Bundeskanzler Alfred Gusenbauerdr Alfred Gusenbauer

Chancellor of Austria 2007-2008

Born 8 February 1960 in St. Pölten, lives in Vienna. Dr. Gusenbauer studied Law, Philosophy, Political Science and Economy at the University of Vienna. Ph.D. in Political Science (1987); Dr. Gusenbauer holds an honorary doctorate of the Hertzliah University (Israel) and is Honorary Senator of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

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Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria and member of the European Council (2007/2008)
Leader of the opposition (2000-2007)
Member of Parliament (1993-2007)
Member of the Austrian Senate (1991-1993)
Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (1991-2007)
Chairman of the Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee of the Council of Europe (1995-1998)
President of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (2000-2008)
Vice-president of the PES (since 2000)
Vice-president of the Socialist International (since 1989)
Chairman of Next Left-renewing socialdemocracy (since 2009)
Professor-at-Large at the Brown University Providence/Rhode Island
James Leitner Fellow for Global Affairs at the Columbia University N.Y.C.
President of the Dr. Karl Renner Institute
President of the Austrian Institute for International Studies
President of the Austrian Spanish Chamber of Commerce
CEO of Gusenbauer Projektentwicklung und Beteiligung GmbH
Chairman of Haselsteiner-Familien-Privatstiftung since 29th April 2010
Chairman of the Board of STRABAG SE since June 2010

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karpinskiWłodzimierz Karpiński

Minister of Treasury

Born on 16 November 1961 in Puławy. Since 24 April 2013, the Minister of Treasury. Since 23 November 2011, he was the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Administration and Digitization. On 9 August 2011, he was appointed the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Interior and Administration.

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In 2010, he became the head of the Extraordinary Commission for consideration of bills and resolutions relating to flood recovery and prevention. He was the deputy chairman of the Treasury Commission and the chairman of the Special Services Committee.

In 1994-2002, he served as the Vice-President of Puławy. Then, until 2005, he was city councillor as well as a member of the management board of Zakłady Azotowe “Puławy” SA, which during his tenure successfully debuted on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Involved with the administration since 1994.

Graduated from the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology. He also completed postgraduate studies at the Warsaw University and the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in management and EU law.

Member of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland for the fifth, sixth and seventh term.

He is married and has five sons.


kwasniewskiAleksander Kwaśniewski

President of the Republic of Poland 1995 – 2005

Aleksander Kwaśniewski is the former President of the Republic of Poland (1995 – 2005). He was born on the 15th November 1954, in Białogard, Poland. He participated in the famous “Round-Table” negotiations in Poland that finally brought the peaceful transformation of Poland from communism to democracy. A co-founding member and first chairman of the Social Democratic Party of the Republic of Poland.

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He won the presidential elections for the first time in 1995. Co-author of the new democratic Constitution of Poland, which he signed into law on July 16th, 1997. It was under his leadership that Poland finally joined NATO in 1999. He is an active supporter of further alliance enlargement under the “open door” policy. A strong proponent of European integration, Kwaśniewski campaigned for approval of the European Union accession treaty in 2003, and saw Poland become a member on May 1, 2004.


PLJanusz Lewandowski

Chairman of the Economic Council of the Prime Minister

Janusz Lewandowski (born in 1951) – holder of PhD in economics, Member of European Parliament. He was a lecturer at the University of Gdańsk and foreign universities, as well as established the Institute of Research into Market Economy in Gdańsk. In the years 1980-1989, he was an economic adviser to NSZZ “Solidarność”, and in 1988 a co-founder of Liberal Democratic Congress.

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A Member of Parliament of the 1st, 3rd and 4th term, former minister of privatisation in the governments of Jan Krzysztof Bielecki (1990-1991) and Hanna Suchocka (1992-1993). In the European election of 13 June 2004, he became an MEP from the Civic Platform’s list. For two years and a half, he was in charge of the European Parliament’s Budget Committee, and then he took the position of its deputy chairman. In the years 2010-2014, he was the EU Commissioner for Financial Programming and the Budget. In 2014, he was elected to the European Parliament again.


miklosIvan Miklos

Mr. Ivan Mikloš, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic

Ivan Mikloš is former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic (2002-2006, 2010-2012), Deputy Prime Minister for Economy (1998-2002), Minister of Privatization (1991-1992).
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He co-founded and led a think-tank MESA10 (1992-1998). In 2014 he was appointed as a President of MESA 10 and became Member of the International Advisory Board of National Reform Council of Ukraine and VoxUkraine. He was one of the leading figures of economic transformation in Slovakia. Ivan Mikloš significantly contributed to the entry of the Slovak Republic into the OECD and started an extensive and effective tax reform. He led the government agenda on economic restructuring and fiscal consolidation. The second Dzurinda´s government (2002-2006) gained a very reformist reputation thanks to severe austerity measures, and a comprehensive program of structural reforms (tax, social sector, pension, healthcare, public finance, labour market) backed by Ivan Mikloš. Thanks to these reforms Slovakia was able to join Eurozone in 2009. In 2004 he was awarded by Euromoney the best Minister of Finance of the Year and the top business reformer by the World Bank´s Doing Business report. Ivan Mikloš is the author of the Book of reforms (2005), Rewriting the Rule (2001) and also of dozens of studies and articles in the expert and popular press. During 2006-2010 and from 2012 he is a Member of Parliament.


goranGöran Persson

Göran Persson served as Prime Minister of Sweden between 1996 and 2006

During Sweden’s EU Presidency in 2001, Mr Persson was President of the European Council. He served as Minister of Finance and Minister for Schools in the 1990s before becoming Prime Minister and Party Chairman of the Social Democratic Party.

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As former Prime Minister of Sweden, Göran Persson has a unique and far-reaching experience in Public Affairs, financial markets and international politics, as well as extensive network within international business and politics. He is highly respected for his knowledge of issues including economics, European affairs, sustainable development and challenges to the welfare state.

rosatiProf. Dariusz Rosati

Minister of Foreign Affairs 1995–1997, Member of the European Parliament 2004–2009, Member of the Polish Parliament since 2011

He graduated from the Department of Foreign Trade at the Warsaw School of Planning and Statistics (now the Warsaw School of Economics – WSE). Since 1990 he has been the titular professor at WSE. He is a specialist in the field of macroeconomic policy, European integration, finance and international trade. He founded the Institute of World Economy at WSE.

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From 1988-91, he was the director of the Institute of Business Cycles and Foreign Trade, and from ’89-’93, he was a partner at the consultancy firm TKD – Ernst & Young Poland. He is currently a professor at WSE and at the R. Lazarski Graduate School of Business and Law n Warsaw. Between ’91-’95, he was the section chief of countries of Central and Eastern Europe for the UN Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva, and from ’95 to ’97, he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs. From 1998-2004, he was a member of the Monetary Policy Council. He is also a former Member of the European Parliament. Since 1999, he has been a member of the Committee of the Academy of Economic Sciences and the Polish Economic Society (in the latter, he has been a member since 1969). Since 2011, he has been a member of the Bruegel Institute in Brussels.