President of the Management Board
Agnieszka is a sociologist, evaluator, social researcher, educator. She has realized dozens of research studies and analyses for public institutes and non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) in the course of the last 15 years. The majority of them related to resolving social problems, education and social participation. She is a certified trainer. She managed the realization of innovative educational programs for 28,000 school teachers and directors in Poland, the objective of which was to stimulate development of their schools.
For 8 years Agnieszka was a member of a team of experts at the Jagiellonian University, which implemented a new evaluation model in Polish schools and supported the development of the education system in Saudi Arabia. She is an expert in two international projects measuring the effect of voluntary work on the development of young people. She is the co-founder of the Youth Academy (Akademia Młodych) – an innovative school in the countryside outside Warsaw. She is a member of several national and local NGO’s, which are implementing bold ideas and having a genuine influence in reality.
She is a graduate of Warsaw University, where she studied journalism and public relations as well as sociology.
Chairman of the Board of the Foundation
Ewa has more than 15 years’ experience in searching for and supporting social enterprises and organisations in Poland and CEE. For 14 years she led the Ashoka program in Poland and Central Europe. Previously she co-founded the Polish-Egyptian Businessman Association in Egypt and worked with the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, in India, in the organisation Global March Against Child Labour. Together with her partner she founded the Sorcerer Mountain Foundation, which uses the mountain environment and natural work with horses to rehabilitate people with social or physical deficits.
Pro bono, Ewa also sits on the Board of the Culture Foundation and on the management board of the ecological-cultural Gaja Club. Ewa received awards among others from the Ford Motor Company Fellowship, the Remarque Forum of New York City University and the AIESEC International Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship Award.
Stanisław Knafl is the founder and managing partner of Altamira Ventures, a company investing in advanced technologies based on scientific inventions and discoveries (“Deep tech”). Previously, he was a partner at Enterprise Investors, a private equity fund in Central and Eastern Europe and also at the Boston Consulting Group in Paris and Warsaw. Stanisław performed functions in AB S.A., Stomil Sanok S.A., Lukas Bank S.A., Bulgarian Telecommunications. He completed the MBA program at INSEAD at Fontainebleau and one-year postgraduate studies at MIT (Cambridge, USA). He received a Master of Law degree at the University of A. Mickiewicz in Poznań and a Master of Law degree at the College of Europe in Bruges.
Robert has more than 30 years’ experience in the private equity industry in Central & Eastern Europe (“CEE”). Former Managing Partner of Enterprise Investors, the leading private equity fund manager in CEE – joined the firm at its very start in 1990 and worked with EI until 2020. Served as Chairman of the Central and Eastern Europe Task Force of Invest Europe, from 2003 until 2020 and also was a member of Invest Europe’s Mid-Market Council.
Founding President of the Polish Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (“PSIK”), established in 2002, and served on PSIK’s board for 15 years. Currently heads the PSIK Philanthropy Committee that created and oversees the PSIK Social Business Accelerator (SBA) Program since 2011. Co-creator and board member of the Valores Foundation, Poland’s first venture philanthropy fund, established in 2014.
Prior to joining Enterprise Investors, worked with in the M&A advisory arm of Dillon, Read & Co., an investment bank based in New York. Graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, with a degree in Finance and Management of Entrepreneurship.
Managing Director of PSIK, the Polish Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.
Barbara Nowakowska has managed PSIK for 19 years, working on the development and promotion of private equity/venture capital industry in Poland to investors, entrepreneurs, innovators, and academics, as well as representing the interests of the Polish private equity community vis a vis policy makers, legislative bodies, government institutions, and the media at national and EU levels.
Since 2018, Barbara is a member of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. Previously, Barbara served as a member of the High Level Group appointed by the EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport for the strategic evaluation of the EIT. She served as an expert on private equity and venture capital to the Polish government and the European Commission.
Barbara holds an MA in economics from SGH – the Warsaw School of Economics.
Krzysztof Krawczyk is a Head of Warsaw office and a Partner at CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity and investment advisory firms. He is also a board member of CVC’s portfolio companies, PKP Energetyka, Zabka, D-Marin, AR Packaging and Stock Spirits Group.
Krzysztof has over 20 years of successful track record in European private equity and he served
on the boards of numerous private and publicly-listed companies in telecom, media, manufacturing, logistics and healthcare sectors throughout CEE region.
Prior to joining CVC, Krzysztof was Managing Partner at Innova Capital, a leading mid market private equity firm in Central Europe. Krzysztof also worked at Pioneer Investment, a Poland-based private equity fund, and Daiwa Institute of Research, an advisory arm of Japanese investment bank Daiwa.
He is a member of The Polish Business Roundtable, an association of founders and CEOs of the largest companies operating in Poland and a Board Member of Valores, which is a first venture philanthropy fund in CEE region.
Krzysztof holds a degree (with Honors) in Finance & Banking from the Warsaw School of Economics.
He is also an alumnus of Executive Program at Harvard Business School. Krzysztof has been awarded
a PE Person of the Year for 2015 and 2017 by members of Polish Private Equity Association.