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Mieczysław Bieniek

Mieczysław Bieniek

Former NATO's Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. He holds the ran),  Multinational Division Central-South in Iraq. Besides and was assigned as a Special Envoy of the SACEUR in Afghanistan. He served as a senior military advisor to the k of the four-star General. So far it was the highest position, taken by Polish general in NATO Command Structure. He served as Commanding Officer of the Polish Contingent in the UN Mission – UNDOF; as Chief Logistics Officer in  UN Mission – MINURSO. He commanded Nordic-Polish Brigade Command in SFOR, 3rd Corps NRDC (Turkey Polish Minister of Defense. General Bieniek was appointed as the Polish Military Representative to the NATO and European Union Military Committees in Brussels. His education includes the Polish Army Academy, Polish Armed Forces General Staff Academy and Royal College of Defense Studies in London. Also, he holds PhD in International Security from Polish NDU. Author of many articles and books about International security and strategy as well as cyber and energy security.

Nikko Biernacka

Nikko Biernacka

A freelance photographer, founder of the Machina Fotografika Foundation, she promotes people who work in photography, supports the creative development of women and performs educational activities in visual arts. A graduate of Cultural Studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań and Creative Photography in Opava (Czech Republic), with a diploma in Dita Pepe’s seminar. She exhibits both in Poland and abroad. She publishes in newspapers: Polityka weekly, Wysokie Obcasy magazine, Tygodnik Powszechny weekly, as well as in books. She strives to make fashion a tool for the promotion of important social, artistic and cultural events and she attains this goal in “artfashion” photo sessions. She has also completed coach training organized by NGO Trainers’ Association STOP, currently participant in the Leaders Program of The Polish-American Freedom Foundation. She works on project „440 km”, which aims to support women’s development with physical disabilities and make them more visible in public space.

Krzysztof Bobiński

Krzysztof Bobiński

Is the President of Unia & Polska, a pro-European organisation. He worked with the Financial Times as its Warsaw Correspondent from 1976 to 2000 and later published Unia & Polska, a magazine devoted to EU issues. He writes for openDemocracy and is associate editor on the Europe section of Europe’s World. He is a co-chair of Steering Committee of Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. He studied modern history at Magdalen College, Oxford. He is a Commander (II class) of the Stella della Solidarieta’ Italiana.

Endre Bojtár

Endre Bojtár

Editor-in-chief of a liberally-oriented Hungarian weekly Magyar Narancs.

László Borbély

László Borbély

Was born in 1984. He received his diploma and later his doctoral degree at the Liszt Academy of Budapest, where now he is teaching 20th Century and contemporary Music for Piano at the Piano Faculty. He participated in several international festivals such Collegium Musicum Pommersfelden, Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander (Spain), International Holland Music Sessions (The Netherlands), TCU/Cliburn Institute (USA, Fort Worth), Grottammare Liszt Festival (Italy), Raiding Liszt Festival (Austria), and won numerous prizes at national and international competitions. In 2002, he won the Yamaha Scholarship Award and also the 2nd prize and the special prize of the American Liszt Society at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. In 2005 he won the „Educational Award” at the London International Piano Competition and he was the 2nd prize-winner at the International Liszt-Bartók Piano Competition in Budapest where he also got the special prize of Budapest City in 2006. He got the Annie Fischer Performers’ Scholarship three times (in 2008, 2009 and 2010) and the prestigious „Junior Prima Prize” in 2009. He has had recitals in Europe, in the USA and in Japan. Since 2012 he has been the member of the „Qaartsiluni Ensemble”.

Vít Borčany

Vít Borčany

Project Coordinator in the Association for International Affairs where he started working in 2013. Previously, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of International Relations (2013) and at the Foreign Affairs Department of the Office of the President of the Republic (2012). He currently finishes his International Relations studies and continues in Political Science at the Masaryk University. Vít is mainly focused on Central European politics.

Agnieszka Bott – Alama

Senior specialist at the Department of Tourism in Polish Ministry of Economy, Labour and Social Policy. PhD in Tourism Economic (2002), trainer. Areas of interest include economy of tourism, rural tourism and market research.

Jeannette Bougrab

Jeannette Bougrab

Jeannette Bougrab is a French lawyer and politician. She served as the junior minister for Youth and Community Life from 2010 2012 and is a member of the UMP party. Prior to this, she was the Chair of the French Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discrimination Commission (HALDE) from 16 April 2010 to     14 November 2010. Jeannette Bougrab received a Masters (DEA) in Law from the University of Orléans and completed a PhD in Public Law from the Sorbonne in Paris as well as a Masters (Magistère) in Economics Law. She has been an associate Professor of Law at Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris and the Sorbonne. She served on the Board of Directors of the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) until 2007. She has been a member of the Haut Conseil à l'Intégration, the Administrative Board of the Arab World Institute (AWI) and the diversity oversight of the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA). In 2010, she also became Chair of the Administrative Board of the Agence pour la Cohésion Sociale et l'Egalité (ACSE). She has been a member of National Council of France. She is also a writer and film director.

Toy Box

Young Czech street-artist and comics author. Her comics often deal with people who lack their voice in mainstream media - prostitutes, junkies, squatters, illegal immigrants. She studied interactive media and stage design and exhibited in various spaces, for example at Prague´s Biennale of Young Artists in 2010. She also creates and organizes her own theater performances. In 2010 she painted a large-scale graffiti comics on the wall of the Cross Club in Prague. She is a part of the Czech anarchist scene and lives in Prague.

Maja Branka

Maja Branka

Social skills and diversity trainer, specializing on public speaking and presentation skills. During last six years she conducted over 2000 training hours on creating and delivering presentation for public, private and NGO sectors. She also delivers training on leadership skills, diversity management and anti-discrimination workshops. Until September 2006 she was In „Partners” Foundation where she was leading programme: Gender quality”. She is also an author of training programme „Zarządzanie Firmą Równych Szans”. She graduated from Warsaw University – Journalism and Political Science Faculty.

At presence she is running her own training and consultancy business. She lives in Warsaw, Poland.

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