Vladimír Dlouhy is currently international advisor for Goldman Sachs, located in Prague and covering the region of Central and Eastern Europe. He studied mathematical economics and econometrics at the School of Economics and at Charles University in Prague and later pursued MBA studies at Catholic University in Leuven (Belgium). Mr. Dlouhy started his professional career as university lecturer, and in 1983 he moved to the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences as a researcher, later becoming deputy director of the Forecasting Institute. In 1989, he was invited to join the first post-communist government, and he served as minister of economy of Czechoslovakia until 1992. After the split of the country, he served as minister of industry and trade of the Czech Republic until June 1997. He was simultaneously a member of the Parliament and vice-chairman of Civic Democratic Alliance, part of the governing coalition. In 1997, he announced his departure from politics and joined Goldman Sachs as an international advisor for Central and Eastern Europe. Between 1997 and 2010, he advised ABB in a similar capacity. Vladimir Dlouhy also holds the following positions: chairman of the Advisory Board, Chayton Capital, London, UK; non-executive director, KSK Power Ventur, Hyderabad, India; chairman of the Advisory Board, Meridiam Infrastructure, Paris, France; associate professor of macroeconomics and economic policy at Charles University, Prague; member of the Scientific Board, Faculty of Economics and Public Administration, School of Economics, Prague; and member of the Board of Overseers, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. He is the author of numerous publications. Vladimir Dlouhy was elected European deputy chairman of the Trilateral Commission in 2010.