Invitation to our XXXVII Gathering

Invitation to our XXXVII Gathering

Dear Members and Friends of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.
It has been over three months since our last gathering, during which we had followed up our January action for the Polish biggest charity organization – The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity

As some of you might remember, we had raised over 75 mln IDR that night, and the final counting of money raised worldwide stopped at almost 25 mln USD.

Because that organization has been very active for the last 25 years helping Polish hospitals in buying equipment for Children Wards and recently for Geriatric Wards, some politicians in Poland have suggested the organization for the Noble Peace Award.
Following the popular action in Poland of taking a picture with the hashtag of the Orchestra logo, our guests during the last gathering also participated in that happening.


Regarding our next gathering, we are planning to move back to our presentation routine.
For the next evening we will have two interesting presentations:
One presented by Piotr Jakubowski the CMO of GO-JEK  titled:
” GO-JEK: Out-innovating Global Competition “
The second presented by Chris Bulski the Managing Partner of PendopoLabs, Polish – Indonesian consulting agancy titled:
“How PendopoLabs builds the Warsaw – Jakarta business bridge”.
So, those of you who will be in Jakarta on the 7th of September and are interested to expand your horizons and meet your friends,  please join us at the Eastern Promise Bar & Resto in Kemang, where the Polish Business Club in Jakarta will hold its XXXVII Gathering.
Andrzej / Andy
Report from September & October Gathering

Report from September & October Gathering

Hello Members and Friends of the Polish Business Cub in Jakarta.

I have been busy recently with traveling back and forth to Poland, so there was no time to create and send to you reports from our last two gatherings. I apologize for this and below I will try in a few words to recall to some of you who were present there and those who were not, that in September we started the sixth year of the activity of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.




On this occasion, I would like once again to thank the Trade and Investment Promotion Division of the Polish Embassy, the Polish Embassy, and of course you all for supporting us during those five great years.

I would like to thank all of you who introduced to us in a form of presentations interesting fields of Indonesians daily routine ( due- diligence, corruption, IT safety, travel, drinking water, charity, job recruitment, taxes, social work in Papua, housing services and of course Polish – Indonesian trade exchange reports) and also those who sponsored us from time to time with a keg of beer.

Thank you.

I would like to thank almost one and a half thousand guests who visited us during our 30 gatherings.

Thank you all.

Our last two gatherings ( XXXI and XXXII ) had not attracted many guests (25 average ) but the atmosphere as usual was fantastic. Once again our friend Sunil from the Society Wines donated two bottles of wine, and we also spared two bottles of Zubrowka to our Lucky Draw winners.



Everybody had fun and new business connections were initiated.

I would like to thank once again our host the Eastern Promise Bar & Restaurant, for hosting those two nights and for delicious food and professional service.

Report from the XXVII Gathering

Report from the XXVII Gathering

Foremost, I would like to thank our host on that night, the Eastern Promise Bar & Resto , for once again perfect hospitality.

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That day (14th of April) was a very popular party day in the city, so because of several other functions happening we could welcome only 35 guests. Among them was the Polish Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr. Tadeusz Szumowski, with his wife Agata; the representative of the Polish Trade and Investment Promotion Division, Mr. Tomasz Piętka; and also the Founder and Executive Director of Red Nose Foundation , Mr. Dan Roberts.

As some of you might remember, during our last gathering we managed to collect 5,000,000 Rp to support 5 children from his foundation to go  Poland to take part in the International Brave Kids Festival by selling photos taken and printed by our friend Piotr –   PIOTRJANIW.BLOGSPOT.COM

This time we sold only 3 photos for 900,000 Rp, but with the help of our other member Rob Davies and his generous gift, the Red Nose Foundation could raise much more money for the same purpose.

Rob, who is a football memorabilia collector, has donated his limited edition framed poster called “Class of 68”.


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This is a certified limited-edition poster printed on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the European Cup Final, played at Wembley on May 29 1968, between Benfica Lisbon and Manchester United, and won by MU 4 : 1.

This poster shows the medal collected by winners and also autographs of: Alex Stepney, Pat Crerand, Brian Kidd, John Aston, Bill Foulkes, Tony Dunne, Sir Bobby Charlton, David Sadler, Shay Brewnan, Nobby Stiles, Denis Law and George Best who played that game.

I hope that the value of this is very high for football enthusiasts and the charity donation will even double or triple it.

If you are interested in donating money for Red Nose Foundation by buying this poster please contact directly Dan at

The moment we heard about Rob’s donation, this photo was taken as proof of the deal.

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from the left to the right: H.E. Tadeusz Szumowski, Rob, myself and Dan.

We had a fantastic time that evening with some new guests joining us at the EP Sports Bar for the first time.

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So, to continue our networking quality time, I would like to invite you to join us at our XXVIII Gathering of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.

See you at the next meeting on Thursday, the 26th of May, details to be included in email.


Andrzej / Andy

Report from the XXIV Gathering

Report from the XXIV Gathering

Dear Members and Friends of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.

It has been two weeks since we had our last gathering and I know I am quite late with my report. Ma’af.

We had a quite good time that Thursday but the number of our guests was lower that the regular 50 ++ guests as there were several other official functions in town that night. Our official count took us to 42 guests of whom 12 attended our Gathering for the first time.

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Before I start with the details from that event, I would like to thank once again our host, the Eastern Promise Bar & Resto, for giving us once again perfect service and serving delicious food. Thank you EP.

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The following companies were present :

As you know from my previous reports, we have recently been struggling with securing a sponsor, but that night the Santa Fe Relocation Services  presented to us an informative talk on ‘Property Management & Maintenance.”  Teddy Ragg, the Property Management Division Manager, introduced to us how the Company helps their customers.

Thank you Teddy and your company for sponsoring for us a “magic keg of beer.”

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If you would like to know more about those services, please visit  or contact me to get full soft copy pf the presentation.

Unfortunately the size of it ( over 5 MB ) was to big to be send to all of you in this email.

During that event I have shared with our guests the good news related to our Club’s founding partner, the Trade and Investment Promotion Division of the Polish Embassy in Jakarta, and the First Counsellor, Mr. Romuald Morawski.

In recognition of his services for the development of the economy of the Republic of Poland,  Mr. Morawski has been awarded a badge of honor for his contribution to the development of economy of the Republic of Poland.

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On behalf of our Club and its members, I would like to congratulate Mr. Morawski for his achievements and also to thank him for his contribution in promoting the Polish Business Club across all of the provinces of Indonesia, as evident in the photo compilation below.

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Coming back to our last gathering, our guests had fun as usual and three new members joined the Polish Business Club. Welcome!

As our gatherings become more popular within Jakarta’s community, I would like to help you plan your time in early December and remind you that our next Gathering will take place on the 10th of December. The venue is still to be confirmed. We are considering a distinguished venue for the pre Christmas Party, but….. we are looking for a sponsor to enable that night to be extra special.

At the end of my report, please forgive me for bending a little our rule of not directly promoting other organizations and their events, but as a lover of good beer and delicious cheese I can’t help but forward to you a message from INA – Indonesian Benelux Chamber of Commerce. INA is organizing the Belgian Beer and Dutch Cheese tasting, which will be held on Wednesday, 18 November 2015 at the Raffles Hotel Kuningan.

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Andrzej / Andy

Andrzej Jakubowski

Chairman | Polish Business Club in Jakarta




Report from the XXI Gathering

Report from the XXI Gathering

Hello everyone,

The XXI-st Gathering of our Club is behind us already and as all of the previous ones, successful, so with full satisfaction I am writing this report.

Although some other functions taking place in town that night and the middle of Spring School Holidays, with many families gone with their kids out of town, we managed to gather a decent crowd of 38 people. Only 11 of them were Poles, but it gives me only more satisfaction that the Polish Business Club in Jakarta has been already well recognized by many other nationalities who wish to join us each time.

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As always, you will find below the companies and institutions which sent representatives that night:                                                                                                                                                                                         

Our special guests were in the center of attention that evening. Before we started the scheduled presentation given by John, I had a chance to introduce to all of our guests our ” First Lady” in Jakarta, the wife of the Polish Ambassador in Indonesia, Mrs. Agata Szumowska; the Country Manager of Lufthansa, Mr. Andrew Kim, and also a very lovely and unique person, Tania Kaczmarczyk, our friend from the Polish Embassy. As an Orientalist and Arabist, Tania has written and already published in Poland many books – twelve exactly – under the pen-name of Tanya Valko.

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Four of them, an Arabian Saga (Arabian Wife, Arabian Daughter, Arabian Blood, and Arabian Princess) published in between 2010 and 2013, have become bestsellers in Poland. Tanya is now working on “The Asian Saga” and the first book titled “Slivers of Paradise“ was published in Poland in June 2014, while the next one, “Bali My Love,” is planned for June 2015.

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If you are Polish and interested in purchasing any of Tanya Valko books, just contact me and I will forward your request directly to Tania.

After that moment of introduction, John Suermondt demonstrated perfection in his professional approach.

He started to impress me one hour earlier, when after some 30 minutes spent by the staff of Eastern our host that night, trying without a success to set up the projector usually used for the presentations, John opened his travel bag, took his own projector out of it, and said to me: “If you want to be a professional, you have to be ready for this kind of situation as well.” I just said to him: “WOW, you are good.”

 John, who is the Managing Director of the PT. Harrisons Assessments Indonesia , gave us an interesting introduction of the Harrison Assessments   Talent Management Solutions. He introduced the SMARTQUESTIONERE, , one of the routine tools used  in Harrison Assessments business, which “ measures essential, job-specific success factors with highly accurate results, […] accurately predicts an individual’s engagement performance, work satisfaction and retention, […] provides the equivalent of a full day of typical job-specific testing in less than 25 minutes”  and  is administrated in 29 languages.

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Thank you John for this interesting presentation and for a “ magic keg of beer” as well.

As most of you already know, as the Polish Business Club we are quite active in the charity field. At present unable to continue our own goodwill actions, we have tried to promote the one organized by the Harley Owners Group in Indonesia. Our friend Garry Chapman, a proud owner of a 2007 Street Bob 96 Harley Davidson motorbike, invited us to take a part in the Annual HOGFEST 2015.

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You will find details of this event in the attachment to this report.

Overall, this was a great night. For the first time we had a full support of our new member The Santa Fe Relocation Services not only in the form of two door prizes, but also as a donor of a “magic keg of beer” – once again I would like to thank the management of the SANTA FE but also the staff who joined us that night.

I hope that everyone who came to our gathering was very satisfied, especially the 14 people who we welcomed for the first time.

Coming to the end of my report, I would like to share with you my spontaneous charity action at The Rotary’s Club Last Friday of the month is their regular charity auction, and I donated a bottle of our famous vodka WYBOROWA. I took good care of that bottle by keeping it in the deep freezer for many hours before the auction started, and there was a close bidding done by three gentlemen. The lucky owner of the bottle donated 3,000,000 Rp to charity. WYBOROWA is the best! Thank you once again for the open heart and supporting local children since all of the raised money went to the RED NOSE FOUNDATION

Once again thanks and see you at our next gathering on the 4th of June.​

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Andrzej / Andy…………………………… and sometimes called Handy.

Andrzej Jakubowski

Chairman | Polish Business Club in Jakarta
C: +62 816700053


Report from the XX Gathering

Report from the XX Gathering

Hello Members and Friends of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.


Last Thursday we hosted our 20th gathering.

As part of Jakarta’s business community over three and half years, we managed to sign in over 130 members from 15 different nations and were able to welcome almost 1000 guests to our networking gatherings. Our gatherings were taking place in well known expat hangouts and we will be happy to expand and keep our standards at the highest level.

Last Thursday at the Eastern Promise was a very unique one, with many pleasant and at the same time unexpected actions.

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It was not only the number of guests who turned up, although there were other evening gatherings taking place in Jakarta, but that we are keeping for the last few meetings an average attendance  of nearly 60 guests.

Looking at the “database” proved by the cork board we supplied at the EP, representatives of the following companies joined us that night (I include only those who have website addresses on their name cards ):                                                                                                   

Based on our 20 gatherings’ experience and my observations at other events, this time I decided to express my personal opinion about the behavior of some of the attendees at any business-related gathering, official diplomatic function, art exhibition or even friendly party night, who show little or no respect to the presenters, announcers or even the private party hosts by continuing their chats with the person next to them at the same time an official speaker or presenter has the floor. My private opinion…….SHAME ON THEM.

Imagine yourself up at the front of an audience, trying to present your best prepared or just routine speech, being disrespected by a bunch of individuals, who every day call themselves “professionals.” You probably even do make these presentations on a regular basis. Do you like it when people talk while you’re presenting?

My general message that night was…….. SHOW RESPECT to our speakers and LISTEN to the presentations.

Yes, we had two presentations, delivered that night with complete silence in the audience and I think all of our guests enjoyed it because they all could hear it. Thank you all!

The First Secretary of the Trade & Investment Promotion Division of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland Tomasz Pietka presented:

Poland – the right course of action

A short presentation on Poland’s economy, trade and investment relations with Indonesia and plans of Trade & Investment Promotion Division of the Embassy of Poland in Jakarta for the year 2015.

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Just before the scheduled presentation, the First Counselor of the Trade & Investment Promotion Division, to my big surprise and even bigger satisfaction, unexpectedly presented to me an official letter, supported by the Polish Ministry of Economics, appreciating the activity of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta  in the field of building a solid relationship in business ties between Poland and Indonesia.

Acting as a non-profit organization, trying to establish and create a relationship based on our personal business contacts, Natalia, Marek and myself  ( the board of the Club ) were stunned,  since we have never been looking  for or expecting any recognition from the Polish Government regarding our activities.

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​On behalf of Natalia and Marek and myself, a big thank you to the Polish Government.

The other part of the evening included a presentation by a member of our Club, who also responded voluntarily to promote his company during our event. Graham Garven, the Partner of , gave us a presentation titled “Tax Advisor?! In Indonesia?!”: a brief outline of the Indonesian tax environment and how to comply. Those of you who have a second thought how to do it, visit the website ,  see the attachment, or contact Graham directly.

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Thank you Graham for the presentation, and also I would like to thank your Company for sponsoring our Club with a “magic keg of beer “.

Coming to the end of my report, on behalf of Natalia, Marek and myself, I would like to extend big thanks to all of our Club supporters, regardless of nationality, for supporting our Club, which is an independent non-profit business-oriented networking organization.


Report from the 12th Gathering of the Polish Business Club

Report from the 12th Gathering of the Polish Business Club



Supported by:





Dear Members and Friends of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta


First of all I would like to thank all of you who were able to come to our XII gathering at the Eastern Promise last week.

We managed to facilitate 52 guests, of which 24 were our club members, 9 regular visitors and 19 came for the first time.

They all represented over 30 different industries with some of them mentioned below:                                             


























I hope all of the guests were satisfied with services of our host Eastern Promise, so I would like to thank Lens, Meggy and all waitresses for taking care of us.

I would like to thank the representatives of Qatar Airways and specially Mr. Rulan Hersono, the Sales Executive, for giving us a presentation about the airline and introducing details how the Club members could use their official website to access the discounted rates reserved to our Club.


















Our agreement with Qatar Airways is valid until the end of September 2014, so please take full advantage of their services.

Taking about services, last Saturday the Polish Business Club together with students from the IB English B class and Mr. Wojciech Kur, our Club’s supporter from Adidas Indonesia, have organized together under a Service Learning Program “Hand by Hand Indonesia” ( an 8-a –side soccer tournament for the boys from the local school we are taking care of.

Location of the Tournament – Jakarta International School.




























Mr. Kur has organized 16 pairs of Adidas soccer shoes for the winning and follow-up teams*, the students brought refreshments and handled the organizing duties and the Polish Business Club used money from selling the soccer book and soccer game programs to buy medals for all of the participants plus delicious Magnum-Mini ice cream.
















We had a fantastic time watching those boys enjoying playing soccer but specially one, Reza, who scored 10 goals and had 2 assists during three 12-minute games. Outstanding performance. He is 12 years old and is a member of the ASA – Asian Soccer Academy.

You can see some more pictures from that tournament here:

*because of technical reasons, the shoes will be delivered to the winners later.


Taking the opportunity of writing to you directly I would like to inform you also about a meeting  that took place on the 27th of October 29, 2013 organized by Trade and Investment Promotion Division of the Polish Embassy in Jakarta to which the Polish Business Club, Kopex Contractors and BUMAR Sp.z.o.o representatives.

During the meeting the participants exchanged information about present economic situation in Indonesia in the field of trade and investment opportunities between Poland and Indonesia.


The Head of the Trade and Investment Promotion Division Mr. R. Morawski introduced to us the effects of the September official visit of the President of Indonesia Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Poland and a number of MoU-s signed to open a base for further intensification of bilateral economic relationships between our countries.

This meeting gave us also an occasion to review a perfect partnership between Polish Trade Mission and representatives of Polish companies in Indonesia and Polish Business Club.


This is all for this time and I hope to see all of you during our next gathering. The date will be confirmed later but most probably it will be on the 14th of December.




Andrzej / Andy

Chairman’s Report: September 2013

Chairman’s Report: September 2013

Dear Members and Friends of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta

With those of you who did not join us at last week’s gathering of our Club, I would like to share some highlights from that event.
Before I start , I would like to thank once again our host, the Eastern Promise Bar & Resto for perfect hospitality, which even the 30-minute blackout couldn’t phase, and our sponsor the Asian Tigers Mobility for helping us financially with some of our beverages.
I would like to thank also all of you ( 32 people joined us that evening ) who fought very heavy traffic to make it to our meeting.

During that gathering we introduced for the first time an idea of one of our members, Kenth Weston – the Name Card Board. I brought with me a cork board which we used to pin the name cards of our guests – for better recognition.

You just look at the board to see who is in the room and if anybody is in your networking interest.
The only problem with this was that some of our guests came to the networking event without their own name cards! Ladies and gents, please carry them with you next time when you come to our gathering. It will help you to find / recognize people with whom you would like to make contact.
The highlight of the night was supposed to be the auction of a jersey autographed by the captain of the Polish National Soccer Team, Kuba Blaszczykowski

but unfortunately we had no Polish soccer fans present that night. I will try to do it ( auction the jersey ) once again during our next gathering.
We had some money raised from sale of the book describing the best years of the Celtics Glasgow and you can read about it at
There was also a generous donation by one of our first-time guests, for which I would like to thank on behalf of the Club and particularly the supported school.
Generally, we had fun once again and also as proof that our Club is becoming more popular – 14 of our guests joined us for the first time.


More pictures from that event you will find here:

Cheers, and see you in 6 – 8 weeks during our next gathering.

Tenth Gathering of the Polish Business Club

Tenth Gathering of the Polish Business Club

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Dear Members and Friends of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta,

Being busy with preparations for my annual vacation, I have procrastinated with writing to you about our last Gathering earlier. My apologies.

This was the 10th one since the establishment of our Club ( August 2011 ) and I will call it another success.
As those of you who had been attending our previous gatherings the Eastern Promise Bar & Resto before know, we had been welcomed once again with the same  perfect hospitality. 

This gathering was quite unique.
I had been expecting more “regulars” to join us that night; nevertheless we enjoyed conversations in a group of forty six people.

I would call it sort of a success and an unexpected turn-out since only 13 of them where Poles, 16 were Club Members and 18 came to our gathering for the first time. Those stats might be a little bit confusing, but they also show the growing popularity of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.

As you all know I am trying to bring to you some interesting speakers, so this time we invited Lisa Chen, the Managing Director of the
ROOM SERVICE Deliveries   

She presented her company which “delivers food from various restaurants with various cuisines from leading global brands to local favorites with minimum delivery charges.” The “product that relates to everyone, young, old, single, families, small companies and large corporations for everyone; any individual or group of people wanting their favorite restaurant delivered to their doorstep. “

Please check out their full menu which you can find at :   We hope you will be happy with this easy way of bringing interesting and various food to your table.

Thank you Lisa.

We had a lot of fun that night, with the last guests leaving after midnight. But most of them were looking forward to our next Gathering.

Because of the extended holiday season related to the schools’ summer holiday during which most of you will be away, we will fully resume our activities at the end of August. I am planning to organize our next, the XI-th Gathering in the first week of September. The time and place will be announced in the middle of August.

So, until then, and have a nice holiday.


Andrzej ( Andy )

Check out more photos below:

Eighth Gathering of the Polish Business Club

Eighth Gathering of the Polish Business Club

Dear Members and Friends of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.

At our last gathering we have been able to socialize and exchange experience within 36 professionals coming from 10 different countries, and 13 of them came for the first time.







As usually the atmosphere at the Eastern Promise was fantastic not only because of the delicious food and fantastic service but also because the manager, Lens Ter Wee, joined us for some time that evening.

Thank you Lens and your staff. I would like to thank also our sponsors for that night The Asian Tigers. 

During that night we have managed to recruit our member no. 80 – Michael Olsson, a Swedish citizen who is the owner of the

BMOlsson Group in Indonesia,


and also one Polish member and one from UK.

As you know, we are trying to make our gathering a little bit different from the other clubs and associations not only by serving free flow of Wyborowa but also by organizing for you short presentations which would give you some extra knowledge about life in Indonesia and its unexpected daily attractions.


Those of you who are with us since September / October 2011 will probably remember presentations about Polish – Indonesian Trade Exchange, corruption, its types and methods, which can be sadly encountered while doing business in Indonesia, “ Lessons Learned ” about due diligence work and cheating on the CVs, “Water for Life” – drinking water in Jakarta and also “New Mystique Program “ delivered by the Ritz Carlton Kuningan.


This time Michael Sargent, an information security specialist, presented to us “ Managing the Weakest Link “ which was about the security of our computer systems at work.


People have enjoyed it and probably will implement his advice in their daily routines at work.

Talking about presentations, I would like to ask you all for participation in our gatherings by giving me some ideas for the next gathering presentation.

I know already when it is going to happen ( 15th of April / Monday ), on a day when the Polish Business Club together with the Trade & Investment Promotion Division of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Indonesia will host a group of representatives from the Warsaw School of Business and Sekolah Tinggih Manajemen.








I will keep you informed about future happenings related to our activities.



Andrzej ( Andy )