The main goal of Southern Connect Foundation is to contribute to the increase of economic exchange between Poland and African countries. Our work is primarily focused in Ghana where the founder, Aleksandra Ciurlik, is located and connects African partners with Polish entrepreneurs. To smaller extent we are also involved in projects located in Sudan, Zambia, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Nigeria.
KEY BUSINESS ACTIVITIES
finding potential business partners
providing concise information about events within specific economic sectors
representing business institutions during events
facilitating import and export activities
consulting on possible business opportunities for selected companies
comprehensive preparations for economic delegations, including market analysis and cultural training
organizing and facilitating economic delegations to African countries
OUTSIDE BUSINESS ACTIVITY
Research analysis on African countries.
Supporting initiatives aiming to positively impact the perception of African countries.
Cooperation with non-governmental organisations with mutual goals.
Preparing professional photographs for companies, NGOs and institutions of culture, with special attention being paid to the ethics of portraying African countries.
Supporting organisations that help those in the greatest need.
FOUNDATION FOR DEVELOPMENT OF POLISH-AFRICAN COOPERATION
Foundation for Development of Polish-African Cooperation
The Foundation was inspired by the great potential for development of cooperation between Poland and African countries. Currently many states of the African continent are in the process of significant economic growth that could lead to groundbreaking changes in the position of this part of the world when it comes to international power relations. Unfortunately not enough is being spoken about this matter in Poland and not enough is being done to improve relations with this continent It is our mission to reverse the concept of a „basketcase” Africa, plagued by poverty and despair, we focus instead on promoting and contributing to the continent’s huge potential for development. The economic situation of many African countries nowadays is often compared to Poland in the nineties. Polish entrepreneurs who went through the period of economic transformation have a lot to offer partners from this part of the world, not only in commercial terms, but also when it comes to sharing their unique experience.
We are conscious that this great potential lies not only in economic exchange, but also in terms of cultural exchange. We believe that in order for a significant shift in Polish-African relations to occur, there must first be a change of perception of this continent. For this reason our work not only focuses on business activities, but we are also eager to participate in and create projects with an aim to positively change the way this part of the world is perceived.
Founder and President of the Board
A graduate of African Studies and Development Studies at the University of London and a photographer. She has studied matters relating to African countries for more than ten years. Her experience stems from continuous cooperation with both non-governmental and business institutions, including the coordination of the Economic Mission of Polish entrepreneurs and members of parliament to Ethiopia. Currently lives in Ghana where she represents Polish companies and supports non-governmental organisations.
Dr Nagmeldin Karamalla-Gaiballa
Chairman of the Committee
Sudanese poet, translator, writer and business analyst. Member of the Advocacy Committee of the African Community in Poland. Obtained his PhD in Political Science and Government from the Institute of Political Science and European Studies, University of Szczecin, Poland. He received his Master degree in Economics (Finance & Banking) in 1995 from Wroclaw University of Economics, Poland. His specialty and interests are in the area of development, resource economics and policy. He has published many papers in the field of political science and regional conflicts in Sudan.
Vice-Chairman of the Committee
Owner of the consulting company WILLIAMS, graduate of Berlin University of Economics, and lecturer at the IBD Business School in Warsaw. He is a manager with many years of experience in key positions, including as General Director of the Red Cell marketing agency or Business Development Director of a TV company Endemol. Since 2014 he is involved in the Polish-African commerce focusing on Angola and Mozambique.
Member of the Committee
Art historian, museum exhibit designer and curator of Castle Cultural Centre in Poznań. Engaged inter alia in cooperation with the exhibition „We are all migrants” at the Ethnographic Museum in Toruń and with the organisation of the EthnoPort Festival in Poznań.
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