Joanna Poznanska, Ph.D.

Professor of International Business at Seattle Pacific University School of Business and Economics. Her research is focused on international business environment in emerging economies, including Eastern Europe, Russia and China. Prof. Poznanska was born and raised in Poland, where she obtained her Ph.D in Economics. After moving to the U.S., she continued her graduate work at Cornell University. She was also a visiting scholar at John Hopkins University, Princeton University, and Stanford University. Prior to her appointment at SPU in 1988, she taught at Skidmore College and SUNY-Albany. She published extensively on globalization in China, foreign capital holdings in Eastern Europe, structural changes in Korean financial markets and the impact of the economic surge in BRIC economies on world markets. Prof. Poznanska holds a Ph.D in Economics from Technical University of Warsaw and M.A. in Economics from the University of Warsaw. See full bio

Bogdan Pukszta

Polish American Chamber of Commerce, Illinois, Executive Director, Managing Partner of ProMega Group, Inc., an international business consulting company, and past President of the Polish American Economic Forum. He is a recipient of the Golden Cross Merit from President of Poland and the Knight’s Cross of the Order of the Republic of Poland for his contribution to cooperation between Poland and the U.S. Mr. Pukszta holds graduate degrees in English Philology from the University of Silesia and Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago. See full bio

Piotr D. Moncarz, Ph.D., P.E., S.C.P.M.

Consulting Professor, Civil Engineering, Stanford University, Corporate VP at Exponent, Silicon Valley science and technology public corporation, Board member of Polish National Center for Research and Development and San Francisco Global Trade Council, Chairman of US-Polish Trade Council. Active in international business from power plant development projects, energy technologies and economics to high-tech ventures, he is a frequent speaker on international cooperation and investment into Polish high-tech sector. Prof. Moncarz holds Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Stanford University and M.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Colorado. See full bio

Maciej Chorowski, Ph.D.

President of Wroclaw Technology Park, Professor of Wroclaw University of Technology, Dean of Faculty of Mechanical and Power Engineering, author and co-author of over 100 papers on cryogenics, applied superconductivity and new technologies in power engineering. Dr. Chorowski is responsible for the strategy of Wroclaw Technology Park development, a place now gathering over 120 innovative and high-tech companies. Previously Dr. Chorowski spent three years at European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN at Geneva. He presently collaborates with CERN and other Big Science laboratories like DESY, GSI and ITER in field of cryogenic systems design, development, production and commissioning. Dr. Chorowski holds a Ph.D. in cryogenic engineering from Wroclaw University of Technology.

Kazimierz Z. Poznanski, Ph.D.

University of Washington, Jackson School of International Studies, Professor of Economics. Former consultant to the World Bank, U.S. Congress, United Nations and Polish Government, he published extensively about the post-communist transition to capitalism with leading publishers, Berkeley and Cambridge, among others and contributed regularly to Nowy Kurier, a Polish newspaper in Toronto. He writes poetry, collects modernist Polish and Chinese paintings, paints and exhibits his own works. Prof. Poznanski holds MA and Ph.D. in Economics from University of Warsaw. See full bio