Witold Sobków

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Witold Sobków
Poland Ambassador to the United Kingdom
In office
Appointed byBronisław Komorowski
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byBarbara Tuge-Erecińska
Succeeded byArkady Rzegocki
Poland Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
Appointed byBronisław Komorowski
Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon
Preceded byAndrzej Towpik
Succeeded byRyszard Sarkowicz
Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In office
9 October 2006 – 27 December 2006
Appointed byJarosław Kaczyński
Poland Ambassador to Ireland
In office
Appointed byAleksander Kwaśniewski
PresidentMary McAleese
Preceded byJanusz Skolimowski
Succeeded byTadeusz Szumowski
Personal details
Born (1961-02-17) 17 February 1961 (age 62)
SpouseIwona Sobków
Alma materUniversity of Warsaw
OccupationDiplomat, philologist

Witold Sobków (born 17 February 1961 in Warsaw) is a Polish scholar, public servant, diplomat, and former deputy foreign minister.

Early life and education[edit]

From 1979 he studied at the University of Warsaw, obtaining an MA in English Philology in 1984 and an MA in Italian Philology in 1987.[1]

In 1991, he was a fellow in diplomacy at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. He had also studied in Siena, Perugia and Venice.

Between 1998 and 2000, he studied Islam, Security in Southeast Asia, and basic Arabic at the University of London.

In 2008, he completed programs in the field of national and international security at Harvard University.


From 1984 to 1991, he worked as a philologist and lecturer at the Faculty of Modern Languages at the University of Warsaw.

In 1991, after the Solidarity Revolution, he began to work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1993 to 2000 he was based at the Polish Embassy in London, where he worked his way up to the position of minister plenipotentiary and deputy head of mission.

Returning to Poland, he held managerial positions in the ministry, serving in turn as deputy director of the Department of Western Europe, director for Non-European Countries and the United Nations System, and senior adviser to the Minister for European Affairs.

From 2002 to 2006, he was the Polish ambassador to Ireland.

From October 9, 2006, to December 27, 2006, he served as Under-Secretary of State For European Affairs. In January 2007, he started working as Titular Ambassador at the Department of Foreign Policy Strategy and Planning. From January 1, 2008, to April 9, 2010, he held the position of Political Director /CFSP-EU/

He then served as Poland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York[2] and from August 2012 to August 2016 as the Polish Ambassador to the Court of St. James's in London.[3]  From August 2016 to February 2018 he again served as Political Director at the MFA. Then he was Director for Asia and the Pacific. Since September 2021 he has been Political Director again.[4]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Psycholinguistic approaches to linguistic theories, Warsaw 1988, Ed. UW
  • La Realizzazione delle tecniche di lettura al livello medio-superiore, Warsaw 1988, Ed. UW
  • Współczesny Sudan: polityka islamska, Warsaw 1998, PISM


  1. ^ admin (2013-06-01). "His Excellency Witold Sobków Ambassador of Poland". Diplomat Magazine. Retrieved 2022-03-17.
  2. ^ "Postanowienie Prezydenta Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej z dnia 18 czerwca 2010 r. nr 110-12-2010 w sprawie mianowania Ambasadora Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej". isap.sejm.gov.pl. Retrieved 2022-03-17.
  3. ^ "Ambasador". 2016-04-02. Archived from the original on 2 April 2016. Retrieved 2022-03-17.
  4. ^ http://www.london.mfa.gov.pl/en/[dead link]

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