Tomasz Mazur

Freedom Games 2019

Doctor of philosophy, modern stoic.

Author of the books „Zbawienie przez filozofię. Interpretacja twórczości Henryka Elzenberga” (2004), „Kapryśni Bogowie Sokratesa. Człowiek i rzeczywistość wartości w tradycji filozofii zachodniej” (2008), „Fiasko: Podręcznik nieudanej egzystencji” (2012), „O stawaniu się stoikiem” (2014).

Founder of Hegemonikon, organizing workshops, readings and consultations aimed at popularizing Stoic philosophy.

A teacher of philosophy in English and a coordinator of the IB program in the 2nd SLO.

Andrzej Olechowski

Freedom Games 2019

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A., member of the Board of Directors of Euronet Worldwide Inc. and Play Communications S.A.

Former Minister of Finance (1992) and Foreign Affairs (1993-95), candidate in the election of the President of Poland (2000 and 2010), co-founder of the Platforma Obywatelska party.

Member of the Board of the Stefan Batory Foundation, chairman of the Polish Group in the Trilateral Commission, Trustee European Council on Foreign Relations.

Economic Advisor to President Lech Wałęsa (1992-93 and 1995); senior adviser to EBRD (1992-93); secretary of state in the Ministry of Economic Cooperation with Foreign Countries (1991-92); first deputy president of the National Bank of Poland (1989-91); economist at the World Bank (Washington, 1985-87) and UNCTAD (Geneva, 1982-84); Chairman of the Warsaw-Wilanów Commune Council (1994-98).

Doctor of Economics (SGPiS, 1979), plant manager at the Institute of Business and Price Studies (1978-82).

He lectured at the Academy of Catholic Theology, Collegium Civitas, at the Jagiellonian University and AFiB Vistula.

Author of a number of publications on international trade and foreign policy.

Decorated with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, the award of the Man of the Year of the Wprost weekly, the Kisiel Award, the Diamond Laurel of Skills and Competences, the Victor’s Award (twice).

Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus

Freedom Games 2019

Parliamentarian of the 8th term of the Polish parliament, sociologist.

A graduate of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the School for Leaders of Civil Society.

Culture manager.

Renata Mienkowska-Norkiene

Freedom Games 2019

Polish lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Warsaw.

From 2010 to 2019, lecturer at the Michał Romer University in Vilnius.

Author of over 60 scientific publications (mainly on the subject of European integration), participant and leader of many research projects and related to the activities of non-governmental organizations, local governments and youth, financed from the European Union.

Scholarship holder of the Reński University Frederic Wilhelm in Bonn, University of Vilnius, EURAC – European Academy in Bolzano, Free University of Brussels, Liechtenstein-Institut in Liechtenstein, London School of Economics and Political Science and SciencePo in Paris.

The trainee of the Directorate General of Personnel and Administration of the European Commission in Brussels.

Co-producer of the Lithuanian talk show, “In the Center of Europe”.

Commentator on political, social and economic events in the media.

FRSE Expert in the field of evaluation of applications in the Erasmus + Program.

Marcin Gerwin

Freedom Games 2019

A political scientist and specialist for sustainable development and deliberative democracy.

Coordinator of citizen panels.

Co-founder of the Sopocka Inicjatywa Rozwojowa, which led to the organization of the first civic budget in Poland at the city level.

Author of the books ‘Żywność i demokracja’, ‘Żywność przyjazna dla klimatu’ and a guide to citizen panels.

Michal Wawrykiewicz

Freedom Games 2019

Lawyer. He has been practicing in Warsaw since 2003.

From the beginning of the constitutional crisis in 2015, he was involved in the defense of the rule of law.

Expert of parliamentary groups on the Constitutional Order and the Rule of Law and on the Reform of Justice, author of numerous opinions for BAS on judicial decisions.

In 2017, he co-founded the initiative #WolneSądy, which constantly deals with activities for the independence of the judiciary, prepares films, infographics and live coverage (a total of over 450 materials), organizes protests, demonstrations, debates and conferences.

Along with #WolneSądy awarded for public activity with Newsweek Teresa Torańska’s award and TOK FM Anna Laszuk’s award for 2018.

In 2018 he was one of the initiators of the Committee for the Defense of Justice (KOS). As part of the KOS, he represents the repressed judges of common courts and judges of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Administrative Court over 65 in proceedings aimed at blocking their removal from the active state under the Supreme Court Act of 2017.

Together with adv. Sylvia Gregorczyk-Abram, on behalf of the judges of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Administrative Court, appears before the CJEU in proceedings brought about by judicial questions related to the independence of the judiciary, including the National Court Register and the Disciplinary Chamber.

He is the co-author of the book ‘Konstytucja. Praworządność. Władza sądownicza. Aktualne problemy trzeciej władzy w Polsce’ published in 2019., which describes the violation of the rule of law and defense activities undertaken by legal and civic circles.

Eliza Michalik

Freedom Games 2019

Polish journalist, blogger and columnist for Gazeta Wyborcza and the portal koduj24.

For 12 years, she ran three proprietary programs on the air of the Television Superstacja.

She has been commenting on social and political issues, especially in the defense of women’s rights and freedom of speech.

Dominika Hajdu

Freedom Games 2019

Research fellow in Strategic Communication Programme at GLOBSEC, Bratislava-based think tank.

While in GLOBSEC, she has been focusing on the issues of disinformation, information manipulation and strategic communication since early 2017.

Within the past two years, she led several projects dedicated to research, awareness-raising, as well as capacity-building in the area of countering disinformation, and co-authored several reports on the topic.

Hajdu graduated from the University of Leuven in Belgium where she mainly focused on the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy.

After her studies, she spent some time in Brussels working for an EU institution and a public affairs agency.

Daniel Milo

Freedom Games 2019

Senior Research Fellow at the GLOBSEC Policy Institute.

Studied law at the Comenius University in Bratislava and holds a Doctor of Law degree in criminal law.

His main field of expertise is extremism, cyberhate, international extremist networks and use of propaganda by foreign actors.

He published or co-authored several publications on these issues including analytical report mapping the connections between Kremlin and far-right political actors in Slovakia.

He previously worked as a Chairman at a national anti-racist NGO in Slovakia, Adviser at OSCE-Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw and the Coordinator of anti-extremist policies at the Office of the Minister of Interior.

Magdalena Galkiewicz

Freedom Games 2019

An ecofeminist, vegan.

Social activist, politician.

Board member of the Łódź Dziewuchy Dziewuchom, co-organizer of the protest against the anti-abortion law in 2016 in Łódź.

Chairwoman of the Łódź Circle and Regional Coordinator of the province Lodz of the Polish Green Party, candidate from the KE to the European Parliament 2019.

Activist at the Vegetarians International Voice For Animals (Viva!) and in the Lodz Antisemovcy Movement, an activist of  Poland for Animals and Earth Strike Łódź.

A member of the Citizens’ Committees of the Legislative Initiative: Ratujmy Kobiety 2017 and the Świeckie Państwo Project.

Przemyslaw Staciwa

Freedom Games 2019

TV reporter, journalist.

He works with Liberté! and Krytyka “Polityczna”.

Laureate of the Kryształowy Ekran of the Polish Chamber of Electronic Communication.

Marta Florkiewcz-Borkowska

Freedom Games 2019

The teacher of German at Primary School Karola Miarki in Pielgrzymowice, educational trainer, educator in the field of modern solutions in education and personal development, trainer and expert in many nationwide programs related to digital and media education.

Author of articles on the use of modern technologies in education and the use of art therapy in education as well as many pedagogical innovations.

Speaker at educational conferences, cooperates with many educational institutions, co-organizer of the all-day online conference EduMocOnline, a certified art therapist, participant of improvement workshops and the Futur Classroom Lab program in Brussels, speaker at the TEDxRawaRiver conference in Katowice.

It belongs to the Superbelfrzy RP community. A science fan by design method, design thinking, reversed class, teaching through teaching and modern technologies.

Propagator of using board games, activating games and creative methods in education as well as connecting offline and online.

Teacher of the Year 2017.

Microsoft Innovation Educator Expert 2018-2019. Featured by Wysokie Obcasy in the group of 50 Bold Women 2017.

Nominated in Gazeta Wyborcza plebiscite “People of the Year 2018” in the category “Exemplary performance”.

Coordinator of the project “Devourers of Sorrows” and co-coordinator of the project of the social campaign of Words Krzywdzą.

Barbara Nowacka

Freedom Games 2019

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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Elzbieta Bienkowska

Freedom Games 2019

European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in the European Commission, President Jean-Claude Juncker.

In 2007–2013, the Minister of Regional Development of the Republic of Poland and from 2013 to 2014 also the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Infrastructure and Development in the Government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

As the Vice-President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Regional Development and Minister of Infrastructure and Development, she was responsible for development policy, transport policy, including supervision and management of transport infrastructure (roads, railways, aviation, maritime transport), housing, construction and the use and investment of structural funds with EU budgets for 2004–2006 and 2007–2013, as well as for the development of a system for the implementation of EU funds from the budget for 2013–2020.

In the years 1999–2007 she worked in the Provincial Office and the Marshal’s Office of the Śląskie Voivodeship.

A graduate of the Jagiellonian University and the National School of Public Administration.

Pawel Pieniazek

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish journalist cooperating with Tygodnik Powszechny.

He reported on the events in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine. His articles were published, among others on the Gazeta.pl portal, in Gazeta Wyborcza and Krytyka Polityczna.

He is an author of several books: Nowa wojna w Syrii (Wydawnictwo Czarne 2019), Wojna, która nas zmieniła (Wydawnictwo Krytyki Politycznej 2017), and Pozdrowienia z Noworosji (Wydawnictwo Krytyki Politycznej 2015). The English translation of the latter book appeared in the United States with the introduction written by Professor Timothy Snyder.

A two-time nominee for the MediaTory award, as well as for the Award of Beata Pawlak and the “Ambassador of New Europe” award.

A Poynter Fellow in Journalism at Yale University.

Anna Wojciuk

Freedom Games 2019

Polish political scientist at the University of Warsaw, deals with the issue of the strength of states in the international arena.

Conducted scientific research, including at Harvard University, Columbia University, Cornell University, European University Institute.

Author of the books: “Imperia Knowledge. Education and science as factors of the strength of states in the international arena” [ed. International Routledge 2018] and “Power Dilemma. Practical theory of international relations”.

President of Social Contract Incubator (Inkubator Umowy Społecznej or IUS)

Antoni Dudek

Freedom Games 2019

A Professor of humanities, Head of the Department of Institutions and Political Behaviors at the Institute of Political Science of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw.

In the years 2011-16, he was a member of the Council of the Institute of National Remembrance. Since 2018, he has been the Vice-President of the Association of the Incubator of the Social Contract.

He is an author and co-author of over a dozen books on the history of Poland in the 20th century and the history of Polish political thought.

His most important works are devoted to the history of Poland under the communist rule (Państwo i Kościół w Polsce 1945-1970, Cracow 1995; PRL bez makijażu, Cracow 2008), system transformation (Reglamentowana rewolucja. Rozkład dyktatury komunistycznej w Polsce 1988-1990, Cracow 2004) and political system transformation in modern-day Poland (Historia polityczna Polski 1989-2015, Cracow 2016; Od Mazowieckiego do Suchockiej. Polskie rządy w latach 1989-1993, Cracow 2019).

Krzysztof Dudek

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish lawyer and cultural manager.

In the 1980s, he was an activist of the democratic opposition. Member of the national authorities of the Independent Students’ Association. Vice-President of the NZS University of Lodz. Participant of the Orange Alternative (Diocese of Lodz) detained several times by the SB. Councilor of the regional council of the Lodz region.

The chairman of the chapter of the Order “Zasłużony dla polszczyzny” awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland. Decorated with a silver cross of merit, the AK’s jubilee cross.

The creator of the project “Right to culture with human rights”.

Director of the National Center for Culture in the years 2007-2016. Chief Director of the Kazimierz Dejmek’s New Theatre in Lodz.

Ewa Letowska

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish law professor. A real member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), corresponding member of the PAU.

First Polish Ombudsman (1988-1992), a judge of the Supreme Administrative Court (1999-2002) and the Constitutional Tribunal (2002-2011).

She is the author of numerous books, articles, essays, columns devoted to law (constitutional, civil, human rights) and radio and television programs dedicated to classical music.

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Bartosz Weglarczyk 

Freedom Games 2019

He started his career as the foreign editor and correspondent in Moscow, Brussels and Washington.

He was head of foreign department of Gazeta Wyborcza, where he continues to work until 2011. In 2013–2016, Bartosz Węglarczyk becomes the deputy editor-in-chief in the daily “Rzeczpospolita” (Republic).

In March 2016, he becomes the programming director of Onet.pl, and since December 2018, he takes over the duties of the editor-in-chief, also being responsible for the direction and program line of the portal.

 

Piotr Siergiej

Freedom Games 2019

The Spokesman for Polish Smog Alert and an activist of Warszawa Bez Smogu (Warsaw Without Smog).

He worked as an editor of the Ecology Desk at the wyborcza.pl portal. He is also a leading editor of the ChronmyKlimat.pl portal and a spokesperson in the Polish Climate Coalition.

His articles have been published in Gazeta Wyborcza and Tygodnik Powszechny.

Lukasz Orbitowski

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish writer. He penned seven novels so far, including Inna dusza, Exodus, and Tracę ciepło.

In 2016, he received the Polityka Passport. A two-time nominee of the Nike literary award, he was also nominated for the Gdynia City award. He is the host of the Dezerterzy talk show that airs on TVP Kultura.

He is always on the road, getting lost between cities. His friends call him “The Monster”.

Photo: Zuza Krajewska

Michal Boni

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish politician and culture expert. A long-time lecturer at the Department of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw. Since 1980, he was involved in the Solidarity movement – in 1989, he became a Member of the Board of Solidarity, and, in 1990, the President of the Mazowsze Region Board.

In 1991, he assumed the position of the Minister of Labor and Social Policy. In the years 1992-93, he was the Secretary of State in this ministry, where he was responsible, among others, for the labor market.

Member of the Polish Parliament of the first term. Since 1995, he led the project on Social Policy Reform at the Stefan Batory Foundation. In the years 1996-97, he was the Director and a member of the Institute of Public Affairs. Between 1998 and 2001, a Chief Adviser to the Minister of Labor and Social Policy. Until 2007, he was a consultant at Enterprise Investors in the field of human resource management.

A key expert cooperating in shaping the National Development Plan and the National Action Plan for the years 2007-2013 in Poland.

Until 2007, he was an advisor at the Polish Confederation of Private Employers Lewiatan.

Since January 2008, Secretary of State at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. He was one of the authors of the “Solidarity of Generations 50+” program, which was aimed at helping people over 50 years old operate in the labor market.

Since 2008, he was the Head of Strategic Advisors of the Prime Minister. Under his leadership, the team carried out social evaluation projects.

On November 18, 2011, he was sworn in as Minister of Digitization and Administration.

Since April 25, 2014, he was a Member of the European Parliament. In the 2019 EP elections, he did not, however receive a mandate.

Milosz Hodun

Freedom Games 2019

Doctor of law and lawyer associated with the Faculty of Law of the University of Reykjavik.

Member of the board of the European Liberal Forum (ELF), the think tank of the ALDE party.

Advisor in International Relations for Nowoczesna. Earlier, an expert at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland.

Member of the Board of the association Projekt: Polska.

Co-founder and first chairman of the Projekt: Polska.is, the organization of young Poles in Iceland.

Editor of the publications “European Atlas of Democratic Deficit”, “The New Word”, “Liberal Agenda Against Online Hate Speech”

Ulrike Guerot

Freedom Games 2019

A Berlin-based German political thinker and Founder and Director of the European Democracy Lab (EDL).

In April 2016, Danube University Krems appointed her as Professor for European Policy and the Study of Democracy. She is the head of the Department for European Policy and the Study of Democracy.

Besides working and teaching at universities in Europe and the United States, she has worked at and directed several European research institutes and think tanks.

In 2014, her first book Why Europe Must Become a Republic hit best-selling marks in Germany and beyond. Her work has been widely published and translated throughout Europe.

​Today, she is one of the most demanded public speakers and analysts on European affairs.

Katalin Cseh

Freedom Games 2019

A Hungarian politician and doctor. In the 2019EP election, she was elected a Member of the European Parliament.

She worked, among others, in hospitals in Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro, as well as an academic teacher.

She was a member of LiFE, an organization of young  liberals.

In 2015, she was one of the founding members of the Momentum movement, which later transformed into the Momentum Movement party. She became the spokesperson for international affairs and chairwoman of the working group on health. She was a member of the party’s collegiate committee, from which she left in 2018 after the election defeat of the party.

In 2019, she became a member of “Team Europe”, a seven-member group of leaders of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European elections, in which she also obtained the mandate.

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Krzysztof Warlikowski

Freedom Games 2019

Polish theater and opera director, Director of the New Theater in Warsaw.

He studied history, philosophy, and Roman philology at the Jagiellonian University, and the history of Greek theater at the École Pratique Des Hautes Études at the Sorbonne. He obtained a director’s diploma at the Drama Directing Department of the PWST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Krakow, where he studied in the years 1989-1993.

In 1991, he assisted Krystian Lupa in the production of the play Malte albo Tryptyk marnotrawnego syna at the National Old Theater in Krakow, based on Rainer Maria Rilke’s works. In the years 1992-1993, he was an assistant of Peter Brook in preparing the play Impressions de Pélleas, according to the opera Peleas and Melisand by Claude Debussy in the Bouffes du Nord in Paris. He was also an assistant to Ingmar Bergman and Giorgio Strehler.

He directs both in Poland and abroad; so far he has created over thirty plays, including 11 plays by William Shakespeare. At the beginning of 2007, he prepared the play based on the Pulitzer-winning Angels in America by Tony Kushner.

In 2000, he made his debut as an opera director, preparing the premiere of Roxanna Panufnik’s The Music Programm at the Grand Theater in Warsaw. In the same year, he directed Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi, and in the following years, among others Ignorant i szaleniec by Paweł Mykietyn (2001), Ubu Rex by Krzysztof Penderecki (2003), and Wozzecka by Alban Berg (2006), whose libretto is based on the play by Georg Büchner.

His last opera productions include Ifigenia w Taurydzie by Gluck (2006) and Sprawa Makropulos by Janáček (2007) at the Paris Opera. In 2008, as the first Polish post-war director in the West, he produced an opera by Wagner.

He is the laureate of the International Opera Award.

Since 1999, he has been associated with the Teatr Rozmaitości in Warsaw (currently known as TR Warszawa).

In 2008, he became the artistic director of New Theatre in Warsaw.

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Marek Belka

Freedom Games 2019

Polish economist, MEP elected in May 2019. A Professor of Economics, a former Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Poland, former Director of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) European Department and current Head of National Bank of Poland.

From 2006 to 2008, he was Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe(ECE). On 27 December 2005, he was appointed by the Secretary-General as the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

He is an Honorary Member of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. In October 2013 he was elected into the Polish Economy Hall of Fame.

Tadeusz Gadacz

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish philosopher and religious scholar, a former piarist, a lecturer at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, Director of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Pedagogical University of Krakow and a lecturer of the Faculty of Humanities at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow.

He was a close associate of Father Józef Tischner.

A member of Collegium Invisibile. He is a member of the editorial board of Etyka.

In the years 1991-1995, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Pontifical Academy of Theology. In 1996-1999, he headed the Department of Philosophy of Religion at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Warsaw. Since 2002, he has been working at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. At the same time, since 1998, he has been the Head of the Department of Philosophy at Collegium Civitas. In the years 2003-2007, he was the Chairman of the Committee of Philosophical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

In 1998, he became the laureate of the professorial subsidy of the Foundation for Polish Science. In 2002, he was recognized by the President of the City of Warsaw as the best academic teacher, and, in 2004, he received the Award of the Minister of Culture, National Library and “New Books” for the best author of the year 2003 for the editorial work on the ten-volume Enyklopedia religii. In 2008, he was awarded the title of the best lecturer in the history of Collegium Civitas.

He is the author of over 130 Polish and foreign scientific publications. He is the editor of the Encyklopedia religii published by Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN.

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Bernard Guetta

Freedom Games 2019

A French journalist and columnist, specialist in the field of geopolitics. In 2019, he was elected as a Member of the European Parliament.

In the years 1978-1990, he was a member of the editorial team of Le Monde. Since 1979, he operated as a correspondent reporting on Central and Eastern Europe. He covered, among others events in Poland, including the strikes of August 1980, the First National Congress of Delegates of NSZZ “Solidarność”, and the introduction of martial law.

In 1981, he was awarded the prestigious Prix Albert-Londres prize in journalism.

Since 1983, he worked as a correspondent in Washington, and, since 1988, in Moscow.

After leaving Le Monde, he managed the editorial team of the L’Expansion magazine (1991-1993) and the Le Nouvel Observateur weekly (1996-1999). For 27 years, until 2018, he was also a commentator for the public radio station France Inter.

In the 2019 EP election, he was elected an MEP, running from the LaREM ballot.

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Ricardo Silvestre

Freedom Games 2019

International Officer for the Liberal Social Movement, a think tank in Portugal.

A finalist in a masters course in Diplomacy and International Relations, with an interest in protecting democracy in the digital era, social liberalism as an alternative for neoliberalism, and European and North American affairs.

He leads the Liberal Europe Podcast – a European Liberal Forum project, which aims to spread liberal values and ideas in Europe and the rest of the world. You can find the podcast here.

A Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology, a Professor at a private Lisbon university and a Senior Officer in the Portuguese government, working in a Human Performance Lab.

Piotr Augustyniak

Freedom Games 2019

A professor of philosophy, translator, essayist, author of books, articles, and theater performances.

He is a Professor at the University of Economics in Krakow. In the years 2011-2012, he was a scholarship holder of the Austrian Republic at the University of Vienna. He published, among others Wyspianski. Burzenie polskiego kosciola and Homo polacus. Eseje o polskiej duszy.

A member of the editorial staff of Przegląd Polityczny and the editorial team of Liberte!. He has also published articles in Gazeta Wyborcza, Znak, Respublika and Tygodnik Powszechny.

At the Juliusz Slowacki Theatre in Krakow, together with Bartosz Szydlowski, he conducts a series of theatrical and philosophical meetings called “The Art of Thinking”.

Krystian Lupa

Freedom Games 2019

One of the most outstanding Polish theater directors; scenographer, graphic designer, playwright, translator and professor of theatrical art. He studied graphic arts at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts, directing at the Lodz State Film and Television School and directing drama at the State Higher School of Theater in Kraków.

He directed such outstanding performances as “Nadobnisie i koczkodany” (1978), “Maciej Korbowa i Bellatrix” (1986) in Jelenia Góra and “Miasto snu” (1985), “Marzyciele” (1988), “Brothers Karamazow” (1990), “Malte” (1991), “Kalkwerk” (1992). In TR Warszawa, the director worked on the premiere of “Stosunki Klary” (2003) and “Miasto snu” (2012).

Krystian Lupa is the laureate of the most important Polish theater awards, including the Konrad Swinarski – awarded by the editors of the monthly “Teatr” – (1988) for directing the play “Marzyciele” by Robert Musil at the Stary Teatr im. Helena Modrzejewska in Krakow, Awards Leon Schiller (1992) and numerous awards at national and international festivals, among others Grand Prix for “Lunatycy” for the best foreign performance in France in the season 1998/99.

In 2000, he was awarded the Austrian First Class Cross of Honor of Science and Art for cultural activities, in the same year he also received the PO Thematic Section of the Theater PO ITI Award – Polish Center of the International Theater Institute for popularizing Polish theater in the world. In 2005 he was awarded the Gold Medal “Zasłużony Kulturze Gloria Artis” by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. In 2009 he received the prestigious European Theater Award. He was nominated twice for the Nike Literary Award: in 2002 for the “Labirynt” and in 2004 for “Podglądanie”.

In 2014, he received the prestigious Austrian award Nestroy Preis in the best director category – for the spectacle “Holzfaellen” at the Schauspielhaus Graz. In 2016, he received the Lithuanian Golden Cross Scene Award for exhibiting Thomas Bernhard’s “Heldenplatz” at the Lithuanian National Dramatic Theater in Vilnius. In 2017 he received the awards of the French Association of Theater, Music and Dance Critics for the best foreign performance and the best book about the theater.

Photo: Piotr Skiba

Tom G. Palmer

Freedom Games 2019

The George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty and executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Network, and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at Cato Institute and director of Cato University. Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights.

He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London.

He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), Peace, Love & Liberty (2014) and Self-Control or State Control? You Decide (2106).

Jürgen Martens

Freedom Games 2019

Member of the German Bundestag and the President of the European Liberal Forum (ELF), the political foundation of the ALDE Party.

After having been Vice-President for four years, he was elected President of the European Liberal Forum in 2016.

He is a former Minister of State for Justice and European Affairs of Saxony. He has also served as a member of the European Committee of Regions and was the Vice-President for the Committee of European Affairs of the German Bundesrat.

Daniel Kaddik

Freedom Games 2019

Executive Director of the European Liberal Forum (ELF), the political foundation of the European Liberal Party, the ALDE Party. Together with 40member organisations, it works all over Europe to bring new ideas into the political debate, to provide a platform for discussion, and to empower citizens to make their voices heard.

From 2012-2019, he has been the Director of the Southeast Europe office of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, a non-profit organization that promotes liberal values, the rule of law, and economic freedom. Providing policy consultations and educational programs, the Foundation is active in more than 60 countries.

Having worked previously for the Foundation in Germany, India, and Russia, he is actively involved in promoting entrepreneurship and personal and political responsibility. His primary interest lay in the field of liberal policy solutions, economics and social sciences as well as entrepreneurship and citizen participation in governance.

He received degrees in Governmental Studies from the University of Erfurt, European Studies from the University of Hamburg, and International Studies from the University of Birmingham.

Gabriela Morawska-Stanecka

Freedom Games 2019

An attorney at law, social activist, feminist, member of the Team for Women at the Polish Bar Council, vice-president of the Robert Biedroń’s Spring party for legal and legislative matters.

A graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at Jagiellonian University. She has been involved in legal activities for 26 years – currently, as the owner of the Law Office of Medical Law. For years, she has been specializing in legal issues related to company law, real estate law, and medical law.

She has many years of experience in providing legal services to State Treasury companies. In the years 1994-2006, she participated in the restructuring processes of heavy industry, including hard coal mining. In 2009-10, she was a member of the Supervisory Board of Południowy Koncern Energetyczny SA of the 4th term.

She cooperates with various non-governmental organizations, helping them pro bono in solving legal problems and providing legal assistance.

She has also been an active participant of the Constitutional Week, organized by the Professor Zbigniew Hołda Association, as well as of the Silesian light chain, and an organizer of the Black Friday in Katowice on March 23, 2018.

Masha Gessen

Freedom Games 2019

Russian-American journalist, author, translator, and activist.

The author of the National Book Award-winning The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia as well as The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, and several other books. She has also written extensively on LGBT rights.

A staff writer at The New Yorker and the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Carnegie Fellowship.

She teaches at Amherst College, and lives in New York City.

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Hanna Zdanowska

Freedom Games 2019, Igrzyska Wolności 2018

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.

Sylwia Chutnik

Freedom Games 2019

Born in 1979 in Warsaw. Phd. A graduate of Cultural Studies and Gender Studies at the Warsaw University. A writer, publicist, social activist and promoter of reading.

A member of the Union of Polish Writers and the Union of Writers Association. Curator of festivals and literary initiatives (Apostrophe -International Literary Festival, OFF Literary Café, discussions and meetings with authors).

She was a lecturer at the Institute of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw and at the Writing Machine – the school of Writing. Columnist of ,, Polityka “,” Pani “,” Wysokie Obcasy “,” Gazeta Stołeczna “and many web sites. She co-hosted the literary programs “Cappuccino with a book” and “Forget- recovered” in TVP Kultura.

She is currently co-organizing the “Barłóg literacki” on You Tube channel. Her texts appeared in collective books and in many catalogs for exhibitions of contemporary art and theater programs (including the Grand Theater – National Opera, Gallery Bunkier Sztuki, Nobel Museum in Stockholm).

She publishes guest appearances in the Polish and foreign press. Her scientific texts have been included in more than 20 studies and collective books. Scholarship holder Homines Urbani 2008, Institute Books from Lithuania 2009, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage 2010, City of Warsaw 2010, Goethe Institute 2010.

Winner of literary and social awards.

Sofia Nerbrand

Freedom Games 2019

Swedish opinion maker and journalist.

She began her career as a screenwriter at Dagens Nyheter, VLT and VK in 1998. In 2002-2005 she was the editor and secretary of the editorial office of the “Axess” magazine.

Then she founded the liberal social magazine “Neo”, in which she was the editor-in-chief and general director.

She was also an independent columnist in “Svenska Dagbladet” for seven years, and for a time a columnist in “Allehand Ystad.”

Currently she is the chairman of the liberal think tank Bertil Ohlin Institute and a member of the liberal and green think tank Fores Board.

Nils Erik Forsgård

Freedom Games 2019

Finnish-Swedish historian of ideas and author.

He is an associate professor of the history of ideas at the University of Helsinki since 2004 and a visiting professor in the field of culture at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Forsgård is a member of the European Parliament of Culture. He sat in the editorial office of the New Argus magazine in the years 1998-2011. Since 2008, he is the leader of the Finnish-Swedish think tank Magma.

Justyna Kopinska

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish reporter, sociologist. She deals with criminal matters related to criminal law, courts, and penal system.

A laureate of the Amnesty International’s Pen of Hope. She won the PAP’s Kapuściński Award, Grand Press award, Teresa Torańska Newsweek Award, and a honorable mention in the Andrzej Woyciechowski’s Radio ZET Award.

The author of several books, including Czy Bóg wybaczy siostrze Bernadetcie? (Will God Forgive Sister Bernadette?), Polska odwraca oczy, Z nienawiści do kobiet (Poland Averts Its Gaze, Out Of Hatred for Women).

She was the first journalist from Poland who received the so-called “European Pulitzer”, the European Press Prize in the “Distinguished Writing Award” category.

As a result of her reportages, criminals were sent to prisons, much needed changes in security measures employed in closed institutions for children were introduced..

Adam Bodnar

Freedom Games 2019

Polish lawyer, social activist, Human Rights Defender.

In 2004–20015 he was working with the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights – first, as a co-founder, hen as the coordinator of Litigation Program, finally as the head of the legal department and President of the board. Expert in the Agency for Fundamental Rights of the European Union. In 2013-2014 Bodnar was a member of the board of directors of the United Nations Fund for Victims of Torture.

In 2001-2004 he worked as a lawyer in Weil, Gotshal & Mangers law firm. Since 2006 he has been giving lectures at the law and administration department of the University of Warsaw. Until the time of assuming the post of Ombudsman, Adam Bodnar, PhD cooperated with various non-governmental organizations, including Panaptykon Fund (chairman of the Foundation Council), ClientEarth Polska (member of the Programme Council), Prof. Zbigniew Hołda Association (co-founder and the member of the Management Board). He was also a member of the Civic Legislation Forum operating at Batory Foundation and of the editorial team of kulturaliberalna.pl. In 2011 he was awarded with the Tolerance Prize by the Polish LGBT organizations.

In 2013 he received a scholarship within the scope of German Marshall Memorial Fellowship programme. He became the Human Rights Defender in September 2015.

Wojciech Sadurski

Freedom Games 2019

Challis Professor in Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney Law School and Professor at the University of Warsaw, Centre for Europe.

His interests include jurisprudence, legal theory, philosophy of law, political philosophy, constitutional theory, and comparative constitutionalism.

His most recent books include Poland’s Constitutional Breakdown (OUP 2019), Constitutionalism and the Enlargement of Europe (OUP 2012), Equality and Legitimacy (OUP 2008), and Rights before Courts (Springer 2005 and 2014).

He has previously taught at Yale Law School, the New York University School of Law, Cardozo Law School, Fordham Law School, Cornell Law School, National University of Singapore and the University of Trento.

Chairman of the Academic Advisory Board of the Community of Democracies, he is member of a number of boards of think tanks and NGOs, including the Institute of Public Affairs and Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights.

Joanna Bator

Freedom Games 2019

Polish writer and essayist. Academically, a philosopher and Cultural Studies specialist.

She devoted herself to literature after having previously worked at the universities in London, New York and Tokio. She was a freelance contributor to Gazeta Wyborcza daily. She is the author of several novels: Piaskowa Góra (2009), Chmurdalia (2011), Ciemno, prawie noc (2013), Rok Królika (2016), and Purezento (2017), as well as numerous essays and reports. Her works have been translated into German, French, Hibrew, Ukrainian, Macedonian, Slovene, Czech, and Hungarian.

She was awarded numerous prizes for her work, eg. Nike Literary Prize or Swiss Spycher Literaturepreis. In 2014, she was a Visiting Professor in the field of world literature at the University in Brno. In the years 2015-2016, she lived in Berlin as an  Artist-in-Residence of the German DAAD foundation.

Her bestselling novel Ciemno, prawie noc was made into a film directed by Borys Lankosz, in which the author debuted as an actress.

Paweł Potoroczyn

Freedom Games 2019

Polish culture manager, journalist, publicist, entrepreneur and diplomat.

From 2008 to 2016, director of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. In 2017, he became the general director of the SWPS of the Humanities and Social Sciences University, he held this position until 2018.

He published in Polish and foreign magazines. In 2014, he was nominated for the Nike Literary Award and the Gdynia Literary Award for his debut novel Człowiekka rzecz (Publisher W.A.B., Warsaw 2013).

Marek Safjan

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish lawyer, judge, specialist in the field of civil law, professor of law, academic teacher at the University of Warsaw. In the years 1998-2006, president of the Constitutional Tribunal. Since 2009, he has been the judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Since 2000, he has been the Great Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. In 2010, he was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. In 2004, he received the Prize of Father Idzi Radziszewski’s Scientific Society of the Catholic University of Lublin.

In 2006, he was awarded the Kisiel Prize and in 2007, the Pro Merito Medal in Strasbourg for his activities as the President of the Constitutional Tribunal and his involvement in the work to further European research and develop academic institutions.

Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bak

Freedom Games 2019

Social activist, politician and educational researcher.

Co-worker of the Center for Social Thought Ferdynand Lassalle in Wrocław, a member of the international movement for the democratization of Europe DiEM25. One of the organizers of the Black Protest against the anti-abortion law in 2016, for her involvement – along with Barbara Nowacka – by the American magazine “Foreign Policy” on the list of the 100 most important intellectuals in the world. For over 3 years, until February 2019, she was a member of the Board of the National Party Together. Currently not a party.

In 2018 she defended her doctoral thesis at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Wroclaw Reproduction – resistance – empowerment. Radical criticism of education in contemporary Western social thought.

Marcin Meller

Freedom Games 2019

A historian by education, a graduate of the Historical Institute at the University of Warsaw.

In the years 1991-2003, he was a reporter for the Polityka weekly, often working as a war correspondent. In 2003-2012, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Polish edition of Playboy. Since 2000, he has been associated with the TVN station. Currently, he runs the “Drugie śniadanie mistrzów” (Second Breakfast of Champions) on TVN24 and “Dzień Dobry TVN” together with Magda Mołek.

In the years 2011-12, he was a columnist of the Wprost weekly. Since 2012, he has been a columnist of the Newsweek weekly.

Marek Migalski

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Polish political scientist, doctor of humanities, academic teacher, political journalist and politician, member of the European Parliament in the 7th term.

He works at the Institute of Political Sciences and Journalism at the University of Silesia in Katowice as an adjunct in the Department of Political Systems in Poland and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. He is also a lecturer at the Institute of European Studies of the Humanitas High School in Sosnowiec. In his scientific and didactic work he deals with issues of contemporary political and party systems.

He published articles on the Polish political scene in the press, including in Dziennik, Gazeta Wyborcza, Rzeczpospolita and Wprost.

Author of the books entitled: “Naród Urojony” (2017, Biblioteka Liberté!), “Budowanie narodu. Przypadek Polski w latach 2015-2017” (2018, Biblioteka Liberté!) and “Mgła, emocje, paradoksy. Szkice o (polskiej) polityce” (2019, Biblioteka Liberté!)

Jaroslaw Gugala

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish journalist, TV news anchor at Polsat TV and Polsat News.

A diplomat, who served as Ambassador to Uruguay between 1999 and 2003.

Since October 2007, is one of the main presenters of release events on weekdays. Director of Channel One of the Polish TV and of the Television Information Agency in the 1990s. Since 2003 journalist of the private TV POLSAT. Anchorman on TV POLSAT’s main news programme Wydarzenia, commentator and publicist on POLSAT NEWS.

A former head of News and the Publicist News and Information Division. Co-operates with numerous press titles and radio stations.

A tutor of journalism at the Warsaw University and the Melchior Wańkowicz College of Journalism in Warsaw; recently joined the teaching staff of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw.

A graduate of the Iberian Studies Department at the Warsaw University (M.A. studies) and of Economics at the Collegium of Socio-Economics of the Warsaw School of Economics (Ph.D. studies).

Adam Szłapka

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish politician, member of the Sejm of the 8th term.  The Secretary General of the Nowoczesna party.

A former director of the Project: Poland Foundation and an expert at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland during the presidency of Bronisław Komorowski.

A member of the Special Services Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee.

Csaba Toth

Freedom Games 2019

Political strategist, director of the Hungarian liberal think tank Republikon Institute and member of the board of the European Liberal Forum.

Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish lawyer, she specializes in litigation, civil and criminal law. Co-creator of the civic initiative “Free Courts” and a Member of the Board of the Zbigniew Holda Association.

Since April 2016, she has been the coordinator for NGO relations of Direct Bar Association in Warsaw.

For many years, she has been working with non-governmental organizations and initiatives that attempt to implement systemic changes and organize financial support for them. She also works pro bono in supporting the development of civil society in Poland. In 2016, she was awarded the title of Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.

As part of her duties at the Committee for the Defence of Justice (KOS), she represents the judges of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Administrative Court (NSA) who are over 65 years of age in proceedings aimed at blocking their removal from the active status under the Supreme Court Act of 2017.

She also appears before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in proceedings brought about by the questions asked by the Supreme Court regarding the independence of the judiciary in Poland.

Błażej Lenkowski

Freedom Games 2019

Polish political scientist, journalist, entrepreneur. The founder and President of the Board of Fundacja Liberté!, the publisher of the Liberte! magazine.

Leszek Jażdżewski

Freedom Games 2019

Polish columnist and commentator, Editor-in-Chief of “Liberté!”. Expert on international relations, co-founder of a community centre 6. Dzielnica in Lodz, Poland. Columnist of such publications as Gazeta Wyborcza, Rzeczpospolita, Polityka, Wprost; commentator for TOK FM radio station and TVP television channel. Marshall Memorial Fellow. He was chosen as a leader in a project carried out by Teraz Polska magazine nominating 25 leaders for the next 25 years. He is the co-author of two books Liberal reflections on life chances and social mobility in Europe and Democracy in Europe Of the People, by the People, for the People?.

Sławomir Sierakowski

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish sociologist and political commentator. He is the founder and leader of Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), an Eastern European movement of liberal intellectuals, artists and activists. He is also the director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw and the president of the Stanislaw Brzozowski Association, overseeing its publishing house and online opinion site as well as the cultural centers in Warsaw, Gdansk, Cieszyn and Kiev.

He holds a degree from the University of Warsaw. hHe has been awarded fellowships from Yale, Princeton, Harvard and twice from the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. Richard von Waizsäcker Fellow at Robet Bosch Academy in Berlin.

He is a contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times, a columnist for Project Syndicate, and regularly publishes articles in the Financial Times and Die Zeit.

Magdalena M. Baran

Freedom Games 2018, Freedom Games 2019, Freedom Games 2019, Igrzyska Wolności 2019

A Polish philosopher, historian of ideas, and columnist.

She obtained a PhD in philosophy from the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Her research interests include: philosophy of war, applied ethics, political and social philosophy, history of ideas.

She participated in the Summer School in Philosophy and Politics program organized by IWM (2003, 2006), and Visegad Summer School (2004).

She was a scholar at the University of Vienna and Politische Akademie der ÖVP (2005), a visiting professor at the University of Siegen (2014), Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (2015), and University of Murcia (2016).

She is a member of the editorial board of Liberté! quarterly.

She is the author of several books: Znaczenie wojny. Pytając o wojnę sprawiedliwą (Liberté! 2018) and Oblicza wojny (Arbitror 2018). Currently, she works on her new book: The Tools of War (2019, forthcoming).

Speakers

Tomasz Mazur

Freedom Games 2019

Author of the books „Zbawienie przez filozofię. Interpretacja twórczości Henryka Elzenberga” (2004), „Kapryśni Bogowie Sokratesa. Człowiek i rzeczywistość wartości w tradycji filozofii zachodniej” (2008), „Fiasko: Podręcznik nieudanej egzystencji” (2012), „O stawaniu się stoikiem” (2014)...

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Andrzej Olechowski

Freedom Games 2019

Member of the Board of the Stefan Batory Foundation, chairman of the Polish Group in the Trilateral Commission, Trustee European Council on Foreign Relations. Economic Advisor to President Lech Wałęsa (1992-93 and 1995); senior adviser to EBRD (1992-93)...

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Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus

Freedom Games 2019

A graduate of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the School for Leaders of Civil Society. Culture manager...

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Renata Mienkowska-Norkiene

Freedom Games 2019

Author of over 60 scientific publications (mainly on the subject of European integration), participant and leader of many research projects and related to the activities of non-governmental organizations, local governments and youth, financed from the European Union...

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Marcin Gerwin

Freedom Games 2019

Coordinator of citizen panels. Co-founder of the Sopocka Inicjatywa Rozwojowa, which led to the organization of the first civic budget in Poland at the city level...

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Michal Wawrykiewicz

Freedom Games 2019

In 2017, he co-founded the initiative #WolneSądy, which constantly deals with activities for the independence of the judiciary, prepares films, infographics and live coverage (a total of over 450 materials), organizes protests, demonstrations, debates and conferences...

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Eliza Michalik

Freedom Games 2019

For 12 years, she ran three proprietary programs on the air of the Television Superstacja. She has been commenting on social and political issues, especially in the defense of women's rights and freedom of speech...

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Dominika Hajdu

Freedom Games 2019

While in GLOBSEC, she has been focusing on the issues of disinformation, information manipulation and strategic communication since early 2017. Within the past two years, she led several projects dedicated to research, awareness-raising, as well as capacity-building in the area of countering disinformation, and co-authored several reports on the topic...

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Daniel Milo

Freedom Games 2019

Studied law at the Comenius University in Bratislava and holds a Doctor of Law degree in criminal law. His main field of expertise is extremism, cyberhate, international extremist networks and use of propaganda by foreign actors...

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Magdalena Galkiewicz

Freedom Games 2019

Board member of the Łódź Dziewuchy Dziewuchom, co-organizer of the protest against the anti-abortion law in 2016 in Łódź. Chairwoman of the Łódź Circle and Regional Coordinator of the province Lodz of the Polish Green Party, candidate from the KE to the European Parliament 2019...

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Przemyslaw Staciwa

Freedom Games 2019

He works with Liberté! and Krytyka "Polityczna". Laureate of the Kryształowy Ekran of the Polish Chamber of Electronic Communication...

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Marta Florkiewcz-Borkowska

Freedom Games 2019

The teacher of German at Primary School Karola Miarki in Pielgrzymowice, educational trainer, educator in the field of modern solutions in education and personal development, trainer and expert in many nationwide programs related to digital and media education.

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Barbara Nowacka

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish politician and feminist activist. 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...

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Elzbieta Bienkowska

Freedom Games 2019

European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in the European Commission, President Jean-Claude Juncker. In 2007–2013, the Minister of Regional Development of the Republic of Poland and from 2013 to 2014 also the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Infrastructure and Development...

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Pawel Pieniazek

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish journalist cooperating with Tygodnik Powszechny. He reported on the events in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine. His articles were published, among others on the Gazeta.pl portal, in Gazeta Wyborcza and Krytyka Polityczna.

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Anna Wojciuk

Freedom Games 2019

Political scientist at the University of Warsaw, deals with the issue of the strength of states in the international arena. Conducted scientific research, including at Harvard University, Columbia University, Cornell University, European University Institute...

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Antoni Dudek

Freedom Games 2019

A Professor of humanities, Head of the Department of Institutions and Political Behaviors at the Institute of Political Science of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. In the years 2011-16, he was a member of the Council of the Institute of National Remembrance...

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Krzysztof Dudek

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish lawyer and cultural manager. Director of the National Center for Culture in the years 2007-2016. Former Chief Director of the Kazimierz Dejmek's New Theatre in Lodz...

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Ewa Letowska

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish law professor. A real member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), corresponding member of the PAU. First Polish Ombudsman (1988-1992), a judge of the Supreme Administrative Court (1999-2002) and the Constitutional Tribunal (2002-2011)...

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Bartosz Weglarczyk 

Freedom Games 2019

He started his career as the foreign editor and correspondent in Moscow, Brussels and Washington. He was head of foreign department of Gazeta Wyborcza, where he continues to work until 2011. In 2013–2016, Bartosz Węglarczyk becomes the deputy editor-in-chief in the daily "Rzeczpospolita" (Republic)...

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Piotr Siergiej

Freedom Games 2019

The Spokesman for Polish Smog Alert and an activist of Warszawa Bez Smogu (Warsaw Without Smog). He worked as an editor of the Ecology Desk at the wyborcza.pl portal...

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Lukasz Orbitowski

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish writer. He penned seven novels so far, including Inna dusza, Exodus, and Tracę ciepło. In 2016, he received the Polityka Passport. A two-time nominee of the Nike literary award, he was also nominated for the Gdynia City award...

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Michal Boni

Freedom Games 2019

Member of the Polish Parliament of the first term. Since 1995, he led the project on Social Policy Reform at the Stefan Batory Foundation. In the years 1996-97, he was the Director and a member of the Institute of Public Affairs. Between 1998 and 2001, a Chief Adviser to the Minister of Labor and Social Policy...

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Milosz Hodun

Freedom Games 2019

Doctor of law and lawyer associated with the Faculty of Law of the University of Reykjavik. Member of the board of the European Liberal Forum (ELF), the think tank of the ALDE party. Advisor in International Relations for Nowoczesna. Earlier, an expert at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland...

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Ulrike Guerot

Freedom Games 2019

A Berlin-based German political thinker and Founder and Director of the European Democracy Lab (EDL). In April 2016, Danube University Krems appointed her as Professor for European Policy and the Study of Democracy. She is the head of the Department for European Policy and the Study of Democracy...

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Katalin Cseh

Freedom Games 2019

A Hungarian politician and doctor, an ALDE MEP. In 2019, she became a member of "Team Europe", a seven-member group of leaders of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European elections...

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Krzysztof Warlikowski

Freedom Games 2019

Polish theater and opera director, Director of the New Theater in Warsaw. He studied history, philosophy, and Roman philology at the Jagiellonian University, and the history of Greek theater at the École Pratique Des Hautes Études at the Sorbonne...

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Marek Belka

Freedom Games 2019

Polish economist, MEP elected in May 2019. A Professor of Economics, a former Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Poland, former Director of the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) European Department and current Head of National Bank of Poland...

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Tadeusz Gadacz

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish philosopher and religious scholar, a former piarist, a lecturer at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, Director of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Pedagogical University of Krakow and a lecturer of the Faculty of Humanities at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow...

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Bernard Guetta

Freedom Games 2019

A French journalist and columnist, specialist in the field of geopolitics. In 2019, he was elected as a Member of the European Parliament. In the years 1978-1990, he was a member of the editorial team of Le Monde. Since 1979, he operated as a correspondent reporting on Central and Eastern Europe...

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Ricardo Silvestre

Freedom Games 2019

International Officer for the Liberal Social Movement, a think tank in Portugal. A finalist in a masters course in Diplomacy and International Relations, with an interest in protecting democracy in the digital era, social liberalism as an alternative for neoliberalism...

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Piotr Augustyniak

Freedom Games 2019

A professor of philosophy, translator, essayist, author of books, articles, and theater performances. He is a Professor at the University of Economics in Krakow. In the years 2011-2012, he was a scholarship holder of the Austrian Republic at the University of Vienna...

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Krystian Lupa

Freedom Games 2019

One of the most outstanding Polish theater directors; scenographer, graphic designer, playwright, translator and professor of theatrical art. He studied graphic arts at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts, directing at the Lodz State Film and Television School and directing drama at the State Higher School of Theater in Kraków.

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Tom G. Palmer

Freedom Games 2019

The George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty and executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Network, and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at Cato Institute and director of Cato University...

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Jürgen Martens

Freedom Games 2019

Member of the German Bundestag and the President of the European Liberal Forum (ELF), the political foundation of the ALDE Party. After having been Vice-President for four years, he was elected President of the European Liberal Forum in 2016...

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Daniel Kaddik

Freedom Games 2019

Executive Director of the European Liberal Forum (ELF), the political foundation of the European Liberal Party, the ALDE Party. Together with 40member organisations, it works all over Europe to bring new ideas into the political debate, to provide a platform for discussion, and to empower citizens...

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Gabriela Morawska-Stanecka

Freedom Games 2019

An attorney at law, social activist, feminist, member of the Team for Women at the Polish Bar Council, vice-president of the Robert Biedroń's Spring party for legal and legislative matters...

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Masha Gessen

Freedom Games 2019

Russian-American journalist, author, translator, and activist. The author of the National Book Award-winning The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia...

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Hanna Zdanowska

Freedom Games 2019, Igrzyska Wolności 2018

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...

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Sylwia Chutnik

Freedom Games 2019

Born in 1979 in Warsaw. Phd. A graduate of Cultural Studies and Gender Studies at the Warsaw University. A writer, publicist, social activist and promoter of reading. A member of the Union of Polish Writers and the Union of Writers Association. Winner of literary and social awards...

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Sofia Nerbrand

Freedom Games 2019

Swedish opinion maker and journalist. Currently she is the chairman of the liberal think tank Bertil Ohlin Institute and a member of the liberal and green think tank Fores Board...

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Nils Erik Forsgård

Freedom Games 2019

Finnish-Swedish historian of ideas and author. He is an associate professor of the history of ideas at the University of Helsinki since 2004 and a visiting professor in the field of culture at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Forsgård is a member of the European Parliament of Culture...

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Justyna Kopinska

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish reporter, sociologist. She deals with criminal matters related to criminal law, courts, and penal system. A laureate of the Amnesty International's Pen of Hope. She won the PAP's Kapuściński Award,..

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Adam Bodnar

Freedom Games 2019

Polish lawyer, social activist, Human Rights Defender. In 2004–20015 he was working with the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights – first, as a co-founder, hen as the coordinator of Litigation Program, finally as the head of the legal department and President of the board...

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Wojciech Sadurski

Freedom Games 2019

Challis Professor in Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney Law School and Professor at the University of Warsaw, Centre for Europe. His interests include jurisprudence, legal theory, philosophy of law, political philosophy, constitutional theory, and comparative constitutionalism...

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Joanna Bator

Freedom Games 2019

Polish writer. Academically, a philosopher and Cultural Studies specialist. She devoted herself to literature after having previously worked at the universities in London, New York and Tokio. She was a freelance contributor to Gazeta Wyborcza daily...

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Paweł Potoroczyn

Freedom Games 2019

Polish culture manager, journalist, publicist, entrepreneur and diplomat. From 2008 to 2016 director of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. In 2017 he became the general director of the SWPS of the Humanities and Social Sciences University, he held this position until 2018...

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Marek Safjan

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish lawyer, judge, specialist in the field of civil law, professor of law, academic teacher at the University of Warsaw. In the years 1998-2006, president of the Constitutional Tribunal. Since 2009, he has been the judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union...

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Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bak

Freedom Games 2019

Social activist, politician and educational researcher. Co-worker of the Center for Social Thought Ferdynand Lassalle in Wrocław, a member of the international movement for the democratization of Europe DiEM25...

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Marcin Meller

Freedom Games 2019

A historian by education, a graduate of the Historical Institute at the University of Warsaw. In the years 1991-2003, he was a reporter for the Polityka weekly, often working as a war correspondent...

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Marek Migalski

Freedom Games 2018, Freedom Games 2019

Polish political scientist, doctor of humanities, academic teacher, political journalist and politician, member of the European Parliament in the 7th term. He works at the Institute of Political Sciences and Journalism at the University of Silesia in Katowice...

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Jaroslaw Gugala

Freedom Games 2019

Polish journalist, TV news anchor at Polsat TV and Polsat News. A diplomat, who served as Ambassador to Uruguay between 1999 and 2003. Since October 2007, is one of the main presenters of release events on weekdays...

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Adam Szłapka

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish Politician, a member of the Sejm of the 8th term. The former director of the Project: Poland Foundation and an expert at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland during the presidency of Bronisław Komorowski...

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Csaba Toth

Freedom Games 2019

Political strategist, director of the Hungarian liberal think tank Republikon Institute and member of the board of the European Liberal Forum...

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Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish lawyer, she specializes in litigation, civil and criminal law. Co-creator of the civic initiative "Free Courts" and a Member of the Board of the Zbigniew Holda Association. Since April 2016, she has been the coordinator for NGO relations of Direct Bar Association in Warsaw...

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Błażej Lenkowski

Freedom Games 2019

Polish political scientist, journalist, entrepreneur. The founder and President of the Board of Fundacja Liberté!, the publisher of the Liberte! magazine...

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Leszek Jażdżewski

Freedom Games 2019

Polish columnist and commentator, Editor-in-Chief of “Liberté!”. Expert on international relations, co-founder of a community centre 6. Dzielnica in Lodz, Poland. Columnist of such publications as Gazeta Wyborcza, Rzeczpospolita, Polityka, Wprost; commentator for TOK FM radio station and TVP television channel. Marshall Memorial Fellow. He was chosen as a leader in a project carried out by Teraz Polska magazine nominating 25 leaders for the next 25 years. He is the co-author of two books Liberal reflections on life chances and social mobility in Europe and Democracy in Europe Of the People, by the People, for the People?.

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Sławomir Sierakowski

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish sociologist and political commentator. He is the founder and leader of Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), an Eastern European movement of liberal intellectuals, artists and activists. He is also the director of the Institute...

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Magdalena M. Baran

Freedom Games 2018, Freedom Games 2019, Freedom Games 2019, Igrzyska Wolności 2019

A Polish philosopher, historian of ideas, and columnist. She obtained a PhD in philosophy from the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Her research interests include: philosophy of war, applied ethics...

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