June 13th, 2015 9 AM - 5 PMPoland, Wroclaw

Wroclaw Global Forum, June 11th – 13th, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

10:30 am – 1:30 pm – Volvo Polska and 3M business event: Innovations for sustainable transport in the cities of future (by invitation only)

Volvo will present its strategy to Electromobility with innovative solutions for public transportation including the electric hybrid bus.

3M will invite you to its unique Innovation Center where you will see how we create solutions not only for automotive sector and how science is applied to life to make world better.

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm     Business Leadership Dialogues (by invitation only)
Exclusive sessions for business partners of the WGF, aimed at addressing the challenges and opportunities facing the transatlantic market.

  • Technology and Innovation in the Digital Age
  • Energy Markets in an Era of Big Change
  • Defense Markets in a New Security Environment

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm    Coffee Break

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm    Business Partners Keynote
A session bringing together all the WGF business partners with a top level executive or political leader for a conversation on business in Poland and the transatlantic marketplace today.

Keynote: Mateusz Szczurek, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Poland (confirmed)
Moderator: Maciej Witucki, Orange Polska

7:30 pm         Welcoming Evening Event hosted by PISM and the City of Wrocław
                       Wrocław Puppet Theatre, Plac Teatralny 4, 50-051 Wrocław, Poland

Friday, June 12, 2015

Location: Wroclaw Congress Centre: ul. Wystawowa 151-618 Wrocław


9:00            Welcome

Mayor Rafal Dutkiewicz, President of Wroclaw (confirmed)
Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council (confirmed)
Marcin Zaborowski, Director, Polish Institute for International Affairs (confirmed)

9:10            Presidential Keynote 

President Bronislaw Komorowski

9:20            Ministerial Keynote

H.E. Grzegorz Schetyna, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland (confirmed)

9:40            Conversation with Foreign Ministers of the Eastern Partnership

H.E.  Tamar Beruchashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (confirmed)
H.E. Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (confirmed)
H.E. Natalia Gherman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Moldova

10:15          Plenary Panel 1 — The Return of Geopolitics and the Challenge of Russia

An examination of Russia’s future course under Vladimir Putin and the potential impact on its neighbors. The panelists will discuss the implications for the transatlantic relationship of persistent tensions with Russia and the options for re-engaging and under what circumstances.
Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Senator, Parliament of Poland (confirmed)
Eckhard Cordes, Chair, Committee on Eastern Economic Relations (confirmed)
John Herbst, Director, Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council (confirmed)
Garry Kasparov, Chairman, Human Rights Foundation (confirmed)
Aleksei Kudrin, former Finance Minister of Russia
Rafal Trzaskowski, Secretary of State, Polish Foreign Ministry (confirmed)


Moderator: Matthew Kaminski, Executive Editor, POLITICO (confirmed)

11:30            Coffee Break

12:00           Plenary Panel 2 ― Energy in the New Environment: Balancing Security, Cost, and Climate Impact

An exploration of the changing global energy environment, including the possibility of US energy exports, as well as European diversification of supply.  The panel will also consider the divergent US and EU approaches to climate change and energy sustainability in the lead up to the Paris 2015 conference.

Ralf Fuecks, President, Heinrich Boell Stiftung (confirmed)
Amos Hochstein, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, US Department of State
Karl Moor, Senior Vice President and Chief Environmental Counsel, Southern Company (confirmed)
Richard Morningstar, Director, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council (confirmed)

Moderator: TBD

13:00            Lunch Break (buffet)

Leadership Circle Lunch – by invitation only
An exclusive, off-the-record roundtable conversation with a leading business or political figure, open to major sponsors of the WGF.
Keynote: James L. Jones, Jr., former US National Security Adviser, and General (ret.) US Marine Corps (confirmed)


14:00           Café Conversations

  • The Fight Against Authoritarianism: The Civil Society Toolbox
Panelists:     Robert Herman, Vice President for Regional Programs, Freedom House (confirmed)
Maria Leissner, Secretary-General, Community of Democracies (confirmed)
Jerzy Pomianowski, Executive Director, European Endowment for Democracy (confirmed)
Maria Stephan, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Strategic Foresight Initiative, Atlantic Council (confirmed)


  • After the Riga Summit: The Future of the Eastern Partnership
Panelists:     Juris Poikans, Ambassador-at-Large for the Eastern Partnership, Government of Latvia (confirmed)
Bart Szewczyk, Member, Policy Planning, US Department of State (confirmed)
Eka Tkeshelashvili, President, Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies (confirmed)
Olena Tregub, Co-Founder and CEO, Global Education Leadership (confirmed)


  • Defense and Technology in an Age of Hybrid Warfare  
Panelists:     Ian Brzezinski, Resident Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
Guillaume Faury, CEO, Airbus Helicopters
Vago Muradian, Editor, Defense News (confirmed)
Robert Kupiecki, Deputy Minister of National Defense, Republic of Poland
William Schmieder, President, Raytheon International, Inc.
Moderator: Marek Swierczynski, Polityka Insight (confirmed)


  • Brexit? Grexit? Will Europe Hold Together?
Panelists:     Bruno Macaes, State Secretary for European Affairs, Government of Portugal (confirmed)
Elena Panaritis, Founder, Thought4Action.org (confirmed)
Radoslav Prochazka, Leader, Siet’ Party (confirmed)
Mats Persson, Director, Open Europe (confirmed)

15:15    Coffee Break

15:30    Keynote by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of Poland Tomasz Siemoniak (confirmed)

16:15    Plenary Panel 3 — From Wales to Warsaw: Transatlantic Defense between the Summits
An examination of changes in the transatlantic security environment since the Wales NATO summit, and the implications for defense capabilities and industry.  How might NATO, and the transatlantic partnership more broadly, best prepare for new collective defense demands, while maintaining deployable forces?
Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive, European Defence Agency (confirmed)
LTG Frederick Hodges, Commanding General, US Army Europe (confirmed)
Bogdan Klich, former Minister of Defense of Poland (confirmed)
Marwan Lahoud, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Airbus Group
Moderator: Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council (confirmed)

Evening — Atlantic Council Freedom Awards
Location: Wroclaw Congress Centre: ul. Wystawowa 151-618 Wrocław

18:30            General Receptionby invitation only

 Freedom Awards Patron’s Receptionby invitation only
           A private reception for awardees and top level partners

20:00    Dinner featuring presentation of the Atlantic Council Freedom Awardsby invitation only    

2015 Awardees

Carl Bildt
, former Foreign Minister of Sweden (confirmed)
Presented by Radosław Sikorski, Marshal of the Polish Sejm (confirmed)

Agnieszka Holland
, Polish film director (confirmed)
Presented by Sławomir Sierakowski, Leader of Krytyka Polityczna (confirmed)

Boris Nemtsov
, posthumous award presented by Garry Kasparov
Accepted by Zhanna Nemtsova (confirmed)

22:30            Open-air performance of Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman”

            Presented by the Wrocław Opera

Saturday, June 13, 2015

9:00              Plenary Conversation — The War of Ideas: Does It Exist and Can It be Won?

A conversation on the importance of ideas in the current international environment.  Is there a division between the “West” and other regions, and is that division sharpening? If so, how should it be overcome?
Marieluise Beck, Member, German Bundestag (confirmed)
Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies, Oxford University (confirmed)
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, President of Croatia (confirmed)
Jacek Rostowski, Senior Political Advisor to the Prime Minister of Poland (confirmed)
Richard Stengel, US Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

10:00           Plenary Panel 5 — A Transatlantic Digital Marketplace: Future Reality or Unattainable Dream?

What is required to achieve an open digitized market, both in Europe and across the Atlantic, one where transactions move without regard to borders, but data is protected no matter where it flows? What physical infrastructure and regulatory regimes will be needed to create a truly innovative market and what new technologies will come forward?
Robert Atkinson, President, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (confirmed)
Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden (confirmed)
Michal Boni, MEP (confirmed)
Erika Mann, Managing Director for Public Policy, Facebook (confirmed)
Claude Moraes, Chair of Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs, European Parliament
Gunter Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

11:00           Coffee Break

11:30           Plenary Panel 5 — Trade and Investment: Engine for Transatlantic Growth or Fading Illusion?

Aart de Geus, Chairman, Bertelsmann Stiftung (confirmed)
Paula Dobriansky, Kennedy School of Government  (confirmed)
Robert Hormats, Vice Chairman, Kissinger Associates
Danuta Huebner, MEP (confirmed)
Sorin Moisa, MEP (confirmed)

12:30           America’s Role in Europe: A Conversation with US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (confirmed) and The Hon. Stephen J. Hadley (confirmed)

13:15           Plenary Panel 6 ― Ukraine: Reform in a Time of War?
                   An examination of the current situation in Ukraine, including the pressures for reform and the necessity of defense. What additional measures can the US and Europe take to help ensure a secure and independent Ukraine?

Aivaras Abromavicius, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Government of Ukraine
Eugene Czolij, President, Ukrainian World Congress
Aleksander Kwasniewski, former President of Poland (confirmed)
Andriy Sadovyi, Mayor of Lviv, Ukraine
Oksana Syroyid, Deputy Chairman, Vekhovna Rada (confirmed)

Moderator: TBD

14:15            Closing Remarks and Conclusion of Forum

14:30            Associated Event: Is European Education Fit for Purpose? (optional)
An international debate led by Professor Norman Davies, Honorary Fellow, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University


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