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British-Polish Tech Forum 

Exploring opportunities from British-Polish tech partnerships

London | 7 December 2022 | 08:45 – 15:00 GMT




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Driving technology-led  transformation through international cooperation

The fourth British-Polish Tech Forum draws on the experience from previous editions of this successful event. This annual conference aims to explore new opportunities in the context of British-Polish partnerships, from setting up tech hubs in Poland, outsourcing, remote working, R&D, and optimising cross-border tech sales to securing international venture capital.

Aimed at CIOs and CTOs from across all sectors of industry and commerce in both countries, the event will offer fresh insight into the forces shaping the tech markets in Poland and the United Kingdom. There is also a practical focus on networking, ensuring that new high-level contacts can be made, opening the doors to exciting possibilities, including opportunities to develop commercial partnerships between British and Polish tech companies. 






8:50- 9:50 - Registration and coffee/tea
9:00-9:50 - Networking session

10:00 - Welcome by Prof. Piotr Wilczek

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

10:10-  Rafal Owczarek, Head of Trade and Investment UK & Ireland at Polish Investment and Trade Agency

10:20 -  Presentation by Jonathan Crook, Deputy Head Venture Capital Unit, Department for International Trade (DIT)

‘Trends in technology investment between the UK and Poland and what the future could hold.’

10:35-  Kieron Scrutton, SVP Commercial and Medical, Digital and Tech, GSK “Great oaks from little acorns grow - GSK’s journey building a global competency centre in Poland” 

10:45- discussion panel- “Tech sector role in overcoming global challenges” + QA

  • Zosia Wanat- moderator 
  • Bartłomiej Bartosiewicz, Director International Markets Asseco Poland
  • Dr Christian Czernich, Managing Partner, CEO at Round2
  • Sabina Ciofu, Associate Director – International, techUK
  • Paweł Widawski- FinTech Poland
11:30- Coffee break and networking

12:00- Discussion panel “Supporting start-ups and scale-ups” + QA

  • Andrew Samu- moderator
  • Frances Lasok, Head of Talent and Skills Policy, Coadec
  • Houssein El Sayed, Tech Nation
  • Michael Chaffe-Wolves Summit
  • Lukasz Rzeczkowski-Trustedoctor 

12:40- Presentation by Sanghamitra Karra,  Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab

"Find out how large financial institutions are working to address inequities in the funding of ethnically diverse and women-led technology startups."

12:55- Conference keynotes 

13:00- 14:00 Lunch and networking

14:00- 15:00 Roundtable workshops

  • Challenges in cooperation with Poland. How does hybrid work in software houses in Poland affect the decision to choose a vendor?
  • Cross-Border Remote Working
15:00- End of the conference

The Organisers reserve the right to cancel or amend event details, including date, time, topic, speakers, agenda and tickets, as well as cancel an individual booking without giving a reason.





Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Ambassador Piotr Wilczek was born in Chorzów, Poland on 26 April 1962. He received his MA, PhD and Habilitation (postdoctoral) degrees from the University of Silesia in Katowice and conducted his postgraduate research/training at the University of Oxford (St Anne’s College), University of East Anglia (The British Centre for Literary Translation) and the University of London (The Warburg Institute). In 2006, he was awarded the title of Professor of Humanities by the President of the Republic of Poland.

Between 2016 and 2021, as Poland’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Ambassador Wilczek was extensively involved in promoting and strengthening transatlantic relations, especially in the areas of defence, energy and trade. In 2020, he received the Amicus Oeconomiae award from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland for his achievements in supporting and protecting the economic interests of Polish enterprises in foreign markets. On 22 December 2021, he was appointed Poland’s Ambassador to the Court of St James’s and began his mission in London on 15 February 2022.

Rafal Owczarek



Head of Trade and Investment UK & Ireland at the Polish Investment and Trade Agency.

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Rafal Owczarek is Head of Trade and Investment UK & Ireland at the Polish Investment and Trade Agency. Based in London, he leads a team of experts responsible for developing export, supporting businesses, and growing foreign direct investment in Poland and in the UK.

An international trade expert, he had previously established and was Head of UK Overseas Business Network Initiative (OBNI) at the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (BMCC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The initiative was launched globally by UK Department for International Trade (DIT) to transform the support available for UK SMEs seeking to do business in high-growth, hard-to-access overseas markets.


Prior to moving to Southeast Asia, he had worked as Public Relations and Trade Officer at the Arab British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) in London, where he was involved in developing trade and investment between the UK and the Arab world.


Rafal holds an MA in International Liaison from the University of Westminster, BA in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Leeds and BA in International Relations from Lodz University of Social Sciences.

Karol Cienkus



II Secretary, Head of Economic Section Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London

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Head of Economic Section at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London
Karol is a career dyplomat and civil servant. Between 2013 and 2020, he worked in the Economic
Department of the European Union at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, covering issues such
as EU trade and investment policy and Brexit; in 2020, as a counsellor in the Chancellery of the Prime
Minister of Poland; in 2021, back in the MFA, covering energy diplomacy in the Department of
Economic Cooperation. Since 2022 the Head of Economic Section at the Embassy of Poland in
Karol graduated from the Warsaw University (international relations) and the SGH Warsaw School of
Economics (finances). He has PhD in Political Sciences since 2016 (Warsaw University).


Sabina Ciofu

Associate Director – International at techUK


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Sabina Ciofu is Associate Director – International, running the International Policy and Trade Programme at techUK.

Based in Brussels, she leads our EU policy and engagement. She is also our lead on international trade policy, with a focus on the digital trade chapter in FTAs, as well as broader engagement with the G7, G20, WTO and OECD.

As a transatlantic at heart, Sabina is a GMF Marshall Memorial fellow and issue lead on the EU-US Trade and Technology Council within DigitalEurope.

Previously, she worked as a Policy Advisor to a Member of the European Parliament for almost a decade, where she specialised in tech regulation, international trade and EU-US relations.

Sabina loves building communities and bringing people together. She is the founder of the Gentlewomen’s Club and co-organiser of the Young Professionals in Digital Policy. Previously, as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, she led several youth civic engagement and gender equality projects.

She sits on the Advisory Board of the University College London European Institute and The Nine, Brussels’ first members-only club designed for women.

Sabina holds an MA in War Studies from King’s College London and a BA in Classics from the University of Cambridge

Jonathan Crook

Jonathan Crook

Deputy Head of the Venture Capital Unit of the UK Government’s Department for International Trade

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Jonathan Crook is the Deputy Head of the Venture Capital Unit of the UK Government’s Department for International Trade. The Venture Capital Unit works globally to enable international Corporate Venture Capital and Venture Capital Investors to invest in UK scale-up companies. The Venture Capital Unit annually engages with hundreds of UK companies to source appropriate Dealflow, guided by national requirements. Jonathan was previously a Co-Founder of an InsurTech company and a Director of a Technology Consultancy.


Kieron Scrutton

SVP Commercial and Medical, Digital and Tech at GSK

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Kieron leads Digital and Technology for GSK’s Commercial business. His team build and develop the digital tools to enable 25,000 CRM users, 1,000 websites, and contact centres in more than 50 countries interact with millions of healthcare workers.

This technology estate is owned by a team of 150 engineers, UX professionals and product managers based in a GSK Tech Competency Centre in Poznan, Poland. Kieron’s experience of working with technical teams in Poland dates back to 2005, when GSK Tech started by building a small team in Poznan to support European markets.

This Technical Competency Centre has since grown from 25 people to over 600 staff and supports critical and regulated processes across R&D, Manufacturing and Commercial for GSK.

Frances Lasok

Frances Lasok

Head of Talent and Skills Policy at the Coalition for a Digital Economy at Coadec

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Frances is Head of Talent and Skills Policy at the Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec), the policy voice of the UK tech startups, which works to ensure startups have access to skilled talent, access to investment to grow and scale, and a supportive regulatory environment. Prior to that, she worked in Westminster as a policy aide, including on communication between the Department for International Trade and Members of Parliament.


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Managing Partner | CEO Round2

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Christian is a Founder and the CEO of Round2 a leading European software lending fund and the pioneer of revenue-based financing in Europe.

Before founding Round2, Christian was working almost 15 years in European investment banking and Private Equity out of Vienna and Munich. He was responsible for more than 30 cross-border equity transactions with transaction sizes up to EUR 600m in various sectors and has built a leading Vienna-based investment boutique with a focus on CEE.

Christian developed his passion for entrepreneur-led young technology companies when working on his Ph.D. thesis at the Stockholm School of Economics and at Stanford University. In his research he worked with close to 100 Founders of high-technology spin-offs from Swedish Corporations. His research won the Best Paper Award at the Academy of Management for the worldwide best research paper of a Ph.D. student in his field.

Beside for entrepreneurship Christian has a passion for education. During the last 20 years he has been educating hundreds of students on topics in finance, strategy and entrepreneurship at the Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm University and the Vienna University of Economics and Business at the Bachelor, Master and Executive level. This passion also led to the establishment of the Round2 Lab.

An Austrian national, Christian lives in Vienna. He holds a Ph.D. from the Stockholm School of Economics and a Master in Business and Finance (with distinction) from Innsbruck University.




Pawel Widawski

President FinTech Poland

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Pawel Widawski is President of the FinTech Poland. Previously he was vice president of Cashless Poland Foundation, director of the Payment Systems, Electronic Banking and Security Unity at the Polish Bank Association, Board Member of the European Payments Council, member of the Payment Systems Committee of the European Banking Federation, member of Payment System Market Expert Group at the European Commission and independent member of supervisory boards of leading payment institutions in Poland (First Data Polska SA, PayU SA). He was a co-director of the Founder Institute in Warsaw and co-founder of, He graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw and the Leadership Academy of Poland. Paweł is also an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw and head of Financial `Regulation and Technology Center. He graduated from the Leadership Academy for Poland.

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Andy Samu

Editor (Investment Banking and DeFi) at DisruptionBanking

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Working with Fintech companies since 2016 and Banking corporations across Europe since 2001, Andrew has a background in Human Resources and Journalism and is the Founder of DisruptionBanking magazine based out of Europe’s most prestigious Fintech StartUp Hub – Level39 in London. Additionally, he is also an Advisor to the Institute of Directors Finance & FinTech Group and the Hungarian-British Business Association.

Machine Learning, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing, Decentralized Finance and Blockchain, these are all technologies of the future that are with us today. Bringing more awareness to Europe about the challenges and opportunities presented by these technologies is one of Andrew’s personal goals. Creating, not Copying, that is the best way forward in the Digital Age.
Digital StartUp Ltd is the publisher of DisruptionBanking magazine ISSN 2753-779X


Lukasz Rzeczkowski

Lukasz Rzeczkowski

Founder of Trustedoctor

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Lukasz is a founder of Trustedoctor, a global digital health start-up turned insurtech which is now part of Further Group. Further provides digitally enabled critical illness insurance solutions for 3.5mm in 35 countries. In July 2022, Further Group received a strategic investment from AnaCap Financial Partners, a leading private equity player, where Lukasz has completed a partial exit. Before founding Trustedoctor, Lukasz worked in structured credit trading for leading capital markets players in Europe. Outside of working hours, Lukasz is a board member of the Polish City Club and a governor of the Royal School, patroned by the Earl of Wessex; the same school that gave him a full scholarship for Sixth Form 22 years ago.

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Sanghamitra Karra

Managing Director, EMEA Head of Multicultural Client Strategy

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Sanghamitra Karra is currently the EMEA Head of Multicultural Client.
Strategy leading the efforts on establishing the Multicultural Innovation Lab
in EMEA and the efforts on Sustainability Strategy in the region.
• She is a member of the Race to Action Group
• Sanghamitra joined Morgan Stanley in 2007, holding a variety of roles in
Stress Testing and Scenario Analysis including for Climate Risk, Enterprise
Risk Management coverage for Investment Management and Market Risk
Methodology in Mumbai and London prior to the current role.
• Sanghamitra has a Masters degree in statistics graduating from Indian
Statistical Institute and enjoys reading and travelling. She is currently
pursing a Masters in Climate Change and Development from SOAS,
The University of London.

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Houssein El Sayed

Head of International at Tech Nation

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Experienced professional and strategy consultant with a background in computer engineering, Houssein is a passionate tech advocate with deep experience in delivering cross-border acceleration and matchmaking programmes, international expansion, and Go-to-Market strategies. He is currently leading on delivering Tech Nation's International Growth Programmes, supporting UK companies expand to Asia Pacific and the US, and continuously involved in building strategic partnerships among tech scale-ups, investors, accelerators, policy makers, and corporate innovation hubs across the UK, US, Europe, and the MENA region.


Bartlomiej Bartosiewicz

Bartłomiej Bartosiewicz

Business Development Director
International Markets Asseco Poland

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Bartlomiej Bartosiewicz graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology in 1991. In 1992 he started and continues his
professional career in the Asseco Group. He has experience in sales and implementation of core banking
systems, IT Treasury solution, online and mobile banking systems for clients such as: Deutsche Bank, Eurobank
(Societe Generale), Interpolis (Rabobank group). Since 2014, he has been responsible for the business
development of Asseco Digital Banking solutions in such countries as: Austria, Georgia, Nigeria, USA, Vietnam
and Great Britain.


Micheal Chaffe



CEO at Wolves Summit

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Michael Chaffe is the CEO of Wolves Summit. He spent a decade working up to 250m under the Ocean as a Saturation Diver in the Oil & Gas industry, before entering the European VC industry in 2017.


Initially assisting UK-based startups in closing their funding rounds, he went on to acquire Central & Eastern Europe’s flagship innovation conference, Wolves Summit, in 2019. Together with a rapidly expanding team, he is leveraging the summit to build valuable bridges between the CEE innovation ecosystem and global partners & investors.

Outside of the professional realm, Mike is an avid Crossfitter, enjoys hiking in summer and skiing in winter throughout Central & Eastern Europe with his young children.



Zosia Wanat

Zosia Wanat

Sifted senior reporter covering start-ups in central and eastern Europe

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Zosia Wanat is a Sifted senior reporter covering startups in central and eastern Europe. Previously she worked for POLITICO and MLex in Brussels as a policy reporter and for the Financial Times as a reporter in London, Paris and Warsaw.

Zosia graduated from the College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in the Humanities at the University of Warsaw, having spent a semester at Sciences Po, Paris, and from the College of Europe in Natolin, Warsaw. She is a fellow of the Lénaïc Fund for Quality Journalism and an alumna of the European Youth Parliament and Aspen Young Leaders Program. She speaks English, Polish and French.

Tech Forum Roundtable Workshops


Come and join us at the Tech Forum roundtable workshops and get a deeper look at the tech industry. We have several debate points to suit you. Whatever topic you are interested in starts from 14:00-15:00 after lunch and the networking session

1st workshop - Challenges in cooperation with Poland. How does hybrid work in software houses in Poland affect the decision to choose a vendor?

2nd workshop - Cross-Border Remote Working





The event will take place in the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in the City of Westminster, London, close to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Central Hall Westminster and Parliament Square.

Address: Queen Elizabeth II Centre, 2nd floor, Gielgud,

Room Broad Sanctuary, London,  SW1P 3EE. 

Getting to the venue

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Conference Co-Partners

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