Ivan Lesay is a Slovak political scientist, economist, civil servant, columnist and writer. In the years 2015—2017, he served as State Secretary of the Finance Ministry of the Slovak Republic.
Ivan Lesay served as national coordinator of Friends of the Earth-CEPA in the CEE Bankwatch Network and as editor of the weekly Slovo. He also worked as advisor to Monika Beňová MEP as a researcher at the Slovak Academy of Sciences and was a regular columnist for the Slovak daily newspaper Pravda. In 2012—2015, he was an advisor to the Finance Minister of the Slovak Republic and a consultant to the Slovak Prime Minister’s Council of Advisors on financial policy.
As State Secretary of the Finance Ministry of the Slovak Republic, he was responsible for duties related to the Presidency of the Slovak Republic of the EU Council between July 2016 and January 2017. During the EU Presidency, he was a negotiator of the Council of the EU for the 2017 budget of the European Union. In January 2017, he was appointed the CEO of Slovak Investment Holding (previously SZRB Asset Management) and has been member of the board of directors of the European Investment Bank since May 2016. He has also represented the Slovak Republic in a number of international institutions. He was a member of the board of directors of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the European Financial Stability Mechanism (EFSM), the Economic and Financial Committee (EFC) and the Eurogroup Working Group (EWG). He also served as alternate governor of the International Monetary Fund. He is one of the founders of the National Development Fund II, in which he served as the chair of the Board of Supervisors.