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Maciej Szpunar

Maciej Szpunar

Undersecretary of State for legal and treaty affairs. Born in 1971 in Kraków. Graduated from the University of Silesia in Katowice, the Faculty of Law and Administration. In 1996 completed post-graduate studies at the Law Department of the College of Europe in Bruges, followed by Ph.D. studies at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Silesia University in Katowice. Bar traineeship completed in 2001 with an exam and listing at the Bar Register in Katowice. In 2009 obtained a habilitation in Legal Science (specialization: Law of the EU and private international law). From 1996 on, an associate lecturer and professor at the Chair of Civil Law and Private International Law of the Silesia University in Katowice. 2001-2004: an associate in a legal partnership. 2008-2009: an Undersecretary of State in the Office of the Committee for European Integration. Scolar in such institutions as e.g. the Centre of European Legal Studies at the University of Cambridge, the Institute of European Legal Studies “Fernand Dehousse” and the European University Institute in Florence. A Member of the Editorial Board of such periodicals as the “Problems of Private International Law”, the “European Judicial Review” and the “New Europe – Natolin Review”. Active in social associations and organisations: ex. a Member of the Board of “Polish Association for European Law” (FIDE). An author of many publications in the field of European law, civil law, international commercial law and international private law. Free time interests: history; free time activities: sailing, skiing and volleyball. In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Maciej Szpunar is responsible for representing the Polish government before judicial bodies of the EU and the EFTA Court.  Fluent in both English and French.

Dariusz Szwed

Dariusz Szwed

One of the founders and presidents of the Polish Green Party (Zieloni 2004). Graduated in International Economic Relations from the Krakow University of Economics and in Economic Foundations of Environmental Policy from the Warsaw University, Poland. Began his cooperation with non-governmental organizations at the beginning of the 1990s as participant of the Green Federation; in 1996-1997 coordinator of an international campaign Menu for the Next Millenium as a result of which legal entries regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were included in the Environmental Protection Act. In the years 1998-2004 he was Head of the Environmental Lobbying Support Office in the Polish Parliament; expert and adviser on the issues of environmental protection and sustainable development of numerous non-governmental organizations. 

Karol Szyndzielorz

Karol Szyndzielorz

Graduated from the Warsaw University (Dep. Of Journalism, MA Specialization in International Relations). He began his career in 1957 at the Życie Warszawy daily as a reporter. During the Warsaw Block intervention to Czechoslovakia in 1968 he worked as a foreign correspondent, and later as an editor of the Science and Technology section. He did post graduate work in Socials Sciences and Political Sciences as a Ford Foundation grantee at Cornell University and Stanford University. During 1977 and 1978 he was the first Polish Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Since 1979 he has been the co-editor of the Global Paper One World published by the UN system. This publication and Życie Warszawy were both suspended under the material law in 1981. He then moved to the Polish Newsweek as foreign editor (1985-1991). In 1989, he was spokesman of the Round Table debates in Warsaw. Founder and editor-in-chief of the financial daily Nowa Europa (1991). In 1994, he became deputy CEO and member of the board of Zasada Group (Mercedes Polska). Founded and owned the company Media Group in 1996. Currently he is the advisor of the Executive Board of Siemens Polska.

Ryszard Tadeusiewicz

Since April 1971 he performed research in the areas of bio-cybernetics, automatic control engineering, and computer science. In 1975 he was awarded the Ph.D. degree, and in 1981 the degree of Doctor of Sciences (Doctor Habilitatus). In 1986 he became Associate Professor and in 1991 Full Professor at the AGH University of Science and Technology. He has written over 600 scientific papers, published in prestigious Polish and foreign scientific journals, as well as numerous conference presentations - both national and international. Prof. Tadeusiewicz has also written over 80 scientific monographs and books, among them several highly popular textbooks, which were adopted by dozens of Polish universities and had many editions. Detail and most up-to-date information is available at website www.Tadeusiewicz.pl.

Toumas Tahbaz

Immigrant from Iran living in Poland. 

Péter Talás

Péter Talás

 Holds PhD in political sciences, Head of Center for Strategic and Defense Studies, Budapest. From 1993 commentator on international security in several Hungarian newspapers. 1993-1995 correspondent of Gazeta Wyborcza, 1993-1995 editor of “Beszélő” (Hungarian political weekly). 1994-2001 editor and reporter of Hungarian Television.

 

Borys Tarasyuk

Borys Tarasyuk

Ukrainian diplomat and politician, twice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in five governments under two Presidents (1998-2000, 2005-2007), Vice-President of the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly. Founder and Director (since 2001) of the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation and Chairman of the Board of the magazine "Euroatlantic". Leader of the political party “People's Movement of Ukraine” (2003-2012), Deputy Head of All-Ukraine Union “Bat'kivschyna” party (since 2013). Member of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine (since 2002 till now), Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs (since 2014). Chair of Inter-factional Group “Ukraine in NATO”. Head of the Parliamentary Committee for European Integration (2002-2005, 2006 and 2007-2012). Since 1975 he served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Mission at the UN (1981-1986), member of Delegation to UN Security Council (1984-1985), Ambassador of Ukraine to the Benelux countries (1995-1998), Head of the Mission of Ukraine to NATO (1997-1998). Has the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (since 1992).

Ewa Malgorzata Tatar

Ewa Malgorzata Tatar
Born in 1981, Kielce, Poland, lives and works in Krakow and Gdnask. An Art historian who works as a curator, art critic, editor. Interested in institutional critique (cycles of the artist-in-residence project in National Museum in Krakow, 2005-7, 2011) and curating as a method of art history (short sotry of Ładnie Group, 2008 - book; On the vulcano. Krzysztof Niemczyk, 2010, and Wyspa. Now is now,2012 - exhibitions). Cooperates as a curator with Wyspa Art Institute in Gdnask and National Museum in Krakow (where she is interested in building the program based on the legacy and its redefinition and exploration of the educational aspects of the permanent collection and social duties of the institution). Editor of Visual line book series in Korporacja Ha!art editing house. Currently working on her Phd on the beginnings of femininst art in Poland in 1970's at Jagiellonian UNiversity. Studied psychoanalysis at SUNY at Buffalo.

Gabriela Tomankova

Gabriela Tomankova

Jan Tomášek

Jan Tomášek

Deputy Head of Mission of the Czech Republic to Poland since August 2006. At the MFA since 1991. Two previous postings - Slovakia (1993-98) and Russia (1999-2004). Speaks English, French, Russian and Polish. 

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