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Vladimír Dlouhý, Czech economist, politician and university teacher, adviser to large international companies

I grew up in Prague. During my childhood I developed a good competence in foreign languages and a solid knowledge of mathematics. After university studies I worked mainly in the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences; eventually, I became deputy director of the Prognostic Institute, which trained future officials of post-revolution governments. In December 1989, I was appointed to the first post-revolution government and, until the summer of 1997, I held several government positions. Since 1997, I have been working as an adviser to large international companies; I teach at the Charles University in Prague and, since 2014, I have been a President of the Czech Chamber of Commerce. I am a member of international think-tanks; in the past, I served as an adviser to Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. I am currently a member of the National Economic Council of the Government of the Czech Republic. More…

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What I did

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Politician and Minister in the 1990s

I was appointed to the first non-communist government of Marián Čalfa as one of its deputy prime ministers in December 1989 and, at the same time, I became a Chairman of the State Planning Commission. Until the first free elections held in June 1990, I had prepared the transformation of this “old state” institution into the Ministry of Economy as is usual in democratic and market economies. From June 1990 until the summer of 1992, I was a Czechoslovak Minister of Economy and after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia I held a position of the Czech Minister of Industry for five years. It was a beautiful time full of difficult work, amazing changes, successes and mistakes. Many people, though certainly not all, praise me for this work today. Nonetheless, I am very grateful to my destiny for the opportunity to do this work. More…

Adviser to large international companies

After I had left the government in June 1997, I was soon contacted by two international companies. These were ABB, which controls a lot of important companies in the Czech Republic and in the region, and investment bank Goldman Sachs, which was just beginning its activities in Central Europe. In the first case, I became an adviser to the management of ABB in the Czech Republic at that time, in the second case, I became a member of the group of international advisers and my task was to create entrepreneurial contacts in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2010, my cooperation with ABB ended, but I still work for Goldman Sachs. Over the years, I worked for a number of other large companies as well. More…

University teacher

At the end of my studies at the University of Economics I was offered to become a teacher in the Department of Econometrics (mathematical methods in economics). I began to like teaching and I remained enamoured by it until now; actually, I have been teaching my whole life, except for almost eight years when I was a (government) minister. I started at the University of Economics in Prague; shortly before revolution I ran seminars at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University and, at the turn of millennium, I was offered to run a course at the Institute of Economic Studies at Charles University. I liked it so much that I still teach the course now. I also held and continue to hold a number of other academic positions, including that at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. More…

Economist and President of the Czech Chamber of Commerce

Economics (and a little bit of statistics and probability) turned out to be my professional destiny. In the 1980s, I worked in the Academy of Sciences, defended my dissertation thesis (similar to today’s Ph.D.), and created mathematical models of the socialist economy at that time. I also received invitations to conferences and congresses in the Western Europe and U.S. where I delivered my lectures. In the Prognostic Institute I was involved in the discussions about transformation of an inefficient socialist economy at that time. After leaving politics, in addition to working for my clients, I continued to publish and participated in economic life. Between 2009 and 2013, I was a member of the National Economic Council of the government and I was appointed there again today. More…

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