Agnieszka Rymsza – PhD in sociology, Deputy Head of the Civil Society Department at the Chancellery of the President of the Council of Ministers; between January and October 2016, she served as an advisor to the Government Plenipotentiary for Civil Society and Equal Treatment; she lectures on the third sector at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw. Between 2005 and 2015, she managed the 9th edition of the Polish component of the CSO Sustainability Index Study, outsourced by the Institute of Public Affairs (ISP), and authored relevant national reports. Between 2005 and 2015 she chaired the Advocacy Team of SYNAPSIS Foundation. She is the graduate of the Institute of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Warsaw, and of the School of Social Science at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Science (PAN). She also studied at the University of Manchester (United Kingdom, 2001, Marie Curie Fellowship), the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom, 2002) and at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (U.S., 2003-2005, Fulbright Fellowship).
In 2007, she successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, which was based on her research carried out in Poland and in the U.S.: “Towards the Loss of Identity. Comparative analysis of the
non-profit sectors in Poland and in the United States”. In 2013, the Polish Ministry of Labor and Social Policy published the Polish updated version of this work, under the title Zagubiona
tożsamość? Analiza porównawcza sektora pozarządowego w Polsce i w Stanach
Zjednoczonych [Lost Identity? Comparative analysis of the non-governmental sector in Poland and in the United States].