Olga Tokarczuk

Freedom Games 2019

A Polish writer, essayist, scriptwriter, poet, and psychologist. The winner of The Man Booker International Prize 2018 for the Bieguni (Flights) novel and a two-time winner of the Nike Literary Prize for her novels: Bieguni (2008) and Księgi Jakubowe (2015).

She graduated in psychology at the University of Warsaw. The author of the novel “The Journey of the Book-People” (1993), “E.E.” (1995), “Primeval and Other Times” (1996), “House of Day, House of Night” (1998), “The Last Stories” (2004), “Anna in the Tombs of the World” (2006), Pole (2007) , “Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead” (2009), “Jacob’s Scriptures” (2014).

Winner of many awards, including Awards of the Foundation Kościelski (1997) and Passport of “Polityka” (1997), Silesian Cultural Award (2003), Award of Partner Cities of Toruń and Göttingen to them. Samuel Bogumił Lindego (2008) and the Uznamska Literary Award (2012). She was nominated four times for the Nike literary award, which she received in 2008 for the “Flights” novel. For “House of Day, House of Night” she received the prestigious “Brücke Berlin” -Preis prize (2002) and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2004).

Her books have been translated into many languages, including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Russian, Czech, Ukrainian, Turkish, as well as Chinese, Japanese and Hindi. Some of the songs have been staged by theaters (including “Prawiek and other times”, twice: directed by S. Majewski and P. Tomaszuk, and “EE”, a play by the Television Theater directed by Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz) and film adaptations (“Żurek”, directed by R. Brylski, “Aria Diva”, directed by A. Smoczyńska). In 2015, based on the writer’s script based on the book “Lead your plow over the bones of the dead”, a film directed by Agnieszka Holland will be created.

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).

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.

Photo: Tanya Sazansky

Ivan Krastev

Freedom Games 2019

Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna.

He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Crisis Group and is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.

In 2018-2019, he was appointed as the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress.

His latest books in English are After Europe (UPenn Press, May 2017) Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest (UPenn Press, May 2014); In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don’t Trust Our Leaders? (TED Books, 2013).

He is a co-author with Stephen Holmes of a forthcoming book The Light that Failed (with Penguin) on perils of the politics of imitation.

Sofia Nerbrand

Freedom Games 2019

Sofia Nerbrand – a 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

Nils Erik Forsgård – 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.

Mattias Goldmann

Freedom Games 2019

Mattias Goldmann is the CEO of the green and liberal think tank Fores, with the 2030-secretariat for a fossil independent transport sector. Mattias was named Sweden’s Most influential in sustainability issues, 2016, and runner-up Opinion Maker of the Year, 2017, when he was also knighted by the French government for his work against climate change. He was previously named “future politician of the year”, which shows that the future is hard to predict – he left party politics shortly after that. Mattias was born in Geneva, has lived in Chile and Kenya but currently resides in Stockholm.

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.

Justyna Kopińska

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..

Wojciech Sadurski

Freedom Games 2019

Wojciech Sadurski is 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

A 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

Paweł Potoroczyn – 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-Bąk

Freedom Games 2019

Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk – 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.

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).

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.

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).

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Olga Tokarczuk

Freedom Games 2019

Polish writer, essayist, scriptwriter, poet, and psychologist. The winner of The Man Booker International Prize 2018 for the Bieguni (Flights) novel and a two-time winner of the Nike Literary Prize for her novels: Bieguni (2008) and Księgi Jakubowe (2015)...

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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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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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Ivan Krastev

Freedom Games 2019

Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations...

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Sofia Nerbrand

Freedom Games 2019

Sofia Nerbrand - a 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

ils Erik Forsgård - 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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Mattias Goldmann

Freedom Games 2019

Mattias Goldmann is the CEO of the green and liberal think tank Fores, with the 2030-secretariat for a fossil independent transport sector. Mattias was named Sweden's Most influential in sustainability issues, 2016, and runner-up Opinion Maker of the Year, 2017, when he was also knighted by the French government for his work against climate change...

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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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Justyna Kopińska

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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Wojciech Sadurski

Freedom Games 2019

Wojciech Sadurski is 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

Paweł Potoroczyn - 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-Bąk

Freedom Games 2019

Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk - 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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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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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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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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