25 - 26 September 2017
Lublin Conference Center

 <h4>Natalia Gmurkowska</h4><span>Director of the Foundation in Support of Local Democracy Regional Centre in Lublin</span>
For more than 15 years she has been linked with NGOs in Poland and abroad through the creation and implementation of international cooperation programmes with a thematic scope: development of the society and civic participation, modern management methods in public administration, local media, cross-sectoral local and business partnerships, culture and support of youth initiatives. Her scientific interests are related to Eastern Partnership countries, in particular Ukraine and Georgia. An expert and consultant in public institutions and advisory bodies. She has held managing positions in the non-governmental and business spheres. She has many years of experience in the implementation of projects financed by the European Commission, the Norwegian Fund, the Polish Development Aid Programme, the EU Cohesion Fund, Erasmus+ and others.
<h4>Dr. Łukasz Jasina</h4><span>Analyst in Polish Institute of International Affairs, historian, publicist, commentator</span>
Ph.D. in Film Studies (Polish Academy of Sciences). Graduated from Law Studies, History and Journalist Studies at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Fellowship in Harvard Ukrainian Institute and Toronto Univesrity. He was Head of the Eastern branch and publicist in internet weekly "kultura Liberalna and assistant professor at John Paul Ii Catholic University of Lublin and Head of International Department in Polish History Museum. Łukasz Jasina is an author of few hundred publications.
<h4>Anna Jastrzebska</h4><span>Head of International Projects Section at Lublin City Office</span>
Co-author and coordinator of Polish-Ukrainian projects on public administration, consultant of the implementation of Quality Management System for Ukrainian local governments, PN-EN ISO 9001:2000 internal auditor, co-author of "Polish-Ukrainian and Ukrainian-Polish glossary for public administration"; creator and editor of a publication entitled "Systemic solutions for Lublin and Ukrainian cities regarding modern local government".
Currently works at Lublin City Office as the head of the international projects section. More of a practicioner than a theoretician of project management, local authorities' collaboration of Poland and Ukraine, which results more from passion than duty. Trainer on financing international partner programmes in the field of local government, culture, and civil dimension, as well as on preparation of project applications for local territorial authorities in Poland and Ukraine. Initiator and co-creator of Polish-Ukrainian NGOs and local government partnerships.
<h4>Krzysztof Łątka</h4><span>Director of the Non-investment Projects Department of Lublin City Office</span>
Master in Management and Marketing at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin. Starting from 1996 for 10 years he was working as a Lublin journalist. Since 2006 he is working in Lublin City Office, previously as the Secretary of the City and currently as the director of Non-Investment Projects` Department responsible for gaining and settling external funds, mostly European, for non-infrastructure projects.
He specializes in projects of cross-border and territorial cooperation, particularly with partners from the Eastern Partnership countries. President of the Programme Council of the Centre for Eastern Competences and member of the Programme Council of the Programme "Together with Ukraine". Lecturer at higher education institutions in Lublin. Permanent expert of several non-governmental organisations. Author and co-author of many development strategies of local government units and enterprises.
<h4>Tomasz Małecki</h4><span>President of the Board of Lublin Science and Technology Park JSC</span>
MBA graduate of Kozmiński University in Warsaw and the University of Life Science in Lublin. Menotr and jury in startup contests such as Infoshare 2015 and 2016, and Wolves Summit. Manager of Innova-Invest VC – 20 investments amounting 10,2 mln PLN. Manager of acceleration projects: Startup Platform CONNECT, LbN#BiznesStart and Lublin Create, co-author of B+R Inno Brocker cooperation project and propagator of Lean Startup method.
<h4>Mateusz Małyska</h4><span>President of Sempre a Frente Foundation</span>
Political scientist and career counselor. He is a graduate of the PAFW Leadership Program and the International Leadership Exchange of the US Department of State. Member of the Social Innovation Fellowship (US State Department). He has been a consultant in the Youth in Action and Erasmus + programs since 2011. In addition, he is the chief editor of portal and interpersonal skills trainer.
<h4>Paweł Prokop</h4><span>president of the Programme Council and Foundation of Managerial Initiatives</span>
Author of cross-border cooperation programmes (including those with partners from Italy, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan).
Advisor to the Mayor of Lublin on cross-border cooperation and social participation. Head of the Programme Council of the Centre for Eastern Competences.
Auditor of Quality Management Systems. Trainer and consultant, specialist in the field of organizational coaching and development of strategies for public, non-governmental and commercial institutions.
<h4>Mykola Riabchuk</h4><span>literary critic, essayist and publicist</span>
Born in 1953 in Lutsk, Ukrainian literary critic, essayist and publicist, poet, interpreter of, inter alia, Polish classics. Associate in Centre for European Studies of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and co-founder of an opinion-forming Kiev monthly “Critique”. For many years collaborates with Lublin journal “Kultura Enter”. He was relegated from the university for publishing his poems in Skrynia almanac. Currently he is a lecturer and visiting professor at American universities. Laureate of Polish-Ukrainian Reconciliation Award.
<h4>Dr. Julita Agnieszka Rybczyńska </h4><span>Lawyer and political scientist</span>
Affiliated with Political Science Faculty of Marie Curie Skłodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin since 1990ties she currently teaches as a lecturer within their International Relations Department. She also spent time as a research fellow and visiting professor in various higher education institutions in Europe and the US including Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; Rutgers University; Nuffield College at Oxford University, and University of Reykjavik. Her research and writing focuses on institutional and legal aspects of democratic transformations, with the special focus on human rights, national minorities rights, local government, civic society and non-profit sector in Central and Eastern Europe. Author and editor of many academic publications.
Mrs. Rybczyńska combines research and teaching with policy and development work. She has worked as a consultant and expert with various local and national public policy bodies, non-profit organizations and intergovernmental organizations including Foundation in Support of Local Democracy (FRDL), Human Rights Helsinki Foundation, OSCE-ODHIR, US-Ukraine Foundation, Management Initiatives Foundation (FIM). She currently serves on the Board of Center for Eastern Competencies, think tank promoting effective and sustainable development cooperation and stimulating dialogue between local and regional authorities in the countries of EU and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
<h4>Dr. Mariusz Sagan</h4><span>Director of the Strategy and Investor Services Department at Lublin City Office, plenipotentiary of the Mayor of Lublin for the special economic zone</span>
Co-author of Lublin Strategy 2020 setting directions of development of the biggest city of Eastern Poland. Initiator of Study in Lublin programme, Lublin IT Upland, and Lublin Medicine – Medical & Wellness and Life Science clusters. (all activities held in Lublin).
Expert and practician in the field of entrepreneurship and strategic management, including city strategies and foreign investment. Simultaneously, since 2009, works in the Collegium of Business Administration at SGH Warsaw School of Economics. Author and co-author of more than 100 publications on regional and city development, international business, and business management, including numerous articles in American and British journals such as Cross Cultural Management, Managing Service Quality, Marketing Education Review, Chinese Management Studies, and more. Visited dozens of countries (China, USA, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Portugal, etc.) where he presented results of his work during conferences and lectures. Member of Global Advisory Board at Center for Leadership and Management at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey.
<h4>Dr. Oleksandr Sofiy</h4><span>Head of the analytical programme of NGO EuropeanDialogue</span>
Author of analytical studies in local government: The Institutions of Starostwo in Ukraine and Sołectwo in Poland: A Comparative Analysis; Executive Administration of Viable Communities: The Polish Experience; Analysis of Local Communities Support Policy as Part of Regional Development Policy in Lviv Region; Cross-border Cooperation of Lviv Region in the Context of Restructuring of State Regional Development Policy.
<h4>Sławomir Sosnowski</h4><span>Marshal of Lubelskie Voivodeship</span>
Polish politician, regional civil servant. He graduated Lublin Agricultural Academy (currently University of Life Sciences in Lublin). He also completed post-graduate studies in Management and Entrepreneurship at the State School of Higher Vocational Education in Biala Podlaska, and Education Management at the Baltic Higher School of Humanities in Koszalin. He has long a experience in working as a teacher and a pedagogue. In years 1999-2003 he served as principal of the Complex of Agricultural Schools in Wola Osowińska, a then in years 2003-2006 as chief education officer in Lublin. He is a member of the Polish People’s Party and a member of Lubelskie Sejmik (regional parliament) serving the fourth term now. From August 2005 till December 2006 he was a member of Lubelskie Voivodeship Executive Board. He was appointed Vice-Marshal of Lubelskie Voivodeship in January 2008, while since June 2014 he served as Marshal of Lubelskie Voivodeship. He joined the EU Committee of the Regions in 2015.
Born in Radzyń Podlaski in 1957. Married. Four children.
<h4>Krzysztof Stanowski</h4><span>Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland</span>
Co-founder and leader of non-governmental organizations. Author of training programmes and publications about civil education, activity of non-governmental organizations and development cooperation. During martial law, a member of the regional authorities of the underground Solidarność, a political prisoner. Co-founder of independent scouting in Poland, first leader of the Scouting Association of the Republic of Poland. Long-term President of the Education for Democracy Foundation and of Solidarity Fund PL. Co-founder of the Civic Committee for Solidarity with Ukraine. Member of the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy (2000-2007) and authorities of the Zagranica Group. In the years 2007−2011, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of National Education and then Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Author of Development Cooperation Act.
<h4>Aleksandra Zińczuk</h4><span>An explorer of oral history</span>
An explorer of oral history and intangible multinational heritage especially of the ethnic borderland. She leads field expeditions as well as social and artistic initiatives supporting Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation.
<h4>Dr. Krzysztof Żuk</h4><span>Mayor of the City of Lublin</span>
Born in 1957 in Krasnystaw, Lubelskie Voivodeship. He holds the title of Doctor of Philosophy in Economic Studies. Researcher and teacher at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin and University of Economics and Innovation in Lublin. Since 1996 he was the Head of Ministry of Treasury Delegation to Lublin coordinating implementation of EU support programmes for municipal enterprises, and collaborated with Gdansk Institute for Market Economics on research projects regarding restructuration and privatisation of communal economy. In 2005 he became a member of the Commission for Economics and Management in Lublin branch of Polish Academy of Science and joined Ministerial Trial Commission for cases of violation of public finance discipline. He participated in works of Consultancy Council for Development Strategy for Lubelskie Voivideship. In years 2007-2009, he served as Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Treasure.
While serving as Councilor of Świdnik City Council in years 1990-1996 and Deputy Mayor of the City of Lublin in years 2006-2007, he gained experience in local government. He finished a number of courses and training, including on structural funds management, internal control project management, corporate restructuring, strategic management in administration.
 <h4>Michał Karapuda</h4><span>Director of the Culture Department of the City of Lublin</span>
Cultural activist, Graduated in philosophy and sociology at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University as well as European Studies at the University of Exeter. He was associated with Theater Group ALEF ZERO, The International Festival of Alternative Culture ZdaErzenia, Commissariat of Artistic Activities ("Komisariat Działań Artystycznych"), Nothing to Command Centre ("Centrum Dowodzenia Niczym"), the Academic Cultural Monthly "Spinacz". He took part in the creation of the Night of Culture (Noc Kultury), the Jagiellonian Fair (Jarmark Jagielloński), the European College of Culture (Europejskie Kolegium Kultury) and the Eastern Partnership Culture Congress (Kongres Kultury Partnerstwa Wschodniego).
He also served as the secretary of the Audit Committee of the Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts in Lublin (2006-2008), coordinator of Lublin's participation in organized by the European Commission and Council of Europe Intercultural Cities program (2008)., Head of the project office Lublin 2016 - European Capital of Culture - Candidate (2008 -2011), coordinator of the National Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency of the EU in 2011 in Lublin. He participated in the Congress of Polish Culture in Cracow (2009) and the European Culture Congress in Wroclaw (2011). He currently serves as secretary of the Council of Culture of the City of Lublin; a member of the Council of the Museum of Lublin, a member of the Public Council of Employers of the Animation of Culture course at the Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University.
Michał Karapuda - Dyrektor Wydziału Kultury Urzędu Miasta Lublin, działacz kulturalny.
<h4>Prof. Jan Rydel</h4><span>Historian and researcher</span>
Historian and researcher concerned with Central and Eastern Europe and Polish-German relations in the 19th and 20th centuries. Author of Politics of History in Federal Republic of Germany. The Legacy – The Ideas – The Practice (2011) and Polish Occupation of North Western Germany, 1945–1948. An unknown chapter in Polish-German Relations (Polish ed. 2000, German ed. 2003). Until 2010 he was a researcher and professor at the Jagiellonian University, and currently is a professor at the Pedagogical University of Cracow. Between 2001 and 2005 he headed the Office of Culture, Science, and Information of the Polish Embassy in Berlin. He was a voluntary custodian of the Rydlówka Manor Museum of Young Poland in Kraków. Since 2008 he is the Polish representative and vice president on the board of the Polish-German Foundation for Science. He is the chairman of the Steering Committee of European Network Remembrance and Solidarity and coordinator of the Polish party in ENRS.
Experience (2001-2017) as project manager and national expert in the fallowing directs: Good Governance, Local Self-Government, community development, Social Mobilization, tolerance promotion and social cohesion, sectorial decentralization (focus to education), social partnership, strategic planning,
The trainer (Certificated by Education for Democracy Foundation, 1996) on fallowing subjects: community development and social partnership, democracy education in the school, democracy leadership, planning, fundraising and resource mobilization, project management.
<h4>Dr. Robert Żurek</h4><span>Member of the board of the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe</span>
Dr. Robert Żurek is a graduate of Catholic history and theology at the Freie Universität in Berlin. In 2003 he defended his doctoral dissertation on relations between Polish and German Evangelical and Catholic churches in the years 1945-1956. He was also the deputy director of the Center for Historical Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Berlin. Director of the Wroclaw Branch of Institute of National Remembrance (2013-2016). Member of the board of the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe (since 2016). His main interests include Polish-German relations after 1945 and the state-church relations in Poland and Germany.
<h4>Piotr Majchrzak</h4><span>Honorary Consul of Austria in Lublin</span>
Graduated in German linguistic at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin and International relations at the Warsaw School of Economics. Entrepreneur, social activist and member and expert of many bodies, also expert for projects evaluation in the fields of labor market and adaptability of enterprises and workers to changes, as well as expert evaluating startups.
A scholar and a member of many Polish and foreign foundations and research centers. He participated in the "The Politics of Memory" Program (Perpignan, Izieu, Berlin, Buchenwald, Lublin, Bełżec), alumnus at the Theodor-Heuss of the Robert Bosch Foundation (Berlin), scholar at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e V. (Berlin) and member at MitOst e.V. (Berlin). Since 2006 Member of the Board of the European Co-operation Society in Lublin and permanent co-worker of the Austrian Black Cross (Vienna, Graz). 2005-2009 he was assistant to the European Parliament. Then till 2015, he was Vice-President of the Foundation of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Lublin. Since 2007 the originator and owner of Lublin Academy of Development - consulting company.
Awarded and twice awarded for social activities. In 2008, the Great Honorary Badge (Großes Ehrenzeichen) of the Austrian Black Cross and in 2014 the Silver Medal of the Guardian of National Memory Places awarded by the President of the Council for the Protection of Memory of Fight and Martyrdom. As the Honorary Consul of Austria, appointed by the President of the Republic of Austria Dr. Heinz Fischer on April 21, 2016.
<h4>Rafał Borkowski</h4><span>President of the Krzyżowa Foundation, President of the Board of the Lower Silesian Federation of Non-Governmental Organiza-tions</span>
Rafał Borkowski – was born in 1969 in Wroclaw. He graduated in mathematical and pedagogical studies at Wroclaw University of Technology.
In the years 1994-1999 he was a computer science teacher at Electronic Scientific Department in Wroclaw; In 1997-1999 he was Deputy Director of Pedagogical Affairs at the Copernicus Voca-tional School in Wroclaw. In 2000, he became the managing director of the “Krzyżowa” Foundation for the European Arrangement, and in 2004 he was also a member of the board and he held this office until 2015. Since 2016 he has been the President of the “Krzyżowa” Foundation for the Eu-ropean Agreement and since 2007 also International Conference Center “Krzyżowa”.
Since 2005, as a representative of the “Krzyżowa” Foundation, he is a member of the Board of Directors and since 2016 he is the President of the Board of the Lower Silesian Federation of Non-Governmental Organizations.
<h4>Elżbieta Płaszczyk</h4><span>Former director of the Foundation in Support of Local Democracy Regional Branch in Lodz</span>
She has taken managerial positions since 1996. Experienced (15 years of professional experience, 30 successful projects) project manager responsible for preparation, coordination, realisation and supervision of international and domestic projects (Grundtvig, Leonardo da Vinci, ESF, FAMI, ERASMUS+). Co-author and coordinator of projects for migrants and asylum seekers financed from European Refugee Fund. Co-author and project consortium facilitator of projects devoted to vulnerable social groups. Member of the City Committee for Dialogue and Equality.
The author of more than 180 scientific publications and workbooks on the history of Ukraine in the 20th century, international relations and country-specific studies including the following monographs: “Famine in Ukraine in 1932-1933: causes and effects” (2003, in co-authorship), “The elite of the communist party in USSR in 1920-30s: social and historical analysis” (2004), “Top bureaucracy: the ruling clique of Soviet Ukraine (1917-1938s)” (2008; 2012); "Post-soviet space states in world politics" (2010); "Ukraine in international integration processes: collective monographs (2015, in co-authorship); workbooks: “Study of the countries of CIS: The course of lectures” (2006), “Democratic administration and the culture of peace: Workbook” (2006, in co-authorship), “Study of the countries of CIS: Tutorial” (2007), “Geopolitical environment and geopolitical CIS countries preferences: Workbook” (2008), “Country-specific studies: the countries of CIS and the Baltic states: Tutorial” (2008), “Country-specific studies: the countries of CIS, Europe and Northern America” (2009, in co-authorship); "Problems of national and global security of CIS countries" (2009); "Geopolitical interests and foreign policy of post-Soviet space states" (2011), "Country-specific studies. Handbook"(2012, co-author), "Study of Regions. Handbook" (2014, co-author), and others.
<h4>Dr Jakub Olchowski</h4><span>Faculty of Political Sciences at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin</span>
Political scientist, academic teacher at Faculty of Political Science, University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin. He focuses on international security, cultural identity and intercultural relations in the Balkans and East-Central Europe. He’s been co-operating for years with non-governemental organizations and the media.
Professor assistant, she works at the Institute of International Relations of the National Security Department at National Defence Academy in Warsaw. Her research in the field of international relations in the area of post-soviet, Polish foreign policy and international relations theory. Author of many publications, .: Policy of the Russian Federation in the CIS (2006); Competition powers in the area of post-soviet (2013); Conflictuality in Polish-Russian relations as geopolitical stigma, in: S. Bieleń, A. Skrzypek (ed.), Geopolitics in Polish-Russian relations (2012); Взаимное восприятие поляков и русских, in Pocсийcко-польские отношения в зеркале геополитических концепции (2015).
<h4>Tania Arcimovich</h4><span>Independent researcher, art critic. Editor of pARTisan project.</span>
She was born in 1984. She graduated from Belarusian State Academy of Arts (Minsk, 2013), studied in the laboratory of Experimental Stage by Anatoly Praudin (St. Petersburg, 2007/2008). 2014-2015 — fellowship of AIR program CCA Ujazdowski Castle (Poland) and Akademie Solitude (Germany). She wrote for Mastactva and pARTisan magazines (Belarus), Petersburg Theatre Magazine, Sovremennaya Dramaturgiya (Russia), Res Publika, Czas Kultury, Szum (Poland); Internet magazine New Europa, ArtAktivist,, Eurozine and other. The author (together with Anton Sarokin) of the multimedia project Belarus 4’33 a suncity of dream point zero based on the novel by Artur Klinau Minsk. A Suncity of Dreams.
<h4>Maciej Lubaś</h4><span>active within Świdnik City for Bikes Association</span>
Green Velo trail auditor, reviewer of master's and engineering`s thesis on active mobility at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin and representative of active mobility section of the City Hall in Lublin. Privately a bicycle holder.
<h4>Artur Habza</h4><span>Director of the Department of Economy and International Cooperation in Marshal's Office of Lubelskie Voivodeship</span>
He has been dealing with the subject of economy and support for entrepreneurship since 2007. He worked e.g. for Agency for Entrepreneurship Support of the Lubelskie Region in Lublin where he evaluated projects under I and II Priority Axes of Regional Operational Programme for Lubelskie Voivodeship, which were aimed at supporting entrepreneurship. He also dealt with business consulting. He was directly responsible for development and co-ordination of the key project Marketing for Economy of Lubelskie Region.
<h4>Dr. Tomasz Stępniewski</h4><span>chair-holder of Eastern Studies Chair at the Institute of Political Science and International Affairs, Faculty of Social Sciences, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin</span>
Doctor Habilitatus (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland) – associate professor and chair-holder of Eastern Studies Chair at the Institute of Political Science and International Affairs, Faculty of Social Sciences, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. He is interested in the European Union’s eastern policy, international relations on the Commonwealth of Independent States’ area, Russia’s policy towards Eastern Europe.
Prof. Stępniewski was involved in a number of research-projects dealing with the developments in the post-Soviet space while at the same time engaged (by invitation) in expert-level discussions and negotiations on related issues. Former research fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute in 2005 and 2015, Carnegie Moscow Centre. His main research-interests include: the EU’s policy towards its eastern neighbourhood, international relations of the Commonwealth of Independent States’, Russia’s policy towards Eastern Europe.
<h4>Bogumiła Berdychowska</h4><span>Journalist</span>
Polish journalist specializing in the history of Ukraine and Polish-Ukrainian relations in the 20th century. 1992-1994 director of the Office for National Minorities in the Ministry of Culture and Art; 1994-2002 deputy director of the 5th Program of the Polish Radio; since 2003 head of the Scholarship Department at the National Centre for Culture. Co-author (together with Ola Hnatiuk) of interviews with representatives of the Ukrainian intelligentsia "The Rebellion of the Generation" (Lublin 2000), editor of the correspondence of Jerzy Giedroyc with representatives of Ukrainian emigration (Warsaw 2004) and selection of texts from the Parisian "Kultura" devoted to Ukraine entitled "Love for the hopeless cases" (Warsaw 2016).
<h4>Sebastian Grabowski</h4><span>President of the ArchitectsPL Foundation</span>
Sebastian Grabowski – President of the ArchitectsPL Foundation, graduated from the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications of Koszalin University of Technology as well as the Faculty of Management at the University of Warsaw and general psychology at the Warsaw School of Social Psychology. In his research work he deals with the matter of open data, interactions between users of telecommunication networks and the Internet as well as issues related to the open government. For 16 years he has been active in the telecommunications industry, currently he is the director of Research and Development Center of Orange Polska. The creator of the Polish nationwide initiative on open data – “BIHAPI” ( President of the ArchitectsPL Foundation, which promotes the idea of ​​openness in smart cities. Lecturer at the Faculty of Management and Social Communication of the Jagiellonian University. Currently involved in multidisciplinary social innovation projects based on new ICTs.
<h4>Maria Przełomiec</h4><span>Journalist</span>
Journalist, from February 1990 to December 2006 working as a correspondent of the Polish Section of the BBC, specializing in issues related to the countries of the former USSR, participated in practically all most important events taking place in this area. Maria Przełomiec is the author or co-author of several expert analyses, including the reports published by the Centre for International Relations: Chechnya – independence or limited sovereignty (1997), Russia 2000 – the end and beginning of the epoch, The Eastern dimension of the EU, the chance or idée fixe of Polish policy? (2002), The Maidan Uprising, Separatism and Foreign Interventions of Ukraine's complex transition (Peter Lang – International Academic Publishers 2014), and of the book Ukraine at the turn (Trio, 2005) and Tymoshenko – unfinished history (Niecałe 2012). Since February 2007 she leads cyclical program "Studio East" on TVP Info devoted to the political and social situation in the countries of the former USSR. Since 2015 she is giving postgraduate classes entitled Polish Media about the East, at the Centre for East European Studies of the University of Warsaw. Since September 2016 she has her own weekly program The Look at the East in Polish Radio24.
<h4>Jacek Białas</h4><span>Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights</span>
Graduate from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin and also from the XXth Course of Human Rights and Freedom of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.

Since 2005 member of Amnesty International Polska (he was a member of the Management Board, worked as a campaign coordinator and is now a member of the AI Poland Program Council). Since 2007 he has been working for the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in the Legal Assistance to Refugees and Migrants Programme. He conducts cases of human rights violations against foreigners in the Polish authorities and in international courts – in the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Author of numerous publications on migration and refugee law. He was carrying training courses for all kinds of occupational groups on migrant and refugee law (police officers, judges, local government employees, etc.). From 2013 legal adviser to the District Chamber of Legal Advisers in Warsaw.
<h4> Małgorzata Gosiewska</h4><span>Member of the Polish Parliament, Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs</span>
Politician, deputy of the Polish Sejm – Parliament to the V, VII and VIII term, successively Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Social Policy, Committee on Social Policy and Family, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Committee on Liaison with Poles Abroad. In 2001 she became a member of the Main Board of Law and Justice (PiS). Councilor of the Warsaw City Council (2002-2004), Councilor of the Mazovian Regional Parliament (2010-2011). Honored with the Georgian Medal of Honor, Honorary Citizen of Tbilisi, author of the report entitled "Russian war crimes in the Eastern Ukraine in 2014.
<h4>Krzysztof Hetman</h4><span>Member of the European Parliament</span>
Graduated from the Faculty of Political Science at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin. In 2002 he completed also post-graduate studies at the University College of Enterprise and Administration in Lublin. He started his professional career as an employee of an Open Pension Fund in 1999. From July 2002 to August 2005 he was a Deputy Director, and then, to May 2007 a Director of the Department of Strategy and Regional Development at the Marshal’s Office of the Lubelskie Voivodeship. From December 2007 to December 2010 he served as undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Regional Development. On 1st December 2010 he was elected Marshal of the Lubelskie Voivodeship. He held this function until 30th June 2014, when he became a Member of the European Parliament. In the European Parliament he works in the Committee on Regional Development, the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.
<h4>Iurie Bodrug</h4><span> Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Moldova to the Republic of Poland</span>
Born in April 1954. Since 1993 in the system of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, including in foreign institutions (Moscow, minister-councillor, 1994-1997, Warsaw, councillor for politics, 2000-2003).
<h4>Nevenka Koprivšek</h4><span>Actress and theatre director</span>
She was trained at Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq. She started her professionalcareer as actress then theatre director. She was artistic director of Glej (one of the first experimental theatre in Ljubljana) and in 1997 she has established a new independent organization BUNKER. Bunker create artistic programs that reflect on social, ecological, political or cultural issues, organizes educational programs and two contemporary performing arts festivals: Mladi levi in Ljubljana (this year Bunker and the festival celebrate their 20th anniversary) known for it’s social and political engagement and Drugajanje (with and for young audience) in Maribor. Since 2004 Bunker is also
managing Stara mestna elektrarna, an Old power plant converted into performing art center, which gives home to many independent companies and festivals, platforms for research and debate and is it strongly encored in local community.
 <h4>Johannes Moisio</h4><span>President of AEBR Task Force of External Borders</span>
He was born in Helsinki and got his primary education in the capital area. He went to study in South Karelia regions where he graduated as M.Sc in Industrial Engineering in 1990. Mr. Moisio’s carreer started as quality manager in a piping company working with gas and district heating pipings already during his late student years and after the graduation. During the debression time in Finland 1991-1993 Mr. Moisio worked as assistant and senior assistant in Lappeenranta University of Technology department of Materials Management. Yet, he returned to the piping company after dissolution of the Soviet Union while the depression eased and export to new Russia lifted its head. Mr. Moisio worked 7 years in export sales of boiler plants, piping projects, heat exchangers and in planning among the first EU funded Tacis and Phare projects in the field of energy saving, IT systems in customer management, maintenance systems and GIS in heating systems, water supply and property management. Mr. Moisio started his career in regional administration in year 2000. He was planning cross-border cooperation projects with Russian authorities and assisting municipalities of South Karelia in preparation of CBC projects and international contacts. Southeast Finland, City of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region decided to make a joint office in Brussels to foster their interests. Mr. Moisio was the first director and practical founder of this office for years 2004 and 2005. Mr. Moisio returned to the Regional Council of South Karelia and started to set more efforts in the European cooperation. In 2007 South Karelia hosted the general assembly of the Association of European Border regions. In this assembly AEBR Task Force of External Borders was founded and Mr. Moisio was elected to chair this task force. He is still continuing this task. Mr. Moisio has many honorary positions. Among these are Vice Chairman of Southeast Finland Red Cross district, Chairman of Akava Southeast Finland for 7 years, Chairman of Centre Party section in the municipality of Taipalsaari and vice chairman of committee of municipal sector in Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland.
<h4>Wojciech Mucha</h4><span>Journalist i publicist</span>
Journalist of the Free Word Zone („Gazeta Polska”, „Gazeta Polska Codziennie”, „Nowe Państwo”), reporter, publicist. The author of the book “Blood and Earth. About the Ukrainian revolution”. He is co-leading his own program on TVP3 Warsaw “CHiP - civilization, history, politics – unusual conversations”. He co-creates the Polish section of
<h4>Dr. Roman Kabaczij</h4><span>Historian and journalist</span>
Historian, journalist, media critic. He graduated from the Pedagogical University of Kherson in the south of Ukraine. He defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Resettlement of the Ukrainian population into the south in 1944-1946” in 2006 at the UMCS in Lublin, being a scholarship holder at the European College of Polish and Ukrainian Universities. His Ph.D. dissertation as a book entitled “Exiled to the steppes” was published in Warsaw (“Tyrsa”, 2012). He was a presenter in Ukrainian television “5 kanal” (2006-2007) and editor of the history section of the weekly “Ukraiins`kyy tyzhden`” (2007-2011). Since 2012 until today in the non-governmental organization Institute of Mass Transmission in Kiev.
<h4>Dr. Petro Savchuk, Doctor</h4><span>Rector of Lutsk National Technical University</span>
Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor – Rector of Lutsk National Technical University.
After secondary school graduation he studied at Kremenets Pedagogical College. He studied at Ternopil Volodymyr Hnatyuk National Pedagogical University, where he continued his postgraduate study. He also studied at the Lutsk NTU on specialty "Innovative Process Administration".
He worked as the head of Materials Science Department of Lutsk NTU. Author of more than 130 scientific publications and 26 patents for inventions and utility models of Ukraine. He is experienced in writing and implementing international technical assistance projects. In July 13, 2015 was elected as a Rector of Lutsk NTU. Chairman of the Board of Public Association "Volyn Association of Scientists and Innovators". Honored Worker of Education of Ukraine.
<h4>Prof. Oleksandr Cherevko</h4><span>Rector of the Bohdan Khmelnytsky National University of Cherkasy</span>
Doctor of Economy Sciences, Professor, Merited Economist of Ukraine, graduate of Chișinău State University. From 1996 to 2005, he headed the Board of the National Bank of Ukraine in Cherkasy Region and was an advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine V.A. Yushchenko. From 2005 to 2010 he headed Cherkasy Region State Administration. At present he holds the position of the Rector of the Bohdan Khmelnytsky National University of Cherkasy.
He specializes on the issues of social-economic development of the regions of Ukraine, economic relations and security in the banking system, Euro-integration processes, international trade and economic cooperation. He is a presidium member of the non-governmental organization the Council of Rectors of the Higher-Educational Institutions of Ukraine, the Head of the Council of Rectors of the Higher-Educational Institutions of Cherkasy Region.
<h4>Volodymyr Kalchenko</h4><span>Vice-Rector for Scientific-Pedagogical Work at Chernihiv National University of Technology</span>
Professor of the Department of Automobile Transport and Sectoral Machine Building. Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, graduated from Chernihiv Technological Institute, 1996, Mechanical Faculty with the specialty “Metal-cutting machine tools and systems”, qualification – Mechanical engineer; postgraduate studies at Chernihiv Technological Institute, 1998, with the specialty 05.03.01 – “The processes of machining, machine tools and instruments”. In 1998 he defended his thesis ahead of schedule, and in January 2006 – his doctoral thesis in the specialty 05.03.01 – “The processes of machining, machine tools and instruments”. In 2008 Volodymyr Kalchenko received the title of Professor of the Department of Integrated technologies of mechanical engineering and motor vehicles. In 2014 he was elected as an academician of the Academy of Sciences of Higher Education of Ukraine.
Appropriate world-class long-term researches in the field of abrasive grinding are supported by 30 patents on inventions that have found their implementation in manufacturing processes of many enterprises in Ukraine. Volodymyr Kalchenko is the author of more than 100 scientific articles and ten teaching aids. The research is aimed at creating new processing technology with crossed axes of a tool and a part, as well as 3D-modeling of the tool and machined surfaces. Under the direction of Volodymyr Kalchenko, four Ph.D. thesis were written and defended. At present he is the scientific supervisor of three postgraduate students. During the last 15 years he is the executor of scientific state budget topics. Volodymyr Kalchenko – Member of the Dissertation Council for the Protection of Candidate Theses.
<h4>Dr. Martin Dahl</h4><span>Political scientist, economist, psychologist</span>
Graduate of the Faculty of International Trade and World Economy at the Ryszard Lazarski College of Commerce and Law (currently Lazarski University), graduate of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw School of Social Psychology. He made his Ph.D. dissertation at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2014). Lecturer at the Lazarski University's English-language study program with a double diploma with the Coventry University in the following study programs: economics, management, finance and accounting, international relations. Since 2004 lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Management of the Lazarski University. His research areas include: the theory of ordoliberalism and the social market economy, German studies, systemic transformation in Poland, sustainable development and European integration.
He was born in 1946 in Heidelberg. 1966-72 he studied history, politics and Latin at the Universities of Heidelberg and Munich. In 1977 he made his doctorate and 1985 the habilitation in the political science at the University of Heidelberg. 1991-2011 professor at the University of Trier, 1998-2008 Director of the German Historical Institute in Warsaw. Since 1998 professor of political science at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. Areas of interest: transformation of political and socio-economic systems in Central and Eastern Europe, contemporary history of Poland, Polish-German relations after the World War II, historical policy.
Doctor of humanities in the field of history, Assistant Professor at the Department of Social History of the 20th Century in the Institute of History of Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin. Editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Memory and Justice. He attends the meetings of the Polish-Ukrainian Forum of Historians.
 <h4>Prof. Igor Todorov</h4><span>Political scientist, expert in international relations</span>
Scientific interests: European and international security, Ukraine's foreign policy. Professor of the Chair of International Studies and Social Communication at Uzhgorod National University. Author of more than 400 scientific and methodical publications.
<h4>Dr. Susan Stewart</h4><span>German Institute for International and Security Affairs</span>
She is working at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. Her areas of expertise are: Russian Federation, Ukraine, EU Eastern Partnership with the focus on Ukrainian domestic and foreign policy and EU-Russian relations. Her special topics are the development of civil society in Eastern Europe, promotion of democracy, and the role of human rights in foreign policy. She has received her doctoral degree in Political Science at the Mannheim University and was lecturer at the Chair for Political Science and Contemporary History at Mannheim University and Research Associate at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research.
<h4>Doc. Dr. Vitalii Lebediuk</h4><span>National University of Ostroh Academy</span>
Associate professor at the Department of Political Science, Dean, Faculty of Political Studies and Information Management, National University of Ostroh Academy (Ostroh, Ukraine). Head of the NGO School of political analysis POLIS. He is interested in the European studies, political parties
and party systems, election systems and voting behavior, quantitative research methods.
Member of the Civic Committee of the Solidarity with Ukraine. Trainer of adults, author of training programs and educational materials among others on training the trainers, international cooperation, youth exchanges, activities of social organizations, with experience of training work in countries like Ukraine, the Russian Federation, Georgia and Tunisia. Author and coordinator of international cooperation projects with partners from Ukraine, Georgia, the Russian Federation, Belarus, Hungary and Slovakia.
<h4>Prof. Jerzy Buzek</h4><span>Former Prime Minister, Member of the European Parliament</span>
1997-2001 Member of the Polish Parliament for the third term of office and Prime Minister, since 2004 Member of the European Parliament for the VI, VII and VIII term of office, 2009-2012 its President being the first person in this position originating from former Eastern Bloc states. Professor of technical sciences. He guided Poland into the NATO structures in 1999. He initiated accession negotiations with the European Union in 1997. At the end of the '90s, he launched the annual Pro Publico Bono competition for the best civic initiative in Poland. In the years 2002-2004 Vice-rector of the Polonia University in Częstochowa and founder of the Polonia School of Diplomacy. He represented the European Parliament during the 2004 elections in Ukraine and supported the Orange Revolution. Jerzy Buzek was a member of the following Committees in the European Parliament from 2004 till 2009: Industry, Research and Energy as well as Environment,
Public Health and Food Safety. He was also a member of the following delegations in the European Parliament from 2004 till 2009: EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee as well as Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). According to the "Wprost" and "Rzeczpospolita" rankings (2008) he was chosen the best Polish MEP.
Since August 2014: Head of Advantage Austria in Poland and Commercial Counsellor at the Austrian Embassy in Warsaw. He started career at Austrian Economic Chamber in 1980, previous foreign assignments in Poland (1981-84), New York/USA, New Delhi/India, Bangkok/Thailand, Toronto/Canada and The Hague/Netherlands. His main tasks at headquarters in Vienna included technology transfer, internationalization, innovation and FDI worldwide, technical supplies to CERN in
Geneva/Switzerland and cooperation with Japanese Multinationals in the fields of automotive and electronics industries. Regional competencies first for the Americas; later for Asia/Pacific – member of the EU´s Invest in Asia Program Committee. Graduate Engineer from Vienna Technical University, Doctor Juris from University of Vienna, Law Faculty.
<h4>Lloyd Halverson</h4><span>City Administrator Camas, USA</span>
He served as City Administrator for the City of Camas for 24 years. Previous experiences included seven years as a City Manager of Independence, Oregon; service as the Executive Director of a non-profit corporation; and high school teaching in California. He has been active in the partnership work between US and Polish communities. He served as a municipal advisor in Poland from 1998-99. He likes his work and believes every person can make a positive difference. As a City Administrator, his educational background is similar to other city managers. The background includes a BA degree from the University of California, a MA of Education and a Master of Public Administration (MPA). Mr. Halverson speaks German, Spanish and basic Polish. He likes to travel and plays golf.
 <h4>Dr. Olena Babakova</h4><span>Journalist of Polish Radio External Service</span>
Born in 1986 in Kiev. Doctor of humanities in history, 2011-2016 journalist of Polish Radio External Service, currently portal journalist of Eastbook, Jewropejska Prawda, Nowoje Wremia, New Eastern Europe, Nasz Wybir, as well as coordinator of projects at the WOT Foundation. She specializes in the subject of Polish-Ukrainian relations, historical memory and migration from Ukraine to the EU.
 <h4>Piotr Pogorzelski </h4><span>journalist of the Polish Radio</span>
From 1st March 2006 to 31st July 2015 correspondent in Kiev. He was born in Warsaw in 1977. In 2000 he graduated from the Institute of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw and one year later, a two-year MA in Eastern Studies devoted to the former USSR states at the same university. Since 2000 in the Polish Radio, in the Radio Information Agency. While working in Warsaw he dealt, among others, with international issues, temporarily replacing correspondents in Minsk, Moscow and Kiev. From 2006 to 2015 in the Ukrainian capital permanently as a representative of the Polish Radio. He reported such important events as Euro 2012, the dignity revolution and the war in eastern Ukraine as well as the annexation of the Crimea. He publishes regularly in New Eastern Europe.


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