Leszek Balcerowicz, former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Poland, will receive the 2014 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty, a biennial award presented by Cato Institute to an individual for achievement in promoting freedom and individual liberty.
Balcerowicz was at the helm of some major transitional reforms, helping transform the Polish economy in the 1990s. He has also served as chairman of the National Bank of Poland, and was awarded with the country’s highest decoration, the Order of the White Eagle, for his contribution to Poland’s economic transformation.
Balcerowicz, who founded the Polish think tank Civil Development Forum in 2007, gave a Toast to Freedom and keynoted a luncheon at Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner 2011. View the highlights in our 2011 Year in Review.
The 2014 Milton Friedman Prize will be presented during a dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York on May 21, 2014. Garry Kasparov, legendary chess champion and 2014 Atlas Templeton Leadership Fellow, will deliver the keynote address at this event. Kasparov will also deliver the keynote at Atlas Network’s annual Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner on November 12-13, 2014.