Joanna Wis-Bielewicz
MA Journalism, Postgraduate Political Science
Senior Project Manager

Joanna Wis-Bielewicz is a Senior Project Manager at adelphi. Based in Warsaw, she is currently assisting the Polish-German collaboration regarding low-emission economies at the local level. She is also strengthening and expanding adelphi’s activities in the area of climate and energy in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

Joanna Wis-Bielewicz has more than ten years of international experience as a sustainability and public-affairs specialist. Her main areas of expertise are public-private cooperation, awareness raising and capacity building in sustainable development, especially in energy and water efficiency, climate resilience, public participation and social inclusion. She is a skilled workshop facilitator and trainer on the topics of climate change impacts, low-emission economy and urban planning, and has extensive experience in planning and managing research and consulting projects for governments, international organisations, corporations and non-governmental organisations.

Her work at adelphi focuses on improving local governments’ understanding of policy structures, policy options, conditions for success and barriers in transitioning to a low-carbon economy  in Poland. Thus, Joanna Wis-Bielewicz is assisting local Polish authorities in developing and implementing local climate action efforts, through Polish-German bilateral meetings, tailored workshops and coaching. Her extensive connections with the Polish and European business community, think tanks, civil society and municipalities also allow her to promote the transition to a low-carbon economy in a broader context.

Prior to joining adelphi, Joanna Wis-Bielewicz worked with global investors, supporting their decarbonisation strategies, and also advised the biggest publicly listed corporations in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic regarding their climate and water risk mitigation. She also conducted studies revealing the climate risks for capital markets in the CEE countries and analyzed climate mitigation scenarios in Polish cities. Joanna Wis-Bielewicz designed and conducted workshops for business representatives and local governments in the CEE region, consulted on participatory urban planning procedures in Poland, and trained local non-governmental organisations and youths in Sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, she has worked for business and international non-governmental organisations such as the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Right To Play Ethiopia and has also served as the Central Eastern European Director for the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

Joanna Wis-Bielewicz is a contributor to the Polish edition of Forbes and a member of the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Platform and the Unlocking Financing for Sustainable Energy Platform. In 2013 she received the Leading Lady in Sustainability award from the Polish construction industry. In 2016 Joanna Wis-Bielewicz was appointed as a member of the Structural Funds 2014-2020 Monitoring Committee, by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Poland.

Joanna Wis-Bielewicz received a Master’s degree in Journalism from Warsaw University, Poland and earned a postgraduate degree in Political Science from the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland. 

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