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Paulina Kapuścińska was born in Warsaw. She completed her Masters studies at the University of Warsaw in 1997 at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies. She received her second diploma after completing Postgraduate Studies in National Security in 1999, which were co-organized by the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Warsaw and the Embassy of the United States in Warsaw. She obtained her third degree from Warsaw’s National School of Public Administration (Krajowa Szkoła Administracji Publicznej) and the Paris-based Ecole Nationale d’Administration, graduating in 2003 with a diploma in European Integration.
She began her professional career as a journalist. She later joined the ranks of public administration in May 1999 as Assistant Press Spokesman for the Chancellery of the Prime Minister and then for the Team of Advisers to the Prime Minister, where she was responsible for contacts with the media for the Prime Minister.
After a series of required trainings in 2001, she passed all examinations to become a professional civil servant.
In 2002 she began work with the Foreign Ministry’s Department of the European Union and Accession Negotiations. She was responsible for contacts with the press for the Chief Negotiator for the Republic of Poland with the European Union.
In 2004-2007 she worked as Consul for Culture, Media, Education and Polonia at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles.
On September 15, 2007 by decision of Foreign Minister Anna Fotyga, Paulina Kapuścińska was appointed Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles. She brought Polish events to the most prestigious concert halls and theaters in Los Angeles, e.g.: concerts of film music by Polish composers Wojciech Kilar, Krzysztof Komeda, Krzesimir Dębski in the prestigious Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, concerts of Fryderyk Chopin’s music performed by Marek Tomaszewski at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica as well as a number of exhibits and conferences on the West Coast of the United States. To mark 70th years since the end of WWII she organized an unprecedented ecumenical Holy Mass at the Los Angeles Cathedral, attended by former soldiers of the Home Army (Armia Krajowa), many of whom fought in the Warsaw Uprising. The Mass was attended by more than 3,000 people. She also helped revive the Paderewski Piano Festival in Paso Robles, where the Polish Prime Minister and artist lived. Thanks to her efforts, the First Lady of Poland – the late Maria Kaczyńska took under her patronage an exchange program for the youth of Paso Robles and Tarnów. Paulina Kapuścińska also saved many Polish artifacts and precious historical showpieces which were then acquired by Polish museums (among others by the National Museum in Warsaw and in Kielce and the Polish Aviation Museums in Kraków). It was at Paulina Kapuścińska’s initiative that the famous concert of the Cantors Assembly was hosted in July 2009 at Warsaw’s National Opera, featuring a hundred Jewish cantorial singers from the United States and Canada. An American documentary titled “100 voices”, which is a record of that event, promotes Poland as a modern, open-minded country that respects its history. The documentary was awarded during many international documentary film festivals.
On returning to Warsaw in January 2010, Paulina Kapuścińska began work with the Foreign Ministry’s Department of Cooperation with the Polish Diaspora.
In January 2011 she was the winner of the competition for the post of Director of the Office of Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On September 1, 2012 by decision of Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski, Paulina Kapuścińska was appointed Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago.
Married. Professional civil servant and diplomat of the Republic of Poland. Politically non-aligned.SEE MORE