Petr Zahradník is a Czech economist focused especially on the economic policy and macroeconomic analysis of the European Union. Currently is a Member of one of the EU institutions - the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels, where he works also as Policy Adviser in the European Parliament. He is also an Adviser to the President of the Czech Chamber of Commerce and indemendent economist and consultant especially on the field of strategic economic analysis. He has spent 20 years in the Czech and international business environment in the positions of the Director of Brussels representation of the energy corporation ČEZ, as Founder and Director of EU Office at the financial group Česká spořitelna/ Erste Group Bank, as Board Member and Chief Economist of investment house Conseq, or economist with another investment bank Patria Finance. Before that he spent five years at prominent research centres in the world, including the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria, the Institute for European and International Affairs in Luxemburg, the LICOS at the Katholieke Uniniversiteit Leuven in Belgium, at the common project of the Columbia University and the World Bank, or the Queen Mary and Westfield College of the University of London.
He was also Economic Adviser to President Václav Havel, or the Member of the National Economic Council of the Government of the Czech Republic, and Adviser to many ministers and institutions, including the European Commission.
He publishes and is quoted extensively in local as well as international media.