Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is a consulting body of the Director that comments and advises mainly on the external relations, opportunities, and job placement of the graduates.


Dr. Zdeněk Drábek: An independent adviser following his retirement as Senior Adviser in the World Trade Organization (1994-2007). He was educated in Prague, Cambridge and Oxford. He founded and chaired the Department of Economics at the University of Buckingham (1978-80) and co-founded the Joint Vienna Institute (1996), a training institute of the World Bank, IMF, BIS, OECD, WTO and EBRD. He worked in the World Bank (1983-1990) and served as the Chief International Negotiator for the Czechoslovak Government (EU and GATT 1990-94). He's been published widely in major professional economics journals and has written or co-written 11 books and more than 100 scholarly articles.
PhDr. Tomáš Honěk: The President of the IES Alumni Association and consultant with McKinsey and Company. He has advised market leaders mainly in banking and energy since 2007. He has worked for clients in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, Russia and Slovakia. Before 2006 he was an Investment Analyst in AMCICO AIG Life, where he co-managed the $500 million fixed-income portfolio. He holds a PhDr. title in Economics from Charles University, where he graduated in 2007 summa cum laude, with the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Master Thesis. He also graduated with Masters in Business Administration at Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.
Mgr. Karel Janeček, MBA, Ph.D.: The Founder and the largest shareholder of RSJ. His main responsibilities are to develop and implement mathematical trading algorithms, and to design the strategy and vision for RSJ. Additionally, Karel teaches graduate courses in Financial Mathematics for the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Karel also publishes research articles in scientific journals in the area of applied stochastic calculus. Previous experience: In 1998-2000 Karel worked for a hedge fund Market Research, Ltd. as a mathematical analyst. In 2004-2005 he was a researcher in the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Karel founded RSJ in 1994.
PhDr. Tomáš Jaroš: Executive Director, Retail Banking Design in ČSOB (KBC Group). Tomáš joined ČSOB in 1999. In 2006, he was promoted to the Executive Director level being first responsible for Comprehensive Business & Marketing Support. In 2012-2014, he managed Consumer Finance in the Czech Republic. Currently, he is in charge of Multi-brand Retail Banking Design and its strategic positioning. Tomas holds a PhDr. title in Economics from Charles University (2000). He was awarded Karel Engliš Prize for the outstanding Master Thesis and excellent studying results. In 2000-2004, he led tutorials in Econometrics, Capital Markets and Financial Management at the IES. Tomas also attended executive courses at Vlerick Business School in Gent and Leuven.
Ing. Martin Kálovec, Ph.D.: Partner & Managing Director, BCG Prague. He joined the BCG Prague office in 2001. Prior to that he worked as a researcher and lecturer in economics, game theory and industrial organization, and as a strategy consultant at a leading management consulting firm. Martin Kálovec works with telecommunications and financial services clients, mainly in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Germany and North America. He spent a year in North American region as a BCG Ambassador working with leading telecommunication and pharmaceutical companies. Martin holds Ph.D in Economics from CERGE-EI in Prague, M.A. degree in International trade from Prague School of Economics and was visiting student at Stanford University.
Mgr. Vladimír Kreidl: Board Member and Chief Officer for Retail Banking (Raiffeisenbank). Vladimír is known for his early engagement as the chief economist of Patria Finance in the 1990s; later he became a co-founder and director of Patria Online. Then he moved to McKinsey & Company to work on various banking and insurance projects. In that position, he also cooperated with the Raiffeisen group, mainly in respect of the successful integration of eBanka, development of corporate banking or the launch of Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen private banking. He joined Raiffeisenbank in October 2013. He graduated from Faculty of Social Sciences and London School of Economics (LSE).
doc. Ing. Lubomír Lízal, Ph.D.: Board member of the Czech National Bank since February 2011 and a respectable academic economist. His research covers economics of transition, econometrics, applied microeconomics, industrial organization, corporate governance, competitiveness, and environmental economics. Between 2003-2008, he served as Director of CERGE-EI. From August 2010 to February 2011 he was a Member of the National Economic Council (NERV) and from November 2010 to February 2011 also a Member of Supervisory Board of ČEZ.
Mgr. Jan Marek: Partner, Deloitte. He leads the valuation and financial modeling team in the whole Central Europe. He joined Deloitte in 2000 and specialises in valuation and financial modelling for litigation, transaction, transfer pricing and regulation purposes. Jan has led projects in a number of European countries, USA, as well as in Ethiopia and Iraq. Prior to joining Deloitte, Jan worked as a portfolio manager and stockbroker at the Prague Stock Exchange. He graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences. Jan is the president of the European chapter of the American Society of Appraisers and a member of the Committee for experts at the Czech Ministry of Justice.  Jan is a member of the Business Valuation Board at the International Valuation Standards Council, which is a not-for-profit organisation that produces and implements universally accepted standards for the valuation of assets.



Mgr. Pavel Nepala: Managing Partner, RENOMIA, Inc. He graduated from the Institute of Economic Studies, Charles University in Prague, he attended the training program at the Sorbonne University of Paris. Currently he is co-owner and Managing Partner RENOMIA, Inc., which is a leading brokerage firm for companies in insurance, claims handling and risk management in the Czech market. He works mainly in these areas:  strategic issues in international cooperation, marketing, business and information technology. Mgr. Nepala is a member of the Board of Directors of the world's leading network of insurance brokers Worldwide Broker Network (WBN) and represents RENOMIA, as in other multinational organizations. It is a board member of Children Foundation of Tereza Maxova.
Ing. Tomáš Varcop, MBA: Member of the Board of Directors RWE Transgas, Inc. and Chief Commercial Officer, responsible for sales of natural gas and power of group RWE in the Czech Republic. He is a member of the supervisory boards of Severomoravská plynárenská, a.s.,  Východočeská plynárenská, a.s. and Jihomoravská plynárenská, a.s. During  2003-2007 he was Director of Business and Trading of Západoslovenská energetika, Inc., and a member of the Board of Directors ZSE Energia, Inc. From 1993 to 2002 he worked in Accenture for clients in electricity and gas sector on projects in Great Britain, Germany, Finland, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. He graduated from the University of Technology in Brno as well as an MBA program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Faculty members

  • Oldřich Dědek: Professor, Director of Master Studies, Head of Department of Macroeconomics
  • Martin Gregor: Associate Professor, Director
  • Roman Horváth: Associate Professor, Deputy Director for Research, Head of Department of European Integration and Economic Policy
  • Julie Chytilová:  Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Head of Department of Institutional Economics
  • Karel Janda: Professor, Head of Department of Microeconomics
  • Evžen Kočenda: Professor, Head of Department of Finance and Capital Markets
  • Michal Mejstřík: Professor, Chairman of the Advisory Board
  • Jan Ámos Víšek: Professor, Director of Doctoral Studies

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