to be surrounded by those who bring out the best in me

When I was 16, I realized that I can work hard when I’m possessed to envision the unlikely, and to be surrounded by those who bring out the best in me. Then it was sails. my first unspoken pact with nature. Today it is a strategy of transformation, which is just as much a part of nature.

I learned it in one of the most demanding of schools – in China. In my first years of Asian adventure, the biggest challenge was the cultural gap. Gradually, with each passing year, I felt more and more a part of that business culture. In a way that is hard to grasp, I have become part of this digital society. I witnessed the fastest and largest digital transformation in the history of our civilization. Today, these experiences can be valuable in other parts of the world.

My narcissistic element found its place at the university. There is nothing more inspiring than a conversation. A dispute between a teacher and a student can be an extraordinary adventure. There is only one way to ensure sustained innovation – we need to lead it :).


Bartosz Ziółek

Digital transformation


The currency of the future will be trust and diversity. I advocate business development through relationship building, mutual support, and the synergistic use of resources and skills. As a digital transformation executive leader, I have 21 years of experience mapping and implementing strategic initiatives. Cross- functional departmental partnerships as well as partnerships with the C-level suite. Process, System, and People optimization expertise to streamline Capex. Finance expertise. Asset management. Continual improvement. Pitch & support sales. Business strategy advisory role. Relationship builder and influencer. In private, I am a father of three daughters and one dog. When I'm not at work, you'll find me sailing.
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A selection of career highlights

  • Adapting and scaling the digital distribution model in Asia for Petrochemical company through digital transformation. Develop key strategic initiatives cross- functionally with sales, export, and R&D. The portfolio of investments under management through various initiatives exceeds $43m.
  • Provide strategic operational deployment support for a company in the AGV (Automated guided vehicles) industry. Which resulted in signing an investment agreement with an Asian partner for >$34m.
  • Managed major digital transformation projects in the purchasing and stock management divisions of the largest restaurant chain in Central Europe. More than 2,500 employees were affected. Saved more than $5.2m in OPEX every year for more than 5 years.
  • Establishing a consistent brand of Polish apples in China. As a result, an €82m sales contract was signed.
  • Advisor to the President of Poland and representative of Polish entrepreneurs on official delegations of the Polish Prime Minister.
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IT industry expertise

  • PMO, management & staffing;
  • Project Controls mgmt. platforms (Oracle P6 / Monday / Jira / Clarity PPM / MS Project / Timberline);
  • Reengineering of processes (BPM);
  • Deployment integration (Sales/Marketing & CRM, PMO & PPM, Finance & ERP, etc.);
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International business expertise

  • M&A process management;
  • Cross-cultural management;
  • International negotiations;
  • Legal oversight in various countries;
  • Tax and customs proficiency in international trade
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Key areas of focus


  • P&L Global Resource Coordination 
  • Team Leadership/Operations Management
  • Analysis & Assessment of Risks
  • Customer Success
  • Change Management
  • Continuous process improvement
  • Strategic Planning & Execution
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Amber Global Consulting LTD

Digital Transformation and Delivery Executive | 2010 - 2022

Assist clients with strategic initiatives around integrating mobility, web, and cloud-based enterprise solutions for various platforms in China. To assist them in digitizing their projects and modifying them according to local complexities and requirements. Leading the transformation effort (with great teams!) to help scale business through leveraging business processes, systems, and human capital. Oversee Digital Strategy and Implementation of a series of multimillion-dollar international initiatives:  
  • eCommerce Gamification, Omnichannel, Analytics, and eCommerce Socialization initiatives. Over 270 million euros were distributed on digital platforms for European food and cosmetic products. Affirming the potential of digital trade tools to assist local and national governments and their institutions. Analyze and report on program progress (metrics and KPIs) to key stakeholders;
  • Work cross-functionally with teams (to ensure that dates and milestones are aligned);
  • Establishment of the Chinese branch of Norman Process Oils Malaysia (petrochemical) - team recruitment, entity registration, building critical infrastructure, and integration of IT systems;
  • Fusion of a Polish startup producing AGVs (automated guided vehicles) with a Chinese industry leader. Which resulted in signing an investment agreement with an Asian partner for >$34m;
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SilkRail China LTD

Director of Transformation & Portfolio Management 2010 - 2022 | Warsaw, Chengdu

SaaS cloud-based B2B logistic startup. SilkRail is a platform that enables dynamic data exchange and execution of smart contracts in blockchain architecture for instant allocation of cargo space on trains. Utilization of Tencent Cloud DLT for freight contracting and listing to confirm the authenticity of a transaction. Integration with the largest carriers' systems.
  • Leadership in the area of digital transformation;
  • Alignment of strategic PMOs (Logistics, Sales, Digital Custom Clearance, Cross-modal integration, Support, and Corporate);
  • Plan, develop, and implement transformational delivery initiatives (Cargo Allocation System, Blockchain smart contracts, etc.);
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Sfinks Polska SA

Director of Digital Transformation / CIO 2005 - 2010 | Łódź, Budapest, Prague

Designing architecture solutions. SaaS and IaaS cloud migration. Providing strategic direction and managing on-time, on-budget, on-quality, and stakeholder relationships. The risk mitigation strategy for critical infrastructure (risk management). IT finance governance. Track and maintain budgets. Financial modeling and forecasting. Generated OPEX savings in excess of $5.2M / year over 5 years through the digitization of the controlling environment.  
  • Operational budget & PMO operations.
  • Developing and implementing a Data Center tailored to the restaurant chain's requirements;
  • Implement Agile best practices and re-establish the ePMO to support long-term strategic planning, including a 3-5-year strategic roadmap, and resource management;
  • Improve data sources (Data Modeling & Governance, Data Flow, and Business Rules);
  • Establish regular communication with development teams, and product managers, and identify key impediments and risks;
  • Problem-solving and decision-making (cross-functionally);
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EIT Poland

Director / Owner
2001 - 2005 | Łódź

Technical / UX / functional / vision / product roadmap. Managing budgets. The delivery of IT services, IT infrastructure (hardware), and operational performance. SLAs and licensing agreements for installation and maintenance. Project Planning for Application Lifecycle Management (APM) specifications. Delivering execution of business requirements & functional solutions at Sphinx&Wook restaurants. Manage the engagement teams onshore and offshore. Provide functional and technical requirements for business applications.
  • Music distribution platform for WP.pl (Create UI & develop a strategy, distribution engine, DMR implementation, and content embedding mechanism). A project that successfully set the standards for the distribution of digital products in Poland, before the era of iTunes.
  • Risto - Poland's first fully mobile restaurant service system. Support for data analytics of the largest Polish restaurant chain. Establishment of a software distribution and support network in the Hungarian, Italian, German, Romanian, and Chinese markets.
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Education History

International Executive MBA

IAE Paris - Sorbonne Business School

By far, it was my most valuable learning experience. The timing was just right. Having already worked in international markets for several years, I was just beginning my journey into Asian markets.

Information management

UAM Poznan M.Sc

As a result of my studies, I gained a better understanding of social communication mechanics. It was especially useful in intercultural management.


English - business proficiency
Chinese - basic
Python - basic
German - basic


Executive MBA Program
Digital Transformation

Postgraduate studies
Business in China

Executive MBA Program
Digital Transformation and International Business

Executive MBA Program
Digital Transformation and Multicultural Management

Executive MBA Program
Digital Transformation and International Business

MBA IT Program
Digital Transformation

Postgraduate studies
The School of Law and Economy of China