Andrzej Mirga (is a former OSCE/ODIHR Senior Adviser on Roma and Sinti Issues and chief of the ODIHR Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues in Warsaw office (2006-2013).
Born in the small Roma settlement in Czarna Góra (Polish Spisz region in Southern Poland) in 1954 he was the first Romani student at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków, and later, lecturer, from 1980 till 1992. A fellow of the Kosciuszko Foundation; he taught at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, US, (from 1998 to 2001) and the Pedagogical Academy in Krakow (from 2004 to 2006).
Andrzej Mirga co-founded the first Polish Roma association (Association of the Polish Roma) after the fall of communism and was its chair between 1991 and 1995. He acted as organizer during two historic events commemorating the Romani Holocaust in 1993 and 1994 in Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow; and represented the Roma at the Days of Remembrance ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., in 1995.
As the OSCE ODIHR Senior Adviser on Roma and Sinti Issues, he was one of the speakers at the ceremony held on 27 January 2010 at the United Nations Headquarters in NY for the International Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust.
He served as expert at the Committee of Experts on Roma and Travelers of the Council of Europe (former Specialist Group on Roma/Gypsies, since 1996), and its chair (2003-2005); also at the Poland’s Common Commission of the Government and National and Ethnic Minorities (2005-2006) and, at the High-Level Group on Labour Market and Disadvantaged Ethnic Minorities (European Commission, 2005-2007). Since 2014, he has been the Chair of the Board of the Roma Education Fund (REF).