Kurt Wagner

Enrolled at the Karl-Franzens-University (KFU) Graz in October 1985 and graduated from Stanford Law School (J.S.M) in 1995 and from KFU Graz as Dr. iur. in 1997. Then he joined the office of the Austrian Federal Minister for Education and Cultural Affairs as personal adviser responsible for international relations, adult education and cultural affairs. In 09/2000 he became head of the educational division in 09/2001 director of KulturKontakt Austria, an NGO working with reform countries in East and South East Europe in die fields of education and culture. 

Marta Warant

Sociologist, researcher and Assistant Professor at the Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on citizenship and its various forms among Muslim women in Britain. Her key research interest include gender studies, citizenship and democracy studies and qualitative methodology. From 2005 onwards she has been involved as a researcher and coordinator in various research and educational project dealing with the problems of social exclusion, various forms of inequality, migration and citizenship. Recently she was a researcher at her project “Gender equality and quality of life. How gender equality can contribute to development in Europe. A study of Poland and Norway” and coordinated a project “Research and Expertise in Society”. She worked also as an International Programme Coordinator and was responsible for English-taught MA programme as well as several MA double degree and Erasmus Mundus programmes. A visiting scholar at Western University in London, Canada, University of Oslo, Catholic University of Portugal and Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Oxford University and Cardiff University.

Bjorn Warkalla

Graduated in Political Science from Freie Universität in Berlin. Research fellow at the political sciences department of Freie Universität Berlin.


Jacek Wasilewski

Jacek Wasilewski is a professor of sociology, he teaches at Polish and American Universities. His main field of interest is sociology of the elites. His recent publications include books and articles on political elites and consolidation of democracy in Poland and Central Europe.  

Leszek Wieciech

Experienced expert and manager in Public Affairs and Corporate Communication. He specializes in corporate affairs, lobbying, internal and external communication, CSR, fuel sector, road safety and sustainable development promotion and solutions. M.A. (Moscow State University of International Affairs), diploma in Administration (University of Warsaw). Expert in external affairs & communication, experience of studying, working and living in different countries and diversified cultural environment. 1984-99 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland (incl. such posts like Deputy Head of Mission in Islamabad, Deputy Director of Personnel, Consul General of Poland in Edinburgh). Between 1999 and 2006 Government Affairs Manager at BP Polska, responsible for lobbing, external affairs and relationship management. Worked as Government Affairs Manager at BP Polska sp. Z o. o., Public Affairs Consultant at Lemawi Consultant and City Director Warsaw, Clinton Climate Initiative at Clinton Foundation. Currently Director General at POPiHN (Polish Oil Trade and Industry Organisation).

Unni Wikan

Unni Wikan
Graduated from Sociology at the University of Oslo (1965-66), social anthropology at the University of Bergen (1967-68) and Arabic at the American University in Cairo (1968-69). Visiting professor at a number of universities across the world, among them Harvard University, USA; Beersheba University, Israel; L´école des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris; and London School of Economics (LSE). She has conducted field work in Egypt, Oman, Yemen, Indonesia, Bhutan and the Nordic countries. In 2004 awarded with the prestigious Norwegian Fritt Ord Award. Main fields of research: cultural theory, religion, poverty and development, gender, health, emotions, communications, immigration and integration, social welfare, human rights, and honor.

Anna Wiśniewski

Anna Wisniewski

Counsellor,Consulate General of Hungary in Krakow.  Holds PhD in International Economics (Modernization strategies and Monetary Accession: a comparative study of Poland and Hungary, University of Economics and Administration, Budapest, Hungary) and also has a Masters of Arts and Economics degree. Works as Associated research fellow at Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In 2001 worked as a consultant responsible for Poland in Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary. Schollarships at Jagiellonian University, Catholic University in Lublin, University of Mons-Hainaut, Belgium. 

Nina Witoszek-Fitzpatrick

Nina Witoszek-Fitzpatrick

 Polish professor at Oslo University and Oxford University. After graduating with a degree in linguistics from Wrocław University, in 1988 Witoszek received a doctorate in comparative cultural history from the University of Stockholm. At the beginning of 2005 she was included among the top 10 most outstanding Norwegian intellectuals in a ranking published by Dagbladet magazine. Witoszek is also a novelist and screenwriter. The collection of short stories entitled Fables of the Irish Intelligentsia and published under her pseudonym garnered a prestigious literary award in Ireland and the story The Loves of Faustyna (translated into polish) have created a sensation on the British literary market. In 2005 she was awarded the prestigious Freedom of Expression Prize for "bringing novel, Eastern European perspectives into the Scandinavian public debate". She donated part of the award to establishing the Solidarity Europe Association. Her recent books include Culture and Crisis (Oxford, New York, 2003) and Daimons (New York, 2003).

Jacek Woźniakowski

Jacek Woźniakowski

Professor of history of art. Uniwersytet Jagielloński and Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski. He also was the chairman of the board of Villa Decius Association, now its Honorary President. He cooperated with Tygodnik Powszechny, was chief editor of  Znak and chief editor of publishing house Znak. 1989 he took part in the Round Table negotiations. 1990-1991 he was mayor of the of city Kraków. Author of dozens of books: "Zapiski kanadyjskie", "Góry niewzruszone" and articles, interpreter of Bennett and Greene. For special merits for France in field of culture awarded with Croix de la Légion d'Honneur.

Henryk Wujec

Henryk Wujec

Opposition activist in the communist times, MP and former Deputy Minister of Agriculture. Currently he is the Presidential Adviser for Social Affairs. He organised and edited the underground newspaper “Worker” and was one of the founders of Free Trade Unions. In 1987–1988 he was a member, and from 1988 to 1990 the secretary of the Civic Committee of the President of the “Solidarity” Lech Wałęsa. In 1989 he took part in the Round Table Talks. He served as the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Agriculture in the Jerzy Buzek’s Cabinet. He was awarded with the Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland by the Polish President Lech Kaczynski.