Piotr Bieganski


Experienced leader, Project Manager, Director and passionate Software Engineer with over 20 years industry experience in Telecommunications. Worked with many customers worldwide and currently focused on New Zealand broadband. Among his personal interests are process quality optimization, capability building, cybersecurity and amateur running.

Maria Nowak

Vice President

Vice-president of POLANZ, co-owner and Managing Director of Green Lite Travel (since 1995). Green Lite travel is a corporate member of POLANZ.  Her company is also a member of TAANZ (Travel Agents Association of New Zealand) and has IATA accreditation. Maria is a member of PROGUIDES NZ, the Association of Professional Tourist Guides. Maria’s hobbies: outdoor adventures,  travel and long walks.

Kazik Jasica


Design Engineer, Inventor-patents holder, Project Manager, Company Director. 25 years industry experience specialised in Modified Atmosphere Packaging Systems, working with high-profile global organizations. The last 15 years running his own successful company, building and exporting packaging related equipment to Dairy and Meat Industries word wide. In spare time keen sailor and the owner of 40ft classic motor yacht “Valhalla”

Dr Jakub Stechly


For over a decade Jakub has been on a journey towards sustainable energy use with a focus on mobility. He has unique experience in the field of sustainable mobility, gathered in both private and public sector, non-governmental organizations and large national and international organizations. He loves sailing, skiing and endurance sports. 

Andrew Jakimiuk

Member of the Committee

Andrew have been running successful  Importing business for over 20 years. After selling the company he has dedicated his time between POLANZ and running several investment projects. Huge Aviation fan. .

Pawel Szymonczyk

Member of the Committee 

Pawel finished his MSc International Business Management at Aberystwyth University in Wales. After working for an Environmental Economics Consultancy and Polish Consular Services in the UK he moved to New Zealand to work for the NZ Transport Agency. His passion in Japanese and European Fencing resulted in winning New Zealand Sabre Championships.

Robert Prochownik

Member of the Committee

Passionate entrepreneur with over 25 years experience. I love to observe, explore the opportunities and outcomes of exponential technologies. Driving to develop the mindset and resources to successfully navigate transformational journey to the future. 

Ralf Klis

Member of the Committee 

Ralf holds MSc degree in Computer Science. He is an owner and director of FutureLab digital agency. Ralf is one of New Zealand WordPress community leaders and guest speakers on various meetups and universities. You can find out more on Ralf’s LinkedIn profile.