Jacek Rostowski

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Jacek Rostowski is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Poland.[1]

Background and early life

Rostowski was born into a Polish exile family in London. During the Second World War his father, Roman Rostowski, had been personal Secretary to Tomasz Arciszewski, Prime Minister of the Polish government-in-exile and did not return to Poland after the war. In the 1950s, his father worked for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and was posted to Kenya, Mauritius and Seychelles where Jacek Rostowski spent much of his childhood.[1]


Rostowski studied for a time at Westminster School. In 1972, he graduated from University College London (UCL) with a BSc in International Relations. In 1973, he earned an MA in Economy and History, also from UCL. In 1975 he earned an MSc (magister) in Economics from the London School of Economics.[1]

From 1988 to 1995 he was a lecturer at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London and during the years 1992 to 1995 he was also at the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.[1]

During the early 1980s was active in the Polish Solidarity Campaign, a London based Solidarity support group. From 1989 to 1991 following the fall of communism, Rostowski worked as an advisor to Poland's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Leszek Balcerowicz.[1]

Rostowski was Professor of Economics and was the head of the Department of Economics at the Central European University in Budapest during 1995-2000 and 2005-2006.[1]

From1997 to 2000, Rostowski was Chairman of the Macro-economic Policy Committee at the Polish Ministry of Finance. He is one of the co-founders of the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE). From 2002 to 2004 he worked as Economic Advisor to the National Bank of Poland. From 2004 Rostowski until his appointment as Finance Minister, Rostowski was an Economic Advisor of the Bank PEKAO SA.[1]

Rostowski joined the Cabinet of Premier Donald Tusk on 16 November 2007. Since 2011 he has been a member of the Polish Parliament.[1]