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OUR FAMOUS GRADUATES

MAREK BELKA

Born in 1952, an economist, professor, politician and an academic lecturer; an official in international financial institutions. Former Polish Prime Minister, a two-time vice Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and a Minister of Sport. Since 2010 a President of National Bank of Poland. Professor Belka is the most famous Pole in the world of economics. At present he is the head of the Committee for Development of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

JACEK SARYUSZ-WOLSKI

Born in 1948, an economist, academic lecturer, expert in matters of European integration, and is well established in many institutions involved in this field. Former vice-president of European Parliament, elected in the constituency of Lodz in 2004 and re-elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2009. Since the beginnings of the 1980 dr Saryusz-Wolski was associated with the democratic opposition, he was even the spokesperson for the Solidarity movement.

ANDRZEJ SAPKOWSKI

Born in 1948, a fantasy writer. He is best known for his best-selling book series The Witcher. In 2001, a television series based on the Witcher cycle was released in Poland and internationally, entitled Wiedźmin (The Hexer). Sapkowski`s books have been translated into Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Lithuanian, German, Spanish, French, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Finnish, Slovak, Bulgarian, Serbian, English, Italian, Dutch and Swedish.

JOLANTA CHEŁMIŃSKA

Born in 1949, an economist, since 2007 the provincial governor of the Lodz voivodeship.  Mrs Chelminska graduated from the Econometrics at our Faculty and has been continuing a successful career in the world of finance for the last 30 years. She is very often granted with all sort of awards by the authorities of the city. 

KRZYSZTOF CANDROWICZ

Born in 1979, a culture manager, founder and director of the multidisciplinary independent culture centre, the Łódź Art Center (Poland), and the organizer of numerous cultural and artistic events. He is Director of FOTOFESTIWAL - International Festival of Photography in Łódź – which is one of the biggest festivals of visual art in Central Europe. He is also the Organizer of LODZ DESIGN – the International Festival of Design in Łódź. He founded the Photo Festival Union – international network of over 30 festivals of photography from Europe and he was the initiator of Łódź candidacy to the title of European Capital of Culture.

WITOLD ORŁOWSKI

Born in 1962, is a professor of economics. He is the Director of the Warsaw University of Technology Business School and a Member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Council. He also acts as Chief Economic Adviser for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Poland. In 2011 he was appointed Special Adviser (budget) to the European Commission. A graduate of our Faculty as well as of Harvard University. He held the post of Head of Economic Advisory Council to the Polish President, Aleksander Kwaśniewski.  

ALEKSANDER GUDZOWATY

Born in 1938, died in 2013, a entrepreneur and a businessman, the President of Bartimpex, one of the wealthiest Poles. He had vast experience in trade with the Middle East, the CIS and Russia. He was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the wealthiest and most influential people in the Central and Eastern Europe. Gudzowaty was most recently involved in funding the Tolerance Monument that is being raised in Jerusalem.

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