Acting Director of the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR)

WOJCIECH KAMIENIECKI, PhD Eng.

Mr. Kamieniecki graduated from the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science at the Silesian University of Technology and earned a PhD in Economics, specialising in Management Studies, from the University of Szczecin.

He has long-standing experience in managing enterprises and large-scale projects in the telecommunications (Multimedia Polska S.A., Nordisk Polska Sp. z o.o., EXATEL S.A.), and photovoltaic (Mielec PV S.A.) industries. He is an expert in the evaluation of projects involving the construction of regional broadband networks, and last-mile networks.

Mr. Kamieniecki has authored numerous research publications in the field of growth strategy, business management, and business value development.

He started his career in business with WSK “PZL-Mielec” S.A., a Polish aerospace manufacturer, where he led the establishment of Przedsiębiorstwo Telekomunikacyjne “Centrala” Sp. z o.o. (later renamed Multimedia Polska S.A. - Mielec Sp. z o.o.), a telecommunications spin-off of the parent company. He has extensive experience in negotiating contracts for disposals, acquisitions and mergers of companies. Mr. Kamieniecki was the General Manager of the largest project involving the construction of a regional broadband network in Europe (Internet for Mazowsze – Internet dla Mazowsza). In recent years, he was employed with the Research and Academic Computer Network (NASK – Naukowa i Akademicka Sieć Komputerowa), where he co-developed and managed projects involving the establishment of the National Cybersecurity Centre (Narodowe Centrum Cyberbezpieczeństwa), the Nationwide Education Network (Ogólnopolska Sieć Edukacyjna), and the merger of NASK with the Institute of Mathematical Machines. As a result of its rapid growth, the Institute was granted the status of National Research Institute, and the National Cybersecurity Centre joined the Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), an entity that operates under the National Cybersecurity System Act of 5 July 2018 (Journal of Laws of 2018, item 1560). The objective of the Team is to provide civil defence of state operations and Polish cyber space.

In November 2018, he was appointed to the Council of the National Centre for Research and Development , where he assumed the role of Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Since 15 April 2019, he has been Acting Director of NCBR.

Deputy Director of the National Centre for Research and Development

Professor Aleksander M. Nawrat, DSc Eng.

Professor Aleksander Nawrat is an expert in R&D for science, the defence industry and government agencies. He is the author and co-author of several patent applications, industrial designs, more than 170 scientific papers and publications as well as a reviewer for a number of renowned foreign journals. He has received many state distinctions and won numerous national and international awards for his professional achievements.

In addition to his career as an academic teacher at universities in Poland and abroad, he has also been a member of management boards of both private and state-owned companies. He has actively participated in business activities, dealing with research commercialisation and supporting the development of start-ups. His focus has been mainly the development of new technologies for the state defence and security as well as for the civil sector.

He has been a member of the Board of the National Centre for Research and Development and a member of the Strategic Programmes Committee. He has managed numerous EU-funded strategic projects undertaken for private and state-owned companies. He currently chairs one of the largest NCBR strategic programmes.

 

Deputy Director of the National Centre for Research and Development

Izabela Żmudka

Izabela Żmudka is a manager with extensive experience in management in the government, local government and the business sectors as well as NGOs.

Recently at the Ministry of Economic Development she has performed direct supervision over several state institutions and several dozen research institutions, companies and foundations. She has also contributed to the work of the innovations team and in the preparation of objectives for the reform of research institutes.

In the business sector, she has been responsible for the organisational restructuring and optimisation of business process, implementation of ERP systems and introduction of corporate order.

In state institutions, she has actively participated in creating the economic strategy with the use of new technologies. At the Central Bank, she managed a generally accessible economics education portal with e-learning courses and resources on economics.

In the local government and NGO sectors she has dealt with creating institutions from the ground up, with operational management, programme project implementation and supervision over public tender procedures.

Izabela Żmudka has a long-standing experience in the creating management of multi-member teams.