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Leszek Balcerowicz is a Polish economist, professor of Economics at the Warsaw School of Economics.
He is a former governor of the National Bank of Poland and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. He is famous for implementing the Polish economic transformation program in the 1990s, a shock therapy commonly referred to as the Balcerowicz Plan.
Some of his other appointments: Leszek Balcerowicz is a member of the Washington-based international advisory body, the Group of Thirty, and a board member of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is also a member of the Group of Trustees of the Institute of International Finance. In 2011 he has been appointed a member of the Advisory Scientific Committee providing advice and assistance on issues relevant to the work of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB). Leszek Balcerowicz is a Chairman and a founder of Civil Development Forum Foundation – FOR based in Warsaw. He was the chairman of Bruegel board (the Brussels-based think tank on international economics) from 2008 until 2012 and was appointed Honorary Chairman at the end of 2012.
He holds honorary doctorates from more than 20 universities around the world.