the founder of the Polish Humanitarian Action and the President of PAH’s Management Board ever since the organisation’s foundation. During her stay in France in the 1980s, she was a volunteer with EquiLibre – an organisation providing humanitarian aid to Poles. In 1984, the first shipment of medicines was sent to Poland (organised by Alain Michel and Pascal Loulmet) – among those coordinating the distribution of the supplies in Poland was Janina Ochojska. As early as 1989, the Polish EquiLibre Foundation was established, which gradually expanded its reach to other countries as well. In 1992, Janina Ochojska organised the first humanitarian aid convoy to Sarajevo. On return to Poland, she made an appeal to Poles (on Polish Radio 3, or Trójka) for aid for the civilian population of Sarajevo. The response surpassed her expectations. As a result, the first aid convoy solely organised by Poles was sent to beleaguered Sarajevo. In 1994, the Polish society’s need for agency led to the establishment of the Polish Humanitarian Action, whose founders were Janina Ochojska, Tomasz Wilk and Włodzimierz Sarna. Under the aegis of the Polish Humanitarian Action, Poles could have a stronger sense of being agents of positive change – after all, the organisation’s name reflected their need and involvement. Between 2009 and 2011, Janina Ochojska was a member of the CERF Advisory Group. She is also the winner of many prestigious awards, including: “The Woman of Europe” conferred by the Commission of the European Communities (1994), the Pax Christi International Peace Award (1995), the Atsuhito Nakata Memorial Foundation Award (1996), the Order of the Legion of Honour awarded by the President of the Republic of France (2003), the Józef Tischner Award (2006), the Bene Merito honorary distinction conferred by the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs (2009), and the Lech Wałęsa Award (2010). In 2011, the President of the Republic of Poland awarded Janina Ochojska the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
the Vice-President of PAH’s Management Board, a member of PAH’s Management Board since 1997. He is responsible for co-operation with institutional and business partners. In the 1990s, he was the co-ordinator for non-governmental organisations and co-operation with the Liaison Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Warsaw. In 2011, the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs awarded him the Bene Merito honorary distinction in recognition of his merits in promoting Poland abroad.
He has been with the Polish Humanitarian Action since 2009, a member of PAH’s Management Board since 2011. From the very beginning, he has been supporting PAH’s financial operations. He has also worked as a finance director in international corporations and Polish private companies.
A member of PAH’s Management Board since 2015. She worked with Médecins du Monde in Kurdistan during the Iran-Iraq war. A vascular surgeon by profession.
She has been with the Polish Humanitarian Action since 2014, a member of PAH’s Management Board since 2015. Professionally engaged in film production.