Executive Director Books For Africa
Books For Africa
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Patrick Plonski has served since 2003 as Executive Director of Books For Africa, the world’s largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent. Books For Africa has shipped over 35 million books to 49 African countries since 1988 and has partnered with organizations such as the United Nations, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Peace Corps, OPEC, and Oprah’s Angel Network. Plonski has traveled to over 40 countries in his career. He serves as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences where he teaches coursework on world development problems.
Plonski holds a PhD in International Education (2009) and a Master’s Degree in History (1994) from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in History from St. John’s University (1985). He has studied at the University of Salzburg (1983-84), the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland (1988-89), and participated in a Harvard University Executive Education Program in Istanbul, Turkey (2015). He was awarded a Cargill Fellowship for European Union research in Belgium and Hungary (2002), and a University of Minnesota Human Rights Fellowship for research in Italy and Poland (2000). He is a frequent presenter and commentator in the media on topics pertaining to education and literacy in Africa, presenting to the African diplomatic corps of the United Nations (2006) and the African diplomatic corps of Washington DC (2005).
Sunday, June 26
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM