Oskar Raczycki, PSF 2015 Oskar is an aspiring global policy leader. Oskar graduated in International Relations, and defended a thesis on cybersecurity in U.S.-China relations. In 2013, his B.A. thesis exploring the topic of climate-induced migration won first place in the competition of the Polish Geopolitical Association. He also studies International Law and Economics within the individual interdisciplinary studies at the University of Warsaw and completed a one-year introductory program to American law conducted by the University of Florida Levin College of Law at his alma mater. Oskar gained experience as a legal assistant in SKS Legal (the first ranked law firm in Poland), member of AIESEC local committee as the co-organizer of the biggest job fair in the country and held the position of research assistant at the Political Department of Royal Danish Embassy in Warsaw. As a Paderewski Scholar, Oskar interned at the Institute of International Finance in Washington, D.C., contributing to the report about the activities of IIF members in the area of financial inclusion. Oskar is a laureate of Diamond Grant, the national program supporting student researchers at the beginning of their academic career. The project (2015-2018) explores new forms of international forced migration and their implications for international security and law and received funding of approx. 50,000 USD. In the foreseeable future Oskar wants to pursue the MPP program in the United States. His academic and vocational interests revolve around international law and security, global governance, human rights, foreign and public policy.
Katarzyna Bitka, PSF 2014 Katarzyna Bitka is an active and ambitious young professional, currently working as a Policy Officer at the European Commission's Directorate General for Research and Innovation in Brussels. Previously, she studied European Economic Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and International Economics at Warsaw School of Economics. As the Paderewski Scholar, Katarzyna worked at the Polish Embassy in the US in Washington D.C. and in San Francisco, where she researched the European institutional and entrepreneurial presence in Silicon Valley. As a student, Katarzyna worked for a year for the Royal Danish Embassy in Warsaw, carried out consulting projects for internationalization of SMEs and cooperated on scientific projects with the Polish Academy of Sciences. She is currently leading the team working on innovation policy reform proposals within the "Młodzi Reformują Polskę;" project; previously she initiated a number of student initiatives, including the College of Europe Business Club and the flagship "Action Diplomacy" project within Students' Foreign Affairs Association at Warsaw School of Economics.
Karol Górnowicz, PSF 2013
Karol studied Economics and Finance at the Warsaw School of Economics.
He also completed CEMS Master in International Management and was studying at Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Management. Karol also acted as the President of the Global CEMS Student Board 2013, managing an international team of 27 people representing interests of all students from 29 top business schools worldwide in the CEMS Global Alliance in Management Education. While in DC, he was interning at a federal agency, the US Small Business Administration. Karol is passionate about innovation and education and wants to help create and restructure universities. He believes that only a close cooperation among companies, alumni and academia can help create globally-competitive graduates and assure a development of non-obsolete curricula. Karol wants to combine his passion with an expertise of CEMS to advise governments, universities and companies to focus on innovation and entrepreneurial collaboration.
Kamil Pruchnik, PSF 2012
Kamil is a highly determined and cooperative student with a solid academic background (second best student at Warsaw School of Economics out of 1,300 students), international experience (participated in various international programs in Brazil, England, Iceland, Russia, Slovenia and USA) and has 3 years diversified professional experience at various companies (such as Accenture, American Bankers Association, Bloomberg, and other). He won several business & research competitions, and was awarded with the prestigious Polish Diamond Grant ($70,000 USD). He currently works as a Consultant at the Office of the Chief Economist for Europe and Central Asia Region and is an Econ PhD. student at the Warsaw School of Economics. He was tutored by professor Leszek Balcerowicz, former president of the National Bank of Poland and Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. He loves to travel to different places and meet new people. He is a Big Star Wars and comic book fan. In his free time Kamil swims (competitive swimmer, aims to swim through The English Channel summer 2014 or 2015).
Joanna Stepien, PSF 2011 Joanna graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics, where she completed a Master studies in Finance & Banking in 2012. She took part in the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems in Prague (2010) as well as the Institute on Business and Government Affairs at Georgetown University in Washington, DC (2011). Joanna was awarded a Rowny-Paderewski Scholarship award in 2011. She was an intern at the Economic Council for the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Poland in Warsaw. She is working for the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI in DC and for several consulting companies. She plans to start her career as a regulatory affairs analyst in an international team created within the biggest investment bank in Europe. She will graduate from the law school at the University of Warsaw soon. Her hobbies include subjects related to the stock exchange, project management and mathematical logic.
Alicja Magda, PSF 2010 Alicja came to Washington, D.C., in 2010 on a Rowny-Paderewski Scholarship to participate in the Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems (ICPES). While in D.C., she completed an internship at the logistics company DHL. One summer earlier, Alicja had also participated the TFAS program in Prague. Her educational background includes graduate studies in commerce and law in Holland and at the School Lazarskiego in Warsaw, Poland. She completed her undergraduate studies in law and business at the University of Brighton in England. Currently, Alicja resides in Poland and works at Skarbiec Kancelaria Prawna, a law firm in Warsaw, as senior offshore advisor.
Aneta Popiel, PSF 2009 After completing a summer in Washington D.C. with the Rowny-Paderewski Scholarship, Aneta decided to earn her Master's Degree in Public Policy at Georgetown University with a Fulbright Graduate Award. Before moving to the United States, Aneta received an MA in International Relations at the University of Warsaw. She is fluent in English, Spanish and German. She has channeled her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for international development into work with institutions such as the European Commission and the Institute of International Education. Currently, as a Graduate Fellow at the Qatar Foundation International, she contributes to the Foundation's evaluation program. She currently is learning Arabic. A strong advocate for education and democracy, Aneta is involved in expanding the Rowny-Paderewski Scholarship and promoting the heritage of Ignacy Jan Paderewski. She also maintains strong ties with the Polish community in the United States. She is involved in Quo Vadis - the Young Polonia Leaders Conference and the American Polish Advisory Council (APAC). Her interests include International Economic & Social Development, Democratization, Social Accountability and Foreign Assistance. She enjoys travelling, sports, dancing and cooking.
Edyta Szkaluba, PSF 2008 Edyta is a graduate of both the Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems (ICPES) and the TFAS program in Prague. She was awarded two scholarships for these programs: the 2008 Rowny-Paderewski Scholarship and a 2007 scholarship from the Rosenstiel Foundation. While in Washington, D.C., she interned in the marketing department at URAC, a nonprofit healthcare organization. Today, she continues to work in the marketing field at Comarch in Cracow. She has also worked for Deloitte Poland. Edyta completed graduate studies in economics and marketing at Vrije University Brussels and undergraduate studies at the Cracow University of Economics.
Tom Zacharski, PSF 2007 Tom Zacharski 26, is a dual citizen (American, Polish) currently working in Google's EU Headquarters in the online advertising department. After successfully pursuing a Master's Degree in International Management from the prestigious CEMS program, he is now looking into entrepreneurial opportunities in the Internet sphere. Interested in web technologies, the Internet, American politics and globalization, Tom is a true citizen of the world he has studied in seven countries (completing programs at Harvard and Georgetown) and has led a global student organization as its Vice President. His goals are to set up a successful Internet start-up in the near future and to start a political career in the United States with a focus on foreign affairs and global cooperation.
Lukasz J. Rey, PSF 2006 Lukasz was introduced to TFAS in 2005, when he participated in the program in Prague with the help of a scholarship granted to him by the Rosenstiel Foundation. In 2006, he also received the Rowny-Paderewski Scholarship; he traveled to Washington, D.C., that summer to participate in the Institute on Business and Government Affairs (IBGA). While in D.C., he interned in public affairs at Eastman Kodak. Lukasz currently serves as a manager at The Boston Consulting Group. He received a master's degree in international business from Singapore Management University, as well as a master's in finance and banking from the Warsaw School of Economics. He recently moved to Boston, Mass., with his wife, Inga Rey, who was his TFAS classmate in 2005. His interests include traveling, scuba diving, sailing, horseback riding and studying economic history and capital markets.
Dr. Joanna Orzechowska-Wacławska, PSF 2005 Joanna was the first recipient of the Rowny-Paderewski Scholarship. She participated in the 2005 Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems (ICPES), where she interned in Washington, D.C., for Senator Chuck Hagel. Joanna had also been awarded a scholarship in 2002 by the Rosenstiel Foundation, which allowed her to participate in the TFAS program in Prague. Specializing in nationalism studies, Joanna received her doctorate from Jagiellonian University in Cracow, where she now serves as an academic teacher. She also holds a master's degree in international affairs from the Cracow University of Economics.