Adam Michnik

Editor-in-Chief, Gazeta Wyborcza

Poland

Adam Michnik is the Editor-in-Chief of the daily Gazeta Wyborcza, a historian and Co-Founder of the Committee for the Defense of Workers. From 1988 he served as advisor to Lech Walesa, former President of Poland with whom he attended the Round Table Talks in 1989, first talks of the communist government and their opposition. He himself has been among the leaders of the pre-1989 democratic opposition in Poland. Michnik is the author of several books including In Search of Lost Meaning: The New Eastern Europe (2011) and The Lord of the Manor and the Vicar (1995). He has won the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, The Erasmus Prize, and was the first non-Spanish winner of The Francisco Cerecedo Journalist. He is currently a member of the Association of Polish Writers and the Council on Foreign Relations. He graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.