The Strategy&Future team

Strategy&Future constantly cooperates with people who value strategic thinking and analysis of international issues through the prism of geopolitics and geostrategy.

Among them are scientists, analysts, economists, strategists, lawyers, military, writers and engineers; people professionally involved in law, economics, science, financial markets, regulation, investments, international trade, as well as strategy, martial arts and operational planning. The organizational core of the team are:

Jacek Bartosiak PhD

CEO and Founder of Strategy&Future

Author of best-selling books, including “Pacyfik i Eurazja. O Wojnie” (Pacific and Eurasia. On War” (2016), which focuses on the ongoing great power competition in Eurasia and the possible war in the Western Pacific, as well as – ”Rzeczpospolita między Lądem a Morzem. O wojnie i pokoju.” (Poland and Intermarium between the Land and the Sea Powers – (2018), which deals with the geostrategic reality Poland and Europe face in the era of great power competition, and is an in-depth study of the Central Eastern European theatre of war and modern warfare.

A Senior Fellow at the Potomac Foundation in Washington DC, Director of Wargaming & Simulations Program at the Casimir Pulaski Foundation, co-founder of PlayofBattle – a wargaming and simulation games studio. Jacek is also a contributor at Nowa Konfederacja, and at New Generation Warfare Center in Washington DC. Dr. Bartosiak is a former (2018–2019) CEO of Solidarity Transport Hub – the largest infrastructure project in Poland’s history; and an advisor to the Government plenipotentiary for the Solidarity Transport Hub (2017–2018). Jacek is a graduate of the Law and Public Administration Faculty of Warsaw University and an attorney, specializing in corporate, business and financial law and Managing Partner of Warsaw based law office since 2004.

As a renowned expert on geopolitics, Jacek has been a leading voice in the debate on the strategic reality of Central Eastern Europe, Eurasia and the Western Pacific, factors affecting the geopolitical realities, and has participated in countless conferences and speaking engagements in Poland and worldwide.

Albert Świdziński

Director of Analysis at Strategy&Future

Albert is the Director of Analysis at Strategy&Future. He is a graduate of Warsaw’s Collegium Civitas University, Warsaw University, and previously studied psychology at the University of Aberdeen.
Before starting his work at S&F, Albert was a coordinator of Wargaming and International Security Programs at the Casimir Pulaski Foundation, and has been involved in a number of wargaming and simulation studies. In his free time, Albert enjoys mixed martial arts and the works of Zbigniew Herbert and Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.

Magdalena Ucińska-Wróbel

Director of Operations at Strategy&Future

Magdalena Ucińska-Wróbel is the Director of Operations at Strategy&Future. Since 2005 with the Dudek Osiński Rycerz Barański Law Office (formerly Bartosiak & Partners Law Office) – now as the Director of the Office. Until April 2019, she worked at Solidarity Transport Hub as the Director of the Management Board Office. She graduated in Polish Philology at the University of Warsaw. She is also a graduate of the Postgraduate Administration Studies at the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw.

Ridvan Bari Urcosta

Senior Analyst at Strategy&Future

An analyst with wide experience in the Black Sea region, Russia and the Middle East, Ukraine and Crimea as geopolitical region and Eastern Europe. He is a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Strategic Studies, University of Warsaw and he is teaching the second year of an independent ERASMUS course: “Russia and the Middle East: Geopolitics and Diplomacy”.

He was born in Abkhazia, Georgia where he lived until the onset of the Civil War. In the early 1990’s he moved to Crimea where he lived until its annexation by Russia. At the moment of annexation he worked in the Sevastopol State Administration. Right after annexation he worked as a Human Rights Officer in Odessa, Ukraine in the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission.

Mr. Urcosta has provided insights to different analytical centers including the European Council on Foreign Relations, Jamestown Foundation, War Room (U.S. War College), The Proceedings (U.S. Naval Institute), Jerusalem Post and others.
He also cooperates with George Friedman’s Geopolitical Futures.

Thomas Riley

Originally from Manchester, England, Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Central Lancashire before moving to the south of Poland, where he has now lived for ten years, teaching English to business leaders and senior management within sectors such as mining, energy and manufacturing. At S&F, he is mainly responsible for editing Polish-to-English translations and podcasts. In his spare time he enjoys visiting castles along the Trail of the Eagles’ Nests.

Marek Budzisz

Historian, journalist specializing in Russian and Post-Soviet East. Recently he published (in Polish) “The End of the Russian America. The Thoughts on why Russia Sold Alaska”.

Almira Bari Urcosta

traffic manager at Strategy&Future

Collects, processes and organizes an efficient information flow system. She is also responsible for running the Russian version of S&F website.
Almira comes from Crimea, and is a graduate of the Taurida National V.I Vernadsky University, where she received her degree in English and French philology.
Her hobbies are languages (she speaks fluent Crimean Tatar, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, English and French, she also knows basic German, Turkish, Latin and Gothic). Almira likes cycling, traveling and books.

Joanna Dylewska

article editor

A graduate in Polish philology at the University of Warsaw. She worked for, inter alia, PWN Scientific Publishing House and Bellona Publishing House.

At S&F, she is responsible for editing texts in Polish on linguistic correctness. Privately, a lover of family life and hiking in the mountains.

Nicholas J. Myers

senior fellow

Nicholas J. Myers is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow and manager of the War Vs Peace blog (, researching the conduct and interaction of Russian foreign and military policies. He has been studying Russian policy and statecraft for over 10 years. He has written a number of reports on the operational capabilities of the Russian military and overseen a wide variety of wargames of potential conflicts in the European Intermarium and Asia-Pacific regions.

He received a Master’s degree in War Studies from the University of Glasgow in 2019 and his undergraduate degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 2011. You can follow him on Twitter @WarVsPeaceOrg.

Nicholas speaks English, German, and Russian.

Krzysztof Uchnast

A student of the College of Interdisciplinary Individual Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw, where he pursues the disciplines of international relations and eastern studies. At Strategy&Future, he contributes to Weekly Brief and is responsible for researching and verifying information. He is a scout leader and hiking enthusiast.

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