The Board od Judges

Krzysztof Czyżewski - a practitioner of the idea, essayist and traveller, the founder of the Borderland Foundation and the ‘Borderland of Arts, Cultures and Nations’ Centre in Sejny, editor in chief of Krasnogruda and the head of Borderland Publishing House. Animator of intercultural dialog in the Balkans, the Caucasus, Central Asia and other world borderlands. President of the Board of Judges. 
Elżbieta Ficowska - Initiator of the Irena Sendler Award. Children’s books author. One of the two thousand children saved by Irena Sendler – as a six month-old baby she was transferred across the Arian border in a wooden box. Since the mid-1970s she cooperated with the democratic opposition in Poland. She worked with Jacek Kuroń on the Workers’ Defence Committee. During his term as the Minister of Labour and Social Policy she was his advisor and spokesperson. Between 2002 and 2006 she was President of ‘Children of the Holocaust’.
Anna Chipczyńska – President of the Jewish Community in Warsaw. She cooperated with many non-govermental organisations in Poland. 
Włodzimierz Grudziński - Graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics of the University of Warsaw. He worked in the Informatics Institute at the University of Warsaw. From 1990 to 2007 he was the president of the Management Board of Bank BISE S.A. From 1997 to 2007 he was the deputy president of the Management Board of the Polish Bank Association. Currently an independent consultant and advisor of the president of the Supervisory Board of Blikle sp. z o.o. A member of the Supervisory Board of the Junior Achievement Foundation and the Foundation for Poland. A founder member of the Polish Information Processing Society and the Polish GO Association.

Alicja Pacewicz – co-founder, deputy president, programme and publishing director of the Centre For Citizenship Education. She creates the vision and strategy of the CCE with others. She develops educational programmes and schoolbooks for students, lesson and activity plans, teacher handbooks, programmes and training materials. She edits publications printed by the CCE and conducts training for teachers and trainers. She has a degree in economics, with a foreign trade specialisation from the Warsaw School of Economics. She was given the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 2011.

Jarosław Przyborowski –  entrepreneur, art collector, founder of the Signum Foundation (Poznań, Venice). Its main statutory purpose is to help those in need in Poland and abroad (mainly in Africa) - with special attention paid to children, young people, people with disabilities.The foundation also focuses on building dialogue and promotion of contemporary art in Poland and abroad.
Paula Sawicka - psychologist, former academic teacher, English translator. She was a member of the democratic opposition in the 1970s and 1980s, she worked on the reconstruction of civic society in Poland. From 2004 to 2014 president of the board of the Otwarta Rzeczpospolita (Open Republic Association). Currently a member of its Program Council.
Krystyna Starczewska – teacher, philosopher and social worker in education. She did her PhD in the Philosophy Department of the University of Warsaw. The organiser and head of the secret Independent Education Centre. She worked with the Workers’ Defence Committee. In the 1980s she was the editor in chief of the Kos bi-weekly magazine. A participant of the Round Table. President of the National Forum for Private Education. Laureate of numerous awards for pedagogical and social activity, including the ‘Distinguished Cultural Service Award’ (2001) and Saint George Medal (2009).

Robert Szuchta – historian, educator and teacher. Works at S.I. Witkiewicz High School No. 64 in Warsaw. The first Polish laureate of the Irena Sendler Award ‘For Repairing the World’ (2006). In 2004, was awarded a Medal of the Commission of National Education, and was honoured by the President of the Republic of Poland with a Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for popularising knowledge about the Holocaust (2008). He works with numerous educational and academic institutions in Poland and abroad: the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust, the Polish Centre for Holocaust Research, the Centre for Holocaust Studies at the Jagiellonian University, the Centre for Education Development, Memorial de la Shoah, the Yad Vashem Institute.

Zofia Żukowska - a retired journalist, activist in the Association of "Children of the Holocaust" in Poland. She graduated from the Faculty of Polish Studies at Warsaw University. She also studied philosophy at the Sorbonne. She started her career in the press, but for nearly 50 years she was Involved with television. She prepared educational films and programs promoting popular knowledge. For a long time she led the editorial team on TV.