ALEŠ VLK / DIRECTOR
Aleš obtained his master degree in sociology at the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts. In 2006 he received his doctoral degree at the Center for Higher Education Policy (CHEPS), University of Twente in the Netherlands.
In his professional career he has worked shortly at the European University Association (EUA) in Brussels, at the governmental investment agency Czechinvest, and at the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic as the advisor to the minister.
Since 2008 he has been a managing partner of alevia, a company focused on consulting, training and projects in the area of human resources development, education and research & development. He has been working mainly as a lecturer, facilitator and moderator.
Aleš is currently teaching R & D policy as an external fellow at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague.
E-mail: ales.vlk (at) teri-institute.eu
JIŘÍ NANTL / CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Jiří is an educational law and policy expert, and higher education professional with focus on governance, management and quality assurance of higher education institutions and systems. He graduated in law, political science and welfare policy, and further obtained a postgraduate diploma in corporate law.
During his professional career, Jiří has mostly served as university administrator in a number of roles, including registrar and chief legal and policy officer for Masaryk University. He spent a few years in the public service as director of higher education and later deputy minister of education of the Czech Republic. Jiří has been the principal co-author of the Czech higher education qualifications framework, and led preparations for the national educational policy strategy up to 2020.
Currently, he works as operational director at CEITEC – Central European Institute of Technology, and he is chairman of the board at TERI. Jiří has also been a teaching fellow in public administration and educational policy at School of Social Studies, Masaryk University, since 2004, and has served on a number of governing boards for higher education institutions in the Czech Republic and expert panels in educational policy, including the national team of Bologna Experts and the Czech National Board for Qualifications.
E-mail: jiri.nantl (at) teri-institute.eu
KAREL ZUSKA / MEMBER OF THE BOARD
Karel received his degree from the Faculty of Law at the Charles University in Prague in 1983. In 1985, Karel completed his professional training and received a qualification as a judge. In the following years he worked as a Chairman of the Senate for the District Court in Prague 5. At the end of the 80s, he was involved, as a counsel for the Czech Sport Association, with the transformation and legalization of the professional football and ice hockey in the Czech Republic. Between 1987 and 1992 he was a member of the Legal Committee of the European Olympics Association. In 1990, he passed the bar exam and became an advocate and opened his private practice. In 2006 he was registered as arbitrator with the Arbitration Court attached to the Chamber of Commerce of the Czech Republic and Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic for commercial cases.
As the name partner of the legal firm HOLEC, ZUSKA & Partners he is responsible mainly for legal services being provided to the public administration and government bodies and specializes in R&D&I, state aid, public procurement and public infrastructure projects.
E-mail: karel.zuska (at) teri-institute.eu
OTAKAR FOJT / MEMBER OF THE BOARD
Otakar received Biomedical Engineering Masters (1994) and PhD (1997) at the Brno University of Technology. He was on a Chevening scholarship programme at the University of Oxford in 1996 and 1997. Otakar then worked for four years as a Postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Mathematics at the University of York and as a visiting scholar at the Fields Institute in Toronto. In 2001 and 2002, he was a Managing Director of a small technology company operating in Central Europe.
Recently Otakar works as a Senior Science & Innovation Adviser at the British Embassy in Prague. He is a part of the Science and Innovation Network of the UK Government, a group of 90 Science diplomacy professionals based at the British Embassies in 30 countries across the globe. In 2003, he took up the newly created post in Prague and developed it to its current, well-performing state. He has organised and participated at many international conferences covering various science and science policy areas from innovation, technology transfer, intellectual property rights, biomedical research, and Horizon2020 to open access publication policies, nanotechnology safety, global risks and millennium challenges. He also popularises British science.
E-mail: otakar.fojt (at) teri-institute.eu
Jan obtained his master degree in economics at the South Bohemian University in České Budějovice. In the following years, he worked as a project manager at South Bohemian Chamber of Commerce being responsible for the design and implementation of regional innovation strategy. He also participated in the foundation the South Bohemian Agency for Support of Innovative Entrepreneurship and South Bohemian Science and Technology Park.
In 2002, he founded his own company PS inovace, where he works as a manager. The company has been providing services to many universities as well as other research organizations in the Czech Republic. The main focus of the company is the preparation and implementation of projects in the area of infrastructure for education, research and development, and innovative entrepreneurship.
Jan is responsible for providing services in the field of implementation of projects, sustainability of research capacities, state aid as well as for preparation of the European Structural and Investment Funds related to R&D&I.
E-mail: psinovace (at) gmail.com