We are pleased to announce that the winner of Alumni Award is Branislav Saxa. Congratulations and thanks again for your dedication to the CERGE-EI community!

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Pictures from the Graduation Gala, where Alumni Award was presented, can be found on Flickr.


This year's Alumni Awards are launched in recognition of alumni achievements or their contribution to the CERGE-EI community. The nominations that we received from members of the CERGE-EI community are listed below.

Note: one of the nominations could not be listed, as the person was nominated for her contribution to the CERGE-EI community during her study (not after graduation). Similarly, two other nominations had to be excluded because the nominees serve as current faculty members.

Jana Cahlíková (PhD in Economics, 2016)
Alumni achievement

Jana is currently a Senior Research Fellow (Postdoc) at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance (Department of Public Economics) in Munich, Germany. She focuses on behavioral and experimental economics and has been running experiments on hostility, discrimination, and behavior under acute stress. She has recently coauthored an article on ethnic hostility, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), which is one of the world's most-cited and comprehensive multidisciplinary scientific journals. She remains in close contact with CERGE-EI, volunteering in projects for prospective and current students (such as the Economics Discovery Hub).


Jan Mysliveček (PhD in Economics, 2009)
Contribution to the CERGE-EI community

Jan, a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group in Brno, Czech Republic, is focusing on energy economics. Despite all his assignments, he has volunteered in a number of CERGE-EI projects, such as evaluating the Projects in Applied Economics for Talented Students in 2017, offering his advice and encouragement for further study to talented high school students who wish to gain a deeper understanding of economics.




Oleksandr Romanko (Master in Economics, 2002)
Alumni achievement

Oleksandr works as a Senior Research Analyst at Watson Financial Services, IBM Canada in Toronto. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto and at the Ukrainian Catholic University, and Honorary Director of the Master of Business and Management in Data Analytics program at Kyiv School of Economics. For the last four years he has been working with the Government of Canada and other organizations to add Ukraine as a partner country to Canada's Mitacs Globalink Research Internship Program, which lead to a memorandum of understanding being signed last year. Oleksandr's dedication allowed this partnership to happen: the program helps Canada, Ukraine, and another nine partner countries to further develop and innovate.


Branislav Saxa (PhD in Economics, 2009)
Contribution to the CERGE-EI community

Branislav Saxa is a Principal economist in the Monetary Department of the Czech National Bank. He has been teaching in the MAE program from year one until now, i.e. from 2011. He has constantly been among the best MAE teachers according to student evaluations. He has also contributed to the professional development of MAE students through career talks related to working in central banking and also by mentoring one MAE student. Brano has been a valuable part of the MAE team, always open to student and MAE staff requests. For a number of years, he has been involved in many alumni projects, offering his advice and experience.


Anastasiya Shamshur (PhD in Economics, 2012)     
Alumni achievement

Anastasiya is a Senior Lecturer in Finance, Norwich Business School, the University of East Anglia. She is an outstanding researcher in her field, but still keeps her ties to CERGE-EI, running and participating in several local research grants. Her publications from the past year include in high quality journals, such as the Journal of Corporate Finance or the Journal of Banking & Finance. She is also an active member of the CERGE-EI community, recently volunteering with evaluating the New Economic Talent competition, for example.



Petar Stankov (PhD in Economics, 2014)
Alumni achievement

Petar is a Senior Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria. He is a dedicated teacher and has been involved in many CERGE-EI projects focused on prospective students. This year, he published a book through the renowned publishing house Palgrave & Macmillan (Economic Freedom and Welfare Before and After the Crisis) which offers an extensive review of market-oriented economic reforms since 1970, and considers the question of whether more liberal economic policy yields greater social welfare.