Born on April 8, 1948, has two daughters: Karolina and Ewa
Education and academic career
Graduated in 1971 from the International Economics Faculty of the Warsaw School of
Economics (then called the Central Higher School of Planning and Statistics) with the
title of MSc in Economics.
PhD was awarded to her in 1974 at the Central Higher School of Planning and
In 1980 she was awarded post-doctoral degree in international trade relations at the
Central Higher School of Planning and Statistics.
In January 1992 she obtained the title of Professor of Economics, awarded by the
President of the Republic of Poland.
Since 1971 she has been scholar at the Central Higher School of Planning and
Statistics/Warsaw School of Economics, consecutively at the International Trade
Analysis Department, International Economic Relations Institute, Development Studies
Institute as deputy director and Business Cycle Department. Currently she is a
professor at the Warsaw School of Economics.
In the 1970s she was a visiting scholar at the Centre for European Studies at the
University of Sussex and at the Universidad Autonoma in Madrid. In 1988-1990 she
was a Fulbright scholar at the University of California in Berkeley. At that time she
also lectured at the California State University in San Jose.
In 1991-1994 she was deputy director of the Institute for Development and Strategic
She is the author of numerous articles, scientific publications and books.
Between June 1994 and September 1996 she was Under-Secretary of State in the
Ministry of Industry and Trade. She also served as Poland's Chief Negotiator during
the negotiations for Poland's membership in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation
and Development (OECD), which Poland joined in November 1996.
In October 1996 she was named Government Plenipotentiary for establishing the
Committee for European Integration (KIE), subsequently appointed Secretary of KIE
with the rank of Secretary of State and Head of the Office of the Committee for
European Integration (UKIE). She served in these posts till October 1997.
Between December 1997and October 1998 she was Minister-Head of the Chancellery
of the President of the Republic of Poland.
In November 1998 she was appointed Deputy Executive Secretary of the United
Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva which post she left in May 2000.
Subsequently, between July 2000 and October 2001 she was Executive Secretary of
the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva with the rank of
Under- Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Since November 2001 she has been Secretary of the Committee for European
Integration, Head of the Office of the Committee for European Integration.
Between November 2001 and June 2003 she served as Secretary of State in the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 28 February 2002 until the completion of its work she represented the
Government of Poland at the Convention on the Future of the European Union.
On 16 June 2003 she was appointed Minister for European Affairs responsible in the
Polish Government for the entirety of European integration issues.
1987-1996 member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of
Development Research and Training Institutes in Geneva.
She was Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the "Ekonomista" [The Economist] bi-monthly in
1991-1997 and Editor-in-Chief of "Gospodarka Narodowa" [National Economy]
monthly in 1994-1997
1992-1996 - chair of the Council for Social Planning, Central Office for Planning.
spring 1994 - adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. She was a
co-author of the Government programme "Strategy for Poland".
1995-1997 member of the National Statistics Council
1996-1998 Member of the Scientific Board of Economic Sciences Institute of the Polish
Academy of Science.
Currently she is the chair of the Advisory Council of the Management Institute,
member of Scientific Councils of the National Veterinary Institute and the Central
Mining Institute as well as a member of Advisory Councils of European Business
Academy for Enterprises and of ?Nowe ¯ycie Gospodarcze? bi-weekly
October 1998- November 2001 economic advisor to the President of the Republic of