Director, manager, and most recently, trainer and consultant of many organisations concerned with the development of social economy entities. Experienced with managing many projects, including ones from the EU funds (Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development, Community Initiative EQUAL, Operational Programme Human Capital) and within the Operational Programme Citizens’ Initiative Funds. Expert in “Corporate Volunteering” category in the Benefactor of the Year competition conducted by the Philantropy Development Academy, as well as a social expert in the “Best Social Enterprise of the Year” competition conducted by the Socio-Economical Initiatives Fund.
She has been associated with the NGO sector for 16 years now. From 2004 to 2008 the head of the project “Partnership for Rain Man” of the SYNAPSIS foundation, carried out in cooperation with seven partners within CI EQUAL. Resulting from this project is the first social enterprise in Poland that employs 24 adults diagnosed with autism. This undertaking was awarded the title of “The Best Human Investment of European Social Fund in the year 2007” and the European Entrepreneurship Award for the year 2007. Karolina Cyran-Juraszek directed a systemic project within Priority 1.2. POKL for two years, which aimed at the creation of integrated system of supporting social economy in Poland. For two years now she has been working in the Civil Society Development Foundation team, in which she directed the Prove it PL!
She has been working for the Civil Society Development Foundation for two years. During this time she managed the ‘Prove it PL!’ project whereby she co-created the financial part of the innovative social and economic impact measurement tool in social entrepreneurship.
Rafał Górski is the Chairman of the Board of the Civil Affairs Institute. He is a graduate of the Łódź University of Technology and the University of Łódź, the Coaching Academy and MiniMBA Management Centre. In 1995 he became a community worker. In 2000-2010 he worked for the magazine “Obywatel”. He originated citizen campaigns including: “Trucks on rails”, “Citizens decide” and “None of the above”. He is an expert on the Works Councils Support Centre and the KEY Centre (the Social Economy Support Centre). He is also an originator of the Campaigners Hotbed. In 2013-2014 he was a member of the Committee on Social Campaings in the Polish Radio. He is a columnist of the weekly “Tygodnik Solidarność” and works for the portal WszystkoCoNajważniejsze.pl. In his free time he shapes his body, mind and spirit as he gets prepared to “Selection” – a game that imitates the process of troop selection in GROM-like military units.
Adviser in the field of transportation politics. Graduate from the University of Birmingham in Great Britain. While being a student, he founded a foundation/an organisation that adapted and rebuilt a closed railway line on the southern coast of England. Worked as a head of the Department of Planning and Strategy for Automobile Association, one of the biggest organisations providing automotive services in Europe. In Poland, he founded the Pro Kolej Foundation in order to promote the economic and ecological values of railway transportation.
Spends his free time on photography, sailing and listening to sea music.
Biologist, occupied with the legal protection of nature, enviromental education and brining people closer to nature. She currently is preparing to become a mediator in ecological conflicts.
Worked in a few NGOs in Poland and abroad, always serving the Mother Earth. She finished a prestigious course Klaus Toepfer Fellowship in Germany, where she studied the most recent trends in nature protection and within the bounds of her own project she studied the wilderness areas within the Polish national parks and nature reserves. Not bound to a single location, Białowieża Forest has been lately very dear to her heart, while Carpathians have been, and will always be, her biggest love. She deeply believes that #WildIsBeautiful and she does not hesitate to talk about it.
If she would have a few different lives, she would be a luthier, an art conservator in Louvre, or a physicist in CERN. In addition she is also a dietician in accordance with the traditional Chinese Medicine, an amateur photographer, an all-around housewife that sings with booming voice and dances with confident step.
A law graduate, as well as a post-graduate of tax law studies at the University of Łódź.
She carried out a legal apprenticeship in the Regional Chamber of Legal Advisers in Łódź. She gained experience while working in NGOs and handling economic operators and social economy entities (most importantly social cooperatives). Took part in the works on the draft bill on social company and was a member of the group concerned with the issue of lobbying as well as legislation created within the project “KŁOS”. Very interested in the topic of legislation within the field of social economy.
Graduate from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW); doctor of agricultural sciences, in food technology and nutrition. An academic of the Faculty of Human Nutrition and Consumption in SGGW. Since 2009 a member of the Mieczysław Górny Ecological Agriculture Forum Association Board.
Author and co-author of scientific and popular-science publications on the topic of the quality of ecological versus conventional food. Participated in many scientific conferences around the country and abroad, which were themed around the issues of food and nutrition, as well as ecological agriculture. Co-producer of the educational projects aimed at popularising the topic of GMO, which were financed by the Grassroots organisation.
A member of the Programme Council of the Green Institute. Graduate of the Faculty of Horticulture at SGGW, since 1999 the project coordinator in the IUCN-Poland Foundation (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in the Warsaw and Brussels offices. Worked on projects for the Joint Research Center of the European Commission in Seville, Spain, as well as for the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the EURONATUR Foundation (Germany) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Handles the issues of environmental and nature protection in agriculture in the context of European integration and the development of rural areas. For more than 20 years she has been interested and professionally involved with the ecological agriculture.
Ilona Pietrzak having studied spatial development with a specialization in the field of the human resources regional development and human capital in knowledge-based economy. She is the Vice-Chairman of the Civil Affairs Institute. She supervises the process of gaining resources in INSPRO and the KEY Centre – the accredited Good Quality Social Economy Support Centre. Thanks to the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy she is a certified business advisor for social economy entities. She also graduated from the programme “Non-governmental organizations managers”. She creates campaigns that convey an essential message and, at the same time, shape the image of INSPRO as a strong and independent organization. She is fond of doing right things, she likes volleyball and happy ends. She is interested in politics and organized crime in Poland. She intends to take over the world :)
President of the Board of the St. Francis of Assisi Organic Farmers’ Trade Union, the President of the Board of OSP in Szubin, a member of the Council for Ecological Agriculture and direct sales by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. By March 2015 the Head of the Ekoland General Board. Social activist campaigning against the cultivation of GMOs in Poland and Europe. Runs an ecological farm together with her husband, where she grows vegetables, cereal, and bakes bread. In 2009 ran a 12-day hunger strike against the cultivation of GMOs in Poland in front of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Megatrends analyst, the head of the Polish division of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas, the editor-in-chief of many popular internet websites concerned with the issues of economy and climate, the author of the bestselling book “Świat na Rozdrożu” (“The World at Crossroads”) and the Polish version of “Sustainable Energy”. Talented journalist, author and translator of articles and movies about the economy, climate and ecology understood in the broad sense. The winner of Journalists for Climate 2013 and Dobromir’s Prize for the year 2013 of the Ecological Economical Congress. An experienced trainer, with over 200 lectures and workshops in this field under his belt.
Graduate of the Physics Department at the University of Warsaw, a proud father of two children, diver, yacht helmsman and bike riding enthusiast.
Experienced in working with board members and senior management, conducting coaching both individual, as well as for groups, for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Polkomtel, Orlen Upstrem, BGŻ, BZ WBK, Mondi, Abbott, RR Donnelley, Organic Farma Zdrowia, Pleneria, Materna Communications, Monday PR, among others. Worked with the managers of such companies as: Aviva, IBM, Lovells, Franklin Covey, ING, Expander Prestige, Deutsche Bank, Torrex Chiesi, Pay-Back Group, Perfetti Van Melle Polska and Kancelaria Prawnicza Panfil.
Experienced as a consultant in development of innovative processes and creating strategies with the help of Blue Ocean Strategy™. He also has experience in strategic consulting in Poland and abroad. Took part in consulting projects for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Abbott and Bank Ochrony Środowiska. As a consultant and coach he took part in project for the Warsaw Stock Exchange, which aimed at creating a method for researching and assessing the Intellectual Capital of the companies present on the market.
Uses his knowledge and experience not only for business purposes, as he is also the co-founder and head of the PROCA Foundation.
As a mentor for young entrepreneurs, he took part in social projects such as Szkoła Milionerów, Business is for you – coaching and mentoring first step to own company, Spadochron, Youth Business Poland, for which he received words of gratitude from King Charles in person.
Received a doctorate in law. Adjunct in the Faculty of Constitutional Right and Political Institutions at the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Gdańsk. Author of publications about the constitutional law, diplomatic protocol and associated topics. A member of the Polish Society of Constitutional Law and Polish Heraldic Society. Editor of Przegląd Prawa Konstytucyjnego (A Review of the Constitutional Law) and secretary of Gdańskie Studia Prawnicze.
born in 1975. Social activist, an employee of NGOs, an author of popularising publications, reports and analysis, trainer, expert in the field of developmental cooperation and global education. A member of the board of Institute of Global Responsibility (IGO) and Grupa Zagranica, a platform consisting of 61 Polish organisations working towards better international cooperation. A member of the Development Cooperation Programme Board by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1996-2014 – An employee of the Polish Humanitarian Action, 1996-1997 as a specialist on humanitarian education, 1998-2006 as the coordinator of the Humanitarian Education Programme, 2006-2014 as the senior specialist for development and global education.
2007-now – Co-founder, one of the leaders and experts of the Institute of Global Responsibility (IGO). Author and co-author of numerous publications on the topic of developmental cooperation, developmental help, development and global education.
Since 2002 he has been cooperating with western organisations which are concerned with relations of the Global North – Global South. Within the bounds of this cooperation he works on developmental initiatives. He also participates in public debates regarding the influence of Poland and Europe on the developing countries.