Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the United States
Ambassador Piotr Wilczek was born on April 26, 1962. He arrived in Washington as Ambassador-Designate on November 6, 2016 and was accredited by President Barack Obama on January 18, 2017. Before his diplomatic appointment to the U.S., he was a professor at the University of Warsaw and a Representative in Poland for the New York-based Kosciuszko Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educational, cultural, and artistic exchange between the United States and Poland. He also served as President of the Foundation’s affiliate in Warsaw. An international scholar active in Europe and the United States, he has been a fierce proponent of liberal arts education, which breaks the existing barriers between narrow fields of specialization traditionally favored in continental Europe. From 1998 to 2001, he taught at Rice University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Chicago as a visiting professor. In May 2017, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Cleveland State University.