Andrzej Saramonowicz

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A Polish film director, actor, journalist, and scriptwriter. Member of the Board of the Directors’ Guild of Poland.

He studied history at University of Warsaw before turning to journalism. He collaborated with some of the main polish mainstream magazines, such as Gazeta WyborczaViva, and Przekrój.

In 2000, his first screenplay and movie Pół serio won him the main award at the 2000 edition of the Festival of Polish Fiction Movies in Gdynia and kickstarted his career as a filmmaker.

He then went on to write, produce and direct some of the biggest commercial successes of Polish cinema in the last decade. His comedies Testosteron, Lejdis, and Idealny facet dla mojej dziewczyny alone totaled 4.6 million viewers, approximately a quarter of all tickets sold in that period.

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Donald Tusk

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A Polish politician who has been the President of the European Council since 2014. He served as Prime Minister of Poland from 2007 to 2014 and was a co-founder and chairman of the Civic Platform political party.

Tusk has been involved in Polish politics since the early 1990s, having founded several political parties and held elected office almost continuously since 1991. Tusk was one of the co-founders of the free-market-oriented Liberal Democratic Congress party. He entered the Sejm in 1991, but lost his seat in the 1993 election which went badly for the Congress.

In 1994, the Congress merged with the Democratic Union to form the Freedom Union. In 1997, Tusk was elected to the Senate, and became its deputy speaker.

In 2001, he co-founded another centre-right party, Civic Platform (PO), and he was again elected to the Sejm, and became its deputy speaker.

He was elected Prime Minister in 2007 and with his party’s victory in the 2011 Polish parliamentary election, he became the first Prime Minister to be re-elected since the fall of Communism in Poland.

In 2014, he became President of the European Council, and was re-elected to this position in 2017. He resigned as Polish Prime Minister to take the role, having been the longest-serving Prime Minister of the Third Polish Republic.

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Michael J. Abramowitz

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President of Freedom House.  Before joining Freedom House in February 2017, he was director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Levine Institute for Holocaust Education. He led the museum’s genocide prevention efforts and later oversaw its public education programs.

He was previously National Editor and then White House correspondent for the Washington Post.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former fellow at the German Marshall Fund and the Hoover Institution. A graduate of Harvard College, he is also a board member of the National Security Archive.

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Barbara Nowacka

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A Polish  politician and feminist activist, the leader of Polish Initiative and Civic Coalition.

A left activist, formerly in Labor United, and later in Your Movement, in October 2015 she became leader of the United Left coalition for the Polish parliamentary election, 2015, bringing together Labor United, Your Movement, the Democratic Left Alliance, the Greens, and the Polish Socialist Party.

In 2014, she  joined Janusz Palikot’s Your Movement, becoming a joint leader, and helped to create the United Left, a broad coalition.

In 2016, Foreign Policy magazine included Nowacka, together with Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk of Razem, on its annual list of the 100 most influential global thinkers for their role in organizing protests against a total ban on abortion in Poland.

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Shalini Randeria

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Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, as well as the Director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy.

She is currently a member of the Editorial Boards of the American Ethnologist, Public Anthropologist and The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the journal Comparative Migration Studies. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Central European University (CEU), the Academic Advisory Board of the Wien Museum as well as the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations.

Her research foci include the anthropology of law, state and policy, particularly the transnationalisation of law, normative pluralism; reproductive rights, population policy and gender; displacement and privatisation of common property resources; the anthropology of globalisation and development; post-coloniality and multiple modernities; and civil society and social movements.

She studied at the universities of Delhi and Heidelberg, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the Free University, Berlin in 1992, and habilitation in 2002.

She was Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Zurich, as well as Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology of the Central European University Budapest, and has held Visiting Professorships at Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, at the University of Vienna and at EHESS, Paris as well as at the Berlin Social Science Research Center and the Free University of Berlin. 

She has been a Member of the Senate of the German Research Council (DFG), President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Wenner-Gren Foundation, New York and as member of the Editorial Board of Annual Review of Anthropology.

Recent edited volumes include: Migration and Borders of Citizenship (with Ravi Palat, special issue of Refugee Watch. A South Asian Journal on Forced Migration, 2017); Border Crossings. Grenzverschiebungen und Grenzüberschreitungen in einer globalisierten Welt (vdf Hochschulverlag, 2016); Politics of the Urban Poor (with Veena Das, special issue of Current Anthropology, 2015); Anthropology, Now and Next. Diversity, Connections, Confrontations, Reflexivity. Essays in Honour of Ulf Hannerz (with Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Christina Garsten, Berghahn Publishers, 2014); Jenseits des Eurozentrismus. Postkoloniale Perspektiven in den Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften (with Sebastian Conrad und Regina Römhild, 2nd edition, Campus Verlag, 2013); and Critical Mobilities (with D’Amato, Gianni, Panese, Francesco, Ruedin, Didier, and Ola Söderström, Routledge, 2013); Eckert, Andreas and Shalini Randeria, eds. Vom Imperialismus zum Empire: Nicht-westliche Perspektiven auf Globalisierung (Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp, 2009); Fuchs, Martin, Antje Linkenbach, and Shalini Randeria, eds. Konfigurationen der Moderne: Diskurse zu Indien (Special issue, Soziale Welt 15, Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 2004).

Agnieszka Holland

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A Polish film and TV director and a screenwriter. Her first steps in cinematography she took by Krzysztof Zanussi’s side. She received her first significant award in Cannes for movie Aktorzy prowincjonalni, after which she gained international recognition.

Her films were quickly noticed worldwide, which resulted in her being nominated for an Oscar three times, for the movies Gorzkie żniwa, Europa, Europa, and W ciemności. In works she often raises serious topics that stem from war experiences of the protagonists. Her films are often compared to that of Andrzej Wajda.

Since January 2014, she is the Chairperson of European Film Academy in Berlin.

Robert Biedroń

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Mayor of the city of Słupsk, a former MP, local government official, expert on human rights organizations in Poland and abroad, columnist.

A member of the advisory group on gender equality, forced displacement, and protection at the United Nations. A former delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. A former vice-chairman of the Seym Committee on Justice and Human Rights and a member of the Sejm Foreign Affairs Committee.

A graduate of the School of Political and Social Leaders and the Human Rights School at the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.

The Founder of the Podkarpackie Institute – a foundation that develops civil society in Podkarpacie. The Founder of the Institute of Democratic Thought.

Jamie Whyte

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A New Zealand politician who is a former leader of ACT New Zealand, a free market political party of New Zealand.  In February 2017, he joined the Institute of Economic Affairs as Director of Research.

He is a former philosophy lecturer, currency trader, and management consultant. He has written books and newspaper columns about reasoning and politics.

Since 2004, he has written books for general audiences and newspaper columns, aiming to expose shoddy reasoning, especially by politicians. In 2006 he won the Reason Foundation Bastiat Prize for journalism (jointly with Tim Harford of the Financial Times) and in 2010 he was named runner up. In June 2014, he won the Institute of Economic Affairs Arthur Seldon Memorial Award for Excellence for Quack Policy (2013).

He is the author of Crimes Against Logic (titled Bad Thoughts: A Guide to Clear Thinking in the UK; 2004), A Load of Blair (2005), and Free Thoughts (2012), and has also written columns for many notable publications, including The Times, City A.M., Standpoint, Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

He has also occasionally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and television.

Whyte’s political philosophy is classical liberalism, in the tradition of Friedrich Hayek.

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Dorota Masłowska

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Polish author, playwright, columnist, and composer. She won the Nike Literary Award for her novel Paw królowej.
She penned the acclaimed Wojna polsko-ruska pod flagą biało-czerwoną, for which she was awarded the polityka Passport award. She is also the creator of plays performed around the world, including Dwoje biednych Rumunów mówiących po polsku and Między nami dobrze jest.
On May 9, 2018, Wydawnictwo Literackie released her latest novel, Inni ludzie.
A columnist at the Dwutygodnik magazine.

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Radosław Sikorski

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A Polish politician and journalist. He was Marshal of the Sejm from 2014 to 2015 and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Donald Tusk’s cabinet between 2007 and 2014. He previously served as Deputy Minister of National Defense (1992) in Jan Olszewski’s cabinet, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998–2001) in Jerzy Buzek’s cabinet, and Minister of National Defense (2005–2007) in Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz and Jarosław Kaczyński’s cabinets.

From 2002 to 2005, Sikorski was a resident fellow of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and executive director of the New Atlantic Initiative. He was editor of the analytical publication European Outlook.

As Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, he was a strong supporter of closer ties with the EU’s Eastern Neighbors. He opted for the integration of those countries into European structures, advocated anchoring Ukraine within the European Union and called for economic changes in Belarus.

Sikorski was the main architect, along with his Swedish counterpart and friend Carl Bildt, of the eastern policy of the EU – which came to be called the Eastern Partnership.

On November 6, 2015, he was appointed a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies. He is also a distinguished statesman with the Brzezinski Institute on Geostrategy at CSIS.

On February 11, 2016, he was elected the Chairman of the Board of the Bydgoszcz Industrial-Technological Park.

Photo: Krzysztof Dubiel || CC 4.0

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Spetember 13-15, 2019 || Lodz, Atlas Arena

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What are Freedom Games?

Freedom Games are a meeting of individuals who are curious about the world and open to new ideas. It is a gathering of renowned experts and intellectuals, and a discussion about the key challenges the Western societies must face in the 21st century. Being a unique interdisciplinary event of this kind held in Poland, its main objective is to offer a creative space for exchanging ideas between the representatives of culture, business, and public life, among others. Freedom Games 2018 gathered over 3.500 attendees.

Freedom Games are the biggest and most prominent event organized by the  Liberté! Foundation. Our goal is to make it the leading intelectual event in Lodz, Poland.


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