Dr. Malwina Bakalarska
Initiator and Head of Research Project
Researcher at the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She is also a cultural diversity management consultant and trainer at Polish think-tank DiversityHub.pl. Since 2006 she conducted research on time management and HR management styles in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially in Nigeria. She spent 6 months living with a Yoruba family in Lagos (2008, 2011, 2015). She also visited other locations in Nigeria including Abuja, Kano, Sokoto, Port Harcourt, Benin City, Calabar, Abeokuta, Ibadan, Ile-Ife, Oshogbo and many more trying to understand diverse local traditions. After many years of being focused on African studies, she felt the drive to explore new cultures. In the past she expressed spontaneity and internal energy by practising West-African dances. Recently, by learnig Chinese-Mandarin language and Asian ink painting, she focuses on mindfulness and observation of the surrounding world. In her new ‘Africans In Asia’ project she analysises acculturation algorithms and biographic patterns of Nigerians studying in China and Malaysia in a new economic and political global context.