Founder and Director of the European Academy of Diplomacy and the Visegrad School of Political Studies in Warsaw, Poland
Since 2004 she has transformed a “start-up” institution into an international renowned diplomatic academy, with over 5000 Alumni coming from 40 countries. Throughout her career she has inspired and led change within a number of organizations, including the Community of Democracies and the Council of Europe.
In addition to her leadership and management experience Dr. Pisarska pursues a career in academia. She is an Assistant Professor at the Warsaw School of Economics, an Associate Scholar at the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington D.C and a Visiting Professor at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy in Baku. She has also served as adviser to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Polish Parliament, to the Office of National Security at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland; and continues to work as regular foreign affairs broadcaster in Polish and international media.
Previously, Dr. Pisarska was a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at Harvard University (2007), a Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (2010) and at the University of Oslo (2012). She is also a graduate of the University of Łódź (Poland), Warsaw School of Economics (Poland) and College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium).
KATARZYNA WAKSMUNDZKADeputy Director
Deputy Director of the European Academy of Diplomacy. Since 2005 until 2011 she was in charge of the diplomatic and consular training of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ new hires at the Diplomatic Academy of the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM). She moved to Washington, DC, in 2011, where she worked at the Learning & Development Department at PwC LLC. She joined the EAD team in 2013, initially as the International Programs Coordinator, then the Head of the Visegrad School of Political Studies. She is graduate of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. She received a scholarship of Greek State Scholarship Foundation (IKY, 2004 – 2005) and holds Greek fluency certificate of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Holder of PRINCE2™ Practitioner certificate.
PAULINA BUDEKCoordinator of the VSPS
Since 2011 Paulina Budek was working at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. In the years 2015 – 2016 as a Head of International Students’ Affairs Office, then as a Head of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (2016 – 2018). In 2015 – 2016 academic year she was coordinating the ATLANTIS (Actions for Transatlantic Links and Academic Networks in Training and Integrated Studies) program.
Paulina graduated from the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities specializing in Law. Paulina specializes in international cooperation and implementing innovative solutions to improve work of the organizations with special emphasis on the needs of foreigners. She explores knowledge of psychological management and leadership in practice and conducted many trainings for employees in administrative service of foreigners and documentation of study.
She participated in international trainings in Turkey, Portugal, Spain, Hungary and in the United States.
Paulina joined the EAD team in 2018.
JOANNA URBANEKOffice Manager
Joanna Urbanek is the graduate of the Institute of Applied Social Sciences at the Warsaw University specializing in NGOs. In the years 2010-2014 she was working as a charities administrator at the Saint Christopher Oncological Hospice Foundation. Afterwards, she has been employed at the Royal Bank of Scotland as the AML Analyst (UK area).
Since November 2015 Joanna Urbanek has been working as an Office Manager of the European Academy of Diplomacy, coordinating the proper functioning of the office and dealing with logistics issues.
Personally, she is a dog and rat lover. She is interested in photography, Process Work and cooking.
MACIEJ STARZYŃSKIIT Administrator
At the European Academy of Diplomacy since 2013. His area of interest primarily concerns the topic of cybersecurity.