Organising and Programme Committee
Chairwoman of Sempre a Frente Foundation
Youth Information and Development Center and regional point of Eurodesk network consultant. Since 2014, she has been engaged with social organizations. Psychologist, career counselor, experienced coordinator of international projects, facilitator of youth exchanges, trainer of social and digital competences, mentor of youth initiative groups. Member of the Children and Youth Committee of Lublin and the Lublin Public Benefit Works Council. One of the initiators European Youth Capital application process in Lublin. She strongly believes in the power of non-formal education and empowering young people in the social life of the city.
Editor-in-chief of Kultura Enter magazine
Vice President of the Board at Open Territory Foundation in Lublin. Researcher of literature and Eastern European cultural heritage of the borderland, initiator of research projects, and commemorative and social actions in this area. Graduate of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, visiting researcher at University College London. Member in several NGOs, in Polish–American Alumni Network at the School of Leaders, also in international researchers’ network of Marie Curie Alumni Association at the European Commission. Member of the executive team and Secretary of the Eastern Partnership Culture Congress (Lublin 2013, Lviv 2015). In 2016–2019 member of the Programme Committee of the of Eastern European Initiatives Congress, overlooking such programme lines as ‘Models of reconciliation’, ‘Heritage and reconciliation’. Editor-in-chief of an online magazine Kultura Enter and Editor of the publishing series at Workshops of Culture in Lublin. Publicist, poet, essayist.
Managing director at Sempre a Frente Foundation
Graduate in sociology and international relations at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Since 2007 engaged in the activities of non-governmental organizations in Lublin. Coordinator of many projects financed, among others, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Bank of Poland. During 2013-2015 managed the Regional Centre for International Debate in Lublin. Has experience in cooperation with local government officials (co-organizer of a training series for local government officials, as part of the project entitled "Professional local government official"). During 2016 - 2017, coordinator of the Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress. Co-author of a handbook "Ewaluacja.co - a tool for the evaluation of non-governmental organizations" and the "Development strategy of Belzyce Municipality for 2015 - 2022". Currently, works at the Sempre a Frente Foundation and at the European Information Center Europe Direct - Lublin, operating within the European Meeting Center - Nowy Staw Foundation.
Anna Tarnowska - Waszak
Anna Tarnowska -Waszak is an English philologist and public relations specialist. A longtime Director of the Open University within KUL (the Catholic University of Lublin), which was a unit conducting a wide range of didactic and promotional activities. During the 10 years of its functionning, more than 20 thousand people of all age groups: children, teenagers and adults, took part in its activity. Its offer was widely welcomed especially by foreigners who were the main recipients of the programmes prepared by Ms Anna Tarnowska-Waszak. In 2019, Ms Anna Tarnowska-Waszak held the position of Rector's Plenipotentiary for International Contacts at the Open University, formerly being Plenipotentiary for Polonia. She contributed to the creation of many new initiatives in the contacts with people from abroad, which was in line with her major interests - intercultural communication.
Beata Surmacz, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute of Central Europe in Lublin
Professor at the Department of International Relations at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. The author of numerous scientific publications on Polish-Ukrainian relations and contemporary diplomacy.
Julita Agnieszka Rybczyńska, Ph.D.
Lawyer and political scientist
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.
Kinga Wernicka, PhD in Law
Director of the European Centre UMCS
A Ph.D. in Law at the Law and Administration Faculty of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, M.A. in Roman Philology (French and Spanish) at the Faculty of Humanities of the Catholic University of Lublin. She is a graduate of the University of Orleans (branch in Bourges, France) in SMEs Management (BAC + 2 diploma). Since 2008, she has been working at the Department of EU Law at the Law and Administration Faculty of UMCS (initially as an assistant, and from 2015 as an assistant professor), where she lectures and researches European and Intellectual Property Law. In her professional life, she works on protection of intellectual property. In 2012–2015 she was Head of the Innovation and Technology Transfer Office at the University of Life Sciences in Lublin, and since 2013 she has worked as a patent attorney. Since 2018, she has been Director of the European Centre UMCS – a body that deals with research and didactics in European integration.
Deputy Chairman of the Organisational and Programming Committee. Director of International Cooperation Centre of Lublin City Office, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
Co-founder and leader of NGOs. Author of numerous educational programmes and publications concerning civic education, NGO management 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 President of the Board of the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association (ZHP). Long-term President of the Education for Democracy Foundation. 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 ‘Grupa Zagranica’. Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of National Education (2007-2011) and subsequently Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Author of Development Cooperation Act. In 2012-2017, President of Solidarity Fund PL. From 2013 co-organizer of Polish aid for Ukraine, including support for Euromaidan medical services, the independent press and IDPs. Author and initiator of several appeals for solidarity with Ukraine. In 2014, co-founder and member of the Civic Committee of the Solidarity with Ukraine (KOSzU). Since 2017, member of the Polish-Ukrainian Dialogue Group, in 2017-2019 member of the Polish-Ukrainian Partnership Forum. Co-founder of the ‘Flame of Brotherhood’ action of the Polish Scouting Movement and the Ukrainian scouting organization ‘Plast’.
Director of the Tourism Development Bureau
born 1980 in Lublin.
He graduated from the Technical Secondary School of Economics at ZSE im. A and J. Vetterów and the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin.
He has been working for public administration for years. A long-time employee of the Ministry of Economy (later the Ministry of Development), where he participated in the creation of entrepreneurship support programs and implementation of innovations in companies. Since 2014, he has been working at the Lublin City Hall, previously as the deputy director in the Department of Strategy and Investor Relations, as the president's representative for startups. From January 2020, he was entrusted with the function of the Director of the newly created Tourism Development Bureau.
Privately, he is the father of two daughters.
Mariusz Sagan, Ph.D.
Director of the Strategy and Entrepreneurship Department at Lublin City Office, plenipotentiary of the Mayor of Lublin for the special economic zone
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.
Director of the Culture Department at Lublin City Office
A graduate of Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology of Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin. Also studied European Studies at the University of Exeter in England. He completed postgraduate studies, i.e.: Cultural Management within EU at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw and Managerial Studies (postgraduate) at the Lublin University of Technology. Further, he is a graduate of the international European Diploma in Cultural Project Management 2011/2012 programme organised by the Marcel Hicter Foundation in Brussels. He started his professional career in Wyborcza daily and then worked, among others, in the Centre for Culture in Lublin as Head of Promotion and Marketing Department. He worked with several NGOs, serving as secretary of the Audit Committee of the Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts in Lublin between 2006 and 2008. Since 2008, he has been working at the Lublin City Hall, and since 2013 he has been Director of the Culture Department of the Lublin City Hall. He was, among other things, the coordinator of the City of Lublin's involvement in the Intercultural Cities programme organised by the European Commission and the Council of Europe in 2008, as well as the project leader of Lublin 2016 European Capital of Culture – Candidate in 2008-2011, the coordinator in Lublin of the National Cultural Programme of the Polish EU Presidency in 2011, the coordinator of the team of authors and co-author of the Lublin's Culture Development Strategy 2013-2020. He also holds positions like: Secretary of the Lublin Culture Council – acting under the auspices of Lublin Mayor, member of the Council of the State Museum at Majdanek and member of the Council of the Lublin Museum in Lublin. In 2017, he was Lublin Mayor’s Plenipotentiary for the Grand Jubilee of 700 years of Lublin and in 2019 for the 450th anniversary of the Polish-Lithuanian Union.
Adviser on Eastern Europe States the the Board of Local Democracy Development Foundation
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.
Chairman of the Organisational and Programming Committee. Chairman of Foundation for Managerial Initiatives
Lecturer at University College of Enterprise and Administration in Lublin, Lublin Mayor’s Plenipotentiary for social participation and cross-border cooperation, council member in the Polish-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, coach and consultant in the field of managing institutions within public, social, and business sectors. Author of many international cooperation programmes, expert in local government and social programmes, in particular longtime innovative projects.
Director of the Social Participation Office at the City of Lublin
Director of the Social Participation Office since 2018, employee of the Lublin City Hall since 2011. Before working for local government, he associated with third sector and cultural institutions. From 2004 to 2011, member of the Management Board of the Homo Faber Association in Lublin; from 2004 to 2006, member of the Management Board of Amnesty International Association. He cooperated with non-governmental organizations on the issue of cooperation between public administration and the third sector, including the SPLOT Network, St. Batory Foundation and the Foundation for Managerial Initiatives. Political scientist and graduate of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Human Rights House) and the Academy of Anti-discrimination Training of the Villa Decius Association. In 2014, he was awarded the Golden Cross of Merit by the President of the Republic of Poland for his outstanding contribution to the development of civil society in Poland, for achievements in professional and social work undertaken for the benefit of the country. Chairman of the Council for Public Benefit Activities at the City of Lublin and member of the Council for Public Benefit Activity at the Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy, where he represents the Union of Polish Metropolises.
Director of the Integrated Territorial Investments Bureau
A graduate of Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin, manager of polish and international educational projects. Experienced official of civil service of central and local government administration. Manager realizing his competences in diplomacy and management over the years. Worked, among others, in The Ministery of Sports and Tourism, The Lublin Province Governor Office, Lubartów County and Lublin City Hall.
In private, passionate about motorcycle riding and martial arts.