Experts - diplomacy

Josef Byrtus

Josef Byrtus

Served as the Consul General of the Czech Republic in Katowice until 2007. He graduated from the Law Faculty of the Charles University and the University of Economics in Prague. He worked for the Ministry of Economy and Development (advisor on international cooperation, director of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, director of the board, advisor to the Prime Minister), Chief Director of the Office of the Ministry of International Relations. Subsequently, he begun his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (Director of the Office).

Mihaly Györ

Mihaly Györ

Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to Poland. Graduated in economics (international economic relations) from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Since 1975 he has worked in the ministries responsible for foreign trade and economic cooperation. From 1988 to 1994 served as a commercial counsellor at the Hungarian Embassy in Warsaw. Between 1994-2000 Head of Departments in the Ministry of Industry and Trade (later Ministry of Economy) responsible for the economic cooperation with Central and East European countries. In 2000-2002 he continued his career performing the same duties as in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was awarded the “Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland” in 1996.


Ivan Horský


Since 2005 Consul General of the Slovak Republic in Krakow. Graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at the Comenius University in Bratislava. In 1999 worked for the Ministra of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic. In the years 2000-2004 Consul General of the Slovak Republic in Bonn, Germany. In 2004 held the office of the Director of the Press and Communication Department.

Janusz Kahl

Graduated from Copenhagen Business School with additional courses in strategy and foreign trade. Since 1996 he has been Danish honorary consul in Krakow and since 2006 Swedish honorary consul in Krakow for Malopolska, Slesien, Podkarpacie and Swietokrzyskie regions. For over 15 years he has been supporting Danish-Polish business cooperation. He has been Consultant for Copenhagen County and Funen County in interregional cooperation with Malopolska Region since 1992. He is CEO in NordicHouse, a consultancy company for Nordic companies in Poland which was established in 2001 in Krakow. He is an owner and co-owner of private companies – ISS building company and ScanRehab.

Andrzej Kapiszewski

Professor of sociology and political science at the Jagiellonian University, lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy at Warsaw. Former visiting professor at Stanford University and many other foreign universities. Between 1991-1997 in diplomatic service - the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in the Persian Gulf countries. Author of numerous academic books and articles. Expert in ethnic and national issues, especially in East-West relations and Middle East affairs. He died  in Krakow in 2007.

Jakub Karfík

Jakub Karfík

Czech Ambassador to Poland since February 2014. During his 20 year career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he has worked as Director General for Section of Bilateral Relations and Director General for Section of Non-European Countries and Development Cooperation. He served as Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Pakistan (1995-1999), Egypt (2002-2006) and Slovakia (2009-2013).

Konstantin Kavtaradze

Since 2011 Ambassador of Georgia to Finland and Sweden. Graduated from Tbilisi State University of Foreign Languages and Vienna Diplomatic Academy. In 1990 joined the diplomatic service. From 1990-1993 served as II secretary of the Division for Economic Cooperation, II secretary and later, Director of Division for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. In 1993-1994 member of the Permanent Delegation of Georgia to the CSCE (later OSCE). In 1994-1995 Director of Division for Humanitarian Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. 1995-2000 Consul at the Consulate General of Georgia in Athens. 2000-2001 Director of OSCE Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. In 2001-2004 Deputy Director and later, Director of the Department for International Cultural Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. From 2004-2006 held the post of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Poland (2006–2011).

Robert Kiss

Mr. Kiss served as Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to Poland for over five years from 2007 through until 2012. He graduated from the Faculty of Diplomacy, Moscow State Institute for International Relations in 1985; as an economist. In 2004 he took an advanced qualifying examination in Public Administration – foreign and security policy. He has cooperated with many universities: Budapest School of Politics, Kodolányi János College, Debrecen University and Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen (Belgium). He has worked for Hungarian Ministry of Employment and Labour as deputy director-general, Office of the Minister without portfolio-president.

Josef Kollar

Josef Kollar


Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Poland.

Bedřich Kopecký


Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Poland (2002 - 2008). PhD degree of law at the Charles's Uniwersity in Praha. He works in diplomacy since 1977. 2000 - 2002 Director of the Central Europe Department at the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.