ABOUT US

The Sfera Foundation was set up in May 2009 by four Hispanists from Poznań. It is registered in the National Court Register (Krajowy Rejestr Sądowy) under N° 0000333676.

The Foundation’s mission is to promote and support various forms of cultural and linguistic cooperation and exchange. Its primary interests are directed to the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America and other Romance countries. The Foundation carries out different projects and organises events. It also presents a linguistic offer in such spheres as education, translation and interpreting and business.

Tamara Filipiak

Journalist, graduate in Hispanic studies, film addict and city enthusiast. She has cooperated with Gazeta Wyborcza, Radio Merkury and Pmedia platform. Since always she has had a great interest in editing independent school magazines and organizing media projects covering cultural and social issues.

She directs her passion to scriptwriting, creating exhibitions’ programs, documentary and artistic photography. Fascinated by the multicultural world and interpersonal communication she has been volunteering for Spanish organizations (ARED Foundation for socially excluded women and Málaga Acoge – an association for immigrants). She also explores the space between media and everyday life, as well as foreign and acquired languages. And her recent obsessions? Capoeira Angola and contemporary culture of Arab countries.

Currently, she holds the office of the Chairwoman of the Foundation’s Board.

Justyna Hadaś

She graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań obtaining degrees in both Political Science and Hispanic studies. She is fascinated by the politics and cultures of Latin America and is fond of  the Basque Country and Aquitaine.

For several years she has been uncovering the cultural richness of Spanish-speaking countries, promoting European integration, as well as organising educational mobility. If there is an opportunity, she travels. Her areas of interest include foreign language teaching, interculturality, theatre and film. She loves audiobooks. She fulfils herself as an organiser of various events and as a Spanish teacher. Linked to the Institute of Romance Studies of Adam Mickiewicz University and co-organiser of Spanish Language Olympics (a national project that supports talented pupils in Poland).

Currently, she holds the office of the Vice Chairwoman of the Foundation’s Board.

Dorota Biela

An Adam Mickiewicz University graduate in Psychology and Hispanic studies. As a Spanish teacher, she works mainly with teenagers. In the future she considers going back to being a student and join one of the schools of psychotherapy. She’s a loyal listener of Radio Nacional de España and a great fan of rock climbing. In the Sfera Foundation she helps to organise various events and does translation work.

Ewa Jenczyk

An Adam Mickiewicz University graduate in both cultural and Hispanic studies; a photograph-amateur and travel enthusiast that fell in love with the mysterious Balkan lands and whose dream is to travel to South America; fascinated by works of Juan Goytisolo and Michael Haneke, Erik Truffaz trumpet and pop culture; co-organizer of the República Femenina Festival and the Foundation’s project “Hiszpania do 4. Potęgi” (Spain to the power of four).

Agnieszka Przychodniak

An Adam Mickiewicz University graduate in Hispanic studies, admirer of the Catalan language and culture, teacher of both Spanish and English. In her opinion, the cultural aspects during classes are as important as the grammar exercises. Her passions cover all literary genres (fantasy and science fiction included) and cycling in Poznań; an organiser of events who gained experience as a volunteer for the Transatlantyk Festival in Poznań and the UN Climate Change Conference; in the Sfera Foundation, she is responsible for the webpage administration and helps to organise the República Femenina Festival.

Weronika Śmigielska – after obtaining a Bachelor degree in Hispanic studies at Adam Mickiewicz University she started her Master studies in contemporary culture at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow; a feminist, activist, cyclist and reader who enjoys the Mediterranean parts of Europe because of their languages and cuisine; also an honest admirer of contemporary French music and comedy (Jamel Debbouze, Florence Foresti, Dionysos, -M-); in the Foundation, she is the one who fixes microphones.

Aleksandra Szuma

Aleksandra graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University with a degree in Translation studies (French, English) and completed a postgraduate program in Business Administration at Poznan University of Economics. She combines her passion for languages with a career in French-Polish institutions and companies. Her interests include the French-speaking provinces of Canada, cultural translation and travelling in the East. She has been cooperating with the Sfera Foundation since 2010 (cultural projects like Republica Femenina and mobility projects, such as LEFE).

Ewa Żukowska

Graduate from International Relations at the University of Economics in Poznań and the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw. Sfera member since 2010, initially volunteered for festivals, then became involved in the two-year Leonardo da Vinci LEFE project. She rediscovered the Spanish world when telling a story at the CuentaCuentos festival. Interested in diplomacy and art of all kinds. She enjoys creating, coordinating and managment especially in the international context. Currently in love with Caucasus.

Izabela Lorek

She graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University obtaining a degree in Hispanic studies and from the School of Tourism in Málaga. She is ardently connected to Spain, above all to Andalusia. For many years she has been promoting Spanish and Andalusian culture in Poznań. Recently, she has cooperated with the organization Promotour which deals with a student exchange between Europe and South America. In the future, she aims to promote the culture of Spanish-speaking countries in Poland as well as to teach Polish language in Spain.

Translation and interpreting are her great passions. She also loves film, theatre and literature, is an enthusiast of football and travelling.

Currently, she holds the office of the President of the Foundation’s Council.