WIIS Poland

Women In International Security (WIIS) is the premier organization in the world dedicated to advancing the leadership and professional development of women in the field of international peace and security. WIIS (pronounced “wise”) sponsors leadership training, mentoring, and networking programs as well as substantive events focused on current policy problems. WIIS also supports research projects and policy engagement initiatives on critical international security issues, including the nexus between gender and security.

WIIS Poland was launched in November 2017 during the international conference Warsaw Security Poland as the newest affiliate of the WIIS Global. The organization was created within the Casimir Pulaski Foundation – independent and apolitical think tank, which focuses on issues from fields of foreign policy and international security. WIIS Poland promotes women in Poland and Eastern Europe, who are invested in the peace processes – peacemaking and peacekeeping – and international security. The national chapter of WIIS in Poland is the first step to enhancing the outreach of the network of the whole organization and to promoting Polish experts globally.

The inauguration meeting of WIIS Poland will take place early in 2018 with the patronage of Secretary of State Anna Maria Anders, and will allow to present and discuss the plans for the first year of its activities. During the meeting, interested parties will have a chance to register for membership as WIIS Poland and gain access not only to the WIIS Global network but also to other opportunities offered by the organization – i.a. attending networking meetings, seminars and workshops, and mentoring programs.

Website: https://wiispoland.eu/en/

 

Leadership

 

Patrycja Chomicka: pchomicka@pulaski.pl

Secretary-General

Alumnus of University of Warsaw in International Relations and Hebrew Studies, as well as a Double Diploma program with Israel on diplomacy. Specializes in cybersecurity, foreign policy of Poland and Middle East region. Cybersecurity Program Coordinator, Secretary General of WIIS Poland and of Warsaw Security Forum. Associated with the Foundation since 2016. Alumnus of University of Warsaw in International Relations and Hebrew Studies, as well as Double Diploma program with Israel on diplomacy. Her fields of focus are cybersecurity, foreign policy of Poland and Middle East region. She is an author of articles regarding relations between European states and Israel. She has completed internships i.a. in Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and European Commission. She is fluent in English and Hebrew and has limited working proficiency in French and Spanish.

 

 

Dr Beata Górka-Winter
WIIS Poland Director

Political scientist, expert on international security and defence issues. Since 2000 a research fellow and program coordinator on international security in the Polish Institute of International Affairs, a leading Polish think tank. Author or co-author of numerous publications with a special focus on security sector reform (SSR), the EU and NATO policies, peace-building, international military operations, conflict resolution, missile defence, defence technologies, security policies of different countries. An advisor on security and defence policy in cooperation with the civilian and military agencies from different countries (the CEE region, the U.S., Afghanistan, the Southern Caucasus). Member of the expert group on SSR at the „Security Sector Reform – Centre of Excellence in Southern Caucasus” led by the International Visegrad Fund. Member of the group advising the Polish MoD in drafting security strategy of Poland (2013). OSCE election observer: Kosovo (2001), Ukraine (2006). Lecturer at the University of Warsaw, European Security and Defence College, AFiB Vistula, KSAP and the Diplomatic Academy. Beata Górka-Winter graduated from the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Journalism and Political Science and National Security Faculty. She holds a Ph.D. from the Jagiellonian University. She also completed a Program on Security, Stability, Transition and Reconstruction (SSTAR) in George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and participated in the Senior Course on Security Policy in Northern Europe led by the Swedish National Defence College.

Wojciech Dzięgiel
Financial coordinator

Government official, long-term employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Consular Officer. Lawyer specialising in Public International Law. Coordinator of the Warsaw Security Forum 2015 Organising Committee.