INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF HOME APPLIANCES MANUFACTURERS AND SUPPLIERS IN EUROPE

    Izabela  Bernau-Ławniczak 
Process Moderator, Design Thinking, Creativity
Very Human Services

She specialises in issues connected with an innovation created based on the focus on a user. An experienced moderator of creative and design processes. Aiding companies and organisations to understand and adjust to changes happening on the market, to create brand, product and service strategies based on the design. Experienced in the industry project implementation for: food /FMCG, HoReCa, Energy and financial industry. 

A scholarship holder from Universität Hannover. A member of Service Design Polska, co-owner of klenergy and VERY HUMAN SERVICES – consulting and design companies operating in the innovation area. Winner of the Polish Radio award for an advertising campaign. Originator of the project FUTUREFOODS. Passionate about dietetics and a healthy lifestyle. 

Her clients were, among others: Konica Minolta, Capgemini, Hortimex, Narodowe Centrum Badań i Rozwoju, Vervis, BMW AG, BTC Business Technology, DomData AG, Hagebau Stammelbach GmbH, Hueppe GmbH, Międzynarodowe Targi Poznańskie, Zakłady Mróz , IBC Auditoria, YouNick.

    Tomasz Bogołębski
Journalist
    Piotr Dardziński
Deputy Minister
Ministry of Science and Higher Education

 

     
   

 Anton Eckl
Lead of International Key Account Management for clients from the Domestic Appliances Industry
GfK Retail and Technology

Anton Eckl is Lead of International Key Account Management for clients from the Domestic Appliances Industry at GfK Retail and Technology, the world-leading supplier of POS measurement services for Technical Consumer Goods. He holds a degree in Economics from Augsburg University/Germany.

     
   

Frank van Gool
Founder & CEO
OTTO Work Force 

In 2000 Frank Van Gool founded OTTO Work Force, a company specialized in filling labor shortages in one country with the surplus of manpower from another country. In 17 years Van Gool made OTTO Work Force the leading international employment agency in Europe. Every day 17.000 people from Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Bulgaria, Ukraine and the Netherlands work for OTTO, mainly in logistics, industry and horticulture. Nowadays OTTO Work Force has 50 offices across Europe, with the headquarters in the city of Venray and Utrecht. 

Van Gool is voluntary vice president of the NPCH, a Dutch-Polish council for trade promotion. This organization represents the interests of all Dutch companies working in or have commercial ties with Poland. Besides that, Van Gool prefers to spend his spare time on his fish (koi carp), good food and football. On top of his bucket list: running the New York City Marathon.

   

Michał Karczewski
Sales Director - Industrial Market
Lohmann Polska

 

     
   
Wojciech Konecki 
General Director
CECED Poland 

 

   
Piotr Kraśko
Journalist

 

   

Amit Lath
Director
Indo-British Trade Council (IBTC) 

  • Director, Indo British Trade Council (ITBC)
  • CEO & Managing Partner, Sharda Group of Companies (INTL)
  • Vice President, Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Honorary Ambassador, Lodz Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LIPH)
  • Intl Brand Ambassador, LodzRegionalPark of Science and Technology
  • Founder & Advisory Board Member, BritishInternationalSchool of University of Lodz
  • Mentor & Board Member, Youth Business Poland (YBP)
  • Board Member, Small & Medium Business Development Chamber of India
  • Official Representative of The Times Group (International Media Marketing – Poland & Lithuania)
  • Vice Chairman, Poland-India Business House (Poland)
  • Director, CS Swiss (Switzerland)
  • Executive Director, Astrid Fashion’s Ltd (India)
  • Business Advisor, WarsawModlinAirport
  • Founder & Promoter, Sharda Business Centre
  • Board Member, Gdynia Cotton Association
  • Fr. Vice President of Indo-Polish Cultural Committee 

 

     
 

Simon Löbel
Founder Loebel Digital GmbH

With more than 20 years of experience in the digital sector Simon is an expert for innovative business models and marketing approaches. In 2011 he successful integrated his own digital agency into the United Digital Group and formed with that the 2nd largest Digital Agency in Germany, where he was working as Chief Digital Officer until end of 2016. Now Simon is back on the entrepreneurial track. With Loebel Digital he is offering premium Digital Consultancy and Interim Management. He is one of the builders of SKplus in London, a network of Senior Disrupters which are helping company to develop their own Culture of Innovation. Last - but not least - Simon co-founded the Fintech Growth Investment, which invests in early-stage Fintech start-ups. Simon is married and has 3 children.

     
 

Wojciech Ławniczak
CEO, Very Human Services / Service Design Polska

Advisor, service designer, strategist, entrepreneur. Areas of expertise - service management based on innovation and design (a.o. the concepts of Human Centered Design, Open Innovation and Value Co-creation), both for private and public sector. One of the pioneers of the Design Thinking movement in Poland. Member of Service Design Network, the co-founder of Service Design Poland – a consulting think-tank operating in the area of service innovation. The co-owner of Polish innovative advisory startup operating in the field of food innovation. Trainer and lecturer, innovation process facilitator.His clients were a.o.: BMW, Hueppe, EWE, E.ON, ista, Vestas Wind Systems, Sitech, European Investment Bank, European Defense Agency, Regional Development Agency of Małopolska, Polish Ministries of: Infrastructure, Internal Affairs, Foreign Affairs, the City of Poznań, the City of Kraków, the City of Katowice, the City of Wrocław. 

 

Zygmunt Łopalewski
Government Relations Manager East Cluster at Whirlpool Corporation - EMEA Region


 

Tomasz Łukaszek
Product Manager
Emtor 

 

Antonino Mafodda
Director
Italian Trade Agency

From July 2016 has been appointed as Director of Italian Trade Agency, Italian Embassy Trade Promotion Section, in Warsaw after few Years at ITA Headquarters, in Rome where he served as Assistant to the General Manager for International Promotion Campaign finalised to increase the capability of italian companies to be present in foreign markets.

A preminent part of his career has been spent serving abroad as Directors of Italian Trade Office in Toronto, Istanbul and Cairo before been appointed to Warsaw. The 65 offices of Italian Trade Offices worldwide have the task to assist italian companies to increase their presence in foreign markets.

Following a Master Degree in Political Science at 'La Sapienza' University in Rome, completed specialization courses in Marketing and Economics

     
 

Marek Michalik
President of the Board
Lodz Special Economic Zone 

Graduate of Philosophy and History Faculty at the University of Lodz, Member of Parliament (1991-1993). In the years 1998-2001 Deputy Minister of Environment and in the years 2002-2003 President of Zakład Wodociągów i Kanalizacji Sp. z o.o. (water and sewage service company). From 2003 to 2009 Deputy Mayor of Lodz responsible inter alia for acquiring investors. From 2010 to April 2016 member of City Council as a chairman of Law and Justice (PiS) political club. Professionally, member of boards in commerce companies and enterprises dealing with innovative technologies for environment protection. Since 6 April 2016 President of the Board in Lodz Special Economic Zone.

     
    Michael Müller
CEO
Müller - Die lila Logistik

Michael Müller, CEO, born 20 July 1966
Career milestones:
- Formal training as freight systems administrator at Schenker
- Majored in business administration with a concentration on logistics at the University of Nuremberg Lived and worked in Eastern Europe
- Established in 1991 what is today Müller – Die lila Logistik AG
- Chairman of the management board and responsible for strategy, LILA CONSULT, sales and corporate communications

     
   

Artur Olejniczak
Business coach, lecturer at Poznan School of Logistics
Institute of Logistics and Warehousing

Professionally connected with the Institute of Logistics and Warehousing . He serves as assistant editor of the magazine " logistics " . Business coach and lecturer at the Higher School of Logistics . Animator and coordinator of activities in the segment ILiM secondary schools and universities. Author of over 70 publications on the TSL sector in the journal LOGISTICS , Gazeta Wyborcza , a monthly PRESS, monthly SME et al. She specializes in topics dealing with logistics softly , bringing a wide audience various aspects related to the sector of TSL.

   

Wojciech Rosicki
Deputy Mayor
City of Lodz

 

   

Krzysztof Rudzki
RnD Division Senior Manager
Poland Tokai Okaya Manaufacturing Sp. Z.o.o

Graduated from Technical Physic at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Since 2008 he’s been working for Poland Tokai Okaya Manufacturing Sp.Z.o.o, Japanese manufacturer of metal stamped parts for household appliances and automotive industry. Currently he’s working as a RnD Division Senior Manager responsible for departmental management : technological, sales development, quality assurance, project management. Higher education lecturer at the WSB University in Toruń , specialization Quality Management. 

   

Artur Salon
Director of Development Center Laundry Care Lodz
BSH

Artur Salon was born In 1977. He finished Mechanical Engineering studies on Silesian University of Technology.
He has been working in BSH since 2007. Previously as a Project Manager and Quality Manager and now since 2014 as a Director of Development Center Laundry Care Lodz.

     
 

Michał Sikora 
Land, Technical & Special Economic Zone Consultant Industrial Department
Cushman & Wakefield


     
 

Joanna Sinkiewicz

Head of Key Clients & Tenant Representation in Industrial & Logistics Agency
Cushman & Wakefield

She is responsible for maintaining business relationships with key clients and she coordinates the industrial projects for the tenants across Poland. Joanna has many-year experience cooperating with tenants from various sectors such as logistics operators, distribution, retail, pharmaceutical, e-commerce and production companies.Joanna graduated from Faculty of Law at the University of Warsaw and she is also graduate of Warsaw School of Economics, Management and Marketing Studies, with specialization in Real Estate Management. She holds the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation. She speaks fluent English. Joanna gained her professional experience in real estate, working among others, at Pinnacle Poland (now PointPark Properties) and at DTZ Poland. 

Joanna advised such companies as Allegro, Coca-Cola, Damco, FM Logistic, Flakt Woods, Flex, Frohe, InPost, Jabil, Junghenrich, Kellogg, Panalpina, Phoenix Pharma, Sonoco, TRW, VMA, Unisourse, UPS and others.

 

Krzysztof Sobula
Marketing Director
Whirlpool Poland

 

 

Jan Štern
Managing director
Gorenje Polska

 

     
 

Ralph Talmont
Curator and Team Leader of TEDx Warsaw, Senior TEDx Ambassador for Eastern Europe,
Brighton-based Elevater Agency, StreamOnline.co.

Ralph Talmont is a speaker and consultant on innovation, communication and creativity. With a lifetime of experience in the creative industries and technology startups on four continents, he now writes, speaks and consults with the aim of helping organisations get the maximum innovation value from their people through building an appropriate culture of creativity.

Ralph is a founding partner in the Brighton-based Elevater.agency, and director of the video production company StreamOnline.co.uk. He is the curator and Team Leader of TEDxWarsaw, Poland's first and largest independently organised TED event, and a Senior TEDxAmbassador for Eastern Europe.

www.linkedin.com/in/ralphtalmont
@ralphtalmont

 

Aleksander Tyszkiewicz
General Manager
Sirmax



 

Rector Professor Sławomir Wiak Ph.D., D.Sc
Lodz University of Technology

 Professor Slawomir Wiak graduated from the Faculty of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Control Engineering of Lodz University of Technology in 1973. He gained a PhD degree in 1979. In 1990, he successfully completed his habilitation procedure. He was awarded the title of professor in 2002.

Director of the Institute of Mechatronics and Information Systems (since 2007). Dean of the Faculty of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Control Engineering (2008 -2012). Vice-Rector for Education of Lodz University of Technology (2012 – 2016). At present, he serves as Rector of Lodz University of Technology.

Fields of scientific expertise:Computer science, Electrical engineering.

Main research areas: Mechatronic Systems, Information Technology, Numerical Models, Expert Systems, Data Base Systems, E-learning systems.  

Professor Wiak has lectured extensively abroad and has been invited as a visiting professor to University of Pavia, Italy and Universite d’Artois, France.

The Professor collaborates or has collaborated with various foreign scientific centers, including the University of Southampton, National Technical University of Athens, University of Pavia, University of Maribor, University of Prague and University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, University of Coimbra, University of Valencia and University of Vigo, Artois University in Berthune, METU in Ankara and the Czech Academy of Sciences.

 Professor Wiak is a member of 17 International Scientific Conference Committees and the National Foresight Programme “Poland 2020”  Committee. His scientific output includes over 400 scientific articles (incl. 18 monographs) and participation in 21 research (national and international) projects. He is an author of more than 580 reviews of international conference papers and scientific papers published in prestigious journals. Professor Wiak was a doctoral supervisor of 11 PhD students .

He has been awarded: the Gold Cross of Merit, the Silver Cross of Merit, the Silver Medal of Alessandro Volta of the University of Pavia, the Pro Patria Medal, the Honorary Badge of Lodz, the Commemorative Medal of Professor Eugeniusz Jezierski (awarded by the Lodz Division of the Association of Polish Electrical Engineers). The recipient of many Polish Academy of Sciences awards

 

Anna Wiosna 
Deputy Commercial Director
UNIBEP S.A