Petr Zahradník

Former Member
European Economic and Social Committee

Petr Zahradník is a Czech macroeconomist, specialised in EU economic policy and development topics. In 2015 - 2020, he was a Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels. In 2018 - 2020, he was a Member of the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC) in Luxembourg. Since 2014, he has been an Adviser to the President of the Czech Chamber of Commerce, and since 2016 also a Member of the Strategic and economic analysis team at Česká spořitelna/ Erste Bank. In 2009 - 2014, he was a Member of the National Economic Council of the Government of the Czech Republic (NERV), in 1995 - 1998, he was Economic Adviser to Czech President Václav Havel. Since 2005, he has been a Member of EuroTeam, an expert group affiliated with DG ECFIN of the European Commission. Since 2010, he has been a Member of EPOS, an expert group for the EU Cohesion Policy with the Czech Ministry for Regional Development. In 2014 - 2017, he was an External Economic Policy Adviser to a Member of the European Parliament. In 2001 - 2013, he was ETI Professor (Economic Transformation and Intregration) at New York University.  In 2003, he was a founder and director for the ten consequent years of the EU Office at Česká spořitelna/ Erste Bank. Between 1999 and 2003, he was Chief Economist, Head of Research Department and Member of the Board of Directors at Conseq Finance/ Conseq Investment Management. Between 1995 and 1995, he was an economist at Patria Finance. He is a Member of Scientific Board at the Faculty of Finance at the University of Economy, Prague. He has registered about 13,000 quotations in Czech and foreign media. He is the author of hundreds of articles in Czech and foreign newspapers and tens of articles in specialised journals with impact. He is also the author of tens of strategic analyses, co-author of ten books and author of two monografies on EU economic and cohesion policies (C.H. Beck Publishing). He is a graduate from Columbia University (Economic Policy Management), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (European Studies in Economy), and University of Economics, Prague (Finance). 


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