Who are the Przemiany Heroes?
They look boldly into the future, although they see all the lurking threats. Their actions express passion and willingness to change the existing reality. They recognize the potential of the tools provided by science and technology. They want to use them to create a better world. At the same time, they don’t avoid responsible thinking about the social effects of innovation being implemented.
We present outstanding experts who have become the Przemiany Heroes. During the festival, they’ll share their knowledge and reflections on the future of food and the impact it’ll have on our lives.
Dobrosława Gogłoza – co-founder of the Otwarte Klatki (Open Cages) association, which aims to protect farm animals. The association has been recognized by Animal Charity Evaluators as one of the most effective pro-animal organizations in the world. During 7 years, it has become one of the largest organizations in the region, without losing its unique, strong culture. As part of the new identity – Anima International with Dobrosława as the CEO – the organization will conduct campaigns, investigations and promotion of the plant diet in nine European countries. Dobrosława also advises many organizations on strategy, management and development, using skills improved over 10 years of work in both the animal rights and women’s rights movement.
Piotr Grabowski – a man living with challenges. Together with Michał Piosik, he founded the first accelerator in the food industry in Poland – foodtech.ac. He searches, trains and helps finance start-ups that will change the food industry into a more environmentally friendly one. The portfolio of foodtech.ac includes such products as the meatless chicken, vertical farms and powdered food. He believes that by changing the big industry, you can save the Earth from an ecological disaster. He also works as a Business Developer & Partnerships Manager at HubHub – a European network of coworking spaces located in Warsaw, Bratislava, Prague, Budapest and London. He runs a business hub in Białystok. Another important project he’s known for is Kazimiernikejszyn – a festival in Kazimierz Dolny, during which only vegetarian and vegan food is served.
Michał Piosik – has quit his banking career to make pierogi with tourists. His first company, Polish Your Cooking, is today one of the largest culinary event agencies in Poland and No. 1 culinary attraction in Warsaw according to TripAdvisor. Together with Piotr Grabowski, he founded the first accelerator in the Polish food industry – foodtech.ac. He searches, trains and helps finance start-ups that will change the food industry into a more environmentally friendly one. The portfolio of foodtech.ac includes such products as the meatless chicken, vertical farms and powdered food. He believes that by changing the big industry, you can save the Earth from an ecological disaster. He was seeking culinary and business inspiration in Asia. His passion for cooking and travel has led to the creation of the Gado Gado restaurant, where you can test foodtech.ac products.
Jacek Postupolski, PhD – head of the Food Safety Institute of the National Institute of Public Health – National Institute of Hygiene. He specialises in toxicology and food safety, especially in the field of chemical pollution, food microbiology, additives and materials having contact with food. He also heads the National Reference Laboratory in this area. He represents Poland in the Advisory Forum of the European Food Safety Authority, participates in the work of the European Commission. He’s interested in risk assessment, occurrence of mycotoxins in food and issues related to the collection and use of analytical data in the field of food safety.
Mariusz Pożoga – specialist in the in vitro plant tissue cultures. Founder of the commercial Laboratorium313, dealing with plant propagation. At work, he focuses on new technologies, innovations in plant production and reducing the use of production materials with regard to the environment. He was the first in Poland to have implemented a production technology based on closing in vitro cultures with a breathable foil, which ensures free gas exchange between the container with plants and the external environment. The risk of contamination is thus minimised. PhD student at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. He studies the cost of the in vitro production of plants and traditional nursery production.
Marcin Rotkiewicz – deputy head of the science department of the Polityka weekly newsmagazine in which he has been working since 2001. A graduate of journalism and philosophy at the University of Warsaw and fellow of the Knight Science Journalism Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He popularizes knowledge about biotechnology, primate evolution and neuroscience. He’s also interested in pseudoscientific and conspiracy theories. Nominated twice for the Grand Press Award in the categories of specialized journalism and opinion journalism. Author of several extended interviews: with prof. Jerzy Vetulani, entitled "Mózg i błazen" (“Brain and Jester”) and with prof. Bogdan Wojciszke, entitled "Homo nie całkiem sapiens" (“Homo not quite sapiens”). He also wrote "W królestwie Monszatana" (“In the kingdom of Monsatan”), for which he received the prize of the editors of the Mądre Książki portal as part of a competition organized by the Jagiellonian University and the Fundacja Popularyzacji Nauki im. Euklidesa (Euclid Foundation for Science Popularization).
Daniel Szostek – partner and co-founder of the Food Law Centre. He has completed a legal counsel training at the District Chamber of Legal Advisers in Warsaw. Graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Wrocław, doctoral studies at the Faculty of National Economy at the University of Economics in Wrocław and the Board of Continuing Education Faculty of Law – Centre for European Legal Studies, University of Cambridge. PhD student at the Kozminski Law School at the Kozminski University in Warsaw. He advises food industry entrepreneurs in the field of food and administrative law, specializes in providing legal services to commercial relations on the food market and in regulatory issues of Polish and European food law. Legal expert of the Expert Committee of the Polish Council for Supplements and Nutritional Foods, vice president of the European Institute of Supplements and Nutritional Foods. He is the co-author of the publication "Bezpieczeństwo żywności i żywienia. Komentarz" (“Food and nutrition safety. Commentary”) and "Oświadczenia żywieniowe i zdrowotne w oznakowaniu, prezentacji i reklamie żywności. Komentarz" ("Nutrition and health claims in food labelling, presentation and advertising. Commentary").
Agnieszka Szymecka-Wesołowska, PhD – partner and co-founder of the Food Law Centre. She advises food industry companies on all aspects of food law. She teaches food law at the Kozminski University in Warsaw. Member of the Polish Association of Lawyers Agrarists and the Italian Food Law Association. Author of many publications on agricultural and food law in the country and abroad, including research expertise for the Office of the Committee for European Integration and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the field of agri-food law and policy. Speaker and trainer at local and foreign conferences and trainings in the field of food law. Expert of the Expert Committee of the Polish Council for Supplements and Nutritional Foods, vice president of the European Institute of Supplements and Nutritional Foods. Editor and co-author of the publication "Bezpieczeństwo żywności i żywienia. Komentarz" (“Food and nutrition safety. Commentary”) and "Oświadczenia żywieniowe i zdrowotne w oznakowaniu, prezentacji i reklamie żywności. Komentarz" ("Nutrition and health claims in food labelling, presentation and advertising. Commentary").
Anna Urbańska, PhD – molecular biologist specializing in issues related to cellular transport. TEDx speaker. Graduate of the Leaders School of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. Founder and coordinator of the first Polish food cooperative – Kooperatywa Grochowska (Grochowska Cooperative), operating continuously for over 10 years. Activist of the international movement supporting the development of social economy and cooperative activity in Europe. Social leader supporting and activating local communities. Co-founder of the Future Farms project – a system designed to ensure food sovereignty for city dwellers. Involved in the development of alternative and extra-system education.
Hanna Wilska, PhD – dietitian, associated for many years with the Medical University of Warsaw. She cooperated with the World Health Organization and the Institute of Mother and Child. Specialist in the field of dietotherapy and diet prevention, in particular the civilization diseases. Propagator of a healthy diet – she co-creates the expert blog dieto-terapia.pl. She deals with the popularization of knowledge about human nutrition because, as claimed by the Arabic proverb: "the best knowledge is the one that connects with action".
Katarzyna Zbikowska and Sylwia Zarembska – they started their adventure with gastronomy by opening one of the first food trucks in Poland, Ricos Tacos. For several years they honed their cooking skills, broadened their interest in various cuisines of the world and culinary experiments. Finally, they created the flexitarian Bar Pacyfik, where almost every dish has its vegan counterpart, and the bar serves vegan cocktails. Practically everything here is "homemade", including mayonnaises, sauces, syrups, juices. In 2018, the girls organized a Dinner of the Future, during which they presented their vision of future food, based on research and many hours of kitchen tests. Guests could taste dishes from worms, pickles, algae. Recently, Kasia and Sylwia, together with Marianna Zjawińska, have opened the Paloma restaurant with a pescatarian menu, inspired by the philosophy of California chefs.
Marcin Tischner – passionate about sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR). He works on several projects related to responsible consumption, environmental protection, zero waste and effective altruism (e.g. for ProVeg Polska and Too Good To Go). Co-organiser of the Zero Waste Fair. Board member of the Efektywny Altruizm (Effective Altruism) foundation.