Danuta Hübner

 

  Danuta Hübner                                          
European Commissioner for Regional Policy           

 

Prof. Danuta Hübner, Poland's first-ever European Commissioner, is one of her country's foremost economists and policymakers and has played a key role in the enlargement of the EU. In May 2004 Ms. Hübner became member of Romano Prodi's European Commission and in November 2004 Professor Hübner was entrusted with the regional policy portfolio by President José Manuel Durão Barroso.

 

Earlier, during the past decade, her roles in Poland's Government have included Minister for European Affairs (2003-2004), Head of Office of the Committee for European Integration and Secretary of State for Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2001-2003) and Minister Head of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland (1997-1998). In 2000-2001 she was United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva. Born in Nisko, Poland, she studied at the Warsaw School of Economics where she gained an MSc (1971) and a PhD (1974). In 1974 she was a visiting scholar to the University of Sussex's Centre for European Studies.

 

In 1988-1990 Ms. Hübner was a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley where she was invited as a Fulbright scholar. Later, upon her return to Poland, from 1991-1994 she was the deputy director of the Institute for Development and Strategic Studies in Warsaw. In 1992 she was conferred with the scientific title of Professor of Economics by the President of the Republic of Poland. Her extraprofessional activities currently include, inter alia, being a member of the Commission on Growth and Development under the auspices of the World Bank, a member of the board of directors of the London-based Policy Network and Communications Ltd, member of the Advisory Board of the Berlin-based Global Public Policy Institute.