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.
Previous EFNI guestsDuring its nine editions to date, the Forum has attracted almost 10 thousand attendees and more than 1,500 panellists. EFNI guests include i.a.:
José Manuel Barroso
Herman Van Rompuy
Oliver E. Williamson
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.
Director of the Polish Economic Institute
University of New Brunswick, Lay Member of the Competition Tribunal of Canada
CFO at Siemens Poland
Vice President, BusinessEurope; President of the Main Council, Polish Confederation Lewiatan
Member of the European Parliament
President of the THINKTANK Centre and Centre for International Relations
President of the Management Board at the Polish Development Found
Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) at the European Parliament
Rector at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs
Editor in Chief at "Liberte!"
Former President of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone
Mayor of Sopot
Chairman of the Board at MetLife TUnŻiR S.A.
Nonexecutive Director, Billon Sp. z o.o.
Andrzej K. KOŹMIŃSKI
President of Koźmiński University
President of the Employers' Group, European Economic and Social Committee
Chairman of the Board at Coalition for Polish Innovation
Prof. Agnieszka KURCZEWSKA
Vice-Rector for External Relations, University of Lodz
Economist, author, feature writer
Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Chairman of the Board at Dr Irena Eris
President of the Res Publica foundation
Chairman of the Board at the Foundation for Polish Science
Sławomir S. SIKORA
Chairman of the Board at Citi Handlowy
Chairman of the Board at Stefan Batory Foundation
CEO, Global Compact Network Poland
Chairman of the Board at PZL-Świdnik
Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Warsaw
President of the Lewiatian Association of Employers in Automotive and Industrial Goods Manufacturing
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Orange Polska; President of Polish Confederation Lewiatan