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WHERE: Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College
WHEN: Saturday, 28 January 2017, 1.00 – 3.30 pm

Case study description

You and your colleagues have been invited to join a project for Spanish regional retail chain (supermarkets, hypermarkets and discounts stores). In the last few years the company has experienced declining revenues and operating margins…

You, as part of McKinsey team has been brought in to help improve company’s financial position and create a sustainable, compelling value proposition in the face of competitive pressure from discounters, international retailers, and other potential market entrants.

What can you expect?

You will have the opportunity to experience our collaborative ways of working through exploring a case study that is representative of our daily work. Coached by our consultants, you will work in teams to analyze a real-life client situation, develop hypotheses for action and prepare recommendations. Throughout the event, you will explore the topic in a variety of ways and get to know McKinsey consultants.

Application details
Submit your application by Sunday, January 22 at: Business Case Study with McKinsey. We will get back to applicants on Tuesday, January 24.
We look forward to meeting you!



WHERE: St. John’s Old Divinity School
WHERE: Friday, 27 January 2017, 3.30 – 5.30 pm

CEC’s Lobbying Workshop will be a fascinating insight into the workings of the seemingly mysterious world of political lobbying, allowing you to find out how to enter this exciting and evolving profession. Long misunderstood, lobbying or public affairs is about the art of communicating in a democracy – and empowering the disadvantaged in their ability to shape and influence their environment. At the workshop, Marek Matraszek – Chairman of CEC Government Relations – will take you on a tour of the history of lobbying in Poland, and explain how it operates today in an increasingly complex and digitalized political environment. There will be a revealing case study to explain the secrets of the profession, and also a practical exercise to allow you to see if you have what it takes to be a modern lobbyist.

Marek Matraszek Marek Matraszek is Chairman of CEC Government Relations ( in Poland and a graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford. CEC specialises in designing and implementing strategic communications and lobbying campaigns for major US, UK and European multinationals. Marek’s personal focus is on the defence sector, and he currently advises Lockheed Martin on their activities in Poland. Marek became an active supporter of the anticommunist opposition in Central Europe in the 1980s, and after 1990 worked with the British Conservative Party, US Republican Party and the Margaret Thatcher Foundation in the region. He has written widely on Polish and international affairs for international media and can be followed on Twitter (@matraszek) discussing strategic defence, energy and political issues in Central Europe.



WHERE: St. John’s Old Divinity School
WHERE: Friday, 27 January 2017, 3.30 – 5.30 pm

Have you ever been to a boring presentation where the speaker hasn’t engaged with the audience or the subject? Probably! But have you thought about what went wrong? Many people find any sort of public speaking intimidating, yet most of us have or will have jobs that require it at some level. This workshop will introduce some basic skills that will build self-confidence and show how to connect engagingly with an audience.

Richard Berkley Richard Berkeley has lived in Warsaw for 15 years. He is a musician, actor, journalist, corporate coach and Prezes of Fundacja Nowa Orkiestra Kameralna. He has dedicated himself to building civil society through arts education. Until 2015, he was a member of the steering committee of MEN, the education ministry Recent films include “Mazurek” and “Hiszpanka” and in 2010 he advertised Warsaw on BBC World. His corporate clients have included Allen and Overy, EY, PwC, Deloitte, BPP, GE Money, Kronospan, Unilever, P&G, Goldenline and the Warsaw University of Technology.


Debating & Chairing Skills Workshop with Richard Washington

WHERE: St. John’s Old Divinity School
WHERE: Friday, 27 January 2017, 3.30 – 5.30 pm

Managed debate is fundamental to successful professional and public life. In our era of ideological division, instant reaction and aggressive rhetoric, we need more than ever to develop the skills needed to benefit from well led, civil discussion. This workshop will present straightforward approaches to constructive debate, as well as offering practical hints on how to chair and lead discussion. Participants will be encouraged to contribute actively by trying out their debating and chairing skills – just as they will be in their future professional lives.

Richard Washington Richard Washington is Director of Communications and Recruitment of the Natolin Campus of the College of Europe (Warsaw). With the British Alumni Society in Poland he regularly chairs a current affairs discussion group, The Ladies and Gentlemen’s Club. A graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, he worked for nine years as a professional actor. He is also a graduate in History and Social Sciences (Oxford University, Birkbeck College and the College of Europe) and an occasional lecturer in politics, the EU and international relations. He was a member of Islington Borough Council (1998 – 2002) and, before moving to Poland in 2010, was frequently involved in political campaigns in the UK.


Masterclass with Anda Rottenberg

WHERE: Fitzwilliam Museum Foyer
WHEN: Friday, 27 January 2017, 2.00 – 4.00 pm

Have you ever wondered how to read art? Or would you like to find new ways in which images can speak to you? Join the exclusive masterclass led by Anda Rottenberg, our prominent expert on modern art, who will make you see extraordinary images from anew in the splendid halls of our Fitzwilliam museum.

Anda Rottenberg Anda Rottenberg is an illustrious art historian, critic, and curator. During her directorship at the Zachęta National Gallery of Modern Art in Warsaw, she created critical exhibitions for contemporary debates on Polish identity, including the controversial ‘Where is Abel, thy brother?’ re-examining collective responsibility for the Holocaust. Deeply committed to the promotion of Polish art she curated prestigious exhibitions in, among others, the US, Germany, Russia, Japan, Korea and in the Polish Pavilions at the Venice and Sao Paulo Biennales.