Karel Havlíček is the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Industry and Trade and Minister of Transport. He graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the Czech Technical Faculty, studied at PIBS at Manchester Metropolitan University and received his PhD at University of Economics in Prague where he also earned the title “Docent”. He has been a long-term advocate for entrepreneurs, mainly as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Crafts of the Czech Republic. He is the co-owner and CEO of the SINDAT group which has developed over the past twenty years into a respected investor in the area of small and mid-sized industry and new technologies. Karel Havlíček has been a member of numerous advisory bodies in the government and ministries. Since 2014, he has been a member and since 2018 the Deputy Chairman of the Governmental Research, Development and Innovation Council. Karel Havlíček is the author of the Innovation Strategy of the Czech Republic 2019–2030.