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Dalibor Roháč  

Ivan Mikloš  


Minister of Finance of the SR, born on 2nd June 1960 in Svidník. In 1983 he successfully graduated from the Faculty of National Economy at the University of Economics in Bratislava. Subsequently, he lectured at the University of Economics for seven years. Then he started his political career. During three election periods, he was a member of the Slovak government and for several years he served as chief economic think tank in MESA10. For the period of four years, he was a member of the Ecofin Council, i.e. the EU’s Council of Economic and Finance Ministers, for eight years he represented Slovakia at the annual meetings of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He was part of the re-launch of the Slovak economy at the turn of the century. He was instrumental in Slovakia’s accession to the OECD and launched a comprehensive and effective tax reform. He won many important awards, e.g. in 2004, he was declared the world’s best finance minister.

E-mail: miklos@upms.sk


Ján Tóth  



In 1997 he graduated in economics from Ohio State University in USA with the degree M.A., where he specialized in a postgraduate program in areas such as macroeconomics and monetary and international economics. He graduated from the Faculty of Management at the Comenius University in Bratislava. He also completed six short internships at the International Centre for Monetary and Banking Studies and FAME Institute in Geneva. During his studies, he was serving as an adviser to KPMG Policy Economics Group and Wall Street Journal.
In 1999 - 2006 he was a member of the Advisory Board of the Deputy Prime Minister for Economy and Ministry of Finance. He was a member of the Committee for macroeconomic forecasting, as well as the Committee for tax forecasting at the Ministry of Finance of the SR. He is the Chairman of the Club of Economy Analysts and a member of the Board of the Academic Ranking and Rating Agency. Toth was also a consultant for preparation of pension reform at the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the SR. He lectured economic policy at the Comenius University, as well as macroeconomics at the Bratislava Stock Exchange.
Later he worked in various positions: Chief Economist, Head of Analysis and Strategy, Director of Analytical Department, etc in commercial banks in Slovakia. Currently, he is the Directors of the Financial Policy Institute, the analytical capacity of the Ministry of Finance.

E-mail: toth@upms.sk

Juraj Karpiš  


He is a co-founder and a member of INESS since its inception. He graduated from the Faculty of Management at the Comenius University in Bratislava, specializing in financial management. Before his work in INESS, he was employed in commercial financial institutions abroad and in Slovakia. He focuses on economic policy, public finance, health and social system. He is a member of the Slovak Association of Economic Analysts (KEA).

E-mail: karpis@upms.sk

Lucia Žitňanská  

Ľudovít Ódor  


He graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and Faculty of Management at the Comenius University in Bratislava.
He started as a financial markets analyst at a commercial bank. Later he worked in the Slovak Rating Agency as an economist and deputy executive director. In the years 2003 - 2005, he was the Director of the Institute for Financial Policy and Chief Economist of the Ministry of Finance of the SR. In 2006 he became a member of the Bank Board of the NBS and executive director for the area of research. Currently, he is serving as an advisor to the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.

E-mail: odor@upms.sk

Martin Bruncko  


A graduate of several prestigious universities: Harvard University, Harvard Kennedy School (USA), Stanford University (USA, Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Paris, France) - International Program in Political and Social Sciences. In the past he worked as a consultant to OECD Economics Department for the implementation of Slovakia’s membership in OECD and World Bank as a consultant for a mid-term development strategy for the Slovak Republic aimed at the use of EU Structural Funds.

In the years 2003 - 2006 he served as the chief economic advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the SR. He is the main author of the Competitiveness Strategy for Slovakia ntil 2010 (Minerva). He was directly involved in the preparation and implementation of several reforms, including tax, pension and research and development reforms.
Currently, he is serving as an agent of the government for the knowledge economy. His main task is to create a strategy of building a knowledge society.

E-mail: bruncko@upms.sk

Miroslav Beblavý  


A graduate of mathematical gymnasium GAMČA in Bratislava. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Economics in Bratislava in the department of finance, and the same degree from the Academy of Performing Acts in the department of stage direction. Later he studied economics at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he completed master’s and doctoral studies. Already during his studies he worked as a commentator for SME and as analyst and project manager in INEKO and as director of SGI - Institute for Governance Society. In the years 2002 - 2006 he served as a State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family. Currently, he is a Member of Parliament of the SR. He also serves as associate professor at the Institute of Public Policy and Economics FSEV UK and as a coordinator of European research project NEUJOBS on the future of employment in Europe.

E-mail: beblavy@upms.sk

Peter Pažitný  


Founding partner and director of Health Policy Institute and Central & Eastern European Health Policy Network. In 2002 – 2005 he was the main advisor of Minister of Health Rudolf Zajac. He occupies with health politics and economics of healthcare. Peter Pažitný graduated from Faculty of Commerce at University of Economics in Bratislava, studied also at Semmleweis Egyetem in Budapest, and at Health Services Management Training Centre.

E-mail: pazitny@upms.sk


Ronald Ižip  


He graduated from the Faculty of National Economy at the University of Economics in Bratislava in the specialization of banking and finance. After the graduation, he conducted operations in the money market and managed bank financial risks for banking institutions at home and abroad. Currently, he is working for a brokerage firm as an analyst of the global financial market.

E-mail: izip@upms.sk

Vladimír Vaňo  


He is the graduate of Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien and Carlson School of Management. A laureate of the Academic Prize of the Rector of Comenius University has extended his education, in addition to Faculty of Management, thanks to scholarships won by means of contests at College of Charleston, Georgetown University and New York University. He has got an expert practice abroad during the interships at economic think tank in Washington D.C. and headquarters of Merrill Lynch. He started to gather experience with the course of events in the Slovak economy in 90´s at Deloitte&Touche;. He entered into banking sector in 1999 as the assistant to the Chief Economist of ING. After coming back from New York he became the Head of Research department with Treasury Division of Slovenská Sporiteľňa. Since 2002 he is regular columnist on financial markets in the weekly magazine TREND. In September 2007 he accepted an offer to become the Chief Analyst of VOLKSBANK Slovensko.

E-mail: vano@upms.sk