Ryszard Żółtaniecki holds a PhD in sociology and is a former Polish ambassador to Greece and Cyprus. He is the head of the Academy of Foreign Service & Diplomacy at Collegium Civitas. In his career, he held the positions of the director of the Department of Cultural and Science Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the advisor to the Foreign Minister and deputy director of the Department of Promotion and Information at Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Former director of Adam Mickiewicz Institute. In early 1980s, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Additionally, Ryszard Żółtaniecki has published two selections of poems: Wypędzeni (Warsaw 1988) and Roraty (Podkowa Leśna 1999).