Prof. Jan Švejnar is a highly decorated economist who currently serves as the James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy and Director of the Center on Global Economic Governance at Columbia University. He is a distinguished Fellow of the European Economic Association and a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research (London) and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn. Prof. Švejnar has held numerous leadership roles throughout his career, including Founding Director of the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and Co-Director of the Transition Programme at the Center for Economic Policy Research in London. He has also served as President of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies, Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Governing Board member of the European Economic Association, and Economic Advisor to Czech President Václav Havel. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Neuron Prize for lifelong achievement from the Karel Janeček Endowment for Research and the IZA Prize in Labor Economics from the Institute for the Study of Labor. He thought at various prestigious universities including Columbia University, the University of Michigan, the University of Pittsburgh, and Cornell University. He received his master's and Ph.D. from Princeton University.