Radek Sikorski Keynote Speaker
- Senior Statesman and Expert in Geopolitics
- Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland (2007–2014)
- Senior Fellow at the Center of European Studies at Harvard University
Radek Sikorski's Biography
Radosław (Radek) Sikorski is a senior statesman and acclaimed expert and speaker on geopolitics. In June 2019, he was elected as a member of the European Parliament. He is Chairman of the EU-US delegation for the Parliament. He is also a Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA) and the Subcommittee on Security and Defense (SEDE). He is the EPP’s spokesperson on the China, the largest political grouping in the European Parliament).
He was the co-author of a paper entitled ‘ A new EU-China strategy’ which was adopted by the European Parliament by a large majority in 2021.
Previously, Radek was Poland’s Minister of Defence (2005–2007), Foreign Minister (2007–2014), and Speaker of Parliament (Marshall of the Sejm) (2014–2015).As Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sikorski was the Polish signatory of the Treaty of Lisbon, in 2007. Together with Carl Bildt, he launched the EU Eastern Partnership. He proposed and helped to set up the European Endowment for Democracy. He negotiated and signed the Poland-Russia regional visa-free regime, Poland-U.S. missile defence agreement, and—together with foreign ministers of Germany and France—the accord between the pro-EU opposition and Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych in 2013.
In his earlier career, he worked as a journalist for The Observer and The Spectator and in 1986 was a war correspondent in Afghanistan. In 1989, he reported on the conflict in Angola. Radek is the author of several books, including ‘Dust of the Saints and The Polish House: An intimate history of Poland‘ and “Poland could be Better‘ (2018).
Foreign Policy named him one of its 100 global thinkers for “telling the truth even when it’s not diplomatic.”. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the Bilderberg Group.
He is also associated with the Brzezinski Institute on Geostrategy at CSIS – Centre for Strategic and International Studies and is a senior fellow at the Center of European Studies at Harvard University. Radek previously provided expertise and strategic insights on geopolitics with the Eurasia group. He is a Senior Network Member at the European Leadership Network