The new CWA Shared History Project entitled ‘The I in N.I.’ has just appointed a new project manager to assist in the successful roll out of the project.

In a recruitment process which saw applicants from as far afield as Hong Kong and with a range of skills and experience from practicing law in China to promoting one of Hong Kong’s premier heritage attractions the organisation payed tribute to the quality and interest of the field of candidates.

The recruitment process facilitated by LEXXER Solutions consisted of a virtual and face to face approach which allowed the process to be conducted safely and in line with COVID guidelines as well as facilitating interviews on a global basis.

The successful candidate Aleksandra Lojek- Magdziarz has an impressive academic career internationally including an MA in Iranian Studies Jagiellonian University, Poland 1999  and PhD studies 2002-2007 Sociology, Jagiellonian University. Aleksandra has been a freelance journalist. She previously wrote for the weekly Polish Express, based in London, the Guardian and a range of other publications across Europe. She taught Islamic studies at Jagiellonian University while researching for her doctorate at the sociology department in jihadist ideology. She speaks Persian, Russian, English and Polish

Her previous work locally as an East Belfast Race Relations Co-ordinator shows an ability to blend academic rigour with work on the ground.  

Our dedication to making this project work to the benefit of the wider BME sector will be realised by utilising her skills and experience in liaising with ethnic minorites, indigenous community groups, statutory bodies and other relevant institution to facilitate integration, community cohesion and exchange of knowledge on different cultures. 

Her experience of working with local community groups, as well as Nigerian, Sudanese, Polish, Chinese, Somali, the Belfast Islamic Centre, as well Indian community, and others will give this project the real international feel it aims for.