Professor Leszek Balcerowicz
Former Polish Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister, President of the National Bank of Poland
Professor Leszek Balcerowicz is a highly renowned economist and the architect of Poland’s reforms initiated in 1989.
Mr Balcerowicz previously served as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, and was President of the National Bank of Poland during the period 2001–2007. He has authored more than 100 publications on economic issues in Poland and abroad, and has received numerous honors and awards worldwide, including Poland’s highest decoration – Order of the White Eagle – for his contribution to the country’s transformation.
He graduated with distinction from the Foreign Trade Faculty at the Central School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw and in 1974 earned an MBA from St John’s University in New York, followed by a PhD in Economics in 1975 from the Warsaw School of Economics. Mr Balcerowicz served as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister in the first post-communist government from September 1989 until December 1991 and was Finance Minister again between November 1997 and June 2000. He has been at the center of Poland’s economic and political life since the fall of communism in 1989. In this vital period in the country’s transition, he designed and executed the radical stabilization and transformation of the Polish economy.
Mr Balcerowicz has been awarded more than 20 honorary doctorates by universities in Poland and abroad.