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The 2nd Polish Economic & Technology Forum in Switzerland “Polish entrepreneurs in Switzerland - how to succeed?”

The 2nd Polish Economic & Technology Forum in Switzerland
“Polish business and science in Switzerland”

The 2nd Polish Economic & Technology Forum to be held in Bern, Switzerland, will gather a wide spectrum of representatives of business, science and technology as well as institutional stakeholders from Poland and Switzerland. The two day event will be full of inspiring panel discussions and networking opportunities. Key topics to be discussed during the Forum will include: the strengthening of investment and export ties between both countries, with particular focus on cooperation on the local level, new technologies, research and development.

A separate area will be provided for business networking.

The panellists will represent leading Polish and Swiss enterprises from various sectors, major universities and research institutions, national and local governments as well as business-facilitating public institutions. Prominent policy makers from both countries will be present.

The conference languages will be Polish and German. Simultaneous translation will be provided.

Participation in the event is free of charge, registration to the event can be done using an electronic form until September 28.

The number of participants is limited due to the size of the conference venue. Early registration is therefore encouraged.

The event is being organised by:

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Bern with generous support of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency, the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Poland, the Polish Tourism Organisation and the Polish Aviation Institute.

The 2nd Polish Economic & Technology Forum in Switzerland will be live-streamed on the website www.Pepe-tv.eu and on PepeTV YouTube channel.


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Organisers

Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Bern Polish Trade and Investment Agency

Partners

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Poland Ministry of Economic Development and Technology Polish Tourism Organization Łukasiewicz Research Network - Institute of Aviation Medical Research Agency
LEXcellence AG Rockfin Sp. z o.o. Swiss-Polish Blockchain Association Chamber of Commerce Switzerland Central Europe (SEC) Polonium Foundation LanguageMasters GmbH Bendura Bank AG

Speakers

Opening the economic forum (day 1)

  • Iwona Kozłowska Ambassador of the Republic
    of Poland to the Swiss Confederation and the Principality of Liechtenstein
  • Paweł Jabłoński Undersecretary of State for Economic and Development Cooperation, Africa and the Middle East, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
  • Thomas Zimmermann Director of the Department of Foreign Economic Relations, State Secretariat for the Economy of the Swiss Confederation
  • Piotr Dytko Member of the Board, Polish Investment and Trade Agency

Opening the economic forum - Keynote speech

  • Peter Grünenfelder Director of Avenir Suisse

Panel I - Chances and challenges for the future global socio-economic order

  • Oliver Bertschinger President and Managing Director, Chamber of Commerce Switzerland Central Europe;
    panel moderator
  • Paweł Jabłoński Undersecretary of State for Economic and Development Cooperation, Africa and the Middle East, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
  • Aleksander Siemaszko Deputy Director of the Department of Trade and International Cooperation
    at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
    of the Republic of Poland
  • Łukasz Greinke CEO, Port of Gdańsk Authority
  • Michał Pruski Head of DACH, Comarch Group
  • Martin Brettenthaler CEO, SWISS KRONO Group
  • Peter Krenn CEO, Bendura Bank AG
  • Henrique Schneider Deputy CEO of the Swiss federation of small and medium enterprises (SGV)
  • Hervé Lohr Head Americas, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Berne

Panel II - Vision and strategy for future development of Polish-Swiss economic cooperation

  • Ulrich Schwendimann Managing Director, Polish-Swiss Chamber of Commerce;
    panel moderator
  • Christoph Buser Director of the Baselland Chamber of Commerce
  • Julie Bächtold Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) - the Swiss export promotion agency
  • Piotr Dytko Member of the Board, Polish Investment and Trade Agency
  • Dominka Wieczorek Head of Norway Grants Unit, Department of Innovation Implementation in Enterprises, Polish Agency for Enterprises Development (PARP)
  • Daniel Pfirter Board Member of Handel Schweiz, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in Basel
  • Dani Duttweiler Head of the Vocational Training Policy Department at SERI
  • Elisabeth Schneider-Schneiter National Councilor, President of the Basel Chamber of Commerce

Panel III - The communal dimension of Polish-Swiss economic cooperation. From assistance to partnership

  • Bartosz Wieliński Secretary of the Środa Wielkopolska County;
    panel moderator
  • Roland Mayer Secretary General, Head
    of Foreign Relations, Conference of Cantonal Governments
  • Grzegorz Piątkowski Director of International Affairs at the Ombudsman for SME
  • Maciej Kozik President of Wielkopolska Centre for Education and Local Government Studies Association (WOKiSS)
  • Andreas Sutter Mayor of Tolochenaz
  • Franziska Stadelmann-Meyer Mayor of Muttenz
  • Włodzimierz Hibner Mayor of Nowy Tomyśl

Opening the technology forum (day 2)

  • Iwona Kozłowska Ambassador of the Republic
    of Poland to the Swiss Confederation and the Principality of Liechtenstein
  • Martina Hirayama State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation
  • Kamila Król Undersecretary of State
    in the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
    of the Republic of Poland

Panel IV - Polish-Swiss cooperation models, challenges and possibilities in the new technology sector

  • Jolanta Janczak-Rusch Group Leader at Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories
    for Materials Science and Technology;
    panel moderator
  • Kamila Król Undersecretary of State
    in the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
    of the Republic of Poland
  • Filliez Fabrice Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation in the Republic
    of Poland
  • Sebastian Wyka Deputy Director of the Łukasiewicz Research Network - Institute of Aviation for Research
  • Danuta Cichocka CEO of Resistell
  • Hanna Sroczyńska Project Coordinator at the Department of International Cooperation of National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR)
  • Bas Gouverneur Chief Technology Officer, RUAG

Panel V - Prof. Joanna Cygler - How technological innovation serves humankind

  • Joanna Cygler Plenipotentiary of the Director, Institute of Aviation for the Organization of Scientific Research, Professor of the Warsaw School of Economics;
    panel moderator
  • Paweł Stężycki Director of Łukasiewicz Research Network - Institute of Aviation
  • Andrzej Dybczyński Director of Łukasiewicz Research Network - PORT Polish Centre
    for Technology Development
  • Hugues Abriel Vice Rector for Research
    at the University of Bern
  • Robert Rudolph Head of Digitization & Innovation at Swissmem
  • Joanna Soroka Principal at Hitachi Ventures
  • Magdalena Kulczycka Director of the CE BioForum
  • Thomas Rothacher Director of the Department of Science and Technology at the Federal Office for Armaments of the Swiss Confederation

Panel VI - From science to commercialization. Polish-Swiss insights

  • Karolina Weryńska Chief Communication Officer, Polonium Foundation;
    panel moderator
  • Piotr Garstecki President of Scope Fluidics S.A., Group Leader at the Institute
    of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Michał Walczak Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Captor Therapeutics
  • Mateusz Wojdyło President of Share.P AG
  • Liliane Brunner Halbach Deputy Director of the Therapy Development Accelerator (TDA) at the University of Zurich
  • Bart Dzikowski Managing Director, Novartis Venture Fund
  • Christian Brunner Head of BRIDGE (grant program of the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF and Innosuisse)

Panel VII – Polish-Swiss partnership in blockchain and digitalization in the era of a global economy

  • Katarzyna Lasota-Heller Founder of Partner
    at LEXcellence AG;
    panel moderator
  • Piotr Rutkowski Policy advisor DLT/blockchain, Chancellery of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland
  • Boris Inderbitzin legal and technology policy advisor, Directorate
    of International Law
    of the Federal Department
    of Foreign Affairs
  • Sirpa Tsimal Director Investment Promotion, Switzeland Global Enterprise (S-GE)
  • Marek Dutkiewicz Founder and former CEO
    of HR Campus in Zürich, is EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020
    in the field of retail/services
    in Switzerland
  • Kamil Rafał Gancarz Founder, Inventor, President
    of the Board of Bitfold AG
  • Goran Radin Managing Director Impact Partners GmbH
  • Maciej Stalewski Director of IT Services Department, Polish
    Development Bank

Conclusion of the Forum

  • Iwona Kozłowska Ambassador of the Republic
    of Poland to the Swiss Confederation and the Principality of Liechtenstein
  • Helene Budliger Artieda State Secretary, Director of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) of the Swiss Confederation

Programme

Day 1: Economic forum
October 3, 2022 (Monday)
Time: 8:00 - 16:30
Language: Polish and German (simultaneous translation)
Place: Bern, "Kursaal" Convention Centre

8:00-8:50

 

Participants’ registration

9:00-10:15


Opening ceremony & keynote speech

10:30-12:00


Panel I - Chances and challenges for the future global socio-economic order
Polish and Swiss business leaders and policy makers discuss latest trends in economy and society as well as possible future developments.

12:00-13:00


Networking lunch

13:00-14:30


Panel II - Vision and strategy for future development of Polish-Swiss economic cooperation
Leaders of business organizations and agencies tasked with facilitating business cooperation discuss ways to further deepen and improve Polish-Swiss economic relations.

15:00-16:30


Panel III - The communal dimension of Polish-Swiss economic cooperation. From assistance to partnership
Local governments play a key role in economic development in both Poland and Switzerland. In this session, mayors of Polish and Swiss communes explore possibilities of enhanced bilateral cooperation on the local level.

19:00-22:00


Reception at the Residence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland

Day 2: Technology forum
October 4, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Language: Polish and German (simultaneous translation)
Place: Bern, "Kursaal" Convention Centre

9:00 - 9:15

 

Opening session of the Technology Forum

9:15-10:30


Panel IV - Polish-Swiss cooperation models, challenges and possibilities in the new technology sector
Policy makers and experts discuss the potential of Polish-Swiss cooperation in cutting-edge technologies. How can we tackle global challenges together? How can we jointly drive innovation? What are the opportunities and models for the collaboration?

10:45-12:15


Panel V - How technological innovation serves humankind
Academics and businesspeople discuss the role of technological innovation in contemporary society.

12:15-13:15


Networking lunch

13:15-14:45


Panel VI - From science to commercialization. Polish-Swiss insights
Bridging academia and industry is a key element of an innovation ecosystem. However, the road to commercialisation can be challenging. A panel of experts will provide insights from the perspective of a potential founder, and investor, as well as compare existing systems supporting transfer of technology and translational projects in Poland and Switzerland.

15:00-16:30


Panel VII - Polish-Swiss partnership in blockchain and digitalization in the era of a global economy
Leaders of cutting-edge technology businesses discuss the advantages of Polish-Swiss cooperation in the most innovative sectors.

16:45-17:00


Conclusion of the Forum

Registration and contact

To register for the 2nd Polish Economic & Technology Forum in Switzerland, please click below. Participation is free of charge.


If you have any additional questions, please contact Łukasz Chrabański at lukasz.chrabanski@paih.gov.pl.