H.E. Wojciech Ponikiewski
Wojciech Ponikiewski is a Polish diplomat. He was born in 1963 in Rabat, Morocco. He got a post-graduate diploma in Development Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. He also got a s degree in Economics of the European Integration from the European University Center in Nancy, France and master's degree in Economics from the Poznan Academy of Economics. Soon after the collapse of the communist regime in Poland, he joined Polish Foreign Service.
Between 1990 and 1995, he worked as the third, then second secretary at Representation of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations in New York. He mainly dealt with economic issues and environmental protection as well as the issues connected to the conflict in the Balkans in the Security Council. Between 1995 and 1997, he was an expert at the UN, including the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in New York and Nairobi. Since 1997, he was a Counselor at the United Nations Department of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On behalf of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was the Chief Negotiator of the Kyoto Protocol. In 1998, he became the Director of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs responsible for cooperating with UN agencies in the economic and social fields and for preparing the foundations of the Polish development assistance system.
Between 2001 and 2007, he was a Minister Plenipotentiary at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Rome and Head of the Political Department of the Embassy. From October 2010 to January 2015 he served as the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Italy, Republic of San Marino and Malta. Currently, he is the Deputy Head of the Department for Economic Cooperation at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.