About Us

Social Impact Alliance for Central & Eastern Europe was created by people who care about the social development of CEE region. We represent the world of finance, law, communication, IT, business and social sectors. Many of us work at the interface of social engagement and philanthropy, individual and corporate.

The sustainable development of Social Impact Alliance for Central & Eastern Europe is supported by the Council of Advisors who voluntarily share their precious time and knowledge. Thanks to our Experts in tax advisory, law, CSR, non-financial reporting and strategic management, we expand the spectrum of social projects and professional services that we offer to philanthropists.

We believe that we need to support the ones who provide valuable resources such as private capital and skills – the philanthropists. Because we care. Because we want to make a real, lasting change.

BOARD

Anna Korzeniewska

Founder of Social Impact Alliance for Central & Eastern Europe and the Talent Development Foundation. Initiator of hundreds of valuable partnerships with the most renowned companies and organizations in the world. Author of dozens of social programs. Since 2007 she has been successfully combining the implementation of social goals with the business objectives of enterprises. She has many years of experience working at the intersection of education and the labor market.
Graduate of the City University of New York (BA) and Nottingham Trent University (MBA). The first Pole to receive a post-graduate Professional Certificate in Fundraising at New York University (NYU).
Values quality and partnership cooperation. Passionate about ambitious people who “want to make things happen”.

Marcin Kuśmierz

President of the management board of home.pl. Expert on the mobile services market and business development strategies. Member of the Council of Advisors of Social Impact Alliance for Central & Eastern Europe. He gained his experience in the ITI Group, where he was responsible for the construction of research and development area. Since 2007 he has been associated with home.pl, where, as the managing director, he has been responsible for the company’s development and professionalization.
Graduate of Political Science at UMCS in Lublin.

Joanna Ossowska-Rodziewicz

Founder of SmartBee Club, an innovative company creating educational sets in the field of STEM. Co-founder and longtime member of the board at FIBARO, a manufacturer of wireless devices for smart homes. Expert in the field of marketing and business development strategies. Member of the Council of Advisors of Social Impact Alliance for Central & Eastern Europe. Since 1999 she has been working in the broadly defined area of business development and marketing in companies operating on international markets. Graduate of the Poznań University of Technology and the WSB University in Poznań. In 2008 she received her doctoral degree at the Warsaw School of Economics, and in 2015 she completed the Executive MBA program of the Aalto University School of Business in Helsinki and the WSB University in Poznań. Graduate of the elite Exponential Innovation program organized by Singularity University in Silicon Valley. Loves surreal art and Woody Allen movies.

Agnieszka Zielińska

Partner at Deloitte. M&A transaction advisor on the private equity market. President of Fundacja Projekt Mokotów. Member of the Council of Advisors of Social Impact Alliance for Central & Eastern Europe. She has over 15 years of experience working on M&A transactions. At Deloitte she manages financial due diligence projects and advises during negotiations and preparation of SPA contracts. Apart from her experience in the Finance Department of Deloitte, she also worked as the CFO of a private equity portfolio company.
Graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics. Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Loves travel, exercise, long conversations by the fire, and movie production.

Wiktor Schmidt

The Executive Chairman of Netguru – the consultancy, product design, and software development company he co-founded in 2008. Member of the Council of Advisors of Social Impact Alliance for Central & Eastern Europe. As Netguru’s Executive Chairman, Wiktor is responsible for the company’s external presence, co-running key initiatives such as supporting diversity in the company, developing Netguru’s social footprint and implementing sustainable growth strategies. Under his leadership as a former CEO, Netguru has become one of the fastest growing companies in EU, recognized by the Financial Times, Deloitte, and Forbes.
Wiktor is also an active angel investor in several technology startups, including Joymile and Lever, and a supervising board member for Ten Square Games, a free-to-play game studio. He is heavily involved in the European startup community through organizations like YPO, Hive61, and Startup Weekend.
Wiktor believes in workplace transparency, diversity, and equality. The strong culture within Netguru is a natural realization of his drive to build a workplace in which he’d personally like to work.

Klara Banaszewska

General Manager at Grayling Poland. Klara has vast experience in the creation and implementation of complex communications strategies in Public Affairs, corporate communication, as well as issue and crisis management in various sectors, including heavy industry, energy, and finance. As General Manager at Grayling Poland, she acts as top
level advisor to management boards and leaders of the most renowned Polish and international
corporations, offering tailor made strategies in the area of reputation management, crisis
communication, and change management. Klara is also a member of the Program Board of Leadership
Academy for Poland – a comprehensive program for the development of Polish leaders and good
leadership for Poland. She is also a juror in the Golden Paperclips competition organized by the Polish
Public Relations Consultancies Association and a mentor in the EmpowerPL program by Boston
Consulting Group.

OUR TEAM & EXPERTS

Ewelina Szczygielska

Financial Expert at Social Impact Alliance for Central & Eastern Europe. Financial director of an international group of companies. Experienced manager in the area of finance as well as in strategic and operational management of enterprises and capital groups.

She worked in the audit department in one of the “big four” companies, as well as in companies from the service, construction and manufacturing industries. In her professional life she applies a holistic approach to organization. Over the years, she has built a wide range of competences, mainly in the field of change management, designing and implementing effective internal control systems and numerous solutions increasing the organization’s effectiveness in various areas. She successfully builds and manages teams of all sizes basing this cooperation principally on trust and engagement.
She graduated with honors from the Executive MBA program at Aalto University in Helsinki, she is currently working on her doctoral dissertation in the field of finance.

 

Dominika Ziemkiewicz

Communication Expert at Social Impact Alliance for Central & Eastern Europe. Marketing Manager at NIVEA Polska with over 15 years of professional experience in the area of analysis, marketing and sales. An expert in the field of creating and implementing effective marketing strategies, creating comprehensive communication campaigns, analyzing the effectiveness of marketing activities as well as planning and managing the marketing budget. As a Group Key Account Manager, she was responsible for building a long-term strategy for the development of a group of clients, creating and implementing tactical activities to achieve sales targets, negotiating commercial offers and annual contracts, as well as forecasting sales and monitoring financial performance indicators. A graduate of the Faculty of Management at the Poznan University of Economics. Passionate about cooking, discovering new flavors and trying new recipes.

Marta Kozielska

UK consultant at Social Impact Alliance for Central & Eastern Europe. Graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science (BSc in Social Anthropology). Additionally, she spent a year at the University of California, Berkeley, studying medical anthropology, public policy, and international business. Marta has worked internationally across think tank, non-governmental, and research organizations where she developed her knowledge in international strategies, public policy and advocacy. Currently, Manager and Research Associate at LSE IDEAS, Foreign Policy Think Tank (London, UK), overseeing the development of programs which devise innovative thought leadership in the field of international relations, foreign policy, and diplomacy through strategic partnerships with universities, government agencies, businesses, and policy-makers across a wide variety of political jurisdictions and industries.

Krystyna Wilk-Koncewicz

Strategist with many years of experience on Central and Eastern European markets, entrepreneur and activist. She participated in M&A transactions and the creation of business strategies in the banking, energy, and oil & gas sectors in projects implemented for Deloitte and E&Y. She has been associated with the Orlen Capital Group for 10 years. She was responsible for the introduction of the company to the electric energy sector on the Central and Eastern European market. Member of the supervisory board of a subsidiary, team manager in the field of business controlling. Initiator and organizer of numerous social and charity campaigns. Co-founder and first president of the Kosmos dla Dziewczynek (Space for Girls) Foundation.

Joanna Pydo

An Expert in the field of international investor relations and strategic communication in the area of ESG and Innovation for capital groups from the energy, wood, IT, medical and real estate sectors and startups, in Poland and abroad. Trusted advisor to Management

Boards and Supervisory Boards. Mentor in the MIT Enterprise Forum CEE acceleration program. Member of the Chapter of The Best Annual Report, Financial Market Women Club and Brussel Binders. Former lecturer at Postgraduate Investor Relations and Financial Communication Studies at the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) and Leslaw A. Paga’s Foundation Academy of Energy. A graduate of specialized training in investor relations and crisis communication abroad, training in capital market law, mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate governance in Poland, Europe and the world.
A graduate of Finance and Monetary Policy, Poznan University of Economics and MA Global Political Economy at the University of Kassel. A graduate of the FIFA / CIES Sport Management Program postgraduate studies, Kozminski University. A graduate of the Managerial Program at the TUM School of Management in Munich.

Natalia Cieplińska

Attorney-at-law. She specializes in providing services to business entities and non-governmental organizations and has extensive experience in creating, reviewing, and negotiating agreements between entrepreneurs. Her experience also includes representation of different entities in administrative proceedings, in particular in matters related to the implementation of investment processes. She was also responsible for matters related to intellectual property rights. Partner and Director of the Corporate and IT Law Department at DSK Legal. Graduate of Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań. In her private life she is a fan of blues and Freddie Mercury.

Katarzyna Radecka

Member of the Council of Experts of Social Impact Alliance for Central & Eastern Europe. Business Development Director at V&P Advertising Agency. For 16 years she was associated with Kompania Piwowarska, where she held the position of CSR Manager. She was developing employee volunteering, social, and environmental actions as well as sustainable development reporting. She was responsible for the implementation of CSR strategies in Europe and was a member of the company’s Responsible Marketing and Sales Committee. She conducted programs promoting responsible alcohol consumption, including mobile solutions, cooperation with partners, and social media activities. She represented the company on the Brewers of Europe forum.
Graduate of the Faculty of Management of the Poznań University of Economics. In her private life she loves ballroom dancing.

Agnieszka Sawczuk

Expert in strategic philanthropic consultancy, enthusiast of philanthropy with over 20 years of experience in the management of CSR projects and foundations at all levels of operation. She managed a comprehensive portfolio of initiatives in cooperation with public institutions, business leaders, family businesses, individuals, and social organizations in Poland and Europe. She created and oversaw the activities of philanthropic funds financing social projects. Her area of expertise is strategic philanthropic consultancy for individuals, families, and companies in the preparation of long-term social action plans, development and implementation of philanthropic programs, matching the organizational structures of social campaigns to the needs of founders, as well as the creation and management of foundations. She is currently associated with the EFC Foundation – a family foundation created by Andrzej Czernecki, a Polish businessman and philanthropist. Graduate of the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science at the University of Warsaw.

Kinga Podraza-Myszkowska

Communication & PR Expert at Social Impact Alliance for Central & Eastern Europe. PR Manager with over 15 years of professional experience in the areas of public relations, communication, social media & event marketing. Economist by profession. Member of the Polish Public Relations Association (PSPR). Lecturer at postgraduate studies in “Public relations” at the University of Adam Mickiewicz, Poland. Professionally associated with the telecommunications company INEA, previously held a position of editor-in-chief of the magazine and portal devoted to communication Piar.pl. Interested in corporate social responsibility, sustainable development and silver economy. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation in the field of communication. Privately, a happy wife and mother of three sons.

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