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Marek Belka

Marek BelkaFormer President, National Bank of Poland

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Marek Belka is former President of Narodowy Bank Polski (National Bank of Poland) and a former Polish Prime Minister.

Belka was a consultant for the Polish Ministry of Finance between 1990 and 1996, and became a consultant to the World Bank in 1996. He served as Deputy Prime Minister of Poland in 1997, and as Minister of Finance in 1997 and 2001-02. He was Chairman of the Council for International Coordination for Iraq in 2003 and Director of Economic Policy in the Coalition Provisional Authority in 2003-04.

In 2004, Belka was sworn in as Prime Minister of Poland by President Aleksander Kwaśniewski, holding the position until November 2005. He was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe between 2005 and 2008. In 2008, he was appointed as Director of the European Department at the International Monetary Fund.

Belka is an Honorary Member of the International Raoul Wallenburg Foundation, and in October 2013 was elected to the Polish Economy Hall of Fame. He was appointed President of the National Bank of Poland in 2010.

Belka graduated from the University of Łódź in 1972, and later studied on scholarships at Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and the London School of Economics. He holds an M.A in Economics of Foreign Trade and a Ph.D. in Economics. He received the title Professor of Economics in 1994.