Leszek Balcerowicz is famous for introducing a series of shock therapy measure for the Polish economy in the 1990s, commonly referred to as the Balcerowicz Plan.
He has served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance (1989-1991, 1997-2000) and later on as President of the National Bank of Poland (2001-2007). Mr Balcerowicz has been President of the Freedom Union, a center-right free market - oriented party (1995-2000) and was elected to Sejm in 1997-2001.
Mr Balcerowicz is now a professor at the College of Europe. He is also a member of the Group of Thirty, an influential financial advisory body based in Washington, D.C.
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