Maximising organisational potential and supporting Poland’s economic recovery and sustainable growth


23 September, 2021

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CEST


Maximising organisational potential and supporting Poland’s economic recovery and sustainable growth

Speakers: Jakub Bejnarowicz; Paul Ash, FCMA, CGMA; Barbara Misterska-Dragan; James Hughes; Agnieszka Jankowska; Professor Krzysztof Kozłowski, Ph.D.; Paweł Panczyj

Location: Online

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Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind panel discussion with our prominent guests on the ways to maximise organizational potential in uncertainty and support Poland’s economic recovery and sustainable growth by investing in skilled talent and the right competencies.

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The event date corresponds with the 10th anniversary of the CIMA Poland branch office being opened in 2011 and it will be a unique opportunity for a valuable conversation among representatives of prominent institutions and organizations we closely cooperate with, and a chance to celebrate joint efforts and actions we’ve been undertaking to build the future of finance in Poland and strengthen the Polish economy.

We’ll focus on the themes including:

• strengthening Poland’s critical assets such as skilled talent pool,

• supporting business and driving the competitiveness of the Polish economy,

• competencies of the future,

• bridging the skills gap in finance and business.


Honorary guest: Paul Ash, FCMA, CGMA, President, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Barbara Misterska-Dragan, President of the National Council of Statutory Auditors, Polish Chamber of Statutory Auditors (PIBR)

James Hughes, Minister-Counsellor for Economic Affairs at the British Embassy, Warsaw

Agnieszka Jankowska, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Member of the Management Board at General Electric Poland, Board Member of AmCham Poland

Paweł Panczyj, Managing Director, Strategy & Partnerships, Association of Business Service Leaders

Professor Krzysztof Kozłowski, Ph.D., Vice Rector and a lecturer, SGH Warsaw School of Economics

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Programme outline

3.03 pm – Welcome address: Jakub Bejnarowicz, Regional Director, Europe, AICPA & CIMA

3.08 pm – Video message from Barry C Melancon, CPA, CGMA, CEO, AICPA & CIMA

3.10 pm – Panel discussion hosted by Jakub Bejnarowicz

3.50 pm – Q&A session

4.00 pm – Closing remarks: Jakub Bejnarowicz

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  • 23 September, 2021 / 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CEST

    Location: online

    Speakers: Jakub Bejnarowicz, Paul Ash, FCMA, CGMA, Barbara Misterska-Dragan, James Hughes, Agnieszka Jankowska, Professor Krzysztof Kozłowski, Ph.D., Paweł Panczyj

    Price: £0.00 (CIMA members only)


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  • Jakub Bejnarowicz

    Jakub Bejnarowicz

    Regional Director, Europe, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA & CIMA)

    He is responsible for creating and executing CIMA’s development strategy and carrying out educational activities in the field of management accounting in the region.

    He supports recruitment and training strategies of employers hiring management accounting professionals and puts into effect plans for continuous professional development of CGMA designation holders (Chartered Global Management Accountants), finance professionals and future business leaders.

    He advocates for Global Management Accounting Principles (GMAP) – a project promoting benefits of implementing the GMAP principles by employers.

  • Paul Ash, FCMA, CGMA

    Paul Ash

    President of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

    Paul has a degree in economics and began his career in the industrial manufacturing sector. He then moved into the financial services sector and joined the London Stock Exchange (LSE). He worked his way up to become Chief Accountant at the LSE and led changes to the Exchange’s reporting systems during the deregulation of the financial securities markets in 1986 (the “Big Bang”). In 1989, Paul joined the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) as CFO Europe, Africa, and Middle East.

    Following a 12-year career in the City, Paul returned to industry and commerce undertaking corporate finance roles with British Gas plc and Greenergy International Limited, before joining Institute for International Research (IIR) as Group Finance Director in 1996. During his time at IIR, Paul financed and integrated more than 30 international corporate acquisitions in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia.

  • Barbara Misterska-Dragan

    Barbara Misterska-Dragan

    President of the National Council of Statutory Auditors, Polish Chamber of Statutory Auditors (PIBR) Statutory Auditor, Member of PIBR

    Barbara has a degree in economics and also completed postgraduate studies of the Company Capital Valuation Methods, as well as number of courses on the application of IFRS/IAS confirmed by the Accountants Association in Poland and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

    She is a statutory auditor and author/co-author of a number of professional and popular publications in a field of accountancy, audit and leasing. She was also a lecturer at postgraduate studies at the Warsaw School of Economics and the University of Warsaw.

    In 2001-2003 she held the post of Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of the Treasury, where she was responsible i.e. for the supervision of the banking sector, the capital and financial market. Barbara Misterska-Dragan was a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Public Debt Management Committee, the Committee of the Export Insurance Policy, Accounting Standards Committee and The Joint Commission of Central and Local Government.

    Has extensive knowledge of International Accounting Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards, auditing the financial statements and restructuring businesses.

    In 1991 she founded Misters Audytor Sp. z o.o. (now Misters Audytor Adviser Sp. z o.o.), in which she is the Chairman of the Management Board. She was also a Partner in Deloitte & Touche and Vice President of the Management Board of Deloitte & Touche Audit Service Sp. z o.o.

  • James Hughes

    James Hughes

    Minister-Counsellor for Economic Affairs at the British Embassy, Warsaw

    He is responsible for leading the Embassy’s work in strengthening the economic and trade relationship between the UK and Poland. James also works with colleagues in British missions across central Europe to enhance our prosperity relationships with our key partners.

    James previously served as Political and Media Counsellor at the British Embassy, Seoul, where he led that mission’s work on political and security affairs, media and public affairs, and supported the UK’s work to agree continuity trade and political agreements with the South Korean government following Brexit.

    In London, James held positions in the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office leading teams on strategic defence and security policy; defence and security partnerships and exports; EU legislation, institutional affairs and reform; and the implementation of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty. James also served as Chair of the capacity-building Working Group of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.

  • Agnieszka Jankowska

    Agnieszka Jankowska

    Government Affairs and Public Policy, Member of the Management Board at General Electric Poland, Board Member of AmCham Poland

    Agnieszka is the head of government relations and public policy, GE Central Europe, as well as a member of the management board for GE Poland Sp. Zo.o. She is responsible for public projects and government initiatives within GE’s portfolio of businesses: aviation, power, digital, healthcare, and finance. She is also a member of the supervisory board of Bank BPH, as well as member of the board of directors in American Chamber of Commerce in Poland. Agnieszka joined GE in 2010 from the Ministry of Regional Development, where she was holding the position of a Director of Managing Department for Competitiveness and Innovation Operational Programs, and before that – spokesperson and advisor to the Minister of Reginal Development. She started her professional career in the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development. Agnieszka holds Phd from economics from Warsaw School of Economics and she is a graduate of the National School of Public Administration.

  • Professor Krzysztof Kozłowski, Ph.D.

    Professor Krzysztof Kozłowski, Ph.D.

    Professor Krzysztof Kozłowski, Ph.D. is a Vice Rector and a lecturer at the Warsaw School of Economics. He is also the Head of the Institute of International Studies. His research currently focuses on the theory of politics in the field of political changes, post-politics, methodology of science and theory of games; political pathologies in the field of political grey area, organized crime and terrorism. Various visits in South Korea and Taiwan helped him deepen his knowledge on Central and Eastern Asia in the field of political changes, political systems and political thought. He has published numerous publications.

  • Paweł Panczyj

    JPaweł Panczyj

    Managing Director, Strategy & Partnerships, Association of Business Service Leaders

    Pawel is an expert in the field of business services sectors with experience from both sides of the investment process.

    In the years 2002 – 2007 Pawel has worked very closely with the Mayor of Wroclaw in the field of supporting investors opening new factories and business service centers.

    Between 2008 and 2012 Pawel worked as the Manager in the Business Advisory Services department of EY, conducting negotiations with investors choosing the location or looking for support in early stages of the projects.

    In 2009, together with the ABSL Founding Members, he supported creation of ABSL and served as Advisor to the Management Board. Since 2012 Pawel has been working full time as the ABSL Managing Director. In the last 5 years he, among others, defined and created the 7 ABSL local chapters, supervised cooperation with ABSL strategic Partners in key fields of sector’s growth, supervised business development activities supporting ABSL projects including Annual and International Conferences and recently enlarged the organization with one more local chapter in Szczecin.