Guests list – World in Focus

prof. Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz

Mayor of Warsaw

Lawyer, politician and Professor of Jurisprudence. In the years 1998-2001 she was the Chairman of the Monetary Policy Council and between 1992 and 2001 Chairman of the National Bank of Poland. She also served as the Deputy Chairman of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in the years 2001-2004 and Member of Parliament between 2005 and 2006.

She has been the Mayor of Warsaw since 2006. Her priorities include economic development, innovation and open dialogue with citizens. Amongst others, she initiated and successfully completed the construction of the Copernicus Science Center, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the central route of the second Metro line. In 2012, the city introduced the Veturilo public bicycle system along with the construction of many new bicycle routes and paths. An important achievement of Ms Gronkiewicz Walz is the revitalization of the Vistula boulevard, which are very popular amongst Warsaw’s residents and tourists alike.


Robert Biedroń

Mayor of Słupsk

He is a graduate of both the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Warmia and Mazury and of the School for Political and Social Leaders. For many years he has been a consultant for numerous Human Rights organizations, both in Poland and abroad. He is also a co-founder and a long-standing president of the Campaign Against Homophobia.

Since 2009, he has acted as the president of the Podkarpacki Institute, which is an organisation focused on the development of civil society. In 2011, he was elected as a Member of Parliament. He was the vice chairperson of the Justice and Human Rights Committee and a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. In the years 2008-2016 he was a member of the Human Rights Advisory Board by the Open Society Foundation. He has been a member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe since 2015. In 2014, he was elected Mayor of the City of Słupsk.


Katharina Fegebank

II Mayor of Hamburg, Senator for Science, Research and Equal Rights

Ms. Fegebank studied Political Science, Public Law and English studies and holds a Master of European Studies. In 2000, she was a Youth Consultant at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Between 2007 and 2013 she was a research associate at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

Ms. Fegebank’s political career gained pace in 2004, when she became a member of the Alliance 90/The Greens. In 2008 she was elected as the Chairman of the Green-Alternative List in Hamburg. Furthermore, between 2011 and 2015, she was a Member of Parliament and Spokesperson for Social Affairs, International Affairs and Europe of the Green Congregation for Business as well as the Chairman of the Committee on Social Affairs, Integration and Work in Hamburg. As of 2015, she has been serving as the II Mayor of Hamburg – a city, which won the European Green Capital Award in 2011.

photo credits: Ms Bina Engel


Juliana Kerr

Director of Global Cities and Immigration at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Juliana Kerr is the director of global cities and immigration at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, an independent and nonpartisan think tank that provides insight on critical global issues. She oversees research, publications, and partnerships related to cities, and works closely on the annual Chicago Forum on Global Cities.

She is a board member of the Women’s Global Education Project, a steering committee member of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, and a past participant of fellowships in Berlin, Paris, and Rio de Janeiro. A dual-citizen of the United States and Brazil, she studied at Sciences Po in Lyon, France, and earned her degree from the University of Iowa.


Ralf Fücks

Former President of the Heinrich Boll Foundation

While at university, studying social sciences, economics, and political science, he was active in the student movements in Heidelberg and Bremen. He has also been a member of the Green Party of Germany since 1982.

His work and research focus on sustainable development, reshaping the welfare state, migration, the future of European integration and foreign policy. At the Heinrich Boll Foundation, he was responsible for the divisions of domestic political education, Europe and North America, German-Israeli-Relations as well as for the foundation’s scholarship program.

He has published widely in newspapers and international journals on ecological and environmental themes, European affairs and international politics. He is the author of the book “Intelligent Wachsen – Die grüne Revolution (Intelligent Growth – The Green Revolution)”, which has been recently issued in English and Polish.


A new attempt to resolve the Ukraine conflict
Dealing with Authoritarian Regimes: Challenges for a Value-based Foreign Policy
The Refugee Crisis – Europe’s Humanity and Ability for Political Action on Trial


Wawrzyniec Smoczyński

Managing Director, Polityka Insight

Wawrzyniec manages Polityka Insight and leads its analytical team. He is the founder and creator of Polityka Insight. A former journalist, he previously served as foreign editor of the leading Polish weekly Polityka where he covered international affairs and economics. Winner of the Kwiatkowski Award for economic writing (2010), the Polish Grand Press Award (2011) and the Woyciechowski Prize for outstanding journalism (2012). Open Society Fellow 2008, Marshall Memorial Fellow 2009, Munich Young Leader 2010, IMF Journalism Fellow 2011. Since 2017 Wawrzyniec serves as council member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. A graduate in Egyptology at the University of Warsaw, he also studied General Linguistics and Coptology at the Georg August University, Göttingen.


Sylvie Kauffmann

Journalist, editor at Le Monde

Kauffmann earned degrees from the Training Centre for Journalists in Paris, the Institute for Political Studies in Aix-en-Provence, and the faculty of law at the University of Provence Aix-Marseille. She also received a degree in Spanish from the University of Deusto in Bilbao.

In 1979 Kauffmann began working at Agence France-Presse as a foreign correspondent stationed in various locations. Eight years later she joined Le Monde as the paper’s Moscow correspondent. Soon she became the correspondent for Eastern and Central Europe, which enabled her to report on the fall of communism and the democratic transitions. In 1993 Kauffmann was transferred to the United States, where she served as the Washington correspondent and then the New York bureau chief . In 2002, she wrote a prizewinning series of articles about life in the United States following the September 11 attacks. Currently, she is the Editorial Director in “Le Monde”.


Paweł Kowal

Polish Academy of Science

Political scientist, historian, columnist, Eastern policy expert and co-founder of the Warsaw Uprising Museum. Mr Kowal is a fellow of the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences and a postdoctoral researcher at the European College in Natolin. Lecturer at the University of Warsaw and head of the Scientific Research Council of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kiev. He was a Member of the Polish Parliament (2005-2009), Secretary of State in the Polish MFA and a member of the National Security Council (2006-2007). In 2009-2014 he was a Member of the European Parliament.


Maciej Zakrocki

Journalist, host of “What happened?” programme at TOK FM

He has been dealing with European issues over the past 15 years. His series of „Debata po europejsku” programmes aired on TVP INFO, have been rewarded with the European Parliament’s grant. In 2014 Zakrocki, on the 14th anniversary of Polish accession to the EU, published his book „Przepustka do Europy”, which is a combination of his own memories from the accession negotiations period and of interviews with major actors of these events, which he had conducted. He has been affiliated TVP since 1985. As of June 2014, he hosts his own programme at TOK FM radio – airing from Monday to Friday at 4 p.m.- called „Co się stało?”[What happened?].


prof. Jan Zielonka

Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford

Jan Zielonka is Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford and Ralf Dahrendorf Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College. His previous appointments included posts at the University of Warsaw, Leiden and the European University Institute in Florence. He has produced seventeen books including Is the EU doomed? (Polity Press , 2014), and Europe as Empire. The Nature of the Enlarged European Union, (Oxford University Press, 2006). His latest book was published in 2015 by Oxford University Press: Media and Politics in New Democracies. Europe in a Comparative Perspective.


Yes, you will suffer as well
Europe is no longer safe
Jeżeli ktoś mówi, że wyborca zgłupiał, to dla mnie nie jest demokratą


Sylke Tempel †

It is with great sadness that we received the news of the tragic passing of Sylke Tempel on the 5th of October, 2017 in Berlin. Sylke was due to take part in the “Europe facing challenges: populism, Brexit and the changing balance of power in Europe” on Saturday 14th October.

Sylke Tempel was Editor-in-Chief of the German journal Internationale Politik and the Berlin Policy Journal, both published by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). She was a lecturer at the Stanford Study Center Berlin and a visiting Professor at Stanford University. Tempel worked as Middle East correspondent for various German language newspapers and magazines. She gained an M.A. from Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich) in Political Science, Jewish Studies and Journalism and a PhD in Political Science, History and Jewish Studies from the University of Armed Forces (Munich).

In memory of Sylke Tempel

Hertile School community mourns the loss of Sylke Tempel

Mourning Policy Expert Sylke Tempel


Marek Prawda

Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Poland

Marek Prawda assumed the position of Director of the European Commission Representation in Poland on April 1, 2016. Previously, he was a permanent representative of the Republic of Poland to the European Union, as well as he was an ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Sweden and Germany. In the 1980s, he was a “Solidarity” activist. He cooperated with the Polish Academy of Sciences, where he defended his doctoral thesis in the field of labor sociology in 1984. In his research work he focused on the subject of Polish-German relations and European integration.


Susi Dennison

Director of European Power programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations

Susi Dennison is a senior policy fellow at ECFR and director of the European Power programme, which focuses on the strategy, politics and governance of European foreign policy, at this challenging moment for the international liberal order. She takes a particular interest in human rights, rule of law and justice issues and the EU response to the refugee crisis. She previously led ECFR’s foreign policy Scorecard project for five years, and worked with the MENA programme on North Africa.

Before joining ECFR in 2010, Susi worked for Amnesty International, carrying out advocacy on human rights protection and promotion in the EU’s relationship with Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Susi began her career in HM Treasury in the United Kingdom. There she held a range of positions, including in the EU Co-ordination and Strategy team during the Convention on the Future of Europe.


Igor Tyshchenko

Project Coordinator at CEDOS

Igor Tyshchenko is an urban development analyst and project coordinator at CEDOS – a Ukrainian think thank where he works on analytical and strategic support of the Ukrainian urban movement, civic participation and urban research projects. He is also a co-editor of Urban Studies, a critical urban research almanac, published by the Heinrich Boll Stiftung office in Kyiv.

His research interests include post-socialist urban transformations, bottom-up practices of re-claiming of public spaces and decision-making in Ukrainian cities. Next to this, he also studies local history of urban planning and transformations of Soviet built environment.


prof. Kerstin Jacobsson

Professor at the University of Gothenburg

Prof. Kerstin Jacobsson obtained her PhD in Sociology in 1997 at Uppsala University and became Associate Professor there in 2002. Since 2013, she is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Work Science at University of Gothenburg. Before that, Kerstin was employed at Södertörn University as senior lecturer and between 2010-2013 as Professor of Sociology.

Prof. Jacobsson works in the field of political sociology. Among her research interests are social movements and civil society. Prof. Jacobsson has led several research projects on social mobilization and social movements in Central and Eastern Europe, resulting in several edited books on these topics. Other research interests concern Europeanization, governance, European employment and labour market policy as well as general social theory, sociology of morality and sociology of emotions.

Publications & current research:

Housing, Social Mobilisations and Urban Governance in Central and Eastern Europe
Elementary forms of religious life in animal rights activism
A deviance perspective on social movements: The case of animal rights activism


Nikolay Artemenko

Coordinator of the Vesna Democratic Movement

Nikolay holds a Masters in Philology from St. Petersburg State University. He is a history teacher and Federal Coordinator of the Vesna Democratic Movement as well as the Project manager in the Saint-Petersburg Institute of Management, Innovation and Business Analysis.

Established and further chaired the St Petersburg branch of the Russian Students Union. Between 2012 and 2016, he worked as an assistant to nonpartisan MP of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg. He also participated as an MP candidate to the Petersburg Legislative Assembly in 2011 and 2016. He has also been a campaign manager in different election campaigns in Russia and Europe.


Dobrica Veselinović

Urban activist, Belgrade

He is a graduate of the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade. He has participated in many summer schools, seminars and debates in Serbia and abroad. He has also held a number of lectures, trainings and presentations. For several years he has been active in the civic sector in Serbia and Europe, focused on the question of public space and city/urban development and commons.

His primary areas of interested include political theory, ecology and issues of urban development. He is fascinated with counter-culture movements. Dobrica Veselinović is also one of the founders of “Let’s Not Drown Belgrade”.


Agnieszka Lichnerowicz

Head of the Foreign Desk at TOK FM Radio, host of the Światpogląd programme

Lichnerowicz also worked as a reporter, cpvering several different events such  elections, conflicts and international summits around the world. She has been to Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus as well as Northern Africa during the Arab Spring . She has also reported on the transformations in Myanmar.

Among many other prizes, she was awarded with PAP’s (Polish Press Agancy) R. Kapuściński award. She co-hosts the “Poczytalni” programme. Lichnerowicz is a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics.


Michał Olszewski

Deputy Mayor of Warsaw

He graduated from the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science at the University of Warsaw. He has been working in public administration for more than 18 years. He held positions such as the Director of the Investor Assistance Office or the Chairman of the European Integration Committee of the Association of Polish Cities. He also worked at the Ministry of Regional Development, the Ministry of Economy and Labor and the Office of the Committee for European Integration.

In his capacity as the Deputy Mayor of the City of Warsaw, he is responsible for, amongst others, overseeing strategic planning and raising European funds, economic development policy, revitalization, environmental protection as well as the development of green spaces and urban forests. Michał Olszewski also chairs the Warsaw Council for Innovation Policy.


Wojciech Sańko

Code for Poland Project Coordinator

Wojciech Sańko – researcher, evaluator and animator of interdisciplinary collaboration between NGOs, public administration and IT specialists in civic tech. Evangelist of technological solutions responding to social needs. Working in ePanstwo Foundation as Code for Poland program coordinator he combines these perspectives to inspire developers to support non-governmental organizations in their work. He has collaborated with organizations such as UNDP, Malta Foundation, Poznan Volunteer Center.


Krzysztof Izdebski

Policy Director at ePaństwo Foundation
Krzysztof Izdebski is Board Member of the ePaństwo Foundation where is also the Policy Director. He is a lawyer who specializes in access to public information and re-use of the public sector information. He is further an author of publications on freedom of information, conflicts of interest, corruption and civic control. His expertise covers not only Poland but also other EU and non-EU countries.

Wojciech Kłosowski

Expert at POLIS Urban Institute

Wojciech Kłosowski is an expert at POLIS Urban Institute, a specialist in strategic planning of local and regional development, local and regional social policies and urban regeneration. For more than 20 years he has been working as an advisor for the local authorities. The author and co-author of numerous urban and regional development strategies in Poland and several other countries. He was the author of previous, just finished strategy of the National Fund for Environmental Protection. Former member of the State Council for Environmental Protection.

His hobby is historical fencing (he fights with a sabre). He is a grandfather of seven grandchildren and author of the novel “The Master of Art”.


Zbigniew Palenica

Deputy CEO – Solaris Bus & Coach S.A.

After graduating from Cracow University of Economics, Palenica started his career at a major insurance company in Germany. At the same time, he completed postgraduate studies at the University of Frankfurt am Main. In mid 1990s, he joined Cracow City Transport, where in 2003 he was made a member of the company’s board of directors, responsible for its finances and investment projects. Since 2006, when he was made the company’s vice president, Palenica supervised the significant investment projects, including the acquisition of EU funding and financial negotiations with the EIB and EBRD.

Palenica is actively involved in the works of the Polish Chamber of Urban Transport and the International Association of Public Transport. In January 2010, Palenica was appointed the chairman of UITP’s light rail division and the association’s vice president. At Solaris Bus & Coach, he is responsible for responsible for Marketing, Sales and Rolling Stock as the company’s Deputy CEO.


Anna Rostocka

Director of the International Organization for Migration, Poland

Ms Rostocka possesses  extensive experience in dealing with migration issues. She has been the Head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Office in Poland since 2004, preparing and overseeing the implementation of migration projects, including the integration of migrants, the respect and promotion of human rights in the context of migration, the fight against human trafficking, the prevention and fight against the irregular migration.


Michał Sutowski

Krytyka Polityczna Editorial Team

Michał Sutowski is a graduate of political science, which he combines with journalism in his professional career. He is mainly interested in questions regarding political and economic (dis)integration in Europe, political economy of Western capitalism, Russian and German politics as well as the history of Eastern European intelligentsia. Sutowski publishes his works in Dziennik Opinii and was also a columnist for thte news portal. He translates books from English and German (i.a. by Ivan Krastev, Franz Walter and Ulrich Beck). He is the Coordinator of the Institute for Advanced Studies, a project of Krytyka Polityczna.


Wojciech Sańko

Code for Poland Project Coordinator

Wojciech Sańko – researcher, evaluator and animator of interdisciplinary collaboration between NGOs, public administration and IT specialists in civic tech. Evangelist of technological solutions responding to social needs. Working in ePanstwo Foundation as Code for Poland program coordinator he combines these perspectives to inspire developers to support non-governmental organizations in their work. He has collaborated with organizations such as UNDP, Malta Foundation, Poznan Volunteer Center.


Ilana Bet-el

Senior Associate Fellow, European Leadership Network

Brussels-based strategic adviser, writer and historian. A former UN official and senior adviser on the Balkans, she has worked extensively with both governments and clients in the private sector on geostrategic and policy issues related to security, defence and energy in the EU, Russia, Turkey and broader Europe, the Middle East and the Trans-Atlantic community. With a background in the media and academe, she has published widely and edited a weekly EU focused editorial page. She holds a PhD in history from UCL, and is a member of the WIIS (Women In International Security) Senior Advisory Board in Brussels.


Rebuilding the Neighbourhood: Introduction
A European Year of Remembrance: An Introduction


Agnieszka Bieńczyk-Misala

Assistant Professor at the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw

She chairs the scientific project Prevention of Massive Violations of Human Rights, financed by Poland’s National Scientific Centre. She participates in the European Project “NOHA – Network on Humanitarian Assistance” and EU Non-Proliferation Consortium. Bieńczyk-Missala is the author of books and articles on human rights, mass atrocities, international humanitarian law and Poland’s foreign policy.

Her main books include: Human Rights in Polish Foreign Policy after 1989, The Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warszawa 2006.  Rafał Lemkin – A Hero of Humankind, The Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw 2010 [coed. with S. Dębski]; Civilians in Contemporary Armed Conflicts: Rafał Lemkin’s Heritage, Warsaw University Press, Warszawa 2017.



Łukasz Kulesa

Rsearch Director at the European Leadership Network

Łukasz is a graduate of the Law Department of the Jagiellonian University (Cracow). He holds a Master of Arts in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University (Budapest). His interests include non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Russian security policy, NATO, nuclear and conventional deterrence, the role of missile defense, and the future of arms control.

Before joining the European Leadership Network as a Research Director, he worked as the Head of the Non-proliferation and Arms Control Project at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), and between 2010–2012 as Deputy Director of the Strategic Analyses Department at the National Security Bureau. At the European Leadership Network, he has been interviewed for BBC World News, CNN, Bloomberg, Deutsche Welle, and been quoted in newspapers in Europe and North America.


gen. Klaus Wittmann

Retired Brigadier General

In October 2008, he completed 42 years of service in the Bundeswehr. Between 1971 and 1976 he studied political science, history and sociology with a PhD at the University of Hamburg. He also spent a year at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. In the army, he was a troop commander, he carried out political and military work in the German Ministry of Defense and NATO headquarters in Brussels. He was also the Director of the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr in Hamburg and recently Director Academic Planning and Policy at the NATO Defense College, in Rome. He was closely involved with the creation of NATO Strategic Concepts in 1991 and 1999.

In 2009 he published “Towards a new Strategic Concept for NATO” (NATO Defence College, Forum Paper 10, September 2009), and he has published widely on strategic and security policy subjects. He is a Senior Fellow with the Aspen Institute Germany and teaches at Potsdam University.


NATO’s new Strategic Concept. An Illustrative Draft
Towards a new Strategic Concept for NATO
Schwedens Wirtschaftsbeziehungen zum Dritten Reich


Malwina Bakalarska

Assistant Professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences

Assistant Professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences and trainer in intercultural communication at the European Academy of Diplomacy; academic lecturer, author and consultant on multiculturalism in the labor market. Initiator and research project leader “Africans in Asia. China and Malaysia as New Directions of Nigerian Immigration “affiliated with the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Member of the Polish Society of African Studies and SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research). She spent six months in Lagos, the largest metropolis in sub-Saharan Africa, where she conducted research on time management in the contemporary urbanized African context. For 15 years she has been exploring African cities, watching their development and transformation.


Kierunki rozwoju nigeryjskiej metropolii Lagos w pierwszych dekadach XXI wieku- szanse i zagrożenia, w: Red. Z. Strzelecki, J. Kleer „Megamiasta przyszłości szansa czy zagrożenie rozwoju”, 2015, s. 346-358

Some Remarks on the Transport Services in Selected Cities in Nigeria and Benin, Hemispheres. Studies on Cultures and Societies, Vol. 30, No. 4, 2015, s. 71-80

„Typy migracji a układ przestrzenny miasta. Przykład Lagos”, w: Migracje i społeczeństwo, t. XV, Instytut Historii PAN, Warszawa 2012, str. 300-308

Zmiany społecznej świadomości czasu we współczesnej Afryce w świetle procesów urbanizacyjnych,  „Afryka. Między tradycją a współczesnością”, t.1, red. R. Wiśniewski, A. Żukowski, Warszawa 2013, 191-204


prof. Samuel Iyiola Oni

Professor at the University of Lagos

Prof. Samuel Iyiola Oni holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) Degree in Geography as well as M.A. and Ph.D. Degrees in Urban Studies and Urban Transportation obtained in 1985 and 1992 respectively. He has since been lecturing and researching on Urban Development, Population Dynamics, Urban Transportation Development, Planning and Infrastructure Management, Environmental Issues and Spatial Planning related courses. He is currently serving as the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos. He is also a consultant to numerous international, federal, state and local agencies, as well as private organizations.

His current research initiatives are directed towards developing efficient and sustainable policy directives at improving the spatio-temporal dynamics in transportation development and management in Nigeria. He is a widely travelled academic and professional. His research activities have taken him to over 50 countries and 200 major cities in the world.


Andrzej Polus

Assistant Professor at the Institute of International Studies at Wrocław University

Doctor of Political Science and Assistant Professor at the Institute of International Studies at Wrocław University. He successfully defended his Ph.D. “Commonwealth on the international scene” in March 2008. He was part of the Socrates scholarship program and British Council Young Scientists Program as well as the Research Committee of the Ministry of Science and Information Technology. He authored over 40 publications and articles (including two monograms).

Andrzej Polus is also a member of the Central and Eastern European Studies Association, the Polish Society for International Studies, the ABORNE Network and the Fatal Transactions Consortium. He is also the President of the Polish Center for African Studies. His research interests include the international relations theory, contemporary multilateralism, decolonization, British foreign policy and the socio-political situation in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Why is it Taking so Long? Solving the Oil Extraction Equation in Uganda (co-author Wojciech Tycholiz)
Ready or Not: Namibia as a Potentially Successful Oil Producer (co-authors Dominik Kopiński and Wojciech Tycholiz)
Klątwa surowcowa na przykładzie Zambii i Botswany [ENG: Resource curse: the case of Zambia and Botswana] (co-authors Dominik Kopiński and Andrzej Polus)


Wojciech Tycholiz

Senior fellow at the Polish Centre for African Studies

Wojciech Tycholiz graduated from the Wrocław University of Economics (with MA in international economic relations) in 2011 and the University of Wrocław (with MA in international affairs) in 2008. Currently he is a researcher at the Institute of International Studies, University of Wroclaw. His research concentrates on political economy, natural-resource management, capital flows to Africa, and financial markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. He carried out field studies in Ghana, Morocco, Namibia, Uganda, South Africa and Tanzania and is an author of several scientific publications, reports, working papers and newspaper articles. Tycholiż is also the board member and senior fellow researcher at the Polish Centre for African Studies where he regularly publishes papers and comments on the contemporary economic developments in the Sub-Saharan African states.


Unpacking the African consumer: spending patterns and investments opportunities (Co authors Kopiński D., Polus A)
Africa-Europe on the Global Chessboard: The New Opening (Co authors Kopiński D., Polus A)
Resource curse or resource disease? Oil in Ghana (Co authors Kopiński D., Polus A)


Piotr Buras

Director of Warsaw’s European Council on Foreign Relations Office

Piotr Buras is a journalist, author and expert in German and European politics. Between 2008 and 2012 he worked as a columnist and Berlin correspondent for “Gazeta Wyborcza”, the biggest Polish daily.

He started his professional career in the late 1990s at the Centre for International Relations in Warsaw, one of the first Polish think-tanks. He continued his career at the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham and at the University of Wroclaw (Poland). He was also a visiting fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin. His recent book “Moslems and the other Germans. The Reinvention of the Berlin Republic” was published in Polish in 2011.


After Tusk: Poland in Europe 
The EU’s silent revolution


Marek Magierowski

Undersecretary of State for Economic Diplomacy, America Policy and Asia Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Marek Magierowski is a graduate of Hispanic Studies from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He worked as a reporter, editor and columnist for over 20 years. He was, among others, Deputy Head of the Economic desk in Gazeta Wyborcza, Head of the Foreign Affairs desk and the business section of the weekly Newsweek Polska and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Forum. Between 2006 and 2011 he was Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Rzeczpospolita. In 2013 he published the book “Worn out. On the crisis of Western Europe”.

In October 2015, he left journalism to work for the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland as an expert on public diplomacy. Two months later he was appointed Head of the Press Office of the Chancellery of the President. He resigned in May 2017. Marek Magierowski was decorated with Krzysztof Dzierżawski Award “for promoting free market and common sense in public life” (2007). He was also nominated for the Dariusz Fikus Award.


Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz

Director of the Open Europe Programme at the Stefan Batory Foundation

Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz is the director of the Open Europe Programme at the Stefan Batory Foundation. Between 2014 and 2016, she served as the first female ambassador of Poland to the Russian Federation. Previously, Pełczyńska-Nałęcz was Undersecretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

She graduated from the Institute of Sociology of the University of Warsaw in 1994 and subsequently worked at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She was Deputy Director of the Center for Eastern Studies and the Head of its Russian Department.


Irene Hahn-Fuhr

Director, Heinrich Böll Foundation in Warsaw

As a political scientist, she specializes in issues related to democratization, European integration, Central and Eastern Europe, and German–Polish relations. In recent years she has been involved with the Institute for European Politics, the European University Viadrina and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Between 2004 and 2009 she worked as a European policies advisor to the Green Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag. Irene Hahn-Fuhr is vice-president of the European Integration Strategy Association (EISA).



Marcin Kędzierski

Economist, political scientist

Assistant at the faculty of  European Studies of The University of Economics in Kraków, where he teaches courses in international political relations, international security and political leadership; co-founder and programme director of the Analysis Centre by the Klub Jagielloński. In the past,  head of the board of  Klub Jagielloński, founder of the Visegrad Plus portal, coordinator of international projects of middle-European and Polish-German profile; lecturer at the Visegrad Summer School. He completed traineeships at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Polish Embassy in Berlin and in the European Parliament


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