Marek Belka, president, National Bank of Poland; and former director, European Department, International Monetary Fund. Sponsors: WCED, Ford School, IPC.
Marek Belka is president of the National Bank of Poland and former director of the IMF’s European Department. He was previously Under-Secretary General at the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe. Belka served as the Prime Minister of Poland from 2004-05, and was Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister in 1997 and Minister of Finance from 2001-02. He also served as an adviser to the Prime Minister of Albania from 1997-2001, and to JP Morgan for Central and Eastern Europe from 2002-03. In 2003 he was responsible for economic policy in the interim coalition administration of Iraq. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Lodz and spent time at Columbia, the University of Chicago, and the London School of Economics.