Kamil Pruchnik is a Ph.D. candidate at the Warsaw School of Economics, where he focuses his research on banking systems under the supervision of professor Leszek Balcerowicz (former Minister of Finance and Governor of the Central Bank of Poland).
Most recently, he has worked at the World Bank at the Office of the Chief Economist for Europe and Central Asia, where he contributed to the new flagship report: “Diversified Development” which concentrates on the Dutch disease.
Upon realizing that there was a knowledge gap on the subject of Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF) in the region, he reached out to experts within the World Bank as well as academia (Columbia University and Tufts University) and initiated an in-depth research that led to creation of a comprehensive excel database of SWFs and an internal note on the impact of the SWFs on resource rich economies. He is also actively involved in the recent Polish debate on potential establishment of the first SWF in Poland.
Prior to joining the World Bank, he gained professional experience in the financial sector (at Capital Advisory Group, the biggest M&A boutique in Poland and Bloomberg) and consulting industry (Accenture).
Kamil is also involved in Civic Movements; he is a Research Fellow at the Civic Development Forum in Poland. Additionally, he has designed, developed and implemented a game that uses LEGO bricks to teach economics – Brickonomics (http://brickonomics.org/). The project won the World Bank’s Youth Innovation Fund in 2013; in the first year of the project rollout, Brickonomics reached more than 1,700 students, establishing partnerships with almost 30 high schools in 11 cities in Poland.