Team

TechSoup Europe headquarters is based in Warsaw, Poland. It is Fundacja TechSoup that leads the design and delivery of TechSoup programs in Europe, including TechSoup Polska, and manages the TechSoup Global Network of NGO partners in the region. TechSoup also has a charity based in London, UK, working under the name “The TechSoup Trust”. This office works across a wide range of programs with a focus on global data services. We are a mix of technology and nonprofit experts with various passions – from civic tech, diving, ping pong to smart home systems design.

Anna Sienicka

Anna Sienicka

Vice President of TechSoup, Europe

Anna is responsible for the strategic direction of the TechSoup Europe which is part of the TechSoup Global Network that consists of 69 of capacity-building organizations, and serves 1,100,000 registered NGOs, within over 8 billion euros delivered in technology tools and philanthropic services. Her background includes employability, social enterprises, social and digital inclusion, civic technology, as well as the development of friendly policies and legal environment for civil society.

Anna holds master degrees in both Law and Economy and Society from Warsaw and Lancaster Universities respectively. She was a member on the Minister of Labour’s Public Benefit Work Council and the Polish Prime Minister’s Social Economy Task Force in Poland (under D. Tusk’s administration).

She loves to travel and be in the wild. In her free time, she climbs, hikes, and dives.

Paul van Haver

Paul van Haver

Vice President, Global Data Services

Paul van Haver joined TechSoup in 2011 and is responsible for the creation and execution of TechSoup’s global data strategy and for a set of new services spanning from NGOsource to all NGO validation services. Based out of the U.K., Paul also oversees strategic projects and relationships related to global NGO eligibility and NGO information services.

Prior to working for TechSoup, Paul held technology and data-centric leadership positions at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Cap Gemini, ASE Consulting, Congizant, and Sapient. This involved large business transformation programmes at The Telegraph, BskyB and the U.K. Ministry of Justice, and complex emerging technology programmes across multiple industry sectors.

In his spare time, Paul loves long walks and visiting the SW coast with his labrador Benny.

Wojciech Rustecki

Wojciech Rustecki

Senior Director of Programs and Operations

Wojciech is responsible for all our programs and activities in Poland and Europe. He also manages our operational activities: finances, administration and HR management.

Before joining TechSoup Wojciech was the vice-president and managing director of The Unit for Social Innovation and Research “Shipyard”. He graduated from the University of Warsaw: International Relations and Management faculties.

Wojciech is interested in new technologies, sports, especially basketball; likes to plan new undertakings, but first and foremost he loves spending time with his family.

Michał Szwarc

Michał Szwarc

Senior Director Strategic Partnerships and Alliances

Michal is responsible for developing relationships with new external partners such as corporations, foundations, NGOs, government entities with whom TechSoup can co-create new services and offers as well as funding opportunities to accelerate Techsoup’s mission.

Michal works closely with various TechSoup teams and TechSoup partners to develop new service programs while ensuring alignment with and achievement of philanthropic and financial goals. He is also responsible for identification of service growth opportunities and creation of better adoption through offer improvements.

Michal gets inspiration by meeting interesting people around the world.

Jonathan Toomer

Jonathan Toomer

Senior Director of Global Data Services

Jonathan joined TechSoup in 2013 and is responsible for overseeing delivery across all the services in the GDS portfolio. Based in the London office, Jon works extensively internationally with GDS Strategy team and product leads, as well as the TechSoup Global Network to ensure that new ideas are clearly developed and matured into realistic concepts for new offerings.

Jon brings 15 years of experience leading technical project delivery and operations teams. Before joining TechSoup, he worked with the International Health Standards Development Organization (IHTSDO) as a consultant leading key projects.

Jon spends much of his spare time with his family on trips, homework and all their activities!

 

Luna Kalaš

Luna Kalaš

Community Program Director

Luna is in charge of consolidating and scaling TechSoup European community projects. She facilitates experience sharing among TechSoup European Partners and oversees community projects on civic tech, anti-radicalization, social campaigning, media and shrinking spaces.

Luna’s is a civil society development expert with experience in promoting civic participation, developing grassroots and cross-sectorial communities as well as advancing the third sector across Central and South-Eastern Europe.

Currently, Luna is on maternity leave.

Magdalena Huszcza

Magdalena Huszcza

Director of Grant Program Operations

Magdalena is responsible for managing and coordinating a complex grants portfolio of Fundacja TechSoup.

Magdalena has a master’s degree in psychology. For almost 15 years she worked for Foundation for Social and Economic Initiatives, where she started as a volunteer and ended as a vice president of its board.

Currently, she studies photography, she loves to travel with her camera and spent time capturing moments, peoples and places. Also, she is passionate about healthy cooking, baking and eating of course. She loves cinema, especially the Spanish one.

Sun Park

Sun Park

Senior Program Manager

Sun is responsible for managing relationships with the European TechSoup partners, facilitating exchange of best practices between them, and scaling TechSoup Europe innovations. She also organizes and coordinates all the of the new funding opportunities that the Development team pursues.

She loves travelling, reading, watching Netflix, cooking, eating, and wild animals, especially sharks. Pretty much all her travels include some sort of animal encounter. She also really likes American college football but most Europeans seem uninterested in that.

Jerzy Nowak

Jerzy Nowak

Senior Program Manager

Jerzy manages the Soultions and Services. He is responsible for the development of our donation programs, management of projects and educational activities, as well as implementation of new IT services & products for NGOs.

In his free time, he loves to go to a forest on a walk with his family, DIY tasks, dives in the warm sea water and discovering new interesting places in Poland.

Denis Siljak

Denis Siljak

Head of the TechSoup Europe Digital Transformation Program

Denis is responsible for leading on developing and delivering a full spectrum of the Digital Transformation Program for TechSoup Europe Partner Network such as: offline and on-line trainings, development of training content, development of new solutions and services, identifying network of subject matter experts, building out a repository of tech tools/resources, new methodologies.

Denis comes with two decades of professional experience in grants and programme management in the non-governmental sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and broadly Balkans.

In his spare time, he loves to annoy his family with carpentry and DIY projects. For the last twenty years, he plays bass guitar in soft-punk band KZU ole-ole & PZU oje-oje.

Magdalena Pieńkowska

Magdalena Pieńkowska

Program Manager, TechSoup Polska

Magda is responsible for managing all TechSoup program activities in Poland. This includes donation, discount, CSP, hardware, education, community and VAS programs carried out in Poland. She is also managing the overall development of the program to build tech capacity of non-profits in Poland.

Magda has been involved in the entertainment, production and marketing industry for nearly 20 years, including 12 years as a team leader. She co-created and managed the Special Projects Department in Multikino (currently Vue Entertainment Group). As Marketing Director at Platige Image, she was responsible for the studio’s comprehensive marketing communication. In Stellar Fireworks she was a producer of the multimedia water theatre show for amusement parks.

She’s a proud mother of twins. She is constantly on the move, so the best thing she can do for herself is attending yoga classes. A huge fan of Disney animations, sailing and snowboarding.

Magdalena Krasowska-Igras

Magdalena Krasowska-Igras

Project Manager

Magda runs a media literacy program supporting activists and NGOs from CEE.

Before joining TechSoup, she was working for the Information Society Development Foundation, where she was in charge of international cooperation projects in the field of adult education and civic engagement. Previous engagements encompass local administration, various NGO’s and public institutions of culture. For the past 15 years she’s been also a fundraiser, developing grant proposals for numerous Polish and EU calls.

She obtained her M.A degree in Music at the Warsaw Academy of Music (classical music/accordion), continuing education at the Polish Academy of Science (postgraduate studies in culture management) and Collegium Civitas (international relations).

She is a brand new gardener, and old & experienced cook and absolutely crazy about Iceland.

Karolina Wysocka

Karolina Wysocka

Community Builder

Karo takes care of educational components of TechSoup Europe’s projects and capturing their methodologies. Passionate about community building. She organises our international events – specialised training, cross-sectoral conferences, hackathons, and camps.

Karo is an experienced civic educator and youth policy expert. She has worked with national and EU institutions and NGO platforms in Central Eastern Europe. Karo is passionate about civic participation, non-formal learning and civic tech.

Maja Durlik

Maja Durlik

Community Manager

Maja supports nonprofits in building better communication with their audience in Tech4Stories project. She also coordinates MEGAPHONE camp.

For the last 5 years Maja has been working in various research and evaluation projects (she’s a sociologist) but in recent years she’s been also managing social innovation ventures (e.g. for the last 3 years Maja was also the coordinator for the European Social Innovation Competition organised by the European Commission).

Outside of work, Maja listens to way too many podcasts, she loves going on smaller and bigger trips around Poland, and as generic as it sounds loves everything Italian.

Maria Makowska

Maria Makowska

Training and Education Manager

Maria takes care of securing consistency in our approach to education and trainings across all projects in Tech Soup Europe. Maria helps TS Europe team strengthen our Partner Network in Europe in sharing educational content and deliver valuable trainings to non-profits.

Maria has a master’s degree in sociology. Before joining TechSoup she worked for School for Leaders Foundation where she was a project manager, a trainer and a board member. She was responsible for development, management and supervision of national and international educational programs addressed to social and political leaders.  She has 10 years of experience in supporting groups as a trainer and educator. In collaboration with different NGOs she has developed several manuals and educational tools for trainers and youth workers.

She loves to spend her free time out of the city. She is convinced that bike is the best invention of humanity.

Julia Płachecka

Julia Płachecka

Training Manager

In TechSoup Europe, Julia works as a training manager for Media Literacy Accelerator.

Julia has 15 years of experience in managing international programmes and projects in the field of education, social engagement, culture and audiovisual. An expert in EU programmes, such as Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens and Creative Europe MEDIA. From the very beginning involved with the NGO sector, collaborated, among others, with Comenius Foundation for Child Development, Rural Development Foundation, Association for Creative Initiatives ‘ę’, or Centre for Citizenship Education. She has written and edited publications on education, social engagement and film.

In her free time, she dances Authentic Jazz and Charleston, draws, writes and bikes.

Nedim Useinow

Nedim Useinow

Civic Engagement Coordinator

Nedim is a Civic Engagement Coordinator and works on open data project in Ukraine – Apps4Cities.

Nedim has an extensive experience in the third sector, in the implementation of educational and civic projects focused on Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan.

Nedim likes to study political history of other countries, and in his spare time he learns foreign languages and plays soccer. He cannot imagine his life without travelling. He is fascinated by the development of digital technologies and the opportunities they bring to human progress.

Anna Wieprzkowicz

Anna Wieprzkowicz

Project Coordinator

Ania is part of the Solutions and Services team and is responsible for developing tailored support and solutions for nonprofits to help them introduce digital tools and go through the process of digital transformation to better fulfil their mission.

She joined TechSoup in 2015 as a volunteer translator and in 2017-2019 she coordinated the activities of the TechSoup Europe network in the Meet and Code initiative. Ania studied applied linguistics: specialized translations on the University of Warsaw.

She speaks English, German, Japanese, and currently learns Korean. She is also a big animal lover and volunteer in an animal shelter.

Aaron Mizak

Aaron Mizak

Communication Specialist and Community Builder

Aaron works as a Communication Specialist and Community Builder in Game Changer project.

Aaron has been working in the nonprofit sector his entire professional career. Following his undergraduate degree, he managed group homes for adults with intellectual disabilities at the Arc of San Diego. Aaron’s last position before joining TechSoup was with a tech based department in Front Porch Retirement Communities. In Front Porch, he managed projects and identified new and existing technology that would increase independence, socialization, and quality of life of the residence in Front Porch Communities (average age 90+!).

In his spare time, you can likely find Aaron with his dog (Banjo), trying to find cheap ways to re-purpose and reuse random items, at a mixed martial arts gym, or learning to rock climb.

Dominika Potkańska

Dominika Potkańska

Project Manager

Dominika works in the Digital Transformation Program supporting NGOs working with youth on preparing on-line and off-line social campaigns.

Dominika graduated from sociology at the Warsaw University. She worked in the Foundation Institute of Public Affairs for nearly 8 years. She has experience in research and training projects in the field of migration policy, intercultural education and migrants and refugees integration in Poland and in the EU. She also coordinated a social campaign on migrant women in Poland under the slogan “See the Invisible”.

She spends her free time volunteering in the food cooperative “Dobrze” in Warsaw – practical alternative for both supermarkets as well as expensive ecological groceries. Dominika loves listening to Elvis Presley.

Kamilla Rejmer

Kamilla Rejmer

Project Coordinator

Kamilla is the Coordinator of the Meet and Code project.

Before joining TechSoup, Kamilla was working at the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity. She was a project coordinator responsible for international cooperation and regional events organization with multiple European partners. Kamilla brings also interesting 5 years of work experience in diplomacy services for the Polish Embassy in Brussels. Hence, it’s not surprising that she spend a decade of her life in Belgium, where prior to professional work, she graduated in Political Science from the University of Louvain. She is both a Polish and French native.

Kamilla loves snowboarding, horseback riding, playing tennis and American literature.

Kasia Zwolak-Szwechowicz

Kasia Zwolak-Szwechowicz

Communication Wizard

Kasia takes care of TechSoup Europe communication. She follows reach activity of each network Partner and spreads the word about it via www.techsoupeurope.org, social media or a newsletter. She also takes care of TechSoupers all over the world and partners so they know what her colleagues in Fundacja TechSoup do.

She is the mistress of nice infographics and funny movies.

Kasia loves mountains, nature and travelling with her family. If you have any question about TechSoup, she can help! Please write kasia@techsoup.org.

Marzena Młynarska

Marzena Młynarska

Senior NGO Support Specialist

Marzena helps organizations and institutions that apply for products in the TechSoup Poland Donation Program. She informs, clarifies, checks applicant’s eligibility and processes orders.

Before joining TechSoup Marzena worked in Data Contact company where she leads projects for key customers.

In her free time, Marzena listens to rock and punk music and is a big fan of a Warsaw Football team – Legia Warszawa. She loves to cook and bake cheesecakes.

Liza Nema

Liza Nema

Project Coordinator

Liza takes care of the educational programs and communication in TechSoup Poland.

Before TechSoup, she organized events for IT industry. Liza studied Polish philology and PR and marketing.

When she has some free time, you can find her travelling, reading books or exploring Warsaw.

Maja Ziółkowska

Maja Ziółkowska

Digital Transformation Specialist

Maja’s career path is a blend of corporate and NGO worlds. As a journalist by education, she was initially working in a PR & comms area for large enterprises. Moved to a non-profit sector in 2016 to run marketing & social media activities for a Polish branch of Red Noses International. Her second nature is to organize, trade, and make tangible things happen, which is why she has eventually decided to pivot in her career a bit and embark on a more technical field in TechSoup.

She enjoys a good read of short narratives, photo shooting and video editing with her 2 cats being heroines of her short movie-forms most often.

Mariusz Stanny

Mariusz Stanny

Head of Finance

Mariusz’s role is crucial for managing finance, business planning, budgeting and grant reporting in TechSoup Europe.

He has almost 15 years of managerial experience in a production company, technology start-up, consulting company and public institution, which permits him a broad perspective on financial issues. For the last 7 years, he has worked at the Copernicus Science Centre, where he created the finance department from scratch and was responsible for the implementation of computer systems in the area of finance. Mariusz has a master’s degree in economics from the University of Gdansk.

In his spare time, he loves walking in the mountains. Besides, he likes to train swimming, running and cycling and he occasionally participates in triathlon competitions.

Elena Diaconu

Elena Diaconu

Grant Operations Portfolio Manager

Elena supports grants management in TechSoup Europe. She ensures accountability and oversight for all bilateral and multilateral grant-funded projects planning and implementation in Europe.

Elena has over 18 years of experience in international project management, including over 10 years of managerial experience. She worked in various international projects financed by UNDP, UNHCR, SIDA, WB, EC research and TA projects, as well as private donor institutions. Elena managed international research, technical assistance and grant projects. Having implemented projects financed from different financial mechanisms, Elena also acquired impressive experience in financial management. Elena also teaches project management and public procurement at Lazarski University in Warsaw.

Elena is a graduate of Linkoping University, Sweden, Faculty of International Relations. She is fluent in Romanian, Russian, English and Polish. In free time, Elena likes to enjoy a good book or movie, travel to discover new cultures and countries.

Oleg Salko

Oleg Salko

Office Coordinator

Oleg takes care of the FTS office, watches over its appearance and proper functioning. He is responsible for purchasing processes, contacts with suppliers and building administration. He coordinates the documentation workflow and keeps the foundation archive. He also organizes events.

For the last 7 years, Oleg was a member of the International Office team at SWPS University in Warsaw where he was responsible for issues related to international students and internationalization of the university. Oleg is a graduate of International Relations and Law.

He spends his free time learning foreign languages and reading historical and philosophical literature.

Martyna Maciszewska

Martyna Maciszewska

People and Culture Generalist

Martyna is responsible for the implementation of a number of HR processes: onboarding, ongoing HR administration, payroll, recruitment, training. She provides daily support for employees and managers in personnel matters.

Martyna graduated from clinical psychology at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities and before joining the TechSoup Team, she worked in the HR department at the DKMS Foundation for nearly 3 years.

She loves spending her free time with friends and family, enjoys visiting new places and watching thrillers, preferably psychological ones.

Natalia Jamioła

Natalia Jamioła

Finance Specialist

Natalia is responsible for preparing documentation for the payment process and business trip process as well as for the accounting verification of documents.

Natalia graduated from the University of Warsaw in finance and accounting. She currently studies at the Warsaw School of Economics.

She enjoys meeting new people. Natalia is fond of fitness, cooking and engaging books.

Jeffrey Lapointe

Jeffrey Lapointe

Manager, Partner Services

Jeff coordinates workstreams of the Partner Services team and manages its engagement in global projects. He also works on organization’s business development with global partners while working to optimize all processes.

Before joining TechSoup, Jeff worked in many places including Viacom International Media Networks where he led the digital department for MTV Europe.

Jeff likes travelling, meeting new people and is also interested in philosophy and mysticism. He used to work as a cook while travelling and is very fond of food and bringing people together.

Aneta Rychel

Aneta Rychel

Service Expert, Partner Services

Aneta works with platforms available to TechSoup Partners and provides operational support to the Global Donation Program.

Aneta used to work in the mobility business as an analyst and a team leader. She also brings IT experience as a junior front end developer.

In her spare time, she is interested in cinematography and enjoys travelling.

Marcel Gajecki

Marcel Gajecki

Service Expert, Partner Services

Marcel provides operational support to the Global Donation Program. He is a student of Informatics, he has spent a few years in big corporations, being focused on IT support given to financial areas as well as to petrol retailers. ITIL certification gave him the whole picture of best practices in IT companies.

As an unrealized architect, linking that to the love of travel, admiring everything that surrounds us gives him huge satisfaction, but on the other hand, his daily basis is exploring secrets of the Universe.

Mykyta Yefremenko

Mykyta Yefremenko

Service Expert, Partner Services

Mykyta works as a Service Expert. He is in charge of managing and monitoring established processes as part of our Partner Services team, which works on ensuring the compliance of said processes, as well as improving them, and evaluating bottlenecks to guarantee a timely resolution of our Partner’s issues and incidents.

Mykyta is from Ukraine. In 2013 he moved to Warsaw, Poland, where he majored in International Relations, with a minor in European Studies. After his graduation he started to work closely with the IT sphere, at the moment he`s taking extra course`s in computer programming and cloud operations.

Next month, he starts a DJ course!

Bartosz Drozdowski

Bartosz Drozdowski

Service Delivery Manager – Cloud Services

Bartek is responsible for the proper delivery of Cloud Services to TechSoup regional partners.

His current tasks revolve around establishing and implementing support processes, ensuring optimal efficiency of the Office365 environment.

Despite having written his Master’s Degree in Spanish Poetry from the ’70s, he has several years of experience in the financial industry both from operational and IT service management areas. Acting as a liaison between business and technical teams Bartosz has developed Release Coordination skills as well as gained Major Incident management knowledge.

In his spare time, Bartek enjoys baking bread [regular and banana] and wishes he had more time to learn Korean.

Filip Jurkiewicz

Filip Jurkiewicz

Cloud Service Expert – Cloud Services

Filip works in TechSoup’s Regional CSP, based in Warsaw and supports our TSGN European Partners in provisioning cloud products to eligible non-profits.

Filip is an IT specialist, a graduate of the University of Lodz.
Prior to TechSoup he has been working in Symantec in a cloud team, supporting international corporations and companies in scope of IT security, both e-mail and web.

Outside of TechSoup, Filip spends time with his family, he likes to listen to a good music and extends knowledge of emergency medicine.

 

Maciej Długołęcki

Maciej Długołęcki

IT Manager

Maciej manages of our growing IT team in Warsaw. His main task is the transformation of the existing TechSoup global platforms to the new CTP based solutions.

Since 1999, Maciej has been working in the IT field over time gaining good experience in the software development, project management, and managing teams of software engineers.

In his spare time he Maciej likes: automotive, mobile electronics, robotics, electronics, smart home systems, remote control over internet.

Natalia Espasiano

Natalia Espasiano

Business Analyst

Natalia works with clients and end-users to identify challenges and opportunities for improvement in existing processes and solutions at TechSoup.

She is a Business Analyst with over 7 years of experience in the software development industry with experience in onsite and offsite collaboration with multicultural teams. Also has Design Thinking experience by facilitating and contributing to deliver customer MVPs.

Besides that, Natalia also loves spending time with her cats, travelling, listening to music and watching movies.

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