Jiří Schneider is the Executive Director of Aspen Institute Central Europe. After democratic changes in 1989 he was elected to the Czechoslovak Parliament (Federal Assembly) in 1990 and 1992. In 1993 he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and held various positions at the Czech diplomatic service. Most prominently he served as Ambassador to Israel (1995-1998) and the First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic (2010-2014). He was closely associated with the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI), as a Program Director (2005-2010) and Senior Fellow and Director of Special Projects (2014-2015). Jiří Schneider graduated at The Czech Technical University (ČVUT) and obtained a Diploma in Religious Studies from University of Cambridge.