Aleš Chmelař is the chief EU analyst at the Czech Government Office and head of its EU Policy Coordination Department. Until 2014, he worked as researcher of financial markets and household economics at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), the largest and oldest Brussels-based think tank. He specialized in European economic and financial policy, post-communist economic transformation, and industrial-policy strategies of Central and Eastern Europe. Ales was trained at the Financial Services Unit of the Secretariat General of the EU Council. He graduated from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics.