Employment

Feb 2017 until now
Freelance Brussels Correspondent
Gazeta Wyborcza (Brussels)

Responsible for longer stories & reports, covering mostly European issues, but also wider subjects of interest to readers of Poland's leading newspaper.

Nov 2015 until now
International Coordinator / Plenipotentiary for International Affairs and Foreign Funding
Committee for the Defence of Democracy (Brussels)

Heading the International branch of the Committee, comprising over 1500 members (out of a worldwide total of over 65.000) and targeted at the international community. Managing a team of 3 Coordinators and several working groups. Representing the organisation in international media, at debates, conferences and before EU institutions, drafting position papers and press releases, writing news articles, acting as liaison with the international community. Creating and managing the organisation’s international comms strategy. Organizing and leading pro-democratic and pro-European demonstrations in Brussels. Since 06/2016 Plenipotentiary of the Board responsible for International Affairs and Foreign Funding. Founder and President of the Brussels-based Committee for the Defence of Democracy ASBL.

May 2014 until Oct 2016
Database Manager
World Federation of Advertisers (Brussels)

Responsible for WFA's database/CRM and OLS platform, used by thousands of members globally. Analysing the functionality and efficiency of current IT and IM solutions to determine the best course for the future, considering the rapid expansion of the organization. Determining ways to improve end user experience, usability and satisfaction, as well as to streamline back office processes. Liaising with Members, directing and assigning them to appropriate Working Groups, work streams and newsletters. Aiding corporate and national association Members with technical and online services issues. Managing external partners and service providers. Ad-hoc IT, administrative, event and comms support.

Oct 2012 until Apr 2014
Administrative assistant, REACH consortia team member
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (Brussels)

Wide range of duties concerning several consortia of the EU "Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals" Regulation (REACH) managed by the firm; occasional legal research and assistance; conference and meeting management; archives and library coordination; ad-hoc IT support and various administrative tasks.

Jan 2011 until Jan 2012
Internship & Procurement Coordinator
Polish Perm. Rep. to the EU / EU Council Presidency (Brussels)

As part of the Presidency task force - responsible for the internships of Polish officials in the EU Council and for the logistics of events during the Presidency. As part of the Administration Section - responsible for procurement, VAT exemption, supervising technical staff, some graphic designing and administrative tasks.

Jan until Apr 2010
Coordinator of the EU-China Economic Forum
European Parliament / Asia-Pacific CEO Association (Brussels)

Coordination of all the preparations for the Brussels part of the EU-China Economic Forum, held in the EP in April 2010. Supervising a team spread across 4 offices. Management of the speakers, guests, agenda and all logistics. Organization of a visit of a high-profile Chinese delegation including government officials (Governors, Mayors, Ambassadors) and top-level executives.

Nov 2009 until Sept 2010
Head Polish Translator
Picsy Translation (Zurich/Brussels)

Part-time translation work between Polish and English.

Jan until July 2009
Head of Parliamentary Offices to MEP (PES)
European Parliament (Brussels)

Managing 4 offices across Europe and their staff. Assisting the MEP - following and analysing policy development, drafting speeches, policy papers, articles, letters, reports, presentations etc. as well as attending meetings on his behalf. Managing the MEP's website, media relations and communication channels. Responding to constituent & media queries, research. Work on relations with China and security and defence issues. Organizing meetings and high-profile events like the 2009 EU-China conference on solving the global financial crisis. Liaising with other MEP offices, EP and EC officials and 3rd parties.

Nov until Dec 2008
Intern/Assistant to MEP (ALDE)
European Parliament (Brussels)

Assisting a Member of the European Parliament and daily management of his office. Policy work concerning mostly the Climate Package and various administrative duties.

Sep until Nov 2008
Researcher
Office of the Marshal of the Mazovia Province (Warsaw)

Conducting research on the possibilities and legal framework of restructuring the division of the region.

Mar until Nov 2008
Owner / Manager
Remington Trade (Warsaw)

Management of a small business importing IT hardware from the USA. Handling orders, customer enquiries, logistics, managing the supplier network and shipping to customers. Creating and maintaining a customer database for follow-up and servicing.

Feb until Mar 2008
Intern/Assistant to EP Vice President
European Parliament (Brussels)

Assisting the EP Vice President, mostly in the Foreign Affairs and Security and Defense committees. Daily office management and administrative work.

Sept 2007 - Nov 2008
Regional Campaign Manager
The Democratic Party / ALDE (Warsaw)

Managing the party's election campaigns in subsequent parliamentary and local elections.

Jun until Jul 2007
Researcher
Office of the Marshal of the Mazovia Province (Warsaw)

Compiling a report on the usage of pre-accession EU funds by local governments in Poland.

Education

2015 - now
Postgraduate studies in Computer Graphics
European Information Technologies Certification Academy

2009 until 2010
MA in Diplomatic and Business Protocol, Foreign Relations and Organization of Events
Camilo José Cela University / Int. School of Protocol and Diplomacy (Madrid/Brussels)

Cum laude

2006 until 2008
Management (MBA studies, 2 years)
Warsaw University

2003 until 2006
English Philology, Iberian Culture (BA/MA studies, 3 years)
Warsaw University

President of Students’ Union, Faculty Council member (each office held 2 terms)

1999 until 2003
Specialized human sciences class with extended French language
Col. Lis-Kula High School No XIII (Warsaw)

Publications

Jan 2017
Surviving authoritarianism: Polish advice for the US
EUobserver

Opinion piece on how European experiences can prepare the US for Donald Trump. Combined with 4 tweets and a website (www.LearnFromEurope.org) the full piece had a reach of over 2.5 million people after 1 week from publication.

Nov 2016
The crisis of European identity and awakening of civil society
European View / Springer

Policy paper on the crisis of European identity, the European Commission's communication strategy and civil society movements.

Sept 2016
More spokespeople is not how to save the EU
EUobserver

Opinion piece on the EU's identity crisis and communications strategy.

Feb 2016
Poles must defend their hard-won democracy
EUobserver

Opinion piece on the occasion of the new Polish government's first 100 days in power.

Feb 2016
The Polish Drift: from Europeanization to Autocracy
United Explanations

Opinion piece on the political situation in Poland.

Dec 2015
PiS off
POLITICO

Opinion piece on the constitutional crisis in Poland

Events and campaigns

2016
Global Marketer Week 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Co-organizer

2015
Global Marketer Week 2015
Marrakech, Morocco

Co-organizer

2010
EU-China Economic Forum
Brussels

Principal organizer

2009
PES MEP
European Elections, Lodz, Poland

Campaign Manager

2009
"Can a renewed EU-China dialogue help in solving the global financial crisis?" Conference
European Parliament, Brussels

Principal organizer

2009
Public Hearing on Fisheries in the Baltic Sea
European Parliament, Brussels

Co-organizer

2007
Parliamentary elections campaign - The Democratic Party
Warsaw, Poland

Regional Campaign Manager

2007
Parliamentary elections campaign - Marcin Swiecicki MP
Warsaw, Poland

Campaign Manager to the former President of Warsaw and Minister of Economy

2007
"Democracy Day"
Warsaw, Poland

Principal organizer - annual event commemorating the first democratic elections, with the participation of the President or the Republic and other high-ranking politicians.

2005
Parliamentary elections campaign - The Democratic Party
Warsaw, Poland

Technical Campaign Manager, Mazovia Region

2003
EU accession referendum
Warsaw, Poland

Volunteer/campaigner for the Office of the Committee of European Integration (UKIE)

From 2003 until 2006
Other
Warsaw, Poland

▪ Organised 3 own campaigns, running twice for the national parliament and for the city council once ▪ Organised numerous meetings, conferences, conventions, press conferences and events for the Democratic Party while holding several offices during 4 years ▪ Warsaw University volunteer/campaigner in the first European elections in Poland, 2004 ▪ Numerous social campaigns organized as President of the Students’ Union

Other information

Since 2011
Personnel Security Clearance

EU CONFIDENTIAL, National CONFIDENTIAL (both valid until 2021)

Since a long time ago...
Interests / hobbies

International relations and politics (especially with US and China), rock climbing, sushi, playing the piano, '60s-'70s sci-fi.

Since 2002
Driving licence

A & B category