Program Director, Open Society FoundationsNorth America
Kasia Malinowska is the director of the Global Drug Policy Program at the Open Society Foundations, which promotes drug policies rooted in human rights, social justice, and public health. Malinowska previously led the Open Society’s International Harm Reduction Development program, which supports public health interventions for people who use drugs.
Before joining the Open Society Foundations, Malinowska worked for the United Nations Development Program in New York and Warsaw, leading capacity building and drug and HIV policy reform in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Malinowska publishes regularly on drug policy as it relates to women, social justice, health, human rights, civil society, and governance. Her academic publications include works in the Lancet, the British Medical Journal, and the International Journal on Drug Policy. Malinowska wrote her doctoral dissertation on “HIV among Drug Users in Poland: The Paradoxes of an Epidemic.”
Malinowska coauthored Poland’s first National AIDS program; helped formulate policy at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; the World Health Organization; and the Millennium Project Task Force on HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria.
Malinowska holds an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and a DrPH from Columbia University.
I am hopeful for a greater flexibility to accommodate people in less traditional life circumstances