PROFILE-Poland's central bank governor Marek Belka
Position: Governor of the National Bank of Poland
Incumbent: Marek Belka.
Date of Birth: Jan. 9, 1952
Term: Confirmed by parliament in June 2010 for a six-year term, which can be extended for a further six years.
-- Belka, an internationally respected former IMF economist, has struck a dovish tone since taking the helm of the central bank, playing down the risks of a spike in inflation and holding the line against early monetary tightening that he believes could harm Poland's fragile economic recovery. Belka voted against an interest rate increase in August.
-- The central bank governor has a casting vote in the 10-member Monetary Policy Council if a vote proves inconclusive.
-- Belka has repeatedly urged the centre-right government to take action to cut Poland's large budget deficit, saying failure to do so could push up borrowing costs.
-- Belka backs the government's long-term strategy of taking Poland into the euro zone but says "we are not obsessed" with the common currency. The plan has moved to the back burner due to the global crisis and more recently the euro zone's own woes.
-- Belka has held a number of senior public posts in Poland since the fall of communism, including two stints as finance minister in 1997 and in 2001-02. He was prime minister at the head of a technocratic government backed by the left in 2004-05.
-- Belka headed the European Department of the International Monetary Fund before joining the central bank. His predecessor as governor, Slawomir Skrzypek, died in a plane crash in Russia along with Poland's president Lech Kaczynski.
-- Born in the Polish industrial city of Lodz, Belka pursued an academic career under communism, earning a PhD in economics and later doing research in the United States and in Britain.
-- In 2003-2004 Belka worked in Iraq as Chairman of the Council for International Coordination for Iraq and also as Director of Economic Policy in the Coalition Provisional Authority.
Among others Belka was responsible for the currency reform and the development of a new banking system.
-- Belka is the author of more than 100 scientific papers devoted mainly to the theory of money and anti-inflation policy in developing countries. He specialises in applied economics and contemporary economic thought. (Compiled by Kuba Jaworowski and Gareth Jones; Editing by Elizabeth Fullerton)