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Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz Honorary Citizen of Warsaw

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Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz 

Honorary Citizen of Warsaw since 9th June 2022


Economist, doctor of law, politician. She was born in Warsaw. She is a daughter of an insurgent who took part in the Warsaw Uprising. In 1980, she co-created the structures of NSZZ "Solidarność" at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw. 

After the parliamentary elections of 1989, she held the position of an expert on administration, economy and banking law for both chambers of the parliament. In 1992 she was elected a president of the National Bank of Poland and held this position for the next 8 years, reinforcing the independence of the central bank, increasing the development rate of the banking sector and created solutions allowing for a transparent licensing policy. During her second term as a president of NBP she has been appointed a Vice-President of the European Bank of Restoration and Development in London. In 2005, after the returning to Poland, she earned a seat in the Sejm, the lower chamber of the Polish Parliament. She also held a position of a president of the State Treasury Commission. 

In 2006 she has been elected a mayor of Warsaw and held this position for two consecutive terms. During her tenure, the city experienced a dramatic development of the city transport with the opening of the second line of the underground railway and an extension of the existing one, modernization of the public transport network, opening of the Maria Skłodowska Curie Bridge, one of the most important routes over the Vistula river, refurbishment of the embankment, launch of the Venturilo bike rental network and the opening of POLIN Museum of Polish Jews and Copernicus Science Centre.  In the years 2012-2014 Mrs. Gronkiewicz-Waltz held the position of the president of EUROCITIES, an organization of over 140 largest cities. She finished her last term as a Mayor of Warsaw in 2018. According to the IBRIS public opinion poll shortly after indicated that her tenure has been evaluated positively by over 60% of Warsaw residents. 

Since 2000 she has been holding a position of a Professor at the Warsaw University, where she is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law and Administration. In 2013 she received a title of a Full Professor of the Law Sciences from President of Poland. She is also an author of several dozen academic papers, books and monographies.

For Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Warsaw has always held a special meaning, in large part thanks to her father, who fought in the Warsaw Uprising and passed the respect towards this event to his daughter. 

Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz is a laureate of many prestigious awards, both domestic and international. American financial monthly ‘Global Finance’ named her one of the best presidents of the central banks in the world on four different occassions.

(Photo: Fryderyk M. Nowak for the Office of the City of Warsaw).