Gold Medal Award 2018 Recipient Prime Minister Masteusz Morawiecki
Prime Minister Masteusz Morawiecki
For serving Poland and stimulating economic growth, and fostering excellent relations with the United States
On December 11, 2017, Masteusz Morawiecki was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Poland. His lifelong commitment to building an independent and financially strong nation makes him the perfect candidate to take on such a key role in shaping Poland’s future.
Mr. Morawiecki began to champion for Polish rights at a very young age and he was a very visible activist during his teenage years. He went on to university studies and received an MBA from the University of Wrocław, and is an alumnus of Central Connecticut State University, the University of Hamburg and the University of Basel. By 1991, he had created two publishing companies, and in 1994 he completed an internship at Deutsche Bank with a primary focus on financial market supervision and restructuring.
His expertise, experience and leadership has been evident in several fiscal areas such as participating in the negotiations of Polish accession to the EU. During the ensuing two decades, Mr. Morawiecki lectured in economics and held several supervisory roles at various banking and industrial organizations in Poland, including serving as Chairman of the Bank Zachodni WBK. He also co-authored the first law textbook in Poland, The Law of the European Union.
In early 2016 he presented what has become known as the “Morawiecki Plan” to encourage economic growth and government spending. By the Fall of 2016, he was appointed Poland’s Finance Minister for Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, and a few months later he took on the duties of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development.
Prime Minister Morawiecki has received numerous prestigious awards throughout his career, but it is the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity bestowed to him in 2013 that best sums up a life lived in service to his country. It is given to those dedicated their life for the benefit of independence and sovereignty of Poland and respect of human rights. In 2015, he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of Polonia Restituta for extraordinary merits in supporting and promoting Polish culture and national heritage.