Member of European Parliament (European Group EPP). Polish politician and cultural scientist. In 1981-1989, he was an active member of the underground Solidarity movement. In 1991, and in 1992-93, he was Deputy Secretary of State in the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, in 1991, the Minister thereof. In 2008-2009, Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. In 2011-2013, he was the first Minister of Administration and Digitalization in Central and Eastern Europe. Since 2016, he is also a member of the board of the Civic Institute.
Polish journalist and writer, the author of numerous travel, fantasy, and jorunalistic books. Since 1997 he works for the Gazeta Wyborcza daily, where he writes about mass culture and Internet. He's an expert in the works of Stanisław Lem. He authored the book Co to są sepulki? Wszystko o Lemie (2007) - an encyclopaedic guide to Lem's works, as well as Lem's biography Lem. Życie nie z tej ziemi (2017) and a script to the documentary film by Borys Lankosz Autor Solaris about Lem. He was awarded by the Silesian Fantasy Club with the Śląkfa award for the Publisher of the Year 2008 for publishing a collection of Stanisław Lem's works by the Agora publishing house.
She debuted as an actress in 1993. She performed in the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Cracow, Studio Theatre and National Theatre in Warsaw. She appeared in numerous films, tv series, and theatrical plays - including Polish Television Theatre. In 2005, she started her music career and created a music performance and recorder the Miasto mania album. Three years later, she recorded Maria Awaria. Both albums received very positive reviews and thus made Peszek one of the most popular alternative Polish artists. In 2012, she released her third album, Jezus Maria Peszek, which was both an artistic and commercial success. Her music is characterized by controversial lyrics and performances. Maria Peszek will be one of the speakers during Freedom Games 2017. Sorry Polsko: Jacek Żakowski z Marią Peszek o Polsce i nowej płycie (Polityka, 2012, in Polish)
Vice President of the Lithuanian Free Market Institute. He holds Master’s degree in economics from Vilnius University and is currently pursuing joint doctoral studies at the ISM University of Management and Economics and the University of Angers, France. His areas of research include monetary policy and financial markets.
President of Lithuanian Free Market Institute, political and NGO activist. His field of analysis at LFMI encompasses energy, transport, and competition policies. He participated in several high-level working groups of legislation of energy, was a member of working groups of “Sunset” (reform and closing down government agencies), and “Sunrise” (cutting red tape, improving conditions for businesses) commissions for the Lithuanian government. Moreover, he has also worked as a teacher of Economics and an adviser to a CEO of an energy company.
Polish writer, journalist at “Polityka” magazine. He is mainly interested in topics concerning processes of modernization and postmodernization, social networks, social communication and influence of media (especially New Media) on social and political actions. Since 1999 he has been working for “Polityka”, a major Polish weekly magazine. Bendyk teaches at Warsaw School of Social Psychology and Center for Social Studies at PolishAcademy of Sciences topics concerning social networks, knowledge management and digital culture. At Collegium Civitas he has a lecture on modern ideas. He wrote two books, “Zatruta studnia” (“The Poisoned Well”, 2002), which won several prizes and was nominated to the Nike 2003 Prize, the most important Polish literary award and “Antymatrix. Czlowiek w labiryncie sieci” (“Anti-Matrix. A Man in a Labyrinth of Networks”, 2004). He is writing a blog: bendyk.blog.polityka.pl.
Before Hanna Zdanowska became the Mayor of the City of Lodz, she served six years as the Director of the Office of Lodz Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2006, Hanna Zdanowska became the Councilor of the Lodz City Council, and later the Vice-Mayor of Lodz in charge of education, sport and EU funds. In autumn 2007, she was elected a Member of the Polish Parliament from the Civic Platform list. She served as the Deputy Chairman of the Special Commission “Friendly State” for matters related to the reduction of bureaucracy. On December 13, 2010 Hanna Zdanowska, after the victory in the elections for the local government was sworn for the position of the Mayor of the City of Lodz. She was elected for a second term by the Lodz inhabitants already in the first round of the elections in 2014.
In March 1993, she began to work in the Government Offices in Stockholm, first as Deputy Press Secretary to the Minister for Finance and then as a Political Adviser to the Minister for Culture and Immigration. Between May 1995 and January 2002 Maria Åsenius was Desk Officer for the ELDR Group in the European Parliament before becoming Political Adviser to the President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox, a position held until July 2004. She was a member of Olli Rehn’s cabinet (August 2004 to June 2007) and Deputy Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Olli Rehn at the European Commission in Brussels. After her work as State Secretary for European Affairs in Stockholm she has been Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Malmström since January 2010.
Polish economist, founder and Council Chairman of Civil Development Forum. The Head of the Department of International Comparative Studies at Warsaw School of Economics. Former President of National Bank of Poland (NBP). Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in the first non-communist Polish government after the World War II. Doctor honoris causa of over a dozen of universitites in Poland and abroad. Awarded with the Order of the White Eagle, among others.
Researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies in Stokholm. He works on moral philosophy, the ethics of technology and political philosophy.
A Polish poet and writer. He translates from English (Philip Larkin, George Szirtes, W.H. Auden) and Russian (Osip Mandelsztam), as well as songs to the music by Astora Piazzoli. Editor of the English anthology Six Polish Poets published in London in 2008 by Arc Publications. In 2005, he was awarded the Kościelski Award and in 2006 received the Polityka Passport Award. He made his poetry debut with the publication of Żywoty równoległe, which featured on the cover a positive feedback by Czesław Miłosz.
Political strategist, director of the Hungarian liberal think tank Republikon Institute and member of the board of the European Liberal Forum.
Research Scientist at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT's Sloan School of Management where he leads a project exploring Collaborative Innovation Networks (COIN), Founder and Chief Creative Officer of software company galaxyadvisors. He is also a Honorary Professor at University of Cologne, Honorary Professor at Jilin University, Changchun China, Distinguished Visiting Professor at P. Universidad Católica de Chile, and a lecturer at University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). Previously, Peter was a Partner with Deloitte Consulting, leading its e-Business practice for Europe, a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and the section leader for software engineering at UBS.