Aleš Chmelař is Czech State Secretary for European Affairs. He worked as a financial markets researcher at the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), the largest and oldest think-tank in Brussels. Since 2014, he has been the head European analyst at the Czech Government Office and Head of EU Economic Policy Coordination. He specializes in European economic and financial policy, the transformation of post-communist countries, and the industrial strategy of Central Europe. He studied at Sciences Po in Paris (BA, European Affairs) and at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He holds an MSc degree in European Political Economy.