Paweł Świeboda (born in 1972) is a graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of London. He served as the EU Advisor to the President of Poland from 1996-2000. He then headed the Office for European Integration in the Chancellery of the President. From 2001-2006 he served as Director of the Department of the European Union in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he was responsible for EU accession negotiations and subsequently institutional reform in the Union and negotiations on the Financial Perspective. In July 2006 he became President of demos EUROPA – Centre for European Strategy. In addition to his role at the BDF, he is also a Member of the Lisbon Council, Member of the Advisory Board of the European Policy Centre, Co-President of BELA (Broader European Leadership Agenda) Foundation, Member of the Council of the Amicus Europae Foundation. He is the author of numerous articles on issues of European integration and international relations. He is columnist on foreign policy in “Gazeta Wyborcza”, Poland’s largest daily newspaper.