Poland Days 2020

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Speakers*

Prof. Michal Kosinski Associate Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Celina Mikołajczak Vice President, Battery Technology at Panasonic Energy North America
Dr. Janusz Bryzek eXo Imaging, Inc.
Prof. Piotr Moncarz Adjunct Professor, Stanford School of Engineering, Exponent, USPTC
Lukas Grabiec Assistant General Counsel - GoDaddy
Clay Bullwinkel Founder and CEO, Silicon Valley Flow LLC, Tech Entrepreneur and Consultant

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.

Experienced Director of Engineering with a demonstrated history of working in the battery industry. Strong experience leading teams working in Cell Engineering, Cell Reliability & Testing, Battery Safety Testing, Battery Design, Battery R&D, Battery BMS Development, Cell and Battery Quality, and Materials Engineering.

 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.

Caroline Krawiec Brownstone is President/CEO of International Management and Marketing Associates (IMMA Ltd) an international management firm headquartered in San Mateo, California (San Francisco-Silicon Valley) with collaborative partners in EU in Sweden, Germany and Poland. Under her leadership IMMA Ltd developed to become a leading woman-owned business providing international economic and business advisory and strategic services for international governments and private sector clients.

Her International leadership and implementation engagements incorporate strategic institutional reform and human performance management, reflecting long-term commitment to economic and trade development, including national and cross-national collaboration.

Ms. Brownstone’s international expertise evolved from economic trade development between U.S. and France, UK and Italy to expand with “countries in transition” Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Republic of North Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Poland, Slovak Republic, Ukraine, and United States.

Examples of her repertoire of experience include U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Commerce, State of California, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), including appointment as Sr. International Advisor for EBRD countries.

Ms. Brownstone served as official delegate with Delegation of Republic of Poland, Minister of Economy at Group of Seven (G-7) Conference of Fourth East-West Conference of Ministers of Trade, Industry and Economics.

Honors include Harvard Kennedy School, recent Awards in “Women and Power”, “Leading Economic Growth”, and “A Cutting Edge of Development Thinking” with special award “Executive Certificate in Public Policy”. Harvard University, Business School Press, inclusion “International Directory of Business and Management Scholars and Research Directory”, State of California, Governor Appointment as Academic Fellow resulting with landmark research in international organizational development presented as keynote speaker at international leadership conference in Hungary, and Simmons University appointment as Dix Fellow for academic performance.

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.

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/).

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.

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.

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.

Mariusz Tomaka Board Advisor - Business Development, Euvic

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.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Prof. Piotr Moncarz Chairman, USPTC; Adjunct Professor, Stanford University
Dr. Jerzy Orkiszewki President, USPTC; Senior Director of Engineering at Cutera
Mariusz Tomaka President, USPTC Poland; Board Advisor - Business Development, Euvic
Dr. Robert Barski Jacob of Paradies Academia in Gorzów Wielkopolski,
Prof. Krzysztof Dyczkowski Associate Professor, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
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 Associate Professor at Department of Artificial Intelligence, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He received his PhD degree (with honors) in Mathematics and  Computer Science from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (2003) and habilitation degree (DSc) in Computer Science from Polish Academy of Science (2018). 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
Dr. Krzysztof Szczerba 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.

Leads customer development, sales and partnerships at open source blockchain API startup Megaspace in Menlo Park.
Previously Business Development Manager at OpenGov (a16z portfolio) the fastest growing govtech startup in the US, where he sold data productivity and open source cloud software to state, federal in the US and local governments internationally. Earlier experience includes startups (AI, SaaS), venture capital, policy and business development. He and his team
successfully led tax, R&D and higher education reforms in Poland on the advisers team to the former President of Poland Komorowski, inter alia creating Poland’s first R&D tax credit. Robert is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business (MBA), Stanford (MA Policy) and the London School of Economics (BSc Economics and Economic History) with highest academic honors.

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

Marek Zywno is a precision engineer. He has worked in engineering management and executive positions at semiconductor equipment companies: KLA-Tencor, Etec Systems, Nanometrics, Keysight, and others, where he architected and managed design activities of  semiconductor lithography and inspection instruments. He is CEO of Silicon Valley Ventures and an investor. Serves on the Boards of US Polish Trade Council and Robotics Inventions, and is President of Polish American Engineers Club of Silicon Valley.

*Speakers list will be updated accordingly upcomming confirmations

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