Professor in the Institute of Economics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (INE PAN) and in the Warsaw University of Technology. He is also cooperating with the Natolin European Centre. Since 2005 as a Director he heads INE PAN. He is also a head of the Department of World Economy in the Institute. He was working in the Main School of Planning and Statistics, (Warsaw School of Economics), The Office of the Council of Ministers (office of the Government Plenipotentiary for European Integration and Foreign Aid) the Office of the European Integration and Governmental Centre of Strategic Studies. Main works: Polska polityka kursowa w okresie umacniania się systemu rynkowego 1990-1998 (WSSE, Warsaw, 1999), Integracja regionalna w warunkach globalizacji gospodarki światowej (WWSE, Warsaw, 2000), Polskie kontakty gospodarcze z zagranicą w XX wieku (INE PAN i WWSE, Warsaw, 2003), Spójność ekonomiczna regionów Polski na tle krajów Unii Europejskiej (INE PAN, Warsaw, 2005), Podstawy funkcjonowania gospodarki światowej (Politechnika Warszawska, Warsaw, 2007), Myślenie perspektywiczne. Uwarunkowania badania przyszłości typu foresight (INE PAN, Warsaw, 2007), Nobel z ekonomii. Poglądy laureatów w zarysie (INE PAN, Warsaw, 2008), Podstawy makroekonomii (Politechnika Warszawska, Warsaw, 2008), Podstawy mikroekonomii i finansów (Politechnika Warszawska, Warsaw, 2009).
Mechanical Engineer, PhD, a graduate of the Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology and the University of Warsaw. His entire professional career is dedicated to aviation. Witold Wiśniowski has been whole-heartedly committed to the development and future of the Institute of Aviation.
He devoted 20 years of his career to the studies of aeroplane vibrations, and was promoted to the position of Head of the Structural Strength Unit. He was appointed the Executive Director of the Institute of Aviation in 2002, and attempted to complete the “Iryda” programme. These plans failed due to bankruptcy of PZL-Mielec and major restructuring of the Polish aviation industry.
In 1998, Witold Wiśniowski announced the new strategy of „services offered to the international scientific research”. This visionary strategy marked the new role of the Institute on the global market as a strategic partner of GE, UTC and other international companies.
Witold Wiśniowski continues his scientific career in the area of structural dynamics of flying objects.
For 10 years now, he has been supporting the organization of a Polish-American „Science & Technology” Conference in Washington, and is an active member of the Management of the Association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics EREA, the Polish Association of Engineers and Technicians SIMP, the Main Council of Research & Development Units, and Committees of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Tadeusz Ferenc (born: 1940), Mayor of City of Rzeszów; graduated in economy; for 28 years manager of transport, industrial and municipal enterprises, each time chosen as a result of the contest. Worked for 3 years on work placement in Africa. For 9 years Chairman of the Housing Association “Nowe Miasto” in Rzeszów. In years 2001 – 2002 Member of Polish Parliament. On November 10th, 2002 elected as Mayor of the City of Rzeszów in the first direct elections. In 2006, re-elected in the first round, with the result 76,5% of all votes (3rd place in Poland!). Since 2010, after another victory in the first round of elections, the third time, has served as Mayor of the City of Rzeszow.
His biggest successes include more than twice enlargement of original size of the Rzeszów City, creating Special Economic Zone in Rzeszow and establishing “factory of water", which provides to habitants of Rzeszow clear tap water - without need of boiling it.
He received a prestigious award "European of the Year 2005", awarded by the Foundation for European Law; 1st place in the national competition "Primus Inter Populi" organized by the University of Science and Technology in Krakow (2007). The winner of "Forbes" ranking in the category "Man of the Year 2007"; decorated with Knight's, Officer’s and Commander’s Cross of the Polish Rebirth Order (2010). Winner of the second place in ranking of the Best Mayor’s announced by NEWSWEEK magazine (2010) and second place in the contest INNOVATOR in the category of the best managed city (Center of Adam Smith).
Awarded as "Best Mayor of the Year 2010" in the national contest, "Self-government Friendly to Enterpreneurship" (2010) and "Self-Government Manager of the Year 2010" in the "Community Fair Play" contest, organized by the National Chamber of Commerce. Before Mr. Tadeusz Ferenc was chosen to be a Member of the Polish Parliament, he had been Rzeszow’s Councilor for two cadences. Vice-president of sport clubs as "Resovia", "Czarni", and "Stal Rzeszów". Social activities: helping children and disadvantaged people. Interests: history, sport (ex-footballer of "Stal Rzeszow" and "Avia Świdnik"), tennis player (Master of the Polish Parliament in tennis in 2002).
Born in 1954, Mayor of Kalisz since 2002, an academic chemistry teacher. He graduated from Łódź University of Technology at the Faculty of Chemistry. In 1984 he was awarded a Ph. D. in Chemistry. He worked in the Center of Molecular and Macromolecular Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 1990 he went on scholarship to the Institute of Max Planck in Mainz, Germany. Currently he is a senior lecturer at the State High Vocational School in Kalisz.
In the 80s he performed the function of the Head of Kalisz Teacher’s Training Center, in the 90s he managed the Province Methodical Center in Kalisz. Between 2000 and 2002 he was a prorector of the State High Vocational School in Kalisz.
In 2002 he won presidential election in Kalisz for the first time. In 2006 and 2010 that success was repeated. Currently he holds his position for the third time.
Words of Seneca are his life motto “If you do not know what port you are sailing to, no wind is favorable”. His port is a beautiful modern environment friendly city – young at heart the oldest town in Poland.
Professorial Fellow, UNU-MERIT (Maastricht, The Netherlands) and Professor Extraordinaire, Tshwane University of Technology (Pretoria, South Africa)
Fred Gault is a Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT in the Netherlands, a research and training centre of United Nations University. In this role, Dr. Gault coordinates case studies work on innovation in a selection of African countries. He is also Professor Extraordinaire at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in South Africa and a member of the TUT Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI).
Dr. Gault was previously a Visiting Fellow at the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa and also worked on the OECD Innovation Strategy, released in May 2010. Until April 2008, he served as a Director at Statistics Canada and was in charge of the division responsible for the development of statistics on all aspects of research, development, invention, innovation and the diffusion of technologies, as well as on related human resources. In addition, he was responsible for the development of statistics on telecommunications and broadcasting, internet use, and electronic commerce. Dr. Gault also served as Chair of the OECD Working Party of National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators (NESTI) (2002-2008) and of the Working Party on Indicators for the Information Society (WPIIS) (1997-2002).
Dr. Gault’s principal interest over the last 25 years has been the development and the use of statistical indicators in support of the policy process, particularly in the area of innovation. More recently, he has contributed to the innovation and R&D survey work coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). His most recent book, Innovation Strategies for the Global Economy, was published jointly by Edward Elgar and the IDRC in 2010.
Dr. Gault holds a B.Sc. in Physics from Carleton University in Ottawa and a M.Sc. in Mathematical Physics from McGill University in Montréal. He has a Diploma of the Imperial College (DIC) and a PhD in Theoretical Physics at Imperial College, University of London. He also holds a B.Sc. (Econ) from the University of London, and in the U.K. he is a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.), a professional member of the British Computer Society (MBCS) and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (F.Inst.P).
Professor at the Institute of Economics, Polish Academy of Sciences (INE PAN). The research deals with innovation in the economy, policy of research and development, the use of state aid by companies of European Union, investments in research and development, evaluation innovativeness of companies. The Coordinator and initiator of creation of the MSN Scientific Network, a director of innovation research program of Polish enterprises. From 2002 to 2004 The Director of The Research Centre for Economic & Statistical Studies of the Central Statistical Office & the Polish Academy of Sciences. The Professor and lecturer at The Warsaw School of Information Technologies (WIT) under the auspices of the Polish Academy of Sciences and previously at the Vistula University, the Kozminski University, the Independent University of Business, Administration and Computer Science in Warsaw.
A Co-founder of CASE and a member of its Board of Trustees. He is a member of scientific councils of the Institute of Economics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Faculty of Computer Techniques for Management at The Warsaw School of Information Technologies (WIT). Participant of the OECD Working Party of National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators (NESTI), Honorary Ambassador of the Polish Congress, an expert of ETEPS European network, an expert on the EU Commission DG RTD in assessing the Monitoring Industrial Research: The EU Industrial R & D Investment Scoreboard (2005–2006). It is a co-founder of the first Polish public rankings of companies, including published since 1984 Lists of the 500 Largest Polish Manufacturing Enterprises (Lista 500), as well as several other rankings of Polish enterprises. He coordinated and executed numerous international research projects such as the ones from Harvard University or International Center for Economic Growth, San Francisco. Since 2005 he coordinated the project Report on Innovativeness of the Polish Economy and in 2006–2008 foresight projects in INE PAN, such as FOREMAT, ROTMED and National Foresight Program Poland 2020.
Recent publications: T. Baczko (ed.) Report on the innovativeness of Polish economy (in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), INE PAN, Warsaw 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011; T. Baczko, Towards Knowledge Driven in Individual Integrated Indicators of Innovativeness co-author with Janusz Kacprzyk and Sławomir Zadrożny in: Knowledge- Based Intelligent System Advancements: Systemic and Cybernetic Approaches, edited by George Józefczyk and Donat Orski. Information Science Reference, IGI Global, Hershey-New York, 2011; T. Baczko (ed.), The Future of Science and Technology and Innovation Indicators and the Challenges Implied, INE PAN, Warsaw 2009.
Vice President Eastern Europe of Avio Group, President of Avio Polska, President of Polonia Aero. He is also the President of the Federation of Aviation Companies Bielsko (an association which is a leader of Silesian Aviation Cluster) and a councilor of PKPP Lewiatan.
A member of National Ecological Council at the Polish President’s Office and Industrial-Defense Council at Ministry of National Defense. In years 2005-2008 he served as a General Director Business Development and after that a Vice President of Avio Polska. During this time he was also a representative of Polish aviation industry at the informal group called Joint Technology Initiative „Clean Sky” at European Commission for the European aviation industry. In years 2004-2006 a Chairman of the Foundation “Centre of Innovation FIRE” which supports innovative small and medium enterprises.
In years 2003-2006 Krzysztof Krystowski was a Vice Minister in the Ministry of Economy. He was responsible for the competitiveness and innovativeness of economy, supervision over the R&D entities and Patent Office of Poland, restructuring of defense and aviation industry and offset. Mr. Krystowski many times has represented Poland in the Competitiveness Council at European Commission. In years 1995-2003 he worked for IMPEL Group (as a Marketing Director, Vice- and Operational Director, Marketing and Strategy Vice President and Director, President of one of the companies, Member of Supervisory Boards).
Krzysztof Krystowski graduated from Wrocław University of Economics (Management and Computer Science Faculty). He holds also MBA at Polish Open University and Oxford Brooks University and finished Doctoral Studies in Warsaw School of Economics.
Prof. Leszek Wozniak DSc, PhD, Eng. is an employee of scientific-didactic Rzeszow University of Technology. The head of the Department of Enterprise, Management and Ecoinnovation and Vice Rector for Education. He has authored over 400 publications in the field of innovation, foresight, management, economics, environment. He was director of the Foresight Project realized "Priority Technologies for sustainable development of the Podkarpackie Province", also participated in the implementation of another project foresight "Directions of development in materials technology for the aviation cluster" Aviation Valley ", also participated in the implementation of the National Project Foresigt" Poland 2020 ", as a member two thematic panels.
Barbara Liberska is a professor of economics, specializing in international economy. She is working at the Institute of Economic Science of Polish Academy of Sciences and teaches at the Jagiellonian University. She is an author of books and articles on world economy ,globalization and new global economic powers like Brazil, India and China.
After graduation from Aeronautical Department of Technical University of Rzeszow in 1980 Andrzej commenced work as a research engineer in Research and Development Centre of PZL Mielec. He started his professional career with aerodynamics and flight dynamics. In 1987 he was appointed to the head of Flight Dynamics and Aerodynamics Department position. In 1992 he became the Chief Designer for the programme of UAV "VECTOR" (he was originator of that project). In 1995 he established Strategic Marketing Department of "PZL Mielec Ltd. And next he was promoted to the post of Executive Board Member, Commercial Director of that company. Since 2000 till 2004 Andrzej was Managing Director of Engineering Design Centre, the global site of General Electric Aircraft Engines, in parallel he was Board Member of GE Company Polska Ltd... After 25 years of work for Polish aerospace sector Andrzej started to work on the position of Project Officer for DG RTD in unit H-3 (Aeronautics) of the European Commission. Since 2009, Andrzej works as the GRA-ITD Project Officer in Clean Sky.
Elżbieta Szymańska is a doctor of economic sciences and works as Assistant Professor at the Chair of Tourism and Recreation of the Management Faculty at the Białystok University of Technology. Her main areas of interest include the activities of nongovernmental organizations and the economics of service companies, with particular consideration given to innovativeness and effectiveness of tourism enterprises. She has been the author of more than 50 publications, the most important of which include those in book form, i.e. “Innovativeness of Tourism Enterprises in Poland” and “Travel Agencies on the Tourism Services Market”. At the same time, E. Szymańska has a large experience in doing business as for a dozen-odd years she ran her own travel agency and she also managed two recreation centres. She held many functions in nongovernmental organisations, including the Polish Chamber of Tourism, the Association of Polish Hotels and the American Society of Travel Agents. E. Szymańska is a member of the Polish Economic Society.
President and Founder of the TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS Foundation (TPF)
Technology Partners Foundation, Warsaw, to which the Polish Minister of Science awarded the status of Advanced Technology Centre in 2004, is a leading association of Polish R&D Institutes. Previously Dr Kosmider was Director of the Master of Business Administration Programme, International School of Commerce In Rynia, Director at the Banking Computer Centre in the National Bank of Poland, Managing Director of GEOKART International Consulting Engineers in Warsaw and Algiers, and Economic Attaché for EU relations in the Polish Embassy Brussels. Leader or International Expert in many projects carried out by Arthur D. Little, relating to the R&D sector, R&D management, enterprise and infrastructure restructuring. Participant and speaker of many EU, OECD, EIRMA, ISPIM, RADMA and other international conferences on S&T co-operation and R&D management. Member of EURAB 2, Member of the Board for EARTO and Knowledge4Innovation. Dr. Kosmider holds a Ph.D., Warsaw University, Poland, and MBA INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
Andrzej Słodownik has 40 years experience in managing airline operations gained during his work for LOT Polish Airlines where he held different posts in maintenance and flight operations divisions ranging from aircraft technician to Executive Vice President Operations. He was also in charge of introducing in LOT the first Boeing 767 aircraft. In year 2000 he initiated the cooperation between LOT Polish Airlines and Warsaw University in the field of modeling of airline operation systems that resulted in development of an advanced analytical method of reduction of operations costs.
Andrzej Słodownik holds an M.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering and Ph.D. in Systems Reliability. He also completed a Diploma in Airline Management in Geneva organized by International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Ms Katarzyna Skiba studied Environmental Protection at the University of Life Sciences, then made her PhD degree in Agrophysics at the Institute of Agrophysics Polish Academy of Sciences. Holder of three diplomas of Postgraduate Studies: Intellectual Property Rights, Project Management and Agricultural policy and the uses of structural funds.
Went through several professional career steps like e.g. Ecology education inspector, specialist in the EU-funded projects, lecturer and EU Funds consultant. Also worked as a Chief Expert at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The lecturer joined the Polish Patent Office in 2010 where initially worked as a Patent Examiner. Since January 2011 holds a position of Director of Patent Literature Department in the Polish Patent Office.
Ms Skiba is experienced in the field of innovation, IPRs in particular industrial property protection, technology transfer, research and development, as well as project management and EU funds. Areas of expertise cover also academic entrepreneurship and business – academia relations.
Born on April the 22nd, 1946 in Janów Podlaski. In 1970 he got the engineering and MSc degree in optoelectronics at Faculty of Electronics of Warsaw University of Technology. In the same year he began the professional carrier in the Institute of Micro- and Optoelectronics at mentioned University, where he got the PhD degree. He was involved in R&D work and tutorials in the area of laser technologies and their applications in materials processing and medicine as well as safety of lasers. Since the 80-s he was also cooperated with the Polish Committee for Standards, Measures and Quality as member of IEC/TC 76 and founder and Chairman of the mirror TC in the area of laser technology. He also finished postgraduate studies at the Warsaw University in the area of European integration.
Since 1994, after reactivation of Polish Committee for Standardization (PKN), he has been the director of Foreign Relations Department, responsible for cooperation with international and European standards organizations as well as other National Standards Bodies. He took part actively in preparations for full PKN membership in European Standards Organizations CEN and CENELEC and as an expert in the Polish team in negotiations concerning accession to the EU. Since 2004 he is a member of managerial bodies of CEN and their consultative bodies. He also serves as the Secretary of the National Committee of IEC and CENELEC and National Member of ISO. He is TAIEX expert and co-operates with the World Bank in the technical assistance programmes for third countries.
He is an author or co-author of books and many publications home and abroad. He is also visiting lecturer of several universities and higher education institutions. and TAIEX and World Bank expert in standardization, quality and technical law. He is founder member of Polish Association for Quality Management POLISOLAB and vice-chairman of Programming Board of Polish ISO 9000 Club associated several hundreds of Polish enterprises and institutions interested in quality policy. He is an award-winner of Polish Quality Award 2006 and was honoured with the Silver Cross of Merit for the activity in standardization and quality promotion.
Michał Pilecki has graduated from economics and sociology. He works as a project manager in the “Aviation Valley” Association. He is also employed by the Association of Polish Aviation Industry. During his work he is responsible for the following project of cooperation between the Aviation Valley and technical high-schools in Podkarpackie Region – CEKSO Project, The Centre of Education of CNC Operators, he was also a deputy manager of researches in the foresight project, Directions of development in technologies for the needs of the Aviation Valley Association, he is a member of the Space and Aerospace Sector Group, operating in the Enterprise Europe Network, a member of steering committee of the CNCB’ project Cluster and Network Cooperation for Business Success in Central Europe financed from CENTRAL EUROPE Programme.
He is also engaged in the projects: Emerging communities for collective innovation: ICT Operational tool and supporting methodologies for SME Associations ‘COLLECTIVE’ financed from 7 FP and Clean Aerospace Regions ‘CARE’ financed from the Regions of Knowledge 7 FP.
Acting Director, Enterprise and Innovation Department, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development Graduate of Cracow University of Economics (Chair of Public Administration Economy). She also graduated from Department of Psychology and Pedagogy, Department of European Integration of KSAP (National School of Public Administration) and Ecole Nationale d'Administration as well as she completed post-graduate studies in the field of "Project Management" in Kozminski University and in Gdańsk Foundation for Management Development. In years 1998-2003 she was dealing with topics related to the development of structural and regional policy (Ministry of Labour and Social Policy - spatial aspects of labour market policy; Polish Agency for Enterprise Development - among other, creation of regional strategies for the development of regions Phare-INRED / CpF, World Bank Programme for Small-to-Medium-Size Enterprises which suffered severely from floods happening in years 1997 and 1998; programmes for human resources development within Phare ESC 2000).
Since 2003 in Polish Agency for Enterprise Development she has been responsible for creation and implementation of "soft" activities supporting development of innovativeness and entrepreneurship, with a special focus on institutions of innovative business environment.
Professor at the Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering, Head of the Department of Aerodynamics, Director of the University Centre Aerospace Research at Warsaw University of Technology.
Expert in the EU TRANSPORT Programme Committee (2008-2010). I n the years 2000-2011, local coordinator in the FP 5-7 EU Project in the area of Aeronautics (HiReTT, M-DAW, NACRE, ADIGMA, FLOWHEAD, IDIHOM). EU Reviewer for evaluation of proposals for 6th-7th Framework programmes. Reviewer at the CLEANSKY programme (2010-2011). Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Mathematics. Member of Scientific Board of Institute of Fluid Flow Machinery of the Polish Academy of Science. Head of the committee to prepare the Research Strategy of Polish Aeronautic Industry (initiative of the Polish Technology Platform for Aeronautics).
Scientific interests: Aerodynamics, Computer Simulations, Aeronautics.
Janusz Kacprzyk graduated from the Department of Electronic, Warsaw University of Technology in Warsaw, Poland with M.Sc. in automatic control. He received his Ph.D. in systems analysis and D.Sc. (“habilitation”) in computer science, both from the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is Professor of Computer Science at the Systems Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, and WIT – Warsaw School of Information Technology, and Professor of Automatic Control at PIAP – Industrial Institute of Automation and Measurements, in Warsaw, Poland, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cracow University of Technology, in Cracow, Poland. He is Honorary Foreign Professor at the Department of Mathematics, Yli Normal University, Xinjiang, China. He is Full Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Foreign Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences (RACEF). He is Fellow of IEEE and of IFSA.
He was a visiting professor in the USA, Italy, UK, China. His research includes: soft computing, fuzzy logic and computing with words, in decisions, optimization, control, database querying, information retrieval. He is the author of 5 books, (co)editor of 50 volumes, (co)author of ca. 400 papers. He is the editor in chief of 5 book series at Springer, and of 2 journals, and a member of editorial boards of more than 40 journals. He is a member of Award Committee of IEEE CIS and an Alternate Member of the IEEE Fellows Committee. He is also a member of Adcom (Administrative Committee) of IEEE CIS, and a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE CIS.
He received many awards, notably: 2006 IEEE CIS Pioneer Award in Fuzzy Systems, The 2006 Sixth Kaufmann Prize and Gold Medal for pioneering works on soft computing in economics, and The 2007 Pioneer Award of the Silicon Valley Section of IEEE CIS for contribution in granular computing and computing in words, and Award of the 2010 Polish Neural Network Society for exceptional contributions to the Polish computational intelligence community. Currently he is President of the Polish Society for Operational and Systems Research and Immediate Past President of IFSA (International Fuzzy Systems Association).