Ambassador Krzysztof Olendzki has been appointed Director of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute (AMI) with immediate effect. Olendzki will oversee the running and direction of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, which actively promotes Polish culture around the world and actively participates in international cultural exchange.
The Institute promotes both the heritage and contemporary achievements of Polish culture and aims at increasing the value of Poland’s brand as a cultural asset. In the years 2001–2010, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute implemented promotional projects in 26 countries and organised over 3,000 cultural events which gathered an audience of 18 million people spread over three continents. In 2011 the Adam Mickiewicz Institute accompanied the Polish Presidency of the European Union’s Council with a cultural programme which took place in 10 capital cities in and beyond Europe.
More recently it has been involved in large-scale projects supporting performances and recordings of the music of Szymanowski and Lutosławski; the centenary of Andrzej Panufnik in 2014 and the Royal Opera House’s first production of Szymanowski’s Król Roger in May 2015. Ambassador Olendzki has a rich history working in academia and holding major positions in government. As Vice Minister of Culture (2006-2007), who supervised AMI, he initiated the Polish cultural season in Israel and in the UK, he also served as Government Plenipotentiary for the EXPO 2012 in Wrocław. As Director of the AMI he continues his mission and work in the area of cultural diplomacy and the promotion of Polish culture around the world.
He has also worked with the science publisher PWN and edited the English-language publication Poland: An Encyclopaedic Guide. He has been Research Assistant at the Archives of the University of Warsaw and Assistant Professor at the Chair of Economic and Social History, Warsaw School of Economics.
Olendzki has served as Advisor to the Minister at the Department of Western Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was Deputy Director of the Polish Institute and First Secretary at the Embassy of Poland in Rome. He has also been Advisor to the Minister, First Secretary, and Counsellor at the Department of Foreign Policy Strategy and Planning, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2007-2008 he was Deputy Director of the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Later he served as Ambassador of Poland to Tunisia, Deputy Director of the Development Aid Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and from September 2014 was the General Consul of Poland in Vancouver.
Krzysztof Olendzki has received the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and the Commander’s Cross of the Order of the Republic of Tunisia. In the autumn of 2011, he was appointed Titular Ambassador.