Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer
Kopernik was born from Ewa’s desire to more effectively address development issues. As Co-Founder and COO, she seeks to empower communities to articulate their needs and tap into private sector innovations.
Prior to co-founding Kopernik, she worked for the United Nations and the World Bank in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Thailand and New York, focusing on the empowerment of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. She has extensive experience in human rights and justice, and founded the United Nations Development Programme access to justice program in Indonesia. Ewa also founded Centro Feto, a women’s empowerment organisation in Oecusse, Timor-Leste.
Ewa has been recognised as an Ashoka Fellow, an Asia 21 Young Leader, Rutgers University’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and as one of Advance’s 50 emerging women leaders. Ewa studied Asian studies and politics and public policy. Kopernik’s name honours Ewa’s Polish background and the great Polish scientist Nicolaus Copernicus, who revolutionised conventional thought. Ewa also sits on Kopernik’s board of directors.