Ewa Sadowska, 31, is a member of the Barka Foundation Board of Trustees and Chief Executive Officer of Barka UK and coordinator of the European Migrants Integration Network with projects in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Ireland and Poland. Graduate of Palmer High School in Colorado, USA; holds a master degree in Ethno-Linguistics at the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan, Poland and a post-graduate degree in the Social Economy Management from the Warsaw University.
Grew up in Barka communities established by her parents Barbara and Tomasz Sadowski in 1989. Ewa has dedicated her life to serve vulnerable migrants, ethnic minorities, unprivileged local communities assisting them through support to develop local partnership-based social enterprises and vocational training centers.
-1995 – 2003: International Contacts Coordinator at Barka Foundation for Mutual Help.
-2003 – 2004: Planning Officer in the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) in Bangkok, Thailand.
-2003: completed a traineeship at the Grameen Bank, Dhaka, Bangladesh in microfinance and capacity-building consulting services innovative solutions to global poverty led by Professor Mohammad Yunus.
-2004- until now: completed a number of educational modules including the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, leadership training at the Yale University and a number of international seminars and study visit programmes.
-Since 2006 has been involved in creating support programmes to assist European economic migrants in reconnection, rehabilitation and vocational and social reintegration in the UK and Ireland.
-Since 2008 – until now: CEO of Barka UK in London supporting vulnerable European migrants (the programmes have been awarded with Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards 2009).
-2008: World Economic Forum announces Ewa Sadowska a Young Global Leader 2008
-2011: Involved in establishing Barka Reconnection project in Hamburg, Germany.
-2012: Involved in establishing Barka organisations in the The Netherlands and Ireland; Member of the Board of Trustees of Stichting Barka Nederland and Barka for Mutual Help Ireland.
-2013: Nominated as one of ten “Polish Woman of the Year in the UK”
-2013: Recipient of a special recognition of the Speaker of the Polish Parliament for her work on reconnection and reintegration of most vulnerable Central and Eastern European migrants
-2013: Ewa Sadowska became Secretary General of International Network for Innovative Social Entrepreneurship (INISE – www.inise.org) which is working on establishing social enterprise projects with local communities in Africa.