The Oxbridge Society of Poland

Berenika Stefanska

(1983 – 2016)

Berenika Stefańska who died in a plane crash at Naivasha in Kenya on 8 september 2016 was a member of our society who had studied Social and Political Sciences at Pembroke College, Cambridge from 2004 to 2007. Born in 1983 and brought up in Poland she was in the first group of young Poles who went to study in the UK after Poland joined the European Union. Vivacious and with a taste for adventure, after Cambridge she went on to London University’s School of Oriental and African studies where she grounded an interest in Africa which never left her. Later she worked as a journalist in Kenya and East Africa reporting from Juba on the South Sudanese independence process. She also worked for the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) in Somalia as a Communications expert. Lately she developed an interest in flying and was training to become a commercial pilot and to start a business flying tourists around Kenya. But, ironically, she was not the pilot of the small plane which crashed in Naivasha killing her instantaneously. The other four passengers survived and the pilot died of burns sustained while trying to pull her remains from the wreckage.

She will be much missed by her friends in Nairobi and those she left behind in Poland as by her colleagues from Cambridge.