Humanity in Action is excited to announce that Monika Mazur-Rafał has assumed the position of International Director of European Programs. Monika will be responsible for facilitating international cooperation within Humanity in Action and to provide leadership to the deeply dedicated and talented HIA team. Monika will also continue in her roles as the Director of Humanity in Action Poland and as a Board Member.
Monika takes on this new role at a critical moment for Humanity in Action. Her long experience with Humanity in Action, which began in 2005 through her successful efforts together with Magda Szarota and the Programming Board to establish Humanity in Action Poland as a Foundation, will be a guiding force in continuing to build both future cohorts of Fellows and support our vibrant community of over 2,750 Senior Fellows.
Monika also begins this role at a critical juncture for democracy – both in Poland and across Europe. “After 2015, we painfully realized in Poland how fragile democracy can be: facing the reversion in Poland from its burgeoning status as a regional transformation leader to a country in which some minorities are being targeted by hate speech and hate crimes, scapegoated, and discriminated against,” Monika says. “Together with the growing community of the committed Humanity in Action Poland Board, staff and Senior Fellows, we have been working together to raise awareness and promote human rights culture as well as to help some people in need whose rights were violated.”
“I am excited and honored to take the responsibility as International Director of European Programs, and continue building on our strengths of exchanging best practices and gaining inspiration from each other’s diverse perspectives in remaining focused on our mission, purpose, and impact,” Monika says.
“I am thrilled that Monika is stepping into this critical position,” said Talia Dubovi, Humanity in Action Interim CEO. “She is a creative, strategic thinker who brings deep insight and passion to her leadership of Humanity in Action Poland, and I am excited for her to apply her talents to this international role. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with her in this new capacity.”