Jan Borkowski

A Polish scholar with nearly 30-years’ experience in public administration, politics and diplomacy, and an expert in economics, european integration and international relations.

Graduated with a Masters in Economics from Radom University of Technology and subsequently completed a PhD in Agricultral Economics at Warsaw Agricultural University in 1986. He was Associate Professor including at Radom University of Technology, Siedlce University of Natural Sciences & Humanities, and Warsaw University’s Centre for Europe. He has edited several books and is an author of some 50 scholarly publications and articles on European integration.

Shortly after the fall of communism, in 1990 he was appointed Deputy Voivod of Siedlce Province, and three years later was elected to the Sejm (Polish Parliament). In the Sejm, he was Chair of the Europe Agreement Committee and Co-Chair of the Poland-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee, which together laid the groundwork for Poland’s accession to the European Union, before being appointed Under-Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1996-1997. He returned to the same Ministry in 2007 as Secretary of State for almost five years, before being nominated as ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 2012. During a five-year posting in the Hague, he was accredited as the Polish Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.