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“The power of human empathy, leading to collective action, saves lives, and frees prisoners. Ordinary people, whose personal well-being and security are assured, join together in huge numbers to save people they do not know, and will never meet... Unlike any other creatures on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places... We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”
J.K. Rowling, author & philanthropist

I've been drawn to the idea of working on social projects that aim to help others, since I can remember. Back then, I may not have fully grasped the concept of humanitarian work, but I was a beneficiary of the kindness and efforts of others who reached out to help me and other children in need. Their selfless actions not only saved me but also ignited a desire within me to dedicate myself to assisting victims of humanitarian emergencies.

Throughout my academic and professional journey, I consistently made choices that would enable me to pursue a career as a humanitarian professional. For me, humanitarian work isn't just a job; it's a passion that drives me every day.

This page serves as a reflection of my professional life, showcasing my dedication to humanitarian causes and including materials related to these important issues.

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European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO): ECHO, the European Union's humanitarian aid agency, collaborates with humanitarian organizations to provide assistance to victims of conflicts and other emergencies worldwide. My journey with ECHO began in South Sudan, where I spent four years working on humanitarian relief efforts. Subsequently, I relocated to Bangkok, Thailand, overseeing partnerships in a diverse range of countries including Mongolia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Timor Leste, Bangladesh, and nations across the Pacific for another four years.

In August 2019, I assumed the role of Regional Rapid Response Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Panama City. In this capacity, I spearheaded the EU's rapid response initiatives to sudden onset emergencies in the region. Most recently, in August 2023, I moved to Caracas, Venezuela, to serve as ECHO's Head of Office, overseeing humanitarian operations in the country.

Oxfam GB/International: Oxfam, originally founded in the UK, has evolved into a globally recognised charity focusing on both developmental and humanitarian projects. Renowned for its public health initiatives and commitment to gender-sensitive projects, Oxfam plays a pivotal role in addressing humanitarian crises around the world.

During my tenure with Oxfam, I had the privilege of serving in various countries, including Pakistan, Angola, Chad, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Mozambique. Through these experiences, I gained invaluable insights into the complexities of humanitarian work and the transformative impact of Oxfam's initiatives on vulnerable communities.

Action Against Hunger (ACF): Action Against Hunger (ACF), originally founded in France, has expanded its reach globally with offices in various regions worldwide. Specialising in addressing nutrition and food security issues during emergencies, ACF plays a crucial role in providing life-saving assistance to communities in crisis.

During my time with ACF, I had the opportunity to work in diverse settings, including Afghanistan, Sudan (encompassing present-day South Sudan), Angola, Kenya, and Pakistan. These experiences deepened my understanding of the critical challenges faced by populations in crisis and reinforced the importance of ACF's mission in alleviating suffering and promoting resilience.

Educational Society for Malopolska (MTO): MTO is a small organisation based in Nowy Sacz, located in southern Poland. It holds the distinction of being the first professional organisation I ever worked for, back in the 1990s. During my time at MTO, I was actively involved in projects aimed at promoting the social integration of Roma communities in both Poland and Slovakia. Additionally, I contributed to initiatives advocating for the rights of disabled citizens in Nowy Sacz. These early experiences laid the foundation for my career in humanitarian and social work, shaping my commitment to promoting inclusivity, equality, and community empowerment.