Piotr Świtalski is a career diplomat holding the rank of titular ambassador. He is currently Director for Policy Planning at the Council of Europe. Born in 1957 in Kutno, Poland, he studied at Warsaw University and Moscow State Institute of International Relations, gaining a Ph.D. in International Relations. In his diplomatic career, Piotr Świtalski served as Poland’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe (2005-2010), Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland (2005) and Director of the Department of Strategy and Foreign Policy Planning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland (2002-2005). He was Senior Diplomatic Adviser to the OSCE Secretary General (1993-1996) and was posted as Deputy Chief of Mission to the OSCE in Vienna (1990-1993) and the UN Office in Nairobi (1999-2002).