Great Poles Team
Karolina Lewandowska: Manager
My name is Karolina and I am 20 years old. I am currently living in Scotland where I study at the University of Aberdeen. I have just started my second year in Business Management and French and I must admit that living and studying abroad is an exceptional experience! Great Poles is not my first encounter with Young Talent Management. I have been cooperating with this organisation for over two years and thanks to them I got a lot of wonderful opportunities. Not only did I have a chance to create and be the President of a Public Speaking Gavel Club but also to participate in the organisation of Oxford Debates as a Manager of the Crew. Great Poles is a fantastic initiative to promote Poles around the world and I am glad I can be the part of it!
Konrad Opałko: Manager
I'm a 17 year old student from Mikołaj Rej Secondary School. I study rare and unique a classical course, where I have the opportunity to learn Latin, ancient history and Mediterranean culture. I am greatly interested in music with my favourite forms of it being classical and dodecaphony. I’ve achieved a grade one, playing on the clarinet and piano. A considerable part of my time is spent listening to pieces by great composers such as Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Andrzej Panufnik, Wojciech Kilar and Frédéric Chopin. Weekly, I attend concerts at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. I love seeing plays in Warsaw’s theatres after a play I tend to exchange my thoughts and opinions about it with others.
In the past, I used to take part in plays in theatres but nowadays I only perform through reciting poetry and leading ceremonies. From literature I’ve always adored Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, Henryk Sienkiewicz’s Quo Vadis, and some crime novels like Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series and stories by Agatha Christie. Recently, I also discovered the great works of Tadeusz Konwicki and Leopold Tyrmand. In my free time I also really enjoy sailing, hunting and playing bridge. I have lots of different interests but my greatest passion must be cavalry. I serve as a 'szwoleżer' at 3 Pułku Szowleżerów Mazowieckich, where I have the great privilege of wearing a Polish cavalry officer uniform from the 1930s, riding a horse, learning history through experience, attending shooting classes and understanding the customs of the Polish army before War World II.
I’ve decided to take part in the GreatPoles project to reinstate the world memory of great Polish people. This includes quite well-known Poles like Frédéric Chopin, Marie Curie, Lech Wałęsa, Mikołaj Kopernik and Pope John Paul II but also forgotten, yet equally significant Poles, such as Andrzej Panufnik, Bolesław Wieniawa-Długoszowski or Maksymilian Faktorowicz. My aim is to explore the history of Poland and Europe in a different way – not with schoolbooks, but with fascinating biographies.
Konrad Twardowski: Editing Team
I have graduated in 2012 with Bachelors degree in Tourism and Recreation with major in Hotel Industry from Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego in Kraków. After which I moved to Randers in Denmark to pursue another degree specialising strictly in the Hospitality industry. After returning to Poland following year I have worked with unfortunately nonexisting today Maestro Foundation in Warsaw. The experience of working in a team of people oriented and inspired by the spread of knowledge and values of art and education helped me to decide that I want to combine my service industry knowledge with the ambition to educate and I decide to move to Scotland to pursue a degree in Museum studies. Presently I’m living in Glasgow and finishing my MLitt degree in Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of St Andrews. I deeply believe in the value of education and introduction of the youth to art, culture, science and history. I’m 27 years old.
Alicja Stąpór: External Relation Officer
My name is Alicja Stąpór, I’m an 18 years old student from Poland. I attend XI High School of Mikołaj Rej in Warsaw, where I have the opportunity to learn Polish, History and Latin on extended level. I consider myself as a humanist and therefore my interest are focused on modern culture, art, philosophy and languages. Passion for dancing and theatre inspired me to increase my knowledge in other fields of art, such as filmography and sculpture. I had the privilege of spending my childhood and teenage years in theatre due to my participation in musicals and dancing plays. By growing up in front of the audience I’ve learned humility in teamwork. The experiences I gained in my younger years made me very sensitive, open-minded and hard-working person. It would be proper to describe myself as a head full of dreams, I set new goals and then try my best to make them happen.
Jakub Orłoś: External Relation Officer
My name is Jakub Orłoś and I am 17 years old. I live in Warsaw, Poland, where I attend 2SLO High School. I have quite vast interests, beginning with history and politics, all the way to the sports such as basketball and motorsports - which I’ve been part of for several years when I raced on gokarts. Nowadays my main interest is Formula 1 and WRC. Except those quite mainstream teenager-interests, I also love reading any philosophy/history-related books, articles or novels, as well as playing guitar (although I am not certainly good at it). I’ve also always loved painting, drawing, creating mosaic etc. and despite that nowadays I don’t have time for that, I constantly think about returning to my old hobby. I consider myself as a (It might sound a little old fashioned), romantic soul, and I am sure, that by now, you can say why.
Stanisław Borawski: Foreign Media Officer
My name is Stanisław Borawski and I’m a world enthusiast. I am 18 years old and I had the privilege of growing up in a dual-national family - half Polish, half Italian. My international exposure and passion for languages has given me an eagerness to appraise issues from different perspectives, as well as lead me to becoming a self-driven and intellectually curious young man.
I am currently attending a school named after a famous polish poet - Mikołaj Rej in Warsaw. My focus in subjects is placed on History, Polish, Latin and English, because in the future I aspire to study History and Politics in Great Britain. Since childhood my academic strengths were in ancient Greece and Rome, however lately I’ve developed an interest towards Modern History and it’s results in current international issues. In order to further my political interests, practise debate and create a conversation within my community about significant topics, with the help of Young Talent Managment, I created a debate club for peers my age. The Great Poles project is meant to spread awareness globally about the unknown Polish individuals who had major influence in shaping our everyday reality. Therefore, I believe that taking part in such a unique initiative will allow me to not only further my interests but also open my mind towards other amazing fields of knowledge.
Maksymilian Graczyk: IT
My name is Maksymilian (in short: Maks) and I am one of the main administrators of the Great Poles page. Using my skills to help others has always been a priority in my life and this is how I have become involved in this project as an IT specialist. I am really passionate about Computer Science and I hope to study it in more detail at a reputable university.
I had studied at Liceum Akademickie in Toruń before I was awarded a scholarship at Ellesmere College, Shropshire, England, thanks to the British Alumni Society of Poland (BAS) scholarship scheme. My main dream is revolutionizing the world in a way beneficial for humans. Besides that, I am keen on travelling (I have visited several European countries and the U.S. so far) and I like swimming and fitness.
I am proud to be a part of the project as I think it has great importance in making people aware of the Poles who achieved much but are not necessarily well-known as someone coming from our country.
Maksymilian Dromlewski: IT
I am Maksymilian Dromlewski and I am 18 years old High School student. The prospect of being part of something big has always fascinated me. I love helping out others, often in technical ways, as I'm interested in Computer Science. I hope to study at Oxford University.
I contribute to this project in hope that we will create something really useful for people interested in Polish history and I will also learn something myself.
My name is Maria and my personality is a mix of everything. In August I will be 16 years old. It seems to be not much, but I can tell that I experienced a lot. For example I lived in Australia for three years.
I'm attending a school named Z.S. Nr 2 im. Stefana Zeromskiego in Konstancin-Jeziorna. My plan is to start high school in Taiwan. I think a lot about my future. And I always stop at the point where I realize that it's really hard to choose one thing when you still don't know who exactly you want to be in ten years. Of course I have ideas but not a single one is perfect, there's acting, singing, painting, styling, playing piano. I'm really into all these, but still struggling with choosing...
Hopefully I'll find my ideal job soon.
When I was younger, I decided that I will actually achieve something important in my life, and I think that being a part of that kind of project is a pretty good start.
This whole “thing” is created not only to show how many Polish genius individuals are unknown. But also to prove the world that young people – like us – are strong enough to create such a big thing as this site.