Varsovian by birth and through residency, he loves his city, especially the long summer evenings, when the streets of Warsaw grow calm and desolate. A history major at his Alma Mater, Warsaw University, who wrote his Master’s thesis on Chile’s Ignacy Domeyko, he then embarked on a doctoral path, at the Institute of History in the Polish Academy of Sciences. While defending his doctoral dissertation on political parties in Venezuela, under the guidance of Professor Tadeusz Łepkowski, the brush with, and fascination of, Latin America, further determined his professional path.
He researched and taught the history of the Latin American continent, in the Iberian Studies Department of Warsaw University, later specializing in new developments and social and political processes of the nineteenth and twentieth century Latin America.
In the late 70’s, he participated in the Democratic-led opposition movement in Poland, a founding member and director of the “Solidarity” forum at the Department of Iberian Studies. He was the author of a number of “second circulation” publications, then-forbidden, hence written under a pen name. Under the pseudonym of “Paweł Zamorski”, he wrote for a Polish weekly called “The Weekly Echo” published in Toronto, Canada.
In 1991, after the political scene changed in Poland, he joined the Foreign Service, beginning a mission as Ambassador of Poland in Uruguay and Paraguay (1991-1996).
From 1998 to 2000 he held the position of Deputy Director in the Chancellery of Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek, responsible for protocol and preparing foreign visits.
From 2000 to 2001 he held the rank of Minister Plenipotentiary as Deputy Chief of Mission of the Polish Embassy in Madrid, followed by an Ambassadorship in San Jose (Costa Rica) from 2001 to 2005, with simultaneous accreditation in Central America (e.g. Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Belize).
In 2005 he was entrusted with the position of Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Organization of the 25th Anniversary Commemorating the “Solidarity” Trade Union, which summoned high-level delegations from twenty-eight countries.
From 2005 to 2006, he was Secretary of State for Foreign Relations and Security, at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, during the term of Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz. At this time he directed the budget negotiations of the European Union for years 2007 through 2013.
From 2006 to 2007, he was Ambassador ad personam, and Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Global Threats, and afterwards (2007-2008) Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Poland to the Kingdom of Spain, from 2008 through 2012.
Starting the 22nd of September 2012, Ryszard Schnepf is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America.
Married with three children; two girls - Zuzia, Tosia, and a boy - Max.
He speaks English, Spanish, Italian and Russian. His hobbies include literature and playing guitar.SEE MORE