Senior-level executive with a 25 year track record of successful strategic and tactical leadership within the ICT industry. Experienced as CEO of private companies and as a Secretary of State and a Government Plenipotentiary in national public administration.
From 1998 until 2016 he was the President of the Management Board of CONNECT DISTRIBUTION LLC specializing in the distribution of ICT solutions in the CEE region. From 2012, the Minister for Digital Affairs of the Economic Shadow Cabinet of Business Center Club. In 2015, he was awarded the “Polish ICT – Man of the Year” prize by the Burda-Magazine / CRN. In November 2017, he was named one of 100 Central & Eastern Europe’s emerging technology stars - the most influential individuals from the region (the New Europe 100 list). From 2017 until 2018, the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Digital Affairs of the Republic of Poland responsible for international affairs. Member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) to the Secretary-General, United Nations (2017-2019). Senior Advisor at FIPRA, Brussels. In December 2019 he was awarded the title of "The Honorary Ambassador of the Polish Economy”. Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford (2017-2020). Member of the Council of the National Centre for Research and Development NCBR. Knight of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
Fostering digital transformation has been a critical priority for the new European Commission. For better or worse, the COVID-19 crisis led to an acceleration of digital solutions across all sectors. The pandemic has also revealed that the EU’s data protection and privacy rules might, in fact, be working against its efforts to tackle the virus, calling into question its broader digital strategy. If Europe is going to lead the next decade, it will require massive investment in education, upskilling initiatives, and AI, in addition to redefining its data protection rules. The question is not whether Europe can rise to the challenge, but whether the political will exists to do so.