Team

Directorate

Piotr Arak

Director of the Polish Economic Institute. A social and economic analyst, he previously worked at Deloitte, Polityka Insight think-tank, the United Nations Development Programme, the Ministry of Administration and Digitisation, and the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. He graduated in social policy from the University of Warsaw, followed by further studies on using statistical methods in business. He is studying for an MBA at the Warsaw School of Economics and the University of Montreal and writing a PhD on public policy at the University of Warsaw. He has written numerous studies on digitisation, the economics of health and economic policy.

Agnieszka Beńko

Deputy Director of the Polish Economic Institute. She has many years’ experience managing finances in both the private and the public sector. She has worked at the Centre for the Development of Human Resources in Warsaw, which is a unit of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the Voivodship Pharmaceutical Inspectorate, the Education Centre for Art School Teachers in Warsaw, which is a unit of the Ministry of Culture, and the National Labour Centre, among other places. She studied economics at Koszalin University of Technology. In 2010, she qualified as a chief accountant, as regulated by the Association of Accountants in Poland based on international educational standards established by IFAC.

Heads of unit

Janusz Chojna

Head of the foreign trade team. An experienced analyst and project leader, he has worked at the Institute of Market, Consumption and Business Cycle Research and the Institute of Business Cycles and Foreign Trade Prices in Warsaw. He has written numerous publications on global markets, export policy and foreign direct investment. He studied economics at the University of Warsaw.

Łukasz Czernicki

Head of the strategy team. He studied macroeconomics at the Technische Universität in Berlin and is finishing a PhD at the University of Potsdam. He has worked for a broad range of analytical centres and consultancies in Poland and Germany, as well as for the public administration, and written numerous publications on economic and regulatory issues.

Katarzyna Dębkowska

Head of the economic foresight team. She has many years’ experience leading and conducting social and economic foresight research, specialising in the use of multidimensional statistical methods. She has published studies on business models, bankruptcy, and economic and technological foresight. She studied mathematics at the University of Warsaw and holds a PhD in economics.

Andrzej Kubisiak

Head of the communications team and an expert on the labour market. He is responsible for managing communications and analysing the situation on the labour market. He gained experience in PR in the banking and communications sector. From 2015, he worked at Work Service Capital Group, where he oversaw external communications and prepared cyclical market reports on migration and key trends on the labour market. In 2018, he joined the Labour Market Council linked to the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy. He studied at the University of Warsaw’s Institute of Sociology.

Tomasz Kwarciński

Head of the metaeconomics team. He holds a PhD in philosophy and a research post at Kraków University of Economics. He studied philosophy and economics from the Catholic University of Lublin. His research focuses on the philosophy of economics, social philosophy and ethics. He is particularly interested in distributive justice, behavioural interventions (“nudges”) and measuring wellbeing.

Marek Lachowicz

Head of the macroeconomics team. A data analyst, he teaches at the Warsaw School of Economics’ Collegium of Global Economy. He is interested in data science and economies’ competitiveness.

Ignacy Święcicki

Head of the digital economy team. He previously worked at the Ministry of Digitisation, where he worked on EU regulations on telecommunications, including relations between OTT providers and operators, and international roaming. He also helped prepare regulatory impact assessments of new legal acts and guidelines for carrying out impact assessments in the government legislative process. He gained experience as an analyst at the demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy think-tank. He studied economics at the University of Warsaw.

Małgorzata Wieteska

Head of the publishing team. An experienced editor of academic publications and manager of publishing departments, she has worked at Perspektywy publishing house, the University of Insurance and Banking in Warsaw, Vistula University, and the Institute for Market, Consumption and Business Cycle Research. She studied sociology at the University of Warsaw.

Agnieszka Wincewicz-Price

Head of the behavioural economics team. She studied at Warsaw School of Economics, Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam (EIPE) and Newcastle University. Her focus is philosophy, methodology and the history of economics. She researches the shaping and variability of preferences, rational choice theory and the philosophy of economic activity, including selected aspects of behavioural economics and their practical application in public policy. She edits the economics section of the journal Politics&Poetics.

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