The University authorities

Prof. nadzw. dr hab. n. med. Marek Stępniewski

Rector of Jozef Dietl Malopolska University in Krakow

“I was born on 5th February 1939 in Krakow. Mother was the manager of the Post Office in Piaski Wielkie / at that time near Kraków /, and father was a public administration official.

I attended elementary school number 17 which was an exercise school in the years 1945–1952.
In the years 1952 to 1956 I was a student of the 1st high school of Bartłomiej Nowodworski in Krakow. After graduating from the high school and passing the entrance examination, I became a student of the Faculty of Medicine at the Nicolaus Copernicus Medical University in Krakow. I obtained my medical diploma in January 1963. As part of the post-graduate internship, I took part in creating from scratch a diagnostic laboratory at the 2nd Department of Obstetrics and Women’s Diseases transferred during renovation to Kopernika Street in Krakow. Under the direction of Dr. Maciej Zgliczyński, I launched a long series of laboratory diagnostics necessary for the clinical management of women and newborns hospitalized in the Clinic. It was a very important period in my medical career.

On the contract for commissioned work, which I had at the time of work in the II Department of Obstetrics and Women’s Diseases A.M. I remained until 1965. In February this year I became a junior assistant, and from 1 October 1966 as an assistant I started working at the American Research Hospital In Poland, which is commonly known as the Institute of Pediatrics of the Medical Academy in Krakow. Therefore, I repeated the role of the diagnostic laboratory organizer, from scratch, but in very different conditions. In the Department of Clinical Biochemistry into which the Scientific and Research Center was transformed, I went through all levels of the academic career: junior assistant 1st October 1966, from 1st October 1970 to 1st March 1973 senior assistant and from that day an assistant professor.

In the meantime, I had a 3-month course in Warsaw “Manipulation and use of radioisotopes in biology and medicine”, which authorized Rector to appoint me from March 15, 1975 as head of the emerging Isotope Laboratory. Even earlier, I was sent for a six-month internship at Mt Sinai Hospital in New York / 22 VII 1967 – 15 I 1968 /. I had my second training in the USA with a three-month course on the use of radioisotopes in medicine at Cinncinnati General Hospital. I completed my third internship in the USA in Stony Brook after defending my habilitation thesis.

After the death of the head of the diagnostic department of the Department of Occupational Medicine at the Collegium Medicum, the rector instructed me to take an orphaned position. I worked in this position for 19 years introducing modern diagnostic methods on modern equipment, which was sponsored by Sendzimir smelter. Because at the Faculty of Pharmacy extinct so many independent researchers that the Faculty faced the loss of rights to conduct postdoctoral dissertations, Professor Jerzy Jaśkiewicz and I strengthened the Council of the Pharmaceutical Department of C.M.U.J. For me, the Rector advised me to run the Department of Radioligands. I was appointed a university professor on 1st December 2003.

At the Faculty of Pharmacy I was until retirement, which however, did not close my professional activity. From December 1998 I ran a small medical practice, and from September 26, 2006 I was employed as an associate professor at Jozef Dietl
Malopolska University in Krakow, where I currently work as the rector of this university.”

Marek Stępniewski

Zaheer Ahmed

President of Jozef Dietl Malopolska University in Krakow

Mr. Zaheer Ahmed is the President of Jozef Dietl Malopolska University in Krakow. His role is to manage the University’s corporate identity. He is responsible for the central teams that look after business development, collaborations and partnerships, public relations, the website, printed publications, digital marketing, alumni relations, and student recruitment. He also works with colleagues across the University to organise events and to showcase Dieltl’s academic excellence to visitors. Mr. Zaheer has defined, distilled and projected the core market proposition and distinctive characteristics of the University and has delivered tangible improvement to the reputation and image of the University regionally, nationally and internationally. He holds direct responsibility for the management and delivery of marketing and student recruitment campaigns, working across all channels – including online and offline advertising, the University’s externally facing website, social media, outreach, design and CRM. As a senior leader in the University, he is very effective in building relations and working in partnership with colleagues across both the academic and professional services arms of the institution.

Mr. Zaheer Ahmed is a British Educational Entrepreneur who has made outstanding contributions to the field of Further and Higher Education in United Kingdom since 2001.

Woven into the fabric of academic leadership and professional mannerism, Zaheer has founded and managed multiple Colleges including London College of Advanced Studies, Birmingham International College amongst others. He was a partner of Cambridge Regional College (Publicly Funded) and is now President of a University based in Poland.

A teacher throughout his career Zaheer continues to add value to the lives of learners around the globe with his educational demeanour and spirit.

His core skills have been his high-profile leadership, corporate strategy development, human capital and development, strong orientation in finance and marketing. Zaheer has developed educational and business partnerships across continents and holds an MBA Degree from the United Kingdom. He possesses a higher level of expertise in marketing, brand and communication strategy, development and delivery of marketing and recruitment campaigns and educational leadership.

Prof. Tony Whitehouse

Quality Assurance Director at the Jozef Dietl Malopolska University in Krakow

Professor Tony Whitehouse has been appointed as the Quality Assurance Director at the Jozef Dietl Malopolska University in Krakow. In his current role with Dietl, Tony has led, and managed staff and activities related with quality assurance, provided guidance and direction to senior managers across the University. His role is to ensure that the University’s reputation is protected, and that the University is compliant with quality assurance and regulatory frameworks. He plays a leading role in shaping the quality management and regulatory framework in order to promote academic standards of University Awards and the quality of the student experience across all the University’s provision. Tony has a long and distinguished career in education. His objective is ‘to develop world harmony through education’. He was one of the pioneers in the development of computing in education, working initially as a research engineer before being invited to join academia. He was instrumental in assisting major computer manufacturers to develop multi access computing, networks and operating systems. He was appointed as a fellow of the British Computer Society in 1985 and a fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1987. In 1988 he was appointed as one of the first European Engineers in his field and in 1996 was appointed to a personal chair.

In 2001 he was appointed as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2004 as a Chartered IT Professional. In 1983 Tony moved from the University of Staffordshire to Birmingham City University to develop a new department of computing, together with a portfolio of new courses for the applications of computing. His work both nationally and internationally led to him being appointed to chair national user groups and to the committee of heads and professors group. He has been chair of the board of examiners for he UK professional body for computing and was also invited by the UK Department of Education and Science to report on computing in European Universities.

Prof. has been responsible for developing and then managing many course programmes overseas. Tony has represented his University on many occasions and gained experience of working with the British High Commission, British Council as well as with Ministries of Education across the world. To date his work and his own initiatives have led him to work and visit over 25 countries. He continues his professional work with the British Computer Society and remains a University External Examiner both in the UK and overseas, a specialist Advisor for the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation and a specialist panel member for the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, Ireland.

Mohammad Touseef

Student Services and Engagement Director at the Jozef Dietl Malopolska University in Krakow

Mohammad Touseef has been appointed as the Student Services and Engagement Director at the Jozef Dietl Malopolska University in Krakow. He provides leadership, oversight and strategic direction to all the teams within Student Support Services. He works collaboratively and in partnership with academic and professional services departments across the University. He is the strategic lead for the Student Engagement functions as well as providing the strategic project management lead of relevant strategic themes and values. As a key member of senior management, he plays a significant role in the future development of Jozef Dietl Malopolska University in Krakow.

Mr Touseef holds a diversified and enriched portfolio in Higher Education and Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism Sectors with 15+ years of experience in Quality Assurance, Strategy, Operations, Course Development and Delivery, Student Engagement and Employability, Educational Partnerships, Academic Leadership, UK Quality Code and Governance. Graduated from Surrey, Cambridge, Imperial and Manchester (in progress), has worked at senior positions with higher education institutions in UK, UAE and Pakistan and at the same time led successful Think Tanks in UK and Pakistan. Successfully led HE/FE partnerships and specialized in graduate employability and UK Quality code.

He has led employability and employer forums, worked with industry partners, councils, public sector organizations in the provision of employability and graduate skills for students of various institutions in the United Kingdom. He has successfully led the student experience by transforming students’ lives through effective representation across the whole of the student experience, shaping a framework for the high quality individual and group development and the delivery of effective student services and systems including student support processes and advice.

A Fellow with Royal Society of Arts, The Intelligence Community Inc, a Global Goodwill Ambassador, a Global Peace Ambassador with IEP and holds prestigious associations with RUSI, RAFA, BELMAS, CIPD, CQI, RMA. He is a regular speaker at Kings College, LSE, and an analyst and author with prestigious TV, Radio shows and magazines.