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Warwick Economics Summit: Marek Belka Talk

The Warwick Economics Summit 2010 is hosting a free talk this Sunday, 17 January, from Polish professor of Economics, former Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Poland, and current Director of the IMF’s European Department, Mr. Marek Belka. Details are as follows:

Speaker: Mr. Marek Belka (IMF)
Title: European dimension of the global crisis

Date: Sunday 17 January 2010
Time: 4pm to 6pm (Please arrive 15 minutes early)
Venue: ACCR, Warwick Arts Centre
Cost: Free

The Warwick Economics Summit 2010 itself will take place from 19 to 21 February. It will feature talks from a wide range of individuals including RBS’s Bob Janjuah and The Economist’s Kevin Kallaugher. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the official Warwick Economics Summit website.

Marek Belka’s Biography

Marek Belka is a Polish professor of Economics and the current Director of the IMF's European Department. Mr. Belka served as the Prime Minister of Poland from 2004 to 2005 and was also Poland's Deputy Prime Minister in 1997 and Minister of Finance from 2001 to 2002. Prior to that, Mr. Belka served as Chief Economic Adviser to the President of Poland during the periods 1996-97 and 1998-2001.

At the UN, Mr. Belka was Under-Secretary General at the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe. There he helped direct Iraq's post-war economy by serving first as Chairman of the Council for International Coordination for Iraq in 2003, and later as Director of Economic Policy responsible for the preparation of economic reforms. He was also a Consultant to the World Bank between 1990 and 1996, dealing with projects in Poland, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Uzbekistan and China, and again from 1997 to 2001. He also served as Senior Adviser to JP Morgan for Central and Eastern Europe from 2002 to 2003.

Mr. Belka was the Chair of Economic Theory from 1987 to 1993, and subsequently the Director of the Institute of Economics in the Polish Academy of Sciences from 1993 to 1996. He has a Master's and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Łódź. He has been a post-doctoral scholar at Columbia University and an American Council of Learned Societies' scholar at the University of Chicago. Mr. Belka has authored several books and articles dealing with socio-economic issues.