17:00 - 19:30
Registration at 16:30
Park Lane International School
Valdštejnská 151, Prague 1 – Malá Strana
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The British Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to attend an Afternoon Tea with Mr. Jan Švejnar and Mr. Josef Zieleniec. Our distinguished guests will be discussing the current economic situation and various political issues. 

The discussion will be followed by a short networking session with the participating guests. The event is free-of-charge and is intended for the top managers of BCC members.

Partner of the event:

Jan Švejnar is the James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy and Director of the Center on Global Economic Governance at Columbia University. He focuses his research on (i) the effects of government policies on firms, labor and capital markets; (ii) corporate, national, and global governance and performance; and (iii) entrepreneurship, innovation and investment.

Professor Svejnar is also a founder and Chairman of CERGE-EI in Prague (an American-style MA-PhD program in economics that educates economists for Central-East Europe and the Newly Independent States). He is a Fellow of the European Economic Association and Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research (London) and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn. From 1992 to 1997, Professor Svejnar served as the Founding Director of the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

He also served as Co-Director of the Transition Programme at the Center for Economic Policy Research in London, President of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies, Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, editor of the Economics of Transition, Governing Board member of the European Economic Association, and Economic Advisor to President Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic. He was honored with a Neuron Prize for lifelong achievement from the Karel Janeček Endowment for Research and Science in 2012 and the 2015 IZA Prize in Labor Economics from the Institute for the Study of Labor. In 2008 he was one of two presidential candidates in the Czech Republic.

Prior to joining the faculty of Columbia University, Jan Svejnar was the Everett E. Berg Professor of Business Administration and Director of the William Davidson Institute at the Ross School of Business, Professor of Economics, and Professor and Director of the International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Before Michigan, Jan Svejnar was professor at the University of Pittsburgh and Cornell University. He received his BS from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and his MA and PhD in Economics from Princeton University. He is the author and editor of a number of books and has published widely in academic, policy, and practitioner-oriented journals. 

Josef Zieleniec spent the greater part of his professional career working as an economist. Prior to the fall of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia in 1989 he worked first in the Institute of Research in Engineering Technology and Economics Research, and later at the Institute of Economics of the Czechoslovak Academy of Science. Apart from research in microeconomic theory, he dealt with problems of economic transition from a centrally planned to market economy. The study „Czechoslovakia at the crossroads”, based on his research had a significant impact on discussions of economic reforms after 1989.

At the beginning of 1990 Josef Zieleniec founded The Center of Economic Research and Education (CERGE), the first American-style economics Ph.D. program in Central and Eastern Europe, at the Charles University in Prague. He became it’s first director, was also appointed senior lecturer in economics and was a member of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University. 

He is the co-founder of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) and acted as the Vice Chairman of the party since 1991. After the elections in 1992 Josef Zieleniec became Minister of International Relations of the Czech Republic (still part of the Federation), and was one was one of the negotiators of the separation of the Czechoslovak Federation.

After the split of Czechoslovakia on 1 January 1993 Josef Zieleniec was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the independent Czech Republic, and after the elections in 1996 also held the position of Deputy Prime Minister. As Minister of Foreign Affairs he opened and led negotiations that culminated in the Czech-German Declaration, the historical reconciliation between the two countries.

In October 1997 Josef Zieleniec refused to accept a controversial decision on financing of the Civic Democratic Party and resigned from his governmental and party functions.

After leaving the ODS he founded JZP, a consultancy dealing with investment banking and EU-related problems.

In the spring of 2000 Josef Zieleniec agreed to run in the elections to the Senate as an independent candidate with the support of the ‘Quad Coalition” (a coalition of four Czech political parties). He was elected to represent the Prague 4 district in the first round with 52,11% of votes. In the Senate he was a member of the Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security.

During his term in the Senate he focused his efforts on European Integration-related topics and fighting against corruption (he prepared, in co-operation with Transparency International, a draft new conflict of interest law). In 2002 he became a delegate of the Senate to the Convention on the Future of Europe. He worked in the Convention throughout its existence until July 2003 and participated in the preparation of the draft EU Constitution.

In the June 2004 European elections Josef Zieleniec led the list of candidates of SNK – the Association of Independents and European Democrats. The coalition won 11,02% of the vote and he became a Member of the European Parliament. He was a member of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and a substitute member of the Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs. He served also a substitute member in the Delegation for Relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Together with 13 other Czech MEP´s, he was, until the end of his mandate in 2009 a member of the Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats.

Josef Zieleniec currently teaches at the New York University. 

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