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dr Karolina Watras
History of Art, University of Cambridge, Courtauld Institute of Art in London
dr Karolina Watras
History of Art, University of Cambridge, Courtauld Institute of Art in London


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  • Our staff body consists of alumni of the world’s top universities, such as Cambridge, Oxford, Ivy League in the US, or top Polish universities.

    Our teachers are academic doctors, researchers, and practitioners with many years of teaching experience. They are experts in their respective fields and enthusiasts who inspire students with their passion for knowledge.

  • HEAD OF DEPARTMENT dr Karolina Watras

    MA History of Art,
    University of Cambridge
    MA History of Art,
    Courtauld Institute of Art, London
    MPhil History of Art,
    University of Cambridge
    PhD History of Art,
    University of Cambridge

    Humanities Department

    HEAD OF DEPARTMENT dr Karolina Watras

    MA History of Art,
    University of Cambridge
    MA History of Art,
    Courtauld Institute of Art, London
    MPhil History of Art,
    University of Cambridge
    PhD History of Art,
    University of Cambridge

    dr Karolina Watras completed her A Levels at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College in the UK. She received her undergraduate degree in History of Art from Christ’s College, Cambridge. Karolina studied Gothic Architecture for a Masters at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and subsequently returned to Cambridge to pursue her MPhil and doctoral research at Jesus College.

    Dr Watras has worked at the University of Cambridge as a supervisor and Affiliated Lecturer at the Department of History of Art, Acting Director of Studies at Jesus and Trinity Colleges, and course leader at the Institute of Continuing Education. She returned to Poland and joined Akademeia in 2014.

    Dr Watras’s broader interests include Surrealism, transregional exchanges between 20th century avant-gardes, artist’s books, art under totalitarian regimes, and twentieth century aesthetic theory. Throughout her academic research and teaching dr Watras has always followed an interdisciplinary approach, which informs her work as the Head of the Humanities Department and which she strives to instill in her students.

    Faculty of Humanities: 

    Bella Szala
    MA (Hons) Art History and English Literature, University of St. Andrews
    MPhil History of Art, University of Cambridge

    Before moving to Poland from the UK in 2008, Bella studied at the University of St. Andrews, where her undergraduate thesis examined the interaction between Philip Pulman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, and the old Romantics, especially Blake and Milton. At Cambridge, her MPhil in History of Art focused on late medieval panel painting in East Anglia. These diverse topics reflect two specific interests: writing for children from the18th century to the present day, and Gothic art. Both these areas encompass the deployment of didactic/pedagogic images, the history of which within Christian art is a major area of her interest. Renaissance and Jacobean drama, together with 20th century American drama, represent other fields of study, fuelled by Bella’s four year stint teaching English Literature at the Polish National Academy of Theatre Arts (formerly Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Teatralna).


    dr Adam Anders
    BA (Hons) History, York University
    MA Ancient History, Cardiff University
    PhD Ancient History, Cardiff University

    Having taught in various capacities since 1998, Adam studied History at York University in Toronto and went on to study Ancient History at Cardiff in the UK. There, he earned an MA with distinction and followed with a Ph.D. concerning Roman light infantry. His academic research focuses on the Roman Army, with a particular interest in combat dynamics. His love for stories spills over from the historical to the fictional, and the latter manifests as a penchant for creative writing. On account of this, Adam is currently enrolled at Harvard University, where he is pursuing a Masters degree in Creative Writing and Literature.


    Kay Czepli-George
    BA History of Art, Birkbeck College, University of London
    MA, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), University of London
    Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults, University of Cambridge
    Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching, Lancaster University
    Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults – CELTA YL extension, University of Cambridge
    Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults – CELTA, University of Cambridge

    Kay Czepli-George specialises in teaching History of Art, Literature and English language to high school as well as university students. She has worked for educational institutions in England, Vietnam, Qatar and Poland. Her experience has ranged from teaching young learners and young adults, designing innovative materials, mentoring newly qualified teachers and supporting YL educators in a methodological capacity. Kay is interested in the concepts of second language identity as well as interdisciplinary and creative approaches to teaching language, literature and history of art. The source of her inspiration are not only other teachers but also her talented students who surprise her every day.


    Sam Pulham
    BA English Literature, Queen Mary, University of London
    MA Writing and Society 1700 – 1820, Queen Mary, University of London

    Sam’s research interests include first-generation Romanticism and its legacy, particularly in terms of its influence on early twentieth-century poetry.Sam has also co-hosted a literary podcast on forgotten or overlooked books – Sherds Podcast: link


    dr Tom Young
    MA (Hons), University of Cambridge, UK
    MPhil, University of Cambridge, UK
    PhD, University of Cambridge, UK
    Research Fellow, Yale University, USA
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Italy

    Dr Tom Young received his PhD, MPhil and undergraduate degrees from the University of Cambridge. He worked as a research fellow at Yale University, and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence. He specialises in the visual and material histories of the British Empire, and has written extensively on the East India Company and the Sikh Kingdom of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. His research has been published in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society and as part of Heidelberg University Press’ Studies in Transculturation series. He taught at the University of Cambridge for two years as a supervisor, and has also lectured at some of the world’s leading research institutions – including Columbia University, Yale University, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, the Dahesh Museum of Art in New York, and the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas in Mexico City.


    Tony Rodriguez
    BA Education, Arizona State University
    Structured English Immersion Endorsement

    Tony is a seventh year educator who specialized in teaching English to non-native speakers in Arizona. After gaining formal experience in the USA, he furthered his education in the Czech Republic, receiving a TEFL Certificate and teaching ESL at St. Anne’s University Hospital in Brno. In the classroom, he enjoys using infographics and authentic materials in order to create engaging lessons.


    dr Magdalena Szalewicz
    MA Philosophy, University of Warsaw
    PhD Philosophy, Polish Academy of Sciences

    Magda’s PhD thesis was devoted to the problem of visual thinking: drawing on Freud’s findings concerning dreams as visual representations of thoughts and on the images produced by artificial neural networks modeled on the visual cortex, she argued that our concepts – from the most mundane, concrete ideas utilized in everyday speech to the most abstract ideas of mathematics – are mostly images, albeit coded and perceived in linguistic form. Apart from epistemology, Magda’s academic interests include contemporary French philosophy, psychoanalysis and visual arts.


    Marta Perez Diaz
    MA Slavonic Philology, Universidad Complutense in Madrid.
    MA Applied Linguistics (Spanish as a Foreign Language Teaching), Universidad Nebrija

    Marta’s research interests include conversation analysis, foreign language teaching methodology and cross-cultural pragmatics.


    Stefan Głowacki
    Polish Studies, University of Warsaw 

    Stefan Głowacki is a graduate of Polish Studies Faculty at the University of Warsaw. During his studies he mainly directed his scientific interests at the literature of Mannerism and Baroque, investigating its connections with modern times. Stefan is a teacher with many years’ experience. In his work with students he focuses on dialogue and independent exchange of thoughts and views. He encourages his students to look at literary texts from a broader perspective, to pay attention to historical and literary context in which a given work originated and the correlations between the work and other fields of art such as: painting, film or works of mass culture. In developing the Polish language teaching program he paid special attention to its interdisciplinary and intertextual character – that is why, apart from outstanding works of literature and their analysis, the program also features elements of Polish history, world history and literature, history of art and visual culture. Among his favourite authors he mentions Witold Gombrowicz and Franz Kafka. He is a passionate musician and composer. His works may be defined as a combination of jazz, funk and electronic music.


    Roberto Andrade
    BA International Studies, University of Guadalajara (Mexico) 
    MA Peace and Development Studies, UNESCO Chair of Philosophy for Peace, Jaume I University (Spain)
    MA Spanish Language, La Rioja University (Spain)
    PhD candidate Spanish Language and Literature, University of Warsaw

    Roberto has over 17 years of experience teaching Spanish as a second language, collaborating with Institute Cervantes in Warsaw and the University of Guadalajara.

  • HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Katarzyna Borzym

    BA Finance and Accounting, Warsaw School of Economics
    MA Economics, Warsaw School of Economics
    MA Psychology, University of Warsaw
    MA Philosophy, University of Warsaw
    PhD candidate in Economics, Warsaw School of Economics

    Social Sciences Department

    HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Katarzyna Borzym

    BA Finance and Accounting, Warsaw School of Economics
    MA Economics, Warsaw School of Economics
    MA Psychology, University of Warsaw
    MA Philosophy, University of Warsaw
    PhD candidate in Economics, Warsaw School of Economics

    Katarzyna Borzym has experience studying in a multinational environment, having participated in two exchange programmes: at Northeastern Illinois University in the USA (2011) and at Management Development Institute in India (2012). She completed a summer internship in the Department of Global Business Services at Procter & Gamble. At the moment, Katarzyna is a Ph.D. Candidate at Warsaw School of Economics, specializing in Behavioural Economics. She is also the author of several research articles and co-author of many publications in Poland.

    As Head of the Social Sciences Department, Katarzyna draws upon her knowledge from various educational contexts, to show her students the great potential of interdisciplinary approach. She created the Economics course bearing in mind that the challenges of contemporary world require flexibility, curiosity, and ambition.

    Katarzyna is a big enthusiast of backpacking and reading. So far, she has visited more than fifty countries, but her favourite place on earth is her hometown, Drohiczyn, located in the eastern part of Poland. Her biggest dreams are to write a best-selling novel and visit New Zealand.

    Faculty of Social Sciences:

    Jan Ladziński
    BA History, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Master of Research [MRes] East European Studies, UCL

    Jan’s main interest lies in the history of national and peasant movements in Eastern Europe, including the origins of civil society and political participation.


    Kinga Stańczuk
    BA French Studies, University of London
    MA Intellectual History and Political Thought, UCL

    Kinga Stańczuk is a politics teacher and intellectual historian. She completed her studies at the University of London, graduating with a BA in French Studies (QMUL) and an MA in Intellectual History and Political Thought (UCL). She also completed a year at the Sorbonne IV University in Paris and a scholarship at Kings College, Cambridge, where she worked on her dissertation on the philosophy of education. She worked as a trade-union and political campaigner in both UK and Poland, cooperating with a number of NGOs and non-profit organisations.


    Maja Łukomska
    BA European Social and Political Studies (Economics major), University College London (UCL)
    MSc Cognitive and Decision Sciences, University College London (UCL)
    Erasmus year, Sciences Po Paris

    Maja teaches psychology and leads the weekly drama club at Akademeia High School. Her areas of particular interest are social and behavioural psychology. She graduated from University College London, with the Dean’s list award for best BA results in the Arts and Humanities Department, and with a Distinction in her MSc. Her thesis in applied behavioural psychology and human computer interaction investigated ways of changing sedentary behaviour of office workers through the use of technology. In high school she took the IB exams with 43/45 total score. Apart from being an enthusiastic educator, Maja is a fan of all things performance, she leads theatre workshops, plays in a dramatic theatre and does comedy improv. She is also a Thai masseuse, a tango dancer and a beginner ukulele player.


    Monika Koblak
    MA Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw
    MA Sociology, University of Warsaw
    Post-graduate studies in philosophy and ethics, University of Warsaw

    Monika Koblak is an experienced English and Theory of Knowledge teacher. Apart from teaching, she cooperates with non-governmental organisations concerned with science and education and has organised numerous interdisciplinary worskshops for university and secondary school teachers and students devoted to citizen science, scientific method, open science and education, free and open licences, rules of editing Wikipedia articles and dismantling fake news.


    dr Patryk Dziurski
    PhD Management Science, Warsaw School of Economics

    Researcher and lecturer at the Warsaw School of Economics. He is interested in the strategic management as well as creative and cultural industries. Author of more than 20 publications in the management science and participant of many national and international conferences.


    Wojciech Woźnicki
    Social Sciences Department
    BA History & Politics from Christ Church, University of Oxford with a regional focus on the Middle East and history of International Relations in the 20th century.

  • Head of Department (acting) Marcin Szala

    Physics & Philosophy, University of Oxford

    Natural Sciences Department

    Head of Department (acting) Marcin Szala

    Physics & Philosophy, University of Oxford

    Marcin Szala completed his A-levels at Clifton College as a UWC Scholar. Later he studied Physics and Philosophy at Oxford University, where he was a president of the Polish Society and actively involved in the student drama. He later worked in a technological start-up in Cambridge (Dragonmobility) where he reached a position of General Manager before returning to Poland. On returning to his old hometown he became a deputy headmaster of a private school (Albert Schweitzer School) where he was responsible for creating a primary school. Later he worked as an educational trainer for teachers and academics and was one of the directors of Collegium Wratislaviense. Alongside he taught part-time in IB program in a Polish state school. He was a board member of a number of educational charities in Poland. He is also an educational consultant. He focuses on organizational leadership, especially in the context of education, government, and tutoring. He has collaborated in the implementation of many tutorial programmes in Poland and conducted training for tutors in Poland and abroad. He is the co-author of a book on tutoring and has written articles for trade magazines.

    Faculty of Natural Sciences:

    dr Giovanni Peralta
    MSc Physics, University of Cagliari
    PhD Physics, Kings College London

    Physicist, physics and mathematics teacher. Born in Padria, north-west of Sardinia, Giovanni completed his studies at the University of Cagliari graduating with a MSc in Solid State Physics with a thesis on “Jahn-Teller stabilisation of magnetic and orbital ordering in rocksalt CuO” under the supervision of Prof. Vincenzo Fiorentini and Dr Alessio Filippetti. In 2010 he moved to Kings College London where, under the supervision of Prof. Alessandro De Vita and Dr James Kermode, he undertook and completed Phd studies, investigating the mechanism of fracture in brittle materials by means of computer simulations using a hybrid quantum-mechanical and classical-mechanical model. As part of his PhD duties he had the chance to supervise several undergraduate and master students in research projects on fracture modelling, attended conferences and organised physics talks. From January 2013 to June 2015 he lectured mathematics and physics at Kaplan International College London to pre-undergraduate and pre-master students, coordinating all mathematics modules. In July 2015 he finally joined Akademeia in Warsaw, where to date he has been teaching physics and mathematics to both A-level and IGCSE students.


    dr Mark William Kelly
    BSc Chemistry, Heriot Watt University
    PhD Physical Chemistry, University of Bristol

    After achieving his undergraduate degree, Mark was offered a graduate job at Sasol Technologies Ltd where he was involved in the research of heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis. Mark left this position to complete a PhD in Bristol, where he specialised in gas phase plasma diagnostics and modelling for the chemical vapour deposition of diamond. During his PhD, Mark attended several conferences to present his work and is first author of two publications, as well as being second author of several others. Following a one-year post-doctoral research position in Bristol, Mark completed a PGCE to teach secondary science with a specialisation in Chemistry at the University of the West of England. Mark is moving to Warsaw having completed two years as Head of Chemistry at a British international school in Nairobi.


    Mark Baynes
    BSc (Hons) Biology, University of East Anglia
    DPhil Evolutionary Biology, Wadham College, Oxford

    A keen natural historian from an early age, Mark formalised his passion reading biology as an undergraduate and then taking a DPhil in evolutionary study. Although the necessary election of just one area for PhD research was almost painful, he was finally drawn towards the world of mate selection (adaptive behavior and phenotype in competitive scenarios). Mark maintains an academic appetite for all things cellular with a particular susceptibility towards amphibian and bird biology and adaptive games. In terms of teaching experience, he has held tenure at Charterhouse School followed by private tuition in London and finally as principle biologist at Padworth College, an international college in Southern England.When not distracted by the natural aesthetic, Mark enjoys reading, playing funk bass, fly-fishing, film and pop music.


    dr Jakub Mikoszewski
    PhD Biology, University of Warsaw

    Jakub’s PhD thesis was related to steroid compounds in plasma membranes, including their metabolism in vivo and in vitro. During four years as PhD student Jakub conducted numerous seminars, student laboratory tutorials and presented my results as international conference participant twice. He has 11 years of experience in IB programme (including Biology HL, SL and EE supervisor) and overall 14 years of experience as teacher, tutor as well as health and prevention workshop leader.


    Tomasz Odrzygóźdź
    B.Sc. Studies in Mathematics and Physics at the College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MISMaP). Thesis: “Coarse embeddings of discrete metric spaces into Hilbert spaces”
    M.Sc. Studies in Mathematics and Physics at the College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MISMaP). Thesis: “The square model for random groups”. The thesis was published in the mathematical journal “Colloquium Mathematicum”
    Currently – PhD Studies in Mathematics at the Insitute of Mathematics at the Polish Academy of Sciences

    Tomasz is actively working in the area of mathematics called the geometric group theory. Together with the McGill University in Montreal and the Polish Academy of Sciences, they are working on properties of random algebraic objects – random groups. Prior to that Tomasz was also working on two science projects in physics. The first project concerned the Special Relativity Theory – it’s objective was to understand the link between acceleration in the spacetime with acceleration of the observer. The result of this work is a paper: “Half-page derivation of the Thomas precession” published in the American Journal of Physics in 2013. The second project, also executed with dr Dragan, was in the area of Quantum Relativistic Theory of Information. They were analyzing the questions like: what happens with the quantum wave function of a particle in a curved spacetime. Currently, Tomasz’s areas of interest include mathematics, physics and artificial intelligence.

    Scholarships / Fellowships
    2017-2019 Preludium Grant by Polish National Science Center for a scientific project: “Sharp probability thresholds for vanishing cohomologies”.
    2013-2017 Fellowship by the Warsaw Center of Mathematics and Computer Sciences
    2009-2013 Scholarship from the Ministerial Ordered Studies Programme
    2010-2011 Scholarship by the College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies


    Iga Wiśniowska
    BA Biochemistry, Imperial College London

    Iga is currently finishing her master’s thesis in Biotechnology at the University of Warsaw. Microbiology is her forte and it is within this field she is conducting further experiments at the Department of Molecular Biology in the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics (IBB). Before continuing her academic journey in Warsaw, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at Imperial College London.


    Anna Kosińska
    MA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge
    MA European Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Europe

    Specialisation – pharmacology (Master thesis entitled: “Effects of resveratrol and genistein on CFTR-mediated chloride secretion in murine colonic epithelium.”).  Anna is both a scientist and a CELTA certified English Teacher. After university she worked in a pharmaceutical company managing its corporate social responsibility projects and leading a nationwide science-educational programme for talented youth.


    Paweł Jastrzębski
    Physics, University of Warsaw

    Paweł Jastrzębski is a graduate of the Faculty of Physics at University of Warsaw. He is a teacher with almost 40 years of experience and has been teaching physics in Akademeia from the moment it was established. Paweł Jastrzębski completed many courses improving pedagogical qualifications e.g. “Assertiveness. Emotions. Social Impact” by K. Korpolewska. He is the Matura examiner in Physics and Astronomy and a teacher of Physics contests’ finalists on junior high school and high school level.

  • HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Krzysztof Sikora

    Mathematics, University of Warsaw
    (Specialisation in topology)

    Mathematics Department

    HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Krzysztof Sikora

    Mathematics, University of Warsaw
    (Specialisation in topology)

    Krzysztof Sikora is a mathematician, pedagogue, and a teacher with many years of experience.
    He worked for 12 years as a maths teacher, and afterwards as the Head of Department at 1531 IB World School in Warsaw. In 2008 he has joined Akademeia, where he gives maths classes in the following educational systems:

    • A Level (all modules for Maths and Further Maths);
    • International Baccalaureate (IB);
    • Polish Matura;
    • IGCSE;
    • SAT;

    He has taken part in many workshops and training courses in Poland, Europe, and the USA (including Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama). Laureate of the National Education Commission Medal.

    Faculty of Mathematics:

    Kingsley Wray
    BSc (Upper Second Class Honours), Portsmouth University
    Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Mathematics, Homerton, Cambridge University
    Post Graduate Diploma in Education Management, University of Leicester
    Post Graduate Certificate of Innovation in Education, Warwick University

    Kingsley Wray is an experienced mathematics teacher (all modules for A Level Maths and Further Maths) and former expert assessor for Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics. He has a long standing interest in mathematics pedagogy and has been involved in action research for many years at local and regional levels. Kingsley has Advanced Skills Practitioner and Teacher Effectiveness certification as well as many years experience in supporting students to maximise their potential. He joins us from the Middle East where he was head of department and led the Mathematics Curriculum advisory team for the Aldar School’s Group. This year he completed the Edexcel training for the new IGCSE 1-9 curriculum.


    Mariusz Kowalik
    Physics, University of Warsaw
    Teachers College, Warsaw Institute of Technology

    Mariusz Kowalik is a graduate of the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw and Teachers College at the Warsaw Institute of Technology. Mariusz is a teacher with many years’ experience. He is enthusiastic about his work, which gives him pleasure and satisfaction. His teaching adventure started already during the first year of university, when took up tutoring. This experience influenced his further career path. For 10 years he has been working with Akademeia – for 8 years he had conducted individual classes, for the last 2 years – group classes at Akademeia High School. Mariusz teaches mathematics on all advancement levels and has qualifications and knowledge, which allow him to teach this subject within the scope of key educational systems, both international:  A-levels, IGCSE, GCSE, IB, SAT, SAT, SAT Subject Test, ATC, GMAT and Polish: end of lower-secondary education examination (egzamin gimnazjalny) and matriculation examination (egzamin maturalny) on both advancement levels.

  • HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Dr Karolina Watras

    BA History of Art,
    University of Cambridge
    MA History of Art,
    Courtauld Institute of Art, London
    MPhil History of Art,
    University of Cambridge
    PhD History of Art,
    University of Cambridge

    Art & Design Department

    HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Dr Karolina Watras

    BA History of Art,
    University of Cambridge
    MA History of Art,
    Courtauld Institute of Art, London
    MPhil History of Art,
    University of Cambridge
    PhD History of Art,
    University of Cambridge

    Faculty of Art & Design:

    Magdalena Strzelczak
    Curator of Art Studio
    BA Fine Art, University of Lancaster
    MA Art Museum and Gallery Studies, University of Leicester

    Magda Strzelczak specialised in sculpture and installation art receiving her Bachelor Degree in Fine Art from the University of Lancaster. Her academic research focused on the growing exchanges between the roles of artists and curators. She graduated with distinction from the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. Her master’s thesis explored the state of contemporary arts conservation and its implications for institutional collecting. Since 2011 she has worked in various curatorial capacities delivering exhibitions, performances and educational programmes, amongst others at The Hyde Park Art Center (USA), the New Art Gallery Walsall (UK), and Cricoteka (Poland). Magda is actively engaged in supporting initiatives connected with the third sector. She has worked for non-governmental organizations in Poland and Uganda, running projects connected to micro-finance, art education, and copyright. Magda is a vocal advocate for the public domain and the free culture movement, which promotes freedom to distribute and modify creative works in the form of free content. She is particularly interested in the changing function of appropriation as a strategy to shape distinct realms of visual culture.


    Kevin Green
    BA, The Bartlett School of Architecture
    MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art

    Born in Montreal, Kevin Green graduated from MA Sculpture at the Royal College of Art having previously studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Green has previously worked for La Machine while working collaboratively on international competitions including winning the Front Room Gallery sculpture competition in New York and the International Prix de la Sculpture for Noilly Prat, France. He has had numerous exhibitions across London. Green co-founded London based architecture and design association; STORE. Green has been a visiting tutor at Greenwich, RCA, AA and London Met and he currently teaches at the Bartlett.


    Aleksandra Wittchen
    BA (Hons.) Music, University of Cambridge (Trinity College)
    Vocal and Acting Studies, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw

    Aleksandra completed her A-Levels at Clifton College in Bristol, where she was awarded a scholarship place. She earned her undergraduate degree in Music at the University of Cambridge (Trinity College), where she sang with The Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Aleksandra frequently appeared as a stand-out soloist during the choir’s international tours and CD recordings. In addition to her work at Akademeia, Aleksandra is currently pursuing a degree in Vocal and Acting Studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, under the tuition of prof. Jolanta Janucik. In her musicological studies, Aleksandra is particularly interested in character development in Classicist and Romantic opera, and the composers of the Young Poland movement.


    Gosia Rygalik
    MA Design Department, Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts
    Danmarks Designskole, Copenhagen

    Gosia graduated from the Design Department at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts (2010 MA). She also studied at the Danmarks Designskole and gained her first professional design experience in Copenhagen. During the studies in Warsaw she was a member of the PG13 platform – responding to experimental design briefs, exhibiting, organizing and taking part in design workshops and competitions as well as industry supported projects. Gosia’s MA studies were focused on experiencing food. The relationship between design and food is an important field of her theoretical research as well as design practice. In 2009 she joined Studio Rygalik to become a partner in 2012.


    Przemo Łukasik
    Architecture, Silesian University of Technology
    Architecture, Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Villemin in Paris

    Przemo studied architecture at Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice (Poland) and at Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Villemin in Paris (France). After graduating he worked at P.P. Pabel Architekten in Berlin,  Jean Nouvel Architecture in Paris and Odile Decq / Benoit Cornette in Paris. In 1997 he established, along with Lukasz Zagala, his own practice: medusagroup. In 2008 he was a visiting professor at Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris (France).


    dr Anna Piesiewicz
    BA Packaging Design, Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts
    MFA Poster Design, Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts
    PhD Communication Design, Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts

    Independent graphic designer. Anna studied graphic design specialised in poster design in Warsaw Academy of Fine Art. Over the past 9 years she has worked in a range of small agencies, Cultural Institution and Media House for a variety of clients, from start-ups to corporate multi-nationals.

‘Subject expertise, experience, and passion for teaching

distinguish our faculty. Challenging and rigorous curricula help our students achieve academic excellence. They become independent learners and thinkers, able to gain knowledge and understanding of the world we live in. Dialogue and passion for learning are our guiding principles.”

– dr Karolina Watras, Deputy Head 

Faculty of co-curricular

dr Maciej Kraus
Director of Entrepreneurship Program
Management, University of Warsaw
Harvard University, Stanford University

Maciej Kraus has over 15 years of experience in sales and strategy, did+100 projects in B2B and B2C in +40 countries. Maciej is a lecturer at the Faculty of Management at Warsaw University and guest lecturer at many respected schools (LBS, Kellog and Stanford GSB). He wrote 2 books on sales strategy “9 steps to higher profits. Without cutting costs or letting workers go. A practical guide to higher profits and income in a market with rising pressures.” and “The naked mind – on behavioral aspects of pricing.”


Robert Czebotar
Director of Drama Program
Theatre School in Warsaw

Polish theatre and film actor and composer – he writes music to theatre plays. Between 1992 and 1999 he worked in the Polish Theatre in Warsaw and also in other Warsaw theatres. Nowadays, as a guest, he works in the National Theatre and he also cooperates with the Polish Radio Theatre.


Maciej Domoradzki
Director of Sports Program
Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw

Maciej has always been passionate about sports. For 11 years he had been playing for a local basketball team – Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg. After finishing his career as a player, he studied sports at Józef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw. Maciej has been working as a PE teacher at the International American School since 2008. Since 2014, he has been the Head of the Faculty: Sport and Creativity. As an experienced teacher and coach, he is committed to sharing his knowledge and passion for sports and active lifestyle. Additional qualifications and courses completed: Basketball coach / Basketball referee / Swimming instructor / Volunteer Water Rescue Service Lifeguard / Tennis instructor / First aid course / Football instructor.

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