Keynote speakers


Thursday, 21 June 2012, 9.30-10.00

Keynote speaker: Maciej Maniecki, founder and owner of IT companies Solet and WebChili; president of the Enterprise Council for the Lublin Region (Rada Przedsiębiorczości Lubelszczyzny), Poland

Topic: Education directed on requirements of business


Maciej Maniecki graduated from Technical University of Warsaw in 1987. In 1990 he and his group of friends, set up SAFO LLC. Initially, the company employed 9 staff members who developed software. In 2005 the company employed approximately 150 staff members becoming one of the largest providers of ERP systems on the domestic market.  In 2007 Maciej Maniecki decided to merge with three other Polish IT companies. This is how Asseco Business Solutions came into being in which he held the position of Vice President of the Management Board. In 2007 Asseco Business Solutions went public and is now listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The company allocated substantial funds acquired on selling and became one of the biggest Polish IT companies employing in 2009 over 800 employees. In 2009 he came to the conclusion that his mission was completed and upon terminating his membership in the Company's Management Board he became President of its Supervisory Board. At present he is the  founder and owner of two IT companies: Solet specialises in BI systems and WebChili in Internet solutions. In addition to working in the capacity of investor and advisor in some of the companies which he has established he is also President of  Rada Przedsiębiorczości Lubelszczyzny (Enterprise Council for the Lublin Region). Established in 2007 as an association of local entrepreneurs, he was one of its founding fathers. The primary aim of the Enterprise Council for the Lublin Region is ongoing support of the regional economic development. Since 2009 Maciej Maniecki is a member of the Convention at the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University. In January 2011 he became a member of the Convention at Technical University of Lublin. He is also an advisor to President of Lublin Krzysztof Żuk since December 2010.



Friday, 22 June 2012, 11.00-11.30

Keynote speaker: dr. Milan Vodopivec, World Bank, USA; International School for Social and Business Studies, Slovenia and Faculty of Management Koper, University of Primorska, Slovenia

Topic: How to foster excellence in Slovenian higher education?


Dr. Milan Vodopivec finished his PhD in the field of economics at the University of Maryland, USA. His research interests include mainly the labor market, social benefits and education, resulting in more than 100 scientific and professional articles in reputable foreign scientific journals. In 1989 he joined the World Bank in Washington, where he participated in several studies of labor markets in countries in transition, and advised the governments of Armenia, Estonia, Yugoslavia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Slovenia and Turkey. In the years 1995-1996 he was State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia. In 1998 he re-employed in the World Bank. In the last year, he is active as professor and researcher at the International School for Social and Business Studies, Slovenia and Faculty of Management Koper, University of Primorska, Slovenia.

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