Deputy Director, Geoinformation Director PGI-NRI


Dr. Nałęcz's professional career is tied to the Polish Geological Institute - National Research Institute (PGI) where he began work more than 20 years ago as a student of the Warsaw University Faculty of Geology.  He graduated in 1995 presenting a thesis on hydrogeology that was written under guidance of Professors Jacek Szymanko, Stefan Krajewski and Stanisław Matysiak, to win the Semkow Best MSc Thesis Award. 


For many years he worked at the PGI as an assistant in the Department of Environmental Geology, mainly on projects related to the Geoenviromnmental Map of Poland. He conducted hydrogeochemical research in Gdańsk and Szczecin urban areas. A summary of this work earned a PhD in Earth Sciences in 2003 under guidance of Prof. Andrzej Sadurski. 


In 2004 he began work at the Polish Hydrogeological Survey (PHS), where he performed tasks related to the management of groundwater monitoring as well as implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive. On behalf of the PSH, he also supervised cooperation with Poland's eastern neighbors. His experience from work in bilateral committees on trans-boundary waters made it possible to initiate and lead the NATO project "Sustainable Use and Protection of Groundwater Resources Trans-boundary Water Management". As part of this project, Dr Nałęcz organized a number of international conferences and published two books in the NATO series Science for Peace and Security.


In 2005-2011, as a representative of the PHS he took part in works of the International Commission for Protection of the Oder as the Deputy Chairman of the Data Management Working Group. After this experience at the PHS he was appointed the Head of PGI Environmental Geology Department where he worked until 2009.  Due to many years of professional interest in spatial information systems he began work for the Geoinformation Division in 2009, focusing on implementation of the INSPIRE Directive.  Dr. Nałęcz was a member of the working group founded by the European Commission to prepare data specifications for the INSPIRE Directive themes Geology and Mineral Resources. He is a member of the EuroGeoSurveys Spatial Information Expert Group (SIEG).


In 2013 he was appointed the Head of PGI International Cooperation Division, responsible for developments of foreign contacts and cooperation (international policy-making).  He is a member of the EGS Strategic Task Force and a team of EGS experts appointed to assist the Geological Survey of Ukraine in the process of reorganization.  Since December, 2015 Dr. Nałęcz acts as Deputy Director, Geoinformation Director.


Dr. Nałęcz is the author of numerous articles, books and presentations on geoinformation, hydrogeology and environmental geology. He completed postgraduate studies in project management at the Warsaw School of Economics and the Kozminski Academy.


He is a member of the International Hydrogeological Association and the Polish Spatial Information Association.  Dr. Nałęcz holds hydrogeological professional qualifications - category V and certificates of project management PRINCE2 Foundation and IPMA Level D.