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AIESEC Peacebuilder

70th Anniversary Edition

Andrzej Voigt

Cross of Freedom and Solidarity Recipient | Poland

AIESEC Experience:

Andrzej stared his leadership journey in AIESEC in Gdansk in 1987 and started his role to deliver the Baltic International Seminar. He then became the Local Committee President of AIESEC in Gdansk from 1988-1989, where he delivered 65 trainee experiences, the highest number in that entity at that time. He continued on as the National President of AIESEC in Poland in 1989-1990 and hosted Eurocongress 1990 while delivering more than 300 trainee experiences. He then became a delegate as part of the team that helped create AIESEC in the USSR in 1990. He has continued his passion for AIESEC through his roles as a member of AIESEC in Poland’s Board of Advisors, co-founder of AIESEC Alumni Poland, and now as the Vice-President of AIESEC Alumni Poland.

Contributions to AIESEC’s Vision of Peace and Fulfillment of Humankinds Potential:

Through AIESEC, Andrzej was active in building a free society. After the end of communist rule in Poland, he was active within the national government, promoting free market and democracy solutions in various new Ministry institutions. He helped create new corporations from state giants in an evolutionary way during the time of hyperinflation and the decline of the USSR and Common Market of Communist Europe (RWPG). He strongly supported the Solidarity Movement and worked closely with President Lech Walesa for many years. In 2016, Andrzej was recognized by the President of Poland with the Cross of Solidarity and Peace, awarded to individuals who were part of the democratic opposition under Polish communist rule. Recently in April 2018. he was also bestowed the Honorary Award for Anti-Communist Activity, given by the State Board for Anti-Communism Activists and Victims of Totalitarian System.

Biography:

From 1988-93, Andrzej co-founded the National Society Liberal Congress in Poland alongside Donald Tusk, the current President of the European Council. In 1990, he became a Member of the Advisory Board for the Ministry of Industry in Poland and supported the preparation of new fee market regulations in the country. From 1991-93, he became a Director in the Ministry for Privatization and was responsible for the restructuring and privatization of hundreds of state controlled companies into corporations. From 1992-95, Andrzej became the Plenipotentiary of Government for the State Agency for Foreign Investments (PAIZ ) and also as Vice-President, was responsible for new rules in FDI, relations with EU, World Bank, OECD, and regional development agencies to promote free market economy in Poland. In 1996-2001, he was the head of the Economic Think Tank under Polish President Lech Walesa. Currently, he is a strategy expert for international corporations and Governments.

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