Mariusz
Babula

POLAND
Vice-President of the Management Board and shareholder of Zortrax S.A., a renowned 3D printing solutions manufacturer from Poland.

Mariusz Babula is a shareholder and member of the management board of Zortrax S.A., a renowned 3D printing solutions manufacturer from Poland. New technology enthusiast, strategist, and skilled negotiator. With years of experience in companies of global reach, he has extensive knowledge of banking, financial and technological sectors. His career path includes being the Head of Investor Relations and the Head of Communication in Ciech S.A. For over four years, Mariusz Babula has been a part of Zortrax S.A. management, first as the Head of Inventors Relations and, until June 2021, as the Vice President. This year, he became a Supervisory Board member at Zortrax Dental, a company manufacturing 3D printing solutions for digital dentistry

Jacek
Bartosiak

POLAND
PhD., CEO and Founder of Strategy&Future. Author of best-selling books, including Pacific and Eurasia: On War.

Author of best-selling books, including “Pacyfik i Eurazja. O Wojnie” (Pacific and Eurasia. On War” (2016), which focuses on the ongoing great power competition in Eurasia and the possible war in the Western Pacific, as well as – ”Rzeczpospolita między Lądem a Morzem. O wojnie i pokoju.” (Poland and Intermarium between the Land and the Sea Powers – (2018), which deals with the geostrategic reality Poland and Europe face in the era of great power competition, and is an in-depth study of the Central Eastern European theatre of war and modern warfare.

A Senior Fellow at the Potomac Foundation in Washington DC, Director of Wargaming & Simulations Program at the Casimir Pulaski Foundation, co-founder of PlayofBattle – a wargaming and simulation games studio. Jacek is also a contributor at Nowa Konfederacja, and at New Generation Warfare Center in Washington DC. Dr. Bartosiak is a former (2018–2019) CEO of Solidarity Transport Hub – the largest infrastructure project in Poland’s history; and an advisor to the Government plenipotentiary for the Solidarity Transport Hub (2017–2018). Jacek is a graduate of the Law and Public Administration Faculty of Warsaw University and an attorney, specializing in corporate, business and financial law and Managing Partner of Warsaw based law office since 2004.

As a renowned expert on geopolitics, Jacek has been a leading voice in the debate on the strategic reality of Central Eastern Europe, Eurasia and the Western Pacific, factors affecting the geopolitical realities, and has participated in countless conferences and speaking engagements in Poland and worldwide.

David
Brazsil

HUNGARY
Secretary General at the National Council of the Wine Communities Hungary.

Ian J.
Brzezinski

USA
Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy.

Ian J. Brzezinski leads the Brzezinski Group, a strategic advisory services firm. He serves as a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center and Brent Scowcroft Center on Strategy and Security. He brings over three decades of experience in U.S. national security matters having served in senior policy positions in the Department of Defense and the U.S. Congress.

Mr. Brzezinski served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy (2001–5).  His office formulated, coordinated and executed bilateral and regional engagement strategies and defense guidance with the Joint Staff, Unified Combatant Commands and Department of Defense elements.  His lead responsibilities included NATO expansion, Alliance force planning and transformation and NATO operations in the Balkans, the Mediterranean, Afghanistan and Iraq.  Key highlights of his tenure include the expansion of NATO membership in 2004, the consolidation and reconfiguration of the Alliance’s command structure, the standing up of the NATO Response Force and the coordination of European military contributions to U.S. and NATO- led operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans.

Mr. Brzezinski served for seven years on Capitol Hill, first as a Legislative Assistant for National Security Affairs to the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Bill Roth, (1995–2000) and then as a Senior Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (2000–1).  In these capacities, he drafted and implemented legislative initiatives and strategies concerning U.S. interests in Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.  As the staff coordinator of the Senate NATO Observer Group, he facilitated coordination and communication between the U.S. Senate and the executive branch on NATO enlargement, NATO operations in the Balkans and Alliance force modernization among other issues.

Mr. Brzezinski served as a volunteer in Ukraine (1993-94) where he advised the Ukrainian National Security Council, Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry and Parliament.  He served as a member of the Policy Planning Staff in the Department of Defense (1991–93), a Consultant to the Center for Naval Analysis (1991–92) and a Support Analyst/Information Assistant at the National Security Council (1986–7).

For his public service, Ian Brzezinski has been awarded the U.S> Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service; the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gedimas; the Latvian Ministry of Defense Award; the Romanian Medal for National Service, Order of Commander; the Order of Merit, Republic of Poland, Officer Class; and, Estonia’s Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, 5th class.

Mr. Brzezinski worked for five years a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. providing policy and technical support to U.S. combatant commands and foreign clients.

Beata
Daszyńska–Muzyczka

POLAND
President of the Management Board of Poland’s State Development Bank, Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of the Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund.

President of the Management Board of Polish State Development Bank, chairman of the supervisory board of the Three Seas Fund. Member of the Council of the President of the Republic of Poland for International Policy. Graduate of economic universities: Advanced Leadership Program/ICAN Institute at Harvard Business Review, University of Cambridge.

Edward
Lucas

ENGLAND
Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis, former Senior Editor at the Economist, specialist in European and transatlantic security affairs.

Edward Lucas is a specialist in European and transatlantic security affairs.

Formerly a senior editor at The Economist, the world’s foremost newsweekly, he is now a senior fellow (non-resident) at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). He writes a fortnightly column in the London Times.

For many years a foreign correspondent, he was based in Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Moscow and the Baltic states. He speaks five languages — German, Russian, Polish, Czech and Lithuanian.

 

In 2008 he wrote The New Cold War, a prescient account of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, followed in 2011 by Deception, an investigative account of east-west espionage. His latest print book is Cyberphobia. He has also written two e-books on espionage: The Snowden Operation and Spycraft Rebooted.

The next steps needed for the Three Seas more

The Three Seas Initiative is vitally important for the economic, politic and security future of the countries between the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Seas. It’s the best way of countering China’s murky, hegemonic infrastructure projects which seek to shape our futures for generations.

But the Three Seas Initiative needs to do more, and do it more effectively. I’ve been arguing for years that it needs a proper intergovernmental, legal framework and a permanent secretariat. It needs momentum when it comes to membership — more countries joining, and a welcoming waiting room.

And it needs better projects. Not just lines on a map, but real construction and regulatory efforts that improve connectivity and build resilience. That’s the best answer to the Russian and Chinese threat. I really look forward to taking part in Saturday’s conference — I hope to see you there.

Dr Solomon
Passy

BULGARIA
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, Founder and President of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria.

Dr. Solomon Passy is a Bulgarian scientist, statesman and innovator. In 1990, as an MP he tabled the bills for Bulgaria’s memberships in NATO and EU (along with the withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact). These projects were finalized in 2001-2005 when he, as Foreign Minister, negotiated both memberships. A replica of his Trabant blessed by Pope John Paul II is currently exhibited at the NATO Headquarters as a symbol of NATO’s 2004 Big Bang Enlargement.

He also served as the Chairman of the UN Security Council, OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Chairman of Parliamentary Defense and Foreign Affairs Committees.

Dr. Passy holds a PhD in Mathematical Logic & Computer Sciences and co-authored the EU action for unifying the USB charger for mobile phones, thus preventing millions of tons of CO2 emissions.

Dr. Passy was the principal coordinator of Health Shield Europe, aiming to reduce risks of the next global epidemics.

Peak Passy on Livingston Island, Antarctica is named after him for his contribution to Bulgaria’s presence in Antarctica. He has two flights on the F-16 and is of today the latest Bulgarian national who talked live to the International Space Station, during a NASA – sponsored Inflight Downlink.

 

See his TEDx Talk on how i-Democracy leads to global Happiness.

Madalina
Sisu Vicari

Romania
Expert on Geoeconomics, University of Liege. Romanian-born Belgian resident, energy geopolitics and energy markets expert.

Madalina Sisu Vicari is a Romanian born, Belgian resident, energy geopolitics and energy markets expert. She focuses on energy geo-economics, energy security, the outlook of oil and gas markets, business intelligence, the impact of alternative energy developments on global affairs and competitiveness of markets.  In particular, she has been extensively monitoring and analysing the energy policy developments related to Ukraine, Turkey and Russia.

She has authored two book chapters on energy and has published numerous articles in academic journals and magazines. Ms Sisu Vicari is also an avid commentator on energy and geopolitics in the international media in many countries.

Prior to settling as an independent energy expert and consultant, her career included positions in political journalism and public affairs and communication. She also founded and managed an NGO and a Brussels-based think-tank, designed and led numerous advocacy campaigns.

Three Seas Energy Projects: Addressing Challenges and Opportunities through More Geopolitical Clout more

No region of the world can see sustained levels of economic development without investing in the energy sector. I will delve into all the Three Seas energy projects to analyze the challenges and the direction in which the cooperation is heading. If the Three Seas is to be a highly innovative region by 2050, energy policy must be given a prominent position in the public sphere.

The new energy infrastructure projects to be built will strengthen the region’s interconnectivity, energy security and economic growth while also making it easier to reach the goals set in the fight against climate change.

However, more needs to be done to start preparing additional energy projects that are more in tune with the Fourth Industrial Revolution – digitization, alternative technologies and alternative energy trends.

The Three Seas Initiative needs more geopolitical clout. It can be achieved by the Initiative adopting a more formal framework, emulating the path taken by the European Mediterranean Gas Forum.

The Three Seas Initiative can be a roaring success by 2050; an energy grand strategy for the region will make the path swifter and more straightforward

Dr Zoltan
Szalai

HUNGARY
Editor-in Chief of the Hungarian weekly newspaper Mandiner and the Director General of Mathias Corvinus Collegium

Dr Zoltan Szalai has been the Director General of Mathias Corvinus Collegium for over 10 years. He holds postgraduate degrees in German Language and Literature, earning his PhD summa cum laude in Cultural Studies

Velina
Tchakarova

Austria
Director of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy. Austrian geopolitical and security policy expert.

Velina Tchakarova is an Austrian geopolitical and security policy expert.

She is Director of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES). She is also instructor at the Real World Risk Institute (RWRI) led by Nassim Taleb, a best-selling author of Black Swan and Antifragile.

She has eleven years of professional experience and seven years of academic background in the fields of foreign, security, and defence policy. Her work includes research, consulting, lectures, and publications on global and regional geopolitical and geoeconomic trends and future scenarios for the public and private sector.

The Three Seas Initiative as a Geopolitical Approach and Austria’s role more

By Velina Tchakarova 

AIES Director 

The Three Seas Initiative (TSI) is by far one of the boldest and most ambitious geopolitical  projects of modern times, aiming to fundamentally change the destiny of Central and  Eastern Europe. The TSI is of geostrategic importance, as it promises to further integrate  and connect this region to the major European energy, transport and communications  networks. This will ultimately open up new opportunities for the EU to act as a coherent  geopolitical actor in the region and promote its further geoeconomic integration.  

Moreover, the TSI reveals the overlap of geoeconomic interests between the EU, USA and  Germany. Their interests coincide not only in terms of common geopolitical calculations, but  also in terms of building a solid counterweight to China’s own Belt and Road Initiative and  the 16+1 Initiative in CEE countries. Meanwhile, Lithuania was the first country to abandon  China’s regional format, calling on the EU to move from this divisive format to a unifying and  much more efficient 27+1 formula. Facilitating the geoeconomic nexus between the North  (the Arctic), where the Northern Transport Route is expected to significantly shorten global  flows of goods, and the South in the Mediterranean, where member states are seeking new  connectivity opportunities with North Africa, is of strategic importance not only for the EU  but also for USA. Thus, TSI is the space where geopolitics and geoeconomics meet in Europe.  

The question of the future of the Three Seas Initiative seems to be of utmost importance  given the growing presence of China and Russia. There are four possible future geopolitial scenarios and one “game changer” by 2050: 

  1. TSI as a battlefield of visions and connectivity 
  2. Highly contested and fragmented space 

iii. Trimarium more successful than Intermarium 

  1. Hybridisation of narratives and initiatives  
  2. Game Changer – Bifurcation and Iron Curtain 2.0 

Against this background, Austria’s bridge-building approach to the Three Seas Initiative will  be of great importance. Austria sees the added value above all in contributing to the  implementation of already existing plans in the EU, for example in the areas of  infrastructure, energy and digital connectivity. Considering the possible multiplier effects,  the Alpine Republic also has a geopolitical agenda. However, Austria still has to decide how  to define its future role in the Three Seas Initiative in order not to become a free rider in  terms of investment gaps and infrastructure needs vis-à-vis the other CEE countries.