President, Centre for International Relations and Co-founder & President, THINKTANK Leaders Hub

Political scientist and EU expert (member of Team Europe), President of the Centre for International Relations ( – a leading Polish independent think tank in foreign affairs, co-founder and President of the THINKTANK Leaders Hub ( – network for managers and leaders from business and public administration. 

Dr Bonikowska specializes in European affairs and international relations with focus on European Global Strategy. She works as associate professor at Warsaw University – Centre for Europe ( and at Vistula University – Department of Business and International Relations. She regularly comments on European and foreign affairs for Polish and international media. 

Dr Bonikowska graduated from Warsaw University (neo-philology), Academy of Performing Arts in Warsaw (history of culture), Sorbonne University in Paris (history and European Studies), in 1996-97 she was a visiting scholar at Political Sciences Department and School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) of Columbia University in New York under the umbrella of the Fulbright Program, studying government and public affairs. She completed two PhD programs – in Poland (Polish Academy of Sciences) and Italy (International Doctoral School, San Marino Republic). 

After working as a journalist in Polish Public Television (1995-1998), dr Bonikowska joined the Ministry of European Integration as Head of the European Information Centre as well as Adviser to the Minister (1998-2001) coordinating the network of the EU information centers in the country. In 2001-2007 she worked for the European Commission as expert and Director of the EU Information and Communication Program – first in Poland (3 years) and then in Bulgaria (3 years). In 2007-2017 she was senior advisor at the Centre for Human Resources Development under the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, being responsible for projects co-financed from the European Social Fund. She has been working as consultant and advisor to the several Ministers (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Regional Development, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health) and as expert in several projects in the countries under the EU Enlargement and Neighborhood policies.  

Dr Bonikowska is fluent in English, French and Italian, with good knowledge of Russian. She is author of over 200 publications as well as tutor of over 100 MA and BA thesis.