Full day of hard-hitting plenary, provocative debate, inspiring case studies, and interactive workshops.
Award-winning evening event combining inspiring talks from world famous speakers, and films competing for the ASPIRE Dragon Award.

Kraków is booming. The technology and businesses services sector shapes and transforms the city economy, the city landscape and the aspirations of people who live, work and study in Kraków.

BOOMTOWN will explore what this means for the future of the city and the future of the industry. Our aim is to articulate a roadmap that will enable the city and the industry to capture and deliver opportunity in a dynamically shifting landscape. Our keywords in exploring our topic are diversity, cooperation, automation and innovation.

Mani Sundaram

EVP Global Services & Support, Chief Information Officer at Akamai Technologies

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Mani Sundaram is Executive Vice President of Akamai’s Global Services and Support Organization and Akamai’s Chief Information Officer, based at the company’s global headquarters, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He leads Akamai’s IT Organization as well as Global Services & Support (Professional Services, Account Management, Customer Support), in partnership with Charlie Phillips, Akamai’s Senior Vice President, GSS.

Mr. Sundaram joined Akamai in 2007 as an architect in Professional Services, consulting with large media businesses. He was instrumental in creating a new services and support paradigm leveraged by Akamai customers to manage the largest online events in the world. He also assimilated Akamai’s services teams around the world into a single, global organization. And with the integration of Prolexic security services into Akamai’s global services organization, he helped to establish Akamai as a leading security provider.

Prior to Akamai, he worked in various roles in engineering, marketing and client services at Virtify Inc. and Stratus Technologies. He earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University, a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from BITS Pilani, in India, and completed the Certificate of Special Studies in Administration and Management from Harvard University Extension School.

Witold Orłowski

Chief Economic Advisor at PwC

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Witold Orłowski is Chief Economic Advisor of PwC in Poland. He is a former Chief Economist to the President of Poland, founder of NOBE (Independent Centre for Economic Studies), one of Poland’s leading economic think-tanks, and Dean of the Business School of the Warsaw University of Technology.

In addition to serving as Chief Economic Advisor to PwC in Poland, he is a Member of the Economic Council of the Prime Minister, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum in Warsaw and Special Advisor to the European Commission.

Witold studied at the University of Łódź and Harvard University.

Wojciech Czakon

Chair in Strategic Management at Jagiellonian University

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Wojciech Czakon is full professor and chair in strategic management at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. His research revolves around interorganizational relationships, phenomena and structures in view of a firm's advantage or strategic objectives attainment. Recent works focus on coopetition strategies, trust-building mechanisms and network myopia seen as the micro-foundation of organisational capabilities.

Wojciech is also a member of the Faculty at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) and a former vice-president of the European Academy of Management.

Ben Habib

CEO at First Property Group

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Ben founded and is CEO of First Property Group plc, an award winning commercial property fund manager with operations in the United Kingdom and Central Europe.

Prior to establishing First Property, Ben was Managing Director of a private property development company, JKL Property Ltd, from 1994 – 2000. He started his career in corporate finance in 1987 at Shearson Lehman Brothers. He moved in 1989 to PWS Holdings plc, a FTSE 350 Lloyds reinsurance broker, to be its Finance Director.

In May 2019 Ben was elected to be a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Brexit Party, representing London.

He was educated at Rugby School and Cambridge University.


ICE Congress Centre, Kraków’s state-of-the-art conference and exhibition centre is our home for the conference.

We will take advantage of the complex’s many and diverse spaces to support our own many and diverse conversations. These include an auditorium ready to host 2,000 people, a theatre hall which seats 500 people, break-out rooms and a glass-walled foyer on three floors for networking and exhibition stands


+48 513 077 541
Rynek Główny 39/8
31-013 Kraków