Dr. Marcin Piatkowski is a Senior Economist at the World Bank in Washington DC, where his work focuses on promoting competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship in East Asia, and until recently also in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. He is also Assistant Professor of Economics at Kozminski University (currently on leave), the highest ranked business school in Central Europe. Prior to that, he was Chief Economist and Managing Director of PKO BP, the largest bank in Central and Eastern Europe, economist in the European Department of the IMF and Advisor to IMF's Executive Director. During 2002-03, he served as Advisor to Poland's Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, contributing to the fiscal reform program.
Dr. Piatkowski holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Kozminski University and M.A. in Finance and Banking summa cum laude from the Warsaw School of Economics. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard University, OECD Development Centre and London Business School. He authored a number of books and numerous papers on the growth fundamentals of Central Europe. He proposed a new set of policy prescriptions for further convergence of Central Europe with developed countries called "The Warsaw Consensus". He is a frequent contributor to the international media, including Financial Times and the Economist. His paper on “Poland’s New Golden Age: Shifting from Europe’s Periphery to Its Center” has become an international headline describing Poland’s historically unprecedented economic success in the last 25 years. In his free time, he enjoys running marathons and participating in Half Iron Man triathlons. He actively tweets at @mmpiatkowski. He can be reached at email@example.com
The main objective of his speech during WIRE 2016 is to present a new way of (i) engaging the private sector in creating innovation policy, (ii) selecting new priorities for public support based on a bottom up process, and (iii) assessing the innovation needs of enterprises and adjusting public support instruments accordingly based on a case study of a World Bank project in Poland.