Anna Maria Anders (born 22 November 1950) is a Senator and a Minister in the Republic of Poland. She is Secretary of State in the government of Poland's Prime Minister, Beata Szydło, where she is the Plenipotentiary for International Dialogue. In March 2016 she was elected to Poland's Senate in a by-election and represents Poland's eastern flank which includes: Lomża, Augustów and Suwałki. She also represents Poland in the WIP (Women in Parliaments) Global Forum, a global network of female parliamentarians that supports greater participation of women in politics and promotes equal rights of women worldwide.
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. She was born in London, England and graduated from Bristol University with an Honours Degree in Modern Languages. She also has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Boston University in the United States. 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.
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 ‘70's she moved to Paris, France where she worked in the communications department of UNESCO. 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.
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 by Polish President Bronisław Komorowski. In 2015 she was presented the Honorary Badge of the Association of Siberian Deportees. Since 2015 Anders has been an Honorary Member of the Reserve Officers Association of Poland.
In her present position Senator Anders often represents Poland abroad. She is a particularly supporter of the Military and Veterans Affairs.
- Gold Cross of Merit 2014
- Honorary Badge of the Association of Siberian Deportees 2015.
- Honorary Member of the Reserve Officers Association of Poland 2015