Karel Havlíček is the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and the Minister of Industry and Trade.  Since the turn of the millennium, he has been defending the interests of entrepreneurs, especially in the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Crafts of the Czech Republic. As co-owner and CEO of the SINDAT Group, he developed this company into a respected investor in the small and medium-sized industry and new technologies. He has been a member of the Government Council for Research, Development and Innovation since 2014 and its Vice-Chairman since 2018. He is also the author of the Innovation Strategy of the Czech Republic 2019 – 2030. He completed his doctoral studies and later was habilitated at the University of Economics in Prague.

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