Jiří Schneider is a consultant in international and security policy, former diplomat and think-tanker. After democratic changes in 1989 he entered politics as a member of the Czechoslovak Parliament (1990-1992). After the split of Czechoslovakia, he joined the Czech Foreign Ministry at which he served several times as the head of policy planning, as Ambassador to Israel (1995-1998) and most prominently as the First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic (2010-2014).
In 2002 he published a monography about his research on think-tanks in Central Europe. Later he obtained hands on experience in building non-governmental institutions – first as a Program Director at the Prague Security Studies Institute (2005-2010) and then as the Executive Director of Aspen Institute Central Europe (2016-2020).
Jiří graduated at the Czech Technical University (ČVUT) and obtained a Diploma in Religious Studies from University of Cambridge.