Since 2003 the Lesław A. Paga Foundation enables young leaders to excel their potentials by actively contributing to the shape of the region’s future. The foundation aims at creating a network of highly ambitious students and young professionals who not only seek to advance in their professional lives, but also want to make an impact in their immediate environment, as well as society at large.
Our educational projects cover the fields of:
- Capital markets (Capital Market Leaders Academy, CEE Capital Market Leaders Forum),
- Energetics (Academy of Energy; Forum Nowa Energia),
- Healthcare (Healthcare Leaders),
- Technology and innovations (Young Innovators, Innovation Day)
- Media (Academy of Analysis and Media)
The Alumni of the Foundation are given a unique chance to learn from the best experts and gain practical experience in more than 70 partner companies. Currently, there are about 500 Alumni who support each-other not only professionally, but also on the private ground. The Foundation organizes specially for them closed evening meetings with the greatest experts from Poland and the region.
It is also our mission to promote the highest ethical standards and culture among entrepreneurs. This is why every year we grant the Lesław A. Paga award to businessmen, activists and institutions. This honorary distinction constitutes a commemoration of our Patron’s work. In previous years, the winners were: Krzysztof Lis, Leszek Czarnecki, Leszek Balcerowicz, Igor Chalupec, Joseph Wancer, Janusz Lewandowski, prof. Grzegorz Domanski, Zygmunt Solorz-Zak, prof. Marek Belka, Jacek Siwicki and Hebert Wirth.
Our vision of promoting the highest ethical standards is not limited to professionals and students. We give secondary schools students the opportunity to participate in the Stock Market Game (SIGG) and those who finish their secondary education can apply for the Indeks Start2Star Scholarship awarded during the whole period of studies.
Apart from our regular projects, we organize conferences, workshops and lectures whose speakers are the best specialists of the Polish and European markets.
CEE Capital Market Leaders Forum
In 2015 the Leslaw A. Paga Foundation organized with the Warsaw Stock Exchange as the strategic partner the first edition of international CEE Capital Market Leaders Forum.We are proud of organizing the first event for bringing together and growing new generations of capital market leaders.
The main idea of the event is to establish a communication platform for regional peers, which enables young leadersto experience and take part in professional workshops that combine theoretical knowledge with capital market practice. The Forum intends to create a framework to create lifetime networks aimed at developing future international collaboration in the very center of Europe.
V4 Future Report
In honour of the 25th anniversary of the visegrad group the Paga Foundation aims to create a report, which will depict young leaders‘ perspective of common challenges and suggest recommendations for a successful future of the countries of visegrad group as future growth engine of europe.
The project aimsto facilitate cooperation between the countries of the Visegrad Group and suggest solutions to problems, which are shared between the respective countriesof the Group. Therefore, it will contribute to the public debate on economic issues of the V4 region and will introduce fresh, professional perspective of young leaders from each country.
One of missions of the Lesław A. Paga Foundation is to support young, gifted people who want to have a real impact on reality.
That's why we wanted to create a report which will depict the perspective of young leaders from V4 in respect of common challenges of the member states and suggest recommendations for a successful future of the Visegrad Group as growth engine of Europe.
The main output of the project constitutes a publication of the Future of the Visegrad Group Report: devoted to the current situation and common challenges in the V4 countries in order to contribute to the public debate on the Group’s future.
In honour of the 25th anniversary of the Visegrad group, the Paga Foundation aims to create a report, which will depict the perspective of young leaders from V4 in respect of common challenges of the member states and suggest recommendations for a successful future of the Visegrad Group as growth engine of Europe.
The project is fully devoted to problems to be tackled together by the countries of the Visegrad Group.The report shall be presented on conferences. Therefore, it will contribute to the public debate on economic issues of the V4 region and will introduce fresh, professional perspective of young leaders from each country. Therefore the report is to be seen as the region’s Young Leaders’ perspective.
Lesław A. Paga (24.09.1954 – 02.07.2003)
Lesław A. Paga was one of the forefathers of the capital market in Poland. As an expert in macroeconomics, ownership transformation and capital market sector, he co-created the Polish Securities Trading Act, the Act on Bonds and other securities trading acts of law. He specialized in managing enterprises, strategy and restructuring. He conducted projects related to an enterprise strategic assessment, managing by values, investors’ relations and investigations concerning financial crimes.
Lesław A. Paga was respected by entrepreneurs and all political wings. After 1989 he was advisor to various prime ministers. In the face of corruption scandals in Poland and other countries, he fought for corporate governance, transparency, invitations to tender and any business activity. He was a tough negotiator devoted to his mission. Notwithstanding difficulties, he always examined problems holistically.
Lesław A. Paga was a versatile person - having graduated from science studies, he also took large an interest in humanistic field. He was fascinated with classical music, contemporary literature and theatre. He enjoyed directing. Lesław A. Paga was a creative man whose enthusiasm and positive attitude towards life influenced other people.