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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.

Kholoud Charaf

Kholoud Charaf is a poet, art critic and social activist from Al Mjemr, Southern Syria. Her debut poetry collection entitled “The Remains of a Butterfly” (2016) received significant critical acclaim among critics, who appreciated the originality of the literary images and metaphors and also the author’s capacity to transform the difficult events of war into beautiful imaginary worlds generated from her childhood memories of her home village. Her poems are widely published in Syrian and pan-Arabic magazines and have been translated into English, French, Italian and Polish. Charaf became a guest writer in Krakow City of Refuge in March 2018 as part of the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN). For the book "Return to the Mountains. A Journal in the Shadow of War" she received the Ibn Battuta Prize in 2019. Her poems were translated into English, French, Italian and Polish. Her book "Reversed Sky" was published in June 2019 in ZNAK publishing house.

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.

Renata Czekalska

Renata Czekalska

Indologist, specialised in modern Hindi literature; lectures at the Department of Indian Studies at the Jagiellonian University Institute of Oriental Philology. She translated a number of works of Polish and Hindi literature; co-edited four bilingual (Polish/Hindi) volumes of selected poems by Wisława Szymborska, Zbigniew Herbert, Czesław Miłosz and Tadeusz Różewicz.  

Karolina Czerska

Karolina Czerska

 

PhD researcher at the Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Her PhD research focus is on integration policies of (im)migrants in the EU countries, and specifically the issue of cultural and language testing of immigrants. She has a strong interest in the policies of multiculturalism (Canada & particular EU states), as well as national identity and citizenship. She finished her BA degree in International Relations in Calgary, Canada and went on to do a joint MA in Poland and Italy in the area of European Cultural Studies. She helps to coordinate an Erasmus Mundus Masters course, MA in Euroculture, which brings together 8 European universities and third-country students. She has studied and lived in Canada, France, Poland and Italy.

 

Krzysztof Czyżewski

Krzysztof Czyżewski

An essayist, a translator and cultural manager; Initiator and Director of the Borderland of Art, Culture and Nations Centre in Sejny, Poland. Author and coordinator of numerous European projects focusing on multiculturalism in Central-Eastern Europe, regional diversity and cultural heritage. Former Member of, inter alia, the President’s Council for Culture, Council for Culture at UNESCO-Poland, the Council of the Polish-Lithuanian Adam Mickiewicz Foundation and the Board of the Czesław Miłosz Foundation in Lithuania. Winner of numerous cultural and artistic awards, recently (2004) the Aleksander Langer International Award. Contributed significantly to the promotion of Poland in the world (Diploma of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2000) and to the development of cooperation between Poland and Lithuania (Grand Prince Giedymin Order in 2001). 

Lloyd Dakin

Lloyd Dakin

Lloyd Dakin is the Regional Representative of UNHCR based in Budapest. Since 2005, he has been responsible for UNHCR’s operations in Hungary, Poland, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia. In 2008, the region for which he is responsible expanded to include Bulgaria and Romania. Mr. Dakin joined UNHCR in 1980 in Thailand. He has previously served with UNHCR in Pakistan, Tanzania and twice at its Headquarters in Geneva. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Dakin was as UNHCR’s Representative in Armenia from 2001 to 2004. He has an MA in International Administration.  

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