Candidates for Ministers [BIOs]

Elżbieta Bieńkowska is to become Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Development. The new Government ministers also include: Rafał Trzaskowski, Lena Kolarska-Bobińska, Maciej H. Grabowski, Andrzej Biernat, Mateusz Szczurek and Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska. Below are the details.

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Elżbieta Bieńkowska will become Deputy Prime Minister and will manage the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development. The new Government department is established by merger of the Ministry of Regional Development and the Ministry of Transportation, Construction and Maritime Economy.

New Government ministers:

  • Andrzej Biernat -  Ministry of Sports and Tourism,
  • Maciej H. Grabowski – Ministry of the Environment,
  • Joanna Grażyna Kluzik-Rostkowska – Ministry of National Education,
  • Lena Kolarska-Bobińska – Ministry of Science and Higher Education,
  • Mateusz Szczurek – Ministry of Finance,
  • Rafał Trzaskowski – Ministry of Administration and Digitisation.

Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Infrastructure and Development

Born on 4 February 1964 in Katowice. She graduated from Oriental Philology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow. She also graduated from National School of Public Administration and postgraduate MBA studies at Warsaw School of Economics.

Throughout her entire professional career, Ms Bieńkowska has been associated with the implementation of European funds. In 1999-2007, she was Director of the Regional Development Section, Local Government Office of the Silesian Region.

In 1999 she was Katowice Voivode’s officer for the Development Strategy for the region. Earlier, she worked at the Economy Department of the Voivodeship Office in Katowice, where her activities included participation in work on a regional contract for the voivodeship.

In 2007-2013 – Minister of Regional Development.

Expert in international projects, academic teacher and author of publications.

Recipient of many prestigious honours for professional achievement, including Kisiel Prize, Platinum Laurels for Skills and Competence, Grzegorz Palka Prize. In 2012 she was conferred the distinction of the Grand Officer of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by Kong Harald V for her commitment to building friendly relationships and cooperation between Poland and Norway and effective implementation of Norwegian Financial Mechanisms.

She is fluent in English.

Married, three children.

Andrzej Biernat - Minister of Sports and Tourism

Born on 11 August 1960. He graduated from the Higher School of Pedagogy in Częstochowa  and postgraduate course at the Academy of Physical Education in Poznan, specialising in sports management.

Just after the studies, he worked as a teacher for eight years. Later he run his own businesses – a travel agency and a publishing house. In the 1996, Mr Biernat  was appointed Director of the Centre of Sports and Recreation in Konstantynów Łódzki. He has been honoured with an annual award “Wielki Bilet” (Grand Ticket) for managing that establishment. He was also President of the Włókniarz sports club.

Since 2005, Member of Parliament on the Civic Platform party ticket. Deputy President of the parliamentary Physical Education, Sport and Tourism Committee. Previously, President of Standing Subcommittee for the Preparation of Poland to the Organisation of European Football Championship “UEFA EURO 2012”. President of the Subcommittee for the Preparation of Poland to 2014 World Volleyball Championship and 2016 European Handball Championship.

Mr Biernat is married and has two daughters: Milena and Blanka.

Maciej H. Grabowski – Minister of the Environment

Doctor of Economics at University of Gdansk and Navigation Engineer at Gdynia Maritime University.  In the 1980s, he worked at Polish Ocean Lines as deck officer.

For 18 years, he had been developing the Institute of Market Economy Research, and was its Vice-president since 1991. Mr Grabowski was involved in research on taxation systems, transformation of social and economic systems, labour markets.

In 1994-2000, he lectured at the University of Gdansk. He was developing the Polish Lisbon Strategy Forum and the Polish Civic Forum. He participated in work on the Polish National Development Strategy 2007-2015.

Since March 2008, member of the Team of Strategic Advisers to the Prime Minister. In November 2008, he was appointed Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Finance, where he was responsible for the tax system.

In 2011-2012, member of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority, and since February 2013 Chief Auditor of Public Finance Discipline.

Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska – Minister of National Education

She was born on 14 December 1963. Graduated from the Faculty of Journalism and Political Sciences, University of Warsaw.

During her studies, she was active at the Independent Students’ Union. She also  collaborated with the underground Tygodnik Mazowsze weekly and other underground press.

Since 1989, she worked as a journalist of the political section of Tygodnik Solidarność weekly. In 1992 she managed the reportage section of the Konfrontacje monthly. In the same year she started working at Express Wieczorny daily, were her positions included Deputy Manager of the domestic and reportage sections, and the Manager of the reportage section. Throughout her journalistic career, she was involved in investigative journalism, and she was also foreign correspondent (including in Bosnia and Chechnya).

Since 1996 she worked as a journalist of the domestic  and political sections of the Wprost weekly. Since 2000, she led the economic section of the Nowe Państwo weekly. In 2001-2004, she was first deputy of the editor-in-chief of the Przyjaciółka weekly.

In 2005, she became Warsaw President’s Plenipotentiary for Women and Family.

On 17 November 2005, she became Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, where she took over the responsibilities of the Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Status of Women and Men.

On 13 August 2007, after the breakdown of the coalition between the parties: Law and Justice, Polish Families’ League and Self-defence, she became Minister of Labour and Social Policy. She held that office until 16 November 2007, i.e. until her successor from Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s Government took the oath of office.

Previously, in the same year, in parliamentary election Ms Kluzik-Rostkowska became Member of Parliament running on the Law and Justice ticket in the Łódź District, receiving 41,171 votes.

On 26 April 2010, she became chief of the electoral staff of Jarosław Kaczyński, the candidate for Polish Presidency on the Law and Justice party ticket.

On 5 November 2010, by decision of the Law and Justice Political Committee, she was expelled from the party along with Elżbieta Jakubiak. On 16 November 2010, together with a few politicians from the Law and Justice party, she announced the establishment of “Poland Comes First” association. She was elected the President of the Association. On 23 November, a parliamentary club with the same name was established, led by Ms Kluzik-Rostkowska. Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska presided over this group until Paweł Kowal was elected its President (4 June 2011) at the first party Congress.

On 13 June 2011, she resigned from the party and the parliamentary club, and started collaborating with the Civic Platform. On 28 June, she was admitted to the parliamentary club of that party. In parliamentary election, she led the Civic Platform party list to the lower chamber of Parliament (the Sejm), and was elected Member of Parliament from the Rybnik District, with 22 418 votes.

She has been working in the parliamentary Social Policy and Family and the Foreign Affairs committees. She represents the Polish parliament at OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and leads the Polish-Afghan parliamentary group.

Married, has 3 children: Marysia, Kasia and Józio.

Lena Kolarska-Bobińska – Minister of Science and Higher Education

Professor of sociology. Since 2009, Member of the European Parliament.

Ms Kolarska-Bobińska  graduated from the Faculty of Sociology, University of Warsaw. Subsequently, she was granted her PhD, PhD Habilitated degrees in sociology, and the title of professor of humanities in 1993. Under the Ford Foundation scholarship, she studied at Stanford University and Business School of Carnegie-Mellon University. She is also member of the Committee of Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences and the Scientific Board of the Institute of Social Studies, University of Warsaw.

In 1991-1997, she was director of the Public Opinion Research Centre. In 1997, Ms Kolarska-Bobińska became Director of the Public Affairs Institute. She advised to Presidents of Poland: in 1992-1995 – to Lech Wałęsa (Economic Committee), and in 2001-2005 to Aleksander Kwaśniewski (Reflection Group), as well as to the Government Plenipotentiary for  Membership Negotiations with the European Union.

Her other duties included, among others, membership of the Prime Minister’s European Integration Council. In 2003-2006, she also advised to the EU Commissioner for Research and Science.

She has been honoured with Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and the “Idre National du Mérite” - an honour conferred by the President of France, among others.

She authored more than 200 scientific contributions: books, articles, papers and studies published in Poland and abroad. Commentator of Polish and foreign media.

Wife of the journalist Krzysztof Bobiński, President of the “Union & Poland” Foundation. She has two children.

Mateusz Szczurek – Minister of Finance

Born on 11 August 1975. Doctor of Economics at the University of Sussex. Graduated from the Faculty of Economics, University of Warsaw.

In 1998 and 2007, he completed econometrics courses at International Center for Money and Banking Studies in Geneva and London. In 1994-1997, Mr Szczurek participated in a joint programme and achieved the title of Bachelor of Arts of University of Warsaw and Columbia University in the City of New York, School of International and Public Affairs.

In 1997, he became Master of Arts in international economy, University of Sussex.

Since 2011, Mr Szczurek was chief economist of ING Group for Central and Eastern Europe. In 1997-2011, he was Economist at ING Barings, and then Chief Economist at ING Bank Śląski.

Lecturer of economics at Warsaw School of Economics, University of Sussex and Goethe Business School (Frankfurt).

In 2003-2005, co-founder and President of the British Alumni Society in Poland. Member of the Polish Economists’ Society.

He is married and has 5 children.

Titbit: He is passionate photographer and cyclist (during the last several years, he made 30,000 kilometres, including in Rwanda, Central Asia and the Andes).

Rafał Trzaskowski - Minister of Administration and Digitisation

Born on 17 January 1972 in Warsaw. Since 2009, Member of the European Parliament.

In 2004, Mr Trzaskowski has obtained his PhD from the Institute of International Relations, Faculty of Journalism and Political Sciences, University of Warsaw. In 1991-1996, he also studied at the Faculty of English Studies at that university.

In 2002 he was granted scholarship at the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris, and in 1996 – at University of Oxford. Mr Trzaskowski also received his education in the United States (Cranbrook-Kingswood High School) and in Australia (Marcellin College, Sydney).

In 2000-2001, he worked as adviser to the Secretary of the Committee for European Integration at the Office of the Committee for European Integration. From 2004 to 2009, he advised to the President of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the Delegation of the Civic Platform to the European Parliament.

Academic teacher, including at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw and at National School of Public Administration. For many years, he was also analyst at the Natolin European Centre.

He speaks five languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian and Italian.

Privately, he is a happy husband and father to Ola and Staś.