Jan Vincent-Rostowski

Jan Vincent-Rostowski also known as Jacek Rostowski, born April 30, 1951 in London) is a Polish and British economist, academic and the current Minister of Finance of the Republic of Poland.

DAVOS-KLOSTERS/SWITZERLAND, 28JAN09 - Jacek Rostowski, Minister of Finance of Poland, captured during the session 'Update 2009: Europe' at the Annual Meeting 2009 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 28, 2009.

DAVOS-KLOSTERS/SWITZERLAND, 28JAN09 - Jacek Rostowski, Minister of Finance of Poland, captured during the session 'Update 2009: Europe' at the Annual Meeting 2009 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 28, 2009.

Jan Vincent-Rostowski was born into a Polish exile family in London, England. During the Second World War his father, Roman Rostowski, served as personal Secretary to Tomasz Arciszewski, Prime Minister of the Polish government-in-exile and did not return to Poland after the war. In the 1950s, Roman Rostowski worked for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office with postings to Kenya, Mauritius and the Seychelles where Jacek Rostowski spent much of his childhood.

Jan Vincent-Rostowski attended Westminster School in London, followed by undergraduate and postgraduate studies at University College London (UCL) and the London School of Economics(LSE) in London.

• 1972: Bachelor of Science – International Relations, University College London
• 1973: Master of Arts – Economy and History, University College London
• 1975: Master of Science – Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science

Jan Vincent-Rostowski was a lecturer at Kingston Polytechnic, then from 1988 to 1995 at the School of Slavonic and East European StudiesUniversity of London. From 1992 to 1995 he also worked concurrently at the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

During this time, together with Ljubo Sirc, Vincent-Rostowski co-edited the academic journal,Communist Economies (later known as Communist Economies & Economic Transformation and”Post Communist Economies).

During the early 1980s he was active in the Polish Solidarity Campaign, a London based Solidarity support group. From 1989 to 1991 during Poland’s great economic transformation following the fall of communism, Vincent-Rostowski was an advisor to the Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Leszek Balcerowicz.

In the early 90s Vincent-Rostowski also advised the Russian Federation on macroeconomic policy. From 1995 he has been Professor of Economics and was the head of the Department of Economics at the Central European University in Budapest during the periods: 1995-2000 and 2005-2006 (Post suspended following appointment as Polish Finance Minister.)

During the years 1997 to 2000, Vincent-Rostowski was Chairman of the Macro-economic Policy Committee at the Polish Ministry of Finance.

He is one of the co-founders of the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE). He was also a member of the Foundation’s Council (he resigned from this post when he was nominated as Ministry of Finance).

From 2002 to 2004 he was an Economic Advisor to the National Bank of Poland.

In 2004 Vincent-Rostowski was appointed Economic Advisor to Bank PEKAO SA. He left this post in November 2007.

Jan Vincent-Rostowski joined the Cabinet of Premier Donald Tusk on 16 November 2007 and currently serves as the Finance Minister of the Republic of Poland. He was named European Finance Minister of the Year in 2009 by The Banker magazine.

Mr Vincent-Rostowski has published many academic papers on European enlargement, monetary policy, currency policy and the transformation of post communist economies.

He supports Poland joining the Euro as soon as possible.

He was a member of Britain’s Conservative Party. It was announced in the beginning of 2010 that he became member of Platforma Obywatelska two months earlier.

Jan Rostowski is married with two children. He is fluent in Polish, English and Russian.

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