Martin Mycielski

Martin has received a master’s degree in diplomacy and foreign relations from Camilo José Cela University in Madrid and has studied English philology, Iberian culture and management at Warsaw University. He graduated from the Stern Leadership Academy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well as finished the USAID Executive Training Programme on Anti-corruption, Transparency and Public Integrity at Hertie School in Berlin.

Following a short-lived political career in the early 2000s he moved to Brussels, where he worked in the European Parliament, the Polish Permanent Representation organising Poland’s first EU Council presidency, as well as in an American law firm and the World Federation of Advertisers. He founded the international Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD International) and co-launched the EU DisinfoLab, the first European NGO committed strictly to countering disinformation. He then served for 2 years as the Brussels correspondent for the leading Polish daily, Gazeta Wyborcza. Martin currently co-manages ODF as our Executive Director.

Since Russia’s invasion he also heads our campaign to deliver humanitarian aid to Ukraine and personally leads ODF’s missions to the front line, which earned him the “Honour and Glory” White Cross and “Unity and Will” decorations from the Verkhovna Rada – the former together with his ODF teammates, the latter together with Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski and his deputy.

Privately, Martin is an avid political commentator, writing for publications such as EU Observer, Politico Europe, EurActiv and The Next Web, or commenting on current events for stations like BBC World News, Euronews or Al Jazeera. He is the author of the “Survival Guide to Authoritarianism”, a pamphlet based on the Polish experience which reached 3 million people around the world within a month and served as the basis for a 15-part web series. Last but not least, he is a member of the Advisory Council of the Polish Women’s Strike. He is also a rock climber, skier and classic sci-fi fan.

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