The Luxembourg-Poland Business Club hosted the first edition of its Summer Business Ball on Saturday evening with a line-up of entertainment that saw politicians and the business community let loose on the dance floor.
The evening began with networking and apéritifs before the master of ceremonies, Nathalie Reuter, the RTL presenter and journalist, ushered everyone into the Grande Salle ballroom for the gala dinner and speeches.
Artur Sosna, LPBC president, opened the evening by introducing the event sponsors--ArcelorMittal, KPMG and Arendt & Medernach--and the team behind the organisation of the event, which was first announced seven months ago. “We decided back then to be even more international than we are now and invited Paul Schonenberg, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce to join us.”
Sosna went on to explain that since establishment three and a half years ago, the club has organised more than 35 events covering topics such as logistics, space, ICT and banking and finance--everything that connects the countries of Luxembourg and Poland together. “We want to be active for business,” he said, passing the floor to Schonenberg who treated the audience to a few impromptu moves before taking the microphone.
“Luxembourg is a little like a Harry Potter movie; you have the muggles and the wizards. Ladies and gentlemen, we are the wizards and we help to make Luxembourg the best place in Europe to set up in business and have economic success.” He said that when the international community talk together, they speak English. And when asked about Polish he replied, “Ah yes, Polish is the language of tomorrow!” to the great amusement of the audience.
Sosna took great pleasure in announcing the “Business Ambassador of the Year” award which went to Poland’s ambassador to Luxembourg, Bartosz Jałowiecki, for his continued support over the last three and a half years. “I really wasn’t expecting this; if I was, my wife would be here,” joked Jałowiecki, who was clearly taken aback.
“We have to remember where we started. Twenty-seven years ago exactly to this day, on 18 June 1989, we had the second decisive round in the first real elections in the then communist Poland. These elections had a domino effect and led to the fall of communism in all of Europe and eventually to the fall of the Berlin Wall.”
In-between courses, the focus moved from one inspiring speech to another. Jasiek Mela, president of the charity Poza Horyzonty (Beyond the Horizons), explained how he had overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, including the loss of two limbs, to rack up a phenomenal list of achievements.
And having enjoyed both “food for thought” and a delicious four-course gourmet menu, guests took to the dance floor, danced the night away to an impressive repertoire of live music and made mental notes to book their seats in advance for next year.