Invaluable support for the activities that build the reputation of an opinion maker and the brand of the Warsaw School of Economics in various forums and on the international arena is provided by people with an excellent personal profile and high achievements, who enjoy respect and trust in their communities, while also being associated with the university. SGH Honorary Ambassadors – as they are referred to – were first appointed by SGH Rector Prof. Piotr Wachowiak on this year's SGH Celebration Day, on 8 June 2022.
Among those invited to cooperate were: Iwona Duda – President of PKO Bank Polski, Lidia Filus – Professor of Mathematics and Head of the Chair of Mathematics at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Marcin Kacperczyk – Professor of Finance at Imperial College Business School, Andrzej Skrzypacz – Theodore J. Kreps Professor of Economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Paweł Tynel – Partner, COO at EY Poland, Jan Werner – Professor of Economics at the University of Minnesota.
The mission of the SGH Honorary Ambassadors is to support the promotion of the university achievements in the environments in which they operate, as well as to share their experience and expertise.
The appointment of SGH Honorary Ambassadors represents another milestone in the cooperation of our university with its partners – in the academic, business, and institutional environments. “For generations, the SGH Warsaw School of Economics has been shaping the leaders of Polish business and economic life. It is a leading scientific and expert centre. It is therefore with great pleasure and satisfaction that I expand the group of people, who thanks to their expertise, experience and unblemished reputation [are attest to the quality of our education], by adding SGH Honorary Ambassadors to this group today,” said SGH Rector Prof. Piotr Wachowiak.
Profiles of SGH Ambassadors
Iwona Duda – the Honorary Ambassadors of SGH
Iwona Duda is the President of the Management Board of PKO Bank Polski, previously served as the President of the Management Board of Alior Bank S.A. An alumna of the SGH Warsaw School of Economics. Manager, economist with twenty years of experience in financial markets.
She served as an adviser to the President of the National Bank of Poland and as a member of the Supervisory Board of Bank Ochrony Środowiska. Former Deputy Chairperson of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF). Previously, as an authorised representative for the Prime Minister, she had worked on setting up of the Authority of Financial Supervision. She also held the positions of Deputy Chairperson of the Insurance and Pension Funds Supervisory Authority and Director of the Financial Market Development Department at the Ministry of Finance. She also worked as an advisor to the Department of Strategic Management of the National Bank of Poland.
Prof. Lidia Filus – the Honorary Ambassadors of SGH
Lidia Filus is the Professor of Mathematics and Head of the Chair of Mathematics at Northeastern Illinois University (NIU), Chicago. In 1971-1982 she was employed at SGH as an instructor and later as an university assistant. She has held a number of academic and organisational positions in her research career. She has worked with many prestigious universities as a visiting professor. She is the author or co-author of numerous books and scientific articles published in prestigious international journals. For several of them, she acts as an editor. Lidia Filus continues her collaboration with SGH by mentoring academics from the university on research visits to NIU, Chicago. She was a partner of SGH in the project The Young Design Management (Młodzi Projektują Zarządzanie). Many employees of SGH had scientific internships in Chicago at that time. She also promotes university staff through carrying out joint research.
Prof. Marcin Kacperczyk – the Honorary Ambassadors of SGH
Marcin Kacperczyk is the Professor of Finance at the Imperial College Business School. His research focuses mostly on the impact of private information on financial markets. The results of his research are published in prestigious journals, such as Econometrica, Journal of Finance and Quarterly Journal of Economics. He has extensive experience both as an academic and a practitioner. As a visiting professor, he works with many world-class universities (e.g. New York, Bocconi, British Columbia). He holds advisory positions in institutions such as: the European Finance Association and the European Central Bank. He is an editor of prestigious international scientific journals: Review of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis; Review of Finance (2014-2019); Review of Financial Studies (2013-2016); Management Science; Financial Management. He is also an author of numerous scientific publications, including articles and books published in prestigious journals and by renowned publishers. Marcin Kacperczyk is an alumnus of SGH. He has been a member of the SGH University Council since 2021.
Prof. Andrzej Skrzypacz – the Honorary Ambassadors of SGH
Andrzej Skrzypacz is the Theodore J. Kreps professor of economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business. His focus is on microeconomic theory and he specialises in market analysis, economic dynamics and collusion. His current research projects include auction analysis, market transaction terms and dynamic incentives.
Prof. Skrzypacz holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Economics from the Warsaw School of Economics. He obtained his PhD in economics from the University of Rochester. Shortly afterwards, he was elected a member of the Econometric Society in the United States. During his career, he was, inter alia, a co-editor of the American Economic Review and deputy editor of the Rand Journal of Economics.
Professor Skrzypacz's academic achievements and his numerous publications and awards, place him among the most distinguished alumni of recent decades.
Paweł Tynel – the Honorary Ambassadors of SGH
Paweł Tynel is the Managing Partner, COO at EY Poland – the founding company of the SGH Partners Club, and a company that has cooperated with our university for over 24 years. He is also an alumnus of SGH. An experienced leader in state aid, investment incentives, and R&D work, he is also enthusiastic about the implementation of new technologies. He is actively involved in negotiating and attracting investors planning new ventures. His focus is on continuous improvement and on challenging the status-quo within the organisation to create added value and implement new solutions and services.
Prof. Jan Werner – the Honorary Ambassadors of SGH
Jan Werner holds the position of Professor of Economics at the University of Minnesota. During his long academic career, he has collaborated with professors and academic teachers from SGH Warsaw School of Economics on many occasions, promoting their research and scientific achievements both in Poland and the USA. He is the author of many books and scientific articles. Together with the staff of SGH, he carried out many scientific projects and organized seminars and scientific conferences (e.g. NBP Summer Workshop). Professor Werner serves as an editor in several prestigious international scientific journals such as: Mathematics and Financial Economics, Annals of Finance, Central European Journal of Economic Modeling and Econometrics. He is also a visiting professor at several prestigious universities, such as the University of Bonn.