Poland Days 2019

HONORARY PATRONAGE

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Speakers

Prof. Michal Kosinski Assistant Professor, Stanford GSB
Celina Mikolajczak Director of Engineering, Energy Storage Systems, Uber Advanced Technology Group
Krzysztof Pietraszkiewicz Chairman, Polish Bank Association (ZBP)
Daniel Ozon President of the Management Board, JSW
Joanna Lilliental, PhD Co-Director - Translational Research and Applied Medicine (TRAM), Director - TASC, Stanford Medicine
Prof. Michael Lepech Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

Assistant Professor in Organizational Behavior at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. His research focuses on humans in a digital environment and employs cutting-edge computational methods, AI and Big Data. PhD in Psychology from the University of Cambridge. Previously Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford’s Computer Science Department and researcher at Microsoft Research.

Celina Mikolajczak, Director of Engineering and Energy Storage Systems at Uber Elevate – Uber Elevate – the “air taxi” service that requires the successful development of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles.
Previously Senior Manager and Technical Lead for battery pack development – battery technology, cell quality, and materials analysis – at Tesla, in charge of making sure the most crucial component in Tesla’s entire assembly line was top of the line. Earlier Senior Managing Engineer at Exponent, Research Assistant at Princeton university, and Field Engineer at Schlumberger.

MA Mechanical Engineering at Princeton University, BS Engineering at CalTech.

Polski bankowiec, ekonomista, prezes Związku Banków Polskich.

W latach 1991–2003 był dyrektorem Biura, a następnie dyrektorem generalnym. Od 2003 prezes ZBP.

W latach 1998–2006 był przedstawicielem ZBP w Komisji Nadzoru Bankowego. Również od 2003 do 2016 roku był członkiem Rady Bankowego Funduszu Gwarancyjnego. Jest autorem szeregu rozwiązań prawnych i organizacyjnych dla polskiego sektora bankowego. Współtworzył oraz był członkiem władz nadzorczych lub programowych, zakładanych przy udziale ZBP, większości instytucji wspierających funkcjonowanie oraz rozwój polskiego sektora bankowego. Absolwent Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego na Wydziale Nauk Przyrodniczych oraz Studiów Podyplomowych SGH na kierunku Finanse i Bankowość

School of Economics graduate, he studied at the Faculty of Law at the University of Warsaw. Specialist in the fields of financial advisory for companies, banking (investment and corporate), mergers, acquisitions, restructuring, finance, management, the increase in value. In 2008-2011, he worked with Experior Partner. In 2006-2008, he was associated with the Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa, where he served as Vice-President of the Management Board, Director for Supervision and Capital Strategy Office. He coordinated, among others  project Budryk, merger with JSW and JSW development strategy works. In 2004-2006 he worked with BBK Poland as director. In 1999 – 2004 he was employed at Bank Handlowy Citibank, where he headed the Department of Restructuring and Finance Department of Commerce.

Director, Translational Applications Service Center (TASC) and Associate Director, Translational Research and Applied Medicine (TRAM) Program, Stanford School of Medicine.

Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer, Stanford School of Medicine. Member, Stanford Cancer Institute.

PhD, UCLA (2000)
BS, UC Berkeley (1988)

Professor Lepech’s research focuses on the integration of sustainability indicators into engineering design, ranging from materials design, structural design, system design, to operations management. Along with this he is studying the effects that slowly diffusing sustainable civil engineering innovations, and the social networks they diffuse through, can have on achieving long term sustainability goals.
MBA, University of Michigan (2008),
PhD, University of Michigan, Civil and Environmental Engineering (2006)

Prof. Agnieszka Czechowicz Assistant Professor, Stanford School of Medicine, Director - Czechowicz Lab
Tomasz Domogała Chairman of the Supervisory Board, TDJ
Aleksandra Gren Country Manager, Fiserv Poland
Maciej Kranz Vice President, Corporate Technology Group, CISCO
Prof. Piotr Moncarz Adjunct Professor, Stanford School of Engineering, Exponent, USPTC
Sonia Wedrychowicz-Horbatowska Head of Technology Transformation, JPMorgan Chase

Youngest faculty member of the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Stem Cell Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine. As a physician-scientist, Dr. Czechowicz earlier did clinical training in Boston, completing her residency in Pediatrics at the prestigious Boston Children’s Hospital and pursued subspecialty training in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Advocate of translational research and has done pioneering work showing that hematopoietic stem cell depletion is a critical component to donor hematopoietic stem cell engraftment. Multiple pre-clinical and clinical therapies are in development based upon her studies. She is passionate about mentoring and training future generations of physicians and scientists. BSc, PhD & MD all at Stanford University.

An entrepreneur, and owner of an investment firm TDJ operating in five business areas – Equity, Venture, Estate, Finance and Foundation. Currently, Equity is the largest investment area. This includes companies from the mining, energy, founding and offshore sectors which are listed on the Polish Stock Exchange. Venture embraces investments in innovative technological start-ups, while Estate includes residential and commercial properties. His favourite area is TDJ Foundation, which supports the education and personal development of children and teenagers.

Country Manager for Fiserv Poland (NASDAQ: FISV) responsible for new tech initiatives for major EMEA-based financial institutions, with a focus on CEE. Recipient of the Goldman Sachs-Fortune Global Women Leaders Award. 20 years experience in financial technology in EMEA.  Advisory Board Member of Vital Voices Poland and a Trustee of the Vital Voices Europe Board in London, UK, advocate of women’s leadership and women in tech initiatives. BA in International Relations from University of British Columbia in Vancouver, MSc in Policy Making from the London School of Economics.

Maciej Kranz helped pioneer the Internet of Things industry through more than 30 years of computer networking and technology innovation experience. Author of the NYT bestseller “Building the Internet of Things.” As VP of the Corporate Technology Group leads an effort focused on identifying and capitalizing on major tech market disruptions and shaping CISCO’s technology strategy, and conducting tech due diligence for potential investments. Earlier Kranz drove the hyper-growth business unit focused on Internet of Things (IoT) as GM of the Connected Industries Group. Earlier VP, Borderless Networks, VP of Marketing for the Wireless Networking Business Unit (WNBU). Prior to CISCO, Kranz held various management positions at 3Com Corporation and IBM.

Piotr D. Moncarz, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, born and raised in Poland, graduated from vocational high school program in road and bridge construction in Poznan, Poland, receives Ph.D. degree in earthquake engineering at Stanford University. Registered professional engineer in civil engineering in numerous U.S. states and Canadian provinces; member of the National Academy of Engineers.  Adjunct Professor, Stanford University; Senior Fellow and Principal Engineer, Exponent, Inc., an international science and technology public corporation initiated in Silicon Valley; President and CEO, Geothermic Solution LLC, green energy, disruptive technology company. With an engineering career focused on failure analysis and failure prevention led and participated in hundreds of studies, remediation and research projects. He is active in academic programs, consulting work, and international business from power plant development projects, energy technologies and economics, electro-mobility, to high-tech ventures. former  Board member of the of the Polish National Center for Research and Development, formerly Academic Director and co-organizer of Top 500 Innovators program at Stanford University; co-organizer and leader of Stanford University/ Silicon Valley workshops for Polish industry and government leaders.  Decorated by the President of Poland with the Officer Cross of Polonia Restituta. He is a frequent speaker in venues pertaining to system safety and performance, engineering knowledge transfer, trends in technologies, innovativeness, sustainable development, and stimulation of international cooperation and competitiveness.

Sonia Wedrychowicz-Horbatowska joined JPMorgan Chase as the Head of Technology Transformation for Consumer & Community Banking Technology. She comes to the firm with over twenty years of experience in business management in Corporate banking (cash management, trade finance, securities services) and Consumer banking in Europe as well as Asia, including Islamic Banking.

Sonia has been a key driver of digibank by DBS implementation in India and Indonesia. She was most recently the Head of Technology Consumer Bank Group Singapore in DBS. She had joined DBS Bank in the Digital Bank division in February 2015. Her scope of responsibilities at DBS included digital product development and management, UX design, risk and control as well as operational delivery.

In September 2016, she was promoted to Singapore CBG Technology Head, responsible for Consumer Bank Singapore Technology delivery and API Strategy.

Sonia was the former Country Head of Consumer Bank at Standard Chartered in Malaysia. She was responsible for the strategy, development, and management of the bank’s consumer business. She also chaired the bank’s financial education program initiative and was part of the bank’s Women Initiative Network.

Starting her banking career in Citibank in 1994, Sonia rose through the ranks and held various roles in transaction banking before becoming the Vice President of the Management Board and Head of Consumer Banking in Citi Poland.

She also held other leadership roles including Chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board of Handlowy – Leasing S.A., and Member of the Supervisory Board of Bank Handlowy Brokerage House.

Sonia holds a Master’s degree in Foreign Trade from Warsaw School of Economics and a BA in European Business Studies from Brunel University in London. She has relocated from Singapore to the United States with her husband and two children.

John D. Pye, PhD, PE Group Vice President, Office Director & Principal Engineer, Exponent Inc.
Luke Kowalski Vice President, Corporate Architecture Group, Oracle
Magda Jary Global Partner Enablement Lead, Google Cloud
Dawid Klimczak, PhD Chief Executive Officer at Enea Trading
Prof. Anna Timofiejczuk Dean, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Silesian University of Technology
Prof. Marek Pawełczyk Vice Rector for Science and Development of the Silesian University of Technology

Group Vice President in charge of Exponent’s Transportation group. With a background in mechanical and aerospace engineering, Dr. Pye has expertise in issues pertaining to rapid prototyping, product design, instrumentation, fluid mechanics, structural analysis, and mil-standard testing. Program manager for numerous rapid development efforts focused on adapting and integrating a range of high tech commercial components to the unique operational environment of the military customer as well as to extreme environment or high reliability commercial applications. eg. MARCbot IED inspection robot, RDISS networked surveillance system, Duracrete/Panama Ground Penetrating Radar system.

Luke Kowalski is a seasoned Silicon Valley executive. As VP in the corporate architecture group Luke helps with technology policy, industry standards, community, security, and government affairs. He works on corporate development and M&A integration. He has executed projects involving legal issues, acquisitions, technical standards, government affairs. Before Oracle worked for various startups in technical, design, and business roles, as well as for Netscape’s Server and E-commerce divisions. Holds several patents and lectures frequently. His educational background includes advanced degrees from UTA, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University.

Magda is responsible for assuring the right level of skills in the Google Cloud Partner ecosystem via training, certification and ongoing enablement programs. Her mission is to ensure that partners have access to the same level of knowledge as Googlers enabling them to delight customers. Magda joined Google in 2008 after graduating with two Masters degrees: Media and Communications at Warsaw School of Economics and International Management at Rotterdam School of Management. Currently based in Mountain View, she has been driving impactful learning and engagement programs for Partners globally. Magda is a certified yoga teacher. She has also completed a mindfulness teacher certification and she teaches the Search Inside Yourself training at Google – a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence and leadership course.

Dawid Klimczak has been involved in the electric power industry for over 10 years. In Enea Capital Group responsible for trading, portfolio management, European energy regulations, lobbying, strategy and development. Specializing in strategic investment projects (Joint Venture, M&A), innovations, mergers and acquisitions. Since 2018 Mr. Klimczak represents Enea Capital Group in Polish Electricity Association.  He build an innovative team responsible for the Origination business and establishing cooperation with the Electric Power Reasearch Institute. A graduate of INSEAD.
For more than two years, Mr Klimczak specialized in proprietary trading on European power market at German Metro Group. Working there enabled him to acquire numerous broker licenses e.g.  European Energy Exchange, Energy Exchange Austria, EUREX Exchange and Commodity Broker. In 2012, he joined second largest electric utility in Poland, “Enea” and took on the responsibility of natural gas trading, origination and proprietary trading on the German power market as a Head of Proprietary Trading. In 2016 he earned the PhD degree in Economic Sciences and Management at University of Technology in Poznan, Poland. On the same year he was announced as a CEO of Enea Trading.
Mr. Klimczak is a member of the Governing Board of the Association of Energy Traders in Poland and a member of the Science Board of the Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal in Silesia.

Jej zainteresowania naukowe to diagnostyka techniczna, metody sztucznej inteligencji, przetwarzanie i rozpoznawanie obrazów, fuzja danych i obrazów. Jest absolwentką kierunku Automatyka i Robotyka. W latach 2012 – 2016 była prodziekanem ds. organizacji i rozwoju, a obecnie jest dziekanem Wydziału Mechanicznego Technologicznego Politechniki Śląskiej. Jest pierwszą kobietą pełniącą tą funkcję w ponad 70 letniej historii wydziału. Uczestniczyła i kierowała wieloma projektami naukowymi oraz projektami mającymi na celu uatrakcyjnienie procesu dydaktycznego.

Vice Rector for Science and Development of the Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland, Head of the Measurements and Control Systems Division at the university, Vice President for Professional Relations of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (formerly the President), Managing Editor of International Journal of Acoustics and Vibration (JCR recognised), expert in adaptive control, active noise control, signal processing, author of 3 books on active noise control, about 200 journal and proceeding papers, co-author of 3 academic textbooks, co-author of 9 patent applications, supervisor of 8 PhDs. Coordinator of over 20 research projects sponsored by state institutions or industry, with many solutions commercially available. Coordinator of 3 EU-sponsored structural fund projects. Chair or Co-chair of about 10 International Congresses on Sound and Vibration Congresses with participants from more than 50 countries. 

Rafal Stroinski Partner - JSLegal
Bartłomiej Jankowski Partner - JSLegal
Lukas Grabiec Assistant General Counsel - GoDaddy
Prof. Andrzej Szarata Dean, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Cracow University of Technology
Jerzy Orkiszewski Senior Director of Engineering at Cutera
Clay Bullwinkel Founder and CEO, Silicon Valley Flow LLC, Tech Entrepreneur and Consultant

Rafał Stroiński is an advocate (adwokat) at the Advocate’s Bar Council in Warsaw and an attorney and counselor at law in New York State, USA. Co-founder of JSLegal.

He specializes in transactions in the field of Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, PE/VC transactions, seed funds, and Angel deals.

Formerly partner at CMS Cameron McKenna responsible for the firm’s Capital Markets and co-running the Private Equity practice. LLM Harvard Law School, PhD Law from Warsaw University, MA in Iberian Philology from Warsaw University. Fulbright and Polish Science Foundation Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School. Lecturer at Warsaw University Law School.

Co-founding Partner of JSLegal. Head of the Litigation, Arbitration, Business Criminal Litigation, ADR, Compliance and Crisis Management practices. Advocate at the District Bar Council in Warsaw and arbitrator listed
by the Arbitration Court at the Polish Chamber of Commerce. Graduate and lecturer at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Warsaw University. Bartłomiej completed post graduate studies in international commercial arbitration at Oxford University and London University. He speaks Polish, English and Russian. For several years Bartłomiej was a litigation Partner with a leading international law firm where he set up and led a highly specialized Business Criminal Litigation (white collar crimes) team. At JSLegal he continues to advise board members and companies on issues regarding criminal and civil liability, as well as compliance issues within their organizations.

Assistant General Counsel at GoDaddy. For 8+ years prior counsel in various capacities at Intel, Honeywell and Microchip. Recognized as “Up and Comer” Attorney of the Year for 2012 by the Association of Corporate Counsel and Arizona Business Magazine. JD, Case Western Reserve, MBA at EDHEC in France, BS at University of Houston.

Andrzej Szarata – head of the Department of Transportation Systems at Cracow University of Technology. Since September 2016 – Dean of the Civil Engineering Faculty at Cracow University of Technology. Member of scientific council in: The Building Research Institute and The Railway Institute. The author of over 90 scientific papers covering many transportation issues: parking lot analysis, induced demand modelling, modal split modelling, efficiency estimation of transport investments. Doctoral dissertation (2006) was devoted to Park and Ride modelling and was first scientific analysis of such system in Poland. Habilitation monograph (2014) is focused on induced demand modelling and its application in estimation of functional effectiveness of transport infrastructure investments. Main field of interest is transport policy and developing transportation models on agglomeration and regional level. He is the author (among others) of transportation models of Krakow and Warsaw agglomerations, Malopolska and Mazowieckie provinces, city of Poznan, Katowice and Wroclaw. He was also involved in many EU projects (the most important: CIVITAS Caravel, MAX, TRACIT, GSP, UMOB and others).

Since 1989 in Silicon Valley he has been working for a variety of biomedical device companies: Cutera, Inc., Ellex Medical, Lumenis, Inc. and Medical Group of Coherent, Inc., where he has been providing the technology and business leadership serving in various engineering, management and executive positions. He is a pilot with commercial and instrument ratings. PhD and MS in Biomedical Engineering, Warsaw Technical University, and École Nationale Supérieure de l’Electronique et de ses Application in Cergy, France.

Mr. Clay A. Bullwinkel is Founder and CEO, Silicon Valley Flow LLC, an advisory firm in IT venture management.  For 35 years Clay has pioneered new businesses with measurable new value for customers, employees, and stock holders.  His disciplines cover general management, finance, team recruiting and building, product development, product management, sales and marketing.  He currently specializes in building companies through game changing rehabilitation and acceleration of product development, product management, and sales for companies in voice, text, and graphical communications.  Solution coverage can be consumer, professional, enterprise, or all.  He is a former executive of 3Com (network interfaces, protocols, infrastructure, and network management) and Hewlett Packard (vertical market solutions marketing).  More recently he was CEO of Aiton Caldwell Inc., a VoIP telecommunications venture with its parent in Gdansk, Poland.  In 2003 Clay co-founded the U.S. Poland Trade Council, and is a member of its Board of Directors.  Since 1983, seven years before official conversion to capitalism, he has been working with Poland-based businesses, including with Univex of Krakow, for which he co-designed audio products which influenced Apple’s iPod.  He has his B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Stanford University.  He speaks intermediate Polish and German.  A 4th generation San Franciscan, Clay resides with his wife Denise in nearby Portola Valley.  They have two professionally employed daughters.  With family and friends he enjoys history and science fiction reading, gardening, hiking, fly fishing, and a variety of sports including participation in middle distance foot races.

Karolina Maria Nowak PhD, MBA Harvard Medical School, Department of Genetics Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Cancer Biology
Andrzej Biesiekirski Euvic's Vice President
Mariusz Tomaka Board Advisor - Business Development, Euvic
Stan Nowak, PhD Data Scientist, IonPath
Krzysztof Szczerba, PhD Sr Principal Engineer - Finisar Corp
Lukasz Kidzinski, PhD Post-Doctoral Scholar - Stanford Bioengineering Dept, Health+AI

A researcher, practitioner and educator as well as expert in Design Thinking- conducted workshops during Design Thinking Week 2015, 2017, 2018. Alumni of Top 500 Innovators at Stanford University. Alumni of  Executive MBA, ESG University of Quebec at Montreal (ESG  UQAM) and Warsaw School of Economics. Coordinator from WUM in European Joint Program on Rare Diseases (Horizon 2020),

Andrzej Biesiekirski is Euvic’s Vice President and an expert on digital business transformation, helping clients interested in supporting innovation processes in their organization and becoming more agile. Andrzej is a graduate of the Institute of Computer Science at the Technical University of Bialystok, Ecole Superieure du Commerce Exterieur Paris, London South Bank University and has completed a number of courses in project management and sales. He has gained many years of experience while working for large IT companies as well as running his own businesses (specialized in IT sourcing and Microsoft solutions). His professional interests include IT sourcing, cloud and business solutions sales and implementation, agile development, DevOps, BI/Big Data and digital business transformation

Mariusz Tomaka is active as organizer, co-founder, and CEO of innovative electronic and software companies in Poland focused on local and international markets. He specializes in building and running innovative companies – startups – focused on international markets and leading teams of engineers and managers to achieve challenging technology and business objectives. Prior to DisplayLink he worked as an Area Manager – Poland at Neubloc, board adviser – share holder at ABF sp. z o.o. and CEO at Neubloc Sp. z o.o.

Quantum physicist & data scientist at IonPath a medical imaging startup out of Stanford. Previously data scientist at Focal Systems (Y Combinator startup), data researcher at Stanford’s Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), and researcher at IfG – Institute for Scientific Instruments in Berlin. PhD Physics at University of Freiburg, MSc Physics at University of Warsaw.

Krzysiek is Sr. Principal Engineer at Finisar Corporation specialized in 3D sensing and LiDAR, Signalprocessing, Optical data engineering. Previously Post-Doctoral Scholar and PhD at

Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Medical data design in high-dimensional clinical settings and deep neural networks.
PhD in Mathematical Statistics, Université libre de Bruxelles, 2014
MS in Mathematics, MS in Computer Science, University of Warsaw

Robert Kowalski Head of Business Development Megaspace
Marek Żywno Founder- CEO, Silicon Valley Ventures
Wojciech Fedorowicz Managing Partner of TDJ Pitango Ventures
Marcin Zachowicz Head of Marketing and Communications, TDJ

1. Open, creative & fun people person w/ growth mindset & “get sh** done” attitude
2. Solve problems & deliver results w/ 8 yrs in strategy, business development, policy, GTM operations
3. Collaborate effectively w/ leadership & cross-functional teams
4. Proactive, big thinker, enjoy getting out of my comfort zone.
5. Values: freedom, education, integrity. Strongly believe in blockchain – cryptographically secured distributed ledger tech – since 2015.

Development of precision instruments, nanometer positioning systems, with high end controls, metrology, mechanics, optics.

Specialties: Microlithography, metrology and inspection business. Architecture and implementation of precision engineering on nanometer level: interferometry, stages, positioning, structural vibrations. Optomechanics and electron beam instruments, vacuum systems, microcontamination control.

In TDJ Pitango Ventures he focuses on Medtech, AI and SaaS companies. He  graduated from the MBA program at Stanford University in the US, where he headed the High Tech Club, an organization strongly associated with the environment of technology companies in Silicon Valley.  Prior to joining TDJ Pitango Ventures, he has lead small and large organizations, focusing on scaling and international expansion.  He combines a strong technology understanding with thorough business and investments experience

He is responsible for positioning the TDJ brand and strengthening its image, as well as shaping the PR and CSR policy of the company.

From 1996 to 2016 Marcin Zachowicz worked for Grupa Lotos SA, where he was the Director of the Communications Office and spokesperson over the last four years. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Gdańsk, has completed postgraduate studies at the Hague Academy of International Law and MBA courses at the University of Strahclyde in cooperation with the Gdańsk Foundation for Management Development. In addition, he has participated in dedicated managerial trainings organized, among others, by Harvard Business School.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Prof. Piotr Moncarz Chairman, USPTC; Adjunct Professor, Stanford University
Jerzy Orkiszewki President, USPTC; Senior Director of Engineering at Cutera
Mariusz Tomaka President, USPTC Poland; Board Advisor - Business Development, Euvic
Robert Barski, PhD Jacob of Paradies Academia in Gorzów Wielkopolski,
Krzysztof Dyczkowski, PhD, DSc Assistant Professor, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań; CEO, SOL-SYSTEM
Aleksandra Gren Country Manager, Fiserv Poland

Piotr D. Moncarz, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, born and raised in Poland, graduated from vocational high school program in road and bridge construction in Poznan, Poland, receives Ph.D. degree in earthquake engineering at Stanford University. Registered professional engineer in civil engineering in numerous U.S. states and Canadian provinces; member of the National Academy of Engineers.  Adjunct Professor, Stanford University; Senior Fellow and Principal Engineer, Exponent, Inc., an international science and technology public corporation initiated in Silicon Valley; President and CEO, Geothermic Solution LLC, green energy, disruptive technology company. With an engineering career focused on failure analysis and failure prevention led and participated in hundreds of studies, remediation and research projects. He is active in academic programs, consulting work, and international business from power plant development projects, energy technologies and economics, electro-mobility, to high-tech ventures. former  Board member of the of the Polish National Center for Research and Development, formerly Academic Director and co-organizer of Top 500 Innovators program at Stanford University; co-organizer and leader of Stanford University/ Silicon Valley workshops for Polish industry and government leaders.  Decorated by the President of Poland with the Officer Cross of Polonia Restituta. He is a frequent speaker in venues pertaining to system safety and performance, engineering knowledge transfer, trends in technologies, innovativeness, sustainable development, and stimulation of international cooperation and competitiveness.

Since 1989 in Silicon Valley he has been working for a variety of biomedical device companies: Cutera, Inc., Ellex Medical, Lumenis, Inc. and Medical Group of Coherent, Inc., where he has been providing the technology and business leadership serving in various engineering, management and executive positions. He is a pilot with commercial and instrument ratings. PhD and MS in Biomedical Engineering, Warsaw Technical University, and École Nationale Supérieure de l’Electronique et de ses Application in Cergy, France.

Mariusz Tomaka is active as organizer, co-founder, and CEO of innovative electronic and software companies in Poland focused on local and international markets. He specializes in building and running innovative companies – startups – focused on international markets and leading teams of engineers and managers to achieve challenging technology and business objectives. Prior to DisplayLink he worked as an Area Manager – Poland at Neubloc, board adviser – share holder at ABF sp. z o.o. and CEO at Neubloc Sp. z o.o.

Robert Barski, PhD –Since 2016 assistant professor at Jacob of Paradies University located in Gorzów Wielkopolski. Graduate TOP 500 Innovators Program of Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Graduate of Technical University in Zielona Góra Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Doctor of technical sciences in the field of construction and operation of machines. In the years 1990-2015, an assistant professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Zielona Góra. In the years 2006-2015 Director of the Academic Enterprise Incubator at the University of Zielona Góra. CEO at Smart Data Lights Sp. z o.o. in Katowice. Has many years of experience related to entrepreneurship, technology transfer and vehicle construction. Associate of the Center for and Technology Transfer of the University of Zielona Góra. Scientific interests: academic entrepreneurship, ecological aspects of the use of internal combustion engines, methods for measuring and limiting
the toxicity of internal combustion engines, electromobility and IoT. Member of the US-Polish Trade Council, member of the Polish Business and Innovation Centres Association in Poland and member of the Polish Scientific Society of Combustions Engines.

Krzysztof Dyczkowski is an Assistant Professor at Department of Imprecise Information Processing Me­thods, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. His main research interests are computational intelligence methods in decision making, computer vision and natural language modeling. Currently he is working on an intelligent decision system supporting the diagnosis of ovarian cancer – OvaExpert. He received Microsoft Research Azure Award (2015) and IBM Faculty Award (2010). Member of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Tech­nology (EUSFLAT). He has many years of experience in IT project management. Co-founder and longtime CEO of an IT company producing and implementing an ERP class system. He is graduate of the Top 500 Innovators program at Stanford University (2012). He was a co-organizer of US-Poland Innovation HUB.

Country Manager for Fiserv Poland (NASDAQ: FISV) responsible for new tech initiatives for major EMEA-based financial institutions, with a focus on CEE. Recipient of the Goldman Sachs-Fortune Global Women Leaders Award. 20 years experience in financial technology in EMEA.  Advisory Board Member of Vital Voices Poland and a Trustee of the Vital Voices Europe Board in London, UK, advocate of women’s leadership and women in tech initiatives. BA in International Relations from University of British Columbia in Vancouver, MSc in Policy Making from the London School of Economics.

Ela Kozera Director of Programs, USPTC
Robert Kowalski Head of Business Development Megaspace
Kamila Krawiec Program Coordinator, USPTC
Kaja Łapińska Program Assistant, USPTC
Krzysztof Szczerba, PhD Sr Principal Engineer - Finisar Corp

Ela Kozera acts as the Director of Programs for US-Polish Trade Council. She has gained the managerial and organizational skills while working for various Polish and U.S. emerging growth companies. Her interests in human nature make her a personable and energetic individual who cultivates positive relationships with persons from diverse cultures and backgrounds. She has been searching constantly for beauty and simplicity in words, design and every other aspect of human expression. Her creative side and attention to detail have been expressed during her consulting, teaching, training and volunteering projects. In her professional and personal engagements, she always looks at things from all perspectives. She holds M.A. and B.A. degrees in German Studies of History and Culture from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland. She also completed her studies focused on International Business and Administration at UC Berkeley. In addition to her consulting work, she is working towards an EMBA degree and conducting research focused on machine learning in marketing at the University of San Francisco.

1. Open, creative & fun people person w/ growth mindset & “get sh** done” attitude
2. Solve problems & deliver results w/ 8 yrs in strategy, business development, policy, GTM operations
3. Collaborate effectively w/ leadership & cross-functional teams
4. Proactive, big thinker, enjoy getting out of my comfort zone.
5. Values: freedom, education, integrity. Strongly believe in blockchain – cryptographically secured distributed ledger tech – since 2015.

Kamila Krawiec, BA – graduated from the Silesian University of Technology in the field of Public Administration. Between 2012-2015 Kamila had worked as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager for InPost Finance, a subsidiary of Integer.pl Capital Group. Since 2016 Kamila has been working at Wiewiorka.pl LLC, a start-up in the environmental sector where she is responsible for obtaining EU funds. Her professional interests include e-commerce, shipping and innovations. Associated with the US-Polish Trade Council since 2017.

Kaja Łapińska, BSc – a student of graduate studies at the International Faculty of Engineering, specialization
Management and Production Engineering, at the Lodz University of Technology. Engaged in representing her
University and country abroad she is also a vice-chairman of IFE Alumni Association and a member of PŁ
Raptors, team building Mars rover for international competitions. The team is a part of the Student Scientific
Robotics Association SKaNeR at the Institute of Automatic Control. Apart from that, she is involved in business
development, cooperation with partners and the implementation of new production processes and their
optimization. She is interested in manufacturing techniques, machine tools and process automation. Keen to
work on the promotion of Poland she is involved in innovations development in local area, member of USPTC
Poland.

Krzysiek is Sr. Principal Engineer at Finisar Corporation specialized in 3D sensing and LiDAR, Signalprocessing, Optical data engineering. Previously Post-Doctoral Scholar and PhD at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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