PhD, Islamic Banking and Finance, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw and the University of Jordan (Erasmus-Mundus Research Scholarship)

MA, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London (Erasmus-Socrates Student Exchange Program)

BSc, Finance and Banking, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw


Polish (native), English (fluent), Arabic (advanced), Spanish (intermediate), French (beginner), Hebrew (beginner)



Director of the Middle East and North Africa Department

Dr Katarzyna W. Sidło specializes in the political economy, geo-economics and socioeconomic development of the European Union’s Southern Neighbourhood as well as EU-Mediterranean relations. She has a proven track record working on studies, evaluations and impact assessments commissioned by various international donors such as the European Parliament, the European Commission and its various departments and agencies, the European Space Agency and the European Investment Bank.

Educated at the University of Warsaw, School of Oriental and African Studies and the University of Jordan, Dr Sidło holds a PhD (summa cum laude) from the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw, a MA in Arabic and Islamic Studies, and a BSc in Economics. Within the Erasmus programme she also studied in the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and at the University of Jordan.

She gained her professional and research experience in a number of countries including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the United Kingdom, Georgia and Poland. In the past, she was a Visiting Professor at the Graduate School (ASERI) of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan (2022), a Visiting Scholar at G. Tsereteli Institute of Oriental Studies of Ilia State University, Tbilisi (2019/2020) and at the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge (2015) as well as a SHARIASource Editor for Islamic Finance at Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. An avid language learner, she speaks Polish and English, has a working knowledge of Arabic and Spanish, as well as basic knowledge of French and Georgian.

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