PBR Award 2019

Here are the winners of the 8th edition of the Polish Business Roundtable Award!

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Programs

Promotion
of Entrepreneurship
The aim of the Polish Business Roundtable is to promote business activity in Poland. The association cooperates with leading academic and research centers, preparing reports and expert opinions on the Polish economy, situation of Polish entrepreneurs, and other related fields. Members of the PBR take part in economic conferences and debates throughout Poland and abroad.
Rule of Law
The consistency, transparency, and stability of law bear fundamental importance for economic growth and the development of business in Poland. The Polish Business Roundtable monitors legal conditions of business activity in the country and issues statements regarding changes in legislation which affect the Polish economy.
Roundtable Debates
In order to assure sustainable development and provide recommendations for policy-makers, the Polish Business Roundtable organizes meetings and debates with experts and opinion leaders representing business, government, academia, NGOs, and media. The purpose is to address the most pressing challenges in the economic, social, political, environmental, and cultural areas.

about us

The Polish Business Roundtable is an association of owners and top managers of the largest companies operating in Poland. The association was founded in 1992 and represents most sectors of the Polish economy.

The Polish Business Roundtable:

  • promotes Polish entrepreneurship
  • monitors economic and legal conditions of business activity in Poland
  • supports civic and social campaigns

Key postulates of the Polish Business Roundtable:

  • full compliance with the principles of a democratic state of law
  • sustainable economic development
  • an efficient state that supports the development of Polish private companies
  • a simpler tax system that stimulates growth, innovation, and investment
  • transparent law-making based on sound economic impact assessment
  • respect for economic freedom and property rights

General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest authority of the Association. It is composed of regular members and held at least once a year. The General Assembly is responsible for:

  • amending the Statute of the Association
  • defining the Association’s policy, program, and financial activity
  • appointing the President and Vice-Presidents of the Board of Directors
  • appointing members of the Audit Committee and the Arbitration Board
  • granting discharge to members of the Association’s elected bodies
  • establishing membership policy
  • examining appeals against decisions of the Board of Association

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is composed of the President and two to six Vice-Presidents. The Board of Directors is responsible for:

  • oversight of the current programs
  • issuing of public statements
  • membership base
  • supervision of the management office

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is a controlling organ of the Association. It supervises the financial activities of the Association and submits an annual report to the General Assembly.

Arbitration Board

The Arbitration Board settles disputes concerning the Association’s members.

Board of Directors

WOJCIECH KOSTRZEWA
President of the Board
Wojciech Kostrzewa is a manager and entrepreneur, currently CEO of the Polish-British fintech Billon Group, owner and president of supervisory boards of Pascal Publishing House and the boutique consulting M&A company Poland Investments. He is also co-founder, investor, and chairman of Quedex Bitcoin Derivatives Exchange.

Wojciech Kostrzewa is a graduate of the Department of Economics at Kiel University. Upon graduation, he worked as a graduate assistant and researcher at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. In 1989, he became an advisor to the Minister of Finance, Leszek Balcerowicz. In 1990–2004, he led large Polish banks, such as Polski Bank Rozwoju and BRE Bank (currently mBank), and served as head of Commerzbank’s operations in Middle and Eastern Europe. In 2005–2018, he was CEO of the ITI Group and president and vice-president of the supervisory board of TVN television. He is also member of the board of directors of the Swiss listed company Stadler Rail and member of supervisory boards of the Ergo Hestia Group’s companies.

In 2004–2007, he was president of the Polish-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Since 2007, he is vice-president of the employers’ organization Lewiatan Confederation. For many years, he has actively participated in the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the Polish Business Roundtable since 1995, in 2015–2019 he served as the organization’s vice-president.
MAŁGORZATA ADAMKIEWICZ, M.D.
Vice-President of the Board
Małgorzata Adamkiewicz is a doctor of medicine who earned degrees from the Medical Academy in Warsaw and the Stockholm School of Economics Executive Educations. She holds first and second degree specializations in internal medicine and endocrinology. She started her professional career at the Endocrinology Clinic of the Postgraduate Education Medical Centre in Warsaw. She has been working at Adamed since the company's founding (1986). As the company's Medical Director, her responsibilities included establishing a new R&D department and starting research of new drugs. Since 2006, she continues to be Adamed's Managing Director and Vice-chairman of the Board of Management. In 2010, she successfully supervised the acquisition of Pabianice Pharmaceutical Works Polfa S.A and Agropharm (renamed to Adamed Consumer Healthcare) which led to the creation of Adamed Group consisting of: Adamed Sp. z o.o., Adamed Consumer Healthcare S.A. and Pabianice Pharmaceutical Works Polfa S.A. Małgorzata Adamkiewicz is a member of the International Society of Endocrinology. She presented her medical achievements at conferences in Poland and abroad. Vice-chairman of the Board of Management of the Polish Business Council , Member of Business Centre Club, the Business Chapter at the Jagiellonian University and the Advisory Council of the Warsaw University of Technology for 2016–2020. She was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit by the President of Poland.
ZBIGNIEW JAKUBAS
Vice-President of the Board
Zbigniew Jakubas is a multibrand investor esteemed for his passion and consistency in creating new business projects in many sectors. Within MULTICO Capital Group, established in 1989, he builds and develops enterprises, which today have a well-established position in the domestic market and successfully promote Poland abroad. Since 2005, he is involved as a majority shareholder in Mennica Polska – the only manufacturer of circulation coins and gold investment bars in Poland, a leading producer of collectable coins, a leader in the development and implementation of urban electronic card systems, as well as a property market investor.
TERESA MOKRYSZ
Vice-President of the Board
Teresa Mokrysz has been connected with the Cieszyn area of Silesia from birth. It was here that she started not only her education but also her family. She completed her studies at the Katowice University of Economics with a master’s degree in economics. In the meantime she had married Kazimierz Mokrysz. She gained her first professional experience in the Land Management Department of Ustroń’s town authority. At that time her husband ran his own building materials plant, while also manufacturing salty sticks and jellies. This was the continuation of the Mokrysz family’s business traditions, consolidated over three generations.
JACEK OLECHOWSKI
Vice-President of the Board
Jacek Olechowski is a private entrepreneur focused on media and advertising since 1996. He is the main shareholder and CEO of MEDIACAP SA – Poland’s largest publicly listed marketing group, owner of such brands as IQS (market research), Scholz & Friends Warszawa (advertising), The Digitals (interactive), EMLAB (events) and EDGE Technology (software). The group employs approximately 300 people serving more than 300 clients. In the past he co-founded several successful ventures, including rankomat.pl (Poland’s #1 insurance aggregator sold to Bauer Media in 2015) and Group One SA (a leading marketing group, shares sold to a private investor in 2014).

He is the President of the International Advertising Association (Poland Chapter), where he helped launch the Industry’s first CSR program and the Advertising Ethics Committee.

Jacek Olechowski, a Polish national, was born in 1977 in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds an MA of the Warsaw School of Economics and is an alumnus of the Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University) Global Leadership & Public Policy for the 21st Century program and of the Georgetown Leadership Seminar (2010).
MARIAN OWERKO
Vice-President of the Board
Marian Owerko is a Polish entrepreneur, co-founder, former CEO and currently president of the Supervisory Board of Bakalland, a leading Polish corporate group of enterprises specialized in the food industry of dried fruit. In 2010, he co-founded the investment fund Solter Capital and is currently its Managing Partner. Solter capital is focused on promising branches of the economy. The company’s strategy is to take over or set up companies operating in developing industries, or those which require a deep restructuring and co-financing.
MAREK ŻOŁĘDZIOWSKI
Vice-President of the Board
Marek Żołędziowski is CEO of Group One. With a degree in economics, Marek has also completed postgraduate studies in intellectual property protection at the University of Warsaw School of Law. His 18 years experience in advertising includes 11 years at international ad agencies. When he became the chairman and CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Poland at age 27, Marek was the youngest CEO in the company’s structure. Under his helm, Saatchi was one of the most awarded agencies in Poland, twice winning the Agency of the Year Award. In 2006, Marek joined the Board of Directors for Europe Middle East & Africa. He was vice president of the Advertising Agency Association in 2006–2008. In 2008, Brief magazine chose him as Advertising’s Person of the Year. In 2010, Marek won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the New Business category organized by Ernst & Young.

Audit Committee

Paweł Rymarz
Member of the Audit Committee
Pawel Rymarz is a legal advisor admitted to practice in Poland and has been the managing partner of the Warsaw office of Weil since 1998.

He graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw in 1985, qualified as a legal advisor in 1992 and joined Weil in 1993. Pawel has become widely recognized as an outstanding specialist in corporate law and in M&A and capital markets transactions. He has advised on the largest acquisitions and privatizations in Poland, on numerous domestic and international public offerings of securities and private equity transactions, and on the restructuring of many leading Polish capital groups.
MARCIN RYWIN
Member of the Audit Committee
Marcin Rywin is a founder and a Managing Partner of Solter Capital, an investment fund engaged in the promising branches of the economy. Solter Capital's strategy is to take over or set up companies operating in developing industries, or those which require a deep restructuring and co-financing. The fund focuses on projects in the Polish FMCG, real property, financial services and insurance markets. Currently, Solter Capital has over EUR 100 million in assets under its control. Marcin Rywin also serves on management boards of several Polish companies and is a member of the supervisory boards of Bakalland S.A. and Wiko Company S.A.
MICHAŁ SZRAMOWSKI
Member of the Audit Committee
Michał Szramowski is a Master of Science in Economics, he graduated from the Department of Banking and Finance of the Warsaw School of Economics. Since mid-1990s, he is actively involved in investment and development projects related to the area of commercialisation, marketing and finances.

During his professional career, between 1999–2008, he held high managerial functions in international companies present in Poland, e.g. the German concern ‘Metro AG’, the Dutch capital group ‘European Construction Consortium (ECC)’.

Michał Szramowski is currently the owner and President of the Management Board of MS Investments, which is a private equity investor in Polish and foreign companies on the equity market. He is the initiator, co-founder and Managing Partner of the ‘Universal Properties’ Group, which has been active on the commercial property market in Poland for over 16 years. The total value of assets of the Group, including the projects carried out in cooperation with external investors, is over PLN 200 million.

Arbitration Board

ROBERT BŁASZCZAK
Member of the Arbitration Board
Robert Błaszczak is a Partner in Błaszczak Notarial Office. He is a notary since 1997. He is also a member of the League Committee in Ekstraklasa (the top Polish professional league for men’s football teams) and a member of the Supervisory Board of Legia Warszawa Basketball.
TOMASZ GUTKOWSKI
Member of the Arbitration Board
Tomasz Gutkowski is CEO in GRASS Cavagna Group Polska. He is an entrepreneur, the owner and shareholder of many companies including Duka Polska, HOUSE and more, Ogniochron, Zoo Factory, DLH Polska, and Hefra. Since the beginning of his business activity, he has been focused on exploring market niches and searching for new directions of development in line with economic trends.
MAREK JANKOWSKI
Member of the Arbitration Board
Małgorzata Durska, PH.D.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
m.durska@prb.pl
Sociologist and economist. The recipient of numerous scholarship programs, e.g. Fulbright (Indiana University and New York University), Erasmus Sigma and U.S. Department of State. Academic researcher and lecturer at the University of Warsaw and Executive MBA programs, consultant in business communication and business culture with a 3-year experience in international advertising company at the position of a Creative Director. For many years served as a Deputy Director of the Institute of the Americas and Europe (University of Warsaw), a coordinator of academic mobility, and a coordinator of Polish-American Entrepreneurship Program. Co-founder and the first director of Polish Professional Women Network. Translator of business culture books. Privately: a mother of two grown-ups, traveler, blogger, cyclist, vegetarian and a maniac of good cinema.
Janusz Jankowiak
CHIEF ECONOMIST
j.jankowiak@prb.pl
An economist, a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics (SGPiS) from the Department of International Trade. A scholar of the European Commission (Brussels, Lisbon). Former member of the Financial Commission of the Stefan Batory Foundation. A co-founder and a member of the first Board in the Polish Association of Business Economists. He won twice the National Bank of Poland and daily Rzeczpospolita competition for the best macroeconomist forecaster of the year. Janusz Jankowiak cooperates with the Institute of International Finance in Washington D.C. and was a member of the Board of Economists at the Lisbon Council in Brussels. He worked in the Science Foundation - Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE). From 2000 he has been engaged in the commercial sector as a Chief Economist – starting in Westdeutsche Landesbank, and in 2001-2006 – at BRE Bank. From February 2006 Janusz Jankowiak has been running his own research and consultancy company - “JJ Consulting”. He is a chairman of the Supervisory Board of the „New World Alternative Investments” Brokerage House, and Board Member of the MAK Investments Company. He was adviser to the vice-PM Jerzy Hausner and a member of the Group of Strategic Advisors of the Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
Jan Burzyński
CHIEF COMMUNICATION OFFICER
j.burzynski@prb.pl
A translator, editor, and writing trainer specialized in English academic writing, computer linguistics, and popularization of Polish science. A graduate of the Inter-Area Individual Humanistic and Social Studies of the University of Warsaw. He cooperates as a specialist with universities and academics throughout Poland and abroad. In the past, he was involved in numerous academic projects under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and the Ministry of Culture, including the Language Observatory of the University of Warsaw research platform: www.nowewyrazy.uw.edu.pl (co-founder, editor) and 'Eidos. A Journal for Phiolosophy of Culture' (managing editor). He published in several Polish newspapers and periodicals.
Laura Czerniewska
OFFICE MANAGER
l.czerniewska@prb.pl
A graduate of the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Warsaw, she also competed postgraduate studies at the Warsaw School of Economics. For several years, she worked for as an assistant commodity agent for the American company Crate&Barrel.

In her free time, she learns piano and music theory at Krzysztof Komeda Jazz Music School, practices water sports, and immerses herself in the world of movies. In the past, she was a Member of the Board of the "DeSki" Warsaw Sports Society.
Katarzyna Dubno
THE BOARD'S PROXY FOR PROMOTION OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP
katarzyna.dubno@adamed.com.pl
Public Affairs & Market Access Director at Adamed – a leading Polish pharmaceutical and biotechnological company. She is also a board member of the Adamed Foundation, running the flagship program Adamed SmartUP – a program for the youth gifted in science. She graduated of the Warsaw School of Economics and post-graduate studies at the French Institute of Management. She is also the Vice-President of the Management Board at Polish Union of Employers in Pharmaceutical Industry which is part of Medicines for Europe.
Lidia Kołucka-Żuk
CAMPAIGN MANAGER
l.kolucka@prb.pl
A lawyer, former executive director at Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe. Between 2008–2011 she was a member of an advisory board to the then prime minister Donald Tusk. She is a former member of The Advisory Council to Google on the Right to be Forgotten.
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Establishment of the Polish Business Roundtable

The Polish Business Roundtable was established in 1992. The impulse for the establishment of the organization was a conviction that Polish business in the new conditions of free market and democratic Poland needs a strong and reliable representation.

The 1st General Assembly of the Polish Business Roundtable

During the 1st General Meeting of the Polish Business Roundtable, the Association published its first declarations: “Memorandum of the Polish Business Roundtable: the Conditions of New Economic Order” and “Memorandum on the Rural Areas and Food Economy.”

“Agreement for the Economy”

The Polish Business Roundtable, the Confederation of Polish Employers, and the Business Centre Club signed the “Agreement for the Economy.”

Establishment of the Polish Confederation of Private Employers

Recognizing the necessity of a proper public representation of private employers, members of the Polish Business Roundtable established a new organization – the Polish Confederation of Private Employers. In the same year, the Office and Club of the Polish Business Roundtable were moved to their current location in the Sobański Palace (Aleje Ujazdowskie, Warsaw, Poland).

The first edition of the Career Program

The Polish Business Roundtable launched the Career Program – paid internships in companies related to the Association's members for talented students and alumni of universities in Poland and abroad. Already at that time, the program covered most sectors of the Polish economy.

Merger with the Council of Managers and Entrepreneurs

The Polish Business Roundtable merged with the the Council of Managers and Entrepreneurs.

Establishment of the Polish Business Roundtable Award

For the first time, the Polish Business Roundtable Awards were presented in three categories: An Award for Success – for most exceptional achievements in business; An Award for Innovation – for innovative and visionary ventures that set new standards and trends; and An Award for Social Engagement – for social projects that improve lives of those in need.

A year later, the fourth category was added: A Special Award – for an exceptional contribution to Poland’s economic and social development.

PBR focuses on the development and promotion of entrepreneurship

The Polish Business Roundtable formulated the most important element of its mission.

PBR 25

The Polish Business Roundtable celebrated the 25th anniversary of its establishment.

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