Jacek Rostowski, born as Jan Vincent-Rostowski ([ˈjan ˈvint͡sent rosˈtofskʲi] on 30 April 1951 in London) is a Polish and British economist, conservative politician, academic and the former Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland.
Jan Vincent-Rostowski was born into a Polish exile family in London, England. During the Second World War his father, Roman Rostowski, served as personal Secretary to Tomasz Arciszewski, Prime Minister of the Polish government-in-exile and did not return to Poland after the war. In the 1950s, Roman Rostowski worked for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office with postings to Kenya, Mauritius and the Seychelles where Jacek Rostowski spent much of his childhood. Jan's grandfather was Jakub Rothfeld (he left Judaism, adopted Catholicism, changed his surname into Rostowski and regarded himself as a Pole), a professor of neurology at John Casimir University in Lwow.
Jan Vincent-Rostowski attended Westminster School in London, followed by undergraduate and postgraduate studies at University College London (UCL) and the London School of Economics (LSE) in London.1972: Bachelor of Science – International Relations, University College London
1973: Master of Arts – Economy and History, University College London
1975: Master of Science – Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science
Jan Vincent-Rostowski was a lecturer at Kingston University (former Kingston Polytechnic), then from 1988 to 1995 at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. From 1992 to 1995 he also worked concurrently at the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
During this time, together with Ljubo Sirc, Vincent-Rostowski co-edited the academic journal, Communist Economies (later known as Communist Economies & Economic Transformation and Post-Communist Economies).
During the early 1980s he was active (together with his wife Wanda Koscia) in the Polish Solidarity Campaign, a Solidarity support group based in London. From 1989 to 1991 during Poland's great economic transformation following the fall of communism, Vincent-Rostowski was an advisor to the Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Leszek Balcerowicz.
In the early 1990s Vincent-Rostowski also advised the Russian Federation on macroeconomic policy. From 1995 he has been Professor of Economics and was the head of the Department of Economics at the Central European University in Budapest during the periods: 1995–2000 and 2005–2006.
From 1997 to 2000, Vincent-Rostowski was Chairman of the Macro-Economic Policy Council at the Polish Ministry of Finance.
He is one of the co-founders of the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE). He was also a member of the Foundation's Council (he resigned from this post when he was nominated as Minister of Finance).
From 2002 to 2004 he was an Economic Adviser to the National Bank of Poland.
In 2004 Vincent-Rostowski was appointed Economic Adviser to Bank PEKAO SA. He left this post in November 2007.
Vincent-Rostowski joined the Cabinet of Premier Donald Tusk on 16 November 2007, and served as Finance Minister of the Republic of Poland until November 2013. He was named European Finance Minister of the Year in 2009 by The Banker magazine. In November 2012, Rostowski was cited by the Financial Times as the third best finance minister in Europe.
Vincent-Rostowski has published around 40 academic papers on European enlargement, monetary policy, currency policy and the transformation of post communist economies. He is the author of academic books including, Macroeconomic Instability in Post-Communist Countries published by Oxford University Press.
He supports Poland's joining the Euro, but in the wake of the European sovereign debt crisis, he advocates waiting until "the Euro has become safe to join".
He was a member of Britain's Conservative Party. In the beginning of 2010, it was announced that two months prior he has become member of the Civic Platform party (PO). In the wake of the Parliamentary Elections of 2011, he became Member of Parliament, being elected from the list of Civic Platform Party (PO). Jacek Rostowski is married and has two children. He is fluent in Polish, English and French.
Rostowski is a believer in free markets, as well as a fiscal and social conservative. Taking a pro-life stance, he believes that in-vitro fertilisation should be banned; he is against same-sex civil unions, believing that the traditional family is a basis of society; and is against abortion.