Matthew Kwasiborski directs the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (AIPES) and the European Journalism Institute (EJI) programs in Prague, Czech Republic. Since joining TFAS in February of 2005, Matt has worked with well over a thousand students, alumni, faculty and staff representing more than 50 countries.
Recently, Matt was appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees for Anglo-American University in Prague. Matt also serves on the board of directors for the International Association of Free Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine. Matt served as the vice president and treasurer of the Board of Advisors for the Center of International Media Ethics (CIME). He also founded the leadership organization, Advancing International Leaders Towards Excellence, or AILTE. Through TFAS, AILTE and Free Ukraine, Matt established the Lviv Leadership Academy in August 2016. AILTE specializes is designing and delivering a leadership course for higher education students, NGOs and businesses called “Advancing Leadership and Cultures in the 21st Century.” This course focuses on the history of leadership and the various leadership styles, concentrating on emotional leadership and servant leadership.
A native Philadelphian, Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana and a master’s degree in executive leadership from the Thierry Graduate School of Leadership in Belgium. Prior to joining TFAS, Matt taught English as a second language (ESL) in Fonyód, Hungary. He also served as an administrator and teacher of world religions and cultures for the Summer in Switzerland program located at the Leysin American School. Matt previously taught world religions, morality, computers and served as a basketball coach for Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana. From 2001 to 2004, he served as director of the Loyola University Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America program in New Orleans, creating the largest student organization ever at Loyola. This program initiated a city-wide effort creating relationships between Loyola students and the elementary/primary school students of New Orleans. Matt was nominated for Outstanding Alumnus of the Philadelphia Public School District in 2004.