Get to know two experts joining our Social Sciences Summer School faculty: Aleksandra Wiśniewska and Jakub Szymik!
Aleksandra Wiśniewska – Forbes Poland ’25 under 25’ Winner of the Social Impact category. Humanitarian crisis specialist with fieldwork experience in ten refugee and IDP camps in Europe and the Middle East. Aleksandra began her work in the sector by serving as a rescue diver securing refugee boats on the Mediterranean Sea and running a shelter for women and children in a refugee camp on Lesvos, Greece. Within the UN, she worked for UNDP Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development, and for UNDP-UNHCR Joint Secretariat forming the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) responding to the Syria Crisis.
She has recently returned from a mission in Iraq, where she supported running a camp for 70 thousand IDPs displaced due to ISIS activity, and completed a thesis: ’The stigmatised: wives and children of ISIS in post-caliphate Iraq’.
Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Oxford, and BSc in Politics and Philosophy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). During high school, a scholar of UWC Poland to the United World College of the Adriatic.
Jakub Szymik is an experienced political consultant specialising in grassroots campaigning and movement building. During his work, he consulted multiple international brands, social organisations and activists on channelling the citizen and consumer engagement into a political and social impact.
His experience includes working for European Academy of Diplomacy, Allen & Overy and CEC Government Relations. Actively engaged in debating community in Poland – he represented the University of Warsaw at World Universities Debating Championships in Kuala Lumpur in 2015, served as the first equity officer within Polish Debating Foundation and led workshops at College of Europe, International Debate Education Association, Demagog Foundation and numerous local groups.
New media and pop culture geek.
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