Current Board Members
Annemarie Dalka, President of the Stanford Club of Poland
Annemarie brings a wealth of experience in institutional investing, particularly in Private Equity and Venture Capital markets. Her exceptional track record, including being named the 2020 Person of the Year by PSIK, speaks volumes about her expertise. As a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University Graduate School of Business (2023), Annemarie deepened her knowledge of the US market and focused on technology and sustainability in portfolio management. As President, Annemarie will lead the charge in fostering a vibrant community among Stanford alumni in Poland, organizing events, and spearheading initiatives to encourage more young Polish bright minds to consider Stanford University.
Piotr Jan Pietrzak, Vice President for Events
Piotr brings a unique blend of expertise in digital financial products and a passion for mentoring youth and entrepreneurs. Piotr takes pride in his track record of developing web and app-based products from inception to launch across various regions, encompassing sectors such as online insurance, daily banking services, alternative lending, and payment methods. Piotr's enthusiasm for mentoring and supporting young entrepreneurs, both in their business endeavors and academic pursuits, makes him an invaluable addition to our team. In a country where not many young Polish bright minds decide to apply for Stanford, Piotr is determined to change that narrative. Piotr completed the Stanford LEAD program in 2022.
Paweł Wałuszko, Vice President for Communication
Leveraging his international experience, Pawel is committed to helping businesses and academic communities harness the latest technologies in their operations. With a focus on knowledge exchange and product development, Pawel fosters strategic partnerships between Silicon Valley and Central-Eastern European countries. In Poland he manages consultancy focusing on critical IT infrastructure and is engaged with the academic community as a lecturer. Pawel earned his MA from Stanford University in 2011.
Brian Patterson, Tresurer
Brian is a well-known, long-time supporter of Stanford in Poland and beyond. With a proven track record as a founder of multiple successful companies, including White Star Real Estate and Archive Management Solutions, Brian brings extensive experience in real estate and energy sectors. His dedication to social entrepreneurship, evidenced by his founding of several foundations, reflects his commitment to making a positive impact. Brian obtained his MBA from Stanford GSB in 1989.
Antonina Sudnik, Secretary
With over 10 years of experience delivering legal services, Antonina brings a wealth of expertise in negotiation, trial preparation, and legal advisory support. Her commitment to upholding organizational rights and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations is invaluable to our club. Antonina's strong decision-making and problem-solving skills will play a crucial role in supporting our operations. Antonina completed two programs at Stanford GSB: the Influence and Negotiation Strategies Program in 2018, and the M&A Program in 2016.
Past Board Members
Executive and investor with two decades of professional experience, most recently as co-founder and Managing Partner of a leading CEE focused technology VC fund, closely associated with Pitango Ventures, a leading Israeli VC. Previously, as CEO, led Gerlach – one of region’s most iconic consumer companies, achieving impeccable growth trajectory. Previously, as VP at Gino Rossi group, successfully led company’s international expansion.Lived and worked in Silicon Valley. Holds an MBA degree from Stanford University where he co-led the High-Tech Club, one of Stanford’s most important student organizations.
Background in business development and sales, policy, finance and startups (data, open source, ML, SaaS). Currently honing recruiting, product and “everything” skills as Cofounder at Gyfted. Worked, inter alia, at OpenGov (US’ fastest growing govtech SaaS) and as member of the economic advisers team to former President Komorowski, where he co-authored Poland’s R&D tax credit and liberalized tech regulations in higher ed, employment for foreigners, procurement and co-authored the in dubio pro tributario rule, which protects taxpayers vs the state. Worked in the US, UK, South Africa, Poland and lived also in Israel and Austria.Robert got his MBA and MA degrees at Stanford and has lived in Silicon Valley for over 7 years. He’s passionate about education, decentralization, Bitcoin, technology-based businesses and system design.