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FT/PZU Executive Forum

CEEplus Index: Opportunities and Benefits for the CEE and Investors

Davos |
Speakers include:
Andrzej Duda

Andrzej Duda

President of Poland

Tadeusz  Kościński

Tadeusz Kościński

Minister of Finance, Poland

Sheila Patel

Sheila Patel

Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM)

Overview

The countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are at a crossroads. Having enjoyed growth that is well above levels being experienced in Western Europe, there is a renewed focus on collaboration to drive further long-term economic development. 

The region is active in a number of global and continental institutions, including the EU, NATO and the World Trade Organisation, and there is a growing impetus to build on these relations to create other ties between major organisations in the region.

Learning from the success of the BRIC economies that benefited from both rapid growth and the sheer size of their markets, CEE countries are finding ways of acting together as a regional bloc to reach critical mass and register on the radars of large global investors.

One of the latest initiatives to raise the region’s profile is the recently launched CEEplus Index, a joint exchange index for companies from the region, which aims to strengthen its voice and open its markets to the rest of Europe and the entire world. Published by the Warsaw Stock Exchange, the index is based on the value of the portfolio of the largest and most liquid companies listed on stock exchanges from Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.

Why is the CEE attractive to investors? How can leaders from the region work together to support its democratic and economic development? What actions are needed to promote CEE on the global investment stage? What are the aspirations of the Three Seas Initiative? How does the CEEplus Index fit into the initiative? What is the rationale behind the creation of a joint index of CEE Exchanges and how will this benefit investors? What are the advantages that index inclusion brings to companies from the CEE region?

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fallback Add to my Calendar 01/23/2020 12:30:0001/23/2020 14:00:00falseFT/PZU Executive Forum The countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are at a crossroads. Having enjoyed growth that is well above levels being experienced in Western Europe, there is a renewed focus on collaboration to drive further long-term economic development. The region is active in a number of global and continental institutions, including the EU, NATO and the World Trade Organisation, and there is a growing impetus to build on these relations to create other ties between major organisations in the region.Learning from the success of the BRIC economies that benefited from both rapid growth and the sheer size of their markets, CEE countries are finding ways of acting together as a regional bloc to reach critical mass and register on the radars of large global investors.One of the latest initiatives to raise the region’s profile is the recently launched CEEplus Index, a joint exchange index for companies from the region, which aims to strengthen its voice and open its markets to the rest of Europe and the entire world. Published by the Warsaw Stock Exchange, the index is based on the value of the portfolio of the largest and most liquid companies listed on stock exchanges from Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.Why is the CEE attractive to investors? How can leaders from the region work together to support its democratic and economic development? What actions are needed to promote CEE on the global investment stage? What are the aspirations of the Three Seas Initiative? How does the CEEplus Index fit into the initiative? What is the rationale behind the creation of a joint index of CEE Exchanges and how will this benefit investors? What are the advantages that index inclusion brings to companies from the CEE region?FT/PZU-Executive-Forum-31454106a0934979272f6ff184721f23MM/DD/YYYY

Agenda - 23rd Jan

  • 12:30pm
    Registration
  • 1:00pm
    Opening Remarks
  • 1:03pm
    Keynote

    Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland

  • 1:10pm
    Panel Discussion

    Marek Dietl, CEO, Warsaw Stock Exchange

    Uroš Ivan, Member of Management Board, CFO, Triglav Group

    Sheila Patel, Chairman, Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM)

    Paweł Surówka, CEO, PZU

    Pia Tischhauser, Managing Director & Senior Partner; Global Leader, Insurance Practice, Boston Consulting Group

    Moderator: Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:55pm
    Closing remarks

    Tadeusz Kościński, Minister of Finance, Poland

Keynote speaker (1)

Andrzej Duda

Andrzej Duda

President of Poland

Andrzej Sebastian Duda serves as the sixth President of Poland. He has held office since 6 August 2015.

Previously, from 2006 to 2007, Duda was a Deputy Minister of Justice, and from 2008 to 2010, he served as an Undersecretary of State in the Chancellery of President Lech Kaczyński. He became a member of the Sejm, the lower house of Parliament, after the 2011 parliamentary elections, when he received 79,981 votes for the Kraków area as a candidate of the Law and Justice party. In September 2013, the news weekly magazine “Polityka” commended him for being one of the most active MPs at the time, describing him as being open to opposition arguments and refraining from personal attacks, as part of his role at the Commission for Constitutional Responsibility. He remained a member of the Sejm until he was elected to the European Parliament in 2014.

Duda ran in the May 2015 presidential election as the candidate for the Law and Justice party. In the first round of voting, he received 5,179,092 votes or 34.76% of the total. In the second round, he received 51.55% of the vote, beating the incumbent president Bronisław Komorowski, who received 48.45%. On 26 May 2015, Duda, as president-elect, resigned his party membership.

President Duda holds a doctorate degree in Law. Before entering politics, he was a lecturer in administrative proceeding and later administrative law at the Jagiellonian University.

Speakers (6)

Tadeusz  Kościński

Tadeusz Kościński

Minister of Finance, Poland

Tadeusz Kościński was appointed Minister of Finance in November 2019.

Mr Kościński has more than 30 years’ experience (also international) in the banking and administration sectors, where he held managerial positions.

Before entering politics, he was director of Bank Zachodni WBK, from 1997. Previously, he worked at Polski Bank Rozwoju, Bank Przemysłowo-Handlowy, Bank Śląski, Pomorski Bank Kredytowy, and two banks in London.

From November 2015 to January 2018, Mr Kościński held the position of Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Economic Development. In January 2018, he was appointed Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology. From July to November 2019, he was the Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Finance.

Since January 2019, Mr Kościński has been a representative of the Prime Minister in the Polish Financial Supervision Authority.

He is a graduate of Goldsmith's, University of London, and the Founder of the Kresy Historii Foundation.

Sheila Patel

Sheila Patel

Chairman
Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM)

Sheila Patel is Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM). In this role she leverages her knowledge of portfolio solutions, sustainable finance, emerging growth themes, governance and other key long-term trends to advise clients. Ms. Patel also oversees GSAM’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and impact investment initiatives. Ms. Patel serves on Firmwide Management Committee, European Management Committee, the Sustainable Finance Steering Group and the Goldman Sachs Leadership Development Initiative. She is also a member of the EMEA Inclusion & Diversity Committee. Prior to her current role, Ms. Patel served as Co-Head of Equities Distribution in Asia and was Head of US Derivative Sales and US Synthetics Sales in the Equities Division. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2003 as a managing director and was named partner in 2006. Ms. Patel was head of Trading Strategy at Morgan Stanley for seven years before joining the firm. Ms. Patel is a board member of the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute and a member of 100 Women in Finance. She is a member of Princeton University’s Global Leadership Committee, Women in Leadership Initiative and sits on the Advisory Council for the MS Chadha Center for Global India. Ms. Patel serves as an honorary board member of EcoHealth Alliance and is also a board advisor to GallopNYC.

Marek Dietl

Marek Dietl

CEO
Warsaw Stock Exchange

Marek Dietl is the CEO of GPW (Warsaw Stock Exchange) and the economic adviser to the President of Poland. He has spent almost 20 years in the consulting and venture capital industries, and has served as a non-executive board member of more than 25 organisations. He has also served as a mediator at the arbitration court of the Financial Supervision Commission and adviser to the President of Energy Regulation Office. Dr Dietl frequently undertakes community and academic activities. He is an assistant professor at the SGH-Warsaw School of Economics.

Paweł  Surówka

Paweł Surówka

CEO
PZU

As CEO of PZU SA, Poland’s biggest insurance company with operations in five countries, Paweł Surówka heads Central and Eastern Europe’s biggest financial group. He is also Chairman of Pekao SA, Poland’s second biggest bank. Under Paweł’s leadership, PZU has engaged in an ambitious new digital strategy which aims to transform one of Poland’s oldest and most established companies. Before joining PZU in 2016, he was head of corporate and investment banking in Germany of PKO Bank Polski, Poland’s biggest bank, in which capacity he set up PKO’s Frankfurt branch, the first Polish corporate bank outside of Poland. 

Paweł started his career with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Paris where he was responsible for the biggest private and institutional clients from CEE. Although most of his career has been linked to financial services, he spent two years in the automotive industry, after his former client, the Boryszew Group, one of Poland’s biggest publicly listed industrial groups, asked him to supervise the restructuring of its German automotive division as a Member of the Management Board.

Paweł is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Master in Advanced Studies degree from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Sociales (Paris), a Master’s from the Sorbonne Pantheon Paris I University, and a BA in Philosophy from Hochschule fur Philosophie in Munich. He has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2019, Harvard Business Review ranked him as one of the most effective managers of a publicly listed company in Poland.

Uroš  Ivanc

Uroš Ivanc

Member of Management Board, CFO
Triglav Group

Uroš is the CFO and Member of the Management Board at Triglav Group, the leading insurance- financial group in Slovenia and one of the leading groups in South-East Europe. His responsibilities include finance, accounting, risk and real-estate. He joined Triglav Group 20 years ago. He spent most of his career in finance. He started in equity research department at Triglav Group and continued as a portfolio manager. After 3 years he took over Corporate finance. In 2005, he was promoted to the position of an Executive Director – Finance at Triglav Group, where he stayed till 2014 when he became member of the Management Board. During his career he had also performed the role of the CEO of a real-estate company Slovenijales Inc. in 2008, and had been acting as a portfolio manager for period of five years of a pension fund management company in Serbia.

Since 2005 he has assumed many non-executive board positions in companies from Triglav Group and outside. Among others, he was a supervisory board member of NLB bank in Slovenia. Uroš was a president of CFA Society Slovenia from 2010 until 2018. He is President of the Board of Issuers at the Ljubljana Stock Exchange.

Pia  Tischhauser

Pia Tischhauser

Managing Director & Senior Partner; Global Leader, Insurance Practice
Boston Consulting Group

Pia Tischhauser is a Managing Director & Senior Partner; Global Leader, in the Insurance Practice of Boston Consulting Group. She has been with Boston Consulting Group since 1998, and has been a Senior Partner and Managing Director since 2015, and a Global Leader in the Insurance Practice and member of the Group Executive Committee since 2016. Ms Tischhauser was previously a member of the European management team. Her focus is on growth strategies, large scale digital transformation projects across Europe, USA and Asia, and working with select insurers on their fundamental change to become bionic customer centric companies. She has worked at BCG’s offices in Chicago, London and Zurich, and is a Member of CEO Generation and Top 25 global leaders in consulting.

Ms Tischhauser has an MS in Economics and a BA in Linguistics from University of Berne. She is also an MBA visiting scholar at Kellogg school of Management, Northwestern University, USA.

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FT Chair (1)

Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack

Global Education Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Jack has worked as a journalist for the Financial Times since 1990. He is currently the Global Education Editor, reporting and developing new projects including as editorial lead for free online FT access for schools. He previously ran the curated content team, picking the best news and analysis from the FT and the rest of the web, including FT Health. He was previously Deputy Editor of the Analysis section, Pharmaceuticals Correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief, Paris Correspondent, Financial Correspondent, general reporter and corporate reporter. He is author of the books Inside Putin’s Russia and The French Exception, as well as numerous specialist reports, and has appeared on the BBC and other media outlets.

Presented by (2)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

PZU is the largest insurance group in Poland with more than 200 years of experience, dating back to its founding in 1803. After acquiring two banks, Alior SA and Pekao SA, and expanding its businesses to include asset management, pension funds, health insurance and health services, it is also the biggest financial group in Poland. With nearly $100 billion in assets, 22 million customers and 150,000 directed and undirected employees, it is also the largest financial institution in Central and Eastern Europe.

Since 2010, PZU has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, where it is one of the largest and most liquid stocks. It has also been a member of the STOXX 600 Index since September 24, 2018.

In January 2018, PZU’s Management Board adopted a new strategy, defining itself as a data-driven service company, building all of its financial and health related solutions around client needs and positioning itself as a one-stop-shop for both individual and corporate clients. PZU is one of Poland’s most trusted brands.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

This exclusive event is by invitation only - please contact makicinska@pzu.pl for more information.

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Venue

Polish House
Promenade 58
Davos 7270 Davos Platz

Switzerland

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