Jakub Mikurda
Panel Moderator
Jakub Mikurda is a film critic, journalist and editor. He is currently a lecturer in Philosophy at the National Film School in Łódź. He is a graduate of Psychology and Philosophy, as well as an author of various books about film history on works of Valerian Borowczyk or Terry Gilliam. Jakub Mikurda is involved in cinema through various means, including cooperating on screen-writing with i.a Mariusz Treliński and Jan Komasa or creating visual and performative projects. He was an organiser of lectures and debates at Tate Modern and British Film Institute.
Anda Rottenberg Anda Rottenberg is an illustrious art historian, critic, and curator. During her directorship at the Zachęta National Gallery of Modern Art in Warsaw, she created critical exhibitions for contemporary debates on Polish identity, including the controversial ‘Where is Abel, thy brother?’ re-examining collective responsibility for the Holocaust. Deeply committed to the promotion of Polish art she curated prestigious exhibitions in, among others, the US, Germany, Russia, Japan, Korea and in the Polish Pavilions at the Venice and Sao Paulo Biennales.
Jan Komasa Director and screenwriter Jan Komasa is one of the most provocative Polish artists of the young generation. He graduated in 2005 from the PWSFTviT Film School in Łódź, after previously studying Philosophy. Among his most famous works is the ‘Suicide Room’, which received numerous awards both in Poland and abroad, including the ‘Eagle’, the Polish Film Academy Award for the best movie in 2012, the Silver Lions Award at the Gdynia Polish Film Festival, and the Best Debut prize at the New Horizons Film Festival in Wrocław, while his ‘Warsaw 44’ received a prestigious Polityka’s Passport (Paszport Polityki) in 2014.
Dr Stanley Bill Dr Stanley Bill is Lecturer in Polish Studies at the University of Cambridge. He works on twentieth-century Polish literature and culture, with particular interests in religion, secularisation theory and postcolonial interpretations of Polish cultural history. Before coming to Cambridge, he worked at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He comes from Perth, Australia.



Metamorphosis in the Royal Łazienki Museum. Feel it!

Elżbieta Ofat Elżbieta Ofat is a Managing Director of Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw, a former director of the Department of Strategy and Analysis at the Ministry of Culture A graduate of the Academy of Leadership Psychology at Warsaw University of Technology Business School, she subsequently led the Office of Royal Route Programme where she was responsible for cooperation with 20 museums. Her career reflects the values she shares, her determination and her appreciation of conscious living.
Izabela Zychowicz Izabela Zychowicz is a Museum Affairs Director at the Royal Łazienki, art historian, and academic lecturer. Curator of international exhibitions at the Palace on the Water, the Old Orangery, and the Myślewicki Palace. Her passion for the visual arts encouraged her studies in printmaking at the European Academy of Arts in Warsaw.



Tomasz Marciniak
Panel Moderator
Tomasz Marciniak is a Partner in McKinsey’s Warsaw office and a co-author of the “Poland 2025: Europe’s New Growth Engine” report. He advises clients in Europe and Asia on strategy, business transformation, and mergers and acquisitions. He works in a range of industries, including energy, basic materials, private equity and public sector. Tomasz is a leader of the Electric Power and Natural Gas Practice in Central and Eastern Europe and a global leader of the Electric Power and Gas Transmission and Distribution Service Line. Before joining McKinsey, he served J.P. Morgan in London. Tomasz graduated from the University of Lodz and from programs in economics and finance at the London School of Economics and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
Tomasz Jurkanis Tomasz Jurkanis is a Local Partner in McKinsey’s Warsaw office. He advises clients from a range of sectors, including heavy industry and retail. His focus is operational efficiency and implementation of best practices of Lean Management. Tomasz has worked for clients on four continents including smelters, mines and energy companies. Prior to joining McKinsey, Tomasz served as Investment Analyst in Blue Planet Investment Management fund in the UK. He graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Małgorzata O’Shaughnessy Małgorzata O’Shaughnessy is a Regional Managing Director in charge of the CEE cluster, comprised of 4 markets; Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia & Hungary (position of Regional Managing Director) at Visa. Under her leadership Poland & CEE has become one of Europe’s most innovative payments cluster and the fastest developing one, with strong client engagement and 3 local client councils. In 2015, Małgorzata was ranked among the Top Ten most influential women in the Polish financial sector, in a prestigious survey prepared under the patronage of the Polish Bank Association.
Marek Matraszek Marek Matraszek is Chairman of CEC Government Relations (www.cecgr.com) in Poland and a graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford. CEC specialises in designing and implementing strategic communications and lobbying campaigns for major US, UK and European multinationals. Marek’s personal focus is on the defence sector, and he currently advises Lockheed Martin on their activities in Poland. Marek became an active supporter of the anticommunist opposition in Central Europe in the 1980s, and after 1990 worked with the British Conservative Party, US Republican Party and the Margaret Thatcher Foundation in the region. He has written widely on Polish and international affairs for international media and can be followed on Twitter (@matraszek) discussing strategic defence, energy and political issues in Central Europe.



Dr Stanley Bill
Panel Moderator
Dr Stanley Bill is Lecturer in Polish Studies at the University of Cambridge. He works on twentieth-century Polish literature and culture, with particular interests in religion, secularisation theory and postcolonial interpretations of Polish cultural history. Before coming to Cambridge, he worked at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He comes from Perth, Australia.
Prof. Andrzej Nowak Prof Andrzej Nowak is a Polish historian and academic, working at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, as well as at the Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. His main research areas are cultural and political history and thought of Eastern Europe in 19th and 20th centuries, political philosophy, international political relations, and modern mass-media. He is the author of four books, some 60 historical publications in scientific periodicals, and dozens of articles, reviews and interviews, many of which were underground publications in the period up to 1989.
Radosław Sikorski Radosław Sikorski is a Polish politician who held positions such as Marshal of the Sejm and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Donald Tusk’s cabinet. He previously served as Deputy Minister of National Defense in Jan Olszewski’s cabinet, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in Jerzy Buzek’s cabinet and Minister of National Defense in Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz and Jarosław Kaczyński’s cabinets. He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford, where he was also president of the Polish Society. He has also worked as a reporter from locations such as Afghanistan and Angola, and published several books.



Grzegorz Nawrocki
Panel Moderator
TV journalist, reporter. A graduate of Cambridge University, UCLAN (Preston), Warsaw University and Jagiellonian University. British Chevening scholar in 1997 and 2000. Laureate of BAS Top People Project and civil society programme of the Robert Schumann Foundation. Work experience at Polish, British and Danish Media (TVP, BBC). President of the British Alumni Society in Poland. Editor and host of political debates in Poland organised by Oxford and Cambridge Society of Poland and Onet.pl.
Dr Adam Bodnar Dr Adam Bodnar is a Polish lawyer, educator and human rights activist. He has been the Polish Ombudsman since 2015. Before taking up this post, he had been Vice President of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the UN Fund for Victims of Torture. Dr Adam Bodnar has authored numerous academic papers. His doctoral thesis on constitutional law has been published by the Sejm.
Dr Karolina Wigura
Dr Karolina Wigura is a Polish sociologist, historian of ideas, and journalist. She works as a lecturer at Warsaw University’s Institute of Sociology. She graduated from the University of Warsaw, and completed her PhD at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. She is also editor of the political section of the “Kultura Liberal” (Liberal Culture) magazine.
Dr Rafał Pankowski Dr Rafał Pankowski is a Polish sociologist and political scientist. He studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford, and Political Science at the University of Warsaw. He was also the first Polish scholar at Eton College. He is the vice Editor-in-Chief of the “Nigdy Więcej” magazine, as well as professor at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw.



Jarosław Kuisz
Jarosław Kuisz is a Co-Director of the project “Knowledge Bridges Between Poland, Britain and Europe” at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, and assistant professor at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw. He is the editor-in-chief of the Polish political and cultural weekly Kultura Liberalna. Former visiting scholar at the University of Chicago Law School and Columbia Law School, at the moment he is also Marie Skłodowska- Curie Fellow at SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen.
Deputy PM, Mateusz Morawiecki Mateusz Morawiecki is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development and Finance of Poland. He graduated with a degree in History from the University of Wrocław and continued his studies in Business Administration at the Wrocław University of Technology and the Central Connecticut State University. He is an alumnus of the Wrocław University of Economics (MBA), the University of Hamburg, the University of Basel, and the Kellogg School of Management. He was one of the negotiators for Poland’s accession to the EU with particular focus on competition, internal market, finance, and banking, and co-authored one of the first EU law textbooks published in Poland. In 2007-2015 he was Honorary Consul of the Republic of Ireland in Poland. From March 2005 to November 2015 he served as chairman of Bank Zachodni WBK. He has been decorated with the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity, and the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.



Ambassador Arkady Rzegocki Ambassador Arkady Rzegocki is a Polish political scientist and the current Ambassador of Poland to the UK. He is also professor at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, specialising in Polish and English political thought, the concept of national interest (raison d’État), as well as the issue of soft power. He studied at the Jagiellonian University and University College Dublin, conducted research in Denver (Colorado, USA), at universities in Oxford, Cambridge, London, and Florence, and was a Visiting Scholar at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge in 2014.

Prof. Zbigniew Pełczyński
Professor Pełczyński is the initiator of the Congress of Polish Student Societies in the UK, which first took place in 2008. He is a Polish-born political philosopher and academic. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford, where he taught politics from 1957 to 1992. He fought in the Warsaw Uprising, was an advisor to the Constitutional Committee of the Polish Sejm, as well as to the European Economic Union. He has been instrumental in providing opportunities for qualified scholars from Poland and other postcommunist countries to study at British universities, especially at Oxford and Cambridge.

Prof. Łukasz Szumowski
Professor Łukasz Szumowski is the Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, where he he has been the chairman of the life sciences special team since 2011. He is a cardiologist and professor of medicine. Prof. Szumowski is the author or co-author of more than 150 publications. He performed numerous functions in Polish and European scientific societies, including the European Heart Rhythm Association Training Fellowships Committee and the Polish Cardiac Society.