Program Committee

Jacek Michałowski

Chairman of the Program Committee

Graduated Psychology at the Warsaw University. Psychotherapist at the Synapsis Centre (1979-89). During 1989-99 he was a civil servant in the Senate Office and the Prime Minister’s Office. For the following 10 years, he was a program director at the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and then went on to becoming the Head of the Polish President’s Office (2010-15). He is convinced that a harmonious and dynamic development of Poland over the next 25 years of freedom is dependent on bold changes in the education system. He believes that school can create happy and smart young generations.

Dr Grażyna Czetwertyńska

Educating students at the Warsaw University Artes Liberales Institute as well as the UW Educational School and the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. She was the head of the Individual Warsaw University International Human Studies Educational Lab, and director of the School with Class program and the Civil Education Centre. She was also a member of the national PISA research team. Author of the “Włącz Polskę” internet textbook concept for Polish students abroad, many programs and textbooks as well as publications on teaching and grading methods, working with talented students, bilingualism and intercultural education.

Alicja Pacewicz

Economist, social and educational activist. Co-founder and vice president of the CEO Foundation (Civil Education Center). Since 1994 she has been promoting knowledge, skills and civil engagement as well as supporting schools in an effective and modern education. Co-author of educational programs (such as “Civil Education in a Local Government School”, “School with Class 2.0”, “Traces of the Past”, “Young People Vote”, “School Cinema. Action.”), Civil Knowledge and Entrepreneurship textbooks as well as training and methodological publications. In the previous years, she was a MEN expert, co-organizer of international cooperation projects (such as Networking European Citizenship Education). Decorated with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for activities benefiting civil society.

Prof. Michał Federowicz

He is the head of the Political Sociolofy, Economy and Education Team at the PAN Institute of Philosophy and Sociology (IFIS). He completed his Sociology studies at the Warsaw University and before that  he graduated the Department of Precision Mechanics at the Warsaw Univeristy of Technology. During 1980-1984 he did research work at the Aviation Institute. He has been working at IFiS PAN since 1984. In the years 1994-1995, a Kościuszko Foundation scholarship holder: Cornell University, Harvard University (Center for European Studies, Department of Government). In the years 2009-2017, director of the Educational Research Institute.


Krzysztof Arciszewski

Graduate of New York University and University of Oxford. Involved in venture capital since 2011. Founder of British School of Wilanów. Rower and mountaineer. Vagabond traveler.

Ula Malko

Graduated Psychology at the SWPS University, completed postgraduate coaching studies and a course on carrying out work with the use of research projects in the USA. For the past 10 years, she has been supporting teachers in a better understanding of a child’s developmental needs as well as the processes of group dynamics. She also works with teacher teams to counteract the feeling of burning out at work and help them strengthen their cooperation. For two years, she has been leading an elementary teachers’ network. She supports staff working with children in various ways (summer camps, extracurricular activities). She cooperates with the Child Development Foundation, the Space for Education Foundation as well as the Freedom School Foundation.

Dr Przemysław Sadura

Sociology PhD, lecturer at the Warsaw University Sociology Institute, founder of the “Dialogue Field” Foundation, publicist at the “Krytyka Polityczna” magazine. He is interested in educational systems, class diversity and civil participation. Besides his sociology research, he also works with social intervention. He has been cooperating with the third sector and public administration for years, carrying out research, organizing training and providing consultation. Recently published books: The Fall of Communism in Central Eastern Europe with Regards to Contemporary Theories of Revolution, Warsaw 2015 and Civil Education in Action, The Scholar Publishing House, Warsaw 2013.

Dr Mikołaj Herbst

Habilitated Economics PhD, lecturer at the Warsaw University Centre for Regional and Local European Studies. Head of the Social Sciences in Education Department at the Educational Research Institute. He specializes in research on the economics of education, regional and local development, as well as in analysing business cycles. Author of many science publications. Head and participant of research projects financed by the Science Research Committee, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Ministry of Regional Development, the Ministry of National Education as well as the National Science Centre. In 2008-2009 he was a member of the Prime Minister’s Strategic Advisors Team.