About us

President of the Management Board of the Foundation

Sławomir Rybicki
Graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Gdańsk. Already at the age of 17 he became engaged in anti-communist opposition in the Baltic Sea region; he was a member of the Young Poland Movement and participant of the August strike in the Gdańsk Shipyard. During the martial law active in the solidarity underground. Close associate of Lech Wałęsa. Member of the first Solidarity movement. In free Poland — the closest associate of Maciej Płażyński.

In 2001–2012 member of parliament of the Republic of Poland. From 2012 Minister, Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski, where he was responsible for contacts with the government, parliament and political parties. In 2013 he became Deputy Head of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland responsible for all domestic affairs of the President of the Republic of Poland. In the elections of 2015 he became a senator representing the Civic Platform.

Council of the Foundation

Jan Dworak
Media expert, TV and movie producer, journalist.

Born in 1948. Graduated in Polish studies from Warsaw University. Began working as a journalist in the 1970’s in sports magazines, at the same time involved in democratic opposition and publishing the underground books and press.

Founder and the first Solidarity chairman in Młodzieżowa Agencja Wydawnicza publishing house.

A journalist for the first edition of “Tygodnik Solidarność” (1981) and one of the organizers of its resuming in 1989.

In the 1980’s a co-creator and secretary of “Powściągliwość i Praca” and “Przegląd Katolicki” periodicals, one of the editors of underground “PWA – Przegląd Wydawnictw Agencyjnych” and “21” magazines.

A secretary of negotiations for the opposition side of the Polish Round Table Talks in 1989, a member of the mass media subgroup.

In the early 1990’s vice-chairman of Radio and Television Committee, then a film producer and co-owner of Prasa i Film and Studio A companies, producing feature programs, documentaries, TV series (Miodowe Lata, Kasia i Tomek), TV drama performances and movies (Czas Zdrady, All That I Love).
A member of public institutions of culture: Chairman of Polish Television Program Council, Cinematography Committee Member, Chairman of Independent TV and Film Producers Association.

In the years 2004-2006 TVP Polish Television Management Board Chairman. 2010-2016 Chairman of KRRiTV National Broadcasting Council.

Distinguished with Order of Merit for Service to Culture (1999), “Gloria Artis” Silver Medal for Service to Culture (2005), honored with Officer’s Cross of Order of the Polonia Restituta – Rebirth of Poland (2006).


Stanisław Koziej
Stanisław Koziej was born in 1943 in Glinnik near Lublin.

He has graduated from the Mechanised Forces Military Academy in Wrocław (1965) and Academy of the General Staff of the Polish Army in Warsaw (1973). He also completed several courses abroad, including Armed Forces Academy in the SSSR (Moscow, 1973), NATO-SHAPE (Oberamergau, 1999), the National Institute for Defence Studies (Paris, 2000) and Defence Academy (Rome, 2001).

Stanisław Koziej has been specialising in the policy and strategy of international and national security (including defences), as well as security strategic management. Within this subject matter he gives lectures on the University of Warsaw, Jagiellonian University, University of Lodz and Warsaw School of Economics and Diplomatic Academy.

He was co-originator of the Polish Defence Doctrine in the conditions of strategic autonomy during the 90s and the main author of „The Plan of Defending the Republic of Poland”. Initiating and co-originating the Advanced Defence Courses for the Members of the Parliament and senior management officers in the civil service, he also organised and coordinated the national strategic planning and rebuilding the system of state’s defence. Stanislaw Koziej is also the main author of “Defence Strategy of the Republic of Poland within the conditions of NATO membership and Political and Strategic Defences Doctrine”.

As an expert in the army, defence, international and national security as well as security management and crisis management, he wrote several textbooks and studies.

He was serving as a commander and staff officer in:
– 49 Mechanised Regiment in Walcz,
– 15 Mechanised Division in Olsztyn,
– Command Headquarters of the Silesian Military Region in Wroclaw,
– General Staff of the Polish Army.
For several years S. Koziej has been lecturer and scholar in the Academy of General Staff of Polish Army as the head of doctoral studies, deputy head and head of a department and dean of a department.
1993-1994 – deputy department director in the National Security Bureau (being employed in the NSB he was promoted to the general by President Lech Walesa in 1993)
1994-2001 – deputy director and later director of the Department of Defence System in the Ministry of National Defence
1996-1997 – head of Polish mission to Neutral Nations Supervisory Committee (NNSC) in Korea (Panmunjom)
1997-1998 – deputy Head of Mission to OSCE in Georgia (Tbilisi)
1999-2001 – first Polish representative in NATO nuclear policy and strategy
2005-2006 – Undersecretary of the State in the Ministry of National Defence
2007 – advisor to Ombudsman
2008 – advisor to the Minister of National Defence
13 April 2010 – appointed Head of the National Security Bureau by the Speaker of the Sejm Bronisław Komorowski acting the president of the Republic of Poland.


Roman Kuźniar
Born in 1953. In 1977, he graduated from the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science of the University of Warsaw. In 1981, he became doctor, in 1990 doctor habilitatus in the area of political science. In 2001, he became professor of humanities. Since 2008, he has been an associate professor of the University of Warsaw.

Since 1977, he becomes a doctoral student and subsequently an academic worker of the Institute of International Relations of the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science of the University of Warsaw. In 1992, he becomes head of the Department of Strategic Studies of the Institute of International Relations of the University of Warsaw. He gives lectures on international political relations, human rights, strategic studies and Polish foreign and security policy. He is a member of the Committee of Political Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Between 1995 and 2002, he was a member of the Polish delegation to the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations. He is an author and editor of numerous publications in the area of international political relations, strategic studies, and foreign policy of the Republic of Poland, international security, and human rights. In 1995, he initiated the publication of “The Strategic Yearbook” becoming its editor-in-chief.

In 1990, he simultaneously began working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The positions he held included: director of the Department for Planning and Analysis (1992-1994), a minister-plenipotentiary at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland at the United Nations in Geneva (1994-1998), an employee (1998-2002) and director (2000-2002) of the Department for Strategy and Foreign Policy Planning (he resigned for his opposition to the war in Iraq). Between 2003 and 2005, he was the director of the Academy of Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On 1st June 2005, he became the director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs (he was dismissed in February 2007 because of differences on key issues of Polish foreign policy). On 1st December 2007, he became an advisor of the Minister of National Defence, Bogdan Klich.

On 1st October 2010, he became an advisor to the President of the Republic of Poland.


Krzysztof Łaszkiewicz
He graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw. He holds a doctor of legal sciences degree, which he received at the above faculty.

He worked in the state administration, dealing with legal and organizational issues of special administration, associations and social organisations.

After 1989, Łaszkiewicz took part in the formation of civic ownership societies based on the democratic principles of the state of law.

As a parliamentary expert, he worked on the issues of property rights and ownership changes related to the political transformation. During his work as a political groups expert, Łaszkiewicz dealt with similar issues, as well as with ownership supervision.

Krzysztof Łaszkiewicz is the author and co-author of draft laws on property restitution and compensations.

Between 1993 and 1996, he was the chairman of the Consultative Council for Property Restitution.

From 1997 to 2001 he served as Deputy Minister of the State Treasury. Among the issues Łaszkiewicz worked on were ownership law and the problems of capital markets and funds. He also supervised the processes of ownership changes and worked as a real estate manager.

Between 1997 and 2001, he was a member of the Inter-ministerial Committee for Polonia and Poles Abroad, the Polish Securities and Exchange Commission and the Committee for Export Insurance Policy.

In the same period he served as Co-Chair of the Group for Municipal Entities Privatization in the Joint Committee of the Central Government and Territorial Governments and was a member of the Tripartite Commission as a representative of the Government.

In 2007 Łaszkiewicz again became Deputy Minister of the Treasury and held this position until 2010. He dealt with property rights issues, ownership claims and exercised ownership supervision of the military industry and real property of the State Treasury. Łaszkiewicz supervised the processes of privatization, as well as bankruptcy and liquidation of companies. Currently, he is a member of the Council of Ministers Committee for Computerisation and Communications.

On 30 September 2010, by the decision of the Polish President, Bronisław Komorowski, Krzysztof Łaszkiewicz was appointed Secretary of State in the President’s Chancellery. In the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland Łaszkiewicz dealt with issues of the legal and political system, nationality and pardon.


Waldemar Maj
Master in Engineering, Faculty of Technical Physics and Applied Mathematics at the Technical University of Warsaw (1980). Ph.D. in Physics at the Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (1989). MBA at Harvard Business School in USA (1996). He has over 25 years of experience in working in the government administration, banking, industry, and consulting. In 1981-1991 he worked at the Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Kamerlingh Onnes Laboratory in Leiden, Holland. Actively involved in the democratic movement in Poland from 1976 until 1989; awarded Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. Implemented pro bono project of construction of Free Speech Memorial in Warsaw (2014). Enjoys marathons, mountaineering, and skiing; completed Ironman triathlon (2016).


Tomasz Nałęcz
Born in 1949 in Gołymin, in the Ciechanów poviate. He studied history at the University of Warsaw, where he was employed as an assistant lecturer at the Faculty of History directly after graduation. He has been working there ever since: in 1977, he became doctor, in 1988 – doctor habilitatus and in 1991 professor of the University of Warsaw.

Between 1970 and 1990, he was a member of the Polish United Workers’ Party. In 1980, he joined the “Solidarity” Independent and Self-Governing Trade Union but he did not continue his activity after the introduction of the martial law. In 1989, he was one of the organizers of the “8th July Movement”, which worked towards the dissolution of the Polish United Workers’ Party and formation of a new social-democratic party. In 1990, he was one of the founders and vice-chairman of the Social Democracy of the Republic of Poland. He left the party in 1991 after the affair of a Moscow loan, which he had not been aware of, came to light. Between 1990 and 1994, he was a councillor of the Warsaw-Mokotów municipality.

In 1992, he was one of the founders of the Labour Union. From 1993 to 1997, he was a deputy representing the Labour Union in Sejm. In 2001, he obtained a deputy’s mandate again, to represent the Democratic Left Alliance-Labour Union. Between 2001 and 2005, he was the Deputy Speaker of the Sejm. From 2003 to 2004, he was vice-chairman of the Sejm Investigation Committee for the Rywin affair. In 2004, he co-founded the Social Democracy of Poland.

In autumn 2005, he withdrew from politics. He returned to the University of Warsaw and became professor of the Pultusk Academy of Humanities.

As a historian, he specializes in the period of the Polish struggle for independence and the history of the 2nd Polish Republic. His most important publications include: “The Polish Military Organization 1914-1918” (1984); “Józef Piłsudski – legends and facts” (1986) in cooperation with his wife, Daria Nałęcz. The biography was also published in the Russian, Lithuanian and Croatian language; “The dispute on the shape of democracy and parliamentary system in Poland between 1921 and 1926 (1994); “History of the 20th century” (2000). Together with the most distinguished Polish historians (Henryk Samsonowicz, Janusz Tazbir, Andrzej Paczkowski, Andrzej Friszke and Andrzej Chwalba), he is the co-author of syntheses of the Polish history that have been repeatedly reprinted: “Poland. History of the state and the nation” and “Poland over the ages”.


Irena Wóycicka
Irena Wóycicka was born in Warsaw in 1950, and went on to read economics at the University of Warsaw. She was an activist for the opposition in the People’s Republic of Poland, and participated in the action to help the repressed workers of the Ursus factory following the events of 1976. A co-founder and editor of the independent and biweekly “Robotnik”, collaborator for Komitet Obrony Robotników (Workers’ Defence Committee), and a Solidarity expert. She took part in the Round Table Talks as part of the economic and social policy team. From 1989 to 1990 she was an advisor of the then Minister of Labour, Jacek Kuroń. From 1991 to 1994 she was the Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy.

In 1997 she began work at the Gdańsk Institute for Market Economics, where she managed social research. She dealt with the issues of poverty and social exclusion, women’s professional and family activities including the difficulties of combining work with family duties, local social policy and social insurance reforms, etc. From 1998 to 2001 she was an advisor to the then Minister of Labour, a member of the Supervisory Board of ZUS, as well as being a specialist for the International Labour Organisation and the European Commission. She was a member of the Unia Demokratyczna (Democratic Union) party and afterwards she joined the Unia Wolności (Freedom Union) party.

By decision of the President of the Republic of Poland of 14 October 2010 she was appointed the Undersecretary of State for social affairs in the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland. As of September 2, 2013, appointed Secretary of State.