Announced: Jan Vincent-Rostowski

Posted on the 4th November 2014 by James, Summit Coordinator


From the Warwick Economics Summit, we are very excited to announce our first speaker for the Warwick Economics Summit 2015

Jan Vincent-Rostowski is an economist, academic and politician with over 30 years of experience within economics. Most recently, he served as Poland’s Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister, where he received numerous accolades, including being named as Europe’s best Finance Minister in 2009 by The Banker magazine.

After completing his studies at University College London and the London School of Economics, Rostowski worked in academia whilst being active in the Polish Solidarity campaign. Upon the fall of the USSR, he served as an advisor to then Polish Finance Minister Leszek Balcerowicz during the period of great economic transformation when Poland moved from a centrally planned to a free market economy.

Throughout the 1990’s and into the 21st century, Rostowski served as Professor of Economics and then Head of the Economics Department at Central European University; as Chairman of the Macro-Economic Policy Committee at the Polish Ministry of Finance and as an economic advisor to the Russian Federation, the National Bank of Poland and Bank Pekao SA.

He was named as Polish Minister of Finance in 2007, just before the start of the Eurozone crisis. During Rostowski’s tenure, Poland was the only EU country to avoid a recession and saw its borrowing costs driven to record lows. His tenure at the Finance Ministry also saw him appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and led to him being ranked within the top three in the Financial Times’ rankings of EU Finance Ministers in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Rostowski's academic publications include Banking Reform in Central Europe and the former Soviet Union (1995), Macroeconomic Instability in Post Communist Countries (1998) and The Eastern Enlargement of the Eurozone (2010). He is married with two children and fluent in Polish, English, French, Russian and German.

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