Burnat Magdalena Maria

Magdalena Maria Burnat, AMP

Since 2018, President and founder of FF (the female factor), a platform for sharing insights, experiences and mentoring professional women returning to the paid workforce in Europe (Switzerland, Poland) and Africa (Kenya). Currently, a professional member of advisory and supervisory boards (after training, among others, at IMD - Mastering Board Governance Program) and international associations of independent board members (SNCRN (Poland), IOD (UK), CSDA, and IMD Board Community (Switzerland), EWOB (Belgium)). From 2008 to 2018, Vice President of the Board and Equity Partner at Deloitte Central Europe in Warsaw, specializing in corporate governance, with a particular emphasis on financing innovation. During this period, she led two advisory service lines in Central Europe (incentives/public aid and corporate innovation), was the leader of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Program in Central Europe, and directed the services provided for the so-called EU Account. Involved in developing R&D tax relief systems in Poland and Slovakia as an expert at the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economy. From 2005 to 2008, Co-founder, Board Member, and Partner at Accreo (currently Crido), where she was responsible for building the brand and marketing advisory services and led the innovation financing department. Previously, Director at EY and Andersen, the initiator, and leader of advisory teams supporting, among others, Polish entrepreneurs in implementing EU regulations for EU accession (with her support, a seven-year transition period for implementing regulations concerning the market for plant protection products was negotiated). From 1997 to 2001, ministerial advisor in the Chancellery of Prime Minister J. Buzek, a member of the chief negotiator's secretariat (min. J. Kułakowski) for Poland's accession to the EU. During the French Presidency of the EU (1999), appointed as the Polish representative on behalf of the negotiator at the Polish Embassy in Paris.

Magdalena M. Burnat is fluent in English and French. She has extensive and comprehensive business experience in corporate governance (including a focus on cultural and gender diversity balance) and building competitive advantages based on innovation, as well as scaling innovative startups. Moreover, she has experience in many advisory bodies, including as a member of the Board of Directors of AmCham (2014 - 2017), a member of the e-mobility team at the Ministry of Economy (2011-2014). Recognized in 2012 by Wprost magazine as one of the 20 most influential women in the Polish economy, winner of the Top 100 Women in Business contest (51st place), where she received a special award (2011). She is the author of numerous publications in the field of innovation, research and development activities, EU policies, and public aid.