By Carolyn Gray Anderson
The Center for Global Management’s first invited speaker of the year was Grzegorz “Greg” W. Kolodko, the former Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance of Poland, a position he held from 1994 to 1997 and again in 2002-2003.
Kolodko was introduced by Henry Ford II Professor of International Economics Sebastian Edwards, and the two economists’ rapport was evident as they remembered Kolodko’s first visit to UCLA in 1992 and exchanged ideas about whether to raise Europe’s retirement age.
Known as an architect of economic reform in Poland, Kolodko addressed the Anderson audience as the annual World Economic Forum began in Davos. His refrain throughout his talk, which focused on the connectedness of the world and a common interest in keeping it healthy, was: “Things happen the way they do because so many things happen at the same time.”