The Polish-Arab Economic Forum
The Polish-Arab Economic Forum is the culminating moment of the entire economic programme of Poland for Expo 2020 Dubai.
The meeting will serve as a platform to strengthen Arab-Polish ties in order to build a friendly business environment and deepen the understanding between our countries. The main goal of the Forum is to present Polish achievements, know-how and technologies, as well as ensuring the possibility of establishing cooperation with economic partners from the Arab countries. Moreover, representatives of many Ministries and members of the world of business and politics are expected to take part in the event.
Participation is free of charge. Transport and accommodation cost in Dubai will need to be covered by the participants.
Location of the hotel: Address Dubai Marina Hotel, Al Marsa Street 66, Dubai, ZEA
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Speakers and Guests
Grzegorz Piechowiak has been a member of local governments, a diplomat and a deputy to the 3rd, 8th and 9th Sejm of the Republic of Poland. In 1992–1997, he worked as, among others, the Vice-Consul at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Rome. In 2002–2006, he was a member of the Piła District Council as part of the Porozumienie Samorządowe [Local Government Agreement], and then served as Director of the Department of Transport in the District Starosty in Piła (2006–2007). For several years, he also ran his own business.
He is a member of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland in the 3rd, 8th and current term of office. He is the chairman of the Bilateral Polish-Italian Group and the Parliamentary Team for Police.
He graduated in sociology from the Faculty of History and Social Sciences at the Warsaw Theological Academy (currently Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University). He also completed post-diploma studies in Corporate Management in Crisis and Bankruptcy at the Higher Vocational School “Personnel for Europe” in Poznań. He holds a receiver’s licence and is qualified as a candidate for supervisory boards of sole shareholder companies of the State Treasury. He was decorated with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (in 2000).
In February 2021, he was appointed the Chairman of PAIH. Before joining the Agency, as the Director of the Department of Supervised and Subordinate Units, he was in charge of entities subordinate to the Ministry of Development, Labor and Technology.
Previously, he was a member of the board of the Wałbrzych Special Economic Zone, where from 2016 he was responsible, inter alia, for investments, finances and controls, as well as cooperation with institutes of higher education and universities. Over the four years of his tenure, more than 90 companies joined the Wałbrzych zone, including such significant investors as: Mercedes-Benz, Umicore, GTHR, LS, and Hongbo Clean Energy. During this time, the expenditure incurred in the zone increased by PLN 6 billion, exceeding PLN 30 billion in total.
In the past, Krzysztof Drynda was an advisor to the Minister for the economy. He was also professionally related to the financial sector and ran his own business in this field. Moreover, for many years he has been an active member of non-governmental organizations.
Krzysztof Drynda is a graduate of the Faculty of Electronics from the Wrocław University of Technology and is a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
He was awarded the Silver Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
Since 1994 till 2016 she worked for the Bank Zachodni WBK (part of Santander Group). She was in charge of the implementation of strategic projects, including the New Branch Model, electronic banking - MiniBank24 and optimization and rationalization of bank processes. Since 2005 she headed the Logistics and Real Estate Area and since 2008 became a member and then the chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bank Zachodni WBK Property. Since 2012 she was in charge of the organizational culture transformation - project Next Generation Bank and she was appointed as a head of the HR Partnership Area. After accomplishing a number of strategic projects she became a member of the Management Board of Bank Zachodni WBK in 2015. Since 2016 she was promoted to the President of Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK) - a state development bank that initiates and implements programs serving the economic growth and improving the quality of life in Poland. She launched a new BGK Strategy, focused on the implementation of actions planned in the governmental Strategy for Responsible Development of Poland. From June 2019, she`s chairman of the supervisory board of the 3SI Investment Fund. The task of the The Fund is aimed at financing infrastructure needs in the 3S region to support integration and strengthen economic cohesion in the EU.
In 2018, together with Ander Gortazar Balerdi, he founded the design consultancy RAZ. He remains in close relation to academia, giving classes at Warsaw University of Technology and IaaC.
RAZ designed a series of interactive installations in San Sebastián: Tesseract, Aurora Boreal and Abbott. Along with ScienceNow, Stellar Fireworks Tellart, RAZ was the lead designer of the Polish Table - a central interactive installation in the Poland Pavilion.
Dr Saidi was the Minister of Economy and Trade and Minister of Industry of Lebanon between 1998 and 2000. He was the First Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon for two successive mandates, 1993-1998 and 1998-2003, a period of spanning reconstruction of Lebanon’s economy & its banking and financial sector. He was a Member of the UN Committee for Development Policy (UNCDP) for two mandates over the period 2000-2006, a position to which he was appointed by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, in his personal capacity.
Dr Saidi is Chairman of the regional Clean Energy Business Council, promoting clean energy solutions & policies in the MENA countries. He is a member of the IMF’s Regional Advisory Group for MENA and a member of the Advisory Board of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) and a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Global Corporate Governance Forum, an institution of the IFC/World Bank driving global corporate governance reforms, and Co-Chaired OECD MENA Corporate Governance Working Group. He is active in FinTech, crowdfunding, and seed funding in MENA.
In 2013, he was named among the 50 most Influential Arabs in the World by The Middle East magazine, for the fourth consecutive year and named among the 500 Most Powerful Arabs in the world by Arabian Business for the second consecutive year.
He is the author of numerous articles and has written a number of books and publications addressing macroeconomic, capital market development and international economic issues in the MENA region, the GCC countries and Lebanon. His research interests include macroeconomics, financial market development, FinTech, payment systems and international economic policy, corporate governance, climate change and digitalisation.
Prior to his public career, Dr Saidi was a private banker and served as an economic adviser and director to a number of central banks and financial institutions in Arab countries, Europe and Central and Latin America. Dr Saidi was an academic, serving as a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics in the University of Chicago, the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales (Geneva, CH), and the Université de Genève. He also served as a lecturer at the American University of Beirut and the Université St. Joseph in Beirut.
Dr Saidi holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester in the USA, a M.Sc. from University College, London University and a B.A. from the American University of Beirut.
In 2015, He led the development of the first solar Independent Power Producer (IPP) project in the country, Layla solar plant with the lowest worldwide tariff at the time.
Previously, He worked for King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE) as Renewable Energy Researcher, under the Research, Development, and Innovation Division. He participated in developing the infrastructure of the national program including national strategy, value chain, local content, R&D, technology development and human capacity building. In 2013, he was in charge of first of kind intuitive in the kingdom, the National Renewable Energy Atlas which supports of achievement of a sustainable energy mix.
Wail received his master’s degree in Solid State and Microsystem from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from King Abdulaziz University (KAU).
Her career path evolved from chasing her diverse passions and not being afraid of change. Resulting in over fifteen years' experience spanning across three continents within varying fields across diverse cultures, organically transpiring to where she is today.
Heide’s own journey into the cyber security field arose from pursuing the field later in her career. Shewas not made aware of the importance of cyber security nor presented with opportunities in her youth education, nor her early career to engage in the field; Heide sought out and pursued these opportunities herself. Using her own experiences within the gender imbalanced cyber security field, she is dedicated to increase female presence in cyber security through her mentoring, volunteer activities and outreach programs she champions. She is committed to demystifying cyber security and the careers within, so that young girls and women have the opportunity presented to them on how to get involved in cyber security, contribute and be heard.
Outside of cyber security, one of her other passions is learning foreign languages and encouraging others to learn. This led Heide to write the first Arabic children’s book written in Arabic, English, and phonetic Arabic. Meaning that even if you cannot read the Arabic traditional words, you can still read the phonetic words and learn how to speak Arabic. Speak in Arabic Together, available in major bookstores across the UAE.
Prior to joining McKinsey in January 2020, Sonia has served as Head of Technology Transformation at JPMorgan Chase in New York City, COO of digital bank at DBS in Singapore, Head of Consumer Bank in SCB Malaysia.
Prior to moving to Asia Sonia spent 18 years working for Citibank at Poland, for the last 6 years holding position of the bank’s deputy CEO.
Sonia holds a M.A. in Foreign Trade from Warsaw School of Economics, Poland and a B.A. in European Business Studies from Brunel University of London, U.K. Sonia is a distinguished and passionate public speaker with large experience at conferences and universities in Europe, Asia and USA.
Grzegorz has 15 years of professional business consulting experience, focused on the energy market, and was involved in projects covering hydrogen and other alternative fuels, CHP, renewable energy, waste incineration, energy storage and other. He holds a MSc in Economics and Finance from Gdansk University of Technology.
Marcin spent 14 years at SAP where he acquired the cross functional expertise in digital transformation, business development, product development, program delivery, technology adoption, sales process execution, business operations, go to market and P&L management. Marcin is passionate about technology and real world use cases. His focus is on how technology can change the way humans operate: automation, IoT and blockchain . Marcin has been involved in the technology start up investments and advisory since 2014. He participated in about 30 investment transactions in the “pre” and “seed” stage.
Currently Marcin helps polish companies to develop business in the MENA and APJ region. He is co-founder and non-executive board member at fintech startup Trefix. Marcin is the process launching a blockchain related project
Currently he serves as Head of Multichannel at Emirates NBD, one of the largest lender in the GCC, where he is in charge of leveraging the power of digitization to generate top and bottom line impact for Retail Banking and Wealth Management.
In 2014, he started up the role of Head of Digital for Central & Eastern Europe at UniCredit, an absolute first in the Group, where he served until 2018.
Before joining UniCredit in 2011, he worked with several financial institutions in continental Europe articulating their digitization strategies, and advised private equities and venture capital firms on investment opportunities in the digital domain.
Graduate of the Faculty of Interior Design at the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts; professionally affiliated to the Academy since his graduation in 1996. Between 2016 and 2020, Błażucki held the position of the Head of the Department of Furniture Design and Elements of Interior Design and in 2020 he accepted the position of the Dean. In parallel, Błażucki runs the Department of Interior Architecture Design at the Józef Tyszkiewicz Higher School in Bielsko-Biała.
The aim of the Agency's activity is to implement economy development programs, support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), stimulate export growth and use of new technologies. PARP is involved in the implementation of national and international projects financed from the state budget EU structural and multi-annual programs.
Mikołaj Różycki, as acting President of PARP, actively participates in the creation and implementation of state policy in the field of entrepreneurship, innovativeness and adaptability of human resources.
He also acts as vice president of supervisory board of Industry Development Agency, a key entity responsible for development and modernization of Polish industry.
Mikołaj Różycki is a graduate of the University of Warsaw and the Warsaw School of Economics. He holds an MBA degree.
Currently holding the position of Managing Director of Industrial Development Agency – in charge of implementation the strategy of corporate financing and foreign expansion.
Prof. Trzonkowski holds MBA degree and PhD in economics, he is the author of many publications on economics, finance and marketing.
He is the Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of Polregio (Polish Railway) and Vice-chairman of KEDI - Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF). Mr Trzonkowski also advices to Business & Science Poland in Brussels.