Krzysztof Olendzki is a graduate at the History Department of the Warsaw University, and Ph.D. holder from the Historical Institute of the Polish Academy of Science, as well as from Scuola Superiore di Studi Storici dell'Università di San Marino where, in 1995, he defended his Ph.D. thesis.
He has worked at the PWN publishing house and at the PWN Science Publications. He was the editor of the encyclopaedia about Poland in English, titled Poland. An Encyclopaedic Guide. Krzysztof Olendzki also held the position of research assistant at the Archives of the Warsaw University and, later, of assistant professor at the Chair of Economic and Social History at the Warsaw School of Economics.
In the years 1998 – 1999, he acted as minister’s advisor at the Department of Western Europe of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The following two years he spent as deputy director of the Polish Institute and the First Secretary at the Polish Embassy in Rome. Between 2001-2014, he held the function of advisor to the minister, first secretary and advisor at the Department of Foreign Policy Strategy and Planning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the years 2004-2006, he worked as advisor for political matters at the Polish Embassy in Tallinn. From December 2007 until September 2008, he was the deputy director at the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In the period between January 2006 and December 2007, Krzysztof Olendzki held the function of undersecretary of state and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and from January 2007, he was also the government’s plenipotentiary for the Wrocław EXPO 2012 international exhibition.
Throughout the years 2008-2012, he performed the mission of Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Tunisia and, after his return in 2012, he held the successive functions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of deputy director at the Department of Development Aid, deputy director, and later director at the Department of Africa and the Middle East, as well as deputy director of the Office for Infrastructure at the Ministry.
From September 2014 he was Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Vancouver.
Krzysztof Olendzki has been awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, as well as the Commander’s Cross of the Order of the Republic of Tunisia. In the autumn of 2011, he was nominated Titular Ambassador.
Married to Joanna Olendzka, father of three sons. Likes history.
On 7 September, designated to the position of director of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.