John R. Allen is a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Prior to joining Brookings as senior fellow and co-director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Allen served as special presidential envoy to the global coalition to counter ISIL, a position he held for 14 months. Immediately following retirement from the Marine Corps, Allen was the senior advisor to the secretary of defense on Middle East Security, and in that role he led the security dialogue with Israel and the Palestinian Authority for 15 months within the Middle East peace process. Former Prime Minister of Poland, Minister for European Integration, co-founder of the Liberal-Democratic Congress and Freedom Union, and the Executive Director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, Jan Krzysztof Bielecki has been active on the political and economic stage for over two decades. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer at Pekao Bank S.A. from October 2003 until January 2010. From 2008 until 2013 he was a Member of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum. In 2013 Ministry of Culture and National Heritage extended his membership in the Board of Trustees until 2018.
In November 2009 he was appointed as the President of the Polish Institute of International Affairs Council (PISM) and served until December 2015. It is a leading and independent think-tank that conducts original, policy-focused research. PISM provides advice to all branches of government and contributes to wider debates on international relations in Europe and beyond.
In March 2010 he was nominated by Prime Minister Donald Tusk as the Chairman of the Economic Council and served until December 2014. The primary task of it is to provide the Prime Minister with an independent and objective opinions both on the current and planned government activities. Another objective of the Council is to assess Poland’s socio-economic situation in comparison with other emerging as well as developed economies.
In January 2015 Mr Bielecki joined EY Poland as Chairman of the Partners Board.