Lechoslaw (Leszek) Gawlikowski was born on June 13, 1946 in Poland. He graduated with an MA from the from the Szkoła Główna
Planowania i Statystyki (Warsaw School of Economics). As a student, he worked at Polish Students Association in Warsaw, and
after graduation, as a member of the editorial Board of the?Young Cinema and Theatre quarterly in Prague, as well as the cultural
editor for the publications of the International Union of Students. Since 1972, he has lived in the Federal Republic of Germany,
joining Polish Broadcasting Department of the Radio Free Europe in Munich as an editor trainee, the editor at the Polish Newsroom,
economic editor, and Assistant Director and Deputy Director of the Polish Broadcasting Department from 1988 to 1994. He also
served as a Senior Advisor for the Archives of the RFE/RL Inc. from 1995 to 2010.