Andrzej Papierz, Undersecretary of State for Polish Community Abroad, Consular Affairs, Public Diplomacy and Development, Cooperation was born in 1966. He is a graduate of the University of Warsaw where he read history. During his student years, he was a board member of the Independent Student Association and an activist of underground Solidarity. He co-founded the Republican League and acted as one of its leaders. He was also involved in the Freedom and Peace Movement and in 1989, a member of the Warsaw Solidarity Citizens’ Committee.
In 1990, Andrzej Papierz started work in Tygodnik Solidarność weekly. From 1991 to 1993, he was employed in the Office for State Protection where he was responsible for analysing political situation in the East following the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 1993, he returned to journalism by joining the Polish Radio’s team. In 1994, he worked for Polsat TV. From 1995 to 1996, he was an editor of TVP’s political commentary programme Puls Dnia. In 1996, he worked in Życie daily and thereafter in RTL 7 TV. He travelled to the Caucasus a few times where he reported as a war correspondent. In 1998-2001, he held the position of Deputy Director and then Director of Government Information Centre in the Chancellery of Prime Minister.
From 2001 to 2006, he served as the Director of Polish Institute in Sofia. He returned to Poland to work as Human Resources and Training Department Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He received the honourable rank of Ambassador in 2006. In his diplomatic career, Andrzej Papierz held a wide range of positions: he was Polish Ambassador to Bulgaria from 2007 to 201, he was posted to the Polish Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, and served as Senior Advisor to commanders of the ISAF’s Polish Military Contingent in Ghazni Province. Between 2013 and 2016, he was Polish Consul General in Almaty, Kazakhstan and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. His most recent posting was Istanbul, Turkey, where he served as Polish Consul General from 2017 to 2018.
Andrzej Papierz was awarded the badge of honour “Merit for Polish Culture” (2000), Medal of Merit for National Defence (2011), Afghanistan Star Medal (2012), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2012), Cross of Freedom and Solidarity (2015), and the Pro Patria Medal (2016).