Former President of Poland; Director, Burisma Group

President Aleksander Kwaśniewski served as the president of the Republic of Poland from 1995 to 2005. President Kwaśniewski began his political careers in the 1980s as the minister for Sport. Following the fall of the Communist government in Poland, he became a leader of the Social Democracy of the Republic of Poland and a co-founder of the Democratic Left Alliance. During this time, he participated in the negotiations that transitioned Poland from communism to democracy and co-authored the new democratic Constitution of Poland. He is a longtime advocate of Poland’s membership in both NATO and the European Union, and it was under his leadership that Poland joined NATO in 1999 became a member of the European Union in 2004. President Kwaśniewski continues to be an active supporter of further alliance enlargement under the "open door" policy. He is also a longstanding support of Ukraine’s independence and sovereignty, and until 2013, co-lead the European Parliament monitoring mission in Ukraine. In March 2006, President Kwaśniewski was appointed Distinguished Scholar in the Practice of Global Leadership at Georgetown University, where, as a visiting faculty member, he taught students in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service about contemporary European politics, the trans-Atlantic relationship and democratization in Central and Eastern Europe. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, member of the Atlantic Council, member of the Bilderberg Group, head of the Supervisory Board of the Amicus Europae Foundation in Warsaw and International Center for Political Studies in Kiev, head of the International Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation, and head of the Board of Yalta European Strategy

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