CEC Poland is headed by CEC’s Founding Partner Marek Matraszek, working together with a team of Polish nationals. Marek was born in the UK in 1962, and studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1984. Following a year in Poland teaching at the Catholic University of Lublin, he returned to Oxford to obtain a Master’s degree in Russian and East European Studies in 1987. He then continued his studies at Oxford, reading for a doctoral dissertation.
Marek moved to Poland in 1990 as a freelance political consultant, and worked closely with both the British Conservative Party and the US 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.
Marek specialises in designing and implementing strategic communications and lobbying campaigns for major US, UK and European multinationals in Poland, and advising on their political strategy in the Central European region as a whole. Although his experience stretches across most industrial sectors, he has a special expertise in defence, aviation and energy, and currently advises Lockheed Martin, and a number of other Western defence companies, in Poland.
Marek has also 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, 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 an active blogger on strategic defence, energy and political issues in Central Europe, at www.fromthefront.net.
A UK citizen, he speaks Polish fluently.