Alumni of the Month


Marek Kapička (březen 2017)

Marek Kapička comes from Prague, and he graduated from the IES’s Finance and Banking program in 1998. He continued with graduate studies at the University of Chicago in USA, where in 2003 he earned a Ph.D in economics. Afterwards, Marek was an assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where, he became associate professor with tenure in 2012. In 2013-2015 and then again since the last year, Marek became an associate professor with tenure at CERGE-EI. In 2013-2015, Marek had also served as the Deputy Director for Research at CERGE-EI.
Marek has received a number of grants, fellowships and awards. Currently, he is a holder of the J. E. Purkyně Fellowship awarded by the Czech Academy of Sciences, he also won the Young Economist Award by the European Economic Association. In 2015 he was awarded the Marie Curie Career Integration Grant by the European Commission.
He has published in journals such as Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Monetary Economics, Review of Economic Dynamics or American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics. Marek’s research focuses on topics from macroeconomics, public finance, economic theory, and contract theory.
In his free time Marek enjoys skiing, running, biking and time spent with his family.

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Ivana Karhanová  (February 2017)

Ivana Karhanová (née Šalomonová in Znojmo) and finished her Master’s studies at the IES in 2005. She began gathering work experience while a student first as a hotel desk manager and later as a financial advisor. She continued working as a financial advisor after her graduation until 2008 when she joined Czech Television as a presenter for the programs “Studio Burza” and “Investorský magazín” on CT24. She stayed at Czech TV for two years before moving to Z1 television as an editor and a presenter of economic news. When Z1 TV ceased broadcasting Ivana started her own business, the PR agency Margetroid, which serves clients in the financial and investment sector. In addition, Ivana founded a babyfriendly café called “Králík v rádiu”(“Rabbit in the Radio”) The cafe quickly found a loyal clientele, leading Ivana to open a second establishment, a childrens` playroom with bistro, in autumn 2016. Ivana devotes her free time mostly to her family and to athletic activities such as running long-distance races.

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Ondřej Strádal (January 2017)

Ondřej Strádal comes from Liberec and he received his master's degree at the IES in 1998. Besides IES he also passed CFA exams, which he successfully completed in 2003. Immediately after the graduation at the IES he started to work at the Dealing of the Czech National Bank, where he spent nearly six years. In 2004 he began to work in London at Goldman Sachs as a Bond Salesman. There, he was in charge of relations with a number of central banks within the field of investing their foreign exchange reserves. In 2007 he returned back to the Czech Republic to the Czech National Bank as a Senior Portfolio Manager and not later than in two years later, Ondřej became the Head of Foreign Reserves Management. He managed a team of six portfolio managers investing foreign exchange reserves of the CNB. He was responsible for assets that increased up to over 70 billion USD during the intervention. In December 2016 he became an advisor of Michaela Erbenová, one of the executive directors of the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C.. He is in charge of preparation of her speeches and statements, in order to reflect the interests of the countries represented in the Fund. He also takes care of the relations between the Czech Republic and the IMF.
In his spare time he likes reading, he is interested mainly in modern history and politics. He enjoys hockey, which he watches regularly and plays personally at an amateur level.

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Jiří Poláček (December 2016)

Jiří Poláček, born in Prague, finished his master studies at the IES in 2014. A year after the graduation he managed to get his PhDr. title here. During his studies at the IES Jiří spent an Erasmus stay in Italy at the University of Bologna and he gained experience in the Advanced Risk Management company, where he was auditing models of credit and market risk.
But Jiří does not only deal with Economics. When finishing his first year at the IES, Jiří began to study opera singing and acting at the Prague Conservatoire and he graduated here in 2015. During his studies of opera singing he successfully participated in several singing competitions, he was awarded first prize in the competition of Bohuslav Martinů, the Mozartian Dušek competition, or in the contest of Conservatories in Pardubice. He performed, for example, as Podkolesin in The Mariagge of Bohuslav Martinů in the Theatre of J.K.Tyla in Pilsen or as Count Baccelone in Gassman’s La Contessina in Český Krumlov. Currently he sings the role of Masetto in Mozart's opera Don Giovanni in Prague Estates Theatre. Jiří also participates in the project of the Prague State Opera for children where he performs the role of Papageno in Mozart's Magic Flute or Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen.
In addition to his artistic career Jiří remains loyal to his original profession. He combines his artistic ambitions with his economic education. Right after the graduation from the IES, Jiří started to work in GE Money Bank at the position of Scoring Analyst and since this year, he works here as a Model Governance Analyst.
Besides singing he enjoys theater, literature and traveling.

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Katřina Kortová (November 2016)

Kateřina Kortová was born in Nové Město na Moravě, and currently lives in Jersey, a small British island that is part of the Channel Islands. She has been working there for PricewaterhouseCoopers CI LLP as an Associate for almost a year and a half and so far she has successfully passed her ACCA exams.
She finished her studies at the IES in 2013 with a master's degree. A year later, she gained another master's degree at the Tilburg University in the Netherlands. After she studied she started working as an Accounting Analyst in the Slovak branch of IBM. In August 2015, she moved to Jersey to work in the Advisory practice at PwC.
During her studies at the IES, Kateřina worked for more than a year at PwC Czech Republic in the Business Recovery Services and later as a secretary of the Turnaround Management Association Czech Republic. She also completed an internship at the office of the Chief Economist at Komercni banka.
In her spare time, Kateřina likes to cook and discover new restaurants. She also enjoys hiking and during the winter, skiing and snowboarding.

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Jakub Rojček (October 2016)

Jakub Rojček comes from Zilina in Slovakia and he graduated as a Bachelor at the IES in 2008. At the same time, he also gained a bachelor's degree at the University of Economics in Prague. Jakub continued with his studies in Germany at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn, and in 2010 he achieved his MSc. in Bonn. In 2010, Jakub started with his Ph.D. studies at the University of Zürich in Switzerland, and this year, this study was successfully completed. In his research he focused on topics like Market microstructure, High-frequency Trading, Quantitative Finance and Asset Pricing. He also spent several months as a Research Assistant in Vancouver, Canada in 2015. In addition to regular studies he attended several summer schools, such as the Summer School in Quantitative Finance in Prague or Complex System Summer School in Santa Fe, USA. Jakub gathered his working experience already during his undergraduate studies, either as a research assistant of Professor Karel Janda, or as an Operations Analyst at Wood & Co., while there he later worked as a Business Analyst. After successful completion of his doctoral studies Jakub stays in Switzerland and since June 2016 he joined LGT Capital Partners as an Asset Allocation Analyst.
In his free time Jakub plays floorball, he enjoys diving, travelling and trail running.

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Petra Valíčková (September 2016)

Petra is from Silesia, Třinec. She finished her Masters degree in 2012 and has since continued with her PhD studies at the IES while also working as an Economic Consultant in London. She completed her undergraduate degree at Masaryk University in Brno at the Faculty of Economics and Administration. During that time she spent one year at École Supérieure de Commerce in Montpellier, France, and also worked for a non-governmental organisation: Le Mouvement Européen-France in Paris. She completed her studies with first class honours and then moved to the IES for her postgraduate studies. While completing her Masters degree she taught French and in 2011 started working for Ernst & Young in the Performance & Improvement Department in Prague. At the IES she received a number of awards, such as the Renomia Recognition Award for work in development economics and the Karel Engliš Award for the best graduate in social sciences. She also participated in a university exchange program in Australia, at the University of Queensland. As for her career, after having worked at Ernst & Young for two years, in 2013 Petra joined an international economics consultancy in London, Frontier Economics, where she currently focuses on energy markets. From October 2016, Petra will also be teaching a new course at the IES – Energy Markets & Economics. In her free time Petra enjoys sports, especially cycling, hiking and running. Recently, and for the first time, she ran a half-marathon. When not busy with sports, Petra likes trying out new recipes and exploring new places such as sidewalk cafes or local restaurants. She also loves travelling and spending time with her friends and family.

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Radek Halamka (August 2016)

Originally from Havlíčkův Brod, Radek Halamka finished his studies at the IES in 2015 and now he works in London, at Enclude as an Analyst in Capital Advisory Services. Enclude is a company that works only with clients who generate, besides of their financial profit, positive impact on the society and environment. He started there right after finishing his Master at the IES, also thanks to his previous working experience with Global Alliance for Banking on Values as part of an Erasmus+ internship. Global Alliance for Banking on Values is a member organisation of banks that use their assets to make positive changes to the world around us. Radek found the internship by following the topic of his diploma thesis on ethical banking. Prior to that he spent a year working as a Financial Analyst at Accenture, and from 2012 to 2015 he was a lead of a regional unit of the International Human Rights Film Festival One World in Havlíčkův Brod. Apart from his studies of Economics Radek also graduated from Political Science and International Relations at FSS CU and he got through summer schools: Summer School on Social Banking, Institute for Social Banking, or American Institute on Political and Economic Systems, TFAS Summer School. While studying Political Science, Radek spent a semester at the Lund University in Sweden. In his free time Radek likes cycling, jogging, reading and spending the time with his family and girlfriend.

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Ladislav Wintr (July 2016)

Originally from Přerov, Ladislav Wintr graduated from the IES in 2002. His Master’s thesis was awarded the Dean’s honors and the Karel Engliš Award by the Charles University Rector for the best M.A. thesis. During his studies, Ladislav spent one semester in Ireland at the University of Limerick in the framework of the Erasmus program. While studying, he was also working as a programmer. After finishing the IES, he continued his studies in the USA. He got another M.A. degree at Clark University and received his Ph.D. from the same university in 2006 in the field of applied econometrics and industrial organization. In 2004 he was a trainee at the Central Bank of Luxembourg, where he, among others, analyzed pricing in the e-commerce. After finishing his Ph.D. in the USA, he worked at the National Bank of Belgium as an economist/researcher and came back to the Central Bank of Luxembourg as an economist in 2008. Here he conducts research in the field of monetary policy and labor economics. Ladislav spends his free time with his family, and when he has some spare time, he enjoys digital photography, cycling and hiking.

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Svatoslav Kylar (June 2016)

Svatoslav Kylar comes from Liberec and he has finished his Master studies at the IES in 2000. For the last 8 years, he works as a Partner at the management consulting company Grant Thornton Advisory. Currently he is running over a new startup SimpleCell in Slovakia as well. He started to work at Grant Thornton Advisory in 2008, the original name of the company was Facility. Despite of the demanding working position of Partner, he managed to graduate from foreign university. He gained a title Master of Laws at the Nottingham Trent University. Sváťa acquired experience even as a Head of Regulatory & Competition Affairs at Czech Post or as a Head of Costing & Profitability at Czech Telecom (later Telefonica O2). He started to work while doing his Master´s at the IES. He became a Relationship Manager at IPB and he fluently continued with this job after the end of his studies.
Sváťa devotes almost all his free time to his family and to sport. He enjoys triathlon; he likes testing and crossing his own physical abilities at the long-distance races like” Ironman”.

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Markéta Mravcová (May 2016)

Markéta Mravcová, by her maiden name Šlaisová, comes from Prague and she finished her studies at the IES with the PhDr. in 2001. During her Master studies, she spent a semester at the Humboldt University in Berlin. After this experience, still studying, she started to work as a Research Analyst at CDA. After finishing her Masters she joined the company EEIP, where she was a Consultant for RWE within the project of privatization of Czech gas industry. And that was a forming moment for her future career. In 2002 Markéta started to work directly at RWE as an Analyst and then she moved to a position of a Senior Manager, where she led a team of 5 people. In 2007 Markéta became a team leader of Sales Governance and was responsible for portfolio management, pricing and sales controlling across all RWE sales companies in CZ. After that Markéta had two short career breaks to fulfill her maternity duties, but she returned back to work soon. Since 2013 she has been working as a Senior Manager Commercial Modelling & Sales Business Development and currently she works as Senior Manager of Innovations & Sales Business Development. Apart from her job, Markéta devotes her time to coaching. She is a certified coach. Markéta spends her free time with her family, she likes skiing, cycling, mountain hiking, modern dancing and yoga.

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Sylvie Dvořáková (April 2016)

Sylvie Dvořáková finished her studies at the IES with the PhDr. in Economics in 2014. She passed two study stays abroad, first at the University of Sorbonne in Paris and the second at the University of Washington in Seattle. On the second one she appeared on the Dean's List, for excellent study results. She was also a member of academic senate at the FSS CU. In 2010. she started working as an Executive Assistant to PhDr. Tomáš Sedláček. Among her duties, Sylvie was responsible for his time schedule, she was organizing his foreign travels and the propagation of his book Economics of Good and Evil. At the same time Sylvie was working for the National Economic Council of the Czech Government as the main coordinator of its student part. She was responsible for hiring new students, she also participated at the proceedings, and as a member of Public Finance subcommittee she, together with Tomáš Sedláček, wrote a document recapitalizing all Public Finance reforms and world institutions’ recommendations since 1999. After completing her master studies, Sylvie started to work as a Business Analyst at the department of Risk Consulting at KPMG. She focused mainly on the consulting within the banking sector. She also became the face of the KPMG hiring campaign. In 2015 Sylvie was hired to PPF group as a Regulatory Reporting Specialist Senior. Currently she works there as a Head of Regulatory Reporting and she is responsible for the regulatory reporting for the financial part of the Group to the Czech National Bank. She deals with banking and prudential regulation in terms of capital and liquidity adequacy according to CRR/CRD regulation. In her free time, Sylvie likes painting, indoor climbing, badminton, she meditates and is interested in personal development.

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Pavel Streblov (March 2016)

Pavel Streblov comes from Mariánské Lázně and he finished his studies at the IES in 2005. Since 2012 he has been working at the development section of Penta Investments as Senior Business Development Manager. He is responsible for major development projects in Prague, such as the revitalization of the former factory Waltrovka, the project „Business Central District“ in the surroundings of the Masaryk Train Station and he is also involved in the expansion of the real estate division of Penta in Poland. Before 2012 Pavel was working as an External Advisor for the revitalization of banking real estate portfolios and as an Investment Manager at the Discovery Group Fund 3C L.P. He was responsible for the analyses and for the acquisitions of the real estate projects in there. Even during his Bachelor studies Pavel, together with some his IES colleagues, was working in the commercial think-tank e-Merit on the publication The Rise and Fall of IPB. He prospered from this knowledge of the banking sector at the position of an Advisor at the Ministry of Finance which lasted two years and later on at the internship in London at JPMorgan. After the graduation at the IES, Pavel started to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science and in 2006 he gained another MSc in European Political Economy. In 2014 Pavel acquired the third MSc in Real Estate at the University of Reading. Pavel relaxes mainly by the sport; he plays basketball and he likes skiing, sailing and windsurfing.

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Katarína Marková (February 2016)

Katarína Marková comes from the Slovak Bratislava. She finished her studies at the IES in 2009. During her Master’s studies she passed a study stay at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. Her working path has started at the company EEIP, after that she started to work in Bancroft Private Equity at the position of the Investment Analyst. During this practice, she also spent some time in Vienna. In 2012 she begun to work in the Strategy Division of ČEZ. Two years later Katarina moved to Israel where she started to study Soafer International MBA at the Tel Aviv University. While studying she has been interning in the Incentive technology incubator and now, after completing her MBA, she works at KPMG as Senior Associate in M&A. She helps Israeli companies with international expansion, mainly through raising of capital from international investors. She also volunteers at the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel. In her free time, Katarína likes travelling, does joga, and she studies Hebrew.

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Tomáš Vyhnánek  (January 2016)

Tomáš Vyhnánek was born in České Budějovice and graduated at the IES in 2005. Since July 2015, Tomas has been the Deputy Minister of Finance - section Financial Management and Audit. Previously, he was the Director of Central Harmonization Unit. Tomáš is an expert in Analysis, Controlling and Audit of Public Finances. He has held various managerial positions at Deloitte Advisory and CSOB with focus on public administration. He also worked as the Director of Analytical Departments of the Ministry of Health. Tomáš started his career during his studies at the IES. He founded with other students the e-Merit company, which specializes in the analysis and case studies of leading transformation projects. The main project of this student commercial think-tank was the study The Rise and Fall of IPB (2002). During undergraduate studies, Tomáš also worked in the Office of the President of the Senate. After successful Bachelor's degrees in Economics at the IES and Political Science and International Relations at the IPS FSV UK, Tomáš chose the field of Economic Policy for his Master's program. He studied Czech studies and history on the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University, but he did not finish these studies. Tomas devotes his leisure mainly to organizational and educational activities within the Embellishment Society for Terčino Valley, New Castle and surroundings, of which he is Vice-Chairman.

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Tereza Lokajíčková (December 2015)

Tereza Lokajíčková was born in Prague and finished her studies at the IES in 2010. She managed to pass her first study stay abroad at the University of Bath, UK, already during her bachelor studies. For her Master she chose the programme Economics, Economic Policy and European Integration. Meanwhile, she started to work as audit assistant in Deloitte where she stayed for two years. During her Master’s programme, she started to do research for the French Institute for Research in Social Science and she worked as financial analyst in Discovery Group. In 2010 she moved to Belgium, where she was hired by ING as business and market analyst. Later she got the position of socio-economic analyst at the European Commission. At the same time Tereza studied law at the University of London and she passed several courses at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Currently, she works as case handler in Directorate-General for Competition at the European Commission. In her free time, Tereza plays the saxophone in a Czech music group and she likes dancing. However, she spends most of her free time with her family, she is married and she has a two-year-old daughter.

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Filip Rozsypal (November 2015)

Filip Rozsypal was born in Prague and he started his studies at the IES in 2002. A year later he began to study at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at the Charles University. He successfully finished both with the Bachelor degree and then continued at the IES in Master program Economic Theories. Meanwhile he spent a semester abroad, in France at the University of Sorbonne. After finishing his Masters, Filip decided to study at the prestigious London School of Economics and was awarded a second Master degree here. Thanks to the scholarship from the Bakala Foundation, Filip continued in his doctoral studies in Cambridge. He spent an academic year in the USA at the Stanford University. Filip finished his doctorate title this year (2015) and he started to work as a Research Office (Post-Doc.) at the London School of Economics in May. When he has some spare time, Filip relaxes by playing football, chess and guitar. He admits, however, that he has almost no time for these hobbies.

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Vít Bubák (October 2015)

Vít Bubák comes from Pardubice and he finished his doctoral studies at the IES in 2010. During his studies he had a number of study stays abroad. As soon as he enrolled in the Masters program, he spent a semester at the University of Queensland and right after that at Université Catholique de Louvain. He finished his Masters at the IES in 2005 and, while a doctoral student, he also worked at Wood & Company in Prague, taught courses at the IES and at the Anglo American University in Prague, and graduated with a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Iowa. In 2010, he finished his doctoral studies and was awarded a doctoral degree both by the IES and Sorbonne in Paris. He has subsequently worked as an Associate Director for Fitch Solutions in London and New York, spent some time working as an Analytical Consultant at Credit Capital Advisory, and currently works as a Statistician/Lead Analytical Consultant at Dun and Bradstreet in Washington, D.C. Vít was awarded a number of scholarships, e.g. from the French government, from Accenture/Open Society Fund, Sasakawa Young Leaders Foundation, and others. His research was awarded the Gaudeamus Award and two Alumni Prizes. Vít devotes his free time to his family.

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Petra Šobotníková (September 2015)

Petra Šobotníková was born in Prague and after attending a bilingual high school she started to study at the Institute of Economic Studies. During her studies, she participated in a couple of study abroad trips. She spent a semester in Germany, at the University of Hamburg, and later one term in the USA, Seattle, at the University of Washington. She has even been awarded a Quarterly Dean’s List honors there. Petra finished her master studies in 2011 and in the same year she started to work at PricewaterhouseCoopers Audit in Prague in the Assurance Department. In 2014 she was offered a job to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the United Kingdom in the town of Milton Keynes. She works there as Senior Associate. Petra is currently finishing her ACCA qualification and in her free time  she travels a lot.  

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Jan Zika (August 2015)

Jan Zika graduated from IES’s finance and banking program in 2007. He started his professional career in investment banking but soon switched to media. He has a varied background in television production having launched the Czech Republic’s first business news channel Z1 as Managing Editor and Head of Programming. In addition to programming strategy for the channel he also managed development of on-air graphics systems and data-driven financial graphics. At Czech Television, the Czech Republic’s national broadcaster, Jan oversaw graphics production for the Evening News, revived the on-air presentation style, and later served as news anchor and host of the morning news programs on the CT1 and CT24 channels. He has also consulted on production and content management systems and user experience design. Due to his broad array of experience in television and product development he was hired by NBCUniversal, the world’s largest mass-media company, to support its growth in real-time graphics.

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Tomáš Roubal  (July 2015)

Tomáš Roubal was born in South Bohemia and he graduated at the IES in 2005. During his studies he spent a semester in Finland, at the Hanken Svenska handelshögskolan, and later another semester in Germany, at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität. In the course of these study stays he was interested in health economics and he focused on this also during his studies at the University of New Orleans, USA. He has devoted his whole career to the field of health economics and health policy. In 2007 he worked at the Ministry of Health, as Main analyst, later on as Project manager, Advisor to the Minister of Health or Head of division of the health insurance funds regulation. In 2012 Tomáš worked at the OECD in Paris as an Intern. Currently, he is working as Health economist at the World Health Organization in South Africa, in Pretoria. Tomáš spends his free time by reading books, cycling, and practicing Iyengar yoga. He likes travelling as well, mostly going back to the Czech Republic.

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Zuzana Posoldová (June 2015)

Zuzana Posoldová (maiden name Tóthová) comes from Nove Zamky in Slovakia. She finished her studies at the IES in 2007. During her high-school studies she gained a number of foreign experiences. First, she spent a year studying in Australia and the following year at a high-school in Austria. She continued in her studies abroad also during university studies. During her Bachelors she spent a year at the University of Bath in the UK. During her Masters she chose the specialization of Finance and Banking and she passed a semester at the University of Konstanz in Germany. Furthermore, she studied French at the Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis in France. She speaks six languages fluently. Zuzana started her career during her Bachelor studies. In 2002, she began to work as an Analyst and PR assistant at BNP Paribas Asset Management. When she graduated, she became a Credit Analyst at BNP Paribas Corporate and Investment Banking. In 2010, she moved to Sweden, where she took on the position of the Head of Credit Analysts at BNP Paribas Fortis. She is currently on maternity leave with her second child. In her free time Zuzana enjoys cycling, skating, snowboarding and travelling.

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Viktor Zeisel (May 2015)

Viktor Zeisel was born in Prague and he finished his studies at the IES in 2011. He currently works at Komerční banka as an Economist, and he has been devoted to banking since the time of his studies. Viktor started his career at the department of the Investor relations at ČSOB where he worked during his bachelor studies. Then he spent a year abroad, at the University of Constance in Germany, partially thanks to the Erasmus program and partially thanks to the joint scholarship of Uof C, German-Czech company in Constance and the town Constance. When choosing his masters program, Victor decided to study the IES/CERGE-EI Joint Master in Economic Theory. At the same time he began to work at Komerční banka as an Analyst. Viktor later switched to the position of Economist in Monetary and Statistics Department at the Czech National Bank. He recently came back to Komerční banka as a senior Economist. Viktor spends his free time mainly doing sports activityies - he likes biking, hiking or swimming. He also relaxes by reading.

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Michal Šinka (April 2015)

Michal Šinka was born in Trenčín, Slovakia, and he graduated from the IES in 2011. His career path, however, took a completely different direction. Currently he lives in Prague and he is a professional musician and music producer. Michal has played the guitar since he was a child and after finishing high school he started to study at the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory in Prague. At the same time he began to study at the IES, as economic studies were the way to leave the door open for a career other than music. He finished both programs in the same year, and even after that he published several economic papers. Nevertheless, the music won. Michal was awarded a scholarship for the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, where he continued with his musical studies and majored in Guitar Performance and Contemporary Writing & Production. He finished it in 2014. Even during his studies he started composing and producing music. He combines classical guitar music with jazz, Brazilian styles and pop. Currently, Michal cooperates e.g. with a young American singer Claudia Atkinson. When he is not involved with music, he studies foreign languages. Together with travelling, this activity is one of his favorite ways to spend his free time.

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Adrian Lupusor  (March 2015)

Adrian Lupusor comes from Chisina, Republic of Moldova. He started his studies at the Academy of Economic Studies in Moldova where he received an MA in Financial and Banking Administration in 2010. The same year he began to study with us in the Master in Economics and Finance. He finished graduating “cum laude” in 2012. Adrian started to gain his working experience during his studies.

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Ivona Butcher  (February 2015)

Ivona Butcher (maiden name Hrušová) was born in Pardubice. She finished her studies at the IES, with a major in Finance, Financial Markets and Banking in 2011 with the PhDr. title. During her bachelor studies, she took the opportunity to spend a semester as an exchange student in Denmark. During her master studies at the IES, she started to work intensively on her career development in Next Finance and at the same time she received a Masters in Economics from WarsawUniversity. In the company Next Finace she worked as an Analyst of Financial Markets. In 2011 Ivona moved to the USA to study M.B.A. at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. After graduation in 2013, she started to work at the company Magnitude Capital in New York. She is responsible for researching investment strategies and development of business opportunities and new products. She also founded and manages Czech Sport Horse, a company that acts as a dealer between horse breeders and professional equestrians. No wonder that horses are her biggest hobby. Ivona spends the majority of her free time with them, by training  them in show jumping. If time allows her she relaxes with exercise – she does the triathlon.

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