In the midst of the
biggest economic turmoil raging across
virtually all the world’s financial markets, Consul
General Krzysztof W. Kasprzyk, The Republic of
New York offered a unique opportunity to hear Professor
Leszak Balcerowicz’s insightful analysis of the
impact of the
current crisis on the emerging economies, how
differed and what impact this crisis was having in the
Prof. Balcerowicz shared his opinions with some of
most influential economic scholars, business people and
diplomats. Professor Balcerowicz, currently with the
Warsaw School of Economics, former Deputy Prime
Minister and Mister of Finance and President of the
of Poland was the architect of Poland’s economic reforms
in 1989 at the time of the collapse of Communism.
No surprise that the
audience was filled with American
businessmen and women from AIG, UBS, Goldman Sachs,
Moody’s and more. Among those participating in the
informative Q & A session that followed were Asaf
Buchner (UBS), Ashwini Gupta (American
Express), Helmut Kratky (UniCredit),
(AIG), Jonathan Schiffer (Moody’s), William
(Omnicom Group, Inc.); Barbara Katz (CUNY),
(CUNY). They were all literally hanging on every
the financial guru.
Certainly none were
more attentive than the group from St. John’s
University of which Professor Balcerowicz is an alumnus.
Applauding their famed former graduate were John P.
Chairman of the Department of Law; professors of
Ivan Abel, Young Back Choi, Joyce Furfero, Igor M.
and Gary Andreassen another St.John’s alum.