Keynote speakers

Oded Stark is Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Distinguished Professor at the University of Warsaw, Adjunct Professor at the University of Tuebingen, and Distinguished Research Scholar at Georgetown University. He served as University Professor (Chair in Economic and Regional Policy) at the University of Klagenfurt and as Honorary University Professor of Economics at the University of Vienna, and prior to that as Professor of Economics (Chair in Development Economics) at the University of Oslo, and as Professor of Population and Economics and as the Director of the Migration and Development Program at Harvard University. He has written on applied microeconomic theory, development economics, population economics, the economics of migration, labor economics, evolutionary economics, urban economics, regional economics, welfare economics, and the theory of the firm. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books The Migration of Labor (Oxford and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell 1991 and 1993), and Altruism and Beyond, An Economic Analysis of Transfers and Exchanges Within Families and Groups (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1995 and 1999), and is the co-editor of the Handbook of Population and Family Economics (in Handbooks in Economics; Amsterdam: North-Holland 1997, and Beijing: Economic Science Press 2004). Oded Stark is Doctor honoris causa (University of Warsaw), a Humboldt Awardee, and a Presidential Professor of Economics (Poland).
Paweł Borys is a recognised Polish economist and manager, with rich and successful professional track record in banking, capital markets and insurance,, who has worked for Polish and international financial institutions. He is an expert at investments, management, macroeconomic analysis, strategic and financial planning and business restructuring. He has experience as a manager of large teams and complex projects involving the development and implementation of growth strategies for businesses and financial institutions. He started his career as chief economist for the Erste Bank Group in Poland. Subsequently employed as a funds manager and head for investment within investment funds with the Deutsche Bank Group, the second-largest asset management company in the world. He was also involved in the development of a Polish private equity and venture capital business as President of the Management Board of AKJ Investment TFI. Since 2010, he has been the managing director at PKO Bank Polski, responsible for economic analysis, group strategy and development, and investor relations. His professional work was supplemented by theoretical studies in finance, banking and economics during his time as an employee of the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) in 2001-2005, where he conducted research in economic convergence theory and dependence between the financial sector and economic growth.
Leszek Czarnecki:
A graduate of Wroclaw University Of Technology and Wrocław University of Economics, as well as Harvard Business SchoolPh.D. in EconomicsThe author of 4 books (the 5-th in print)


Zbigniew Jagiełło, manager with 20 years of experience in the financial market, a graduate of Wrocław University of Technology and Executive MBA at the University of Gdańsk and the Rotterdam School of Management.  Since 2009, the Chairman of the Board of PKO Bank, who, during his tenure, became the undisputed leader of the sector, by taking on new challenges and setting  the trend in Polish banking. The initiator of the creation of Polish Payment Standard based on an innovative mobile application IKO. The laureate of several awards and honors. Awarded by the President of Poland with Order of Polonia Restituta and Social Solidarity Medal for promoting the idea of corporate social responsibility.
Lucjan T. Orlowski, prior to joining Sacred Heart University, Professor Orlowski taught at New York University and before that at the Karol Adamiecki University of Economics in Katowice, Poland.

He collaborates with a number of research institutes and universities around the world. Some of his current and past research affiliations include: Research Professor at the Halle Institute for Economic Research in Halle, Germany; a Senior Fellow at the Center for Economic and Social Research (CASE) in Warsaw; a Research Fellow at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan; a Senior Fellow at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) at the University of Bonn; and Research Professor at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin. He has guest-lectured at the University of Rome III, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Warsaw, and the School for Modern Business Studies in Hungary.

Professor Orlowski has been advising several financial and government institutions in the United States and Europe. From 1998 to 2001 he served as a Member of the Macroeconomic Policy Council of Poland’s Ministry of Finance and from 2002 to 2006 as a Senior Adviser to the National Bank of Poland. He was a member of the U.S. Government Mission to Eastern Europe.

He is a member of Executive Board of Association for Comparative Economic Studies (ACES) and a member of the Advisory Council of CASE in Warsaw. He served on the Advisory Board of the DRI-WEFA Group in Washington, D.C.

He serves on Editorial Boards of Comparative Economic Studies and Banks and Bank Systems. He is an Associate Editor of Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, a Regional Editor of Journal of Emerging Markets and a Guest Editor ofOpen Economies Review and Economic Systems.

George Matysiak is a Visiting Professor at Cracow University of Economics. He has acted as consultant to a variety of organisations on forecasting and investing in commercial real estate markets. He holds
visiting positions at the School of Economics and Management (ISEG), Technical University of Lisbon and at Antwerp Management School. He has previously held positions with CBRE and Prudential Portfolio Managers (PruPim). Before settling in Poland, he was Professor of Real Estate Investment at the University of Reading /Henley Business School and Senior Research Fellow at City University/CASS Business School, London. Professor Matysiak is the author of many publications in real estate and economics journals and is co-author of the well-known text book Real Estate Investment: A Capital Market Approach.