About EFNI

The idea behind EFNI

The European Forum for New Ideas is one of the largest conferences in this part of the continent, dedicated to global trends, new ideas and the future of Europe. Business representatives, charismatic speakers, leaders and policy-makers as well as authorities from the world of culture and science discuss the most important challenges for business and societies in a changing world, global trends and the future shape of the European Union during dozens of events, panel discussions, open meetings, counterpoints and night owl discussions. Every year, the Forum gathers over a thousand participants – representatives of the world of business, science, culture and administration, Polish and European alike.

The idea behind the first edition of EFNI was to devise a platform for exchanging thoughts and concepts intended to improve the environment in which we live and carry out business. Only by observing trends closely can we react quickly, proactively and constructively to shape the future of our continent. The intellectual melting pot of business leaders with participants representing the world of politics, science, culture, NGOs and the media is intended to inspire entrepreneurs and make it possible to build a common voice of business in the debate on the future of Poland and Europe. During the Forum, we look for answers to new global challenges, discuss changes taking place in the world and propose constructive solutions. We share knowledge and define new ideas that are changing Europe, its societies and business. We create an opportunity for networking and establishing business relations with representatives of companies from different countries.

The European Forum for New Ideas has been organised since 2011 by the Polish Confederation Lewiatan in cooperation with BusinessEurope and the city of Sopot.

Organizers

Konfederacja Lewiatan

 

 

Business Europe Miasto Sopot

 

Organizer

Co-organizers

 

EFNI Guests

During its seven editions to date, the Forum has attracted almost 10 thousand attendees and more than 1,500 panellists. EFNI guests include i.a.:

 

Benjamin Barber

Benjamin Barber

José Manuel Barroso

José Manuel Barroso

Zygmunt Bauman

Zygmunt Bauman

Zbigniew Brzeziński

Zbigniew Brzeziński

Norman Davies

Norman Davies

George Friedman

George Friedman

Michaił  Gorbaczow

Michaił  Gorbaczow

Vytautas Landsbergis

Vytautas Landsbergis

Bernard-Henri Lévy

Bernard-Henri Lévy

Yves Leterme

Yves Leterme

Peter Mandelson

Peter Mandelson

Mario Monti

Mario Monti

Herman Van Rompuy

Herman Van Rompuy

Nouriel Roubini

Nouriel Roubini

Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs

Frans Timmermans

Frans Timmermans

Donald Tusk

Donald Tusk

Lech Wałęsa

Lech Wałęsa

Günter Verheugen

Günter Verheugen

Oliver E. Williamson

Oliver E. Williamson

 

Programme Council

35 members of the EFNI Programme Council ensure that the European Forum for New Ideas represents a high level of subject-matter expertise. The Council is composed of outstanding personalities from the world of economy, politics, science and culture, indisputable authorities in their fields, leaders shaping the future of Poland and Europe. They help us to identify the main challenges facing the European economy and support us in defining the directions of the Forum's development and in selecting the themes for each edition.

COMPOSITION OF THE PROGRAMMNE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN FORUM FOR NEW IDEAS

Status as of 26 January 2018

Wiktor Askanas

Wiktor ASKANAS

University of New Brunswick, Lay Member of the Competition Tribunal of Canada

Dominika BETTMAN

Dominika BETTMAN

CFO at Siemens Poland

Jan Krzysztof BIELECKI

Jan Krzysztof BIELECKI

Chairman of the Board of Partners, EY

Henryka BOCHNIARZ

Henryka BOCHNIARZ

President of the Polish Confederation Lewiatan

Michał BONI

Michał BONI

Member of the European Parliament

Małgorzata BONIKOWSKA

Małgorzata BONIKOWSKA

President of the THINKTANK Centre and Centre for International Relations

Jerzy BUZEK

Jerzy BUZEK

Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) at the European Parliament

Paweł CHORĄŻY

Paweł CHORĄŻY

Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Investment and Development

Anna FORNALCZYK

Polish-American Freedom Foundation 

Jerzy HAUSNER

Jerzy HAUSNER

Cracow University of Economics

Danuta HÜBNER

Danuta HÜBNER

Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs

Tomasz HUSAK

Tomasz HUSAK

Head of Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Łukasz KALINOWSKI

Łukasz KALINOWSKI

CEO of MetLife TUnŻiR S.A.

 

Jacek KARNOWSKI

Jacek KARNOWSKI

Mayor of Sopot

Andrzej KLESYK

Andrzej KLESYK

Nonexecutive Director, Billon Sp. z o.o.

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Lena KOLARSKA-BOBIŃSKA

Civic Institute 

Andrzej K. KOŹMIŃSKI

Andrzej K. KOŹMIŃSKI

President of Koźmiński University

Jacek KRAWCZYK

Jacek KRAWCZYK

President of the Employers' Group, European Economic and Social Committee

Janusz LEWANDOWSKI

Janusz LEWANDOWSKI

Member of the European Parliament

Andrzej LUBOWSKI

Andrzej LUBOWSKI

economist, author, feature writer

Radosław MARKOWSKI

Radosław MARKOWSKI

Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities

Wojciech PRZYBYLSKI

Wojciech PRZYBYLSKI

President of the Res Publica Foundation

Sławomir S. SIKORA

Sławomir S. SIKORA

President of the Management Board of Citi Handlowy

Wawrzyniec SMOCZYŃSKI

Wawrzyniec SMOCZYŃSKI

Managing Director, Polityka Insight, Poland

Aleksander SMOLAR

Aleksander SMOLAR

Chair of the Board, Stefan Batory Foundation

Piotr SOYKA

Piotr SOYKA

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the J. Piłsudski Remontowa Shiprepair Yard S.A. in Gdańsk

Beata STELMACH

Beata STELMACH

CEO at General Electric Poland and Baltics, Poland

Jan SUROTCHAK

Jan SUROTCHAK

Director for Europe at the International Republican Institute (IRI)

Magdalena ŚRODA

Magdalena ŚRODA

Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Warsaw

Maciej WITUCKI

Maciej WITUCKI

President of the Supervisory Board of Orange Polska

Kamil WYSZKOWSKI

Kamil WYSZKOWSKI

CEO, Global Compact Network Poland

 

 

Venue

Each year, the European Forum for New Ideas is held in Sopot, one of the most picturesque Polish resorts by the Baltic Sea. Just before the conference, especially for Forum panellists and attendees, we build the New Ideas Pavilion to house EFNI's main events. This glass-walled building is located directly on the beach. Hence, Forum attendees can listen to debates held by outstanding intellectuals, politicians and business representatives in a unique atmosphere, with an inspiring view of the sea.