OUR TEAM

Meet our dedicated team. For us the sky is not the limit. The Foundation’s core team consist of experienced and highly motivated advocates of space exploration. 

Lukasz

Wilczynski

Co-founder/President

Co-founder of the European Space Foundation. The originator of the European Rover Challenge project. Experienced dot-connector and communication consultant specializing in technology and innovation (data and content-driven communication). Owner of a PR consultancy working in the CEE region. Very committed space advocate. Author of articles and whitepapers on science and technology. Media pundit on the topics of space exploration and space technology transfer. Speaker and lecturer, organizer and moderator of conferences and events. In the past European Coordinator of The Mars Society and spokesperson of TMS in Poland. For his space advocacy work, Lukasz was awarded a unique award Tiuterra Crystal created by the Austrian Space Forum in collaboration with Swarovski. He joined the previous winners' ranks, such as Head of SpaceX Elon Musk, former head of NASA Charles Bolden, or head of the UN space sector agency, Dr. Simonetta di Pippo and European astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. After hours, he explores programming, viewing it as learning a new foreign language of the future.

Mateusz

Jozefowicz

Vice president

Member of the Board of the European Space Foundation and Mars Society Polska. Advocate of the human presence in space and the development of the space industry, in Poland and globally. Active entrepreneur, running and supporting several space and high-tech startups (ABM Space, Waven, EX-PL Space Mining Consortium, geological startups). Actively participated in domestic and international consultations with administration on the shape of space industry and development of space mining industry (co-operation between Poland and Luxembourg). Supporter of student teams at URC, ERC and satellite projects, such as PWSat2. Project Manager at ESA consortia related to Mars navigation and satellite solutions. Leader of awarded teams at 2017 Space Exploration Masters, Luxembourg – 1st place in Space Airbus-Merck KGaA Sustainable Exploration Prize category, and 3rd place at Innospace Masters 2018 Airbus category, Berlin. Laureate of the special award at URC: For Dedication to Supporting Poland’s Participation in URC. Speaker at numerous conferences, such as Breakthrough Discuss 2018, Standford, 13th Polish-American Conference on Science and Technology, Washington, among others. Participant of international science projects, such as robotics field missions in Sahara and Alpine glaciers, Mars DTM analysis project (EXOMHYDR, TGO-Cassis imagery, for Space Research Center, Polish Academy of Sciences). Publishes in technical and scientific journals, such as GSTF Journal of Engineering Technology and Astrobiology.

Anna

Wilczynska

Member of the Board, ERC Project Manager

An experienced HR and Project Manager with over ten years of management experience. She gained knowledge and managerial skills managing among others customer service, administration, call center and HR departments in an international corporation. She led many international educational, training and implementation projects. She has always been mentally connected with the ERC, but officially joined the ERC team in seventh edition of the project. Currently, she coordinates activities within the ERC project. She is passionate about topics related to digital HR, HR data analysis and the impact of HR on business development. She speaks English, German and Polish. In the future, she would like to learn the basics of coding in Python and is interested in topics related to artificial intelligence.

Anna

Karahan, PhD

ERC Project Coordinator

Graduate of biology with a specialisation in plant genetics and in vitro cultures. After working as lecturer, master’s thesis supervisor and researcher of cytogenetics and biotechnology in the university, she started travelling extensively. Worked with many international teams, gaining experience as a photographer and journalist as well. Author of many articles, publications and interviews, editor of books. Able to connect ideas and subjects which seem to have no common ground such as art, science and business. With the ERC project and the European Space Foundation connected from the very beginning. She is responsible for the ERC Inspiration Zone coordination and production. An advocate for women in STEM/STEAM.