Leszek Balcerowicz

Leszek Balcerowicz

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Topics

  • European Economic Reforms
  • Opportunities in Expanding Europe
  • Polish and European Economics
  • The Road to Europe
  • Economics and Ethics
  • Experience of Leadership
  • How to Launch Radical Reforms
  • Welfare State Economics

What he offers

As a leading economic practitioner, dominant strategist and prolific author, Professor Balcerowicz’s versatile knowledge and experience offer an eye-opening assessment of the issues of stability and economic growth in various countries. His clear view of the economic and social development, stamina in the face of intellectual opposition and courage to be critical of mainstream economics and establishment, bring genuine insight and advice.

How he presents

Professor Balcerowicz presents with clarity and determination. He is engaging and captivating, challenging conventional wisdom and encouraging audiences to reach insightful conclusions.

Leszek Balcerowicz served as Deputy Prime Minister responsible for economic matters and Finance Minister in the first and second post-communist government. With a vast knowledge in economics and other social sciences, he stood behind the changes which led to the historical transformation from command economy to the market and from dictatorship to democracy. He successfully dealt with hyperinflation, foreign debt crisis, extreme imbalances in the economy, and social and political tensions related to the introduction of reforms. He is the only Central/Eastern European member of the prestigious financial advisory body Group of Thirty. He received the 2014 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty, a biennial award presented by Cato Institute for achievement in promoting freedom and individual liberty. Leszek Balcerowicz has been officially appointed as a representative of the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Cabinet of ministers. He has been also appointed as President’s advisor and co-chairman of the Group of Strategic Advisors on the Support for Reforms in Ukraine.

Leszek Balcerowicz is currently Professor of Economics at the prestigious Warsaw School of Economics. He is one of the most respected and internationally acclaimed experts on the economic reforms and financial crisis and one of the leading economic voices navigating through the post-crisis reality. Professor Balcerowicz is Honorary Chairman of Bruegel – a Brussels think tank devoted to policy research on international economic issues. In 2008-09 he was a member of “De Larosiere“ a high-level expert group on financial supervision in the EU.

Publications:

  • Discovering Freedom (2013)
  • Barriers to Entry and Growth of New Firms in Early Transition (2012)
  • Living Standards and the Wealth of Nations (2006)
  • Post-Communist Transition: Some Lessons (2002)
  • Enterprise Exit Processes in Transition Economies (1998)
  • Socialism, Capitalism, Transformation (1996)

Awards:

  • 2014 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty

Presentation Languages: English, Polish

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