Although colleagues have been designated to specific duties in the Project and the Foundations, they will all belong to one united team.  As of the end of 2020, the principal personalities include those listed below. In the near future, further categories of Project members will be appointed, including Patrons and Associates.

Prof Norman Davies
Prof Norman DaviesFounder and Trustee

Norman Davies first visited Poland in March 1962, when he was still a student in his final year at Oxford. Fascinated by what he learned, and by what the authorities did not want him to learn, he made the study of Polish history the starting-point of his academic career. His early books – White Eagle, Red Star: the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-20, (1972), God’s Playground: a history of Poland (1981), and Heart of Europe: the past in Poland’s present (1984) – were banned by the censorship of the Soviet Block and long unavailable to Polish readers. As a successful historian writing in English, however, he rapidly gained a worldwide readership, and devoted himself to informing the world about Poland. His books have been translated into over thirty languages including Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish, German, Italian and French.

Dr Stanley Bill
Dr Stanley BillTrustee

Dr Stanley Bill is Senior Lecturer in Polish Studies and Director of the Polish Studies Programme at the University of Cambridge. He researches Polish culture and politics. He is also the founding editor of news and analysis website Notes from Poland.

Mr Ranjit Majumdar
Mr Ranjit MajumdarTrustee

Ranj is the Executive Director of Global Leaders Consulting, which works worldwide within the education sector and with NGOs and multilateral organisations in international development, conservation and public policy. His background is seven years in leadership positions at Oxford and Cambridge University. Ranj sits on the European Board of the Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR) and is a Board member at inHive, which helps institutions develop alumni networks for social impact. He lives in Cambridge with his wife, Sarah, who is of Polish ancestry and their three-year old daughter, Anaïs.

Prof Robert Frost
Prof Robert FrostAdvisory Committee Chairman

Professor Robert holds the Burnett Fletcher Chair of History at the University of Aberdeen. He grew up in Edinburgh, and was educated at the University of St Andrews, the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, where he wrote his PhD under the supervision of Professor Norman Davies, and the Jagiellonian University, where he was awarded a diploma in Polish Language and Culture. After three years as a schoolteacher, he was Lecturer and then Reader in Early Modern History at King’s College London, before moving to Aberdeen in 2004. He is currently Director of the Research Centre in Polish-Lithuanian Studies at the University of Aberdeen. His many publications on Polish-Lithuanian history include After the Deluge: Poland-Lithuania and the Second Northern War(Cambridge University Press, 1993); The Northern Wars: War, State and Society in Northeastern Europe, 1558–1721(Longmans, 2000), and The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania, volume 1, The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385–1569, which was awarded the 2017 Pro Historia Polonorum prize for the best foreign-language book on Polish history published between 2012 and 2017; the 2017 Polish Foreign Ministry Prize for the best foreign-language book promoting Polish history, and the 2018 Polish Travellers Club prize. A Polish translation was published in 2019 by Rebis publishers. He is currently working on volume two of his history of the Polish-Lithuanian Union.

Prof Anne White
Prof Anne WhiteAdvisory Committee Member

My current research interests are migration, in general; social change in Poland; and Polish migration. I have recently completed projects on return migration to Poland, the links between long-term unemployment and migration in Poland, the impact of migration on Poland as a sending country, and the impact of Poland’s EU accession on people of Polish origin living in the UK. My most recent books are The Impact of Migration on Poland: EU Mobility and Social Change (co-authored with I. Grabowska, P. Kaczmarczyk and K. Slany, UCL Press, 2018) and Invisible Poles: a Book of Interview Abstracts (co-authored with Kinga Goodwin, UCL Discovery, 2019). I have published monographs on declining regime control over citizens’ leisure time in Poland, Hungary and the USSR (1953-87); social movements (e.g. disabled people’s and parents’ organisations) under Gorbachev; small-town Russia in the 1990s (with particular focus on livelihood strategies and identities); and post-2004 family migration from Poland to Western Europe. My other research projects include studies of Memorial; Russian gender roles; internal migration in Russia; and Ismail Kadare. I am happy to supervise research students working on any aspect of Polish society, politics and recent history; migration to and from Central and Eastern Europe (including topics focusing on the UK); and broader sociological/anthropological topics within Central and Eastern Europe.

Prof Ania Zalewska
Prof Ania ZalewskaAdvisory Committee Member

Ania Zalewska is a Professor of Finance and the Director of the Centre for Governance, Regulation and Industrial Strategy (CGR&IS) at the School of Management, University of Bath, UK. Having both a mathematical and economic background (holds a PhD in Mathematics from the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, and a PhD in Economics from the London Business School) her research interests include pension reforms, financial sustainability, regulation, governance, managerial incentives, and the evolving nature of market risk (including risks related to climate change). She has published in leading academic journals (e.g. Journal of Financial Economics, Economic Journal, Journal of Banking & Finance, Journal of Empirical Finance, to name a few). Her opinions were also featured in Financial Times, The Times, The Economist, The Hill and many other international outlets. Professor Zalewska has advised various UK governmental bodies (e.g. the Competition Commission, HMRC, FSA, DECC, BEIS, the Committee on Standards in Public Life, the National Infrastructure Commission), international governmental bodies (e.g. the Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR), Luxembourg; the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and leading international companies on financial issues. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence, Max Planck Society, Germany and a board member of numerous finance societies (e.g. the Multinational Finance Society, the International Finance and Banking Society).

Prof Katarzyna Pisarska
Prof Katarzyna PisarskaPolska Fundacja Normana Daviesa Chairperson

Prof. Katarzyna Pisarska is a Polish social entrepreneur, civic activist and academic, specializing in public diplomacy and EU foreign policy. She is the founder and director of the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw, Poland and the Visegrad School of Political Studies run in cooperation with the Council of Europe. She is also the co-founder and Program Director of the Warsaw Security Forum and an Associate Professor at the Warsaw School of Economics. She was distinguished as a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum in Davos (2014) & as one of the “99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33” by the Diplomatic Courier in Washington D.C. (2013). Author of the book “The Domestic Dimension of Public Diplomacy – evaluating success through civil engagement”(Palgrave 2016). Past fellowships include: Harvard University (2007), Johns Hopkins University SAIS (2010), Australian National University (2015), University of Southern California (2019) and a Transatlantic Fellowship in the U.S. Congress (2016).

Dr Stefan Szwed
Dr Stefan SzwedProject Manager

Stefan Szwed is Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies (CIS) at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford. He regularly consults for the OSCE/ODIHR and several other organisations in the area of democracy support (election observation and assistance) across the world, and especially in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. His recent book examines Polish-German relations as members of Euro-Atlantic institutions (Poland, Germany and State Power in Post-Cold War Europe: Asymmetry Matters, Palgrave Macmillan 2019). Stefan obtained his bachelor degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC and completed an MPhil in European Politics and DPhil in International Relations at Oxford (St Antony’s College).

Mr Jacek Chwedoruk
Mr Jacek ChwedorukFundraising Coordinator Poland

Managing Director, Head of Rothschild & Co Poland, Co-Head of CEE, Rothschild & Co Global Advisory

He has over 28 years of experience in investment banking gained in privatisations, M&A and ECM transactions and private placements. He supervised the privatisation of the first Polish companies listed on the WSE. He is a founding member of Polish Institute of Directors and a member of the Polish Business Roundtable. He joined Rothschild & Co in 1992.

Mr Jarosław Peplinski
Mr Jarosław PeplinskiLegal Adviser Poland

Managing Partner at Attorneys at Law J.Pepliński & Partners Limited Partnership in Wrocław.

Mr Hendrik Puschmann
Mr Hendrik PuschmannLegal Adviser UK

Hendrik is an English, German and Irish lawyer and partner of Farrer & Co in London, where he specialises in commercial disputes. He is also an associate fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford and Clare Hall, Cambridge. Hendrik spent a year in southern Poland when he was much younger. He has been obsessively interested in the country ever since and visits as often as he can. Hendrik also regularly works with Polish clients; he is on the arbitrator lists of the Arbitration Court at the Polish Chamber of Commerce and the Lewiatan Court of Arbitration (both in Warsaw).