Polish-Ukrainian Leadership School

About the project

Mission of the Polish-Ukrainian Leadership School is to prepare high–calibre young professionals for leadership positions to create strong, independent country and to rebuild democratic institutions after the war.

Participants would learn from current leaders and decision-makers from various disciplines and positions who would share their knowledge and experience with participants. They would also represent diverse backgrounds and professional affiliations.

  • Live Online Lectures via Zoom
  • January – June
  • +/- 60 sessions (Lectures, workshops, recap group meetings)
  • 3 times a week Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday (+/- 20 weeks)
  • 6 p.m.
  • 1.5 hours
  • English
  • Ceremony in Kiev at the Polish Embassy (invitation only)
Founder of the Leadership School and President of the Freedom Institute

Partnership – Prism Ukraine


  • Leadership

    • What kind of leader do we need today
    • How leader resolves conflicts?
    • How to build a career? (workshop)
    • Public speaking (workshop)
    • Failure – take your lesson but what next ? How to implement a change in your personal life and in organization
    • Team building
    • How to bring more woman to the board on equal conditions?
  • Communication

    • Communication styles in social media
    • What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger – powerful storytelling
    • Building a personal brand (workshop)
    • Can you make money and do something for the public good?
    • Information in the times of the online „echo chambers” – misinformation, fake news and disinformation attacks
  • Business/economy

    • Starting froorm a scratch – how to found a start- up and public interests organization
    • Am I independent with foreign capital? Reflections on business partnerships and investments models with international partners
    • Game of power not arguments – negotiations with international partners
    • Future of energy
    • Design Thinking – creative approach to problem – solving (workshop; case study)
    • Trend-impact and cross-impact approach towards building scenarios (workshop)
  • NGO

    • How to build NGO, run, finance and remain independent
    • NGO – models in the world
    • How NGO can influence politics
    • Can you make money and do something for the public good?
  • International Relations

    • Biggest challenges of adjusting systems for the accession to the EU
    • UEU – how does it work
    • NATO – how does it work
    • Public diplomacy
    • Economic diplomacy
    • Assessment of international systems stability within a variety of future scenarios
    • Europe, USA, China – geopolitics
    • A whole new ballgame– how Russian aggression on Ukraine changed the global balance of powers?
  • Security and Strategy

    • Strategic thinking – what we can achieve in the next 5, 10 and 50 years
    • What if the U.S. leftwould leave the NATO? How secure are security alliances
    • Understanding National Security: Theory and Practice
    • US Security Policy: Key Challenges
    • Europe in Crisis and U.S. Security Policy Priorities
  • Rebuilding Freedom

    • Polish transition – lessons learned and best practices for Ukraine
    • Business, politics and public affairs
    • How to build and maintain independent media
    • Local governments and decentralization – Polish experience
    • Rule of law – howt to overcome the past
    • New economy – how Ukrainian market may look like after the war?
    • Climate change, food (in)security – are we ready?
  • Polish-Ukrainian cooperation

    • PL-Ukr business cooperation – opportunities
    • PL-Ukr economic cooperation – where we will compete and how to avoids clashes
    • PL-Ukr potential, opportunities and threats of future political cooperation
    • PL-Ukr history – how to understand each other


  • 01


    Start of recruitment

  • 02


    First step of recruitment

  • 03


    Second step of recruitment

  • 04


    End of recruitment and announcement of results

  • 05


    Inauguration meeting

  • 06


    First session!


  1. Andrew Michta

    (Attlatic Council) an American political scientist and Director of the Scowcroft Strategy Initiative at the Atlantic Council of the United State in Washington, DC, where he is also a Senior Fellow.

  2. Paweł Przewięźlikowski

    Chief executive officer, Ryvu Therapeutic.

  3. Ben Hodges

    Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe/Seventh Army.

  4. gen. Rajmund Andrzejczak

    Polish general, serving as Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces in 2018–2023.

  5. Laure Mendville

    Head of the Moscow office of Le Figaro (1997-2008), then in Washington (2009-2016), currently in the opinion section of Le Figaro.

  6. Zbigniew Jagiełło

    Polish banker. He was appointed President of the Management Board of Bank PKO Bank Polski in October 2009. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bank Pocztowy S.A. and Board Member of the Association of Polish Banks.

  7. Jadwiga Emilewicz

    Polish politician and political scientist. In 2020, she was Deputy Prime Minister of Poland. In 2019, she became Minister of Development, upon her three-year service as an undersecretary of state in the Ministry of Development, and from 2018 to 2019, she was Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology in the government of Mateusz Morawiecki.

  8. James Carafano

    Heritage Foundation, Senior Counselor to the President and E.W. Richardson Fellow.

  9. Robert Kozak

    Polish journalist, manager, management expert, business coach, university lecturer, author of business books.

  10. Larry Hirsch

    Chairman of Highlander Partners, L.P., a private equity firm that specializes in investments in the U.S. and Central Europe. Highlander Partners maintains offices in Dallas, Texas, Warsaw, Poland, and Bucharest, Romania. Charmain of CEPA.

  11. Zbigniew Pisarski

    Founder and President of the Management Board of the Pulaski Foundation, Vice President of the Warsaw Security Forum.

  12. Wojciech Morawski

    Chairman and owner of the Atlantic Company.

  13. Tadeusz Chełkowski

    Patronite Founder, Senior Manager at Adobe, Lecturer at Kozminski University.

  14. Beata Górka-Winter

    Political scientist, expert on international security and defence issues. Since 2000 a research fellow and program coordinator on international security in the Polish Institute of International Affairs, a leading Polish think tank.

  15. John Allen

    Former Commander, International Security Assistance Force, and Commander, United States Forces-Afghanistan.

  16. Michał Kurtyka

    Polish manager, economist, and civil servant who served as the Minister of Climate and Environment until October 2021.

  17. Piotr Ciacek

    Experienced mentor, supervisor, coach and trainer.

  18. Dominik Andrzejczuk

    Polish-American Venture Capitalist, and founder of Atmos Ventures.

  19. Jakub Wiech

    Polish business journalist, essayist, poet. Editor-in-chief of the portal Energetyka24.com.

  20. Rafał Brzoska

    Polish entrepreneur who is the founder and president of the Integer.pl Capital Group.

  21. Yevgeniya Gaber

    Nonresident Senior Fellow Atlantic Council in Turkey.

  22. Wiktoria Maciejewicz

    Director of Ground Missions, GEM Europe.

  23. Rebeccah Heinrichs

    Senior fellow at Hudson Institute and the director of its Keystone Defense Initiative.

  24. Paweł Musiałek

    Managing Director at Center for Analysis of Jagiellonian Club.

  25. Malwina Pawłowska

    Marketing Business Strategy Director Panattoni Europe.

  26. Łukasz Chojnowski

    Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Strong business development professional with a Master of Laws (LLM) focused in GDPR.

  27. Katarzyna Wierzbowska

    Entrepreneur in the medical industry. Initiator of the women’s startup ecosystem and long-standing president of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Network, which has resulted in the creation of more than 250 companies.

  28. Artur Sójka

    Practitioner and trainer in the field of sales, with a particular focus on relationship selling and referrals. He also deals with communication and public speaking. From 2019, President of Business Klub Poland, a Polish organization of business referrals.

  29. Anton Korynevych

    Presidential representative of Ukraine in Crimea

  30. Hennadyi Maksak

    Executive director of Foreign policy council “Ukrainian Prism”.

  31. Kirstjsten Nielsen

    Former Secretary of State of Homeland Security.

  32. Łukasz Adamski

    Wicedyrektor Centrum Dialogu im. Juliusza Mieroszewskiego, polski historyk, publicysta, ekspert ds. Europy Wschodniej.

  33. Marcin Olender

    Public Policy and Government Relations Manager Central and Eastern Europe at Google.

  34. Myhajlo Zhernakow

    Co-founder, Chair of the Board DEJURE Foundation.

  35. Nazar Bobitski

    Director of the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club Association EU Office.

  36. Oleksandr Kraiev

    Americas program director in Foreign policy council “Ukrainian Prism”

  37. Sergiy Gerasymchuk

    Deputy executive director in Foreign policy council “Ukrainian Prism”.

  38. Vitaly Portnikov

    Ukrainian editor and journalist.

  39. Wojciech Konończuk

    Director of the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW).

  40. Wojciech Lorenz

    Analyst at the Polish Institute of International Affairs.

  41. Yaroslav Trofimov

    Chief Foreign-Affairs Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal.

  42. Rafał Dutkiewicz

    Polish politician and entrepreneur who served as the city mayor of Wrocław, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland from 2002 to 2018.

  43. Krzysztof Dyki

    Specialist in machine code, software reverse engineering and IT procurement process optimization.

  44. Antoni Dudek

    Polish historian, political scientist and publicist, professor of humanities, member of the Council of the Institute of National Remembrance (2010-2016), full professor at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw.

  45. Sławomir Dębski

    Polish historian who has served as director of Polish Institute of International Affairs from 2007 until 2010 and again since 2016.

  46. Radosław Pyffel

    Polish analyst, consultant, commentator, sociologist, China expert.

  47. Aleksander Siemaszko

    Deputy Director, Department for International Cooperation and Trade, Ministry of Economic Development.

  48. Jan Śpiewak

    Polish politician, sociologist, social and local government activist, co-founder of the Miasto jest nasze Association.

  49. Katarzyna Pisarska

    Polish social entrepreneur, civic activist and academic, specializing in diplomacy and foreign policy, founder, and chairwoman of the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw.

  50. Marcin Piątkowski

    Professor at Koźminski University, economist based in Washington DC.

  51. Tomasz Kruk

    International expert in compliance and anti-corruption.

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