On March 29, 2019, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki entrusted Mr. Michał Szaniawski with the duties of President of the Polish Space Agency. This appointment follows from the recent resignation of Dr. Grzegorz Brona, former President of POLSA. Mr. Szaniawski will act as President of POLSA for a period of 3 months, until a formal appointment is made for the President of the Agency.
Michał Szaniawski graduated from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belge) and from the University of Warsaw. He also completed specialist courses organized by the International Space University in Strasbourg and by Wirtschaftsuniversität in Vienna, and has several years of experience in managing commercial companies. Over the past few years, he served as Vice President of the Industrial Development Agency and Advisor to the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the Republic of Poland. During this period, he was responsible for preparing the Space Technologies Support Program for Poland and for negotiations concerning Poland’s accession to the EU initiative regarding the Framework for Space Surveillance and Tracking Support (EU SST). He has been a member of the Council of POLSA since November 2018.
Upon his appointment as Acting President of POLSA, Mr. Szaniawski stated:
- The recent accomplishments of the Polish Space Agency, such as joining the EU SST Consortium and the European space robotic cluster PERASPERA, as well as preparing the National Space Program, form an excellent foundation for further successful activities of POLSA and create new growth opportunities for the Polish space sector. I would like to thank Dr. Brona for his strong support and leadership for Polish space objectives.
Grzegorz Brona, Ph.D., held the post of President of the Polish Space Agency since March 14, 2018.