Speakers

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Kurt Bassuener

Kurt Bassuener is an independent policy analyst in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is a  Co-Founder and Senior Associate at the Democratization Policy Council (DPC), a global initiative for accountability on democracy promotion. He has testified before the Oireachtas’ (Irish Houses of Parliament) Joint Committee on European Affairs (2008, 2010) and the US Congress’s joint Helsinki Commission (2011).

Kurt Basseuener served as Strategy Analyst at the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo from 2005-2006. Previous positions and projects include serving as Political and Campaign Analyst for the OSCE-ODIHR’s Election Observation Mission in Ukraine (2004-2005), co-founding and co-directing the Democratization Policy Institute (2000-2002), serving as Assistant Director for Government Affairs at the International Rescue Committee (2001), Program Officer for the US Institute of Peace’s Balkans Initiative (2000-2001), Associate Director of the Balkan Action Council (1998-2000) and working as a Policy Analyst at the Balkan Institute (1997-1998).

Kurt Bassuener co-authored and served as Research Director for The Diplomats’ Handbook for Democracy Development Support, a project of the Community of Democracies. He received his MA in European Studies from the Central European University in Prague (1994). He earned his BA in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service (1991).

Wojciech Białożyt

Wojciech Białożyt is Executive Director of Fundacja Edukacyjna Jana Karskiego. An experienced NGO activist with a passion for 20th century history, Wojciech has worked on numerous international projects including for the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the UN. He is the author of numerous articles on Polish foreign policy and international affairs. Recently, he has worked at the Warsaw-based Digital Center think tank to foster digital aspects of the public agenda and in the public relations sector, leading communications projects for General Electric and Boeing. Wojtek graduated from the University of Silesia and Science Politique Bordeaux.

Hans Binnendijk

Dr. Hans Binnendijk is a Senior Fellow at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations. Until July 2012, he was the Vice President for Research and Applied Learning and the Theodore Roosevelt Chair in National Security Policy at the National Defense University. He was also Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies and served as the founding Director the Center for Technology and National Security Policy from 2001 to 2009. Binnendijk has been an advisor on security policy in both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government and continues to serve on the Studies Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as on the boards of several academic institutions, including the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is author or co-author of more than 100 articles, editorials and reports and has received the Cross of the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany. Binnendijk is the Chair of the International Board of Directors at Humanity in Action.

Dr. Binnendijk is a 1968 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his M.A.L.D. and his Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Zbigniew Bujak

Zbigniew Bujak is a labor organizer and pro-democracy activist who led the Solidarity underground in the Warsaw region from the imposition of martial law in 1981 until his arrest in 1986. Trained as an electrical technician and soldier, Bujak became active in the opposition in 1978 while he was working at the Ursus tractor factory. After organizing a strike in 1980, Bujak became the leader of the Warsaw (Mazowsze) region of Solidarity in 1981. Escaping capture in Gdansk on the night martial law was declared, Bujak traveled back to Warsaw, where he was an active leader in the underground movement. Following his arrest, he was released on general amnesty and continued to lead Solidarity for the Mazowsze region until 1989, participating in Round Table Talks with the government and eventually being elected to the Sejm (Polish parliament), where he served until 1997. Before retiring from politics in 2002, Bujak also worked as Minister of Customs. He is a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and is a Speak Truth To Power Defender. Bujak is also a Member of the Programming Board for Humanity in Action Poland.

Tomasz Cebulski

Tomasz Cebulski is an historian, tour guide and founder of the Jewish travel guide and genealogical firm Polin Travel. He was born in Krakow, but raised in Oswiecim-Auschwitz. He holds an MA in International Relations from Jagiellonian University on “Polish-Israeli Relations after 1989” and an MA from Jagiellonian University’s Department of Middle and Far East Studies on “The Role of Holocaust Memory in Shaping Israeli Identity.” Currently, he is preparing his PhD on the political history of Auschwitz, as well as writting articles on Jewish genealogy. He holds a state guiding certificate for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and a state guiding certificate for Krakow and Galicia. His tours focus on Holocaust and World War II history and cover Central and Eastern Europe.

Pat Cox

Pat Cox is President of the European Parliament Former Members’ Association, a former President of the European Parliament and of the European Movement International. Currently he is a member of a European Parliament special observer mission to Ukraine dealing with selective justice issues, together with former Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski. He is European Commission project coordinator of the Trans European Transport Network Priority Project Number 1, the 2,200 km high capacity rail link Berlin-Palermo involving Germany, Austria and Italy. He is a member of the supervisory board of Michelin, France. Among many pro bono publico activities in Ireland he is President of Alliance Française Dublin, chairman of the governing board of Limerick, National City of Culture, 2014 and member of the board the Third Age Foundation.  He is proud to be associated with Humanity in Action for the past several years through a fellowship programme in the European Parliament.

Steve Crawshaw

Steve Crawshaw is Chief of Staff with the Secretary-General of Amnesty International. He joined Amnesty International as International Advocacy Director in 2010. From 2002 to 2010 he worked for Human Rights Watch, first as UK director and then as United Nations advocacy director.

He was a journalist for many years, first with Granada Television in the UK and then joining the Independent at launch in 1986. He reported for the Independent on East European revolutions, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Balkan wars and was Germany correspondent from 1992 to 1995. He studied Russian and German at Oxford and Leningrad Universities, and lived in Poland from 1978-81.

He is the Co-author of Small Acts of Resistance: How Courage, Tenacity and Ingenuity Can Change the World (2010).  His previous books include Goodbye to the USSR (1992) and Easier Fatherland: Germany and the Twenty-First Century (2004).

Andrzej Cudak

Andrzej Cudak is the Acting Director of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Cudak completed his studies at the Faculty of History at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan and also holds an MBA from Lublin University of Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. In September 2007, Cudak began working as the Director of the Secretariat for the EURO 2012 Football Championship in Warsaw. Previously, he worked in television, serving as the President of Telewizja Vigor in Gorzów Wielkopolski from 1995 to 1998, the Director of the Television News Agency Telewizja Polska S.A. in Warsaw from 2004 to 2006 and in Poznań from 1998 to 2004. Cudak’s work has also extended to journalism, with positions at Gazeta Nowa and the Polish Press Agency.

Tara Dickman (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Tara is the former director of Humanity in Action France, which she left in November 2012. A Senior Fellow herself, she joined Humanity in Action after receiving an M.A in comparative politics from New York University, where she focused on the impact of the monopoly of cultural approaches to minority rights in international law on the understanding of the 2005 riots in the French suburbs.  Prior to attending NYU, she had received a B.A in Information and Communication, studied social and cultural policies at the Institute for European Studies of Paris 8 University before doing some comparative research on race and urban politics at Brown University.

In 2010, she was sent on a community organizing training in Chicago as part of a US Embassy sponsored trip for young leaders from diverse backgrounds. Upon her return, she applied the methodology coordinating the first cross-organization and nation-wide campaign against abusive stop and frisk practices in France. Tara has set up an "action studio" with 2009 Senior Fellow Nabil Berbour and others, and she is currently consulting on civil rights issues, media, fundraising, and community organizing in France and abroad.

Marek Dorobisz

Marek Dorobisz is the Creative Director at Lemon Sky, a digital advertising, marketing and PR agency in Poland. Marek began his career in Germany working as a copywriter at FCB Wilkens Agencies, Jung von Matt, Springer & Jacoby Hamburg and Scholz & Friends Berlin. He later moved to Poland, working at Scholz & Friends Warsaw before serving as Senior Creative Copywriter at BBDO Warsaw and Brain. Since 2011, Marek has worked as Creative Director at Ars Thanea and more recently at the agency Next.

Dr. Sebastian Duda

Dr. Sebastian Duda is a philosopher, theologian and journalist. From 2007 to 2010, he was a columnist for the Polish edition of Newsweek. From 2007 to 2012, he served as an editor for Przegląd Powszechny, the oldest Polish monthly, which was started in 1884. Currently, he is an associate editor for Więź, an intellectual Catholic magazine created in 1958 by Tadeusz Mazowiecki, the first Polish Prime Minister after the fall of communism in 1989. Dr. Sebastian Duda also teaches theology and literature at the Institute of Literary Studies in the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. He recently became a member of the Karol Wojtyła Fellowship.

Konstanty Gebert

Konstanty Gebert is an associate fellow at the European Council for Foreign Relations and an international reporter and columnist at “Gazeta Wyborcza,” Poland’s largest daily publication.  During the 1970s, he was a democratic opposition activist and organizer of the Jewish Flying University, while in the 1980s, under martial law, he was an underground journalist. He is the founder of the Polish Jewish intellectual publication Midrasz. 

Konstanty Gebert serves as a board member for the Taube Centre for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland as well as the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. He has taught in Poland, Israel and the US. He has authored ten books, which examine topics such as the Polish democratic transformation, French policy toward Poland, the Yugoslav wars, the wars of Israel, Torah commentary and post-war Polish Jewry.  His essays have appeared in two dozen publications in Poland and abroad, and his articles have been featured in newspapers around the world.

Judith Goldstein

Judith Goldstein founded Humanity in Action in 1997 and has served as its Executive Director ever since. Under Judith’s leadership, Humanity in Action has organized educational programs on international affairs, diversity and human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and the United States. She received her Ph.D in history from Columbia University and was a Woodrow Wilson Scholar for her MA studies. Judith has written several books and articles about European and  American history, art and landscape architecture. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and several boards and advisory groups.

Claude Grunitzky

Claude Grunitzky is the founder of TRACE Magazine, and Co-founder and Chairman of TRUE, a New York and London-based transcultural marketing agency. In February 2003, Grunitzky and two business partners completed a multimillion-dollar financing deal led by Goldman Sachs Group. As a result, the TRACE brand is now being leveraged globally across various television, event and interactive platforms. TRACE, which now reaches an audience of more than 80 million people across 150 countries, was successfully sold to a French investor group in July 2010. 

As well as sitting on the board of Humanity in Action, Grunitzky is a French American Foundation “Young Leader,” and an MIT Sloan Fellow. He was named as a finalist for the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2007.  He  has worked on media projects all over the world, written for leading newspapers such as The Guardian, Libération, NRC Handelsblad and Globo and co-produced a documentary for the BBC. 

Przemysław Iwanek (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Przemysław Iwanek earned an MA in Political Science at UMCS Lublin in 2009 and another MA in Sociology, Public Policy and Administration at Collegium Civitas in 2013. He also studied at Tübingen University in Germany for a semester. Przemek is interested in politics, Holocaust history, World War II, Polish-Jewish relations and their links to contemporary human rights issues and education. Przemysław completed the Humanity in Action Program in Warsaw in 2007. In 2008, he completed the Lantos Fellowship in the U.S. Congress, where he worked at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He has also worked for the Polish Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, European Meeting Center - Nowy Staw Foundation, History Meeting House and the European Magazine Media Association/Future Media Lab. He joined Humanity in Action Poland to support their work on this year's Fellowship Program and the International Conference in Warsaw.

Maciej Janczak

Maciej Janczak is a career diplomat. He currently holds the post of Deputy Director of the Department of United Nations and Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. He is responsible for issues related to human rights and democracy. Mr. Janczak was previously posted to Polish Missions to the United Nations in New York and Geneva. Ha has also worked for the United Nations Department of Political Affairs. Mr. Janczak is a graduate of the University of Warsaw and the National School for Public Administration in Warsaw.

Anders Jerichow

Anders Jerichow is a Danish columnist, frequent commentator on international affairs and an international media activist focusing on human rights and the Middle East. He has been an editor at the Danish newspaper Politiken since 2002 and also Editor-in-chief of the Copenhagen daily newspaper Aktuelt. Jerichow is currently the Chair of Humanity in Action Denmark.

Stefan Kawalec

Stefan Kawalec is Chief Advisor to the Aviva plc group in Poland. Previously, as General Director in the Ministry of Finance and Chief Economic Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, he took part in the preparation and implementation of the economic stabilization and transformation program of the Polish economy (Balcerowicz Plan 1989–1991). As Vice Minister of Finance (1991–1994), he led the preparation and implementation of the program of bad debt restructuring and privatization of state owned commercial banks in Poland, including an innovative law on financial restructuring of enterprises and banks. From 1994 to 2002, he was the Chief Advisor to the Management Board in Bank Handlowy w Warszawie SA—a member of Citigroup since 2000. On various occasions, he served as a consultant at the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other institutions on issues of financial system reforms and bank privatization in various Central and Eastern European countries. In 2001, he was a member of the panel of independent experts nominated by the Polish government in order to verify the Minister of Finance's preliminary calculations for the state budget in 2002. Mr. Kawalec has a degree in mathematics from the University of Warsaw.

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is a Distinguished Professor of Performance Studies and an Affiliated Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, where she also serves on the Advisory Committee for Museum Studies. She is the author of numerous publications, including Image Before My Eyes: A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland, 1864-1939 with Lucjan Dobroszycki, Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage, and They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust, which was written with her father, Mayer Kirshenblatt. She also edited and contributed to the volume Writing Modern Jewish History: Essays in Honor of Salo W. Baron, which won the 2006 National Jewish Book Award. In addition to many other honors, she received the Foundation for Jewish Culture Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2008. She currently serves as Program Director of the Core Exhibition for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

Łucja Koch

Łucja Koch is the Manager of the Department of Education at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Trained as a sociologist, she has been working at the Museum in 2009, first as the Coordinator of the Polish Righteous – Recalling Forgotten History program and later as its Manager. Previously, she worked at Gazeta Wyborcza and Radio Zet.

Dr. Elżbieta Korolczuk

Dr. Elżbieta Korolczuk is a sociologist, social activist and commentator. She is a researcher at Södertörn University in Sweden and a lecturer in Gender Studies at Warsaw University. Currently, she is working on two main projects: “Social Movements in East and West,” which involves national mobilization strategies and transnational networks. “We Are No Second-Rate Quality Citizens” focuses on negotiating biological citizenship in social mobilizations around infertility issues and access to in vitro in Poland. Dr. Elżbieta Korolczuk is the co-editor of the book Farewell to the Polish Mother?, published by Warsaw University Press. A member of Women’s 8 of March Alliance, she also engages in feminist demonstrations that take place annually on March 8th in Warsaw.

Agnieszka Kosowicz

Agnieszka Kosowicz is President of the Board of the Polish Migration Forum, a non-profit organization working to promote integration of migrants and respect for their rights in Poland. She studied journalism at the University of Warsaw and worked as an editor at the Foreign Desk of Życie Warszawy from 1997 to 2000, reporting from from Kosovo, Iraq and Albania. She began working with refugees and on issues of migration in 2000, first in the Warsaw Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and later with the Polish Migration Forum. She served as the editor of the “From the Foreign Land” bulletin from 2000 to 2006 and "Refugee" from 2006-2007. Within the Polish Migration Forum, she creates integration initiatives for migrants and refugees and coordinates work on publications and the organization's website. Kosowicz is also the author or co-author of many articles and publications on these subjects.

Monika Koszyńska

Monika Koszyńska is the Chief Specialist in Education at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. She graduated from Warsaw University with a master’s degree in pedagogy. She since has had over twelve years of experience as a primary and civic education teacher and guidance counselor. Koszyńska was one of the founding teachers of the Lauder-Morasha School. From 2002 to 2006, Koszyńska was a teacher trainer in the Center for Citizenship Education, working toward quality assurance in schools with programs like Learning Schools, Traces of the Past, Righteous Among the Nations Righteous Among Us and Learning Schools Academy. Since 2006, she has served as the Chief Specialist in the Department of Historical Education in the Office of Public Education at the Institute for National Remembrance. A specialist in intercultural and multicultural education, Koszyńska is the Founder and former Chairman of the Encounters Association for Education and Culture. She is also the coordinator for “Multicultural Europe – Challenges, Threats and Opportunities for Europe in 21st Century,” an educational project for students, teachers and public servants realized together with the British Council of Poland. Since 2011, Koszyńska has been a representative in Poland of USC Shoah Foundation in the Institute for Visual History and Education.

Liat Krawczyk (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Liat Krawczyk was born to Argentinean parents and grew up moving between Israel and the United States. She holds a B.A. in Human Rights and Film and an M.A. in International Development. Liat was a 2007 Humanity in Action Fellow, a 2008 NYC Public Service Scholar Fellow and a 2010 United Nations University Junior Professional Fellow. She has also worked at the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights in Washington, DC.

Internationally, Liat is co-director of the Jeneba Project, an organization devoted to expanding educational opportunities for children in Sierra Leone. She has worked with Search for Common Ground and the Liberian Ministry of Youth and Sport to conduct and co-author a study measuring youth engagement in Liberia. She now works in Israel with Yossi Beilin (former Israeli Minister of Justice and architect of the Oslo Peace Accords) as his Executive Assistant and Africa Project Manager at the strategic consulting company "Beilink.”  Through her work at Beilink she consults high-level clients on business matters related to health, energy and food and water security and management.

David Liebers (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

David Liebers is a Fulbright Scholar working on human rights issues in Belarus for the Freedom and Democracy Foundation in Warsaw, Poland. He holds an MPhil in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar, and he is a graduate of the University of Rochester (BS/BA). He was a Humanity in Action Fellow in the 2010 Warsaw Program. 

Zdzisław Mach

Zdzisław Mach is a professor of Sociology and Social Anthropology and former Head of the Institute of European Studies at Jagiellonian University.  He is also a Professor at the Higher School of Administration in Bielsko-Biała.  He is a former member of the Council of European Education at the Ministry of Higher Education and also served as advisor of the Chief Negotiator of the Polish Government for EU Membership. He has conducted research and given lectures at various higher education centres including Oxford University, The Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies, The Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Exeter, European University Institute in Florence, University College Dublin and the University of Chicago. His main areas of study is European society and culture, with special focus on cultural aspects of identity shaping processes.

Monika Mazur-Rafał

Monika Mazur-Rafał studied International Relations with a focus on German Studies and European Integration. She graduated with an MA from Warsaw University and an MA from the Warsaw School of Economics/Sciences Po Paris. She took part in two international exchange programs in Berlin, first at Frei Universität and then at Humboldt University, before completing an internship at the German Bundestag. Following her studies, she worked at the Center for International Relations and the International Organization for Migration, where she was a researcher on migration policy issues. In 2005, Monika established Humanity in Action Poland and currently serves as President and Director. In addition to her work at Humanity in Action, she is a PhD student at Collegium Civitas. Her thesis is devoted to the Europeanization of Polish migration policy.

Dr. Rainer Münz

Rainer Münz is Head of Research & Knowledge Center (Erste Group) and Senior Fellow at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).

Rainer Münz studied at Vienna University, where he earned his PhD in 1978. In 1979 he joined the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Until 1992 he was Director of the Institute of Demography at the Austrian Academy of Science. Between 1992 and 2003 he was Head of the Department of Demography at Humboldt University, Berlin. He was Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bamberg (1986), University of California at Berkeley (1986, 1989, 1997-98), Frankfurt (1988), Klagenfurt (1996, 1998), Vienna (2001-02) and Zurich (1992). He also was Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Mathematics of Finance, Technical University Vienna (2001-2002). Currently, he teaches at the University of St. Gallen.

Rainer Münz has worked as consultant for the European Commission, the OECD and the World Bank. He served as an advisor to the Greek (2003), Dutch (2004) and Slovene (2008) EU presidencies. In 2000-01 he was member of the German commission on immigration reform (Süssmuth commission). Between 2008 and 2010 he was Member of the high level “Reflection Group Horizon 2020-2030” of the European Union (so-called “EU Group of the Wise”).

Rainer Münz is member of several boards and advisory boards including Central European Policy Institute (CEPI, Bratislava), Centre for Migration, Integration and Citizenship at Oxford University (COMPAS, Oxford, UK), European Policy Centre (Brussels), European Forum Alpbach, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM, Vienna), International Metropolis Project (Ottawa-Amsterdam), International Organization for Migration (IOM, Geneva), SOT Accountants (Vienna-Graz-Munich), VBV Pension Insurance (Vienna), STUWO AG (Vienna), Vienna City Museum (Vienna), World Demographic and Aging Forum (WDA, St. Gallen).

Rafał Pankowski

Rafal Pankowski is a co-founder of the NEVER AGAIN Association, Poland. He studied at both Warsaw University and Oxford University, he is Associate Professor at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw and a deputy editor of the journal NEVER AGAIN (NIGDY WIECEJ). Pankowski has been the coordinator of the East Europe Monitoring Centre, which is supported by the FARE Network and UEFA, he has coordinated the FARE East European Development Project and the Euro 2012 "Respect Diversity” project in Poland and Ukraine. His publications include "Neo-Fascism in Western Europe" (Polish Academy of Sciences, 1998), "Racism and Popular Culture" (Trio, 2006), and "The Populist Radical Right in Poland: The Patriots" (Routledge, 2010).

Dr. Krzysztof Persak

Dr. Krzysztof Persak is the Chief of Staff at the Institute of National Remembrance and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Science. He is also a Visiting Professor of Contemporary History at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw. In 1999, Dr. Persak was a Visiting Fellow at the Cold War International History Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He also served as consultant for the Hoover Institution Archives and research associate of the NATO–Warsaw Pact Parallel History Project. Dr. Persak’s research involves contemporary political and social history of Poland, with a special focus on Polish-Soviet relations, the communist power system and the activities of the communist security police, as well as Polish-Jewish relations. Dr. Persak is the recipient the Polityka Weekly Historical Award, the most prestigious Polish award for books on 20th century history.

Marta Poslad (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Marta Poślad works in the department of public policy and government relations of Google, where she is responsible for impact of new technologies on social processes. She is a political scientist, sociologist and graduate of Warsaw University and University of Cambridge. In 2005, she took part in the development of the initiative Wybieram.pl, which transformed into an association under her management for the following four years. She is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow and a graduate of Warsztaty Praw Człowieka (Human Rights Workshops) led by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. As a scholar, she investigates voting systems, democratization processes and realization of democratic ideas in modern societies.

Janusz Reiter

Janusz Reiter is the President and Founder of the Center for International Relations in Poland. He studied German literature and language at the University of Warsaw and started working as a journalist in 1977. Reiter served as Polish Ambassador to Germany from 1990 to 1995 and played a major role in reshaping the Polish-German relationship in this decisive period of time. In 1996, Ambassador Reiter established the Center for International Relations, an independent think tank on foreign and security policy in Poland. In 2005, he was appointed as Poland’s Ambassador to the United States. He returned to Poland in late 2007 and took the position of Poland’s Special Envoy for Climate Change. He also served as Vice-Chairman of the Management Board of the media company Presspublica. In December 2010, Reiter returned to the Center for International Relations as its President. 

Janusz Reiter is the author and co-author of a number of books, policy papers, and articles on Europe, the transatlantic relations, European security policy and other international topics. He also had his own television program on Polish Public TV and was a columnist for several newspapers including Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Zeit, Die Weltwoche, the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Reiter was awarded the Great Federal Cross with Star and Ribbon by the Federal President of Germany. He also received the Honorary Award from the European University Viadrina in Germany and an honorary degree from College of the Atlantic in the United States.

Andrzej Rychard

Andrzej Rychard is a professor of sociology and Director of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is a recurring visiting professor at Central European University in Budapest as well as at Harvard University, Indiana University, University of Chicago and Cornell University. He is also a frequent commentator on social and political issues for Polish and foreign media. His main fields of research include sociology of politics, economic sociology, sociology of institutions and sociology of post-communist transformation.

Dr. Martin Salm

Dr. Martin Salm studied ancient American culture, ethnology and economics in Bonn, Berlin and Lima. In 1981, he joined the German Caritas Association in Freiburg im Breisgau, working in the field of international emergency and disaster aid. From 1997 onward, he served as a Member of the Management Board and Head of the Welfare Association Caritas International. In October 2006, Dr. Salm joined the Board of Directors of the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” in Berlin. One of his main areas of responsibility is international funding activities. Dr. Salm has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation since July 2007.

Antje Scheidler

Antje Scheidler is the Director of Humanity in Action Germany. She has been with Humanity in Action since 2002, when she became Program Director of the (then) new German Program. Antje was born in East Germany and has lived for almost her entire life in Berlin, where she experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall as a teenager. Antje studied English and American Studies and Social Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin (and the University of Toronto) and became very interested in immigration related issues and matters of social cohesion. She worked as a researcher at Humboldt University at the Department of Demography from 2000-2007 and as editor-in-chief of the newsletter "Migration and Population" from 2000-2011.

Mona Shair

Mona Shair is the Director of the Pat Cox-Humanity in Action Fellowship in the European Parliament and the founder of key2advance, a coaching and training consultancy. Mona is a Certified Coach (ACC) accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as well as a certified Master Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner registered with the German Association for NLP. These qualifications followed her Bachelor in Psychology and Management from McGill University in Canada and her Master Studies in International Relations from University of Kent in Brussels (UKB). In addition to being a career counselor at two universities and an independent life coach, Mona has also developed a series of skill building workshops focused on communication and public speaking.  She is fluent in English, German and Arabic. Currently, she works in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom. 

Roman Shmulenson (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Roman Shmulenson came to the United States with his family in 1993 from the city of Simferopol, Ukraine. He holds a BA in Judaic Studies from Brooklyn College and an MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. Roman is a graduate of the Institute of Non-Profit Management at Columbia University School of Business. Roman works as the Executive Director of the Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations (COJECO), the central coordinating body in the Russian-speaking Jewish community of New York that works towards successful integration of Russian-speaking Jews into the American Jewish community and society at-large, while also working to preserve Russian Jewish heritage.  Roman serves as Chief Spokesperson of COJECO and the Russian Jewish community of New York in the Jewish and general New York community. Roman was a Fellow of the Danish-American Dialogue on Human Rights in 1997 and is a recipient of several awards for his commitment and dedication to the Jewish community, Jewish education and social causes.

Anne Stalfort

Anne Stalfort works as EU liason officer and fundraiser for Humanity in Action Germany. For over ten years, she has been active in project development, funding acquisition and public relations for various educational organizations. After studying literature, philosophy and political science, she completed a professional training on fundraising and EU funding acquisition. Her work focuses on developing partnerships with private and public grantmakers on the national and European level. She has secured several grants for Humanity in Action programs, primarily in the frame the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Program.

Krzysztof Stanowski

Krzysztof Stanowski is the President of Solidarity Fund PL, a non-governmental organization that works to provide aid to countries undergoing transformation in the direction of market economy and private entrepreneurship, as well as to support their economic, social and political development. From 2010 to 2012, he served as the Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for development aid and cooperation. From 2007 to 2010, Stanowski was the Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Education. Previously, he was the President of the Education for Democracy Foundation, one of the first polish NGOs engaged in democratization projects abroad. Until November 2007, he was also the Deputy Head of the Steering Committee for the World Movement for Democracy. The author of several books on democracy and civil society, Stanowski participated in Solidarity and was a political prisoner in the 1980s.

Dariusz Stola

Dariusz Stola is a historian, Professor at the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences and at Collegium Civitas. He is also a Fellow at the Center for Migration Research, Warsaw University. He has published nine books and more than a hundred articles on topics from the political and social history of Poland in the 20th century. The books have earned several awards, including two “History Book of the Year” awards. His studies focus on international migrations in Poland and Central Europe, the communist regime, Polish-Jewish relations and the Holocaust, as well as on Polish debates about these pasts. Professor Stola is a member of the Board of Humanity in Action Poland.

Magdalena Szarota

Magdalena Szarota has studied and worked in Asia, Europe and the United States and for over a decade has been engaged in the themes of human rights, leadership, empowerment, women’s issues and visual anthropology. Her focus is on disability and gender. She is the Co-Founder and serves as Board Member of the Association of Women with Disabilities ONE.pl, which is the first and only NGO in Poland that tackles double discrimination. She helped to establish Humanity in Action Poland and is currently its Managing Board and Communications Director.  She is an alumna of the Academy of Young Social Entrepreneurs, run by the Ashoka Foundation. In 2005, Magdalena was chosen by Ashoka to prepare grounds for establishing a similar academy in Nepal. She is also certified as a trainer by the Polish Humanitarian Organization and Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights, as well as an alumna of their fellowship programs for outstanding young human rights activists. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the Graduate School for Social Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences and Lancaster University in Great Britain. She obtained her BA at Jagiellonian University and finished two MA-level programs at the Institute for the Americas and Europe and the interdisciplinary program at the Cross-Cultural Relations at the Oriental Institute at University of Warsaw and also completed postgraduate work in philosophy at Collegium Civitas.

Katarzyna Szymielewicz

Katarzyna Szymielewicz is a human rights lawyer and activist. She is the Co-founder and President of the Panoptykon Foundation, a Polish NGO defending human rights in the context of surveillance society.  She also works as an Advisor to the Minister for Administration and Digitalisation in Poland, and since 2012 she has served as Vice-President of European Digital Rights. She obtained her law degree from the University of Warsaw and a degree in Developmental Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She is active in many recent European debates and campaigns regarding digital rights, including speaking out against blanket data retention, internet blocking and ACTA.  She is actively engaged in the fight for better data protection standards in the online environment.

Lamija Tanovic

Lamija Tanović is Chair of Humanity in Action Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is currently Professor of Atomic and Nuclear Physics and Solid State Physics at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Sarajevo.  Additionally, for many years Professor Tanović has been intensively engaged in the activities geared toward reforming and improving education in Bosnia-Herzegovina. From 2001 to 2004, she was head of the Department for International Scientific, Technical, Educational and Cultural Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia-Herzegovina. From 1994 to 2001, she was Head of the Embassy of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Kingdom of Denmark.  Professor Tanović is a member of the European Academy of Sciences. She has also served as Chair of the UWC-IBO Program in Bosnia-Herzegovina and as a member of the United World Colleges (UWC) International Board of Directors.

Baratunde Thurston

Baratunde Thurston is the CEO, co-founder, and hashtagger-in-chief of Cultivated Wit. He wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black and served for five years as director of digital for the satirical news outlet, The Onion. When he’s not delivering keynote talks at gatherings such as SXSW Interactive, LeWeb, and Personal Democracy Forum, he writes the monthly back page column for Fast Company and contributes to the MIT Media Lab as a director’s fellow. He co-founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics, has advised the Obama White House, has more than 10 years experience in standup comedy, and more than 30 years experience being black. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Ewa Tomaszewicz

Ewa Tomaszewicz is a Polish writer, blogger, journalist and LGBTQ activist. Tomaszewicz is the Co-founder of the first Polish queer sketch show Barbie Girls and the former Editor in Chief of the LGBTQ magazine Replika, as well as the former Vice President of a three-city branch of the Campaign Against Homophobia. Tomaszewicz is also a member of Love Does Not Exclude, an informal organization that fights for recognition of same-sex relationships under Polish law.

Brian Tuohy (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

A Senior Fellow with Humanity in Action (United States, 2006), Brian Tuohy holds a BA in Religion and Psychology from the University of Rochester (2007) and an MSt in The Study of Religion from Oxford (2010) where he studied at Trinity College as a Clarendon Scholar. Brian is currently pursuing his PhD in Sociology at University of Chicago and has interests in urban sociology, the sociology of sports, the sociology of religion and qualitative methods. He is currently completing an ethnographic project that examines ethnic commodification in processes of neighborhood change and gentrification.

Philip Ugelow (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Philip Ugelow is the Deputy Executive Director of Humanity in Action. Before joining the Humanity in Action staff, Philip worked at the Corporate Executive Board, a research consultancy in Washington, DC. He is also a veteran of Public Citizen and Al Gore's presidential campaign. Philip volunteers with the Netherlands America Foundation, the NYU/Stern Social Venture Competition and the Truman National Security Fellowship. Philip received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his master's degree from the University of Amsterdam, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar conducting research on the International Criminal Court.

Corey Walker (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Corey Walker, a native of Memphis, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia, earned his Bachelor of Arts in 2006 at Sarah Lawrence College, focusing on French and Africana Studies. In May 2013, he earned a juris doctor (JD) from Northwestern University School of Law.  His studies in law focused on telecommunications policy, technology and the Internet.  He also developed an academic interest in the litigation, legislative, and public communication strategies of 20th Century social movements in the United States with a particular focus on the Civil Rights Movement.

Prior to law school, Corey was a fellow in the Humanity in Action Berlin program during the summer of 2008, where he examined efforts to integrate German-Turkish youth through youth football associations. Strongly committed to education as a civil right and a tool of social cohesion, he has worked as a teacher in Long Island, New York; the University of Virginia; a correctional facility in Valhalla, New York; and Avignon, France. Corey intends to begin his career legal career by engaging civil rights advocacy, political communications and public interest strategies.

Katarzyna Wencel

Katarzyna Wencel is a member of the Association for Legal Intervention. She graduated from the College of Europe in Bruges. After her studies, she worked at the Ministry of Justice where she was responsible for cooperation with international organizations in the field of human rights. She is a lawyer and a PhD student at the Institute of Legal Studies of the National Academy of Science. 

Artur Wieczorek (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Artur Wieczorek is the President of the Polish Humanity in Action Senior Fellows Network. He completed the Fellowship in Poland in 2009. Wieczorek is the Secretary General of the Polish Green Party and a Board Member of the Polish Forum of Young Diplomats. He also serves on the board of the Strefa Zieleni Foundation. A trainer specializing in development education, intercultural communication and education on climate change, Wieczorek graduated with degrees in Cultural Anthropology from Jagiellonian University and the National University of Singapore.

Chris Worman 

Chris Worman is the Director of Program Development at www.TechSoupGlobal.org. He has worked in community development, communications and fundraising for a variety of US-based NGOs.  Chris worked as a part of the $130 million ‘New Guthrie’ Capital campaign team at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.  After this, he went on to work with the Special Olympics, where he started his first serious data and technology projects.  

Chris was a member of the Peace Corps in Romania, from which he went on to start a variety of civic-engagement-through-philanthropy processes designed to create alternative power structures to help enable citizens in post-democratic societies. In 2009, Chris brought TechSoup into Romania and began applying offline community building tactics to the online space.  

Through TechSoup projects of Chris’s design, more than 2 million citizens in Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have been exposed to local dialog about the role of the citizen in nominal democracies.  More than three-dozen web and mobile sites for online and offline action have been generated, and the process continues to spread.  Chris currently lives in Warsaw where he is continuing to work to build global alliances for social change through technology and consulting on how to best accelerate web-based social leadership.

Henryk Wujec

Henryk Wujec is is a Polish politician, anti-communist activist, and one of the founding members of “Solidarity.” He has also served as a member of Parliament and as an advisor to the President.

Henryk Wujec began his social activity in 1962 as a member of the Club of Catholic Intelligentsia in Warsaw. He has cooperated with and has been a member of the Workers' Defence Committee (KOR) since 1977.  Wujak was one of the founders of “Solidarity” in Poland.  He was an original member of Independent and Self-Governing Trade Union (NSZZ “Solidarity”) and served on the NSZZ “Solidarity” Mazowsze Region Management Board. After the introduction of the martial law he was imprisoned between 1981 and 1984.

Between 1989 and 2001, Henryk Wujec was a deputy of Sejm. During this time he served as Co-chairman of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Secretary of the Citizen’s Parliamentary Club and the Parliamentary Club of the Democratic Union.  He has been a member of the Democratic Union, the Freedom Union, and the Democratic Party since August 2006.

Henryk Wujec is a Co-founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Mutual Insurance Company “TUW.” He is also Co-founder and chairman the Board of the Polish Chamber of Regional and Local Products, and, since 2009, he has served as President of its Managing Board.  He is Chairman of the Standing Conference on the Social Economy (SKES) in Poland, and as the Deputy Chairman of the Team for systemic solutions in social economy. He is also the recipient of  the Commodore's Cross with the Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta, which he received on the 30th anniversary of the Workers' Defence Committee formation.  

Jakub Wygnanski

Jakub Wygnański is the President of the Managing Board for the Unit for Social Innovation and Research - Shipyard. A sociologist by training, he started his public activity as a Solidarity activist and participated in the historical Polish Round Table talks of 1989. He has established several NGOs, including the KLON/JAWOR Association, a research and information center for Polish non-profit organizations, and the Forum of Non-Governmental Initiatives (FIP), which plays a key role as a representative of the Polish Third Sector. FIP has initiated a series of sector-wide debates and meetings, including six national forums involving hundreds of organizations. Wygnański was one of the authors and a main advocate of the Law on Public Benefit and Voluntarism in Poland, which was introduced in 2002. Currently, he is a member of the Public Benefit Council and Chairman of the Program Board of for Polish Public Television. He is also a Board Member of the TechSoup Foundation. In 2003, he was a Yale University World Fellow.

Wygnański’s involvement in the field of research on the non-profit sector in Poland has included the international efforts of Johns Hopkins University, USAID and CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation. His work has also taken him to Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Kazakhstan. For several years, he served as a Board Member of the Stefan Batory Foundation, a Member of the International Committee of US Council on Foundations and a Board Member of CIVICUS.

Anna Zamejc (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Anna Zamejc is originally from Poland, but has also lived in the Czech Republic, the United States, Israel/Palestinian Autonomy, Azerbaijan, England and Denmark. She completed a master's degree in Peace and Justice Studies at the University of San Diego, California on a Fulbright and International Peace Scholarship. She also volunteered as a mediator in a local Small Claims Court. She has worked as a freelance correspondent with the Azerbaijani Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and various other media outlets. As a journalist, she concentrates on political reporting and analysis, particularly in the field of human rights, and the issues of media freedom and elections. Zamejc currently holds a position as a Social Media Manager with Project Syndicate, the world's largest newspaper syndicate.