Our Experts

The Institute’s activities are based on the knowledge of experts in the fields of economy, law, sociology, medicine… The experts cooperating with the Institute are sharing their knowledge, which is essential in order to develop efficiently the silver economy.

The Institute is also offering to all stakeholders networking with experts through the Platform for the exchange of contacts, knowledge and services.

In order to get in contact with a given expert, please contact our office:

Tel.: +48 786 200 301
E-mail: biuro@kigs.org.pl

List of experts cooperating with the Institute

Marzena Rudnicka, President of the Polish Institute of Silver Economy

Private entrepreneur, owner of Rudnicka & Consulting providing comprehensive services for property developers in the field of commercialisation of housing, office and services investments.

She is the initiator and Vice-President of the Construction and Investments Union (Unia Rynku Budowlano-Inwestycyjnego, URBI).

Marzena Rudnicka is the author of innovative solutions in the field of silver economy and of a report dealing with silver economy as a new branch of the national economy („Gospodarka senioralna nową gałęzią gospodarki narodowej”, 2013). As an expert of the Adam Smith Center, she is working on the development of a model for a coherent policy for the building industry’s development in Poland.

Marzena Rudnicka is also holding the function of leader of the Certification and Quality Management Section of the Institute of Silver Economy.

210_daca2d3c35db46bddcd2372bcba049ec Dr. hab. Robert Gwiazdowski, Chair of the Institute’s Council, lawyer, economist, tax expert

Habilitated doctor in law and law professor at Łazarski University, where he is teaching economic analysis of law, financial law, fiscal policy and history of political, legal and economical thought. He is a lawyer and tax adviser. He is an adviser to a number of companies and has extensive experience as an independent member of supervisory boards of listed companies and to institutions.

As a member of the Supervisory Board of the Polish Social Insurance Institution (Zakład Ubezpieczeń Społecznych), he did already in 2006 warn about problems of the pension scheme. Between 2004 and 2014, he was the President of the Adam Smith Center – the First Independent Institute in Poland.

_aga_clippedDr.-Ing. Agnieszka Cieśla, spatial planning expert

Graduate from the Architecture Section of the Cracow University of Technology. Since 2013 she holds a PhD from the Bauhaus University in Weimar, where she analysed the issue of shrinking cities in Germany and Poland.

She specialises in research about the influence of demographic change on the spatial planning, social and economic development. She has experience as an architect and urban planner. She carries out research in cooperation with national and foreign research institutions (Warsaw, Cracow, Aalborg, Weimar, Berlin, Kassel).

Agnieszka Cieśla is also the Director of the Research and International Cooperation Section of the Polish Institute of Silver Economy.

BMBolesław Meluch, Member of the Institute’s Council, real estate financing expert

Founder of the Polish Institute of Silver Economy, adviser to the Board of the Polish Bank Association – Housing Finance Committee (Związek Banków Polskich – Komitet ds. Finansowania Nieruchomości). He is concentrating on the creation of new instruments financing rental housing and of an appropriate environment for the development of markets of long-term refinancing facilities of mortgage debt portfolio (mortgage bonds, securitisation, banks’ own bonds).

He is analysing governmental and parliamentary legislative initiatives concerning housing construction, including senior housing.


ZdjęcieRomana Pawlińska-Chmara, expert in the field of policy for senior citizens

Researcher and teacher at the Opole University, member of research organisations. She is working on the ageing processes and old age. She is the author of many analyses dealing with the ageing of the Polish population. She introduced tele-care (teleopieka) in the Opole Voivodeship.

She is a member of the Council for Policy for Senior Citizens (Rada ds. Polityki Senioralnej), which has been established at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. Director of the Institute’s branch in Opole.

MG1_halbMichael Gomola, Member of the Institute’s Council, German care system expert

Founder of the Polish Institute of Silver Economy. Expert in German care systems. Since 2004 he is carrying out his own business in the field of care for elderly persons. Since 2013 he is a member of the Board of the German Association of Companies providing Care Cervices BHSB (Bundesverband Haushaltshilfe und SeniorenBetreuung e.V.).

Michael Gomola is the author of a bilingual book dealing with the shameful silence on the truth about elderly care  („Wstydliwie przemilczana prawda o opiece nad osobami starszymi”). Visionary as regards innovative solutions for elderly care and their applicability when taking into account the potential and reality of elderly people in Poland and Germany.


I. Malachowska-Coqui zdjecieIzabela Małachowska-Coqui, expert in the field of planning and realisation of construction projects

Landscape architect, since 2002 partner in the Office COQUI MALACHOWSKA COQUI urbanism landscape architecture Berlin/Warsaw. She represented Poland at the IX International Biennale of Architecture in Venice in 2004.

In the framework of the activities of the Office COQUI MALACHOWSKA COQUI urbanism landscape architecture, Izabela Małachowska-Coqui is dealing with the planning of urban spaces as well in the urban domain as in the realisation of construction projects.

She is a co-author of awarded projects, among others of the Discovery Park of the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw, of the readers’ park of the library of Saxony and of the Dresden University, of the courtyard of the Department of Physics of the Humboldt University in Berlin and of many residential buildings projects, including for seniors.

Since 2003, together with the German Embassy in Warsaw, she is organising the Warsaw Architectural Discussions dealing with issues concerning housing, recently about cities for old age („Miasta na starość“).

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Katarzyna Bieniek, labour market and healthcare projects expert

She has worked in the medical and private healthcare sector for over ten years.

She participated in the creation of the invasive cardiology centres and a specialist cardiology hospital. As a Director of Human Resources and Administration, she coordinated the work of the chosen centres.

She takes advantage of her expertise by providing consultancy in the field of human resources management, with particular emphasis on workers over 50.

She is certified business trainer. She coordinates and implements training projects for business and public sector.

user_776148_490f1c_hugeRobert Kwiatkowski, expert for local authorities, labour market, organisation and management issues

Lawyer, internal auditor, worked for many years in the local and national administration, advises local administration units in the field of management, organisation and management control, experienced in the realisation of EU projects.



Ewa_MikolajczakEwa Mikołajczak, expert in the field of senior-friendly housing

Architect, studied at the Silesian University of Technology, at the Technische Universität Berlin and at the Universität Kassel. She founded mORe architecture. She holds practical knowledge and professional experience in the field of architecture, which she gained in Polish and German architectural practices.

She focuses on design for senior-friendly architecture. She is carrying out research in the domain of new forms of social participation. She is cooperating with national and foreign research institutions.

She is the co-author of the reports “Rozwój przestrzenny miejscowości w warunkach depopulacji ze szczególnym uwzględnieniem mieszkalnictwa senioralnego na obszarach wiejskich” (“Urban development of cities in the framework of depopulation with a special focus on senior housing in rural areas”, 2014) and “Internetdialog-Urban Living neue Formen des städtischen Wohnens – Evaluation” (“Webparticipation – electronic dialog ‘Urban Living’ New housing forms in urban areas”, 2014).

JBulkaJarosław Bułka DSc Eng, expert in the field of new technologies

Biocyberneticist, graduate of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics in AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland; lecturer in the Department of Biocybernetics, Institute of Automatics and Biomedical Engineering in AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland. Author of over 50 publications in the field of biomedical signal processing, neural networks in medical diagnostics and telemedicine and information systems supporting medical diagnosis. Co-organizer of many trade conferences.

Secretary of the Conference of Rectors of Polish Technical Universities between 1999 and 2002. Since 2001 Secretary of the Accreditation Commission of Universities of Technology. Since 2010, expert of the Association of Polish Counties. From 2012 – Technology Expert of the Centre for Technologic Forecasts of the Cracow Technology Park. Board Member of the Life Science Cluster. Since 2013 – Member of the Scientific Board of the Malopolska Centre for Translational Medicine, co-founder and VP of Silvermedia.

Jarosław Bułka is also the Director of the New Techonologies Section of the Polish Institute of Silver Economy.

ZdjęcieAgata Miśkowiec, expert dealing with market analysis and silver economy investments

Economist and lawyer with nearly 10 years of working experience in the public sector. She specializes in consulting related to investments in the long term care sector, market research, certification of services and products dedicated to the elderly, as well as building strategies and financial analysis in health and social care.

She gained professional experience, among others, in Belgium, Great Britain and the United States. She has hands-on experience with innovative solutions for the care of elderly which she now tries to apply to the Polish market. She completed over 30 advisory projects for local governments, hospitals and other types of clients. She published numerous articles mainly in the field of long term care and local government finances (including articles in ‘Samorząd Terytorialny’, ‘Wspólnota’, ‘Rzeczpospolita’, ‘Working Papers NBP’, ‘Applied Economic Letters’).

Since 2012 she has worked for Public Consulting Group (PCG), where she currently heads the Health practice for Poland and the United Kingdom.

Agata Miśkowiec is also the Director of the Section dealing with the Cooperation with Local Authorities of the Polish Institute of Silver Economy.

ZdjęcieAndrzej Klimczuk, expert in the field of the labour market, the social economy, and social gerontology

Sociologist, graduated from the Faculty of History and Sociology at the University of Bialystok, Poland. Ph.D. student at the Collegium of Socio-Economics at Warsaw School of Economics, Poland.

Editor and correspondent of publications about computer and video games in 2002-2009. Volunteer for non-governmental organizations and in 2011-2013 Vice President of the Foundation’s Laboratory Research and Social Action “SocLab.” Co-author of the model and founder of the Regional Cultural Observatory. Member of many scientific associations.

Author of more than 100 scientific publications in the field of gerontology, ludology, and social policy – including books: “Kapitał społeczny ludzi starych na przykładzie mieszkańców miasta Białystok” [Social Capital of Old People on the Example of Bialystok Residents], Wiedza i Edukacja, Lublin 2012; “Experts and Cultural Narcissism. Relations in the Early 21st Century”, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken 2012; “Aging in the Social Space” (co-authored with Łukasz Tomczyk), The Association of Social Gerontologists, Białystok-Kraków 2015; and “Economic Foundations for Creative Ageing Policy, Volume I: Context and Considerations”, Palgrave Macmillan, New York 2015.

ZdjęcieKrzysztof Początek, ekspert for EU funds

Krzysztof Początek graduated from the Faculty of Philology of the University of Silesia in Katowice and from the Medical College of the Jagellonian University in Cracow (hospital and public health management course).

He has a rich professional management experience acquired in local governments where he was head of section in the EU funds rainsing section, city’s secretary during the first years of the creation of the local government, head of the health and social policy commission in the county government and vice-president of a voivodship city. Moreover he managed healthcare centres and a PR company. He also has professional experience as a coach for the development of the quality of functioning of local governments.

He is the laureate (twice) of the “EUROLIDER” award of the Ministry of Regional Development, awarded in the competition for the most active persons making use of the EU funds for local level and local communities development.

Contact with experts:

Tel.: +48 786 200 301
E-mail: marzena.rudnicka@kigs.org.pl