The Oxbridge Society of Poland

Aleksander Domaradzki

(1969 – 2015)

Aleksander Domaradzki who died suddenly on 26th November 2015 at the age of 46 was the Treasurer of the Oxbridge Society of Poland from 1996 to 1998 and then Membership Secretary from 2003 until his untimely death.

His parents were Polish wartime exiles and he was born in London in 1969. As a young boy growing up in West London in the Polish émigré community he was involved in the Polish Scouting Movement and in the Ealing’s Polish Catholic parish. He attended Gunnersbury Grammar School in Chiswick, London where he excelled at rugby. He went on to read Natural Sciences at Magdalene College Cambridge, where he often claimed that he owed his place to the fact that the Admissions Tutor needed a good prop for the College Rugby 1st XV.

He graduated in 1990 and qualified as a chartered accountant in London with Ernst and Young. Perfectly bicultural, he was ideally suited to build a career in Poland, which he did with Coopers & Lybrand (later PwC) from 1994, at the time when Poland was undergoing huge economical and political change after 45 years of communism. His childhood shyness had given way to a charismatic and warm personality where his presentation skills allowed him to contribute greatly to client proposals and his motivation skills to the training side, where he was for a time National Training Manager.

He spent four years working for PwC in Australia (1999 - 2003) and while there he combined his talents in a most unusual personal case: he became mentor and motivator to the athlete Robert Korzeniowski, who won two of his four Olympic gold medals in Sydney. That relationship continued after Aleks returned to Poland in 2003, where they worked together on schemes to popularise sport in Poland. Indeed in 2005/2006 Aleks led the PwC team that advised the Polish Government on the successful bid for the co-hosting of the UEFA EURO 2012 football championships. As a director at PwC in Australia he had specialised in logistics and back in Poland Aleks became leader of the firm’s Transport and Logistics Sector for the Central European region and also of the Global Aviation Group.

In 2007 Aleks moved on to establish a boutique consulting firm in Warsaw, “DGL Polska” with a team of partners specialising in transport, logistics and supply chain optimisation.

Aleks combined his professional activities with a lifelong interest in sport and a devotion to rugby football, which he played until the age of 33 when an injury forced him into a management role with Warsaw’s “Frogs and Co. Rugby Club” (an expat team). He was president for a year and was instrumental in founding and coaching Warsaw’s first women’s rugby team – the “Ladies Frogs”. He was also an avid philatelist where he was a recognised specialist in Poland’s Solidarity Underground Mail 1982 to 1990.

Aleks was larger than life and unforgettable character with a huge heart. He always welcomed new members in the Polish Oxbridge Society and excelled in the roles that he played. He is survived by his mother and elder brother.

Robert Korzeniowski presented a moving eulogy at Aleks’s funeral in Piaseczno.