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Karol Okonski

Secretary of State, Government Plenipotentiary for Cybersecurity

Ministry of Digital Affairs, Poland

Karol Okonski is the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Digital Affairs since July 10th 2018, in 2016-2018 Undersecretary of State. He supervises the work of the Department of National Systems, Department of Development of Digital Services and the Cybersecurity Department.

On December 7th 2018 he was appointed Government Plenipotentiary for Cybersecurity. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Digital Committee of the Council of Ministers and Chairman of the IT Architecture Council.

Okonski is an experienced project and programme manager, who held managerial positions in advisory services, banking, postal services and public administration. In 2001-2012, he was involved in numerous IT projects on behalf of Accenture Sp. z o.o., an international consulting firm, and then served as IT director at Poczta Polska Usługi Cyfrowe and FM Bank PBP.

He's a holder of PMP, Prince 2 Practitioner and ITIL certificates. Graduate of numerous training courses regarding IT project implementation and IT management. He specialises in complex integration projects as well as change management and software development cycle processes. He is fluent in English, German and Spanish.

Interesting fact:

Outside of work, he is passionate about Ibero-American literature, watchmaking, photography and sport.