Vaclav graduated in political science from Charles University in Prague in 2005, obtained a postgraduate qualification in public administration and diplomacy at the École nationale d’administration (ENA) in 2008 and Ph.D in politics from Charles University in 2013. He also possesses numerous other academic qualifications and experience, including a Marshall Memorial Fellowship in 2010.
After 2004, Vaclav was for three years a senior adviser to a member of the Czech Parliament, responsible for preparing materials for legislative work and public interventions, drafting papers, observing parliamentary committees, and arranging meetings. He was also Vice Chairman and Research Director of a think-tank, the Association for International Affairs (AMO), responsible for all research projects of the Association, contacts with other European and US research institutions, ministries (ministries of Foreign Affairs, EU Affairs and Defence), Government, political parties, European institutions, embassies, and sponsors. At the Association, he headed a team of research fellows and was responsible for coordination of research activities (Europe, Energy Security, Czech Foreign Policy), launched the “Czech Presidency 2009” research project, ran other international projects (Belarus, Ukraine), and maintained contacts with the media.
After 2008, Vaclav became Executive Director for the Association for Communication in the Public Sector, where he was responsible for management of the organization, cooperation with partners and members (ministries, regions, and municipalities), political parties, designing and preparing communication audits, research and training for civil servants, as well as consultancy in marketing, PR and communication for senior politicians.
Vaclav’s public affairs expertise is especially strong in environment, energy, transport international and EU affairs, electoral campaign strategy, networking, and building relations with stakeholders. In 2012 he became President of newly established Association of Public Affairs Agencies of the Czech Republic (APAA). He speaks Czech, English, and French.