Mateusz Szczurek

Mateusz Szczurek
Minister of Finance
In office
27 November 2013  16 November 2015
Prime Minister Donald Tusk
Ewa Kopacz
Preceded by Jacek Rostowski
Succeeded by Paweł Szałamacha
Personal details
Born (1975-08-11) 11 August 1975
Warsaw, Poland
Political party Civic Platform
Alma mater University of Warsaw
Columbia University
University of Sussex

Mateusz Szczurek (born August 11, 1975, Warsaw, Poland) is a Polish economist and politician. He was the Polish Minister of Finance in the governments of successive prime ministers Donald Tusk and Ewa Kopacz from 2013 to 2015.[1][2]


Szczurek studied at the University of Warsaw and University of Sussex where in 1998 he obtained a master's degree, and in 2005 a PhD. He wrote his Masters thesis on "Chaos and non-linearity in Foreign Exchange Markets."[3]


In 1997 Szczurek was economist in ING Bank. In 2011 he became the Chief Economist of ING Group for Central Europe and Eastern Europe. He was chief (2003-2005) and co-founder Towarzystwo Absolwentów Uniwersytetów Brytyjskich (Alumni Association of British Universities). He is a member of Association of Polish Economists. On November 27, 2013 the President of Poland appointed him as Minister of Finance. He was named European Finance Minister of the Year in January 2015 by The Banker magazine.,[4] and Finance Minister of the Year Central & Eastern Europe 2014 by Emerging Markets magazine.[5]

During his time in office, Szuczurek phased out Poland’s flexible credit line (FCL) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).[6] In 2015, he announced that Polish state development bank BGK and its investment vehicle PIR would invest up to 8 billion euros ($8.5 billion) in projects linked to the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI).[7]

Since leaving office, Szuczurek has been teaching public finance and international economics at University of Warsaw. He also serves as Associate Director, Lead Regional Economist in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), monitoring structural reforms and policy dialogue in Central Europe and the Baltics region. In October 2016, he was appointed to the five-member European Fiscal Board, an independent advisory board of the European Commission on fiscal matters.[8]

Personal life

Szczurek has five children.[9]


Political offices
Preceded by
Jacek Rostowski
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Paweł Szałamacha

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