ASPIRE Stakeholder Summit Addresses New Realities in a Post-Pandemic World and the Impact of the War in Ukraine 

  • Focus on city-centric and collaborative initiatives to develop local capability and talent
  • Emphasis on building capacity to address social and economic inclusion of displaced migrants

Kraków, Poland  – 21 April 2023 – ASPIRE, an organisation committed to promoting the growth of the IT and Global Business Services sector in Poland, has announced the 5th ASPIRE Stakeholder Summit, which will be held on 27 April 2023 at the Council Chamber in Kraków City Town Hall. The event will bring together local stakeholders to discuss common issues impacting the industry and the economy in Poland, with a focus on capturing ASPIRE’s unique city-centric approach and its emphasis on collaborative initiatives that align private sector and government needs for improving the city as a destination of choice.

Magazyn Rekruter is the Media Partner for the event, and the City of Kraków and Łódź are Location Partners.

The Summit will be divided into two parts:

PART 1: Location in a Post-Pandemic World

In the first session, titled „Location in a Post-Pandemic World,” participants will explore the shifting landscape for cities after the pandemic. The session will examine several topics, including the rise of virtual communication and remote working, the impact on universities and business centres as centres of excellence and learning, the pandemic’s impact on our ability to grow, the impact on the local ecosystem, how the culture, leisure, and hospitality sector are impacted, and the impact on the airport. The session will also examine trading places, who will be the winners and losers from post-pandemic changes, and what other locations come into play. Participants will discuss the models that are being adopted as well.

PART 2: War in Ukraine

In the second session, titled „War in Ukraine,” stakeholders will seek to understand the impact on Polish cities of the War in Ukraine. The session will examine the impact on the local economy and assess the impact of the war on business. It will also explore what positives can be derived from the refugee situation, such as an expanded labour market, and discuss the challenges and opportunities of social and economic inclusion and education of the refugee population. Participants will also work together to identify and address issues.

A diverse range of speakers at the Summit includes Jerzy Muzyk, Deputy Mayor of Kraków; Adam Pustelnik, Deputy Mayor of Łódź; Mariusz Płoskonka, Deputy Director, Department of Social Policy & Health, City of Kraków; Astrid Castelein, Head of Kraków Office, UNHCR Poland; Tomasz Homa, Rector, Jesuit University Ignatianum in Kraków; Andriy Varusha, Country Manager, N-iX; Grzegorz Micek, Associate Professor, Jagiellonian University Institute of Geography & Spatial Management; Philippe de Brouwer, Head of Risk & Compliance, HSBC; Przemysław Zakrzewski, Head of Engineering, ABB Corporate Technology Centre; and Rafał Serafin, Associate, Partnership Brokers Association.

Andrew Hallam, General Secretary of ASPIRE, commented on the event, stating, „This Summit is an opportunity for local stakeholders to come together and address important issues facing our industry and economy. We are pleased to partner with the City of Kraków and the City of Łódz, and also Magazyn Rekruter and other stakeholders to host this event and bring together the expertise and insights of our community to promote better collaboration and cooperation.”

The ASPIRE Stakeholder Summit is an exclusive event, and interested parties can visit the ASPIRE website. The information is available in English and Polish. https://future.aspire.org.pl/events/stakeholder-summit/

Attendance is by invitation only.


Andrew Hallam | General Secretary, ASPIRE

Mail: andrew@aspire.org.pl

Aniisu K Verghese PhD | Director – Communications & Branding, ASPIRE

Mail: aniisu@aspire.org.pl

More: https://future.aspire.org.pl/events/stakeholder-summit/

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