Ryszard Bugaj – Advisor to the President
Born on 22 February 1944 in Gawłowo.
In 1971 Ryszard Bugaj graduated from the Political Economy faculty of the University of Warsaw. From 1970 he had worked at Instytut Budownictwa (Civil Engineering Institute), and from 1973 at Instytut Planowania and Komisja Planowania (Institute of Planning and Planning Commission). Afterwards, from 1982 he worked at Instytut Nauk Ekonomicznych PAN (Institute of Economic Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences). In 1989 he became a doctor of economics and then defended his habilitation dissertation.
In 1968 he took part in student protests against the discontinuation of the Dziady theatrical performance. In 1980 he joined the Solidarność (Solidarity) movement, and, as a consequence, he was detained during the period of martial law. He participated in the Round Table negotiations in the team involved in economic and social policies as well as co-chairing the working team for local governments and forms of ownership.
In 1989-1997 he was a Member of the Sejm, in 1990 he became a co-founder and chairman of Rada Stowarzyszenia Solidarność Pracy (Council of the Labour Solidarity Association), and in 1992-1998 a founding member and chairman of Unia Pracy (Labour Union party). He is the chairman of Stowarzyszenie Studiów i Inicjatyw Społecznych (Association for Social Studies and Initiatives) and an independent journalist. Since November 2008 he has been an adviser to the President of the National Bank of Poland.
On 3 May 2007 he was awarded the Commodore’s Cross with the Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta by the President of the Republic of Poland.