Jan Krzysztof Bielecki was born in 1951 in Bydgoszcz. He graduated from the Economics of Water Transportation Faculty at the University of Gdańsk.In 1973-1980, he was a junior research fellow at the University’s Department of the Economics of Water Transportation. At the same time, he was a unit head at the Managerial Training Centre of the Ministry of Engineering and Steel Industry.From the end of 1980, he served as an economic expert to the “Solidarity” trade union. During the martial law he was involved in underground union activity. In 1985, he became the Chairman of the consulting company ”Doradca” in Sopot.In 1989, he was one of the founding members of the Gdańsk Social Economic Association – the Liberal Congress. From February 1990 on, he was a member of the Presidium of the Liberal-Democratic Congress. Following the merger of the Democratic Union and the Liberal-Democratic Congress in April 1994, he became a member of the new party, the Freedom Union. He served as a Deputy to the Sejm in 1989-1993.In December 1990, he was appointed Prime Minister. After the elections in October 1991, he resigned from office and his resignation was accepted by the Sejm in December 1991. He served as Minister for European Integration and Foreign Assistance in Hanna Suchocka’s government.From December 1993 to September 2003, he represented Poland in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.In 2003-2010 he was the President of Bank Pekao SA Management Board.He was awarded the Order of the White Eagle.In March 2010 he was appointed by Prime Minister Donald Tusk, the chairman of the Economic Council of the Prime Minister. He held the position until December 2014.
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