President (2003 – 2013) and Prime Minister of the Czech Republic (1992 – 1997)
An academic economist by training, Václav Klaus was forced out of the Academy of Sciences after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, returning after the so-called ‘Velvet Revolution’ of 1989 as one of the founders of the Civic Forum Movement.
Dr. Klaus was the country’s first non-Communist Finance Minister and, from 1992 to 1997, served as Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. From 2003 to 2013, he was the nation’s President, and now runs the Václav Klaus Institute, a free market think-tank in Prague. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, founded by the distinguished economist, Friedrich von Hayek.