Katarzyna Wszoła

Director of Innovation, Veolia Energia Polska S.A.

Over 10 years of experience in innovation and R&D, working with corporations, Small and Mid-sized Enterprises, NGOs, startups and technological universities. Currently Director of Innovation at Veolia Energy Poland Group. Implementing innovative solutions, establishing innovative culture, incorporating business processes within innovation, team +30. Used to work for an Innovation Design Agency, incorporating gained interdisciplinary experience into practice and constantly expanding her knowledge in the field of innovation management and entrepreneurship. She was also responsible for mapping companies to joint technological projects, and helping startups and, often leading and international, corporations grow through innovation.

Used to be Head of R&D Club building an innovation ecosystem with over 60 leading Large Corporation and SMEs in Poland; over 160 Directors, Managers working on Research & Development, as well as Innovation. Incorporating knowledge-sharing culture within R&D Club initiatives. Vice President of the SIMS Association established by cross-functional teams of scientists from 60 universities and research institutes in Poland dealing with the management of research infrastructure. Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum.

Graduate of R&D Infrastructure Management and commercialization Programme at Fraunhofer Institute, Max Planck Gesellschaft, the Technical University of Dresden and IBM in New York; and Graduate of Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Programme at the University of Lund in Sweden organized by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Marathon runner, sports fan (currently preparing for Triathlon), camper lover and lifelong learning practitioner.

Fluent in English and French.