The Three Seas Hub was established to highlight the progress and potentials of the Three Seas Initiative. The Hub is cohosted by the Polish Development Bank Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK) and the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center. BGK is the originator, co-founder and main shareholder of the Three Seas Fund which invests in transport, energy and digital infrastructure in the countries of the Three Seas region.

The Initiative, an effort by thirteen Central and Eastern European Union member states, leverages the power of cross-border infrastructure development to accelerate regional economic growth and strengthen economic resilience. The Three Seas features an innovative, politically inspired but market driven partnership in the form of a fully operational and commercially managed Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund that is actively investing in cross-border infrastructure projects.

The Three Seas Hub will host events featuring the world’s leading business executives, government officials, and thought leaders to highlight the Three Seas Initiative and the economic potentials and investment opportunities that define the Three Seas region.

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Monday, January 15

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. CET  |  Three Seas House cocktail reception

Keynote remarks: Mr. Martin Wezowski, Chief Futurist, SAP

Tuesday, January 16

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CET  |  The Three Seas as a driver of European growth

The thirteen nations of the Three Seas Initiative, spanning the region between the Baltic, Adriatic, and Black Seas, constitute an increasingly important driver of European economic growth. These EU nations feature some $2.2T dollars in cumulative GDP, a population of 111 million or 25% of the EU, and some of Europe’s highest rates of return on foreign direct investment. What are the characteristics and dynamics driving the economies of this region? What are their prospects for the future? What are the investment opportunities defining the Three Seas region?

Opening remarks: Mr. Paweł Nierada, First Vice President of the Management Board, Polish Development Bank BGK


Mr. Nobumitsu Hayashi, Governor, Japan Bank for International Cooperation

H.E. Mariya Gabriel, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria

Mr. Frederick Kempe, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Council

Mrs. Beata Daszyńska-Muzyczka, Special Representative of the President of the Republic of Poland for the Three Seas Initiative

Moderator: Mr. Ian Brzezinski, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CET  |  Getting smart on AI and the digital revolution in the Three Seas

How should policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic approach balancing the need for both robust regulation and smart innovation, particularly as digital technologies such as AI rapidly advance? As a region boasting significant innovation, ample growth potential, and remarkable adaptability, the Three Seas Initiative is well-positioned to find opportunities for economic prosperity in the digital sector. This panel discussion will address the innovation potential in Central and Eastern Europe and the role of the Three Seas Initiative in Europe’s bid for greater economic competitiveness, especially in the digital sector.


Ms. Rita Balogh, Europe Lead, International Government Affairs, Google

Mr. Martin Wezowski, Chief Futurist, SAP

Mr. Wiktor Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Netguru

Moderator: Mark Boris Andrijanič, Former Minister for Digital Transformation of the Republic of Slovenia; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Europe Center, Atlantic Council

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CET  |  Building the Three Seas as a partner for Ukraine’s European future

With Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine raging on, no region has been more resolute in its support of Ukraine than that between the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas. As the Three Seas steadfastly advances itself as a driver for European growth and prosperity, what can and should the Initiative and its member states do to establish the economic and infrastructural foundation for Ukraine’s accelerated integration into an undivided Europe?

Opening remarks:

Mr. Frederick Kempe, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Council

H.E. Yuliia Svyrydenko, First Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine


Lenna Koszarny, Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Capital

Taras Kachka, Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine; Trade Representative of Ukraine

President Kersti Kaljulaid, Former President of the Republic of Estonia

Dr. Marek Tomczuk, Member of the Management Board, Polish Development Bank BGK

Moderator: Amb. John Herbst, Senior Director Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council; Former US Ambassador to Ukraine

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CET  |  Foreign direct investment in Central and Eastern Europe: Risks and opportunities

How can international know-how and foreign investments support the acceleration of energy source diversification in the region? How can Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) support green energy growth in the CEE region compliant with European requirements? How to build technological advantage in the region to be more competitive in attracting knowledge-based technological and digital investments? How can we maintain a leading position as a region in the war for talent?

Opening remarks: H.E. Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland


Jayee Koffey, Global Head of Enterprise Execution & Chief Corp Affairs Officer, BNY Mellon

Jarosław KrocSenior Managing Director Central and Eastern Europe, Accenture

Tony Housh, Chair, AmCham Poland

Kevin Turpin, Regional Director of Capital Markets, Colliers

Pawel Nierada, First Vice President of the Management Board, Polish Development Bank BGK

Moderator: Mr. Henry Foy, Brussels Bureau Chief, Financial Times

6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. CET  |  Business mixer cocktail reception

Engage in networking during our business mixer cocktail reception.

Wednesday, January 17

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. CET  |  Beyond borders: The space industry and technology of the future

The Three Seas Initiative has driven forward the development of cross border energy, digital and transport infrastructure. But space technology and satellite operations are an increasingly significant dimension of cross-border connectivity, and the Three Seas region features a vibrant and growing space industry.  What are the opportunities the Three Seas region present for space related investment and technology development? How will they reshape the economy of the Three Seas region and wider Europe?

Opening remarks:  Dr. Slawosz Uznanski, Astronaut, European Space Agency


Dr. Josef Aschbacher, Director-General, ESA

Mr. Daniel Tenney, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Lockheed Martin

Mr. Grzegorz Zwoliński, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, SatRev; Member of the Program Committee, Polish Space Agency

Mr. Adam Niewiński, Co-founder and Managing Partner, OTB Ventures

Mr. Rafal Modrzewski, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, ICEYE

Moderator: Mr. Henry Foy, Brussels Bureau Chief, Financial Times

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. CET  |  How to accelerate green, resilient, and inclusive global growth

The world is gradually recovering from the multiple shocks of the global pandemic, high inflation, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The world’s economy has proven to be more resilient than expected, but not without large costs. In the next few years, global GDP is projected to grow at the slowest pace in decades. Downside risks—increasing geopolitical tensions, “higher-for-longer” interest rates, economic slowdown in China, and worsening impacts of climate change—may slow growth even further. The pace of income convergence between poor and rich countries is also projected to decline.

What policy changes are needed to accelerate global growth? What is the right fiscal, monetary and structural policy agenda for the US, China, Europe, and the rest of the world? How to make economic growth more green, resilient, and inclusive at the same time?


Dr. Keyu Jin, Associate Professor of Economics, London School of Economics

Dr. Kenneth Rogoff, Professor of Economics and Maurits C. Boas Chair of International Economics, Harvard University

Dr. Beata Javorcik, Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Dr. Boris Vujčić,Governor, Croatian National Bank

Moderator: Prof. Marcin Piątkowski, Professor of Economics at Kozminski University and Lead Economist at the World Bank

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. CET  |  High-level debate: The imperatives and challenges of European connectivity in global turbulent times 

As the Three Seas enters its ninth year, it has established itself as a forum of consultation, coordination and economic action among thirteen EU member states between the Baltic, Black and Adriatic – including the recent accession of Greece.  A principal emphasis of the initiative has been to foster cross-border infrastructural connectivity. How can the Three Seas Initiative contribute to the transatlantic community’s response to the challenges posed by Russia’s violent aggression, increasing Chinese assertiveness, and a widening range of hybrid threats?

Introductory Remarks: Mr. Frederick Kempe, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Council


H.E. Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland

H.E. Gitanas Nausėda, President of the Republic of Lithuania

H.E. Edgars Rinkēvičs, President of the Republic of Latvia

H.E. Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia

Presentation on the Three Seas Summit: Mr. Vaidas Augustinavičius, Advisor to the President of the Republic of Lithuania

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. CET  |  Three Seas night

Keynote remarks: H.E. Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland

Thursday, January 18

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  CET  |  The Future of Finance

As technology continues to revolutionize the financial industry, the importance of collaboration and finding common ground between banking, fintech and regulators is crucial for driving innovation and delivering enhanced services to customers. During the debate we will discuss how to exploit upcoming opportunities and master challenges which financial leaders are facing in today’s fast-paced business landscape.


Jacek JastrzębskiChair of the Board, Polish Financial Supervision Authority

Dr. Thomas Moser, Alternate Member of the Governing Board, Swiss National Bank

Inga Mullins, Chief Executive Officer, Fluency

Prof. Marcin Piatkowski, Professor of Economics at Kozminski University and Lead Economist at the World Bank

Moderator: Vera Futorjanski, Chief Executive Officer, Veritas Ventures

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. CET  |  Fireside Chat with H.E. Věra Jourová: Europe, Democracy, and Digital Disruption

Digital technology has yielded enormous opportunities to spread and deepen democracy. It has enabled more citizens to have a voice in their governance, provided increased accountability from government officials, and expanded access to information. But digital technology has proven to be double edged sword, particularly in an age increased global tension and volatility. It has been used to propagate disinformation, extend surveillance, catalyze political polarization, and enable authoritarianism.  The advent of artificial intelligence portends to sharpen both sides of this sword as Europe and its partners around the globe grapple with the geopolitical dimensions of the digital era. The Three Seas region constitutes Europe’s front line against Russian aggression, including its digital dimension. What must be done to ensure the digital era strengthens versus rolls back democracy?

Featuring: H.E. Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, European Commission

Moderator: Steve Clemons, Founding Editor at Large, Semafor

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. CET  |  Energizing a Sea Change in Central Europe’s Energy Transition

As Russia continues to weaponize energy exports to Europe, the green energy transition has become even more critical to European security and resilience. What have been the green energy success stories in the Three Seas region?  What are the areas of greatest potential growth in the region’s green energy domain?  How can the Three Seas highlight itself as a leader in Europe’s energy transition?


Minister Ana Birchall, Special Envoy for Strategic and International Affairs, Nuclearelectrica; Former Deputy Prime Minister of Romania

Ms. Karen Karniol-Tambour, Co-Chief Investment Officer, Bridgewater Associates

Mr. Maxim Timchenko, Chief Executive Officer, DTEK

Ms. Reta Jo Lewis, Chair, Export-Import Bank of the United States

Moderator: Dr. Valbona Zeneli, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Europe Center, Atlantic Council

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. CET  |  Advancing the global sustainability agenda with regional technology deployment

The global sustainability agenda is facing challenges, being undermined by geopolitical tensions, globalization backlash and conflicting national interests. Regional deployment of sustainable solutions may reduce these uncertainties and advance the low-carbon economy. The panel will explore how digital and advanced manufacturing technologies can contribute to the Net Zero ambitions of manufacturing firms, and from a practical perspective, approaches and tools available to help organizations make the transition. This will include transformation to more circular supply chain ecosystems.


Mrs. Beata Daszyńska-Muzyczka, Special Representative of the President of the Republic of Poland for the Three Seas Initiative

Dr. Soichi Noguchi, Executive Chief Fellow, Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies

Dr. Jagjit Singh Srai, Director of Research and Head, Centre for International Manufacturing, University of Cambridge

Moderator: Mr. Maciej Bukowski, Senior International Analysis Expert, 3W Department, Polish Development Bank BGK

6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. CET  |  NATO and the future of deterrence and defense on Europe’s eastern front

As NATO approaches its 75th anniversary in 2024, it defends the transatlantic community amidst Russia’s ongoing and brutal invasion of Ukraine, violence in the Middle East, and tensions and instability in the Indo-Pacific and other regions of the world. Our discussion will address the evolving threats before the Alliance and the requirements they generate for effective deterrence and defense, including those pertaining to NATO’s force posture and the defense industry necessary to generate and sustain that posture. It will explore the actions the Three Seas States of NATO should be taking to reinforce the Alliance and what they should be expecting of their Allies to ensure that NATO is as successful in the coming years as it has been in the past 75.

Opening remarks: H.E. Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland


H.E. Juri Luik, Permanent Representative of Estonia to NATO

H.E. Peter Bator, Permanent Representative of Slovakia to NATO

H.E. Tomasz Szatkowski, Permanent Representative of Poland to NATO

Moderator: Mr. Ian Brzezinski, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council


More information about the Three Seas Hub team

About BGK: Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK) is a Polish development bank, the only such institution in the country. BGK supports and encourages the sustainable social and economic development of Poland. Measures taken by the Bank contribute to the creation of jobs, building of apartments, development of infrastructure and improvement of air quality. BGK ensures the well-being of future generations – it builds social capital, develops entrepreneurship and provides responsible financing. It is present in every region of Poland as well as abroad with its representative offices in Brussels, London, Frankfurt am Main and Amsterdam. It supports exports and foreign expansion of Polish companies. BGK, through cooperation with business, the public sector and financial institutions, responds to economic needs and undertakes a number of initiatives promoting sustainable development.

About the Europe Center’s Three Seas programming: The Atlantic Council’s Europe Center strives to promote a Europe undivided, free, and prosperous through its support of the Three Seas Initiative. Through publications, events, and collaboration with regional governments, the Atlantic Council builds awareness for the Initiative on both sides of the Atlantic among the public and private sectors. The Atlantic Council – leveraging its experience and involvement with the Initiative dating back to the Council’s 2014 Completing Europe report that provided the conceptual foundation for 3SI. The Council has been involved in each of the major 3SI summits since the Initiative’s founding, including in Dubrovnik, Warsaw, Bucharest, Ljubljana, Tallinn, Sofia, and Riga.

The Europe Center promotes leadership, strategies and analysis to ensure a strong, ambitious and forward-looking transatlantic relationship.