Meet Our Team

Jacek Spendel

President and Founder

Founder and President of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation. He is also a President of Liberty International Organization.

Jacek obtained master’s degree in sociology from the University of Silesia in Katowice. He also studied at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and Jagiellonian University in Cracow where he was a PhD candidate in political philosophy (unfinished). Over the years, Jacek accumulated experience in management from KoLiber Association (President, 2006-2007) and Globalization Institute (Project Manager, 2005-2012). During that period he interned at various institutions, including: Kodak Eastman Company (USA), Goldwater Institute (USA), Institute for Free Enterprise (Germany). He is also alumni of two programs of The Fund for American Studies: AIPES in Prague, and Capital Semester in Washington, DC.

Jacek strengthened his management skills with Think Tank MBA and ATLAS Leadership Academy (2013). He practiced them in many projects, among them: organization of dozen Liberty English Camps, directorship at Polish-American Leadership Academy, production of 12-episodes of Freedom under Fire video series , and coordination of ESFL in Poland. He also used to run his own pizza business in Katowice. Currently he is busy with Project Arizona, internship-educational project for international students he runs in Phoenix.

Contact: spendel@fundacjawip.org

Marcin Chmielowski

Vice-President

Political scientist, doctor of philosophy and a postgraduate alumnus in central banking. Author of books, commentator and screenwriter who at our Foundation combines theory with practice. Dr. Chmielowski is the author of academic publications on libertarianism, a frequent guest of conferences and university lecture halls, a promoter of the achievements of the Krakow school of economics and events organizer.

Karolina Kowacka

Social Media Manager

A student of German Studies at the University of Warsaw. For several years involved in activities for economic and personal freedom. Currently works with the FOR Foundation (Civil Development Forum), where she works in the department of communication and marketing. Currently, she is the director of the Polish-American Leadership Academy. At the Foundation she deals with social media and helps to organize events.

Magdalena Spendel

Project Manager

she studied economics and got masters degree at the University of Wrocław. During her studies she got interested in economic transformation but also in economic crisis of euro zone and theory of economics, especially Austrian School of Economics. This year she is publishing her first book which will touch the problem of Estonian economic transformation during the 90s. She works for Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation and coordinates Polish-American Leadership Academy. In her free time she likes to spend time in the nature. She loves animals, likes horse riding and is a horse riding instructor. She is also an amateur mountain biker.

She is a Polish-American Leadership Academy’s Director. She also helps with Project Arizona, website development and social media.

Kris Kaleta

Project & Strategy Manager

A travelling publicist, academic, and an Internet consultant. Researcher of media and virtual communities, interested particularly in the interface of the technology, community and libertarian theory.

Experienced strategist, consultant and freelancer. A graduate of political, social & economic studies, and international relations. Received scholarships at the University of Porto and Pedagogical University of Krakow. MRes at the University of London. Currently, a PhD student in Digital Politics at Manchester Metropolitan University.

At FEF, he is mainly supporting strategy and project management of the Foundation.

Justyna Piątek

Copywriter & Event Manager

BA graduate of American Studies at University of Gdansk. On a daily basis, she coordinates the work of a project team and cooperation with the client in a marketing agency. After hours, she is involved in the organization of various events, including university online conferences, Milton Friedman Freedom Congress, or TEDx. At the Foundation, she takes care of copywriting, creates newsletters and helps with the coordination and organization of events.