Graduated from the Wroclaw University of Technology, Department of Fundamental Problems of Technology, faculty - Applied Mathematics. He defended his doctoral thesis in formal logic (from research on the method of Betha's semantic tables), at the Faculty of Christian Philosophy of the Catholic University of Lublin. Since the late 1970s, he was associated with the democratic opposition. During martial law, he was a Solidarity activist. W 1989, he became secretary of the Wroclaw "Solidarity" Civic Committee, and in 1990 its chairman. He was co-organizer of the first Weeks of Christian Culture in Wroclaw and chairman of the Adam Mickiewicz Scholarship Society. Adam Mickiewicz Scholarship Society.
In 2002, he became the first mayor of Wroclaw elected in direct. He held office continuously for 4 terms until 2018. As of April 2019, he resided in Berlin, among the elite Richard von Weizsäcker Academy at the invitation of the Bosch Foundation. As one of the few foreign guests, he was given the honor of speaking, as a guest of honor, at the Bundestag during Memorial Day - one of Germany's major public holidays.
He is currently involved with several startups dealing with cutting-edge trends in food production.
He is a member of the Council of the University of Wroclaw, and for many years was also a member and later an honorary member of the Senate of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. He has been awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2009) and the Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2015).