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President Lech Walesa

Former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Lech Walesa is probably best known as the leader of the Solidarity movement which led Poland out of Communism and played a significant role in the changing political landscape of Eastern Europe towards the end of the 20th century.

In 1990, he was elected President of the Republic of Poland, a position he held for five years. He has been granted many honorary degrees from universities, including Harvard University and the University of Paris. Other honours include the Medal of Freedom (Philadelphia, U.S.A.); the Award of Free World (Norway); and the European Award of Human Rights.

"Lech Walesa championed reform but he also urged restraint in the methods used to achieve that reform"

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In detail

In 1983 the announcement of Walesa's Nobel Peace Prize raised the spirits of the underground movement. Lech Walesa became only the third person in history, after Marquis de Lafayette and Winston Churchill, to address a joint session of the United States Congress.

What he offers you

A political icon, Lech Walesa draws on the lessons he learned from his struggle and eventual triumph over communism to motivate and inspire audiences around the globe.

How he presents

With his electrifying personality, quick wit and his place in history guaranteed, Lech Walesa is now in great demand as a speaker by corporations eager to benefit from his powerful story and brilliant leadership skills.


He presents in Polish.

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Speaking topics

  • Economic and Political Transformation
  • Leadership
  • Globalisation
  • Developing Opportunities in Eastern Europe
  • A Man's Right to Liberty
  • Battle against the Machine


  • Lech was inspirational and very interesting. Even though translated his presentation was well understood and the attendees rated him excellent - Global Business Management Software

Books and publications

  • 1994
    The Struggle and The Triumph: An Autobiography
  • 1990
    A Way of Hope

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