Poland Days 2019

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Speakers

Prof. Michal Kosinski Assistant Professor, Stanford GSB
Celina Mikolajczak Director of Engineering, Energy Storage Systems, Uber Advanced Technology Group
Michael A. Fors, PhD Executive Leader in Boeing’s Leadership, Learning & Organizational Capability (LLOC) Team; Adjunct Professor at Stanford University
Krzysztof Pietraszkiewicz Chairman, Polish Bank Association (ZBP)
Daniel Ozon President of the Management Board, JSW
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.

Michael A. Fors, Ph.D., is an Executive Leader in Boeing’s Leadership, Learning & Organizational Capability (LLOC) Team, driving the transformation toward a 2025 vision. Before Boeing, he was Executive Leader of Learning at Microsoft, transforming Microsoft’s sales, consulting services, and other divisions to achieve Microsoft’s Digital Transformation. Michael also led a P&L as a Microsoft Global Consulting Practice Leader and business strategy teams in Microsoft product and engineering groups. Before Microsoft, Michael was Chief Learning Officer of Intel University, where he led all learning & internal consulting, including leadership, management, and employee development.

Michael is an adjunct professor at Stanford University and the University of Washington, where he teaches on innovation and entrepreneurism. As a Senior UN Fellow for 20 years, Michael leads United Nations strategy and leadership development programs, and post-conflict strategy and leadership reconstruction programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, and South Sudan.  Michael has a Ph.D. that focused on Education and Business.

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.

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
Mark J. Chandler Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of International Trade and Commerce

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.

Mark Chandler is the Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of International Trade and Commerce.  Mark has been part of the City and County government for over thirty-one years and has served eight mayors. Mark is responsible for managing and staffing many of the international programs of the City of San Francisco including innovation and technology exchange, international aviation development, Smart City dialogue, trade missions, investment and trade promotion, sister city partnerships, diplomatic relations for trade and investment and global trade/investment policy formation.  Mark has assisted with and been part of over thirty overseas missions to locations diverse as Mexico, China, India, France, Israel, Vietnam, Ireland, Australia, The Philippines, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada and Japan. He has a BA in Economics from U.C. Davis and an MBA in International Marketing from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and studied at the Tokyo Academy of Japanese

Sonia Wedrychowicz-Horbatowska Head of Technology Transformation, JPMorgan Chase
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
Agnieszka Hankus-Kubica Executive Vice President, Director Breakthrough Technologies Division w JSW INNOWACJE S.A
James (Jim) P. Scopis CISSP SVP - Global Information Security (GIS) - Executive, Bank of America

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.

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.

Zarządzanie projektami badawczo-rozwojowymi. Kilkuletnie doświadczenie w budowaniu konsorcjów naukowo-przemysłowych, inicjowaniu oraz prowadzeniu projektów badawczo-rozwojowych w obszarze obronności i bezpieczeństwa Państwa. Tworzenie nowoczesnych modeli biznesowych. Tworzenie rozwiązań systemowych. Wykonywanie analiz/ekspertyz dla podmiotów działających na rzecz obronności  i bezpieczeństwa Państwa jak również analiz i ekspertyz biznesowych.

Jim is an executive with Bank of America’s Cyber Threat Intelligence and Customer Protection Team.  His responsibilities have included Information Security architectural solutions and enablement as well as driving cyber security awareness programs to multiple lines of business and technology teams across Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and US. Trust.

Jim joined Bank of America in 1987 and during his 31 year career has held leadership roles across multiple lines of business, Enterprise Corporate Compliance, Global Business Continuity and Global Technology & Operations.

Jim attended the University of Delaware where he studied Business Administration .  He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a member of ISC2, ISACA and the Delaware chapter of Info-Guard.

Jim is an active volunteer in his community through his support of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, the FRAXA Research Foundation, Meals-on-Wheels, Padua High School and was the founding board president of the Newport Rowing Club in Newport Delaware – an organization focused on educating local youth about the sport of recreational and competitive rowing.  Jim is also a Board member of the National Cyber Security Alliance and an Audit, Risk Committee member of Christiana Health Care.

Jim is a native Delawarean and lives in Newark with his wife and daughter.

Dr. Marcin Krupa Mayor of Katowice
Wojciech Fedorowicz Managing Partner of TDJ Pitango Ventures
Dawid Klimczak, PhD Chief Executive Officer at Enea Trading
Andrzej Biesiekirski Euvic's Vice President
Prof. Lech Dzienis Rector of Bialystok University of Technology
Kurt Petersen. PhD President at KP-MEMS

Marcin Krupa was born in Katowice and lives there. He is married and has two children. A graduate of the Silesian Technical University, Faculty of Transport. In 2005 he defended Ph.D. thesis on construction and exploitation of machines and then worked as adjunct at the same university. He also did a postgraduate
course on organization’s management. Member of the Katowice City Council (2006-2010) – vice-president of the Local Government Forum and Piotr Uszok and the president of the Treasure Committee. He was also member of the Revisory Committee as well as Committee for Health Protection and Environment. Deputy
mayor (2010-2014), responsible for e.g. strategic planning, transport system development, environmental protection, municipal economy, planning and spatial management as well as housing. He is an expert regarding
assessment of EU-projects in the frame of the Regional Operational Programmes for the Silesian Voivodship, motorsport referee, expert witness regarding automotive means of transport. He is interested in new technologies.

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

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.

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

Author of 60 monographs, 75 articles and papers, 1 monograph book and 2 academic books, and co-author of over 30 scientific research publications. Moreover,  was in charge of 5 State Committee for Scientific Research grants,  supervised 8 Ph.D. dissertations, as well as over 100 master and engineer theses. Gained experience at the Moscow Civil Engineering Institute (USSR), University of South Florida (USA) and the University of Connecticut (USA), among others.

His knowledge and experience is used by actively participating in numerous scientific, expert and professional societies. Was a member of the Council of Podlasie Regional Chamber of Civil Engineers. Next was an expert of the Foundation EKOFUNDUSZ, expert in environmental impact assessment on the list of the Podlaski Voivode and a member of the Committee of Environmental Engineering of Polish Academy of Sciences in the years 2012-2015. Since 2009 he was the President of the Supervisory Board of Bialystok Water-Supply Company. Moreover, together with a group of friends he acted in economic and business fields within the Project Research Office PROEKO and the company BSK-BIOGEST.

Author of a series of innovative solutions in the field of technology, the design engineer of more than 120 sewage treatment plants and water-supply and sewage systems. He is a pioneer in Poland of implementation of autothermic aerobic sludge digestion installations and innovative odor-control systems for sewage treatment plants.

Since 2012 Rector of the Bialystok University of Technology.

Kurt Petersen received his BS degree cum laude in EE from UC Berkeley in 1970, and a PhD in EE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975.  Since 1982, he has co-founded six successful, high-tech companies in Silicon Valley, including Cepheid (was on NASDAQ: CPHD; acquired by Danaher in 2016 for $4B) and SiTime (acquired by MegaChips in 2014).  In 2001, he was awarded the IEEE Simon Ramo Medal for his contributions to MEMS.  In 2019, he was awarded the prestigious IEEE Medal of Honor.  Dr. Petersen is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Life Fellow of the IEEE in recognition of his contributions to “the commercialization of MEMS technology”.  In 2012, Dr. Petersen joined the Silicon Valley Band of Angels.  Today, he spends his time helping and mentoring early stage, high-tech start-up companies.

Dr. Janusz Bryzek eXo Imaging, Inc.
Roland Vogl, PhD Executive Director of CodeX - the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX); Executive Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology
Artur B. Chmielewski Project Manager at JPL (NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
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
Rafal Stroinski Partner - JSLegal

Janusz Bryzek received his MSEE and Ph.D. from Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. He completed the Executive Management Program at Stanford University.

Janusz is considered as one of the pioneers of MEMS and Father of Sensors. He cofounded eleven Silicon Valley MEMS (micro-mechanical integrated systems) companies: Sensym (acquired by Honeywell), ICSensors (acquired by EG&G), NovaSensor (acquired by Lucas Automotive, then GE Healthcare), Intelligent MicroSensor Technology (acquired by Maxim), Transparent Networks (technology acquired by Intel), InvenSense (public), LVSI (acquired by Atmel), Jyve (acquired by Fairchild Semiconductor), JB MEMS (consulting), TSensors Summit (non-profit) and eXo Imaging (active).

Products from Janusz’s companies included MEMS sensors (pressure, acceleration, gyro). MEMS microstructures (mirrors), sensor-based systems-on-chip (wireless pressure sensors, motion sensors with embedded sensor fusion) and systems (optical switches, medical ultrasound imagers). Selected exponential technology based products shipped cumulatively billions of units, grabbing majority of world market for disposable blood pressure sensors, about half of wireless tire pressure sensor market, large fraction of motion sensor market in cellphones, gaming and VR devices.

Inspired by Peter Diamandis’s Abundance concept, Janusz launched TSensors Initiative focused on finding the sensor-based Internet nodes likely to reach volume of trillions units by mid 2030s, as an enabler for world without hunger and with medical care, clean environment and clean energy to all. This resulted in organizing 8 conferences (at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Florida, Munich, Shanghai and twice in Tokyo), with invited visionary speakers outlining the future, and concluded in converging on extracting 5 sensor based application with potential for trillions.

One of the outcomes of TSensors Initiative was founding of eXo Imaging to develop a disruptive ultrasound imager aiming at democratization of medical imaging (75% of global population has no access to medical imaging).

Bryzek has performed due diligence for top tier VC firms, including USVP (Irwin Federman), Mayfield, Benchmark, Morgenthaler and Panorama. He also worked as an advisor or Board member for over 40 startups.

In 1989 he was recognized as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Arthur Young. In 1994 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Sensors Magazine and in 2003 by MANCEF. In 2016, he got the award Outstanding Polish Business Executive by Polish Embassy in the US and accepted to “Zlotej Ksiegi Absolwentow Politechniki Warszawskiej”. In 2018 he received Industry Impact Award for Engineering Excellence from Sensors Expo.

Bryzek has published over 250 papers, wrote sections of 4 books, organized and chaired many international conferences. He authored 30 US patents and multiple pending patent applications.

He started several sensor standardization efforts, including AAMI Disposable Blood Pressure Transducers, IEEE-1451 Smart Sensor Communication, and Trillion Sensors Initiative.

Dr. Bryzek serves on several Advisory Boards. He is also a member of IEEE-MEMS Program Committee (http://sites.ieee.org/scv-mems/).

Dr. Roland Vogl is a scholar, lawyer and entrepreneur who, after more than fifteen years of academic and professional experience, has developed a strong expertise in legal informatics, intellectual property law and innovation. Currently, he is Executive Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology and a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. He focuses his efforts on legal informatics work carried out in the Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX), which he co-founded and leads as Executive Director. Dr. Vogl is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna, Austria where he teaches about United States intellectual property law. Dr. Vogl is also actively involved in the rapidly growing legal tech industry. He was recently named to the American Bar Association Journal’s 2017 Class of „Legal Rebels,“ a highly-regarded group of legal innovators and he was previously selected as one of the 2016 Fastcase 50. Dr. Vogl is on the advisory boards of FlightRight, LexCheck, IPNexus and LegalForce. In addition, Dr. Vogl serves as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Law Technology News, an American Lawyer publication, and of the board of directors of McCain, Inc. – a Swarco company.

Previously, he co-founded and served as CFOO of Vator.tv. He also co-founded and served on board’s compensation committee of SIPX, Inc., a copyright technology company which was acquired by ProQuest in 2015. His experience also includes working as the first teaching fellow of Stanford Law School’s international LLM degree program in Law, Science and Technology, as an IP associate at Fenwick & West LLP, as a press associate at the European Parliament and as a law clerk at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Audiovisual Media, Information and Communication.

Vogl holds both a Dr.iur. (JSD) and a Mag.iur. (JD) from Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck, Austria as well as a JSM from Stanford Law School.

Artur B. Chmielewski had almost every possible space job.  He built space instruments, developed interplanetary spacecraft, managed billion-dollar missions, and organized a lab to construct a space telescope the size of a football stadium.  His missions traveled to the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and landed on comets. He worked on getting space images of cryo-volcanoes, black holes and extrasolar planets.  Art worked on software, hardware, was a consultant to Hollywood movies, and designed space sculptures. He is employed by the California Institute of Technology at JPL – a NASA Center in Pasadena, California and is an advisor to the Polish Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology.

However, in Poland he is mainly known for being the son of Papcio Chmiel – the author of popular comics “Tytus, Romek i A’Tomek.”

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. 

Rafał Stroiński is a Polish advocate and a US-qualified attorney admitted in the state of New York, Harvard Law School graduate and a founding partner at JSLegal. Rafał was a Fulbright and Polish Science Foundation Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School. Rafał is one of the leading Private Equity and Venture Capital  lawyers in Poland. An experienced non-executive board member, he is also the former Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PFR Ventures, Poland’s largest fund of funds management company providing financing via VC funds and groups of business angels for innovative SMEs at a different stage of development. Rafal acts as a mentor for start-ups assisting their growth and expansion in Poland and abroad.

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

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. Completed post graduate studies in international commercial arbitration at Oxford University and London University. Advises board members and companies on issues regarding criminal and civil liability, as well as compliance issues within their organizations. Bartłomiej has been repeatedly listed in a major international legal ranking, Chambers Global,  as one of the leading and most efficient litigators in Poland.

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.

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).

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.

Stan Lewandowski, a partner with K&L Gates LLP, a premier global law firm, counsels companies in the U.S. and internationally on optimal multi-entity structuring, debt and equity financing, operations, development, joint venture arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic transactional issues, primarily in the artificial intelligence, fintech, aerospace, education, travel, cybersecurity, gaming and renewable energy sectors.

He represents emerging growth companies at every stage of the pipeline—from start-up to liquidity.  Combining his significant experience representing global companies, including a significant number from the Central and Eastern Europe region, with his Silicon Valley background, Stan has worked closely with investors and companies on domestic, in-bound and out-bound transactions, as well as on-shore and off-shore structures.

Stan earned his LL.M. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  He received his master of laws and diploma from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland.  He also earned a diploma from the University of Cambridge in England.

Karolina Maria Nowak PhD, MBA Harvard Medical School, Department of Genetics Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Cancer Biology
Mariusz Tomaka Board Advisor - Business Development, Euvic
Onur Dur, PhD CSO / Co-founder at Wavelet Health
Dr. Vinay Sridhara CTO / AI - Balbix, Inc.
Dr. Dominik Schmidt CEO Translarity Corp
Ariel Cao CEO/Co-Founder InjectSense Inc.

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),

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 current activities at EUVIC he worked as  CEO (PL) for DisplayLink in Poland and VP in Cambridge UK,  as Area Manager – Poland at Neubloc, board adviser – share holder at ABF sp. z o.o. Mariusz is a President of US-Polish Trade Council in Poland and extended board member in USA, he is a Chamber Council Member at The Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Mariusz is Vice-president of OG at Telecommunications and Polish Information Processing Society.

Onur is a scientist entrepreneur and passionate med-tech expert with successful track record in developing/commercializing Class II/III medical devices, clinically validated digital health solutions. He has over 10 years of experience in cardiovascular science and medical device development covering research and product development, product strategy, data science, clinical affairs, quality and regulatory management. He authored +50 peer reviewed journal and conference publications; 11 patents in technology and medicine. He has PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and previously worked in medical device companies, Thoratec, St Jude Medical, Abbott before cofounding Wavelet Health, chronic disease management platform leveraging wearable sensors.

Dr. Vinay Sridhara has more than a decade of R&D experience in Wireless communication, Security, and Machine Learning. Prior to joining Balbix, Vinay worked at Qualcomm Research for over 9 years, where he worked on wireless networking, mobile security and machine learning. While at Qualcomm, he served on several IEEE 802.11 working groups and contributed to several core areas in these standards. Vinay has a Ph.D. in ECE and Masters in CS from USC and University of Delaware. He has authored many research papers, and holds over 100 patents.

Dominik Schmidt, M.S.M., Ph.D., PE, has been working in all aspects of the semiconductor industry. He was at Altera working on reconfigurable logic and has worked with Sharp, TI, Cypress, and TSMC on various aspects of wireless and SoC design. Among many other startups, Dr. Schmidt cofounded Pixel Devices International (PDI) in 1997, one of the first companies to offer CMOS imaging chips. After PDI was acquired by Agilent, he founded Airify Communications, specializing in multi-protocol wireless chip design. After the acquisition of Airify, Dr. Schmidt was at Intel Corporation leading efforts to design the next generation of advanced wireless/RF products. His last position at Intel was CTO of the Intel Foundry and he is now working on wireless technology investments at QVT Financial, a top New York hedge fund. He has also worked for the Stanford Linear Accelerator and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on several advanced projects, and has consulted for several large companies and startups in the mixed-signal and RF design areas. He has taught at UC Berkeley since 2000 and also teaches at Tsinghua University in Beijing and at the International Technological University where he is an adjunct professor. He is writing a graduate textbook on RF Design for Elsevier Press, has over 100 patents granted/pending and has published dozens of technical articles and journal papers. Dr. Schmidt holds several advanced degrees, among them a PhD from Stanford in RF transistor design. Dr. Schmidt is also an avid helicopter pilot and is a Commander for the US Coast Guard.

Ariel Cao has 28 years of marketing, management and engineering experience in semiconductor and sensor technologies (MEMS/NEMS), biomedical ASIC design and EDA.

In 2014 he co-founded InjectSense Inc., a medical device company focused on ultra-miniature implantable medical devices. He is co-inventor of the key patents around its self-anchoring injectable sensor. The InjectSense wireless sensing system is a transformational platform that  measures therapy effectiveness through accelerated, real-time monitoring of a patient’s dynamic disease state and through immediate feedback on drug effectiveness for specific organs. The company recently secured series B funding.

He began his career as an IC designer and software developer with several IC design groups at Interdesign (specialized in low power and IC for medical applications), and later served at EXAR, Silicon Compilers, Sun Microsystems (UltraSparc I) and Mentor Graphics (A/M-S and RF). In 2000, he joined MEMSCAP as Executive Vice President of Marketing and GM of US operations. In 2001, the company completed successfully an IPO of $100M at the Euronext (Paris). He was a co-investor during the seed round in 1997.  Continuing his entrepreneurship focus on developing US subsidiaries for European companies, Ariel created and managed another US entity for PHS MEMS until early 2004 as General Manager and Director of Business Development. In 2005, he founded Cabrillo Technology Int’l Inc which evolved into M2C Partners LLC in 2011, focused on health and related emerging technologies such as sensors (MEMS), ultra-low power ICs and integration solutions, securing more than $375M of business transactions.

He completed two MSEE degrees, one at ESIEE (Paris), and one at Santa Clara University.

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
Paul Bryzek Senior Technical Architect at DXC Technology
Imran Hajimusa Technology & Business Leader Senior Manager, Exponent
Robert Kowalski Head of Business Development Megaspace

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

Paul has over 10 years of experience in Mobile, Web & Digital Technologies primarily focused on Android, iOS & Hybrid mobile application development with complex server integrations. He is experienced in all aspects of the software development life cycle across a wide and diverse set of industries including major transit authorities, global banks, major defense contractors, financial services, entertainment, local business, consulting, healthcare and web startups. Paul has extensive experience in the full application life cycle: leadership, designing, coding, testing and production deployment in multi-platform peer-to-peer programming environments.

He works as Senior Technical Architect at DXC Technology, the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company formed by the merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

In 2014, Paul had started his own iOS Photo Sharing startup catering to Hollywood celebrities to facilitate decision making via a homegrown instagram-esque photo sharing app.

Paul is a blockchain evangelist who has published online many articles of the revolutionary impacts blockchain will create across different industries and countries. He has completed an Ethereum blockchain bootcamp.

Paul graduated from UCLA with a BS. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Imran is a global technology and business leader with 20+ years of experience working and living in Singapore, Germany and USA.

He has a passion to find intuitive solutions that simplify daily life. Imran has a strong background in Fintech, eCommerce, payments, mobile, security, data analytics, connectivity, Secure Inclusive Designs and SaaS industry.

In his various leadership roles at Verifone, NXP, Lantiq, Infineon, Siemens and Exponent as VP, GM and President, Imran is known for driving new market innovations and providing simple solutions for daily life problems by reducing the friction in the use of the technology.

He is also a faculty member (adjunct) at Santa Clara University (SCU) and University of Santa Cruz (UCSC) focusing on mobile payments, e-commerce security and cryptocurrency.

Imran holds an M.S. in computer engineering from University of Southern California (USC) and has completed Global Management Development from Babson College.

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.

Marcin Zachowicz Head of Marketing and Communications, TDJ
Rafal Celej Managing Partner, Kondracki Celej
Karolina Marzantowicz Distinguished Engineer Chief Technology Officer, IBM Central Eastern Europe
Prof. Sławomir Hausman Dean of the FACULTY OF ELECTRICAL, ELECTRONIC, COMPUTER AND CONTROL ENGINEERING ŁÓDŹ UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Piotr Korbel, PhD Łódź University of Technology
Grzegorz Liśkiewicz, PhD Rector’s proxy for academic entrepreneurship Łódź University of Technology

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.

Founder and managing partner of boutique law firm Kondracki Celej.  “Rising Star” special award by Gazeta Prawna. With over a decade of transactional experience, Rafal works with Venture Capital funds and emerging growth technology start-ups. Up until 2015, he has worked with one of the largest law firms in the world as a member of the M&A and private equity practice, where he co-founded a program supporting legal start-ups and Polish young entrepreneurs. Graduate of the London School of Economics (LL.M.) and MA in law from the University of Warsaw.  Member of the Warsaw Bar Association.

Karolina bridges the technology, business innovation and psychology worlds. She acts as technical executive and a catalyst fostering curiosity to help lead the adaptation to rapidly changing IT environments and to drive organizational agility. Karolina have been supporting companies in driving complex digital transformations, building and executing high growth strategies, introducing emerging technologies (blockchain, AI, Quantum), innovative products and services for global international brands as well as hacking growth with startups around the world.

In the current role, as a part of IBM CEE Leadership Team, Karolina is responsible for defining and implementing of IBM technical strategy for CEE market (27 countries), driving innovation internally and externally – together with Clients, technical leadership development and technical eminence. She leads successfully IBM blockchain business development in CEE as well.

She was recognized as first Distinguished Engineer in IBM CEE in 2017.

She is a guest speaker at global focus conferences, and universities; author of many publications and books; recognized in 2017, as one of top 20 Women in #fintech.
Member of IBM Academy of Technology, proud mother of three kids, mountains lover.

Sławomir Hausman received his M.Sc. degree (with honors) in electronics in 1982 from Lodz University of Technology (Poland) and Ph.D. degree from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK in 1990. He obtained his habilitation (dr hab. degree) from Lodz University of Technology in 2009 where he is currently an Associate Professor. For over 15 years, he has held various academic administrative positions. He was reelected as Dean of the Faculty of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Control Engineering. He is also Head of the Telecommunication Division. His research and publications focus on radio propagation modeling, wireless body area networks, optimization of microwave systems, 5G cellular systems, metamaterials, electromagnetic compatibility, computational electromagnetics, underwater acoustic communication, and digital signal processing. He was a leader and/or team member in more than twenty R&D projects for the industry. He also had several years of experience as a small company owner, designer, specialist in industry (including electric power utilities, telecommunication operators, Polish Office of Electronic Communications). He was employed at Lodz Electric Power Utility as telecommunication network senior specialist (1994–1997). He is a vice-Chairman of Polish National Committee of International Union of Radio Science URSI – Scientific Commission K: Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine, Chair of Lodz Branch of Polish Society of Theoretical and Applied Electrical Engineering. He chaired technical program committees of two premier national radio communications and ICT conferences and is a TPC member of numerous international and national conferences and seminars. Professor Hausman prepared and delivered 13 academic courses (lectures) both in Polish and English (for International Faculty of Engineering) in the area of measurement systems, signal processing, and telecommunication systems. Since 1996, he also co-authored all curricula for “electronics and telecommunications” run at Lodz University of technology.

Piotr Korbel received his M.Sc. degree in electronics in 1999 and Ph.D. degree from Lodz University of Technology (Poland) in 2007. His research interests include digital signal processing, computational intelligence, wireless positioning, radio communications system design and optimization, including topics related to 5G cellular systems. He actively participated in several national and international projects, as well as he is active in the field of cooperation with the industry and standardization bodies (Polish National Committee for Standardization – vice chair of Technical Committee for Telecommunications). Currently he is involved in Lodz University of Technology Campus 5G pilot implementation project.

Greg works at the Lodz University of Technology on design and safety of centrifugal compressors. His goal is to make industrial compressors safer and more economic. He is also a Rector’s proxy for Academic Entrepreneurship and Member of Board in the Top 500 Innovators Association. A member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Physics, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Top 500 Innovators Society, Innovation Forum, Strathclyde Alumni Society, US Alumni Association. Greg worked at the Leeds University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, General Electric and the University of Strathclyde, where he received the Ph.D. title. He actively works in the field of academic publishing in the role of author, reviewer and editor. In 2011 Greg co-funded AMBER EDITING, the company providing solutions for polish authors of JCR-indexed scientific articles. He is also involved in the growth of the local innovation ecosystem in Łódź, supports the organisation of mentoring program “Youth in Łódź”. Greg loves good music played on vinyl discs. In free time he enjoys bike trips. His favorite place on earth is Barra island in Scottish Hebrides and Landmannalaugar in Iceland.

Tomasz Podgórski CFO and Board Member of Adamed Pharma
Jarosław Tokarczuk Executive Director – Development Department – Enea Group

Chief Financial Officer and Board Member of Adamed Pharma, one of the leading Polish pharmaceuticals company. Responsible for financial strategy, international expansion, technology and digitalization.

He holds M.A. in Finance from Warsaw School of Economics, M.A. in Law from University of Warsaw and Diploma in English and EU law from the University of Cambridge. Over a period of 12 years he worked for the leading investment banks such as Rothschild, BNP Paribas and UniCredit CAIB, executing M&A transactions in healthcare and pharmaceuticals.

Jarosław Tokarczuk, from the early beginning of his career, has been actively involved in the energy sector.

As Executive Director of Development Department in ENEA Group is responsible for strategic project portfolio management.

He leads innovative projects and activities held in Capital Group and is focused on new technologies, especially in e-mobility, energy storage and energy efficiency, which are main areas of his interest. Furthermore, he is specialized in energy clusters and developing of heating services.

Strictly driven on specific objectives and implementing global projects, e.g. by participating in research projects.

He set up cooperation and signed agreement with one of the biggest R&D organization – Electric Power Research Institute and is responsible for ongoing activities.

His mission is to build new quality and implement the latest technological advances in the energy sector in one of the leading energy companies in Poland.

Currently is developing his scientific research  in Data Science in energy transformation as Ph.D Candidate at University of Economics and Business in Poznan, Poland.

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
Gregory Grabiec Head of US-Poland Investments and Initiatives, USPTC; US Strategic Partnership Catalyst, Euvic

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 current activities at EUVIC he worked as  CEO (PL) for DisplayLink in Poland and VP in Cambridge UK,  as Area Manager – Poland at Neubloc, board adviser – share holder at ABF sp. z o.o. Mariusz is a President of US-Polish Trade Council in Poland and extended board member in USA, he is a Chamber Council Member at The Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Mariusz is Vice-president of OG at Telecommunications and Polish Information Processing Society.

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.

Gregory Grabiec is a consultative problem solver with a creative, analytical and agile mind. He has a 22-year career managing global projects of $300,000,000+ for corporations, foundations, NGOs, and high-net-worth clients. His expertise is in creating bespoke strategic and operational solutions to drive market impact for the healthcare, biotech, non-profit, financial and IT sectors in both the United States and Europe. For the past 9 years, Gregory has focused on integrating business paradigms between US and Polish markets through consulting, coaching and engaging with innovative companies. Most recently, he has worked on enabling IT/ICT projects between Poland and Silicon Valley. Gregory holds a BA in Biology and MBA in Finance from the University of Houston, and a Masters of International Management (MIM) degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, AZ, where he was a Presidential Scholar.  Currently, Gregory is engaged as US Strategic Partnership Catalyst at Euvic and serves as Head of US-Poland Investments and Initiatives at the US-Polish Trade Council (USPTC). Gregory strives to convey a personal touch in all his endeavors.

Aleksandra Gren Country Manager, Fiserv Poland
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

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 acts as Director of Programs at 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. Recently, she received her EMBA degree with honors from 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.

Marek Żywno Founder- CEO, Silicon Valley Ventures

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.

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