Vaclav Klaus is the President of the Czech Republic since 2003. A highly respected economist whose knowledge of business within Central and Eastern European counties makes for a thought provoking, entertaining and visionary presentation.
Vaclav Klaus is the President of the Czech Republic since 2003. In February 2008 he was re-elected for a second five year term. He is recognised as one of the most influential post-communist leaders in Eastern Europe. He also served as the Czech Prime Minister from 1992-1997 and as President of the Czech Parliament from 1998 to 2002.
As part of the initial wave of post-communist reformers he rose to power following the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe.
After studying in Prague, Italy and at Cornell University in the USA Vaclav Klaus started his career as a researcher at the Institute of Economics at the Czech Academy of Sciences. In 1987 he became Head of the Department of Macroeconomic Policy at the Institute. One of the founders of the Czech Civic Forum Movement (OF), the leading political organisation after the Velvet Revolution of 1989, he served as the first non-communist finance minister from December 1989 to July 1992 after more than forty years of communist rule. In October 1991, he became the Deputy Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia and in June 1992 was appointed Prime Minister for the Czech Republic. In March 1996, he was elected as Vice-Chairman of the European Democratic Union.
He is a member of the Mont Perlin Society and a recipient of the Schumpeter Prize for Economy. Among other awards and doctorates he has received the prize of the International Freedom Foundation and the prize of the Max Schmidheiny Foundation.
His views on inflation, monetary and fiscal policies, comparative economic systems and economic transformation have been published in many scientific journals around the world. His experience and insight in international affairs make him a sought-after speaker.
He is the author of many books including Blue Planet in Green Shackles: What is Endangered : Climate of Freedom? (2008) and On the Road to Democracy: The Czech Republic from Communism to Free Society (2005)
- Developments in Central and Eastern Europe
- Transformation of Economies
- Visions and Strategies for an Enlarged European Union
- Leadership and Change
- Monetary and Fiscal Policies