Assistant Professor , Poznan University of Economics
Katarzyna?s story in development economics began with a Trans-Siberian trip to Mongolia back in 2000, which marked the beginning of a lifelong journey trying to help resolve world?s pressing developmental challenges. Since then she has been exploring developmental issues both in academic theory and on the ground, carrying out field research and volunteering in developing countries and emerging economies. Combing her academic knowledge with first-hand experience in numerous developing countries on all the major continents has given her an in-depth understanding and comprehensive overview of developmental issues. Her global perspective intersects with a local perception of people and societies, acquired over the years in remote areas across the globe.
H.E. Tomasz Lukaszuk
Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to India
For a quarter of the century Tomasz ?ukaszuk has been fascinated with Asia, its contemporary life, history and culture. His interest in Asia and Asian prominent figures goes over 30 years back in time when, as a student of the Tadeusz Reytan General Secondary School, he read a biography of Mahatma Gandhi. Mr ?ukaszuk was also impressed by the history of Bhutan?s fight for independence. He was dazzled by the operations of the Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw. As a result, he decided to take up Oriental Studies and in 1991 graduated with honours from the Oriental Faculty of the Moscow Institute of International Relations. During his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which started in January 1992, Mr ?ukaszuk in all his roles ? including as the Deputy Director (2002-2005) and Director (2010-2012) of the Department of Asia and the Pacific Region ? always supported all initiatives aimed at promoting Poland in Asia and Asia in Poland. He spent ten years working at the embassy in Indonesia, first as the Deputy Head of Mission (1998-2002) and then as the Ambassador (2005-2010). While residing in Indonesia, Mr ?ukaszuk visited all countries of Southeast Asia and also travelled to Australia and New Zealand. As the Head of the Office of Infrastructure (2012-2014) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was responsible for its infrastructure. Together with his co-workers Mr ?ukaszuk opened the doors of the MFA to numerous professional institutions of architects, engineers and property managers and created a sound basis for new capacities and infrastructural standards at the Ministry.
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