Jiří Schneider is the First Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and State Secretary for European Affairs. He started his political career as a Member of the Chamber of the People of the Federal Assembly of Czechoslovakia. Thereafter, he became the Director of Analysis and Project Management Department and later on the Director General of Security and Multilateral Section (MFA). He also served as the Ambassador to Israel. He graduated at the Czech Technical University in Prague and received his diploma in Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge.