The Supervisory Board
President of the AFI Supervisory Board, Managing Director of Activity for Innovation and Economic Growth
The Honorable Daniel A. Mica
Former Member of the US Congress (House of Representatives – Florida)
Mica was also appointed by President Ronald Reagan to be congressional representative to the United Nations.
In 1991, President Bush appointed him to serve on the Board for International Broadcasting (now the BBG).
In 1993, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve as Chairman of the Board of BIB/Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. After leaving Congress in 1989 Mica joined the American Council of Life Insurance in Washington, D.C., as executive vice president overseeing ACLI’s federal affairs division. He was with ACLI, the life insurance industry’s leading trade group, until taking the helm at CUNA in 1996.
In 2013 Mica was personally named by The Hill newspaper as one of the top advocates in the nation’s capital. He is often quoted by major national publications and broadcasts for his views on financial services and political issues. He has been a frequent guest on MSNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business News.
At the end of 2010, Dan completed a fourteen year tenure as President and CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the leading trade association representing the nation’s 9,000 credit unions and credit union leagues in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Mica assumed his duties at CUNA in July 1996, a time of major internal and external challenge for the association.
Over the years Mica has served on numerous boards and committees and was recently elected Chairman of the Board of the Congressional Management Foundation, a bipartisan organization that advises members of Congress on matters relating to office efficiency, organization and administration on a confidential basis. He is now the President of The DMA Group, a firm providing government affairs, advocacy, strategic planning and management consulting services to a variety of industries.
Mica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Florida Atlantic University. He also holds an honorary law degree from Barry University, Florida.
The Honorable Scott McCallum
Former Governor of Wisconsin
He has his B.A. from Macalester College, M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and is completing his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
From 2005-2015 McCallum was President & CEO of the Aidmatrix Foundation. Under his leadership they grew from a regional nonprofit organization to one of the world’s largest technology providers to the humanitarian sector, working with over 32,000 clients on 5 continents.
McCallum has been on faculty at the University of Wisconsin – Madison since 2009, teaching in the BioTechnology M.S. program in the School of Medicine and Public Health. At the same time, he is presently leading a project to identify potential employees for innovation, with an emphasis on the healthcare sector. He is published and has presented throughout the world on this topic. He also represents Health Care and Technology companies in establishing collaborative projects. His academic research continues to provide insights of the technology revolution impact upon the global economy.
McCallum has received many awards for his use of technology to advance humanitarian issues, including the 21st Century Achievement Award for “visionary use of information technology to promote positive social economic and educational change” and a “true hero of the information age.” (Computerworld). Government Technology Magazine named McCallum to the “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers” in US Technology, March 2013.
Dr Paweł Pietrasienski
Lecturer at The Warsaw School of Economics, Former Head of the Trade and Investment Section, Embassy of Poland in the US
He is a former Minister Counselor, Head of the Trade and Investment Section at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington D.C. He was the inventor and supervisor of the first Poland’s bridge organization – POLSKA Silicon Valley Acceleration Center based in San Francisco as well as co-author of the first Polish governmental multi-phase acceleration program “Polish Silicon Bridge”.
Previously, he served also as: Deputy Consul General and Consul of the Republic of Poland to Chicago; Counselor in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland; Member of the Board of Governors in the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht; Polish Representative to the OECD Public Governance Committee in Paris.
He is a recipient of the Medal for export achievements, awarded by the Association of Polish Exporters (2014). He was the Outstanding International Business Leadership Honoree, awarded by the Chicago International Sister Cities Committee (2015) and received the Medal of Honor for Merits in Poland’s Economy Development, awarded by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland (2015).
Author of the books “International Marketing Strategies (Międzynarodowe Strategie Marketingowe)” and “Stimulating the Internationalization of Enterprises (Aktywizowanie internacjonalizacji przedsiębiorstw)” /PWE, Warsaw 2005 & 2014/ as well as more than 40 scientific publications in the field of international business, global marketing, entrepreneurship and public governance.
Director of the Institute of Healthcare Management and Director of the Centre for Postgraduate Education at the Łazarski University
Vice Chairman of the National Health Fund Council, Vice President of the Polish Co-ordinated Care Society Zdrowie, Advisor to the President of Employers of the Republic of Poland in the area of health protection.
Since 2010 she has been managing the “MBA in Health Care” program and many Lazarski-based training programs dedicated to physicians, management in health care and employees of public institutions from the health care sector.
Initiator and leader of the Sector Council for Competence in Health Care. Author of numerous articles and expert publications as well as research reports devoted to the economic and social aspects of health protection, public health and leadership. Propagator of the Value Based Healthcare concept.
David X. Cifu, MD
Member of AFI Supervisory Board, Associate Dean for Innovation and System Integration, VCU School of Medicine, Senior Traumatic Brain Injury Specialist, US Department of Veterans Affairs
Dr. Cifu assumed the role of Senior TBI Specialist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in September 2015. Prior to this role, he served as National Director of PM&R (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) for Veterans Health Administration from 2009- 2015, overseeing all polytrauma, amputation and traumatic brain injury services during the Gulf Wars.
He has been funded on 46 research grants for over $240 million, including currently serving as Principal Investigator of the VA/DoD $112.2 million Long-Term Impact of Military-relevant Brain Injury Consortium/Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (LIMBIC-CENC), the nation’s largest epidemiologic and longitudinal study of combat and blast-related concussions in U.S. current and former servicemembers, since 2013. In his more than 25 years as an academic physiatrist, he has delivered more than 560 regional, national and international lectures, published more than 225 scientific articles and 65 abstracts, and co-authored or edited 35 books and book chapters. He is the Past President of the American Academy of PM&R (2007-8), Editor-in-Chief of the 5th Edition of Braddom’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation textbook (2015), co-Editor of Braddom’s Handbook of Rehabilitation Medicine (2017), and Editor-in-Chief of the upcoming 6th Edition of Braddom’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation textbook (2020) Dr. Cifu received his medical degree at the Boston University School of Medicine in 1986 and completed his residency in PM&R at Baylor College of Medicine in 1990.
The Management Board
Co-Chairman of AFI Poland
In most recent years he has also served as the President of the Supervisory Board of the Polish Pharmaceutical Chamber and Board Member of local EFPIA.
Also since many years using international perspective and network, international project management experience he focuses on initiating, supporting and implementation of cross country projects bridging experts, centers committed to quality improvements in patients care and to healthcare innovation.
That led to very well established professional relationship and network with different stakeholders including KOLs, medical societies, PAGs, distributors and governmental bodies.
He also over the recent years educates actively on the value of innovation, biotechnology, healthcare system improvements, change management and business development. He serves as Board Member of Healthcare Think Tank, Expert on Innovation -National Centre for Research & Development and Executive partner at Acceptance Ltd.
Co-Chairman of AFI USA
Since 2014 he has been involved with PLUS-IP (Polish-US Innovation Project) signed between the US State Department and Polish Government. The program has recently been rebranded as Innovation UP (US-Poland) but the goal is the same to increase collaboration and commercialization between the 2 countries.
In 2017. Dr. Czekajlo co-founded Alliance for Innovation Foundation to continue work on increasing academic and business collaboration between Poland and Virginia.
Dr. Czekajlo completed his undergraduate training at Kean University and Masters at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He then attended Poznan University of Medical Sciences where he completed and MD, PhD program and served on the faculty until 2000 when he began his internal medicine residency at Capital Health System in New Jersey and Critical Care Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Advisory Council Virginia
AFI Advisory Council Virginia Member
On the operational front, Scott partners with community enterprises to improve education, economic development, and health status. He develops solutions by building trusted relationships and aligning stakeholders around common objectives to fulfill organizational mission, vision, and goals.
Scott’s philanthropic activities include Board membership and Advisory roles with the following organizations – Virginia Health Information, Lead Virginia, Virginia Center for Health Innovation, Virginia Chamber of Commerce. He also volunteers with Saint Mary’s Catholic School (PTO), Knights of Columbus, and the Boys Scouts of America. In 2017, Scott assists the Alliance for Innovation Foundation to develop academic, business, and cultural collaborations between Poland and the United States.
Scott earned a B.A. in Biology from Gettysburg College, MBA (International Marketing) from the University of Richmond. He and with his wife Agata strive to instill an international education and cultural enlightenment with their 5 children.
AFI Advisory Council Member
Since having moved to the U.S. in 1996, Agnieszka completed her undergraduate studies at Randolph Macon College (2002) and her graduate degree in Health Administration at VCU in 2016. In addition to the academic background in business and health administration, Agnieszka also holds a Virginia teacher license in French for grades K-12.
Her efforts related to popularizing Polish culture in the U.S. include organizing a concert featuring a live performance of Chopin’s music in November 2018, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence. In October 2018, Agnieszka was in charge of organizing an event celebrating the first anniversary of the declaration of the Kosciuszko Day in Virginia on October 15th, attended by about 100 people of Polish descent. Agnieszka has also led a few hands-on classes in Polish cuisine, free and open to the local community in Richmond, where her pierogi-making skills were in the spotlight.
In her spare time Agnieszka spends time with her two daughters, Veronika and Viktoria, and her husband, Piotr. She regularly cooks the most challenging dishes of Polish cuisine for her family and friends, she grows vegetables in her organic garden, and depending on the season – she enjoys water sports or downhill skiing.
Advisory Council Poland
Marzena Domańska – Sadynica
AFI Advisory Council Member, President of the Experts for Health Foundation
Currently, she is preparing to defend his thesis at the MBA studies in health care at the Lazarski University and the opening of a doctoral thesis at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Medical University of Gdańsk.
President of the Experts for the Health Foundation dedicated to activities to improve the quality of the healthcare system in Poland. She was an expert in defining the National Mental Health Program, the National Oncology Program. Author of numerous reports, including analysis and recommendations in oncology system changes, changes in the management of pain management, introduction of comprehensive care in urology and gastroenterology. Focusing also on supporting a development of health care modeling and medical simulations.
AFI Advisory Council Member, Film producer & director
In 1989 set up one of the first independent film production companies inPoland. In 1990/91 produced and directed a 50 min. documentary for popularBBC2 series Bookmark about Polish Science Fiction writer Stanislaw Lem. Thefilm was awarded the first prize on the International Festival of the Films onArt, Montreal 1994. Series of educational programs about Space „Ad Astra”was presented to the Pope John Paul II during the seminar on philosophical andreligious aspects of contemporary science in Castel Gandolfo, August 97.
From 1994 to date a film director and independent producer, author of morethan 200 films and programs, mostly about exploration of Space, history ofaviation and philosophical and ethical aspects of modern science. Author ofthe pioneer in the World Series of programs converting Internet and televisionbroadcasted by Polish Television in 1995. Producer of live coverage of landingof space robots on Mars and Titan.
In February 2010 produced a Chopin concert in Space on board of STS-130Endeavour during the mission to the International Space Station. Producer anddirector of documentary film ”Chopin. The Space Concert” on theoccasion of 200th. anniversary of Chopin birth. In December 2012, the filmwon Grand Prix of the International Film Festival in Monaco.
Author and producer of popular educational awareness campaigns promotingprotection of natural environment, responsibility and ethics in science andpopularization of sport and Olympic values among young generation.
Passionate about aviation and Space exploration. In the years 2003-2005 vicepresident of CASI – International Air Sport Commission of FAI, member ofPolish Aviation Council.
AFI Advisory Council Member, Managing Partner at CobinAngels, Vice President of European Business Angels Network (EBAN)
Co-founder and Managing Partner at CobinAngels, leading Polish business angel network, entrepreneur, early stage investor. Expert in diffusion of innovation, business models and organization and development of new ventures. Mentor and member of evaluation teams in start-up contests, investor and coach in a number of innovative technology start-ups. Member of the supervisory boards and control bodies of a number of companies listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange, including Work Service S.A. as well as start-ups eg. Photon Entertainment, Salesbook.
He has extensive experience gained while working on managerial positions in global technology companies such as Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, recently Atos. He supervised and was responsible for the implementation of a number of innovative projects in Poland like STORK EU, projects in collaboration with Atos Research & Innovation and ASE Scientific Community. He created and supervised the implementation of strategies in the area of introducing new products and technologies as well as marketing and sales on the Polish and regional markets of Central and Eastern Europe, Israel, Egypt and Turkey.
He also held a number of functions in industry and social organizations including President of Business Students Club, Member of the Board of Polish Chamber of Information and Telecommunications, Warsaw Executive MBA Alumni Association and French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Poland. Initiator of the Business Angels Poland Confederation, member of Business Angels Europe. Recently elected as Vice President of European Business Angels Network.
AFI Advisory Council Member, Septodont General Manager Central & East Europe, Russia, CIS, Baltics
She has 20 years of experience in health & dental care industry with a deep understanding of environment in various segments and solid truck of continuous success over the years.Her experience has included change management, organization efficiency, launching new products, managing mature portfolio, implementing local sales& marketing strategies, building corporate brands and high performance teams.
Currently leading Septodont company, worldwide biggest manufacturer of local anesthetics for dentistry as General Manager with 29 countries responsibility.
AFI Advisory Council Member
AFI Advisory Council Member, BluePharmaSolutions
Experienced leader with proven track of successes as a leader and manager of large as well as small teams working in market access, public affairs, medical, marketing, sales, especially in very challenging environment where connecting of several skills are needed. Skilled in working in very specific areas: diabetes, rare diseases, hematology, oncology, endocrinology: growth hormone, rheumatology, immunology, dermatology, neurology, psychiatry, especially with drug financed via drug programs or national program financed directly by Ministry of Health.With deep knowledge regarding hospital business, public procurement low and pharma distributors market in Poland. Thanks to held positions as General Manager, Business Unit Manager and others connected to life science at international companies e.i. Pfizer, Sanofi, Sandoz, NovoNordisk, Maria Łapińska has been representing companies in contacts with government representatives such as the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Entrepreneurship, the National Health Fund and many non-governmental organizations for over 15 years.
Now Maria is leading consulting company devoted to delivering solutions in marketing (including multichannel and digital marketing), strategies and tactics based on blue ocean approach to the business. With special focus on patient advocacy.
AFI Advisory Council Member
Katarzyna has acquired financing for a number of projects financed from various EU operational programs and funds for supporting the development of innovations. Until December 2017, she was the CEO in a cell therapy company. Under her leadership, the company has obtained funding under various granting programs (i.e. Horizon 2020) as well as seed and VC investment funds.
In April 2018, she was hired as the Head of the Biotechnology Development Program in the Polish Development Fund. After that, she has become responsible for the Innovation and Strategy Department at the Medical Research Agency, where she helped develop the Agency’s strategy and establish international cooperation with various health organizations and institutions mainly in the USA.
Katarzyna is an Alumn of an MIT Enterprise Forum acceleration program, during which she has taken part in a bootcamps and a series of lectures on innovations and commercialization at the MIT.
AFI Advisory Council Member
Through his career, Przemyslaw was mostly responsible for developing strategies for R&D projects and their commercialization ending with accelerating start-ups (acquiring funding – public/private). He was a business coach at the largest European energy accelerator where he was responsible for coaching and mentoring the entrepreneurs (innovators), to help them on the way to launch their products/services to the market.
His practical experience in startups comprises of helping to incorporate two startups (university spin-offs) – one dedicated to the commercialization of novel biometric solutions for the identification and authorization of clients in the banking sector (Przemyslaw is the CEO of this company currently) and the other was dedicated to marketing authorization of an innovative cell-therapy medicinal product. He is also an author of a strategy for building astartup ecosystem in the med-tech sector for one of Polish cities.
Przemyslaw is an Alumn of an MIT Enterprise Forum acceleration program, during which he has taken part in a bootcamps and a series of lectures on innovations and commercialization at the MIT.
AFI Advisory Council Member
Lukasz has over 10 years experience in pharma business, focusing on clinical development, efficacy of clinical studies execution by leading multilevel reporting clinical teams. Specialize in strategy development and close loop medical communication. Skilled in building medical organisation driven by patient centric approach and data based decision process.
Łukasz has handled national and international position in international Pharma companies (Novo Nordis, Pfizer, Ipsen), always focusing on innovation, new way of communication and data management strategies.
He is passionate about startup development and working of technology transfer between business and scientific sites.
AFI Advisory Council Member