Event: VicForum 2018


Join us for the next annual Multicultural Forum, VicForum 2018 on 23rd March 2018 in Melbourne.

We are very proud to be a part of this great event with the PABF team.

Join us in Melbourne if you want to connect with like-minded people, entrepreneurs and business to discuss the changes in the digital era.

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PABF Private Dinner 2017 Review

As 2017 came to a close, our board members gathered with esteemed guests at acclaimed Sydney restaurant, Mr Wong’s, to reflect on our organization’s achievements and discuss the future of the Polish Australian Business Forum supporting prospects for our community.


Australian Ambassador to Poland, Mr Paul Wojciechowski, and Founder and Director of Polaron Ms Eva Hussain, joined us from Warsaw and Melbourne respectively for an evening that identified common objectives between the missions each guest at the table represented, and how intersecting will provide long-term benefits.


The conclusion was a progressive discussion of mutual trade and business interests, and the opportunities to be heralded for Polish and Australian professionals, between the two nations.


Many thanks are also awarded to VIP private touring company Sydney Privé, for organising a stunning dining experience for the evening.


Your professional career success

On Thursday 18 May, the Polish Australian Business Forum (PABF) hosted another event for 2017 at the Polish Consulate in Sydney.

The event attracted more than 40 guests to hear insights on, and discuss the topic, ‘Your professional career success’.

The audience gained valuable knowledge from three presenters, Navleen Bhatia, Agata Wypych, and Shelley Duffy, each giving their expert takes on the subjects of how to best position oneself for global mobility career opportunities, personal branding and ideas on standing out from the crowd, and the recent changes to the 457 visa.

“Having such esteemed presenters and the chance for the Polish-Australian community to come together and gain information on matters which are currently impacting them is the objective of the Forum” said Stefania Lasek, coordinator for the forum.

Following the presentations and lively Q&A session, guests had the opportunity to mingle, network and discuss career challenges with their peers.

While we want to provide this valuable service to our members we also see this social aspect as important in our mission. This is where not only business connections are forged but friendships are made and ultimately that’s what we want to see, a stronger Polish ex-pat community here in Australia.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our attendees and speakers and also the Polish consulate and the Consul General for hosting the event and our sponsor ‘Na Zdrowie’ restaurant for their continued and invaluable support.

Your professional career success

Save the date!

The next event for the Polish Australian Business Forum will be held on Thursday, 18 May 2017 at the Polish Consulate, Woollahra.

The event will feature presentations about personal branding, global mobility and how to professional position yourself for career success.

Join an important discussion about the global professional mobility, opportunities and challenges around the world.

Learn from our expert the best way to promote yourself and build your professional career in Australia.

Our special guests

Agata Wypych 

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Agata Wypych is the Human Resources and Operations Manager for the Asia Pacific at Excelian, Luxoft Financial Services, combining her strong academic background including a Master’s degree in Psychology and Human Resource Management at the University of Lodz with more than 10 years of professional work experience.

Agata oversees all human resources, corporate social responsibility, learning and development, global mobility and immigration activities for Australia – based employees and the wider Asia Pacific region over the past three years.

Prior to her move to Australia, Agata was employed by the Excelian parent company in London, the United Kingdom, in a similar capacity.

Agata is an expert in building personal branding. She is passionate about helping people achieve their professional goals and believes that personal branding is a skill that will allow you to create trusted relationships in your future workplace.

Shelley Duffy


Shelley Duffy is a registered migration agent and Director at Simply Visas in Sydney.

She has more than 10 years’ experience providing immigration assistance to corporates and individuals. Shelley has extensive experience with on-hire labour agreements including the company application process, compliance and ongoing submission requirements.

Shelley’s presentation will provide a brief history of Australian immigration during the last 20 years, information on the recently announced changes to the Subclass 457, Permanent Employer Sponsored Migration and Australian Citizenship. She will also provide some information on other popular pathways utilised by skilled overseas workers in Australia.

Navleen Bhatia

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Navleen Bhatia is a Global Mobility Relationship Manager at PwC Sydney. She specialises in advising corporates on global mobility, immigration and tax compliance, establishing immigration programs and secondment structures to facilitate the global movement of staff.

Navleen has more than 18 years’ experience in global mobility, specialising in corporate immigration law spanning the United States, Asia and Australia and is a law graduate from the University of South Hampton.

Navleen’s presentation will bring more insights about the modern professional global mobility and skills required around the world. You will learn about different business expectations and new destinations for the professionals.


Expression of interest – seeking volunteers!

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We want you…

  • Are you a young, savvy business professional?
  • Do you have an interest in Poland, either through your family heritage or past or current work experience?
  • Can you volunteer a couple hours every quarter to help enhance the growth of a business networking group?

The Polish Australian Business Forum is expanding, and we’re seeking like-minded individuals to join the PABFcommittee to support the running of our quarterly events and to help us continue to grow!

For more information please contact us on info@pabf.com.au


Taste of Poland: with Bella Jakubiak Winner of My Kitchen Rules Season 2

On Thursday 23 February, Polish Australian Business Forum (PABF) hosted its first event for 2017 in Sydney. Over 50 guests attended ‘Taste of Poland’ and were taken on a sensory journey to enjoy the culinary delights of Polish cuisine.

‘Taste of Poland’ was hosted at the popular Polish restaurant, Na Zdrowie, where guests sampled a menu of eight traditional dishes including the Polish classics—pierogi (dumplings), bigos (hunter’s stew) and kielbasa (smoked sausage).

While enjoying tasty treats, guests also had the opportunity to network with like-minded business leaders and learn something new about the understated beauty of Poland.

PABF’s special guest was Bella Jakubiak, one half of the successful team who won the 2011 series of the Channel 7 television cooking competition, ‘My Kitchen Rules’. Bella is of Polish descent, and spoke to the group about her passion for food, and how she is inspired by her grandmother who passed down important Polish traditions, as well as expressing love and affection through food. Bella treated guests to a delicious surprise dessert which was a modern take on a Polish sernik (cheesecake).

IMG_4849The event coincided with Tlusty Czwartek (Fat Thursday), which is a traditional Catholic feast marking the last Thursday before Lent. Among the most popular dishes served on the day are paczki (Polish donuts), which were also served at the ‘Taste of Poland’ event.

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Polish Australian Business Forum was established in 2015 to foster business relationships for Polish leaders living in Australia, and the Forum continues to gain momentum among companies and professionals with an interest in both countries.


Invitation for our next event on 23rd February 2017

DSC_1127Dear All,
We would like to invite you and your friends to enjoy the tastes, smells, and liveliness of Europe’s geographical heart: Poland!
On the menu will be 8 traditional Polish dishes transformed into delectable canape servings. Guests will be taken on an audial journey as each dish is served with facts about the origins of Polish food and culture.
Sharing the evening with you, is your seasoned host Bella Jakubiak, winner of Season 2 of My Kitchen Rules, who will also be serving her signature (and highly confidential!) dessert.
The evening is guaranteed to be full of conversation, delicious food, and the chance to meet new people and learn something about the understated beauty of Poland.
Book 23th February 2017; 7:00 pm at Na Zdrowie Restaurant  (www.nazdrowie.com.au)
********* TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE **********

Our last event at the Polish Consulate


On Thursday, the 8th of September 2016, Polish Australian Business Forum and The Polish Consulate of Sydney had the pleasure to host the ever-growing group of Polish business leaders in Australia.

Invited guests, including dignitaries from interstate as well as active professionals from around the country, gathered to hear insights presented at a diverse discussion panel, addressing the topic of ‘Business Prospects of Modern Poland’.

Led by the SBS Polish journalist – Magdalena Dejneka – the debate concerned investment opportunities in Poland. Panelists: Jenny Morawska (The Morawska Group) Krzysztof Lyson (Macquarie Group), and Stefania Lasek (Learn to Trade) each shared their perspectives on the topic. The multitude of their experiences and ideas gained much interest from the audience, who also had a chance to ask follow-up questions.

The event was also enriched by artistic elements. Anastazia Bobis, a young Polish – Australian painter, shared a part of her portraits exhibition.

With such a growing reputation and popularity, Polish Australian Business Forum is realizing its mission to foster bilateral business relationships between Poland and Australia. The group is bound to build momentum in the near future, especially amongst companies and professionals with interests in both countries, and beyond. 

Stefania Lasek will be our Guest Speaker


We are happy to announce that Stefania Lasek will be one of our three Guest Speakers at the next event to be held at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, on September 8th.

About Stefania

Stefania began her professional career in the fashion industry, in a Sydney-based public relations agency as a publicist’s intern. She has held management roles in the allied health industry, and information technology industry working with cyber securities.
Today she is the Operations and Events manager for the world’s leading foreign exchange mentoring company, Learn to Trade. In the past, Stefania competed in Miss World Australia 2014, and holds a Diploma in Marketing. She is also a member of Polish Australian Business Forum.
When not working on professional pursuits, she enjoys reading extensively and enjoying outdoor activities.

Jenny Morawska will be our Guest Speaker

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We are delighted to announce that our next guest speaker at the September event is Jenny Morawska.

About Jenny

Jenny has extensive experience in executive leadership and management. Her experience has been gained in various executive roles in a number of large complex domestic and international organisations, in multiple industries, and in both private and public sectors including:

Chief Executive Officer, Research Infrastructure Support Services Limited; Non Executive Director NAPCAN Foundation (National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect); General Manager, People and Performance, Westpac Banking Corporation, Australasia; Deputy Secretary, Commonwealth Departments of Finance, Industry, Science and Resources; Director, Ernst and Young; Executive Director, Price Waterhouse.

Prior to this, Jenny held various senior executive roles in Government and CSIRO, and also undertook  University lecturing (ANU, University of Canberra, Macquarie University, University of Technology Sydney), postgraduate studies, teaching and research.

She is advisor to the Swedish Foreign Ministry and the Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden, and was an advisor to the United Nations General Assembly regarding establishment of dialogues for peace.

She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, member of the Advisory Board International Management Institute Doctor of Business Leadership, past secretary of the Australasian Evaluation Society and past Executive Council Member of the Australian Institute of Management Consultants.

Jenny specialises in moving organisations through difficult times to optimise business performance, inspiring stakeholders to leverage opportunities and to live the organisation’s vision.Her passion is for building a sustainable future for organisations and individuals.