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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.

Dariusz Makiłła. Born on 2nd April 1957 in Świecie, Poland, Dariusz Makiłła completed studies in Polish philology in 1980, as well as in law in 1984 at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. In the years 1981-1982 he served in the army. From 1983 he worked at the Law and Administration Faculty at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. In 1991 he received his Ph.D. degree. From 2002 to 2013 he worked at the Law and Administration Faculty at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, where he received his post-doctoral degree (habilitacja) in 2013. Associate Professor at the University of Finance and Management in Warsaw, Head of the Chair of the General History of Political Systems and Political and Legal Doctrines at the Law and Administration Faculty at the University of Finance and Management in Warsaw. His scientific work is devoted to the history of political systems and law in Poland and in Europe, including the history of Germany and Polish-German relations. He completed fellowships in Sweden (1987), Austria (1987), Germany (1986, 1988, 1989, 2003, 2004, 2005), among others at the Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte in Frankfurt am Main (2003, 2005) and at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel (1989, 2004). He has authored 3 monographs, an academic textbook, over 100 articles and parts of monographs published in Poland and abroad.

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.

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.

Krzysztof Rak – historian of philosophy, translator, columnist and expert in international affairs. A graduate of the Faculty of Philisophy at the University of Warsaw, he worked for several years as an assistant at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Białystok Branch of the University of Warsaw (currently the University of Białystok). In the 90’s he was a civil servant at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland. There, he dealt with international affairs, including Polish-German relations and European policies. Having left his career in the civil service, he became the press officer at the Polish Security Printing Works. In the years 2006–2008 he was a member of the Management Board of the FWPN. In the period 2007–2009 he worked at the Polish Television (TVP), initially as a specialist for international contacts. As part of his job, he coordinated the operation of the TVP News Agency’s International Department. Later, he was the head of the “Wiadomości” news service. From mid-90’s active as a columnist on international affairs, and his texts are published mostly in “Życie” and “Wprost”. Also, he wrote articles for “Gazeta Wyborcza, “Nasz Dziennik”, “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, “Die Welt”, “Handelsblatt” and “The Sarmatian Review”. Currently he cooperates with “Rzeczpospolita” and “Nowa Konfederacja”.

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.