It’s with great sorrow; Dr.George Njenga, Dean Strathmore Business School mourns the death of a good friend Mr. Jan Kulczyk. Jan Kulczyk, 65, died on 28th July, 2015 in Vienna, where he had undergone surgery.
Kulczyk, a lawyer and manager by education, is known by many as an investment guru, with his leading investments vested in energy and natural resources both in Europe and in Africa.
Dr George Njenga, met with Jan Kulczyk earlier on this year during the two-day annual Europe-Africa Business Summit, which took place on 19th March, 2015 in Warsaw, Poland. The summit, in which they were both in attendance, was an intervention to showcase Africa’s potential for economic growth, in a bid to lure investment to the continent.
To many, his success was a symbol of the opportunities offered by Poland’s transition from a communist to a free-market economy. He started with a trading company set up by his father, and built his fortune taking part in the intensive privatization of state plants after communism.
“You cannot write an honest history of Poland’s transformations after 1989 without mentioning the role of Jan Kulczyk,” said Leszek Balcerowicz, former finance minister and author of Poland’s transformation program.
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