ABSL FDI Forum

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Join the ABSL FDI Forum Talent Boosting Investments – a powerful event that will provide a unique opportunity to help define the strategic direction of FDI, based on experience, data, and insights into foreign investors' needs to become an essential driver of the Polish economy.

Expert research into FDI shows a fall in optimism about the global economy compared to the beginning of the pandemic. Investors are more cautious as they gear up for a long-haul recovery for investment flows. They continue to prioritize destinations with developed infrastructure, strong governance, a technology & innovation-driven business environment, well-skilled and tech-savvy talent and macroeconomic stability. This allows Poland to seize this opportunity to protect and enforce its position in the global value chain as a desirable market for FDIs by strengthening critical assets – developed infrastructure and a digitally skilled talent pool.

The main challenge that Poland has to address is the shortage of adequately skilled talent. In order to strengthen this, we need to develop a sector talent growth strategy. A high-quality educational system is also critical to meet the demands of a constantly evolving economy and the modern labor market. Initiatives enabling the upskilling and reskilling of the potential talent pool are essential to attract new global investments. A proper blend of technological foundation and effective leadership is the path for locating Poland's key global business roles and processes.

The highlight of the ABSL FDI Forum 2021 will be the presentation of the latest data and insights from the much-anticipated annual report – “Business services sector in Poland 2021”. It is also a unique opportunity to take part in discussions with highest-level governmental officials.

  • Find out the analysis and the strategic industry foresight from the ABSL Annual Report “Business services sector in Poland 2021” 
  • Learn firsthand about the government’s perspective on the essential role of FDI and the business services sector for the growth of the Polish economy
  • Be part of a thought-provoking dialogue between government and business on global FDI, investors’ expansion decisions, human capital, and economic development strategy to create better conditions for attracting investors
  • Gain insights on how to expand a talent pool equipped with the necessary skills to drive FDI growth in Poland


AGENDA

PART 1 (ONLINE)  
FOSTERING SECTOR GROWTH - ABSL ANNUAL REPORT PRESENTATION
10:00 - 10:05  
Welcome address
Piotr Dziwok
President, ABSL | Chairman, Shell Companies
10:05 - 10:20  
ABSL Annual Report "Business Services Sector in Poland 2021" highlights
Wojciech Popławski
Vice President, ABSL | Managing Director, Accenture Operations
10:20 - 10:40  
Moderated Q&A Session on key insights from the ABSL Annual Report
Wojciech Popławski
Vice President, ABSL | Managing Director, Accenture Operations
Tomasz Brodzicki
Senior Business Intelligence Consultant, ABSL | Head of International Economics and Economic Development Department, University of Gdansk
Stanisław Umiński
Professor | University of Gdańsk, Department of International Economics and Economic Development
10:40 - 11:30  
How can cooperation between business and academia be boosted to create added value?
MODERATOR: Tomasz Brzostowski
Vice President | Global Finance Shared Services, Hitachi
Anna Kornecka
Undersecretary of State, Minister of Economic Development, Labour and Technology
Jacek Borek
Managing Director | Accenture Technology
Iwona Dudzińska
Managing Director, EMEA AML FIU Hub Head | Citi
Wiktor Janicki
Country President Poland | Astra Zeneca
Daniel Wocial
CEO & Cluster Head Poland & Czech Republic | The Adecco Group
11:30 - 12:15  
Does localization still matter in the face of remote work and skills availability?
MODERATOR: Jan Kamoji-Czapiński
Associate Director EMEA Location Strategy | Colliers
Jerzy Muzyk
First Deputy Mayor | Kraków City
Grzegorz Słomkowski
Board Member | PAiH
Bogumił Sobula
First Deputy Mayor | Katowice City
Katarzyna Zawodna-Bijoch
President and CEO | Skanska
12:15 - 16:00  
Lunch break and end of part 1
PART 2 (ONLINE & ONSITE)  
FOSTERING ECONOMIC GROWTH
16:00 - 16:10  
Welcome address
Jacek Levernes
Honorary President | ABSL
16:10 - 16:20  
Global Macroeconomic Outlook
Janet Henry
Global Chief Economist | HSBC
16:20 - 16:30  
FDI and Business Services Sector - two important elements for Polish economy growth
Mateusz Morawiecki
Prime Minister (invited)
16:30 - 17:00  
Q&A Session
Mateusz Morawiecki
Prime Minister (invited)
Janusz Dziurzyński
Vice President, ABSL | Global Information & Digital Technology Manager, British American Tobacco
17:00 - 17:30  
Coffee break
17:30 - 18:10  
A highly skilled talent pool ready to carry out advanced business processes and transformation - a new opening for FDI flow
MODERATOR: Peter Mitchell
Head of Global Business Services Krakow | ABB
Agnieszka Jankowska
Government Affairs and Public Policy, Board Member | GE
Paweł Pyszlak
Global Head of IT Function | Roche Global IT Solution Center
Maciej Wituszyński
SBO Global Resourcing Manager | Shell
18:10 - 18:20  
How the New Regulatory Environment Will Impact Financial Business Models
Andrew Harding
Chief Executive - Management Accounting | AICPA & CIMA
18:20 - 19:00  
How to create regulatory and tax environment to increase FDI flow?
MODERATOR: Jerzy Martini
Partner | Martini & Wspólnicy
Tadeusz Kościński
Minister of Finance, Development Funds and Regional Policy (invited)
Brunon Bartkiewicz
President of the Management Board | ING
Izabela Jagosz Kuchta
CFO | Cloud & Cognitive Software, IBM Central & Eastern Europe
Marcin Mądry
CFO | Shell
19:00 - 19:10  
Closing remarks
Jolanta Jaworska
Vice President, ABSL | Government & Regulatory Affairs Director, IBM Poland & Baltics & Ukraine
19:15 - 21:00  
Networking Cocktail

SPEAKERS

Anna Kornecka
Anna Kornecka
Undersecretary of State
Tadeusz Kościński
Tadeusz Kościński
Minister of Finance, Development Funds and Regional Policy
Brunon Bartkiewicz
Brunon Bartkiewicz
CEO ING Bank Śląski, Poland
Jacek Borek
Jacek Borek
Managing Director of Accenture Technology in Poland
Tomasz Brodzicki
Tomasz Brodzicki
Senior Business Intelligence Team Consultant, ABSL
Tomasz Brzostowski
Tomasz Brzostowski
Vice President, Global Finance Shared Services, Hitachi Vantara
Iwona Dudzińska
Iwona Dudzińska
Managing Director, EMEA AML FIU Hub Head, Citi, Vice-President ABSL
Janusz Dziurzyński
Janusz Dziurzyński
Chairman of the Management Board, ABSL, Global Information & Digital Technology Manager, British American Tobacco
Piotr Dziwok
Piotr Dziwok
President, ABSL, Country Chairman, Shell Companies
Andrew Harding
Andrew Harding
Chief Executive - Management Accounting, AICPA & CIMA
Janet Henry
Janet Henry
Global Chief Economist, HSBC
Izabela Jagosz-Kuchta
Izabela Jagosz-Kuchta
CFO, Cloud & Cognitive Software, IBM Central & Eastern Europe
Wiktor Janicki
Wiktor Janicki
Country President Poland, AstraZeneca
Agnieszka Jankowska
Agnieszka Jankowska
Government Affairs and Public Policy, Board Member, GE
Jan Kamoji-Czapiński
Jan Kamoji-Czapiński
Associate Director EMEA Location Strategy, Colliers
Jacek Levernes
Jacek Levernes
Honorary President, ABSL
Jerzy Martini
Jerzy Martini
Partner, Martini & Wspólnicy
Marcin Mądry
Marcin Mądry
CFO, Shell Polska
Peter Mitchell
Peter Mitchell
Head of Global Business Services Krakow, ABB
Jerzy Muzyk
Jerzy Muzyk
Deputy Mayor of Krakow for Sustainable Development
Wojciech Popławski
Wojciech Popławski
Managing Director, Accenture Operations, Vice President, ABSL
Paweł Pyszlak
Paweł Pyszlak
Head of the Global IT Solution Centre, Roche
Arkadiusz Rudzki
Arkadiusz Rudzki
Executive Vice President Leasing & Sales, Skanska Commercial Development Europe
Grzegorz Słomkowski
Grzegorz Słomkowski
Member of the Board, Polish Investment & Trade Agency
Bogumił Sobula
Bogumił Sobula
First Deputy Mayor of Katowice
Daniel Wocial
Daniel Wocial
VP Adecco & Cluster Head Poland & Czech Republic, The Adecco Group
Katarzyna Zawodna-Bijoch
Katarzyna Zawodna-Bijoch
President and CEO at Skanska’s commercial development unit in CEE

PARTNERS

Gold Partners

Skanska is the largest office developer in Europe. Skanska commercial development business unit in Central and Eastern Europe operates in four countries: Poland, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic. It is an innovative developer of green, futureproof office buildings. The company builds open, safe and lively spaces where employees feel good. Skanska's office projects are certified in the LEED, WELL Core & Shell, and WELL Health-Safety Rating systems. Skanska's new investments are adapted to be used by people with special needs – including people with disabilities or parents with young children. In 2020, Skanska commercial development unit in CEE sold 4 buildings for over EUR 265 million and leased 135,000 sqm of office space. 
Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services—all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 537,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. Visit us at https://www.accenture.com/pl-pl
The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants® (the Association) represents AICPA® & CIMA®. We advance the global accounting and finance profession through our work on behalf of 696,000 AICPA and CIMA members, students and engaged professionals in 192 countries and territories. Together, we are the worldwide leader on public and management accounting issues through advocacy, support for the CPA license and specialized credentials, professional education and thought leadership. We build trust by empowering our members and engaged professionals with the knowledge and opportunities to be leaders in broadening prosperity for a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient future.
Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with operations in more than 70 countries. Shell uses advanced technologies and an innovative approach to build a sustainable energy future. The company also offers a wide range of automotive and industrial oils and lubricants. The offer for business customers includes, among others, the possibility of using fuel cards, road services and other solutions for fleets under the Shell Card program. Shell also runs one of the largest centers of modern business services in Poland - Shell Business Operations, which supports the Shell group globally in the areas of finance, logistics, procurement, HR processes, customer service, as well as in external and internal communication.
ING Bank Śląski S.A. is one of the largest banks in Poland offering products and services to individual clients, small entrepreneurs and large companies. The bank is strong in the primary markets of banking and banking-related services, leasing and factoring included.  The bank is putting great focus on customer needs, service quality, innovative products and services to enhance its competitive position. Modern remote service channels supported by the network of branches ensure that customers have access to banking operations 24/7. The bank empowers customers to make appropriate financial decisions providing tools that make banking clear and easy.

Partners

Citibank Europe plc (Citi Solutions Center Poland) is home for over 5300 employees at Warsaw and Olszyn locations. Established in 2005, Citibank Europe in Poland has developed significantly over the past 16 years. We have evolved to one of the largest and key sites for Citi globally. At the same time we have transformed from being services provider of basic banking products to the expert in delivering complex global functions and innovative services to institutional and consumer clients in 96 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, both Americas and Australia. By servicing clients across the world, we are aligned to our Citi mission by responsibly providing financial services that enable growth and economic progress. Our employees work across the full spectrum of business areas, including Anti-Money Laundering, Markets & Securities Services, Private Bank Operations, Technology, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Internal Audit and more. Those who join the currently 5300+ strong team are set on a path of constant growth, with best in class training and on-the-job learning.
HSBC Continental Europe (Spolka Akcyjna) Oddział w Polsce is part of the HSBC Group. HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. HSBC’s global businesses serve more than 40 million customers worldwide through a network that covers 64 countries and territories. With assets of USD 2,959 billion as at March 31, 2021, HSBC is one of the largest financial institutions in the world. HSBC first began operating in Poland in 1990. Currently HSBC in Poland supports Polish corporates and financial institutions expanding their operations internationally as well as international companies planning expansion into Poland. With offices in Warszawa, Gdansk and Katowice the bank focuses on providing financial services close to 1,000 corporate and institutional clients nationwide in the areas of cash and liquidity management, trade finance, lending, treasury operations and capital markets.
UBS provides financial advice and solutions to wealthy, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as private clients in Switzerland. UBS is the largest truly global wealth manager, and a leading personal and corporate bank in Switzerland, with a large-scale and diversified global asset manager and a focused investment bank. The bank focuses on businesses that have a strong competitive position in their targeted markets, are capital efficient, and have an attractive long-term structural growth or profitability outlook. Our UBS offices in Poland are located in Krakow and Wroclaw. We’re a team of talented individuals and our operations are constantly expanding in various business areas from Finance, Treasury, Research, Operations through Human Resources, Internal Audit, Legal, Compliance and Risk to Project Management and Technology. To read more visit: ubs.com/poland.
Polski Holding Nieruchomości (PHN) is one of the largest groups in the commercial property sector in Poland in terms of the market value of its portfolio. The Group’s portfolio includes ca. 154 property assets with a value of PLN 3.3 billion. PHN’s operations are focused in Warsaw and the major regional cities, including Tri-City area, Łódź, Poznań, Kraków, Katowice and Wrocław. The total GLA of PHN Group’s properties is ca. 400,000 sq.m. PHN has long experience in the office, commercial, housing and logistics sectors, both in real estate management and investment project implementation. PHN has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange since February 13, 2013.

City Partners

Katowice is the central city of the Metropolis GZM, inhabited by 2.3M people. Business attractiveness of Katowice is primarily shaped by: macroeconomic stability, excellent road network & sustainable transport, access to 3 international airports, strong academic traditions – ca. 86,000 students attending 24 colleges & universities, well-skilled and tech-savvy talent pool, technology & innovation-driven business environment, complex support for investors.
KRAKÓW, a well-established player on the international business arena. Competitive not only as a market, but also as a hub of major intellectual capital attracting investors from creative and new technologies industries. Not afraid of bold solutions and open to challenges, with back-up of a large talent pool of well-educated and highly qualified people. Constantly developing and investing in itself by implementing smart city solutions. An investment in prestige. Read more at www.business.krakow.pl

Networking Partners

Invest in Pomerania is a regional non-profit organisation that helps investors implement projects in Pomerania. It acts as a regional "one-stop shop," providing support at every stage of the investment process. In the last decade, it has successfully completed 127 projects & generated more than 17000 jobs. Invest in Pomerania launched Live more. Pomerania & jobs@Pomerania to attract talent to the region. Their initiatives also include AI Pomerania, Aviation Hub & Come2Pomerania. #wecaremore

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