Helena Malikova is a European Union civil servant in the Directorate General for Competition (DG COMP) at the European Commission. She currently leads the work at the competition directorate's Chief Economist Team to establish financial data analysis capability to complement and enhance the team's expertise in theoretical economics. Prior to this, Helena led the investigation under European State aid rules into the tax planning practices of multinational corporations. During the financial crisis, Helena was part of the European Commission’s Task Financial Crisis Task Force where she helped assess the bailout and restructuring of numerous European banks, specifically in the Netherlands and in Germany. Helena has subsequently worked on a number of Covid-19 related state-bailout cases including in the aviation sector and helped analyse financing needs resulting from the Covid-19 crisis. Helena practiced competition policy across the broad spectrum of European antitrust enforcement. She also has been called upon to lead and participate in unannounced inspections of corporate premises in sectors from e-books to pharmaceuticals. Helena started her career with Société Générale and Credit Suisse as a Foreign Exchange (FX) sales trader, and she is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). She earned her Masters in Economics from the College of Europe in Bruges and has previously been an EU Fellow at the University of Berkeley, California.