Sc. Bogdan Góralczyk, professor at the University of Warsaw. Political scientist, sinologist, diplomat, publicist. Prominent expert on international affairs. His specialty is the Asian market, as well as European matters, including the EU’s international status, Hungarian matters, post-communistic transformation.

He is currently the Director of the Centre for Europe of the University of Warsaw. Between 2003 and 2008 he was the Republic of Poland’s ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Philippines and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (formerly: Burma). Previously, in the years 1991-1998 he was stationed in a diplomatic establishment in Hungary. Moreover, he was the Chief of Cabinet of the Polish Foreign Affairs Minister, Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz. Author of numerous books. He constantly collaborates with, among others, the Hungarian journal „Népszabadság” and the “HVG” weekly. He is the Editor in Chief of “Asia-Pacific” scientific annals.


jaroslav-ludvaaJaroslav Ludva – Podsekretarz Stanu w Ministerstwie Spraw Zagranicznych Republiki Czeskiej. Ma w dorobku bogatą karierę dyplomatyczną pełnioną w różnych krajach, w tym w Zjednoczonych Emiratach Arabskich w latach 2010-2014 oraz na Filipinach w latach 2003-2005. Był dyrektorem Departamentu Azji i Pacyfiku w Ministerstwie Spraw Zagranicznych w latach 2000-2003. W 1996 został ambasadorem w Uzbekistanie. Wcześniej pełnił funkcję Chargé d´Affaires w Singapurze. Na początku swojej kariery pracował w Ministerstwie Spraw Zagranicznych na różnych stanowiskach, między innymi jako doradca ministra w sprawach zewnętrznych relacji gospodarczych. Posiada licencjat z międzynarodowych stosunków gospodarczych Universidad Complutense de Madrid oraz tytuł magistra Uniwersytetu Ekonomicznego w Pradze.



tamasmaturaTamas Matura is the Founder of the Central and Eastern European Center for Asian Studies. He has been working on China for a decade, started his career as a research fellow of the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs. Recently he used to serve as an adviser on China to the Minister of National Economy, as an editor of the China Strategy of Hungary, and as an author of the BRICS Strategy of Hungary. Right now he is a permanent Assistant Professor of ESSCA School of Management Angers-Paris-Budapest-Shanghai, assistant professor of Corvinus University of Budapest, lecturer at the Pázmány Péter University Budapest, and a member of UACES China CRN and a founding member of the European Think Tank Network on China. Mr. Matura holds a doctoral MA in law, and an MA in international relations.




Dominik Mierzejewski, Ph.D., professor of the University of Lodz (Department of East Asian Studies), head of the Asian Affairs Centre. His research focuses on China’s political development, rhetoric of Chinese foreign policy and leadership transition in the Communist Party of China. Performed his studies at the Shanghai International Studies University (1999-2000, 2003-2004), worked as an intern in the Heritage Foundation (2003). He won the Jan Karski scholarship by the American Center of Polish Culture (2003). Has been a visiting professor in the Chinese Academy of Social Science granted by the Polish Foundation for Science (2010-2011). He has published one monograph, and dozens of articles published e.g. in Singapore, the United Kingdom and the Unites States. Dr. Mierzejewski is a member of the Association for Asian Studies, the European International Studies Association, the European Association for Chinese Studies (board member), he is also the vice editor in chief of “Azja-Pacyfik” (yearbook) and “Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia” (Austria/South Korea).


rswilskiRyszard Świlski – member of the Board of the Pomorskie Region, responsible i.a. for infrastructure and economic development. He graduated from the University of Gdańsk, where he earned a master’s degree in political science, specializing in local government. In 1994-1998 city councilor of Pruszcz Gdański – Deputy Chairman of the city council. In 1998-2002, Gdańsk county councilor – chairman of the district council. From 2002 to 2005 Gdańsk county councilor, then deputy mayor of Pruszcz Gdański.




rpyffelRadosław Pyffel – journalist, sociologist, chief of the Centre for Polish-Asian Studies. Since 18 July 2016 Poland’s representative and Alternate Director in the Asian Infrastructure Investments Bank (AIIB).

Expert on Chinese culture and consultant on the Chinese market. Expert on Asia in the Globalization Institute in Gliwice and the Sobieski Institute. Research fellow and lecturer at , i.a., the National-Louis University in Nowy Sącz and the Tischner European University in Cracow. Author of numerous Asia-related articles and books.