Board of Trustees

The Trustees, are expert advisors, a group of public trust people who have agreed to support the Foundation pro publico bono with their knowledge and experience.

The Board of Trustees helps the Foundation in strategic elements: fundraising, networking, advocacy, communication.

Members: Włodzimierz Albin, Elżbieta Barembruch, Dorota Bieniek-Kaska, Paweł Bryndal, Tessa Capponi-Borawska, Emily Cunningham, Maria Deskur, Magdalena Duszyńska-Walczak, Paweł Filar, Aneta Jurska-Gawrysiak, Dominik Karbowski, Olga Korolec, Iryna Kovalchuk, Maja Łatyńska, Grzegorz Majerowicz, Maja Meissner, Michał Miąskiewicz, Ireneusz Piecuch, Christopher Siemieński, Grażyna Szarszewska-Kühl, Paweł Tyszkiewicz, Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska, Katarzyna Wierzbowska, Maciej Witucki, Barry Zuckerman.


Board of Trustees

Włodzimierz Albin

President of Wolters Kluwer Polska; co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Universal Reading Foundation.

Elżbieta Barembruch

Legal counsel, for many years professionally connected mainly with the telecommunications market, participates in the most important regulatory projects and proceedings in this sector, partner of the Barembruch i Wspólnicy Law Firm.

Dorota Bieniek-Kaska

Founder and president of LoveBrands Relations and LoveBrands Events, strategic communications agency, lecturer at UW

Paweł Bryndal

Legal counsel, mediator, for many years involved in legal assistance to organisations supporting the promotion of readership in Poland, partner of Barembruch i Wspólnicy Law Firm

Tessa Capponi-Borawska

Florentine by birth, Warsaw resident by choice, journalist and author of books about the history of cuisine and food culture.

Emily Cunningham

Experienced teacher, editor, and advisor.
Member of the Supervisory Board of Teach for Poland.
American with Polish ancestry and once lived in Warsaw.

Maria Deskur

President of the Board of the Universal Reading Foundation, book publisher since 2002; reading promotion acitivist, winner of the Zwyrtała 2019 award for best reading promotion project author of the „SuperPower of Books, A Handbook for Promoting Reading”.

Magdalena Duszyńska-Walczak

President of the Nowa Era publishing house, one of the Founders of the Universal Reading Foundation, member of the Council of the Polish Book Chamber.

Paweł Filar

Economist, manager. Graduated from SGH and Harvard Business School. Member of the polish Chamber of Books Council.
Founder and Chairman of the Board of Platon Distribution Company

Aneta Jurska-Gawrysiak

Lawyer, lecturer at Warsaw University and Collegium Civitas, graduate of Warsaw University, St. John's College, Oxford and Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute, Florence.

Olga Korolec

Marketing Director at Rainier Axel Springer Polska; Director of Sustainable Development at Rainier Axel Springer Group.

Dominik Karbowski

Vice president and co-founder of Selectivv, a company specializing in the acquistion, analysis and profiling of smartphone user data used in mobile marketing and reserach projects. Specialist in ooutreach and perfomance campaigns.

Iryna Kovalchuk

Ukrainian linguist, Preceptor in Polish, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, cultural manager and community organizer, translator.

Maja Łatyńska

Translator from Polish into English, researcher on European issues, creator of research and educational programs, fundraiser (e.g. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Civic Education Project).

Grzegorz Majerowicz

Lawyer, graduate of the University of Warsaw, bookseller and publisher, vice president of the Polish Book Chamber, co-founder and board member of the Universal Reading Foundation.

Maja Meissner

Managing Partner of her own consulting firm Meissner & Partners Executive Search and Organizational Development. She is an active member of AESC The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants, NYC. Entrepreneur, investor.


Michał Miąskiewicz

Developmental psychologist, graduate of Harvard College, Ph.D. researcher at Harvard Graduate School of Education, founding Program Director of the Polish-American Foundation School of Education at the University of Warsaw

Ireneusz Piecuch

Lawyer, manager, collector, owner of IMP Law, member of the Board of Trustees of Kozminski University, advisor to the President of the Employers of Poland.

Christopher Siemieński

Political scientist, commercial director of Eiffage Poland, board member of the Belgian Chamber of Commerce, author of children's books.

Grażyna Szarszewska-Kühl

Germanist, publisher and manager. Former lecturer at the Humboldt University in Berlin, she used to work at Bertelsmann Media and for many years had been a general director od Lagendscheidt Polska, and then of the Polisch Book Chamber. (photo Adam Golec)

Paweł Tyszkiewicz

Board Attorney of SKM SAR Marketing Communications Association, President of AdArtis Association and Board Member of The European Association of Communications Agencies (EACA) based in Brussels.

Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska

Attorney at law, senior partner at WKB, Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr.

Katarzyna Wierzbowska

Social Entrepreneur, Social Innovator, Co-founder of Black Swan - network of women's business angels and Venture Capital Fund, Founder and Ex-President of The Board of Female Entrepreneurship Foundation, Founder of Entrepreneurial Women Network, Female startup ecosystem activist, women empowerment and gender equality expert. Leadership Academy for Poland Alumna.

Maciej Witucki

President of the Lewiatan Confederation, Member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council of the United States, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Orange Polska, Member of the Jagiellonian Club Council

Barry Zuckerman

Professor and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine; one of 12 founders of the Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics; first Medical Director of Boston Medical Center; co-founder of Reach Out and Read, Medical-Legal Partnership, Health Leads, Healthy Steps, and the Nutrition & Fitness for Life, all of which have transformed pediatric care for low-income families;


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