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Management Board


Klara Geywitz (born 1976) is a political scientist by profession, and an MP to the Landtag of Brandenburg. She is a member of the Polish-German Association of Brandenburg. Klara Geywitz obtained a degree in political sciences at the University of Potsdam. In the years 2002 to 2004 she was a clerk at the state union of SPD in Brandenburg. Since 1994 he has been a member of SPD. From 1998 to 2013 Klara Geywitz was also a member of the City Council of Potsdam, where she was reelected in May 2014. In the years 2008 – 2013 she served as a Vice-President of the state union of SPD in Brandenburg, and since 2013 she has been the Secretary General of the state union of SPD in Brandenburg. From 2004, she has been an MP to the Landtag of Brandenburg, and a president of the working group on science and education. From 2009 to 2010 she assumed the position of a parliamentary secretary general of SPD‘s representation in the Landtag. Currently she is the spokesperson on financial policy of SPD’s representation in the Landtag, member of the Budged and Finance Committee, president of Select Committee on Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Klara Geywitz is a Protestant, and a mother of three.

Prof. Dr hab. Krzysztof Miszczak – Ph.D., MA, rer. pol., Warsaw School of Economics Associate Professor. Since 2009, Polish Chairman of the Polish-German Forum (MFA). Since 2009, Polish Chairman of the Polish-German Working Group “Legal and historical issues/culture of remembrance” (MIA), since 2009 Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for “Polish-German Reconciliation”. Member of the Euro-Atlantic Association (SEA). He studied Political Science, International Relations, Journalism, Philosophy and Sinology in Warsaw, Munich and London. He wrote his master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where he was a research fellow at the Institute of Political Science and International Relations (Geschwister Scholl Institut). Also, he was a research fellow at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Higher School of Technology in Karlsruhe, Assistant Professor at Warsaw School of Economics and at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. In 2013, he obtained a postdoctoral degree at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Warsaw School of Economics Associate Professor (Ph.D., WSE assoc. prof.). Counsellor‑Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in the Federal Republic of Germany, Head of the Representation of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Cologne (FRG) (1996-2001), Head of the European Security Policy Department of the Polish MFA (2001-2002). From 2005 to 2007 Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Chancellery of the Prime Minister; Director of the Department of International Politics, Chancellery of the Prime Minister; again Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Chancellery of the Prime Minister. From 2002 to 2006 Director for content-related matters of “European Funds”. Between February 2008 and 2013 Director of the Office of the Plenipotentiary of the Chairman of the Council of Ministers for International Dialogue, Chancellery of the Prime Minister (Władysław Bartoszewski). Since 2013 Managing Director of the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation. Since January 2015 member of the Scientific Council of the Instytut Zachodni.

Cornelius Ochmann (1964) – expert on European politics, EU-Russia relations and Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus.
Cornelius Ochmann studied at the universities in Mainz and Wrocław. He conducted academic research in Moscow and Jerusalem (Hebrew University). Mr Ochmann worked in the Bertelsmann Foundation in 1994-2013, where his duties included managing the International Bertelsmann Forum (IBF). Cornelius Ochmann advised Auswärtiges Amt and European institutions in matters concerning relations with countries of the Eastern Europe. Since June 2015 member of the Management Board of Forum Darczyńców.
Due to the projects managed in the Bertelsmann Foundation Mr Ochmann is an expert on international politics. He published in Poland in “New Eastern Europe”. He is also a member of the editorial board of this magazine. The last report entitled “Politics and everyday life. A German view of Poland and Russia” – drawn up with the Institute of Public Affairs (ISP) in Warsaw – was published in summer 2013.

Robert Traba (born 1958) – historian, political scientist, culture expert. He specializes in the history of the Polish-German frontier as well as East Central Europe and Germany in the 19th and 20th century. He is a professor at the Institute of Political Studies of the PAS and an honorary professor of the Free University of Berlin. Since 2006, he has served as president of the Centre for Historical Studies of the PAS in Berlin.
Mr Traba studied at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. In 1995-2003, he worked at the German Historical Institute Warsaw, and next was employed at the Institute of Political Studies of the PAS. He is a founder member of the association Cultural Community "Borussia" and an editor-in-chief of “Borussia” quarterly. Since 2007, he has been a co-chairman of the Polish-German Textbook Commission.
Robert Traba’s honours include the prestigious Polish-German Award (2003) given by the governments of both countries and the Jerzy Giedroyc Award (2007). In 2011, he was honoured with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta “for pioneering activity for the civil society”.

dr hab. Sebastian Płóciennik, Ph.D., economist and lawyer specializing in research on German economy, the processes of economic integration of Europe, and institutional economics. Sebastian Płóciennik studied at the University of Wrocław, whereas he obtained his Ph. D. and dr hab. degrees at the Wrocław University of Economics. In the years 2004-2009 he worked at the Willy Brandt Center for German and European Studies in Wrocław. Then he went on to work for the Center of International Relations at the University of Wrocław, where he managed the program of international MA studies “Global Studies – a European Perspective”. In the period between 2006 and 2008 Sebastian Płóciennik served as a member of the Council of “Krzyżowa” Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe; from 2008 on he is a member of the Permanent Council of the Polish-German Forum. He is a holder of a scholarship from the Commerzbank Foundation and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Since 2014 he has been a coordinator of the program “The European Union” at the Polish Institute of International Affairs. He has been a visiting lecturer at universities based in Germany, the USA, Canada, South Korea and India. He has written dozens of scientific and analytical publications, including a monography on the evolution of the German capitalism following the reforms of Agenda 2010, as well as on the concept of integration circles in the European policy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Johnannes von Thadden (born 1956) – a board member of the European space industry company Astrium. For years he has been involved with the Polish-German dialogue. He is a member, among others, of the Federal Board of the Polish-German Associations.
Mr von Thadden studied economics, history and political science. The subject of his doctoral thesis was the political situation in Poland in 1945-1980. In 1981-1982, he studied at the University of Washington thanks to a grant from the Fulbright Program. After his return to Germany, he was a research assistant at the Saarland University.
Since 1984, Mr von Thadden has worked for the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) and as the personal head of Department of the Chief Executive Dr Frenzel Schoser. Additionally, he has served as head of the chief executive’s office. In 2004-2007, he was a Federal Manager of CDU. In 2011 he published the historical novel Greif und Kreuz (Griffon and cross) about the Polish-German Christianization of Pomerania 900 years ago.