Meet Katarzyna Kowalczewska
Katarzyna works at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the position of agricultural advisor.
She deals not only with policies but also with market and trade developments in the field of agriculture, nature, food quality, and climate change. Via embassy activities in Poland, she tries to promote different forms of cooperation, including public-private partnerships and multi-actor approaches by drawing on examples from the Netherlands.
She has graduated from Wageningen University (Environmental Sciences) and Warsaw Agricultural University (Interfaculty Studies on Environmental Protection). During and after her Master studies, Katarzyna worked for eight years at the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, being involved in analyses of the reforms of the Common Agriculture Policy and changes in agricultural sector due to various EU policies and global challenges. In 2012-2013, she was seconded to the European Commission, DG for Climate Action where she was responsible for actions related to mainstreaming climate objectives in the EU’s rural development programmes, communicating of the Commission’s proposal on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) and LIFE climate action
She has an interest in research in the science-policy interface and the role of science in policymaking process in the field of environment and agriculture. In May 2019 she has obtained her doctor tittle at Wageningen University with the thesis entitled: How science-policy relations change: Implementing EU Environmental Policy in Poland.
She speaks Polish (native), English and German, and learns Dutch.