Kris Bledowski is a senior economist with more than 20 years of experience in industrial and financial economics. He currently serves as an economist and council director with the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI (http://www.mapi.net/), an Arlington, Va.-based policy research forum. As such, he runs business roundtables for senior executives of large American industrial companies, and manages economics research on
Prior to joining MAPI in 2006, Bledowski worked for two years as a senior economist at the International Monetary Fund in
From 1996-2001 Bledowski worked at Commerzbank Central Europe, both in Prague, Czech Republic, and in Warsaw, as chief economist and chief strategist, setting up and running a research department covering some of Central and Eastern Europe's transition economies.
He served as chief economic adviser to Pioneer First Polish Trust in
Before coming to the United States, the Polish native — who now is fluent in Polish, French, German and English — earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the Warsaw School of Economics.
He also served as the 2008 president of the National Economists Club in