Andrzej Porawski, Association of Polish Cities Director of the Office. Wood technologist, graduate of the Agricultural University in Poznań; (1991 – present) Director of the Office of the Association of Polish Cities in Poznań; (1980–1991) activist of NSZZ “Solidarność”; (since 1981) involved in local government issues; (1989–1991) activist of Citizens’ Committees; (since 1995) involved in the activity of the Council for European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR); (2002–2006) member of the Institutional Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE) at the Council of Europe, as well as member of: the Council of Statistics, Chief Urban Planning and Architecture Committee (GKU-A) and of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Urban Development in Kraków.