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"The Road to Now" – such is the title of a new book (in Polish) by Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, published by Prószyński i S-ka. The book (312 pp.) takes the form of conversation between the Director of TIGER and Professor Pawel Kozlowski. The publisher advertises the book in the following words: „The road to now. The personal and the Polish. The book encourages the reader to reflect on his country, the reality around, and on himself. Author with gusto and courage, with objectivity and logic shows how in his presence, and later with his participation, the policy has been taking shape making an influence on our fate. And the politics always has its lobbies where many people scrolls...”

Professor G. W. Kolodko’s book „Truth, Errors, and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World”, was nominated for the Michael Harrington Award for outstanding book that demonstrates how scholarship can be used in the struggle for a better world, is now published in paperback edition. It’s also available as e-book.

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Scientific Publishing SCHOLAR publishes extensive work (1 279 pages) under the title "Grzegorz W. Kolodko and Quarter-century of Transformation" (in Polish), edited by Professors Pawel Kozlowski of the University of Warsaw and Marcin Wojtysiak-Kotlarski of the Warsaw School of Economics. They write in the Introduction of the book: "The independence of thinking is one of the reasons why Grzegorz W. Kolodko becomes for many members of the younger generation, not only economists, a clear reference point on their way to develop cognitive passion. It is on the one hand the authority, on the other hand the challenge. His book on the changing world in the era of globalization and the political economy of the future is mandatory reading for those who wish to expand their horizons of knowledge  about the present, while being concern about the fate of the next generations. "

November 20, 2014 – January 31, 2015
You are cordially invited to see the exposition of photographs by Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko. Following the exhibitions “The World As It Is…”, “The Neighbors”, and “Let’s Pray”, the time has come to show 35 pictures from over 30 countries. The exhibition is called “The Next Generation” and the opening night, with the participation of Mrs. Elzbieta Dzikowska and the author, occurs on Thursday, November 20th, at 6 p.m. in Atrium of Kozminski University, Warsaw, 57/59 Jagiellonska Street.  Don’t miss it!

December 17, 2014, 16.30, room B5
Marcin Najbar, entrepreneur and Ph.D. Student in the Kozminski University (link to bio), will present his work “Analysis of the debt crisis solutions in Greece”, including following issues:

  • Decision makers and institutions during debt crisis in Greece.
  • Potential solutions of the Greece debt crisis in May 2010
  • Problems with reaching the optimal decision.

December 13, 2014, 10 a.m.
“International Sanctions – economic and political consequences”, such is the title of lecture delivered by Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko for the students of 11th edition of the Young Diplomats Academy. The meeting – for the registered participants – takes place at the venue of KSAP in Warsaw, 56 Wawelska Street. 

November 2014
The 132. number of TIGER Working Papers have been published: Post – crisis monetary policy and social cohesion by Jacek Tomkiewicz.
We encourage to read this interesting paper!

November 27-28, 2014
TIGER hosts the conference on “Innovations and emerging technologies for the prosperity and quality of life”. The aim of the conference is to provide an opportunity for the experts from different fields (economics, science&engineering, business and public administration) to discuss firstly, the role of innovations and emerging technologies in building economic prosperity and quality of life in Poland and the EU, and secondly point to the major present and future challenges related to the national and regional innovation strategies as well as the Europe 2020 Strategy.

November 24-25, 2014
Professor G. W. Kolodko, the Director of TIGER, presents a keynote lecture on “The New Pragmatism” and takes a part in panel and round-table debates at the International Financial and Economic Forum on “Russian Economic Policy in the Presence of Global Turbulence”. The conference is organized by the Financial University in Moscow. Professor Kolodko has the title of Doctor Honoris Cause of the Financial University.

November 24, 2014
Following The Fryderyk Skarbek Award granted by the Polish Academy of Sciences for the book "Whither the World: The Political Economy of the Future" (vol. I  & vol. II ), Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko has received THE AWARD OF MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND HIGHER EDUCATION FOR OUTSTANDING SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENTS in the category of research for economic development for the book “Whither the World: The Political Economy of the Future” (vol. I  & vol. II ). It should be mentioned that the book “Truth, Errors, and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World” was nominated for the Michael Harrington Award „for an outstanding book that demonstrates how scholarship can be used in the struggle for a better world.”

November 10-12, 2014
Within the program of faculty exchange, Dr Jacek Tomkiewicz visits Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration in Latvia to deliver series of lectures on contemporary economics.

October  2014
Next number of TIGER Working Papers have been published: The Warsaw Consensus: The New European Growth Model by Marcin Piątkowski. We encourage to read this interesting paper!

October 29, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Jerzy Toborowicz, Ph.D. Student in the Kozminski University, consultant in the World Bank and VP in the Youth Reforms Poland Initiative ( will present a report written by young economists on the last 25 years of economic transition in Poland and the future directions for the Polish economy. He will also talk about how the report gave rise to a new movement of young people committed to changing Poland.

October 23, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
The event organized within the series of debates known as "The Thursday at the Economists”, hosted by the Polish Economic Society, PTE, is dedicated to the discussion of the book "The Road to Now”, in which Professor Kolodko discusses with Professor Pawel Kozłowski of the University of Warsaw the issues of the economy and economics, society and politics, Poland and the world. The meeting, open to all interested, led by Professor Elzbieta Maczynska, the President of PTE, is held in the Warsaw “Dom Ekonomisty” at 49, Nowy Swiat.

October 22, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
„Professor Kolodko and a Quarter of Century of Transformation” – such is the title of the debate organized within the framework of the Kozminski University Interdisciplinary Seminar. The discussion, in which participate professors Pawel Kozlowski, Ewa Letowska and Elzbieta Maczynska, is moderated by Professor Adam Noga. Professor Kolodko concludes the seminar. The event takes place in the KU Senate room. 

October 14, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
During the author's meeting, which takes palce in the Warsaw’s EMPiK Junior, at Marszalkowska Street (vis-a-vis the Palace of Culture and Science), Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko presents his new book (in Polish) called “Droga do teraz” ("The Road to Now")  (,71473). The event is moderated by Jacek Zakowski of “Polityka” weekly. It is also the first opportunity to obtain a book with personal dedication. Your are welcome to join the evening!

September 29, 2014
Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko has been awarded the Badge of Honour "FOR MERIT FOR BANKING OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND". Distinction was presented by the President of the National Bank Polish , Professor Marek Belka.

September 29, 2014
During the opening ceremony of the academic year 2014/15 the Minister of Science and Higher Education Professor Lena Kolarska -Bobinska has awarded Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko the National Education Committee Medal for outstanding contributions to education.

October 7, 2014, 12:00 p.m.
At the first after summer brake meeting of the Economic Sciences Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences Professor G. W. Kolodko presents a lecture on “A Quarter of Systemic Transformation: Theory and Practice”.

September 29, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
The new academic year 2014/15 in the Kozminski University starts with inaugural lecture on “A Quarter of Century of Transformation: Could It Be Better? Will It Be Better?” by Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, Director of TIGER. This is already 22nd academic year at our university.

September 2-7, 2014
Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko participates in the 24th Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdroj (September 2-4). Immediately after the Forum the Director of TIGER attends the Running Festival during which he presents a public lecture called “Running Through the World” and signs his books on the world issues. 

June 16, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
The Chair of Finance at Kozminski University hosts a conference on „Purposefulness and Efficiency of Public Spending”. The debate starts with a panel discussion introduced by Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko comments on “Public Finance – Economic Growth – Social Cohesion”.

June 9, 2014, 12:20 p.m.
At the 7th Krakow Conference, which occurs on June 8-10 under the lead „The Future of Freedom: The National, Regional, and International Dimension”, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko presents a keynote lecture on “Democracy and Development”. The TIGER’s Director speech introduces to the panel debate moderated by editor-in-chief of daily “Rzeczpospolita”, Boguslaw Chrabota. In panel participate Marek Borowski, member of the Poland’s Senate, Igor Chalupiec, Chairman of the Board of ICENTIS Corporate Solutions S.K.A., Dr. Tomasz G. Grosse, Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw, Professor Elzbieta Maczynska, President of Polish Economic Association, and Professor Witold Orlowski, Member of Economic Council at the Prime Minister Chancellery. The conference takes place in the Galery of Polish XIXth Century Art in Sukiennice, at the Market Square. 

June 6, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
At the invitation of the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, WIIWProfessor Grzegorz W. Kołodko presents a seminar on "Quarter of a Century of Post-socialist Transformation and What Next?". The event takes place in Vienna, at the premises of the WIIW, Rahlgasse 3, 6 Bezirk.

June 2, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Warsaw School of Economics invites for the public lecture by Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko on “A Quarter of Century of Transformation and What Next?” The event takes place in Aula I at the building on 128, Niepodleglosci Avenue (corner with Madalinskiego Street).

May 2014
Nova Science Publisher, New York, has released a book on „Management and Economic Policy for Development”, edited by Professor G.W. Kolodko. The volume presents the results of the conference held last October on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Kozminski University.

May 31, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko present special address to the members of Scientific Council and the MBA students of International Management Institute, MIM-Kyiv, on “Whither the World: the Political Economy of the Future", on the occasion of conferment of Doctorate Honoris Causa.

May 30, 2014, 11:30 a.m.
Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko delivers in Kyiv keynote lecture on "What Ukraine Can Learn from the Polish Successful Transformation?" at the International Forum 2014 "Ukraine: Facing the Future". The event is hosted by the International Management Institute, MIM.

May 21-24, 2014
Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko presents a paper on “Новый прагматизм – экономика u пoлитикa будущего” (“New Pragmatism – Economics and Politics for the Future”) at the 4th International Nobel Economic Congress “The World Economy in XXI Century: Cycles and Crises” held at the Alfred Nobel University in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. This year event subject’s is “Economic Sciences and Policies: Dialectics of Mutual Relationship”.

May 22, 2014
In appreciation of distinguished achievements in the theory and practice of systemic transformation and the word economy development Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko has been awarded the title of Honorary Professor of the Alfred Nobel University in Dnepropetrovsk.

May 15, 2014, 11:00
Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko presents a keynote lecture on „In Quest for a Better Future: The New Pragmatism” at the conference  „Leadership, Education, Innovation” which, on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of Fulbright Program in Poland, is organized by the Foundation of Polish-American Fulbright Commission jointly with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the USA Embassy in Poland. Professor Kolodko was Senior Fulbright Fellow in 1985-86. The conference takes place at the Auditorium Maximum of Warsaw University at Krakowskie Przedmieście Street. .

May 14, 2014, 10:00
At the invitation of Jan Gagacki, Director of the Centre of Polish Sculpture in OronskoProfessor Grzegorz W. Kolodko presents lecture on “Sustainable Development at the Era of Globalization” at the international conference  on sustainable development and local identity.

May 14, 2014, 15.00, room B5
Dr Marcin Kilanowski, Director of Academic Entrepreneurship Incubator and Assistant Professor of Law at the Nicolas Copernicus University in Torun, will speak on „The Role of Experts in Global Governance - A Critical Approach"

May 8, 2014, 10 a.m.
25 years have passed since the memorable 1989 year, which accelerated and steered political changes firstly in Poland and soon afterwards in other parts of the world. Because of this occasion the TIGER is organizing an academic conference, “Quarter of the Century of Transformation and What is Next?”


April 30, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
Ten years ago, on May 1st, 2004, Poland joined the European Union. This historical act was possible due to the great systemic changes, which had been successfully concluded during 2002-03, when Professor G.W. Kolodko was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and Chairman of Economic Committee of the SLD-PSL coalition government. On the eve of anniversary of this event  Professor Kolodko addresses the special session of Polish Parliament and presents a lecture on the process of Poland’s integration with the EU.   

April 29, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
Polish Economic Society, PTE, is organizing a special seminar, open to all concerned, on “A quarter-century of post-socialist transformation". Introduction to the discussion is made by Professor Elzbieta Maczynska, President of PTE, Professor Pawel Kozlowski of the University of Warsaw and Professor Marcin Wojtysiak-Kotlarski from Warsawa School of Economics, SGH. Professor G.W. Kolodko summarizes the discussion. During the seminar the book on "Grzegorz W. Kolodko and Quarter of a Century of Transformation", edited by Professors Kozlowski and Wojtysiak-Kotlarski will be presented. The meeting occurs at the headquarters of PTE in Warsaw, at 49, Nowy Swiat.

April 28, 2014
The TIGER Director, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, has received delegation of the World Bank, paying a working visit to Warsaw. The delegation was lead by Professor Kaushik Basu, Senior Vice President for Development Economics and World Bank Chief Economist.

April 13, 2014
Professor G. W. Kołodko has run for the 42nd time the distance of over 42 kilometers (26,1 miles)! This time in 4:45.59 he’s run Orlen Warsaw Marathon. It’s worth to mention that the TIGER Director has initiated the Kozminski Marathon Club and as many as five persons for our university – including three researchers form TIGER, since dr. Jacek Tomkiewicz and dr. Marcin Piatkowski – have reached the finish line at the National Stadium. Congratulations!

April 12, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
On the celebration of the Greek Presidency of the European Union, which occurs during to the first half of the year, Professor G. W. Kolodko presents a lecture entitled "The Greek Crisis, European Problem, and Our future". The event takes place in the Chojnata Palace in Biala Rawska.

April 9, 2014, 4:30 pm
Dr Dawid Sześciło from Warsaw University will deliver a TIGER seminar on "The insights from the theory and practice of new public management for introducing private markets to public services".

April 7, 2014, 12:00 p.m
Journal "Think Tank" organizes a conference on „25 years of Polish transformation” and on this occasion has invited Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko – a participant of the Round Table negotiations, member of the Economic Council of Council of Ministers in 1989-91, and deputy prime minister and minister of finance in four governments in 1994-97 and 2002-03 – to contribute to panel debate, in which, among others, also participate professors Marek Belka and Witold Orlowski.

April 5, 2014
Exactly 25 years ago – on April 5th, 1989 – after two months of negotiations, the Polish Round Table agreement was signed. This historical event, in which Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, at that time the Director of Research Institute of Finance, had taken a part too, had a fundamental meaning for the dynamics and direction of the systemic changes in our part of the world.

April 2, 2014
Dr Małgorzata Runiewicz-Wardyn presents a lecture on “The Knowledge Flows, Dynamic Externalities and Technological Change in the EU Regions” in The International Centre for Innovation, Technology and Education Studies (iCite) of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management of Université Libre de Bruxelles.

March 26, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
As in the last year, Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko again takes a part in the Moscow Economic Forum on "НЕСЫРЬЕВОЕ БУДУЩЕЕ РОССИИ". Together with some distinguished scholars and politicians the TIGER Director participates in the plenary session (in Russian) on «Перспективы реиндустриализации мировой экономики. Новая промышленная политика против экономического застоя». The event takes place in Moscow, at 27, Lomonosovsky Prospekt, korpus 4.

March 19, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
We are hosting at our University H.E. Pierre Buhler, the ambassador of France to Poland, with a lecture on "The French Vision of Europe". You are welcome to join us. The event takes place at room D200.

March 18, 2014
Dr. Runiewicz-Wardyn participates in the workshop on "Regions, industry and advanced manufacturing", organized by The Regional Innovation Monitor Plus Partners (Technopolis Group, ERRIN, Fraunhofer ISI and UNU-MERIT) in the headquarters of the Greater Birmingham West Midlands Brussels Office in Brussels.

March 12, 2014, 9:50 a.m.
Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko
speaks on “Global and regional macro-economic forecasts” at “Azerbaijan Investment Summit: 2020 and beyond - accelerating economic development”, organized by “The Economist” in Baku, Azerbaijan. The speech by TIGER’s Director is followed by a discussion with the Azeri Minister of Finance, Mr. Samir Sharifov. 

March 6, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Polish Institute of International Affairs and the University of Warsaw invite you to participate in a conference to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Polish-Indian diplomatic relations. The conference’s panel discussions include session 2 "Poland and India in the globalized world" with the participation of Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, President of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, and a Director of TIGER, Professor. Grzegorz W. Kolodko. The conference, which opens with a speech by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Radosław Sikorski, is held in the Senate Hall of the University of Warsaw, Kazimierz Palace, first floor, the main campus of the University of Warsaw, 26/28 Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street.

February 4-6, 2014
Together with a group of distinguish intellectuals, scholars, politicians, and businessmen Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko participates in the Euro-Asian Economic Summit which takes place in Istanbul. At the Summit, which is organized by the Marmara Group Strategic and Social Research Foundation, Professor Kolodko speaks on the future of the world economy. It's worth to mention that Professor Kolodko’s book on the world affairs, “Truth, Errors, and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World”, has been published also in the Turkish language: "Gezici Dünya. Geçmişten geleceğe: küresel ekonomi – politik", ODTÜ Yayincilik, Ankara 2011, s. 474 (

January 2014
Only three months has passed since international scientific conference organized by the Director of TIGER on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Kozminski University, and already a special book called “Management and Economic Policy for Development" (in Polish „Zarzadanie i polityka gospodarcza dla rozwoju”, edited by prof. Grzegorz W. Kolodko, has been published (Poltext, Warszawa 2014, p. 488). It opens with a chapter entitled „Behind the Rise and Decline of Grassroots Dynamism” written by the Nobel laureate, Professor Edmund S. Phelps of Columbia University.

January 2014
Next number of TIGER Working Papers have been published: Endogenously Increasing Uncertainties and Governance by Olivér Kovács. We encourage to read this interesting paper!