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who we are

Team

Kasia Modlińska

Founder and president of the a/typical Foundation. Philosopher, psychologist, graduate of Psychoanalytic Observational Studies at the Tavistock and Portman in London. In 2010-2019 children, adolescents and adults psychotherapist, in private practice and, among others, in Camden Psychotherapy Unit.

Michał Sepioło

Foundation’s consultant. Philosopher (by education), musician (as a hobby), programmer (professionally). Emotionally involved with the idea of atypicality since preschool days, which means at least several years. True admirer of Bohumil Hrabal’s prose and the sounds of Eberhard Weber’s electric double bass.

Ola Karbowiak

Sociologist. She gained experience in research agencies. For many years linked with market research and sales. In the a/typical foundation, she is responsible for coordinating the office as well as cooperating and supporting the team in project implementation.

Scientific Board

Mateusz Płatos
Mateusz Płatos

Psychologist, doctor of social sciences, researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw, vice president of the Association for Social Innovations “Mary and Max”. He conducts research on the functioning of people on the autism spectrum in close relationships, modern methods of supporting this group, as well as social aspects of neurodiversity. He gained experience, among others at the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at the University of California, Los Angeles. Editor and co-author of the report “The National Autism Census. The situation of adolescents and adults with autism in Poland” (2016).

Krzysztof Szalecki

MD. Since 2012, he has been working at the Nervous System Cancer Clinic of the Oncology Center of the Institute in Warsaw. During his professional career, he gained comprehensive knowledge and experience in the treatment of diseases of the nervous system. He perfected his skills during numerous courses and internships, including at the Medical University of Seoul, the Queen Square National Neurological and Neurosurgical Hospital in London or the Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv. He participated in the surgical treatment programs for Tourrete’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorders. He is particularly interested in functional neurosurgery and the treatment of pain syndromes with the use of minimally invasive and surgical methods.

Adam Hamed

PhD is a neuropsychopharmacologist, pharmacist and neuroscientist, presently researcher in Laboratory of Spatial Memory, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences. His main research is related to individual differences in the activation of the reward system controlled by emission of ultrasonic vocalization, and biological and neurochemical basis of this phenomena. His research interest is focused on building neurochemical maps (patterns) of activation of the reward system in different behavioral models related to social interactions, drug addiction and reward prediction. This kind of maps will provide finding new potential mechanisms of drug action in many neuropsychiatric disorders related with reward processing.

Miron Kursa

Master of Physics, PhD in Computer Science, Assistant Professor at the Interdisciplinary Modeling Center of the University of Warsaw. He deals with mathematical modeling and the development of knowledge discovery systems and them applications in the life sciences, in particular in neurobiology.

Program Council

Alicja Resich

Honorary member of the Foundation’s Program Council.  TV and radio journalist. Columnist, author of satirical texts and the autobiographical book “Tales of radio and television. Alice on the other side of the mirror ”. Producer and author of television programs, including the first talk show in Poland, “Evening with Alice”. She specializes in interviews with outstanding and recognized representatives of the world of film, literature, science, art and sport. From the very beginning, she has been associated with TVP, for four years with Telewizja Polsat, where she produces her original program “In the Close Plan”. A graduate of the Faculty of English at the University of Warsaw, an admirer of Emily Dickinson and Ewa Lipska poetry.

Olga Tokarczuk

Honorary member of the Foundation’s Program Council. Writer, essayist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. The most respected and awarded Polish author, present on the world literary scene for over twenty-five years. Her books have been translated into 44 languages so far, including Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Armenian and Chinese. They were successfully filmed and staged as theater adaptations. Vegetarian, animal rights activist, feminist, environmentalist. The organizer of the Góra Literatury festival in Nowa Ruda, she has established her own foundation in 2020.

Mirosław Barszcz

Graduate of the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Lublin. He started his professional career in international consulting companies. For many years he has been associated with investment funds from the startup and real estate market. He has been cooperating with the Sobieski Institute almost from the very beginning of its existence. He co-created many programs, incl. in the fields of taxation, housing, family and demographic policy, information society, entrepreneurship and education. He is a member of the Council of the Foundation for Research and Science Development.

Joanna Bator

Writer, cultural anthropologist, philosopher, creator of atypical literary heroes in “Piaskowa Góra”, “Chmurdalia”, “Ciemno, prawie noc”, “Roku królika” and “Gorzko, Gorzko”. Winner of the Nike Literary Award 2013.

Ora Dresner

Psychoanalyst, member of the British Psychoanalytic Association, child and adolescent psychotherapist, member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists. Since 1977 she has been training and lives in London. Psychoanalyst in private practice. Director of the Camden Psychotherapy Unit, which offers, among others low-fee psychotherapy for adults. She conducts extensive teaching and supervision activities, also for organizations training in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. For years, she has been training and supervising in Warsaw and the Tri-City, conducting, among others, Infant Observation seminars.

Agnieszka Holland

Film and theater director and screenwriter. For her film debut the “Provincial Actors” she has received the FIPRESCI award at the Cannes Film Festival. Her next awarded productions are “Fever” from 1980 and “A Lonely Woman”. Due to martial law, Agnieszka Holland decided to live and work in the West. In the 90s she moved to the United States. Agnieszka Holland is the winner of many prestigious awards. She was nominated for an Oscar three times – for “Bitter Harvest” (1985), “Europe, Europe” (1991) and “In Darkness” (2011). In 2001, Agnieszka Holland was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

Renata Karwowska-Szulkin

Ph.D. Employee of the Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Long-term vice-rector and co-organizer of the SWPS University. Therapist and president of the Society for Process-Oriented Psychology. She co-conducted therapeutic workshops for people experiencing domestic violence. As a volunteer, she cooperated with the J Korczak Orphanage and the Multicultural Center in Warsaw. Currently, she participates in the Psychologists for Society campaign and provides psychological help to people who need pro bono support.

Aleksandra Konieczna

Theater, television and film actress. Theater director. Pedagogue at the Film School in Łódź. Winner of three Eagles for the roles of Zofia Beksińska in Jan P. Matuszyński’s “Last Family”, for the role of Iga Cembrzyńska in “Jak pies z kotem” by Janusz Kondratiuk and for the role of Kościelna in Jan Komasa’s “God’s Body”. Privately, mother of a wonderful daughter.

Maja Meissner

Graduate of Management (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), holder of the East Central European Scholarship Program (University of Wisconsin). Former lecturer at the Institute of Economic Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences in the Executive MBA program. Co-initiator of the project for young people: Oxford Masterclass. Member of the International Coach Federation. Since 2010 she has been running the consulting company Meissner & Partners Executive Search and Organizational Development. Meissner & Partners is a member of AESC The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants and is a member to the international ECI Group.

Kasia Wierzbowska

Social entrepreneur, social innovator, founder and long-term president of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Foundation, initiator of Women’s Entrepreneurial Networks, co-founder of the Black Swan Fund Individual Investors Club and the Black Swan venture capital fund. Active initiator of the female entrepreneurship ecosystem in Poland. An expert in the field of supporting women and gender balance in business. The Business in Women’s Hands program, which she initiated, contributed to the creation of over 275 new companies. Graduate of the Leadership Academy for Poland (2019). She graduated from Economic Cybernetics and Computer Science at the University of Economics in Krakow and the Copernic Program (Science Po, Ecole des Ponts et Chaussees, College des Ingenieurs, Ecole des Mines de Paris), Paris, France.

Ewa Woydyłło

Doctor of psychology, psychotherapist, specialist in the field of addictions and family problems. Author of articles and interviews on development and social issues as well as many books, incl. Women’s secrets, Raise your head, In harmony with yourself, Shoes of happiness, Because you are human: live with depression, but not depressed, Good memory, bad memory, Regret after loss: acceptance lessons. People, people … Member of the Program Board of the ABC XXI Foundation “All of Poland Reads to Children”, the Congress of Women and the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.

Associates

Katarzyna Bogatko

Legal adviser at the District Chamber of Legal Advisers in Warsaw. Since 2010, she has been associated with the Polish Society of Anti-Discrimination Law, where she currently serves as a board member. Over the years, she has coordinated many projects related to counteracting discrimination and social exclusion in various areas of life and for various reasons. She specializes in cases related to unequal treatment in employment due to disability, health condition and experience of mental illness. Member of the Specialist Team of the Cooperation Fund Foundation, which, based on the “Flat First” method, supports people who are mentally ill and are in a homelessness crisis.

Jaś Kapela

Jaś Kapela is a poet, writer and activist. He has published four volumes of poetry, the last one titled The MDMA Warrior, and eight books in prose. Member of the team and editorial office of the Krytyka Polityczna Publishing House, a player of the Prime Show MMA, for Super Express he runs his own YT program titled Jaś Kapela.

Joanna Erbel

Sociologist, urban activist, housing expert. Founder of the Close Foundation dealing with supporting local activities and creating knowledge about housing innovations. She coordinated work on the preparation of the housing policy and the Housing2030 program for the Capital City of Warsaw. Member of the expert group Laboratorium Rynku Leu and CoopTech Hub at CIC Warsaw. Author of the book Out of property. Towards a successful housing policy.

Joanna Opyrchał-Ryłko

Entrepreneur, economist, specialist in management, business analytics as well as organization and optimization of processes. Social activist, representative and promoter of neurodiversity. Among others she works for the benefit of neuroatypical people, with particular emphasis on autism. As a result of participating in numerous trainings, workshops and conferences as well as personal experience, she knows autism inside out.

Tunia Rozwadowska-Myjak

Graphic designer, designer and senior art director. A graduate of the Faculty of Graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She has worked for over 10 years in chain and boutique advertising agencies. Currently, a freelance graphic designer, designs visual identities and furniture.

Marta Wierusz
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