Polish Power Women: Daria Tataj

Daria Tataj

As a Founder at Tataj Innovation, a consultancy, she helps senior leaders and their teams embrace innovation, refuels growth strategies and helps build exciting start-up projects.

She helps companies, governments and universities innovate together to solve societal challenges such as digitalization, mobility or energy. She provides direct advice to Carlos Moedas, the EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation, to leading universities, private-equity backed firms, multinationals and start-ups.

She likes inspiring people to care about the future. Invited to give lectures, she speaks on innovation, technology, disruption, leadership, and gender. Her views have been shaped by great minds at the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council, a ‘brain trust’ for Davos, colleagues at the University of Michigan, and foremost by research with Prof. Manuel Castells, Holberg Prize winner, named a Nobel Prize in social sciences.

The challenge how to turn Europe’s knowledge assets into growth and jobs has become her passion when working to launch the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. The EIT is now a multibillion funding institution and its Knowledge and Innovation Communities help incubate hundreds of start-ups. Their students are Europe’s future employers.

She comes from a family of entrepreneurs and it is part of her DNA. Entrepreneurs like giving back – her way is to help other women advance. She was recognized by Vital Voices Global Partnership as VV100 Fellow, an Emerging Global Woman Business Leader by US Department of State and FORTUNE Magazine, and Creator of Innovation 2014 in Poland.