Anna Maria Anders

Anna Maria Anders (London, 22 November 1950) is the ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Italy and to San Marino.[1]

Anna Maria Anders
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Official portrait, 2016
Senator, Plenipotentiary for International Dialogue in the rank of Secretary of State
In office
2016–2019
Polish Ambassador to Italy
Assumed office
August 2019
Preceded byKonrad Głębocki
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LifeEdit

Anders is the daughter of the World War II Commander of the Polish Forces at the Battle of Monte Cassino, General Władysław Anders and his wife, the singer and actress Irena Renata Anders, also known as Renata Bogdanska.[2][3] She was born in London, England and graduated from Bristol University with an Honours Degree in Modern Languages (1973).[4] She also has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Boston University (1992).[5] In 1986 Anna Maria Anders married United States Army Colonel Robert Alexander Costa, with whom she has a son, Robert Wladyslaw Costa, who is also an officer in the US Army.[6]

After graduating from Bristol University, Anna Maria Anders worked as an Account Executive at a financial PR and advertising firm in the City of London. In the late 1970s, she moved to Paris, France where she worked in the communications department of UNESCO.[7][8] In 1980 she joined Rezayat Paris, a branch office of an international conglomerate with investments and joint ventures in the Middle East, Europe, USA and Asia.[9]

In 1994, Anders relocated to the United States with her family. Following the death of her mother in 2010, she took over her mother's role and began travelling to Poland on a regular basis, visiting schools and attending military and government ceremonies.

For her services to Polish veterans in the United Kingdom and popularising the exploits of the 2nd Polish Corps during World War II, she was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit[10] by Polish President Bronisław Komorowski.[11] In 2015, she was presented with the Honorary Badge of the Association of Siberian Deportees.[12][13][14] Since 2015, Anders has been an Honorary Member of the Reserve Officers Association of Poland.[15]

She was the Plenipotentiary for International Dialogue in the rank of Secretary of State in the government of Poland's Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki.[16] In March 2016, she was elected to Poland's Senate in a by-election and represents Poland's eastern flank, which includes Łomża, Augustów and Suwałki. She also represents Poland in the WIP (Women in Parliaments Global Forum),[17] a global network of female parliamentarians that supports greater participation of women in politics and promotes equal rights of women worldwide. In August 2019, she was nominated to be the Polish ambassador to Italy, which was also accredited to San Marino.[18]

In her present position, Ambassador Anders represents Poland abroad.[19] She is a passionate supporter of military and veterans affairs.[20][21][22][23]

DistinctionEdit

  • Gold Cross of Merit, 2014
  • Honorary Badge of the Association of Siberian Deportees, 2015
  • Honorary Member of the Reserve Officers Association of Poland, 2015

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Israelis dance with Polish saviors in courtroom where Auschwitz commander tried". The Times of Israel. 16 April 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Irena Anders – aktorka, która uwiodła żonatego generała. [NASZA HISTORIA]". Polskatimes.pl. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ "War hero's daughter wins seat in Senate". Polskie Radio dla Zagranicy. 3 July 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  4. ^ Senat Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej. "Senatorowie". senat.gov.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  5. ^ Rykulska, Anna; Żelazny, Krystian (22 October 2015). "Anna Maria Anders: "Polonia powinna odgrywać zdecydowanie większą rolę w polityce Rzeczpospolitej"". ThePolandTimes.com – Polskie media w USA i Kanadzie (in pl-PL). Retrieved 12 November 2016.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  6. ^ "Córka wielkiego ojca – Anna Maria Anders". GAZETA dziennik Polonii w Kanadzie. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Anna Maria Anders: "Polonia powinna odgrywać zdecydowanie większą rolę w polityce Rzeczpospolitej"". thepolandtimes.com (in Polish). 22 October 2015. Archived from the original on 6 April 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Córka wielkiego ojca - Anna Maria Anders". GAZETA dziennik Polonii w Kanadzie (in American English). 19 November 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Rezayat Group". www.rezayat.com. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Senator Anders – Kolejna witryna WordPress". senatoranders.pl. 8 March 2018. Archived from the original on 8 March 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  11. ^ Postanowienie Prezydenta Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej z dnia 23 kwietnia 2014 r. o nadaniu orderów i odznaczeń (M.P. z 2014 r. poz. 725 – pkt 20.) w brzmieniu nadanym postanowieniem Prezydenta Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej z dnia 11 marca 2015 r. o zmianie postanowienia o nadaniu orderów i odznaczeń (M.P. z 2015 r. poz. 438).
  12. ^ "Sybiracy – Zarząd Główny » Zarząd Główny". Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Sybiracy – Zarząd Główny » Blog Archive » XV Międzynarodowy Marsz Żywej Pamięci Polskiego Sybiru w Białymstoku". Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  14. ^ KAI, Katolicka Agencja Informacyjna. "Białystok: XV Marsz Żywej Pamięci Polskiego Sybiru – ekai.pl". ekai.pl. Archived from the original on 10 November 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Spotkanie wigilijne. Anna Maria Anders Członkiem Honorowym Związku Oficerów Rezerwy RP".
  16. ^ Skwirczynski, Przemek (6 October 2016). "Poland positions itself as a key Trump ally". The Commentator. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Women Political Leaders – Women Political Leaders website". www.womenpoliticalleaders.org. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Postanowienie Prezydenta Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej z dnia 23 sierpnia 2019 r. nr 110.22.2019 w sprawie mianowania Ambasadora Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej". prawo.sejm.gov.pl (in Polish). 23 August 2019. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Córka wielkiego ojca – Anna Maria Anders". 19 November 2014.
  20. ^ KAI, Katolicka Agencja Informacyjna,. "Białystok: XV Marsz Żywej Pamięci Polskiego Sybiru – ekai.pl". ekai.pl. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  21. ^ "Spotkanie wigilijne. Anna Maria Anders Członkiem Honorowym Związku Oficerów Rezerwy RP". www.zorrp.org (in Polish). 13 December 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  22. ^ Łada, Marcin. "Wieniec Związku Oficerów Rezerwy RP na płycie Grobu Nieznanego Żołnierza w 72 rocznicę Powstania Warszawskiego". zorrp.org. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  23. ^ "Anna Maria Anders: Pod Monte Cassino ojciec walczył o wolność". 17 May 2014.