Marek Matraszek

POLAND, CEC GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Marek Matraszek is a member of the IGP global team, as well as founding partner of CEC Government Relations, an independent public affairs agency with wholly-owned offices in Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava, and Budapest. Marek specializes in designing and implementing strategic communications and lobbying campaigns for major U.S., U.K. and European multinationals in Poland, advising on their political strategy in the Central European region as a whole. Although his experience extends across various industrial sectors, he has special expertise in defense, aviation and energy, and currently advises Lockheed Martin and a number of other Western defense companies in Poland.

Marek moved to Poland in 1990 as a freelance political consultant, and worked closely with both the British Conservative Party and the U.S. Republican Party in assisting their activities in Central Europe. In 1992 he was appointed to represent the Margaret Thatcher Foundation in the region, and today represents Conservatives Abroad in Poland.

In addition, Marek has written widely on Polish and international affairs for publications such as Poland Monthly, Warsaw Business Journal, The Spectator, and Wall Street Journal Europe, and has published a study of the Polish political scene titled The Politics of Restoration. He is a regular commentator on Polish politics for Polish Radio, the BBC, CNN, CNBC, and Al-Jazeera television. He is also an active blogger on strategic defense, energy and political issues in Central Europe at www.fromthefront.net.

Born in the U.K., Marek speaks English and Polish fluently and holds a philosophy, politics and economics degree from Magdalen College, Oxford, as well as a master’s degree in Russian and Eastern European studies, also from Oxford.