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Magdalena Szarota


Magdalena likes when it is possible to create “something out of nothing”. She is a co-founder and member of the board of the Association of Disabled Women, the first organization in Poland dealing with the dual discrimination of gender and disability. She co-created the first edition of the Ashoka Foundation Academy of Social Innovators in Nepal. Interdisciplinary and intercultural activities are her passion, especially if they provide the opportunity to combine activism, art and science. Hence her involvement in the Humanity in Action network.

Since 2006, Magdalena has been co-leading Humanity in Action in Poland, where currently she is a Member of the Management Board and the Director of Communication and Public Relations. She initiates and co-creates educational and activist projects in the framework of the foundation’s activities, including supporting activists within the Humanity in Action network.

Magdalena has years of experience as a trainer and tutor in both Poland and abroad, and is a published author on issues of human rights and disability. She is a certified trainer of the Polish Humanitarian Action, a graduate of the Ashoka Foundation Social Innovators Academy and a member of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights’ activists’ network. She studied with the Faculty of Philology at the Jagiellonian University, at the Institute of Americas and Europe at the University of Warsaw, at the Center of Intercultural Relations at the Institute of Oriental Studies at the University of Warsaw and at the School of Philosophy at Collegium Civitas. She also attended photography courses at the European Photographic School.

Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School for Social Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Lancaster University in Great Britain. Magdalena has received scholarships from Yale University, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the University of Warsaw, the US Embassy in Poland and the Ashoka Foundation. She also won an award for young activists from Servas International. Want to reach out to Magdalena Szarota? Feel free to e-mail


Updated July 2019