Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz was born on the 4th of November 1952 in Warsaw.
In 1975, she graduated in Law from the University of Warsaw. The same year, she started working at the University as a research fellow and in 1981 defended her doctoral thesis “The role of an industrial minister in managing state economy”, obtaining a Ph.D. in Law degree. In 1989 she became an expert for the Sejm (the lower chamber of the Polish Parliament) and Senate in administrative, economic and banking law. In 1993 she became an associate professor following the publication of her book “Central Bank – From Planned Economy to Market Economy”.
Between the 6th of March 1992 and the 31st December 2000 she held the position of President of the National Bank of Poland. During her term in office she strengthened the independence of the Central Bank, regulated the banking system and carried out the denomination of the Polish złoty.
Between 2001 and 2005 she was Vice-president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Currently. Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz is also a Professor at Warsaw University and at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, at the Faculty of Law and Administration, as well as Head of the Chair of Administrative Law, Economic Law and Banking Law.
In the years 2005-2006, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz was a Member of the Polish Parliament and the Chairwoman of the State Treasury Commission.
Since June 2006, she has been performing the function of Vice-President of the Civic Platform, the leading Polish political party (member of the EPP).
She has participated in numerous international conferences and is the author of over 40 publications, including textbooks and monographic studies. She has supervised the dissertations of 16 Doctors of Laws.
On the 26th of November 2006, she was elected Mayor of Warsaw.
In November 2007, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz was elected to the Executive Committee of the EUROCITIES. In the following year, she was elected the Secretary of EUROCITIES Executive Committee – a position that was renewed in 2009. In November 2010, she was elected the Vice-President of EUROCITIES, which coincided with her election to the post of Mayor of Warsaw for another 4-year term.
She held her post as Vice-President of EUROCITIES for another one-year term, and finally, in November 2012, she was elected President of EUROCITIES, for 2-year term, which ended in 2014. Since November 2016, she has been the Treasurer of the network.
She repeated her political success once more in 2014, when she won the election for the post of the Mayor of Warsaw for the third time. During her three terms of office, she has increased public confidence, spurred economic growth and fostered innovation, as well as introduced high standards in public procurement regarding social clauses. She is committed to the principals of non-discrimination and equality, while supporting clear, honest and transparent communication with citizens.