What an Oxford-Style debate is?

An Oxford debate revolves around the thesis that is defended by the Proposition and the goal of this site is to convince the audience that the thesis is valid. On the other side, the task of the Opposition is to disprove and overthrow the Proposition. Interesting fact is, the participants of the debate don’t know which site they will stand for – they will find out just before the beginning of the event. A person who is responsible for conducting the discussion and monitoring the rules is the Marshal. Debate Secretary supports the Marshal and makes sure that timings and order of speeches and appropriate. All of the participants should share values of respect and tolerance. It is unacceptable to offend the Speakers of the opposite party. Culmination point of the debate is the moment of voting. The team which will convince the audience and the Board of Judges and also use better arguments, wins.
Note: The debate will take place in Polish

We would like to proudly announce that our debate will  be led by Mariola Czechowska – Frączak who will hold role of the Marshal.

In our contest of arguments, two teams of Speakers will compete under leadership of:

  • Piotr Czarnecki – President of RAIFFEISEN POLBANK POLSKA
  • Aleksandra Gren – General Director of FISERV POLSKA

Tittle of debate: 'TRUST IN BUSINESS IS PROFITABLE'

Board of Judges

A group of experts who assesses the participants’ performances and chooses the winning team of the debate.

Marshal

Leads the whole debate and turns things over to the Teams, the Board of Judges and the Audience and also sets the tone and speed of debate. Marshal informs all participants about the result of the duel and presents the summary of the meeting.

Debate Secretary

Ensures correct course of the debate. Debate Secretary is responsible for minding the time of speech of participants and writing a protocol of the debate. Once it’s ready it’s passed to the Marshal.

Team Leaders & Team Members

They are responsible for creating a strategy in their teams and taking a decision which team member will speak in the battle.

Team members are divided into two groups – Proposition and Opposition. Both sides have to defend their position and convince the audience to their arguments.

Board of Judges

  • Dr hab. Krzysztof Kalicki
    Dr hab. Krzysztof Kalicki
  • Piotr Witczyński
    Piotr Witczyński
  • Marynika Woroszylska-Sapieha
    Marynika Woroszylska-Sapieha

Marshal

  • Mariola Czechowska – Frączak
    Mariola Czechowska – Frączak
    Marshal

Debate Secretary

  • Małgorzata Bednarska-Sordyl
    Małgorzata Bednarska-Sordyl
    Debate Secretary

Executive Producer

  • Iwona Mańkowska
    Iwona Mańkowska

Team I

  • Aleksandra Gren
    Aleksandra Gren
    Team Leader
  • Agnieszka Sadowska
    Agnieszka Sadowska
  • Paweł Patkowski
    Paweł Patkowski
  • Cezary Smorszczewski
    Cezary Smorszczewski

Team II

  • Piotr Czarnecki
    Piotr Czarnecki
    Team Leader
  • Agnieszka Krogulec
    Agnieszka Krogulec
  • Dominika Bettman
    Dominika Bettman
  • Piotr Kabaj
    Piotr Kabaj
Dr hab. Krzysztof Kalicki
Piotr Witczyński

Associated with Oracle Corporation for 14 years. Initially, he held the position of Consultant Manager at Oracle Polska and then for 3 years he was the CEO of Oracle Poland. Currently Consulting Vice President for Central and Eastern Europe (more than 20 countries, more than 400 employees). He specializes in full P&L management (sales and delivery of consulting services).

He also worked at INCENTI S.A. as Chief Operating Officer in IT outsourcing, where he was responsible for implementing technology and customer solutions in Data Center and Hogart, where he was promoted to Project Manager from the role of consultant. After several years, he became the Director of JD Edwards ERP and Business Consulting. He also worked at the Warsaw University of Technology, where he was an IT Assistant at FTiMS.

He specializes in mentoring for leadership in the areas of leadership, change management, transformation and human management. In his approach he appreciates the orientation of the target, the high dose of energy and the structure. Openness and openness. He loves difficult challenges, which often lead to a much shorter and more interesting way to the goal.

He graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Mechanics at the University of Warsaw. Participant such as: Project Management (PMI), Sales Management (Cap Gemini, Oracle, Managing Consulting Business (Oracle), Mentoring Academy.

Marynika Woroszylska-Sapieha
Mariola Czechowska – Frączak
Marshal

Mariola is the Managing Partner at Mind Partners. She specializes in creating and implementing organizational changes through design thinking, philosophy, creative psychology, coaching and mentoring.

She works with the TOP Managers of Castorama, Irena Eris, Johnson&Johnson, Grupa Pracuj, GSK, HP, Leroy Merlin, Microsoft, Maersk, Oracle, Orange, Polkomtel, Saint Gobain, Raiffeisen Polbank, Sanofi-Aventis, Siemens, …

She represents in Poland Profesor David Clutterbuck – an eminent, worldwide  HR strategist. Now she will continue her development at the Oxford University and Haute Ecole de Commerce:  International Program for Executives providing a theoretically and practically grounded approach to framing change in organisations, dealing with the challenges it poses for individuals, groups and organisations.

She occupied TOP Managerial positions at Berthelsman Music Group, Young&Rubicam.

Małgorzata Bednarska-Sordyl
Debate Secretary

Keller Polska Management Board, Keller Financial Management Director for North-Eastern Europe, Business Unit Manager for the Region of North-Eastern Europe.

She has been contributing to Keller company success in Poland for 15 years. Started working for the company in 2002 as Finance & Account Department Manager, straight after completing the trial period became the proxy, and then after 11 years took the position of the board member. From 2011 she is in charge of North East Europe Region including Scandinavia, Russia and Ukraine., recently also Kazakhstan.

Before she started in Keller, she was successfully participating in establishing the companies Saint – Gobain (1994 to 1997) and AssiDoman (1997 – 1999), being one of the first employees of these companies in Poland.

Happy mother of two sons (Aleksander and Piotr). Małgorzata graduated from Economic University in Katowice. Next she obtained ACCA diploma, at the same time, completing post graduate studies at Warsaw School of Economics. Recently a certificated Mentor David Clutterbuck & Mind Partners.

Iwona Mańkowska
Aleksandra Gren
Team Leader

Managing Director for Fiserv Poland, part of the leading global financial technology company Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV).

She has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial technology sector in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Aleksandra started her career at the Royal Bank of Canada in Vancouver, in Canada 1995. She then worked internationally as a business analyst and a client partner for US technology companies, prior to her current role. Aleksandra holds a B.A. in International Affairs from University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and an MSc degree from London School of Economics in London, UK.

She is an advocate of women’s leadership, women in tech and corporate social responsibility initiatives. She is a Trustee of the Board of Vital Voices Europe in London, UK, part of Washington DC – based Vital Voices Global Partnership NGO investing in women leadership around the world. In 2015, Aleks was selected to participate in the Fortune Magazine Global Mentoring Program organized jointly with the US State Department. In September 2015, Aleks was nominated as the Ambassador of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the “Parity in Business” Initiative in Poland. In September 2016, Aleks was shortlisted in the Top 10 for the “Woman in Technology” Award by the Banking Technology Awards in London. In March 2017, named in the Top 20 FinTech Women Experts in Poland. Advisor to business leaders, mentor to technology start- ups, wife and a mother of 4 children.

Agnieszka Sadowska

MEMBER OF THE MANAGEMENT BOARD OF AGORA S.A.

Since March, 2017 a Board Member of Agora SA. She supervises the Internet and the Print segments, Technology division, publication of Agora’s magazines, BigData department and TV business.

Agnieszka Sadowska has worked in Agora since 1999. She began her career as a financial analyst. She also worked in the New Projects division (responsible for acquisitions and investments in the Agora Group), and was also the head of Controlling & Business Development division.

In 2010 – 2013 Ms. Sadowska was the Managing Director of Publio.pl, an online platform with e-books and audiobooks. She was responsible for the concept of the platform and oversaw the creation and operation of the service which in just a year after the start was at the forefront of online bookstores with electronic publications in Poland.

Since November, 2013, Ms. Sadowska has been successfully developing television activity in the Agora Group, including development of Stopklatka TV, a TV channel run in cooperation with Kino Polska TV SA. She is a member of the Management Board of Stopklatka SA and the co-creator of the company’s success. The channel proved profitable after less than 3 year from its launch.

Agnieszka Sadowska was responsible for the Company’s successful conduct through the licensing process and obtaining a license to broadcast terrestrial television channel METRO within MUX-8. She participated also in the process of acquisition of strategic investor for the development of METRO and later in the process of sale of shares in the METRO broadcasting company.

Agnieszka Sadowska graduated from the Faculty of Finance and Banking at the University of Economics in Wrocław. In 1999, she earned an MBA at the Warsaw University of Technology Business School. She completed numerous training courses in management and finance, including ACCA, obtaining the status of ACCA affiliate.

Paweł Patkowski

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF BRAND & MARKETING COMMUNICATION AT ORANGE POLSKA

Since 2011, responsible for strategy and communication of brands (Orange, Nju.mobile), media planning and purchase, digital activation and social media.

Previously, Deputy Director of Marketing Communication Department at Polkomtel. In 2001-2007 Head of Marketing at Adidas Poland. Previously Director of Marketing at Brok Brewery SA. As Account Director at the advertising agency Lintas Warszawa he worked for: Unilever, Polkomtel, TP, Castrol, Casio, ING Bank Śląski.

Juror of the most important marketing competitions. Winner of many awards e.i. Effie Grand Prix and Long Term Marketing Excite Effie, Mixx Awards, Advertiser of the Year KTR, Superbrands, Premium Brands, Golden Arrow, Innovation Awards, Impactor. Awarded to CMO of the Year 2014 by Media & Marketing Polska.
PhD of Economics, graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics and the Institut Français de Gestion (MBA). Lecturer in postgraduate studies at the Chair of Management at the SGH. The author of the book “Brand Competitive Potential”.

Cezary Smorszczewski

CEO AT PRIVATE EQUITY MANAGERS SA

CEO and Chairman of the Board, managing partner and shareholders of Private Equity Managers SA, a fund management company specializing in investments in companies within the digital economy, primarily new technologies and the internet within the CEE/CIS/DACH regions.

Nearly 20yrs of banking experience since 1991. In parallel with the career from 1992-1997 continued to work as a research assistant at the Institute of International Private and Commercial Law at the University of Warsaw. In 2004-2007, he was responsible for the international and M&A activities of PKN Orlen SA.Since 2007, he was involved as a cofounder of a start-up bank Alior Bank, where he was responsible for operations, IT, and for corporate banking. The seed money was the largest ever raised for a start-up bank in history both in America and in Europe (per Google).

After the IPO of the Bank, in 2013, he joined private equity industry.  2014-2015 was President of MCI Management. He gained experience in banking (Bank Handlowy Warszawie S.A., Pekao S.A., Alior Bank S.A.), in PKN Orlen S.A.  

He graduated from Warsaw University of Technology and Law Faculty at Warsaw University. He received MBA at Chicago Booth in the US and completed his postgraduate studies in Economy and  Int’L commercial Law  at the European University in Turin, the MA degree in Law from the Department of Law and Administration at the Warsaw University and the MSc degree from the Faculty of Water Management Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology. He received grants from the Swiss government at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in Lausanne. He’s completed many trainings and courses in the scope of investments and banking and has a 25-year-long professional career of sitting in Management and Supervisory Boards of the biggest Polish companies.

Piotr Czarnecki
Team Leader

Piotr Czarnecki graduated from Warsaw University of Technology with a degree in Organization and Management. In 1994, he completed his postgraduate studies at Harvard University with the Investment Appraisal and Management degree, and in 2006, the Columbia Senior Executive Program at Columbia University.

In the years 1990-2002 he held managerial positions in the Polish Development Bank, Kredyt Bank, Rabobank, Telekomunikacja Polska and performed role of the President of the Management Board of Getin SP S.A., which he successfully introduced to the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Since 2003 he manages Raiffeisen Bank Polska as a President and CEO, and from the beginning of 2013. combined Raiffeisen Polbank. Performs a Chairman function of the Board of the Association of Polish Banks.

He is a musician (flutist) and chorister with over 45 years of experience. He sang in many Warsaw choirs and chamber ensembles, recently in the male vocal ensemble called Des Singers.

Agnieszka Krogulec

Experienced project management expert, certified project manager (PMP®, PRINCE2®), mentor, coach and business trainer. For many years involved in the project management environment and the promotion of good practices. An active member of the PMI Poland Chapter, a Board Member, since June 2016 the President of the PMI Poland Chapter.  Assessor of the Project of the Year Award (PMI) and Polish Project Excellence Award (IPMA), juror at Enactus World Cup in Beijing and in Johannesburg. Member of Vital Voices Poland Leadership & Mentoring Network.

Several years of professional experience with cross-industries (financial institutions, gas and oil, telecom, real estate). Within Deloitte, implemented a number of projects focused on business process optimization, M&As, organizational and human-capital development for organizations in Europe. In 2010-2015, Manager of Projects Unit/PMO Lead at Strategy and Planning Department in KIR SA. Currently she manages implementation projects regarding the innovative payment solutions for banks and acquirers.

Passionate about social leadership, is involved in projects aiming to bring in quality change in order to make the world a better one, in line with her motto: Be the change you want to see in the world (Szlachetna Paczka, Project Management Kids Camp, Enactus).

Keen on mountaineering, traveling, exploring new worlds and cultures, and Latin American dances.

Dominika Bettman
CFO OF SIEMENS POLSKA, THE PRESIDENT OF THE RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS FORUM, MEMBER OF THE SUPERVISORY BOARD OF EUROBANK
Has been managing the finances of Siemens for 20 years. Supervises large-scale infrastructural projects in the power industry and rail transport. Economist, expert in finance. A graduate from the Faculty of Foreign Trade of the Warsaw School of Economics and from the IESE Advanced Management Program in Barcelona.Promotes ethics and corporate social responsibility as well as diversity, including the growth of the share of young people in operation of enterprises and in public life, as well as the activity of women in the economy. Interests: corporate and finance management, responsible leadership, global trends, new technologies. Representative of Siemens in the Polish Confederation Lewiatan. Member of the Advisory Council of the Warsaw University of Technology. Member of the Siemens Scientific Awards Jury. Deputy President of the Congress of Women Association. She delivers lectures on sustainable growth and on business ethics. In 2014, awarded in the “Success Written in Lipstick” competition in the Corporation category.
Piotr Kabaj

PRESIDENT, WARNER MUSIC EASTERN EUROPE AND MANAGING DIRECTOR AND PRESIDENT WARNER MUSIC POLAND

Kabaj has had a long and highly regarded career in both recorded music and music publishing, starting in 1990, when he co-founded the label Pomaton, which soon became Poland’s foremost source for musical talent. He was EMI Music Central Europe Chairman, after he worked as Parlophone Music Central Europe President, since 2014 he is working in Warner Music Group.  Piotr is a co-founder in 1991 and Vice Chairman of the Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry in Poland (ZPAV). DDD (Big Distribution House) Chairman – the biggest phonogram distributor in Poland. He is graduate of both Warsaw University and Stanford University.