Damian Baran

Director General, Centre for Smart Development, President, Smart Development Forum Foundation

Co-founder and CEO of the Centre for Smart Growth.

A political scientist by education. Graduated with a Master's degree in Journalism and Social Communication from the University of Silesia. Worked as a journalist, among others in the largest regional daily newspaper in the country, the "Dziennik Zachodni". For a decade, he has been involved in cooperating with innovators in promoting their R&D activities. He has many years of experience in effective communication and popularisation of innovative projects.

Since 2016, he has been involved in the Centre for Smart Growth. He is one of the initiators of the creation of the technology congress entitled 'Forum for Intelligent Development', as well as of the awards granted at the event. He is an advocate of the idea related to the widest possible promotion of research and innovation in the media and national events.

He is also a co-founder and vice-president of the first interactive agency on the Polish market, "R&D Promotion", specialising exclusively in cooperation with innovators from the science and business sector.

One of the founders of the 'Forum for Intelligent Development' Foundation, established at the end of 2021. The foundation is designed to support innovators in science-business communication.