Trainers

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Jelena Mihajlović

Project assistant and Human Resource manager

A Business Psychologist by vocation, Jelena specializes in workplace oversight and human resource management. She focuses her work on employee improvement through workshop facilitation and holding training, on corporate culture grounding through the cultivation of its key components, and insuring partnerships through successful networking. Within these topics, her special interests lie in employee empowerment, open-mindedness and problem sensitivity exercise, active listening and eloquence training, as well as in work efficiency analysis. Academic experience has given Jelena skill in quantitative and qualitative research, while the work experience with numerous organizations, ranging from local charities and other NGOs, to government entities, has provided her with expertise in the capacity of the professional climate. In the latest years, Jelena has been appointed assistance on the projects with the Korean, French, and Dutch embassies, as well as monitoring and evaluation of projects under the Local Action Plan of Youth Policy, all with the goal of creating or overlooking initiatives that aim to improve the political and social position of young people, minorities and vulnerable groups especially. She also has experience in the selection, recruitment, and supervision on the scale of hundreds of candidates, one of the occasions being for the Serbian Fashion Week, for two seasons.

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Anna Frankowska

Economist by education, Investment Banker by training and a fintech advisor and consultant

Anna Frankowska is a London based multi award-winning entrepreneur (including Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe Technology, Top 100 Rising Stars by WeAreTheCity & The Sunday Times, BMW i UK Tech Blockchain founder of the year, Top 100 Women in Fintech by InnovateFinance), Economist by education, Investment Banker by training and a fintech advisor and consultant.

Anna is a serial entrepreneur having founded a couple of start-ups including Distributed. Academy: an education provider that is driving blockchain literacy and innovation. She also consults leadership teams working on commercial strategy, partnerships and product. One of her projects was Pigzbe, a London-based fintech company that enables micro-financing for families worldwide by giving parents and children access to products and services that accelerate financial literacy. She is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and sits on the Advisory Board of The Oxford Guild Society.

Photo: Forbes Women Polska

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Joanna Mosur

Business analyst for IT projects with international CCBA credential

A graduate of Agile Specialization of University of Virginia, USA and International Fund Services of Institute of Banking, Ireland. She has more than 6 years of working experience in project delivery for the biggest investment banks like Credit Suisse, BNY Mellon, Citi Bank. She had led successfully +40 projects relating to business intelligence, process management and software implementation in both waterfall and agile methodologies.
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Kristina Arakelova

Founder and President of the “Youth for Diplomatic Engagement”

In 2016 Kristina Arakelova received her second Master’s degree at the Centre for European Studies in Human Rights and Democratization in Eastern Partnership Region.

Kristina Arakelova is a member of the Core Group of Experts for the OSCE “Perspective 20-30” and a former Fellow in the UN OHCHR Minority Fellowship program 2018. She is a founder and President of the “Youth for Diplomatic Engagement” non-governmental organization (NGO) that focuses on youth involvement in the conflict, security, and ethnic minority integration issues in Georgia.  As the President of the organization, she provides consultancy for state and civil society organizations working in these fields.

Between 2018-2020 she was a Project coordinator of Georgian-Armenian Experts Dialogue at the Friedrich Naumann foundation South Caucasus. Kristina is an international trainer on conflict resolution and conflict mediation.

She will conduct the workshop on “Mediation Process and Business Negotiations” – How does the mediation process work in dispute with business partners? What benefits does mediation offer in dispute resolution?

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Radosław Czekan

Debate trainer at Warsaw Debate Chamber

The World Universities Debating Championship semifinalist (EFL) and 15th Best EFL speaker in the world. As a debate and public speaking trainer he worked with 5000+ participants companies (eg. Orlen, Citi, Roche, Żywiec), universities (Natolin, Jagiellonian, Warsaw), politicians, leadership academies and hundreds of individuals (incl. a freedom fighter, a quantum physicist, and a top startup CEO)

He is the creator and chief trainer of the Warsaw Debate Chamber Debate Club, where professionals from 10+ industries practice their argumentation and public speaking skills every week.

You can listen why debating is such a developing activity in his TEDx2019 speech.

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Klaudia Gorczyca

Director of International Business and part of Management Team at UK fintech innovator PremFina

She is responsible for business development, client acquisition and relationship management across Europe.

Previously, Klaudia worked at one of the largest global hedge funds – Citadel – on the cross-product business development side managing relationships with institutional and government entities. She also worked at London Derivatives Exchange (part of Deutsche Börse) and at the global proprietary trading firm OSTC.

Klaudia is also a mentor and a coach accredited via the American Co-Active Training Institute, one of the oldest and most renowned coaching institutions in the world. She is passionate about women empowerment recognizing that investing in women leads to economic growth and a better world for all. She writes about it on her blog bellicosa.com.

She is quadrilingual and has a double master’s degree in Finance and International Business from the Warsaw School of Economics. She also studied at Paris Institute of Political Studies and the Saïd Business School – University of Oxford.

Klaudia will run a workshop on negotiation and will focus on key skills all the women entering the workplace should have in order to use them from the time they apply for their first jobs.

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Jana Brodani

Executive director of the Czech Capital Market Association

Ing. Mgr. Jana Brodani LL.M., MBA. Before joining the Association in 2008, she worked in the area of legal and tax consulting. Since 2009, she has been Executive Director of the Czech Capital Market Association. In addition to the Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics, she graduated from the Faculty of Law, Charles University, LL.M. at the University of London in the UK and a postgraduate program – MASTER Management et Administration des Entreprises (French equivalent MBA) at the French-Czech Management Institute (IFTG). She is currently a PhD student at the Department of Finance of the Faculty of Finance and Accounting of the University of Economics. Since 2009 he has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA), where she represents the Czech Republic. Since 2017 he has been managing the activities of CFA Society Czech Republic.

She is a co-author of the Commentary on the Investment Companies and Investment Funds Act and author of a number of professional publications. She initiated and participated on the preparation of the Strategy for the Capital Market Development in the Czech Republic, which was approved by the Government of the Czech Republic in 2019 and regularly participates on the drafting of the Czech capital market legislation and the implementation of European legislation. At the European level, she contributes to current regulatory issues and regularly lectures at domestic and international conferences. She has long been devoted to the topics of investing of women, development of capital markets in the region of Central and Eastern Europe, and retirement savings.

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Šárka Prát

Executive director of the Institute for Politics and Society.

She is responsible for managing a team and the implementation of projects to ensure the continued development of a think- tank. She pursues the communication between the think-tank, the political party, and the ministries. She is responsible for the research at the think-tank which is demanded by the political party, deputies or external subjects. Šárka covers transatlantic, economic and migration issues. Her doctoral research was on the issue of migration, the results of which were published on the Web of Science. Prior to joining the Institute for Politics and Society, Šárka worked as a project manager on analyzing the potential trade relations between Latin America and Visegrád Group. She has also participated in analyzing the challenges of migration and socio-economic and political responses to regional polarization in Central and Eastern Europe, along with other projects. Šárka participated in internships in Cyprus, Corfu, Malta, and Brussels. Additionally, she has studied at the University of Juaréz del Estado de Durango (Mexico) and IDRAC (France). She holds a doctoral degree (Ph.D.), engineer degree (Ing.) and master degree (MBA) from University of Economics in Prague. She holds a master degree (MA) from the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3.

 

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Andrea Virág

Director of Strategy at Republikon Institute

She studied political science at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Faculty of Law and Political Science; survey statistics at ELTE, Faculty of Social Sciences, and history at the ELTE, Faculty of Humanities. Her main interests of research include Hungarian voter behavior and party system, as well as context effects in quantitative research. Previously she has gained experience in quantitative and qualitative research in university projects, participated in the work of the MTA RECENS research group, and she has taught statistics in Sociology and Social Studies BsC at Eötvös Loránd University. She started to work at Republikon in 2016. As a researcher and then as the head of the research, she was responsible for analysis and research at the Institute while also becoming responsible for managing Republikon’s international projects and relations.

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Dániel Mikecz

Head of research at Republikon Institute

He graduated as political scientist at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. He writes his doctoral thesis on the Hungarian global justice movement. He started to work at Republikon in 2015, and he is the head of research since 2019. From 2010 he holds various courses at the Eötvös Loránd University on protest movements and political participation. Since 2013 he is also a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Science at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Daniel publishes articles in academic journals and weekly, daily newspapers on social movements, protests and political participation.

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Marta Szczerba

Private Equity Investor in the London office of KKR

Private Equity Investor in the London office of KKR, an alternative assets firm with over $200bn under management. Marta covers Technology, Media and Telecommunications industry and some of the more recent investments she has been involved with include Devoteam (French IT Services), Exact (Benelux accounting software), Upfield (carve-out of Spreads division from Unilever) and Axel Springer (German media company). Marta has  been a supporter of diversity within the technology industry, leading KKR’s partnership with Code First: Girls, UK-based charity teaching women to code for free. Prior to joining KKR, Marta worked at The Hut Group (UK’s largest multi-site e-tailer) and in the London office of The Boston Consulting Group. Ms. Szczerba holds a First Class BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Harvard Business School where she was a Baker (top 5% of class) and Fulbright Scholar. Marta was born in Warsaw and spent the first half of her life in Poland before finishing education in the UK.