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.
Prof. Maria Siemionow
MD, PhD, DSc Professor of Orthopaedics, Director of Microsurgery Research University of Illinois at Chicago
She served as a President of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation, President of the International Hand and Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Society and President of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve. She is a member of the academic-industry team, Warrior Restoration Consortium, focusing on development of clinical therapies and new technologies for wounded soldiers as part of the second phase of the Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM II).
She has received numerous honors, including high praise as Principal Investigator for the world’s first, her Composite Facial Allograft Transplantation protocol; in 2008, she led the team that performed the first near-total face transplantation in the United States.
Dr. Siemionow has over 330 scientific publications. She has edited three plastic surgery textbooks, two popular science books, and has contributed to over 100 published book chapters.
Dr. Siemionow received numerous awards including the Polish Order of Merit (2009), the Commander’s Cross Polonia Restituta Award from the President of Poland (2009), the Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research Award from the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation (2010); the 2011 American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Board of Trustees Special Achievement Award and Casimir Funk National Science Award (2013). In 2014 she received the Great Immigrants Award from the Carnegie Foundation of New York. In 2016 Dr. Siemionow was awarded the Heritage Award granted by the Polish American Congress.
Prior to her UIC appointment, she was Director of Plastic Surgery Research and Head of Microsurgical Training for Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Plastic Surgery.
Honorary Council of The Republic of Poland for The State of Florida
Her avid interest in the arts, dedication to helping young artists, and desire to promote Poland’s heritage while fostering culture in her American homeland, prompted Mrs. Rosenstiel to establish, in 1972, The American Institute of Polish Culture, Inc. (AIPC) in Miami. The Institute shares with American society the rich heritage of Poland. It also serves as a center of educational facilities and resources for the encouragement and promotion of the scientific and aesthetic endeavors of Americans of Polish decent.
In 1977, Mrs. Rosenstiel established the Chopin Foundation of the United States, a national organization dedicated to helping young American musicians, and promoting Chopin’s music in the United States 1977, Mrs. Rosenstiel established the Chopin Foundation of the United States, a national organization dedicated to helping young American musicians, and promoting Chopin’s music in the United States.
In 1998 she helped to establish a permanent Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at the University of Virginia. Each year the Institute awards scholarships in the field of journalism, communication or public relations to talented students of Polish origin. In 1998 Mrs. Rosenstiel was appointed an Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland. She became the first Polish Consul in the history of Florida.
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.
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.
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.
Film producer & director.
In 1989 set up one of the first independent film production companies in Poland. In 1990/91 produced and directed a 50 min. documentary for popular BBC2 series Bookmark about Polish Science Fiction writer Stanislaw Lem. The film was awarded the first prize on the International Festival of the Films on Art, Montreal 1994. Series of educational programs about Space „Ad Astra” was presented to the Pope John Paul II during the seminar on philosophical and religious aspects of contemporary science in Castel Gandolfo, August 97.
From 1994 to date a film director and independent producer, author of more than 200 films and programs, mostly about exploration of Space, history of aviation and philosophical and ethical aspects of modern science. Author of the pioneer in the World Series of programs converting Internet and television broadcasted by Polish Television in 1995. Producer of live coverage of landing of space robots on Mars and Titan.
In February 2010 produced a Chopin concert in Space on board of STS-130 Endeavour during the mission to the International Space Station. Producer and director of documentary film ''Chopin. The Space Concert'' on the occasion of 200th. anniversary of Chopin birth. In December 2012, the film won Grand Prix of the International Film Festival in Monaco.
Author and producer of popular educational awareness campaigns promoting protection of natural environment, responsibility and ethics in science and popularization of sport and Olympic values among young generation.
Passionate about aviation and Space exploration. In the years 2003-2005 vice president of CASI – International Air Sport Commission of FAI, member of Polish 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.