Jiří Málek graduated from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague. He was active in the youth movement and in the Communist Party, and was in charge of education, universities and academic science for the municipality of Prague. After 1990, he was active in private business and then in the Party of Democratic Socialism. He is Chairman of the Board of the Society for European Dialogue / Společnost pro evropský dialog (SPED) and a member of the transform! europe board.