Elżbieta Bieńkowska - European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Born in 1964, Elżbieta Bieńkowska holds a Master's degree in oriental philology, a post-graduate diploma from the Polish National School of Public Administration and an MBA from the Warsaw School of Economics. She worked in the Business Department of the Silesia region, where she managed local implementation of the EU's Phare programme. She served as Minister for Regional Development from 2007 to 2013. Since then, she has been Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Development.