Daniel Korski CBE (born April 1977) is a former special adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron and is the co-founder and CEO of PUBLIC, a venture capitalist firm focused on helping technology startups transform public services. He is also Chairman and co-founder of the GovTech Summit, the premier global event for the govtech sector.
He has worked as an adviser to Andrew Mitchell MP, the former Conservative Chief Whip, and for the British member of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, as well as for Edward Llewellyn, during his time as chief of staff to Lord Paddy Ashdown, the then-UN High Representative of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Korski is the son of Polish Jewish refugees, who were expelled from Poland in the late 1960s, and partly grew up in Denmark. He was educated at the London School of Economics, where he gained a first, and at Cambridge University.
As a British official, Korski worked in a number of positions in London, Washington DC, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan. He deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2005 to advise President Hamid Karzai's government; and in 2007 he ran the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Basra in Iraq, overseeing the post-conflict reconstruction of Basra province during the height of the conflict. He also undertook a secondment to the U.S. State Department under then US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In between these postings, Korski helped establish and was the deputy head of the cross-departmental Stabilisation Unit.
Before working for the British government, Korski worked in the UK Parliament as a policy adviser to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee and in Bosnia-Herzegovina, as Head of Political-Military Affairs in the UN-mandated-Office of the High Representative. In 2008 Korski helped establish the bi-partisan think tank the European Council on Foreign Relations and has written regularly for The Spectator, embedding with the Libyan rebels to report from the start of the country's civil war, and has appeared in The Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, The New York Times and European Voice.
- European Voice. "Strategic reconstruction: A new adviser for Catherine Ashton". 29 March 2012. Retrieved on 30 May 2013.
- Korski, Daniel. "The end of ineffective EU summits" (Op-Ed). The Guardian, 7 March 2010. Retrieved on 30 May 2013.
- Korski, Daniel & Leonard, Mark. "Egypt, Europe, and the Seeds of a Crisis" (Op-Ed). The New York Times, 2 August 2011. Retrieved on 30 May 2013.