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Foundation Board

Paweł Gronow’s academic background includes German studies and Law at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. He has graduated from the National School of Public Administration (12th edition) and Warsaw School of Economics, where he completed post-diploma studies in the area of international trade.Paweł Gronow – since 2014 Head of the Division for German-Speaking Countries at the Department of European Policy of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the year 2004; first, he worked at the Office of the Director General, and then at the Department of the European Union. In the period 2007 to 2012 he worked at the Political Division of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Berlin, whereas from 2012 to 2013, he held the position of the advisor on RELEX group at the Office of the Political Director.

Hartmut Koschyk – Member of the Foundation Council. State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance. Since 1990, Mr Koschyk is a member of the German Bundestag from the CSU party. He is also a council member of the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship, a council member at the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Archives of the former East Germany and a member of the board of trustees of the Foundation Archives of Parties and Mass Organisations of the GDR. Since 1998, he has been the head of the German-Korean Parliamentary Friendship Group and since 1990 he has been a member of the German-Polish Parliamentary Friendship Group in the Bundestag.
In 1983-1987, Mr Koschyk was the research assistant of the Bundestag member Helmut Sauer from the CDU, while at the same time studying history and political science. In 1987-1991, he was the general secretary of the Federation of Expellees.
In 1990-2002, Mr Koschyk served as the Chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary working group on refugees and expellees and the spokesman of the study commission on the history and consequences of the SED dictatorship in Germany and on overcoming the consequences of the SED dictatorship in the process of German reunification. In 2005-2009, he served as the first deputy to the parliamentary secretary of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag and parliamentary secretary of the Bavarian CSU in the Bundestag.

Jerzy Kranz – Member of the Foundation Council
Doctor in Legal Sciences. He is a professor at the Kozminski University in Warsaw and an expert on international law and the EU. Professor Kranz is a representative of the Republic of Poland in the board of trustees of the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future and has authored numerous publications on international law and international relations, including Polish-German relations.
In 1971-1975 he was an editor of Agence France-Presse, in 1975-1990 – a research associate at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and since then Minister- Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the Federal Republic of Germany (1991-1995) and deputy director of the Centre for International Relations in Warsaw (1995-1998). In 1998-2002, Professor Kranz was the head of the Legal Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then the undersecretary of state. In 2001-2002, he served as the ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the Federal Republic of Germany.

Martin Kremer (born 1961) studied law and economics. Since 2015 Head of Division for Central Europe at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Croatia, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary). In the year 1988, Martin Kremer took up his duties in the foreign service. In the years 1990 to 1993 he was a member of the German delegation at the UN Committee on Disarmament in Geneva during deliberations under the Chemical Weapons Convention. From 1994 to 1998 he was officer for economic and currency affairs at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the years 1998-2003, he was active at the planning center at the ministry, where he was in charge of German-French and German-Polish planning cooperation. In 2005-2006 he was reappointed to this position. In the period 2003-2005 he was culture officer at the German Embassy in Moscow (“The Year of German Culture in Russia”), and in the years 2006-2009 he headed the scientific section and was a political officer at the Embassy of Germany in London. From 2009 to 2010 member of a scientific group “EU Integration” at the German Foundation for Science and Politics (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik). In the years 2010-2011 he was the head of the Section for Southeast Asia and Pacific at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs; until 2015 he was officer for economic policy and the EU internal market. Martin Kremer has a wife and one child.

Marek Krząkała – Co-chairman of the Foundation Council
Member of Parliament of the parliamentary grouping Civic Platform, a German specialist, German teacher and translator. He is the Co-Chairman of the Polish-German Parliamentary Group, a member of the Polish-Chinese Parliamentary Group and a member of the Parliamentary Group for Cooperation with Non-Governmental Organisations. He studied at the Faculty of Philology at the University of Wrocław and completed postgraduate studies in computer science at the University College of Social Sciences in Częstochowa. In the elections in 2007 he became a deputy for the Rybnik constituency. In the parliament he is involved in foreign and European affairs and his goal is to improve and strengthen the image of Poland in the world. Mr Krząkała is a member of the Sejm’s Committees on Foreign Affairs and the European Union.


Markus Meckel – Co-chairman of the Foundation Council
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs in the GDR, pastor. He has a seat on the advisory board and is a Council Chairman of the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship whose activity he initiated. He is also a member of board of trustees of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity. He is involved in European foreign policy and supports democracy. Mr Meckel studied theology in Naumburg and Berlin. Since 1970s, he was involved in activities of the political opposition in the former GDR.
In 1989, he initiated the founding of the Social Democratic Party in the GDR (SPD) together with Martin Gutzeit. In 1990, he served as the acting president of the eastern SPD. After democratic elections, in 1990 he served as a member of the GDR People’s Chamber and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 1990-2009, Mr Meckel served as an MP and in 1994-2009 chaired the German-Polish Parliamentary Friendship Group in Bundestag. He was a deputy speaker on foreign affairs of the SPD fraction. In 1998-2006 he was a chairman of the German Delegation in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and 2000-2002 vice-president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Thomas Nord. MP to the Bundestag representing Die Linke party. He was born in 1957 in Berlin. In the year 1976, he completed studies in cultural studies. He was active at FDJ and SED. The democratic breakthrough of the year 1989 paved his way to the German social democracy. Thomas Nord dealt with socialist realism, and in the years 1994-1995 he cooperated with Stefan Heym. Initially, he was active in PDS, and currently starting in 1999, he is involved with Die Linke in Brandenburg. From February 2005 to February 2012, he was a president of the party in the State of Brandenburg. In 2009, he was elected for the first time in direct ballot to the Bundestag representing the Die Linke party, whereas in 2013 he was elected again as a candidate from a state list. Since 2012 he has been a member of the party’s management. Starting from 2014, he is the party’s federal treasurer.

Dariusz Popławski (1954) – political scientist, professor of social sciences, researcher and lecturer at the Institute of International Relations (ISM) at the University of Warsaw. In the years, 1997-2002 he was active in the foreign service. Advisor at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Köln in charge of the affairs of Poles in Germany. As a deputy head of the Representation of the Embassy of Poland in Köln, he coordinated among others issues related to the minorities in Polish-German relations, and research cooperation. He held many academic positions, including the positions of Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Journalism and Political Sciences of the University of Warsaw, Deputy Director of the Institute of International Relations, Head of the School of National Security co-organized by the University of Warsaw and the National Security Bureau. A long-term president of the Foundation of International Studies. Currently, president of the Scientific Council of the Institute of International Relations, Head of Head of European Integration Unit of the Institute of International Relations. He leads the interinstitutional Political Science Laboratory for Research on Germany at the Faculty of Journalism and Political Studies, editor in chief of a scientific journal “Studia Politica Germanica”. Author and scientific editor of a number of publications on Germany and German-speaking countries.

Jan Rydel

Rainder Steenblock – Member of the Foundation Council
Politician of the Alliance '90/The Greens. In 1996-2002, he served as a member of the state government in Schleswig-Holstein. Since 2002, he has been a member of the German Bundestag and in 2005 became the spokesman of the Alliance '90/The Greens on European policy. Since then, he has served as spokesman of the committee on the European Union, spokesman for ports and sea freight, and a deputy member of the committee on foreign affairs (since September 2006). He has also served as a member of the transport, building, and urban development committee, the legal committee / subcommittee on European law and the Parliamentary Assembly of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Mr Steenblock studied psychology, pedagogy and political science at the University of Hamburg. In 1976-1994, he worked as an appointed teacher at the Vocational College of Social Pedagogy at the Vocational College of Child Care in Hamburg. In 1983, he joined the party Alliance '90/The Greens and later served as the chairman of the party’s district group in Pinneberg. In 1986-1992, Mr Steenblock was a commune councillor in Halstenbek and the chairman of his party’s fraction in the District’s Council in Pinneberg. In 1992-1994, he served as a speaker of the State Government Alliance '90/The Greens in Schleswig-Holstein and in 1994-1996 served as a member of the German Bundestag. Additionally, in 1996-2000 Mr Steenblock served as the Minister for the Environment, Nature and Forests and as Deputy Prime Minister of the state government of Schleswig-Holstein. In 2000-2002, he served as a member of the Landtag of this federated state.