Former Economic Adviser to President Václav Havel and later to the Minister of Finance. Currently Chief Macroeconomic Strategist, CSOB, one of the largest Czech banks. Member, National Economic Council, an advisory body to the prime minister and government. Member, Narrative of Europe, commissioned by Manuel Barroso, EU Commission President, gathering thinkers, artists and scientists. Recipient of awards and honours, including: ranked among five hot shots in economics, Yale Economic Review (2006).