President of the Wielkopolska Regional Parliament


Born on 29 November 1948 in Złoty Potok.


She is a graduate of the Faculty of Animal Science at the Agricultural University in Poznan (1971). She holds a degree of Doctor of Agricultural Science awarded by the Faculty of Agriculture at the Agricultural University in Poznan (1981). She completed post-graduate studies in the field of Community Agriculture Policy at the Institute of Legal Studies of Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw (1993). She completed professional practice under the Cochran Fellowship Program, United States Department of Agriculture, USA (1994). She also completed the FAO internship in the field of agricultural consulting at the University of Dublin, Ireland (1988). She received a diploma from the Minister of Treasury confirming the entitlements of the supervisory board members in State-owned companies. Moreover, she participated in numerous courses, in particular in the field of management and leadership.

Professional experience
She completed the initial internship in a stud farm in Posadowo (1971- 1972). Between 1 September 1972 and 31 August 1974 she was a teacher in the State Secondary Technical School of Agriculture in Stary Tomyśl. Between 1 September 1974 and 31 December 1990 she worked in the Center of Education and Progress in Agriculture successively as an assistant, adjunct, manager of a scientific institution and deputy director. In the years 1986-1990 she was in charge of the departmental research and development programme “Development of economic and organizational advice for the purposes of steering agricultural production”, the results of which were used during the reorganization of agricultural advice in 1990.

Between 15 February 1991 and 31 January 2000 she worked in the Agricultural Advisory Centre in Sielinek. She held the position of the director. A modern educational and exhibition centre in Sielinek was built under her direction. Between 15 February 2000 and 31 January 2003 she worked in Wielkopolska Regional Health Care Fund as a Management Board Member.

In the years 2000-2002 she was independently responsible for the development strategies for communes in Wielkopolska. She was the author of several strategies, e.g. for communes: Opalenica, Środa Wielkopolska, Skoki, Stęszew, Duszniki, Złotów.

On 2 January 2003 she started working for the Agency for Restructuring and Modernisation of Agriculture as the director of the Wielkopolska Regional Branch. She was responsible for the establishment of the paying agency for the European Agricultural Funds in Wielkopolska. She guided the processes of granting support under the SAPARD programme, direct payments and RDP 2004-2006. In the period prior to Poland’s accession to the EU she participated in the informational campaign on the principles of the functioning of the EU. She finished working for the Wielkopolska Regional Branch of ARMA on 30 November 2006.

In the period from 1 February 1997 to 25 January 2008 she held the position of the Vice-President of the Promotion and Development Fund of Wielkopolska Region.

On 25 January 2008 she was appointed Vice-President of the Agency for Restructuring and Modernisation of Agriculture in Warsaw. She governed, among others, the national direct payment scheme for farmers and the implementation of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013. Moreover, she held the position of deputy chairman of the accreditation team for the Paying Agencies in Poland.

On 12 September 2012, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk appointed Ms Zofia Szalczyk to the position of Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. In the Ministry of Agriculture, she supervised the activities of the managing authority for the common agricultural policy funds, the activities of ministerial scientific institutions, centres of agricultural advisory and promotion funds.

She headed the RDP 2007-2013 Monitoring Committee. The Rural development Programme for the years 2014-2020 was developed under her direction. On 9 April 2013 she was appointed to the position of a Member of Joint Commission of Government and Local Self-Government by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. She was also a member of the Partnership Agreement Committee. She held these positions as long as she worked for MARD. She was dismissed from the position of the Undersecretary of State on 19 November 2015.

Since 1994 she has been working as a lecturer at the University of Economics in Poznań (former Agricultural University). Currently, she lectures on funds in food economy.

Social activity
In 1991- 1998 she chaired the National Board of Directors of Agricultural Advice Centres. On 2 June 1996 she was elected delegate of the General Meeting of Poznan Chamber of Agriculture for the first term. She also served as a member of the Management Board of the Chamber. She developed the concept of a Chamber’s magazine “Siewca Poznański”, of which he was the Editor-in-chief (1996-2000).

On 16 November 2014 she was appointed a councillor of the Wielkopolska Regional Parliament and on 30 November 2015 the Parliament elected her the President. On 7 October 2016 she was also appointed the President of the Convention of Presidents of Regional Parliaments of the Republic of Poland 2016/2017. She is an active member of Poznan University of Life Sciences Alumni Association.

Selected awards for public activity:

  • „Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta” awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland,
  • „Gold Cross of Merit " awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland,
  • „Gold Badge of Honour for contributions to the development of the Economy of the Republic of Poland” awarded by the Minister of Economy,
  • „Order of Merit for Agriculture” awarded by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development,
  • „Academia Rerum Rusticarum Posnaniensis” medal awarded by the Rector of the Poznan University of Life Sciences,
  • “Leader of Organic Work title” given by the Hipolit Cegielski Association

Winner of the 1st prize in the memoir competition “With Polish farmers toward the modern village” (2007).

Married, husband Tadeusz, son Piotr.

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