Advisory Board

Leszek Pankiewicz

President & CEO of Solw'IT

A graduate of the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Computer Science at the Gdansk University of Technology. For several years he has been participating in the development of investment projects in the field of R&D of Information Technology, carried out in Poland by the leading, global technology companies. When acting as a Director and President in the Polish branches of these companies he actively contributed to the success of investments, formation of strategic partnerships between Polish and foreign research teams and creating an effective platform for collaboration and communication in multicultural societies, academic circles and in business. Professional Career: 1984-1991 Gdansk University of Technology Faculty of ETI; 1990-1991: Vers (co-founder, CFO and Director - R&D work in the field of computer networks), 1991-1997: CrossComm-Poland (CFO, CEO, General Manager); 1997-1999: Olicom Poland (President, General Manager); 1999-2010: Intel Technology (President, General Manager). Functions performed in advisory bodies: Member of the Board of the Faculty of ETI, member of the Steering Committee of the regional Innovation Strategy of the Pomeranian province, Member of the Panel of experts of the ZPORR (Infrastructure of information society), Member of the team of advisors for the Rector of Gdansk University of Technology. Professional interest: start-up investment and VC, global digital transition, academic community and business cooperation (commercialization of the results of the scientific work, protection of intellectual property).

Prof. Paul Lefrere


Through partnerships & as a senior executive, delivering globally & at scale, in these areas:
- Building capacity for competitiveness (horizon scanning & risk management; analytics; new thinking, competencies, processes, networks & supply chains; open innovation), working with ministries, public & private institutions & corporates
- Helping organizations & individual learners (regardless of sex and age) to transform knowledge, find value in it, share it (see website for free downloadable book), commercialize it if they want


By building ad hoc teams & partnerships (some are pro bono), which deploy cross-disciplinary approaches, evidence-based analysis & appropriate enabling technologies (eg agents, asynchronous & mobile communications, educational technologies, HR portfolios, recommender systems, re-usable objects)


Through partnerships & as a senior executive, delivering globally & at scale, in these areas:
- Codifying & exploiting knowledge & expertise (outcomes include: increasing net revenue from existing products & services; reducing the time & other resources needed to develop & market new products & services)
- Identifying research findings available for exploitation or requiring action (in B2B, B2C markets)


- Leading transformative change & unlocking talent
- Building personal & organizational capability in innovative & powerful ways
- Sustainable business models using viable mixes of cost-recovery & openness

Specialties:Know-Who, Know-What (networking, partnerships) Know-How, Know-When, Know-Why, Care-Why (eg in relation to Information Security, Information Architecture, Professional Behaviour, Professional Learning)