Aldis Austers was awarded a degree of engineering in administration of business foreign relations at Riga Technical University in 1995 and a degree of master of advanced international studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in 1998. During his career as a diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from 1995 to 2002, Austers was posted at the Mission of Latvia to the EU, where he was responsible for economic cooperation affairs between Latvia and the EU, and the coordination of Latvia’s accession negotiations to the EU. From 2003 to 2011 Austers worked for the Bank of Latvia as a specialized attaché in the rank of counselor at the Permanent Representation of Latvia to the EU and was in charge of financial regulation, monetary policy, the exchange rate, and general economic policy affairs. Currently Austers is a researcher at Latvia’s Institute of International Affairs and a guest lecturer at Riga Stradiņš University. His fields of interest include monetary economics, political economics, the migration of people, and European integration. His recent publications in local and international research journals were devoted to the economic, social, and political consequences of the financial crisis in Latvia and Latvia’s preparations to join the Eurozone.