Jacek Spendel – is Founder and President of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation. He is also European Programs’ Director at US-based Language of Liberty Institute.
Jacek obtained master’s degree in sociology from the University of Silesia in Katowice. He also studied at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and Jagiellonian University in Cracow where he was a PhD candidate in political philosophy (unfinished). Over the years, Jacek accumulated experience in management from KoLiber Association (President, 2006-2007) and Globalization Institute (Project Manager, 2005-2012). During that period he interned at various institutions, including: Kodak Eastman Company (USA), Goldwater Institute (USA), Institute for Free Enterprise (Germany). He is also alumni of two programs of The Fund for American Studies: AIPES in Prague, and Capital Semester in Washington, DC.
Jacek strengthened his management skills with Think Tank MBA and ATLAS Leadership Academy (2013). He practiced them in many projects, among them: organization of dozen Liberty English Camps, directorship at Polish-American Leadership Academy, production of 12-episodes of Freedom under Fire video series , and coordination of ESFL in Poland. He also used to run his own pizza business in Katowice. Currently he is busy with Project Arizona, internship-educational project for international students he runs in Phoenix.
Magdalena Spendel – graduated with a master’s degree in economics at the University of Wrocław. During her studies she was interested in economic transformations, economic crisis of the euro area and in economic theories, especially in the Austrian School of thought. As she supports spreading economic freedom, she was very interested in the special case of the transformation of Estonia, since the reforms undertaken there were among the most radical in all the former Soviet Union countries. On this subject she wrote her master’s thesis and then book which will be published in November 2017. She works for the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation and helps with many projects – among others she is a director of Polish-American Leadership Academy. In her spare time, she enjoys having a break in the bosom of nature. She loves animals, horseback riding, and is a riding instructor herself. She also greatly enjoys mountain biking, especially in its most extreme forms – enduro and downhill.