Tomas Sedlacek – Keynote Speaker

Author of Economics of Good and Evil, philosopher of economics

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Specialist Subjects

  • Globalisation
  • Europe
  • Macro-economics
  • Economics Trends
  • Growth
  • Society
  • Philosophy of economics


  • English


Tomas Sedlacek gained international fame for his award-winning, bestselling book Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street (2011) which was translated into 17 languages and received the prestigious German “Wirtschaftsbuchpreis” at Frankfurt Book Fair for its original philosophical contribution to economics. In 2015 he was listed among the top 100 most influential global thinkers.

Born in 1977 in Prague, at the age of 24, Sedlacek became an economic advisor of Czech president Václav Havel. Later he became a member of the National Economics Council, the advisory body to the Czech Prime Minister. During his fellowship at Yale University, Yale Economic Review ranked him among five hot young minds in economics. He currently works as a chief macroeconomic strategist at Czech commercial bank CSOB.

Sedlacek is a member of Program Council for New Economic Thinking of the World Economic Forum and was a member of an advisory body to EU President Barroso on a New Narrative for Europe. He lectures at Charles University and sits on boards of many non-profit organisations.

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