EASTERN EUROPE INITIATIVES CONGRESS

Lublin
24 - 25 September 2018
Lublin Conference Center
Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin


Programme Council

The Programme Council is composed of experts, diplomats, and prominent activists. They represent mainly Ukraine, but they are members of the Centre for Eastern Competences and the City of Lublin as well.

With their years of experience, profound knowledge, and great competence they embody the intellectual core of the Congress selecting actual thematic areas, defining its theme, and creating a meeting place for specialists of different fields. The Council decides on the format of debates and sessions, as well as spreads the idea of long-term strategic management in various areas such as social innovation, culture, science and education, civil society, good governance, business, and sustainable development.

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.
For 15 years connected with the NGOs sector in Poland and abroad through development and implementation of international cooperation programmes in the filelds of: community development, civil participation, contemporary mothods of public administration management, local media, cross-sectoral partnerships - both local and business, culture and assistance for youth initiatives.
Her research interest are the Eastern Partnership states, especially Ukraine and Georgia. Expert and consultant to public institutions and advisery bodies. Has a long term experience in implementation of project co-finansed by the European Commission, Norway Grants, Polish Development Assistance Programme, Cohesion Fund of the EU, Erasmus+ Programme, and many more.
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.
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.
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. Editor-in-chief of the Kultura Enter online magazine.
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.
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