Prof. Marcin Piatkowski 

Senior Economist at the World Bank and Associate Professor at Kozminski University in Warsaw 

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Marcin Piatkowski Senior Economist at the World Bank

I am a Senior Economist at the World Bank, where I work with the governments around the world to improve the business environment, promote innovation and support green development. I am also an Associate Professor at Kozminski University in Warsaw, the highest ranked business school in Central and Eastern Europe. I wrote a book on “Europe’s Growth Champion: Insights from the Economic Rise of Poland”, Oxford University Press 2018, which the Book Authority included among the “Best New Economic Development Books to Read in 2019”. Financial Times reviewed it. The book was also selected as the “Best Book in Economics in 2019” by the Polish Academy of Sciences and “The Best Book in Economic Education in 2020” in a contest sponsored by the National Bank of Poland. The book has been endorsed by Daron Acemoglu, Olivier Blanchard, Dani Rodrik, Justin Yifu Lin, Branko Milanovic, Grzegorz W. Kolodko and others. The Polish edition of the book was published in 2019. The Chinese edition will be published in2022.
Prior to joining the World Bank in 2008, I was Chief Economist and Managing Director of PKO BP, the largest bank in Central and Eastern Europe, economist in the European Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Advisor to IMF's Executive Director. I also served as Advisor to Poland's Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance. At the start of my career, I worked in Corporate Banking in Citibank Poland and Citigroup USA.

I hold a Ph.D. and habilitation in Economics from Kozminski University and M.A. in Finance and Banking summa cum laude from the Warsaw School of Economics. I was a visiting scholar at Harvard University, London Business School and the OECD Development Centre.

I founded the “Save on Travel to Help the Poor” initiative, which encourages international firms and institutions to switch air travel from business to economy class and use the savings to fight poverty.
In my free time, I enjoy running marathons, participating in triathlons, playing (European) football, reading on global history and dancing. 
I tweet at @mmpiatkowski

Senior Economist at the World Bank

author of „Europe’s Growth Champion”

Oxford University Press

Professor at Kozminski University 
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