Sona Muzikarova is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center. She is a political economist, author, and policy consultant, with a specialty in Central and Eastern Europe.

Muzikarova currently researches the region’s economic policies as a visiting researcher at the Florence-based European University Institute. Before joining the Europe Center, Muzikarova led a research project focused on the reform of the World Trade Organization under the umbrella of the Atlantic Council GeoEconomics Center’s Bretton Woods 2.0 project.

Muzikarova held several senior advisory roles, including to the foreign affairs secretary of state of Slovakia from 2020 to 2023 and the National Bank of Slovakia’s governor from 2020 to 2021. From 2020 to 2022, she served as chief economist at GLOBSEC, where she founded a research and policy advocacy program focused on enhancing economic policies in the region. Muzikarova also made  contributions to the Slovak presidency to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development as its chief advisor from 2018 to 2019 and as a macroeconomist at the European Central Bank focused on EU countries that don’t use the euro.

Her expert commentary has been featured in the Financial Times, Politico, Project Syndicate, BBC, and Bloomberg, among others. In 2023, Muzikarova was awarded the Eastern Europe Eisenhower Fellowship to empower and connect the region’s leaders and strengthen the region’s prosperity and democratic governance.