The Stern Foundation was established in 2019; we support
cooperation between Poland and the United States
and Israel on projects relating to education,
technology, innovation, science, culture, arts and economy
.
We also promote the shared history of Poland, the United States and Israel as to innovation and science, but also the intellectual heritage of Polish Jews and their contribution to the development of Poland and the world.

These conversations made us realise that
Polish-Jewish history is full of extraordinary
individuals whose personal stories link
Poland to the United States,
and in many cases Israel.

The idea to set up the Foundation was emerging gradually: we spent many years dicussing Polish-Jewish-American heritage with the family of Jacek Trzmiel, a Polish Jew from Łódź who survived the Holocaust and moved to the United States, where he found Commodore International: the most popular home computer in history, the Commodore 64, and the Atari video game console are among home computers produced while he was running the company. These conversations made us realise that Polish-Jewish history is full of extraordinary individuals whose personal stories link Poland to the United States, and in many cases Israel. Additionally, the stories are extremely inspiring and astonishingly heuristic, and this is why we want to tell them anew with the purpose of educating leaders.

The holocaust and years of communism dramatically
changed the country; yet we firmly believe we can
reignite the spirit of tolerance and
spark the culture of innovation.

We want to refer to the centuries of the tradition of Polish tolerance and use it as a cornerstone for leaders’ education as to managing diversity. Thanks to this tradition so many of Jewish inventors and innovators could have originated from the former Republic of Poland. The holocaust and years of communism dramatically changed the country; yet we firmly believe we can reignite the spirit of tolerance and spark the culture of innovation. To achieve this goal, we have undertaken several projects. Among others, together with the Stutthof Museum in Sztutowo, a German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1939-1945) we are taking joint action related to the 75th anniversary of the liberation of KL Stutthof, including an international information and communication campaign for the preservation of memory, not only about KL Stutthof and the Holocaust, but also other victims of xenophobia and anti-Semitism. We created a spot “How Polish intelligence helped win the secret war with Hitler. The story of the best intelligence of the Allies”, in Polish and English; the video tells the story of the unique contribution of Polish wartime intelligence to the victory over Hitler. In cooperation with the Orlen Foundation we started the project “Poles who changed the world”, which aims at promoting the common history of Poland, Israel and the United States through an educational campaign in three languages: Polish, English and Hebrew.

We want to refer to the centuries of the tradition of Polish tolerance and use it as a cornerstone for leaders’ education as to managing diversity. Thanks to this tradition so many of Jewish inventors and innovators could have originated from the former Republic of Poland. The holocaust and years of communism dramatically changed the country; yet we firmly believe we can reignite the spirit of tolerance and spark the culture of innovation. To achieve this goal, we have undertaken several projects. Among others, together with the Stutthof Museum in Sztutowo, a German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1939-1945) we are taking joint action related to the 75th anniversary of the liberation of KL Stutthof, including an international information and communication campaign for the preservation of memory, not only about KL Stutthof and the Holocaust, but also other victims of xenophobia and anti-Semitism. We created a spot “How Polish intelligence helped win the secret war with Hitler. The story of the best intelligence of the Allies”, in Polish and English; the video tells the story of the unique contribution of Polish wartime intelligence to the victory over Hitler. In cooperation with the Orlen Foundation we started the project “Poles who changed the world”, which aims at promoting the common history of Poland, Israel and the United States through an educational campaign in three languages: Polish, English and Hebrew.

The holocaust and years of communism dramatically
changed the country; yet we firmly believe we can
reignite the spirit of tolerance and
spark the culture of innovation.

Michał Kamiński is the President of the Foundation’s Management Board; he’s a manager, who runs a media company. During the last months he’s been implementing an innovative media project, for which he obtained a grant in the global Digital News Initiative Fund. Previously, he worked, among others, in the venture capital industry. David Liebers is the Executive Vice President, currently Knowles Fellow at Harvard Medical School/Harvard Kennedy School of Government; he was for 2.5 years an advisor to the President of the Freedom and Democracy Foundation, one of the largest and most active human rights NGOs in Eastern Europe. Liebers currently is a member of the board of the American Association for Polish-Jewish Studies Association.

The council of the foundation consists of the key figuresto building and fostering Polish democracy as well as Polish technological innovations.

Stefan Kawalec is one of the creators of Polish capitalism in the early 90’s; Marek Niedużak is the undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Economic Development, Labour and Technology, and was listed the 5th most influential Polish lawyer by a prestigious Polish daily, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna; Jerzy Greblicki is an assistant professor at the Wroclaw University of Technology, and works at one of the most innovative Polish companies in the automation and robotics industry.

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Dr. Jeevan Deol

Dr. Jeevan Deol

Dr Deol ukończył studia doktoranckie w St John’s College w Cambridge, a następnie wykładał w Cambridge, Oxfordzie oraz w Szkole Studiów Orientalnych i Afrykańskich. Przez cały okres swojej kariery zawodowej szczególnie interesował się publiczną stroną historii, współpracował z Instytutem Smithsona, wygłaszał wykłady w muzeach w Wielkiej Brytanii, USA i Kanadzie, a także występował jako prezenter w programie telewizyjnym BBC 2 “History Detectives”. W naszej Fundacji pełni funkcję dyrektora ds. projektów międzynarodowych oraz Abraham Stern Fellow in Public History.

Maryjka Szurowska

Maryjka Szurowska

związana z mediami absolwentka Uniwersytetu w Heidelbergu oraz Hochschule München. Autorka publikacji badawczych m.in. nt. społecznej odpowiedzialności uczelni. Pracowała przy projektach badawczych m.in. dot. zmian poznawczych u osób w trakcie rehabilitacji po udarach mózgu. Posiada certyfikaty językowe na poziomie C2 w językach angielskim i niemieckim; uczy się rosyjskiego i hebrajskiego. W naszej Fundacji pełni funkcję menedżera ds. projektów międzynarodowych.

Sławomir Kowalski

Sławomir Kowalski

absolwent studiów kulturoznawczych na Uniwersytecie Jagiellońskim w Krakowie, w trakcie studiów aktywny członek Samorządu Studentów UJ, w tym Zarządu Samorządu Studentów UJ oraz Rady Funduszu im. Jana Kochanowskiego. W ramach naszej Fundacji zajmuje stanowisko kierownika biura fundacji, odpowiedzialnego za wsparcie realizacji projektów i czuwanie nad terminowością wykonywanych zadań.

Marta Lau

Marta Lau

strateg i ekspert ds. komunikacji oraz kierownik projektów z wieloletnim doświadczeniem. Kierowała strategią komunikacji marki Tesco w Polsce, była rzecznikiem prasowym RUCH-u, ma również doświadczenie w planowaniu strategii komunikacyjnych w agencjach. Była dyrektorem komunikacji w Ministerstwie Rozwoju oraz kierowała projektami w Polskim Funduszu Rozwoju i spółce ORLEN. W naszej Fundacji zajmuje się opracowaniem i realizacją strategii komunikacji. Absolwentka Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego

Michał Kamiński

Michał Kamiński

Prezes Zarządu

Dyrektor Zarządzający 300GOSPODARKA –
platformy dyskusji liderów życia
gospodarczego i politycznego oraz
WicePrezes Zarządu Fundacji Impact.
Wcześniej analityk w administracji
państwowej, instytucjach finansowych
oraz think tankach. Absolwent Oxford
Internet Leadership Academy. Laureat
grantu Digital News Innovation Fund.
Studiował ekonomię w Szkole Głównej
Handlowej i na Uniwersytecie
Warszawskim oraz zarządzanie na
Politechnice Warszawskiej.

David Liebers

David Liebers

Wiceprezes Zarządu

Obecnie Knowles Fellow na Harvard Medical School/Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Jest członkiem rady nadzorczej w American Association of Polish Jewish Studies. Posiada wieloletnie doświadczenie we współpracy z polskimi organizacjami pozarządowymi.

Stefan Kawalec

Stefan Kawalec

Przewodniczący Rady

Marek Niedużak

Marek Niedużak

Wiceprzewodniczący Rady

Jerzy Greblicki

Jerzy Greblicki

Członek Rady

Partnerzy i sponsorzy

Fundacja Empiria I Wiedza
Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego