July 29th, the Nadmorski Hotel in Gdynia. This is when and where the VIIth edition of the EFC Champion’s Dinner took place. This event, annually organized by the graduates of the EFC Foundation program, is an inspiration for young adults, who are able to exchange thoughts and experiences with all the great guests who attend it. This is where science, sports, art and NGO environments intertwine and create an invaluable space for discussion and exchange. In the course of the evening, we announced the winners of the EFC Fame contest. Each year, we honor the most successful scholars in the domain of social and scientific activity. This time, it was Artur Matyjasek in the science category and Edward Drzymała in the social activity category. Congratulations to both of them! The dinner was even more magical thanks to a concert performed by the Klezmer Orchestra from the Sejny Theater, which collaborates closely with the Pogranicze Foundation.
And here are this year’s guests:
Agnieszka and Piotr Woźniak-Starak, members of the Starak Family Foundation, as well as on of their board members, Wiesława Giedrojć. The Starak Family Foundation funds 120 scholarships as part of the MoN program, which is coordinated together with the EFC Foundation.
Robert Biedroń – the president of Słupsk, member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities since 2015.
Robert Olszewski – creative strategist, an expert in social media advertising on platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and Messenger.
Anna Streżyńska – the Minister of Digital Affairs between 2015 and 2018, awarded the Mark Car prize. Currently the head of the board of an IT company, MC2 Solutions.
Professor Grażyna Odrowąż-Sypniewska – head of the Bydgoszcz branch of the Collegium Medicum Department of the Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń; head of the Laboratory Diagnostics Institute at the University Hospital in Bydgoszcz.
Dr Paweł Kabata – surgeon and blogger. You can find him talking about his work here - https://pl-pl.facebook.com/chirurgpawel/
Dr Piotr Migdał – an independent data science consultant. Specializes in machine learning, deep learning and interactive data visualization.
Bartosz Pilitowski – sociologist, founder and head of the Court Watch Poland Foundation, the establisher and leader of the “Civil Court Monitoring.”
Dr Ewa Modrzejewska – a media expert, social science doctor who specializes in political sciences. Member of the Polish Rethorical Society.
Seana Bobbita – head of the Break Thru Films studio, one of the co-producers of the Oscar-nominated movie “Loving Vincent.”
Kuba Piątek – professional biker, five-time participant in the Motorcycle World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, Italy and Morocco; winner of the Pharaohs Rally, World Cup winner.
Natalia Fiedorczuk-Cieślak – singer, instrumentalist, songwriter. Received the Paszport Polityki award in 2016 for her debut novel, „Jak pokochać centra handlowe.”
Róża Rzeplińska – head of the 61 Association, ethnographer, leader of a team of analysts and activists working for the MamPrawoWiedziec.pl platform.
Mariusz Turski – cofounder of bValue Angels VC, vice-chairman of the AIP Foundation, responsible for the AIP SPEED CAPITAL, which invests in innovative startups.
Igor Kaczmarczyk – graduate of the III LO high school in Gdynia, biochemistry, biophysics and biotechnology student at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Founder and head of Amber Laboratories startup.
Dr Sylwia Spurek – deputy Ombudsman, legal adviser, legislator, co-founder of the Klinika Rządzenia Foundation; lecturer in the Gender Studies Department at the Warsaw University, member of the postgraduate Gender Mainstreaming studies staff at the Polish Science Academy.
Krzysztof Czyżewski– cultural animator, poet, writer, journalist, co-founder of the Pogranicze Foundation and the Pogranicze Center in Sejny; moderator of the international literary project “Café Europa”.
Małgorzata Sporek-Czyżewska – cultural animator, co-founder of the Pogranicze Foundation and the Pogranicze Center in Sejny; leader of the Klezmer Orchestra, together with Wojciech Szroeder.
Professor Dorota Gondek-Rosińska – associate professor in the Astronomy Institute at the University in Zielona Góra. She’s an expert on astrophysics, neutron stars and black holes.
Joanna Gałecka – member of Social Wolves, HR Manager & Team Spirit with ten years of experience. As part of the Social Wolves staff, she is responsible for establishing a compromise between people’s needs and business development.