Corporate Governance Conference

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The 10th edition of the „Corporate Governance Conference” (“Konferencja Rada Nadzorcza”) will take place on April 22-23, 2021. The conference is the main event in Poland dedicated to the practical aspects of corporate governance and business practices of supervisory boards.

During the conference, the „Corporate Governance Award” (“Człowiek Corporate Governance”) will be granted for the 6th time. The idea of the award is to recognize people who, through their work, make a huge contribution to framing the development of the corporate governance in Poland. Wiesław Rozłucki, the first president of the Warsaw Stock Exchange, is the award winner among others.

The initiator of the „Corporate Governance Conference” and „ Corporate Governance Award” is Mr. Piotr Rybicki, member of the expert team for increasing the efficiency of supervisory boards of the Corporate Supervision Reform Committee at the Ministry of State Assets (Government of Poland), supervisory boards’ practitioner and active advocate of the professional corporate governance in Poland.

This year – due to the prevailing coronavirus pandemic – the event will take place online.

Presentations in English  (April, 23, 2021, 13.00-15.00 Central European Time)

Krzysztof Grabowski – EU sources of Corporate Governance reporting

Christiane Hölz – Wirecard and its impact on boards, governance and audits

Andy Agathangelou – Corporate Governance; why it isn’t working and how to remedy

(Full program in Polish https://nadzorcza.pl/program/)

Krzysztof Grabowski (Poland)

Securities broker, Ph.D.  in law, capital market and corporate governance expert.

Retired, but still active professionally. Member of the Academic Society of the Allerhand Institute and of the Scientific Society of Praxiology, arbitrator and mediator at the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Financial Supervision Authority. Member of the Expert Group on Technical Aspects of Corporate Governance Processes (CG-Tech) at the European Commission, member of international organizations of corporate governance. Expert witness in the field of trading in securities. Member of the jury of “The Best Annual Report”, and of the jury for the best thesis and Ph.D. dissertation on business ethics “Verba Veritatis”.

He has worked for several market institutions: brokerage houses, Stock Exchange, Securities and Exchange Commission, Polish Financial Supervision Authority, self-governed organization of financial institutions. Former member of the supervisory boards of the Warsaw Stock Exchange and of the Citibank Handlowy in Warsaw, former president of the Polish Association of Brokers and Investment Advisors.

Participant in the legislative works on capital market and company law at national and EU levels. Author of numerous publications, both scientific and popularizing, lecturer at seminars and workshops in the field of capital markets, corporate governance and business ethics.

Christiane Hölz (Germany)

Christiane is an attorney having studied in Germany and in France. She joined Deutsche Schutzvereinigung für Wertpapierbesitz e.V. (DSW) in 1999 and acts as managing director for the region North Rhine-Westphalia since 2011. DSW is the leading German investor association – a non-profit organisation founded in 1947 with more than 30.000 individual investors as members. The main objective of DSW is the protection of the interests of individual investors, including but not limited to shareholders, fundholders, and bondholders. At DSW, Christiane is primarily responsible for (international) Corporate Governance issues, as well as for DSW’s participation in legislative procedures regarding German and European regulation (focused on securities regulation, banking and finance law). Further tasks include giving legal advice to members of DSW and leading DSW’s research on governance-related issues, such as executive compensation, board structure etc. Christiane is also Vice Chair of the EU Commission’s Financial Services User Group (FSUG) which advises the Commission in the preparation of legislation or policy initiatives that affect the users of financial services and of ESMA’s Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group. She further serves as board member and member of the audit committee of Gelsenwasser AG, a German mid-cap company. Christiane graduated in Law from the University of Cologne (First State Exam) and obtained her bar exam at the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf (Second State Exam).

Andy Agathangelou FRSA (Great Britain)

Andy is the Founder of the Transparency Task Force (TTF) the collaborative, campaigning community dedicated to driving positive, progressive and purposeful reform of the world’s financial services industry, through harnessing the transformational power of transparency.
The TTF’s mission is to “promote ongoing reform of the financial sector, so that it serves society better”
The TTF’s vision is “to build a highly respected, influential, international institution dedicated to ensuring consumers are treated fairly by the finance sector”
The TTF runs the secretariat for 2 All-Party Parliamentary Groups, one on Pension Scams and the other on Personal Banking & Fairer Financial Services.
The TTF already has over 2,700 volunteer members around the world who are organised and mobilised into subject-specific Groups, such as Governance, Banking, Investments, Pensions, leadership and so on; 24 Groups altogether.
Many of our members outside the UK have been involved with our book, entitled:
Why we must rebuild trustworthiness and confidence in financial services; and how we can do it.”
Andy is also a Governor of the UK’s Pensions Policy Institute and A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts which is an international body focused on bringing 21st Century enlightenment into commerce. He is a former Head of Strategic Relationships at Close Brothers Asset Management.
Andy is a serial community-builder; he builds communities to solve sector-wide problems – he previously helped to initiate and lead the creation of Friends of Automatic Enrolment and the Association of Member Nominated Trustees; two other successful financial services communities.
He lives in the UK but frequently speaks about the need for greater transparency and finance reform at conferences and symposia around the world.


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