Board of Directors

Ivan Hodač

Ivan Hodač is a Founder and President of the Aspen Institute Prague. He was Secretary-General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) from 2001 until October 2013. He is currently member of a special Advisory Group of experts, which advises the European Commission in negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the United States (TTIP). He is also the Chairman of the Board at cabinet DN. The Financial Times listed him among the most influential personalities in Brussels politics. Before joining ACEA, he was Senior Vice-President and Head of the Time Warner Corporate office for Europe. Previously he was Secretary-General of the trade organization IFMA/IMACE, Senior Economist at Didier & Associates, and Assistant Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. He was born in Prague, where he studied mechanical engineering. He completed his education in economics and political science at the University of Copenhagen and the College of Europe in Bruges (European studies).

Michael Žantovský
Vice President

Michael Žantovský is the Executive Director of Vaclav Havel Libray in Prague and former President of Aspen Institute Prauge (2012-2015). Previously he was the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom (2009-2015)  to Israel (2003- 2009) and to the United States (1992-1997).

In  1989 he was a founding member of the Czech chapter of P.E.N., the international organization of  writers and translators that was banned in Czechoslovakia during the Communist era. In November  1989 he was a founding member of the Civic Forum, an umbrella organization that coordinated the  overthrow of the Communist regime. In January 1990 he became the Spokesman and Press Secretary for President Václav Havel. In 1996 he was elected to the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic and served as the chairman of its Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security.

Žantovský studied psychology at Charles  University in Prague and McGill University in  Montreal, Canada and worked as a research  psychologist. Beginning in 1980, Mr. Žantovský worked as a freelance translator and author. He has  translated more than 50 works of contemporary English and American fiction, poetry, drama and  nonfiction. He was a contributor to the samizdat press and the Prague correspondent for Reuters.

As a writer, teacher and translator, he has continued to pursue his interests in foreign policy and political theory. In 2003 he co-founded the new Prague-based think tank Program of Atlantic Security Studies (PASS) and served as its first Executive Director. In 2014 he published to wide acclaim the biography of the former president Havel: A Life in English, Czech and several other languages.

Dita Charanzová

Dita Charanzová is a Czech Member of the European Parliament. She graduated from the University of Economics, Prague and later from the Diplomatic Academy in Madrid. Ms Charanzová completed a doctorate degree from Jan Masaryk Centre of International Studies in Prague. She is a former diplomat, whose postings included the Czech Permanent Representation to the EU during the Czech Presidency, where she led the Trade Policy Committee. She has also worked at the Council of Europe. Ms Charanzová is currently ALDE coordinator for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee and a Substitute Member of the Committee on International Trade.

Jan Farský

Jan graduated from the Faculty of Law at the Masaryk University in Brno. He practiced law in Semily, where he comes from, and worked there at the attorneys’ office.  In 2004 he became advisor to Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Policy, Martin Jahn. Later, he left with Jahn for Auto Škoda. Since 2006 Jan Farský has been the Mayor of  Semily. In May of 2010 and in 2013 he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic from the TOP 09 and Mayors party list.  There he serves as the Deputy Chairman of the Legal and Constitutional Committee. In his political career he mainly pursues the transparency of public spendings.

Jan Hamáček

Jan Hamáček serves as Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament and Member of Parliament for the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD). In the past, he was the ČSSD shadow Defense Minister and spokesperson on defense issues. Mr. Hamáček also held the position of Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, headed the Czech delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and served on the Committee on European Affairs. Prior to his election to Parliament, he worked as Advisor to two Prime Ministers and his party’s International Secretary.

Pavel Kavánek

Pavel Kavánek is currently Chairman of the Supervisory Board at ČSOB, one of the largest banks in the Czech Republic. He also serves as President of the Czech Banking Association. Mr. Kavánek has been working for ČSOB since 1972 and previously held the positions of Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. He graduated from the University of Economics in Prague, and received The Pew Economic Freedom Fellowship at Georgetown University.

Tania le Moigne

Tania le Moigne is Country Director for Google Czech Republic and Slovakia. She launched the Google Czech and Slovak offices in 2006 and 2010, respectively. Tania has been working in the IT industry and Internet world for most of her career. She spent more than nine years at Microsoft in Prague, Munich and London, where she held various management positions in the areas of marketing, IP protection and enterprise strategy.

For her outstanding impact on internet innovation in the Czech republic she was honored with the LUPA award for "Personality of the Czech Internet 2009". She took first place in the Hospodářské noviny award "Top 25 Women of Czech Business in 2011". Since 2011 Tania belongs to Top 25 most influential business women in the Czech republic as listed by Hospodarske noviny and FORBES. In 2014 Tania  received an award HR personality.

As a successful entrepreneur Tania is an author of 4bambini, a series of board games for children that promote important life values such as good manners, health, diversity safety and good eating habits. Tania is a Board member of and mentor of non-commercial mentoring project Odyssey that supports Women in Business. She occasionally cooperates with the University of Economics, New York University and European Leadership & Academic Institute in Prague, where she is lecturing Values Based Leadership. Tania is a Board Member of Aspen Institute Prague, a Board Member of NGO Dobry Andel, and a member of YPO Czech Republic. Le Moigne graduated from the University of Economics, Prague.

Marek Procházka

Marek Procházka is the founding partner at PRK  Partners, attorneys at law. Admitted as attorney-  at-law in Switzerland and the Czech Republic, he  is practising in both countries. He specializes in  the areas of dispute resolution, white collar crime,  general corporate law and banking law. He is the  President of the Chamber of Commerce  Switzerland – Czech Republic, while also a being  a member of the ICC Arbitration Commission and  the ICC Czech Republic. Before founding PRK Partners, Marek Procházka worked as Associate at White & Case LLP and Research Assistant at the University of Bern Law School in Switzerland. He graduated from the University of Bern and earned his LL.M. degree from the Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Zuzana Roithová

Zuzana Roithová is a physician, manager, and politician with extensive experience in top management and high-level politics. She took part in the creation of the Civic Forum, initiated the establishment of Czech medical chambers, and is one of the founders of the Association of Czech Hospitals. She served as the head of the Královské Vinohrady University Hospital. In 1998 she was named Minister of Health Care in Josef Tošovský’s government and was elected to the Senate. She joined the KDU-ČSL party where she served as a deputy leader 2001-2003 and again from 2014 . She was a Member of the European Parliament between 2004 and 2014 (Vice-Chairwomen of The Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection).

Pavel Řehák

Pavel Řehák graduated from the University of Economics in Prague with a degree in international trade and received an MBA at Northwestern University. He has been active in the business sphere for more than 20 years. In 1999 he joined McKinsey & Company where he specialized in banking, insurance, and consumer goods in the EU and the US. He held the position of Marketing and Sales Practice Leader in the company’s Prague Office. Between 2006 and 2013 he was a part of the top management of Česká pojištovna. Under his leadership, the company achieved a significant increase in customer satisfaction, sales acceleration, and profitability turnaround. In 2013 he co-founded VIGO Investments where he serves as a CEO and Partner.

Peter Stračár

Peter Stračár has been the CEO for GE in Central and Eastern Europe since January 2013. Central Europe is not only an important growth region for GE, it is also a major technology, engineering and manufacturing location for the company. Prior to joining GE Peter worked for the Hilti Corporation, where he completed his 18-year-career as President of the Asia-Pacific Region based in Hong Kong. He graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineer­­­i­­­­­­ng and Computer Science at the Technical University of Košice, Slovakia. His career at IBM Eastern Europe started shortly afterwards. Mr. Stračár also actively supports GE Foundation Scholar- Leaders program. The program provides scholarships to Central and Eastern European students who show talent in management, engineering, and economics.

Jan Zahradil

Jan Zahradil has been a Member of European Parliament since 2004. From 1990 to 1992 he was a  member of the Federal Assembly of Czechoslovakia; soon after he became Advisor for Foreign and  Political Affairs to the Czech Prime Minister. He then led the Department of European Integration  within the Government Office. In 1998 Zahradil became a Member of Parliament, serving as Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. In 2002 he was elected as a representative of the Czech  Republic to the Convention on the Future of the EU. After election to the European Parliament in June  2004, he became Head of the Czech Delegation in the European People’s Party-European Democrats  Group. In the 2009 European Parliament election, he was re-elected and became Vice-Chairman of  the newly formed European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR). In March 2011 he was  elected Chairman of the ECR Group, with an interim mandate until December 2011. He is a member of the Committee on International Trade and a substitute member of the Committee on Development and Subcommittee on Human Rights. He graduated from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague.

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