Jacek Olgierd Kurski, a Polish national, politician, economist, and journalist, joined the World Bank Group as Alternate Executive Director in December 2022.
Prior to joining the WBG, Mr. Kurski spent nearly 7 years as the CEO of Poland’s public broadcaster - Telewizja Polska. Previously he served as deputy Minister of Culture and National Heritage in the Polish Government and was responsible for the supervision of the protection of Copyright and Press Law. Between 2009-2014 he represented Poland as a Member of the European Parliament, where he worked in the Committee on Regional Development (REGI) & Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO).
Mr. Kurski was elected twice (2005 and 2007) as a representative to the Polish parliament (Sejm) in the constituency of Gdańsk as a member of the Law and Justice party - served i.a. as the Deputy Chairman of the State Treasury Committee, a member of the Culture and Media Committee, as well as a member of the Investigative Committee. At the local level, Mr. Kurski was the deputy Marshall of the Pomerania Voivodship for the term of 1998-2001. During that time he was in charge of the economy, infrastructure, sport, and tourism. During the term of 2002-2005, he was the Vice Chairman of the local parliament (Sejmik), a member of the Budget and Finance Committee, and the Deputy Chairman of the supervisory board for the local environmental protection fund.
Mr. Kurski is an economist and graduate of International Trade at the University of Gdańsk. As a popular journalist in 1990, he was i.a. the author of the documentary bestseller movie Nocna Zmiana (over 10 million viewers) and the co-author of the bestselling book Lewy Czerwcowy (over 200 000 copies sold). In his youth in 1980, Mr. Kurski was an activist of underground Solidarity and a participant in Gdańsk shipyard strikes. He is married and has four children.