Dr Iwona Karwot (PL)
EU Structural and Cohesion Funds
Field of specialisation
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF); regional development; institutional building; pre-accession funds.
Dr Iwona Karwot (PL) is a Senior Lecturer at EIPA Barcelona, specialising in structural and Cohesion Funds programming, implementation and audit. She developed and runs seminars on CBA and Audit in close cooperation with European Court of Auditors and EU Commission.
Before joining EIPA in 2008, she gained extensive practical knowledge in her field. Since 1999, she has been involved in the preparation process for Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund in Poland at central and regional level, as well as in its implementation in the post-accession period as a manager and trainer within the framework of five institutional building projects (Special Preparatory Programme – Phare SPP I and II, three regional twinnings). She has also worked in Poland and abroad as a national and EU expert on EU regional policy, including two years’ work for GFA Consulting Group GmbH in Hamburg (DE). In GFA she planned and lead short-term missions and workshops for the Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia departments on regional development and strategic planning (Moldova, Serbia, Croatia, etc.).
Iwona has MA in Political Science and European Institutions and a PhD in Regional Policy and International Relations. She also worked as an Associate Senior Lecturer of Postgraduate Studies in European Union Funds at the Faculty of Law and Administration in the University of Łódź and the Catholic University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, in Warsaw (PL), as a Cooperating Lecturer for the Academy of Human and Economic Science in Zamość (PL) and The Strasburg Center for European Studies.