Topics: Social Change
Culture and Urbanism
Regional focus: Europe
Origin: Poland
Fellowship: Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow

Rafał Dutkiewicz is a politician, businessperson, academic lecturer and activist. From 2002 to 2018, Dutkiewicz was mayor of the city of Wrocław. During his presidency, Wrocław has seen the highest number of public investments in its post-war history and has won numerous awards and distinctions in Polish, European and global rankings on knowledge-based economy and implementation of a “smart city” model. Wrocław has also become an international city with over 170.000 foreigners from 124 countries. Further, it was the European Capital of Culture in 2016 and (co-)hosted the 2012 UEFA Euro Football Championship.

Prior to his presidency, Dutkiewicz gave lectures on logics and introduction to mathematics at several universities for more than ten years. During the martial law period, he was an activist in the underground movement "Solidarity" (Solidarność) in Wrocław. In the years 1989-90 he was co-leader and then leader of the Civic Committee in Wrocław, which, representing "Solidarity", won the first partially free parliamentary elections in 1989 and the first democratic local elections in 1990.

He holds a master’s degree in applied mathematics and a PhD in formal logics.

Rafał Dutkiewiczs received numerous awards and distinctions, among others: Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (Poland, 2015), Legion of Honor (France, 2013); Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Germany 2017), National Prize of Germany (2017), Honorary Membership Academia Europaea (2011).

Last Update: 2019