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Tomasz Pisula - President of the Board

Tomasz Pisula

Before being appointed as president of PAIiIZ S.A. (now Polish Investment and Trade Agency), Tomasz Pisula was responsible for ownership supervision on behalf of the Ministry of Development for over a hundred subordinate entities, including special economic zones, departments of trade and investment at Polish embassies, scientific and research institutes, the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, the Industrial Development Agency, the Polish Development Fund, the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency, PKO BP, the Office of Technical Inspection, and the Public Procurement Office. The total value of assets in subordinate entities supervised by the Department exceeded 300 billion PLN.

He was also involved, on behalf of the Ministry of Development, in the establishment of the Polish Development Fund and the associated reform of the WPHI personnel system from the very beginning.

Prior to working with the Ministry of Development, Tomasz Pisula was also the Public Policy manager at Bank Zachodni WBK, where he led a team monitoring regulatory changes and building relationships with the institutions forming them. He was also involved in creating analyses and positions concerning regulatory issues for the management of the Santander Group.

In the years 2006-2014, he was part of the Freedom and Democracy Foundation, one of the largest Polish non-governmental organisations dealing with issues of human rights and democracy. As president of the Foundation, he was responsible for the acquisition and disbursement of foreign funds for the needs of the foreign Polish Television channel Belsat TV. He acquired a total amount of over $12 million for initiatives related to the promotion of democracy by establishing cooperation with a number of leading international development agencies. Mr Pisula has implemented technical assistance projects in a number of authoritarian and former communist states, including Cuba, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaijan, and Egypt. He has appeared many times as a democracy expert before team working groups of the Polish parliament and worked closely with Polish and foreign media.

 In the years 1998-2003, he worked with Senator Zbigniew Romaszewski in the Foundation for Human Rights, where he was responsible for the Senator's foreign contacts.


Professional career:

2016 Director of the Department of Supervised and Subordinate Units, the Ministry of Development

2015-2016 Public Policy Manager, Bank Zachodni WBK, the Santander Group.

2006-2014 President of the Management Board, the Foundation for Freedom and Democracy, Warsaw.

2011-2015 Author of foreign reviews in the Monday morning programmes of Radio Wnet and Radio Warszawa.

2003-2006 Project manager, Holding Wars S. A. / The Warsaw Technology Park S.A.

2000 Internship with The Committee on Foreign Relations of the United States Senate, Washington D.C., USA.

2000 William H. Donner Fellow, Center for a Free Cuba, Washington D.C., USA.

1998-2003 Assistant to Senator Zbigniew Romaszewski, the Foundation for Human Rights, Warsaw.



2003-2007 The Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Doctoral studies.

Winner of the prestigious scholarship of the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Dissertation dedicated to the spatial correlation between social capital and electoral preferences in Poland.

2006 Advanced Methods of Project Management. Ernst and Young Academy of Business, Warsaw.

2002-2003 Master of Arts in Society and Politics. University of Lancaster, U.K. / Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.
Winner of the Scientific Scholarship of the Central European University. Master's degree completed with honours. Study on the phenomenon of populism in Poland.

2000 The Fundamentals of Political Psychology. George Washington University, Washington, D.C., USA. Auditing student.

1997-2002 MA in Economic Geography. The University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies. Master's degree completed with honours. Study on ideological premises in shaping urban space.


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