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’.

dr Igor Czernecki – historian of ideas, graduate of Columbia University, London School of Economics and the University of Warsaw. He is concerned with political philosophy. Author of the book The Importance of Religion for Democracy in Alexis de Tocqueville. He has published, among others, in the Journal of the History of Ideas, Tocqueville Review, Cold War History, Przegląd Polityczny, Res Publica Nowa or Świąteczna Gazeta Wyborcza. He works at the EFC Foundation on a daily basis.


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.


Emilia Gromadowska  – graduate of pedagogy at the University of Warsaw, scholarship holder of the University of Amsterdam. For 13 years she worked in the international charity organization United Way. She designed and implemented educational, social and voluntary programs innovative on a national scale. Experienced manager of non-governmental organizations and CSR consultant. President of the board of foundations such as Educational Foundation Roman Czernecki, the ORLEN Foundation, the WARTA and Kredyt Bank Foundation "Together we can do more". He is socially involved in the activities of the Donors Forum in Poland as a board member.


Lesław Piszewski – Polish activist of the Jewish community, in 1997–1999 and again chairman from 2018; in 2014–2018, deputy chairman of the Jewish Religious Community in Warsaw, in 2014–2019 chairman of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, professionally involved in real estate trading.

Dorota Żuber –laureate of the 13th edition of the Award. Integrates Roma and non-Roma children in a multicultural day-room. For twenty years she was the headmistress at Primary School No. 16 in Bytom, located in Bobrek - the poorest district of the city, where a large Roma community also lives. In 2013, on her initiative, in the dilapidated attic of the school, an original place was created - the Amaro Strychos Community Center, or in Romani, Our Attic, a place where children and adults can learn about culture, the world and each other, break stereotypes and build bridges of understanding. About 45-50 children (including 25 Roma children) constantly participate in the classes, they develop their passions, play football, practice traditional and modern dance, learn robotics, and benefit from career counseling.


Katarzyna Grubek - graduate of the Faculty of Theater Studies at the Theater Academy A. Zelwerowicz in Warsaw and the French Teachers College of the University of Warsaw. She has been working at the Center for Citizenship Education since 2005, initially as a coordinator of cultural and media education programs, and since 2016 - the head of the Culture and Media department, where she supports the implementation of projects in the field of cultural, media, film and anti-discrimination education. With the Irena Sendlerowa Award was associated almost from the beginning as a co-organizer of the program and the award ceremony. Author of educational materials, training programs and online courses. Culture animator and trainer. Scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in 2017. Member of the Management Board of the Association of Families and Friends of People with Intellectual Disability "Chata z ideas".


Agnieszka Jankowiak-Maik – laureate of the 14th edition of the Irena Sendlerowa Award "For repairing the world", teacher, historian, educational blogger known on the Internet as "Babka od Histy", awarded in the Wielkopolska Teacher of the Year 2017 competition. Graduate of doctoral studies at the Faculty of History at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań, tutor and trainer of the Odyssey of the Mind, promoter of civil society, author of the anti-discrimination program "School of Openness" at Secondary School No. 3 in Poznań, one of the initiators of the Citizens' Conference on Education - the largest public consultations in the field of education after 1989. Publicist and editor of the websites and, popularizer of historical knowledge with particular emphasis on the history of women. Member of the Central Committee of the Junior Historical Olympiad.