Biography of Ján Oravec
2003 – present: President, The Entrepreneurs Association of Slovakia, the first organisation of private businesses in a
modern history of Slovakia, after 1989,
2004 – present: a member of a Presidium of The National Union of Employers,the most representative organisation of
employers in Slovakia,
2004 – present: a member of the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels representing Slovak
1999 – 2002: a Chief of Strategy at the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic.
1992 – 2013: a founding father of The F. A. Hayek Foundation Bratislava (established in 1991), and The Slovak
Taxpayers Association (1997), one of the most successful (in terms of their impact on economic policy) and the most
respected NGOs in a Central and Eastern Europe.
Mr. Ján O R A V E C graduated in 1987 from Commenius University in Bratislava (Philosophy – Political
Economy), The Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia in 1994 (Business Administration)
and Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA in 1993-1995 (Bank Management). In 1996 he received his
PhD. degree in economics at theInstitute of Slovak and World Economy in Bratislava.
He started his professional career at the Institute of Economics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in 1987. In the
beginning of 90-ies he was active in financial sector (financial manager in investment fund, Director of the Investment
Banking Dept. in Devin Bank, internships in Banc One, Dallas, Texas, USA and Westpac Bank, Sydney, Australia).
In 1999-2002 Mr. Oravec was working as a Chief of Strategy at the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak
Republic. During that period he served as a chairman and member of various Supervisory Boards (SSE, a.s., - one
three regional electricity distribution companies, The Slovak Guarantee and Development Bank, Transpetrol, a.s.,
Slovak Consolidation Agency, Slovak Post-Privatisation Fund), a chairman of a Board of Directors (National Agency
for SMEs) and a vice-Chairman of the Government Council for Science and Technology.
In October 2003 he was elected as a President of The Entrepreneurs Association of Slovakia, the first organisation
of private entrepreneurs in Slovakia after a collapse of communism. He is a member of a Presidium of The
National Union of Employers,the most representative organisation of employers in Slovakia. Since 2004 he
represents Slovak employers in the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels.
Since 2004 he is a member of a Scientific Board of a Faculty of Economics and Public Administration, The University
of Economics in Prague, and a member of an Industrial Board of The Slovak University of Technology in