Michaela Bakala is an entrepreneur, manager, but most of all, a mother and philanthropist. The causes dearest to her are those related to education, the development of democratic society and women’s role in society. She is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Bakala Foundation in the Czech Republic and the Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala in Switzerland. Both of them focus on education and operate scholarship programs for talented students. Together with her husband Zdeněk Bakala, she became involved in establishing a Central European branch of Aspen Institute. She is Vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Václav Havel Library, and also a proud patron of the TOP Czech Women Awards project.