Dominik Mierzejewski: professor, chair at Center for Asian Affairs at the University of Lodz (university-based think-tank), professor at the Department of Asian Studies at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, main area of research: China foreign policy and role of local governments involvement in China’s foreign policy, studies at the Shanghai International Studies University (1999-2000, 2003-2004), internship in the Heritage Foundation (2003), Jan Karski scholarship by the American Center of Polish Culture (2003), visiting professor in the Chinese Academy of Social Science granted by the Polish Foundation for Science (2010-2011), member of: European International Studies Association, European Association for Chinese Studies (board member 2008-2014) and editorial board member of “Azja-Pacyfik” (yearbook) and “Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia” (Austria/South Korea) and “Sinologia Hispanica”. He publishes two monographs, and dozens of articles published, e.g. in Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States.

Bartosz Kowalski: Ph.D., senior research fellow at the Center for Asian Affairs at the University of Lodz, assistant professor at the Department of Asian Studies of the University of Łódz, main area of research: relations between China and Central Europe specially with Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Serbia, as well as China’s state-building policies in the north-western. He teaches modern history and politics of China. His research focuses on China’s foreign policy (including Sino-Central European relations), and a participant in research workshops including the University of Oslo and Nanjing University; has research experience in the PRC and Taiwan. Between 2014-2017 he was engaged in the project “Ideas and Identity in China’s Foreign Policy”, granted by the Polish National Science Center. Member of training projects on Polish-Chinese foreign policy and public diplomacy for local governments and business institutions financed by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in 2014 and 2018); co-author of “Guide to Cooperation with Chinese Local Authorities”.

Marcin Socha: Ph.D., senior research fellow at the Center for Asian Affairs at the University of Lodz, assistant professor at the Department of Asian Studies of the University of Lodz. Areas of research: Japan’s foreign policy in Northeast Asia, energy security and climate cooperation in Northeast Asia, Japan-V4 cooperation, Japan’s diplomatic relations and investment in Central and Eastern Europe. Current research projects focus on Japan’s export strategy of nuclear power generation and other energy-related technologies, Japan-Russia cooperation in the Far East and concentration of executive power in the hands of the prime minister throughout the second Abe administration.

Mateusz Chatys: research fellow at the Center for Asian Affairs at the University of Lodz, Ph.D. student at the Department of Asian Studies of the Faculty of International and Political Studies at the University of Lodz, main area of research: ASEAN integration, China policy towards Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines, and territorial disputes at the South China Sea, member of a student research group of East Asia and the Pacific, studies at Hainan University in 2015-2016 (EU-China Window programme), participant of the China-EU Youth Thinkers Forum in Shanghai (2017), coordinator of Summer School Project: Understanding Poland, Economy, Society and Science for students from China.

Przemyslaw Ciborek: research fellow at the Center for Asian Affairs at the University of Lodz, Ph.D. Student at the Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of International and Political Studies of University of Lodz., main area of research China foreign policy towards Central and Eastern Europe with a special regard to Chinese investment policy towards Balkan Peninsula countries, studies at Tianjin University of Science and Technology, China (2015), internship in the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Beijing at the Political, Consular and Agricultural Section (2015), chief coordinator of Summer School Project: Understanding Poland, Economy, Society and Science for students from China.

Joanna Jatczak: research fellow at the Center for Asian Affairs at the University of Lodz, Ph.D. Student at the Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of International and Political Studies of University of Lodz, main area of research: politics, society and culture of South Korea, South Korean nationalism and national identity and inter-Korean relations. Her interest also includes film analysis in the context of national identity, studies at Korea University in Seoul.

Grzegorz Stec, non-resident research fellow at the Center for Asian Affairs at the University of Lodz, graduate and recipient of scholarships at the University of Oxford (MSc Contemporary Chinese Studies – Jenkins Memorial Fund), Peking University (Yenching Scholar at Yenching Academy) and Jagiellonian University in Krakow (three BA degrees – international relations, Asian studies, comparative studies of civilizations), co-founder of Belt and Road Advisory, a consulting company. His research interests cover: Chinese innovation and tech development, Belt and Road Initiative (including Digital Silk Road), Sino-European relations and Chinese political culture. He lived in Beijing for 5 years, during which he completed a graduate internship at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Beijing, ran his own business and conducted business seminars – e.g. for EU SME Centre and Benelux Chamber of Commerce. He has published at the Diplomat, Caixin and has worked as a contributor to Oxford Analytica.