11/1/2009

Curriculum vitae of the new Patron of the Czech British Chamber of Commerce

Michael Žantovský, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Great Britain and Northern Ireland



 

   

 

Ambassador Žantovský (born 3 January 1949) studied psychology at the Charles University in Prague and at Mc Gill University in Montreal, Canada. He graduated summa cum laude in 1973. He went on to work  as a research assistant and later as a research fellow at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague. He did research and published in the fields of nonverbal behaviour and theory of motivation.

From 1980, he worked as a free-lance translator and author. He has translated into Czech more than fifty works of contemporary English and American fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction, i. a., works by Norman Mailer, Joseph Heller, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Nadine Gordimer and Tom Stoppard. He published a book on the life and films of Woody Allen. He was a contributor to the samizdat press. From 1988, he was the Prague correspondent of Reuters, the international news agency.

In 1989, he was a founding member of the Czech chapter of P.E.N., the international organization of writers and translators, banned in Czechoslovakia during the communist era. In November 1989, he was a founding member of the Civic Forum, an umbrella organization that coordinated the overthrow of the communist regime.

In January 1990, he became the press secretary and spokesman for President Václav Havel. He was also the political director of the President´s office. In July 1992, he was appointed the Czechoslovak Ambassador to the United States, and in January 1993 reappointed as the Czech Ambassador to the United States where he served until February 1997.

In November 1996, he was elected to the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic from a Prague district. In 1996, and again in 1998 and 2000, he was elected the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security of the Senate. In 1997 and in 2001 he was elected the President of the Civic Democratic Alliance, a parliamentary political party. He completed his term in the Senate in 2002 and returned to Foreign Service.

As a writer, teacher and translator he has continued to pursue his interests in foreign policy and political theory. His latest translations include works by Henry Kissinger, Joshua Muravchik and Madeleine Albright. In 2003, he co-founded the new Prague-based think-tank Program of Atlantic Security Studies (PASS) and served as its first executive director. He has taught American studies at Charles University in Prague and Euro-American relations at the Prague branch of the New York University.

In 2003-2009 he served as the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Israel. In July 2009 he was appointed by the President and on 5 October 2009 he took over his office in London as the Ambassador of the Czech Republic in the United Kingdom.

Ambassador Žantovský has four children, Ester (1980), Jonas (1984), David (2001), and Rebeka (2003). He is married to Jana Žantovská, a prize-winning news and portrait photographer.

 

 source: http://www.mzv.cz/london/en


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