 the CEO of Kazar Footwear Ltd. Creator of Kazar brand success on the Polish and foreign markets, under his management, the company has become a leader in the industry and has won many prestigious awards, including Business Gazelle, Superbrands, Fashion Retailer of the Year and Solid Employer of the Year.

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Władysław Grochowski
President and co-owner of the company Arche LLC

President and co-owner of the company Arche LLC conducting hotel and development activities.
A film school graduate, a born optimist who loves people and the world.
He creates a Polish chain (collection) of hotels, mainly in historic buildings. There is a different idea for each hotel. By combining old and modern elements, a new value is created, a new life for the facility, and the guest receives positive emotions.

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dr Przemysław Grobelny, CFA
CMT Advisory

CMT Advisory Partner, responsible, inter alia, for the area of corporate finance, cooperation with financial institutions and mergers and acquisitions. Assistant professor at the University of Economics in Poznań, lecturer at Executive MBA Studies Poznań-Atlanta and coordinator and lecturer at the Stock Exchange School. PhD in financial sciences since 2018 and holder of the prestigious international title of chartered financial analyst – CFA. The head of the research project “The use of machine learning algorithms in the modeling process of tactical asset allocation on the capital market”. He has extensive experience in the areas of corporate finance. For years, he has been supporting entrepreneurs in financial planning, determining the market values of key assets, M&A transactions and implementing supervisory systems and recovery plans. His areas of activity also include the preparation of expert opinions for the purposes of litigation and arbitration as well as financial advice in restructuring proceedings. Author of numerous scientific publications and expert comments on succession processes in family businesses, acquisition strategies and valuation of debt portfolios.

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Sławomir Łoboda
LPP’s Vice-President of the management board

Involved with LPP since 1997. As Vice-President of the Management Board since October 2015, he has been responsible for the development of LPP. He deals with acquiring new commercial space, store building, as well as the legal department. He has implemented many projects during his time with LPP. He created a franchise network, introduced the company onto the stock market, merged the company with Artman SA, disposed of the Esotiq brand, and developed the company’s own store chain.
Mr. Łoboda is the President of the Council for the Hospice Foundation, a non-profit organisation which takes care of the chronically ill. For his social commitment he was honoured with the Brown Cross of Merit awarded by President Bronisław Komorowski.

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Valerija Kozlova
A Family Business Researcher from Latvia

A Family Business Researcher, a lecturer and the Research Division Specialist at RISEBA University of Applied Sciences (Latvia).
She is an official reviewer at SAGE Business case and Teaching Notes, SAGE Business that is a robust digital collection of business cases tailored to library needs – providing faculty, students and researchers with unlimited access to more than 4,850 authoritative cases from over 120 countries.
She is a PhD student of the joint doctoral programme “Business management” of RISEBA University (Latvia), BA School of Business and Finance (Latvia) and Kaiserslautern University (Germany).
She is a co-author of the publication “Deploying Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence in Sustainable Development Research”.
She is a Foreign Investors Council in Latvia work group “Green Economy Development “ member.

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Ivan Miroshnychenko
Family Business Research Fellow and Term Research Professor at the IMD Business School – Switzerland

Ivan Miroshnychenko is Research Fellow and Term Research Professor at the IMD Business School (Switzerland). He holds a PhD in Management (Cum Laude) from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Italy) and MSc in Management and Strategy (Merit) from the University of Sheffield (UK). His major research interests are family business and sustainability. His research has been published in leading academic journals, including Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Family Business Review and Journal of Business Research, and has been featured in various media outlets including Corriere della Sera, Der Vinschger and Informationsdienst Wissenschaft. His research has also received numerous research awards and grants from various public funding bodies and private organizations, including 2021 Family Business Review Excellent Reviewer Award, 2020 Südtiroler Sparkasse Foundation Research Award and 2019 International Family Enterprise Research Academy Best Paper Contribution to Practice Award, amongst others.

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Zofia Dzik
Chairman in Humanites Institute

Innovator, impact investor, experienced C-Level manager, fintech pioneer in CEE direct market. Founder of the Humanites Institute – think & do tank in the field of Cohesive Leadership™ and social capital development, systemically connecting the topics of Human and Technology, co-founder of the international Center for Technology Ethics, author of the “Village” Model of Social Ecosystem Development and the Cohesive Leadership™ Model, founder of the Humanites Impact Investors Circle. Lecturer, mentor, juror, founder of the Educational Leaders Leadership Academy – leadership development program in education; initiator of the International Social Movement Two Hours for Family/for Human to bring people together and prevent loneliness (participation of employers from 18 countries). For many years a member of supervisory boards (currently: BRW S.A., CCC S.A., PKP CARGO S.A. and Arctic Paper S.A.) and a member of the Expert Council of the Forum of Supervisory Boards at the Warsaw Stock Exchange. A member of the Scientific Council of IDEAS NCBR and the Social Council of Wrocław University of Technology.

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Wiesława Machalica
Psychologist. Trainer of psychosocial skills and business. Coach. Practitioner therapist.

Psychologist. Trainer of psychosocial skills and business. Coach. Practitioner therapist.
Psychologist, psychological training supervisor and psychosocial skills trainer – recommendation of the Polish Psychological Association, business coach, certified therapist – practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming (The American Society of NLP Bandler & Associates), member of the Council of Trainers PTP.
She holds a European Certificate in Psychology-accepted by the European Federation of Psychologists Associations (EFPA).
Certified specialist in intervention for people in psychological crisis. She holds a certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,
Expert of the Institute for Family Business in Poznan.
Total work experience in the profession of a psychologist – over 40 years.
She has 30 years of experience managing a specialized, innovative company for families in difficult situations.
Conducts training activities in the areas of personal development and areas related to management – for 26 years.
She has 15 years of expert experience in projects dedicated to family businesses, including “Family Firms 1”; “Value Codes – effective succession in Polish family businesses”; “Family Firms 2”.

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dr Daria Bazydło-Egier
Head of Consulting at AnyRobot

A manager with business experience in the field of building and implementing innovative strategies for introducing products to the market, project management, marketing and training. She specializes in projects related to the analysis of markets, the creation and re-launch of products and the implementation of new solutions in the field of sales and effective functioning of the organization. She has conducted dozens of training courses on the implementation of new projects and business activities as well as communication. She is a moderator of the design thinking method, thanks to which she guides teams through the processes of creation of new products, services and solutions in organizations. As a speaker, she also participates in international industry and scientific conferences, conducting workshops and presentations. Doctor of economics and lecturer by education. Co-author of the book “Product management on the e-entertainment market. Strategy changes”. Author of scientific articles. She also acted as a mentor in the Academic Incubators of Entrepreneurship and supported start-ups in their business development.

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Zofia Szewczuk
Investment Director, Polski Fundusz Rozwoju

A graduate of ESCP-EAP Europe and the University of Economics in Poznań with a master degree in finance and corporate accounting and a master degree in management. She has over 12 years of experience in the private equity industry, which she gained while working in leading funds in Poland and abroad. Since 2016, she has been associated with the Polski Fundusz Rozwoju S.A., where she currently serves as the Office Director in the Investment Department. She gained previous experience, among others in the Mid Europa fund and 3i Plc. During this time, she had the pleasure to participate in many transactions in sectors such as new technologies, services, manufacturing, health and tourism. Zofia Szewczuk has extensive ownership and supervisory experience. Her involvement in transactions is associated with regular cooperation with management boards of
companies as part of the implementation of development initiatives and performance monitoring. Currently, she is a member of the Supervisory Board of Polskie Koleje Linowe S.A. and Mabion S.A.

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Maciej Bałabanow
Managing director of the Foreign Expansion Fund

He has 15 experience in the capital market, which he gained by participating in projects in Poland, Great Britain and the United States. He started his career in London, at Thomson Reuters, where he was involved in the development of the market for the valuation of structured products (asset-backed securities) as well as currency and interest rate derivatives in Europe and the USA. In the following years, he built his experience in London in the area of money management and investments of wealthy clients in the private investment boutique Alvarium (formerly JL Capital).Since 2013, he worked at Trigon in Warsaw, focusing on M&A transactions, financing and refinancing of companies using loans and bonds on private and public markets. Since 2016, at Deloitte, he specialized in raising debt capital and in the form of equity for companies and projects on domestic and foreign markets, as well as financial restructuring of companies. Since 2020, at PFR TFI, he is responsible for managing the Foreign Expansion Fund.He graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics in the field of quantitative methods and information systems and at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing (economics, Polish government scholarship). He also studied finance at the Stockholm School of Economics under the CEMS program. Since 2011, he has the title of Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Jacek Pawłowski
Partner PwC Legal, Legal Counsel

Jacek has advised family businesses for 20 years. He is an attorney-at-law and a Partner at PwC Legal. At PwC since 2009. Previously, he worked with the largest law firms in Poland (Poznań and Warsaw). In the prestigious ranking of law firms by Rzeczpospolita in 2019 and 2021, Jacek was named the Leader in the Advice to Private Clients category (individually as the best lawyer and collectively the PwC Legal team as the best law firm). Jacek planned and implemented a number of succession projects, including for private clients in the group of the 100 richest Polish men and women. He also participated in conducting many training courses and discussion panels on the legal aspects of succession in business, incl. at the European Economic Congress in Katowice. He is fluent in English and German. He studied in Poland and Germany. Jacek is also a member of a dedicated team within PwC dealing with the issues of succession in business. Father of two children (13 and 10 years old), in his free time he cooks and walks with his dog in the forest. A fan of heavy metal, Stanisław Lem and Spanish football.

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Ewelina Grzelak
Deputy director, PwC Advisory

Ewelina has over 15 years of experience in cooperation with family businesses in Poland and abroad, and provides support in the field of enterprise development and succession in Polish companies. She is the co-author of the Polish edition of the family business research, successor research and the co-founder of the Successor Club run by PwC. She started her professional career at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain, where she was also involved in supporting family businesses. Ewelina regularly participates in discussion panels devoted to family businesses, e.g. during the Eastern Economic Congress. Ewelina conducts workshops for family businesses in the field of succession planning and the development of family businesses, using the Intes methodology, elements of design thinking and other workshop methods. She is a member of a dedicated team within PwC dealing with business succession and the person overall responsible for PwC’s cooperation with many Polish family businesses. Ewelina is also responsible for PwC’s activities in the Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodeships, works closely with local businesses from these regions, conducts numerous workshops and training courses for family entrepreneurs. Mother of an exuberant 9-year-old, she loves mountains, folk music, travel and interesting conversations – even very long ones 🙂

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Ewa Woydyłło Osiatyńska
doctor of psychology

Ewa Woydyłło Osiatyńska, doctor of psychology, psychotherapist, journalist and author of many psychological books.

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Joanna Piłka
Patent Attorney

Joanna has been a patent attorney since 2011, dealing with issues related to the protection of trademarks, industrial designs and internet domains. She develops brand protection strategies, draws up legal opinions, carries out tests of registry capacity and purity, and provides advice on all other aspects of intellectual property protection. She has experience in conducting application proceedings and disputes, including objections, applications for annulment or termination. She represents clients in administrative and dispute proceedings before the Polish Patent Office, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and in court and administrative proceedings. She regularly conducts lectures, trainings and presentations on intellectual property issues during business events and for students of renowned universities. She is a member of the most important industry associations INTA and ECTA, and since 2019 a member of the industrial design committee – The ECTA Design Committee.

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Dariusz Piróg
Managing partner / attorney at Patpol Legal

Dariusz Piróg specializes in intellectual property law, unfair competition and litigation. He deals with cases concerning infringement of trademarks and designs patents as well as cases concerning infringement of copyright and unfair competition. He represents his clients both before civil and criminal courts, law enforcement and customs authorities. He is a leading lawyer in proceedings regarding computer-implemented inventions pending before Polish administrative courts, and was also one of the members of the team advising on the Bolar exception in Polish law. Since 2006, he has been a member of the District Bar Association in Warsaw.

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Piotr Rybicki
member of supervisory boards and audit committees

Piotr Rybicki – for over 20 years associated with the capital market. Active member of supervisory boards and audit committees in family and private companies listed on the stock exchange, or with the participation of the State Treasury and municipal companies.

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Anna Andre
Successor of ANDRE ABRASIVE ARTICLES Ltd. Limited partnership

Anna Andre, successor of ANDRE ABRASIVE ARTICLES Ltd. Limited partnership  in Kolo, which designs, manufactures and supplies professional abrasive tools worldwide. She currently holds the position of Vice-President of the Management Board. For years, she has been involved in the company’s dynamic development, following the values of its founder. Graduate of Finance and Accounting, Management Psychology, and the prestigious Successor Academy Program.

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Emanuela Rondi
Assistant professor

Emanuela Rondi is Assistant Professor at the Department of Management of the Università degli Studi di Bergamo (Italy). Her research lies at the intersection of family business and social networks, with a specific interest on the role that family relationships exerts on succession, innovation, and internationalization. Her research articles have appeared in leading academic journals as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal,. Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies and Journal of World Business. Since 2019, she is permanent chair of the Research Development of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA). She is member of the review board of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Family Business Strategy, SAGE Business Case, and Pearson Management & Marketing Case.

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Alfredo De Massis
Full professor, Director of the Centre for Family Business Management

Alfredo De Massis is a Professor of Entrepreneurship & Family Business who serves as adviser to family enterprises and policy makers. As one of the leading family business academics globally, Alfredo has been included in Family Capital’s list of Top 100 Family Business Influencers in February 2022, for the strong influence of his thought leadership on the global shaping of the family business field. He has founded and/or relaunched three international centers for family business research, was named by Family Capital among the world’s 25 star professors for family business in 2015, and has been recently ranked as the most influential and productive author in the family business research field in the last decade in a recent bibliometric study published in the European Journal of Family Business, as top most-productive scholar in the area of family business innovation in a recent bibliometric study published on the Review of Managerial Science, and as the most productive scholar and one of the most influential ones in a recent scientometric analysis of research on socioemotional wealth, and 2021 highly cited researcher by Clarivate.

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Piret Potisepp
Head of Services, Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Piret Potisepp works as Head of Services at Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She has a wide range of international experience from leading international projects in Latin-America, China and policy making both on national and regional level. She has served as a counselor for Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and has been part of the Cabinet of European Commission Vice-President on Digital Single Market Mr.Ansip.

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Rania Labaki
Associate Professor of Finance and Family Business

Rania Labaki, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Finance and Family Business, Director of EDHEC Family Business Research Centre and Family Business Fellow at Cornell University and Family Firm Institute.
Among her additional roles, she serves as board member of IFERA, head of the academic committee of FBN France, family business advisor at Lansberg Gersick & Associates, and member of the advisory committee of NYCFEC, One Governance and Women in Family Business. Rania is co-editor of Entrepreneurship Research Journal and member of the editorial boards of FamilyBusiness.org and Revue Droit & Patrimoine.
A global speaker with presentations and lectures in more than 50 countries across continents, her insights have been featured in many podcasts and nearly 150 publications in academic journals and books as well as professional and press outlets, such as Les Echos, Le Figaro, Le Nouvel Obs, El Pais, La Tercera, CampdenFB, Financial Times, Forbes, and Tharawat.
She is recipient of numerous awards recognizing her contributions to the family business field, including the prestigious Barbara Hollander Award in 2020. Her current research, advising and teaching interests revolve around the interplay between family dynamics and decision-making, governance design and development of responsible owners.

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Guillermo Salazar
Family business member & expert

Guillermo is a family business member and an expert on corporate governance and family legacy succession. He has served as an advisor for numerous business families on their protocols, generational transition, family vision and values for decision-making, and conflict resolution. Author of several books, including “A Road to Triumph in Family Business”. Lecturer and educator in the field of the family business in Latin America. Fellow member of the Family Firm Institute (FFI) in Boston, USA. He has degrees in Architecture, a Master’s in Family Business Management, and a diploma in Systemic Family Therapy. He is the recipient of the 2015 International Achievement Award of the Family Firm Institute.

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Marta Widz dr hab.
Director, Family Office Research at the Wealth Management Institute (WMI) Singapore

Dr. Marta Widz is the Director, Family Office Research at the Wealth Management Institute (WMI), and a key member of WMI’s Global-Asia Family Office (GFO Circle) leadership team, responsible for research and development. Marta’s interest and research track record encompass the fields of family firms, family governance, sustainability, and purposeful wealth; teaching and mentoring portfolio – programmes for family principals, next gen, and wealth owners.

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Marcin Poniatowski
member of the board of Lewiatan Holding S.A.

He has been associated with the Polish Commercial Network Lewiatan since 1999. Manager with extensive experience in the FMCG industry. He was the operational director and president of the board of the Lewiatan Kujawy regional company, and then the development director of Lewiatan Holding. Since 2007, he has been a member of the management board of Lewiatan Holding S.A. responsible for matters related to marketing, network development and implementation of modern technologies in commercial establishments. A graduate of higher education at the Faculty of Management of the University of Warsaw and the University of Management and Entrepreneurship Leon Koźmiński in the fields of enterprise management and the European management model.

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Dr. Herwig R. Friedag
Strategy and balanced scorecards consultant

Dr Herwig R, Friedag is an independent consultant specialized in introduction of balanced scorecard in companies, practical workshops on strategy definition and strategy implementation. He acts for international controller association. He was founder of more than 20 international work groups all over Europe. He Lecture at University of Rostock as well as at Humboldt University in Berlin.
In his free time he exercise in nature, play volleyball, rowing and occasionally writing a book.

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Michał Wypychewicz
President of the Management Board of ZPUE S.A.

An expert in the field of strategic management, entrepreneur, stock market investor. A successor in a family business. The son of the founder of ZPUE S.A., the largest producer of transformer stations in Europe, an important player on the European production market: medium and low voltage switchgears, charging stations for electric vehicles and energy storage.

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Jan Mikołuszko
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Unibep SA

A graduate of the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the Białystok University of Technology. During his professional career, he managed the companies Unibud, Budimex Unibud and was the vice-president of Budimex Dromex. Since 2003, for eleven years he was the President of the Management Board of Unibep SA in Bielsk Podlaski.

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Andrea Prym-Bruck
nineteenth generation member of the Prym Family

Andrea Prym-Bruck is a nineteenth generation member of the Prym Family, one of the oldest entrepreneurial families in the world. Today’s Prym Group, run by the Prym Family for fourteen generations, was founded in 1530 and has its head office in Germany near Cologne.

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Magdalena Rokosz
Manager with over 25 years of experience

Manager with over 25 years of experience in the financial sector in Poland and Germany. She was involved in the management of international corporations such as Deutsche Bank and DZ BANK, primarily responsible for the areas of corporate, investment and transaction banking.

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Roland Szymański
3rd generation at LARS

3rd generation at LARS. Graduate of law and management of family businesses. Successor leader in FBN Poland 2014-2016. Since 2017, a member of the international board of the FBN NxG Leadership Team. He developed an aviation business under the Helicenter brand, today it is part of the family business. Speaker at numerous conferences devoted to family businesses, including in the USA and Asia. Airplane and helicopter pilot.

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Tomasz Mackiewicz
Head of the Center for Research and Development of Modern Technologies

Tomasz Mackiewicz is a graduate of mechanics and machine construction (specializing in computer design and modeling) at the University of Technology and Humanities in Bielsko-Biała, which he graduated in 2008. He began his real adventure with the automotive industry shortly after graduation, as an intern in the pilot production department at Volkswagen Poznan.

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Silvana Mariel Muñoz
Multicultural FamBiz & FamOffices Coach Mentor

She is a Founder &CEO of Family Business Global Movement-NextGen Global Movement & Silvana Mariel Muñoz-Brand. She is also multicultural FamBiz & FamOffices Coach Mentor. Moreover she is Peers´Group-MasterMinds Facilitator and International Multilingual speaker,  author, podcaster.

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Dr. Mariusz Lekston
Vice-rector for organizational and legal matters and personnel policy at the Humanitas University

Doctor of law in the field of labor law. Since 2001, he has conducted trainings and courses in the broadly understood labor law, employee pragmatist in public administration and starting and running a business. In parallel with his teaching, he manages the Legal and HR Department of the Humanitas University (WSH) in Sosnowiec, performing labor law activities on behalf of the University.

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Artur Niewrzędowski
Managing Partner of AKM multiAN

Artur Niewrzędowski, communication expert with 25 years of experience in the media, consulting and image creation market. Co-owner of the AKM multiAN family company. All his professional life associated with the media, he worked, among others in Wprost, Puls Biznesu, Wirtualna Polska, Agora – the Gazeta.pl portal. Working in the UniCredit Group, he contributed to the image of Xelion. Financial Advisors. He studied sociology at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. A supporter of economic patriotism. He specializes in business communication.

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Jędrzej Bujny
member of the supervisory board of Komputronik S.A.

Jędrzej Bujny is a member of the supervisory board of Komputronik S.A., attorney-at-law, doctor of law, owner of the BUJNY Law Firm, law for the ecosystem

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Robert Andre
Andre Abrasive Articles

Robert Andre is the successor of ANDRE ABRASIVE ARTICLES Sp. z o.o. Sp. k. in Koło, which designs, manufactures and supplies professional abrasive tools all over the world. In the company, he deals mainly with issues related to production, technology and controlling. 

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Michał Lorenz
Celius

Michał Lorenc is the President of the Management Board of Celius. He specializes in consulting in the field of business security, compliance, crisis management, sales, negotiations. He has over twenty years of experience as a manager of senior management, which he gained in Polish and foreign companies (Henkel, Siemens, Philips, Wincor-Nixdorf, Sygnity, Also). For his clients, he carried out business tasks in Central and Western Europe, the Balkans, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

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