Jan K. Bielecki, former prime minister of Poland and currently an executive director in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, will speak Oct. 16 at an investment conference of the Polish-American Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Tech.

     The conference is to be held at the Georgian Club, 100 Galleria Parkway., from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will focus on telecommunications, banking and environmental protection industries.

      Other speakers will include Krzysztof Killian, Poland’s former minister of telecommunications, who is now advisor to one of Poland’s largest banks, and Amy Biggers, an expert of Eastern and Central European economic affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

      Mr. Bielecki has been active in Poland’s political and economic affairs for more than two decades.  An advisor to key Solidarity figures in the early 1980s, he was involved in the historic strike at Gdansk shipyard in 1981.

      He was elected to the Parliament in 1989 and became deputy chairman of the Foreign Economic Relations Committee.  He was confirmed as prime minister in 1991.  In 1992, he was recognized by the Institute for East-West Security Studies, a U.S. think tank, as an “outstanding leader in the New Europe.”  He also received the Legion of Honour from France.

      Mr. Bielecki was appointed to EBRD’s board of directors in 1993.  He is also a sportsman and from 1992 to 1996 he served as the president of the Polish Equestrian Association.

      For more information, call Michael Athens at (404) 870-4681 or Witold Zabinski at (404) 633-0015.