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WCED Lecture. “The Future of Europe.”

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
12:00 AM
Annenberg Auditorium, 1120 Weill Hall, 735 S. State

Leszek Balcerowicz
Architect of Poland's transition to a market economy. Former president, National Bank of Poland; and professor of economics, Warsaw School of Economics.
Sponsors: WCED, Center for European Studies-European Union Center, Ford School of Public Policy, International Policy Center
Leszek Balcerowicz graduated with distinction from the Foreign Trade Faculty at the Central School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw, earned an M.B.A. at St. John’s University in New York, and a Ph.D. in economics from the Warsaw School of Economics. Having served as both finance minister and deputy prime minister of Poland during key transitional years, as well as president of the Polish National Bank, he oversaw a sweeping program of economic reform as his country successfully transitioned to a market economy. In 2005, President Aleksander Kwasniewski awarded Balcerowicz with the country’s highest decoration, the Order of the White Eagle, for his contribution to Poland’s economic transformation. He is currently a member of the group of trustees of the Institute of International Finance and professor of economics at the Warsaw School of Economics.