Krzysztof Celuch, Ph.D., CMM, CITE, CIS, HMCC, CED, 34, works in Warsaw, Poland, as director of Poland Convention Bureau, Polish Tourist Organization and vice-rector of Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. As a 2017 40 Under 40 honoree, Celuch discusses his passion for the events industry.
What I do: I am responsible for bringing meetings and events to Poland and promoting my destination globally. Daily I am traveling, doing presentations, preparing offers and managing a great team. I am also author of the Poland Meetings and Events Industry Report and Poland Meetings Impact, which help us to measure the significant role of live events. As vice-rector at Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (Vistula University Group), I handle international relations and student affairs. I am responsible for the business council and organize conferences like IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum Warsaw.
How I got here: I joined the meetings industry as a tour leader for a number of DMCs in 2000. As a journalist over a period of six years, I published more than 100 articles about the meetings and events industry. Later I joined the Warsaw Convention Bureau before it led me to my current roles. In the meantime, I got a Ph.D. in political science from Warsaw University.
My greatest career accomplishment: Organizing 12 editions of IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum Warsaw; authoring Poland Meetings Impact, which measures the economic impact of Poland’s meetings industry; and launching the first event management course at a university in Poland almost 10 years ago.
Impressive stats: I’ve helped bring 1,500 student attendees to IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum Warsaw. Thanks to my efforts with Poland Convention Bureau, we’ll bring more than 100 association congresses to Poland through 2021.