Jaroslaw Pietras is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
Prior to this he served as Director General in the Council of the European Union from 2008 to 2020 (covering issues of Climate Change, Environment, Energy, Transport, Telecom, Education, Culture, Audiovisual, Youth and Sport). His professional career started in 1980 at the University of Warsaw Faculty of Economics, teaching international economy and trade policy. After 1990, he worked for consecutive Polish Governments, serving as Secretary of State in Ministry of Finance, Secretary of State for Europe and Head of the Office of the Committee for European Integration.
He obtained his PhD in Economics in 1986 at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Warsaw. He is also author of a number of publications on EU and trade issues. He was a Fulbright Foundation scholar at Duke University in North Carolina, USA, a board member of the Bruegel think-tank devoted to international economics in Brussels, and ACE Programme scholar at the Center for European Policy Studies in Brussels. He is also a Fellow Practitioner at the Sussex European Institute of the University of Sussex.