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Andrzej Bryk

Historian, lawyer, a specialist for Northern American issues. He is a professor at the Jagiellonian University, Harvard University and other universities. Former advisor of the Polish Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki. He is a member of the Chair of the History of State and Law.

Kazimierz Bujakowski

Kazimierz Bujakowski

Mr. Bujakowski completed a Masters in Geodesy and Cartography, while he also holds a Ph.D. in Technical Sciences. During the period between 1997-2001 he finished Postgraduate studies in Business Administration at the Business and Management School of the Economic Academy in Krakow. Deputy Mayor of the City of Krakow since 2004, he is currently in charge of spatial development of the city.

Michał Bukowski

Michał M. Bukowski (PhD) works in the Institute of Journalism, Media and Social Communication at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He specializes in political communication with particular emphasis on political economy of local communication in a world-systems perspective. Books he has authored and co-authored several books include “The ruling and the opposition parties in 2014 local elections in Małopolska” (2016), “Keywords in governmental political communication: an international perspective” (2015), “A party or a person?: party-based politics versus personalization in municipal elections” (2011). He is a member of the Polish Political Science Association (PTNP) and the Polish Communication Science Association (PTKS).

Václav Burian

Václav Burian

Poet, translator and publicist. He works for the Tygodnik Powszechny weekly. He teaches Polish Studies at the University of Olomouc. Burian translated the poetry of Czesław Miłosz into Czech.

Juraj Buzalka

Juraj Buzalka

Associate professor of social anthropology at the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University, Bratislava. He researches on social and political movements. He is collaborator of the Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA), editor-in-chief of the journal OS – Občianska spoločnosť and regular feuilletonist of the Czech bimonthly Listy. He is an author of Nation and Religion: The Politics of Commemoration in South-east Poland (Münster: Lit 2007). Currently he is preparing his monograph on workers and tolerance in Eastern Europe. Among his recent works are ‘Tasting Wine in Slovakia: Post-socialist Elite Consumption of Cultural Particularities’ (in Wine and Culture: Vineyard to Glass. Rachel E. Black and Robert C. Ulin eds, Bloomsbury Publishing 2013) and a book of essays Slovenská ideológia a kríza. Eseje z antropológie politiky (Slovak Ideology and Crisis. Essays in Anthropology of Politics, Bratislava: Kalligram 2012).

Josef Byrtus

Josef Byrtus

Served as the Consul General of the Czech Republic in Katowice until 2007. He graduated from the Law Faculty of the Charles University and the University of Economics in Prague. He worked for the Ministry of Economy and Development (advisor on international cooperation, director of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, director of the board, advisor to the Prime Minister), Chief Director of the Office of the Ministry of International Relations. Subsequently, he begun his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (Director of the Office).

Bogdana Carpenter

Bogdana Carpenter

 Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. She is the author of The Poetic Avant-Garde in Poland and 1918–1939 and Monumenta Polonica: The First Four Centuries of Polish Poetry.She translates the contemporary Polish poetry. She was also theeditor and translator (with Madeline G. Levine) of Czesław Miłosz’s selected essays To Begin Where I Am.

Jerzy Chmielewski

Deputy director in the Department of Europe in the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. National coordinator for the Visegrad Group. Former Polish Ambassador in Zagreb, Croatia.

Łukasz Cioch

Łukasz Cioch

Head of the Management Faculty at Tischner European University and General Director at TEUCES (Centre for Energy Studies; www.teuces.eu). A graduate of the Jagiellonian University and UNESCO Chair for Translation Studies and Intercultural Communication, he joined Tischner European University in May 2011. Prior to his current employment, Łukasz held four successive functions at ArcelorMittal Poland S.A. (last title: Director Corporate Responsibility & Communications, in charge of the company’s CSR policy management, internal and external communications, company spokesperson and editor-in-chief of the monthly bulletin). His experience covers CSR management, stakeholder relations, project management and investments in education (infrastructure projects for schools and universities), health (projects in hospitals), culture (events, infrastructure), sports and sustainable development. In February 2011, Mr. Cioch completed a comprehensive news-coverage training exercise at TVN24. In April 2011, he provided live event-commentary for TVP1, during the royal wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey. His other hobbies and interests include psychology, creative writing, photography, motor-sports and travelling.

Krzysztof Jacek Czaputowicz

Professor of social sciences, university lecturer, director of the Diplomatic Academy of the Foreign Ministry, former director of the National School of Public Administration, andcivil servant. In the 1970s and 1980s, Jacek Czaputowicz was active in the democratic opposition (Workers' Defence Committee). He was also one of the leaders of the Independent Students' Association and the Movement "Freedom and Peace." In 1987-1990 he was an adviser to Lech Walesa and a member of the Civic Committee to the Chairman of the "Solidarity". Professor at the Institute of European Studies of Warsaw, Head of the European Research Methodology Department. Jacek Czaputowicz completed postgraduate studies at foreign universities (including the University of Oxford). Author of publications on international issues, including "Sovereignty", "International Security. Modern concepts", “Theories of international relations. Criticism and systematization". Awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Polish, Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary and the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity. He is a member of the Association of Free Speech.

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