Academic programJuly 24th - July 31st 2021
Aleš Chmelař is the Deputy Minister for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. From 2007 to 2010, he studied at Sciences Po Paris (Bachelor) in the field of economic and political transformation, and European integration of post-communist countries. Between 2010 and 2011, Mr Chmelař further studied at the London School of Economics (MSc.) specializing in economic and monetary policy of the EU and EMU. Mr Chmelař worked at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union in Brussels (as an intern in the Financial Services Department of the Directorate-General for Economic Affairs, 2012), or in the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS, 2012-2014). Mr Chmelař was also the head of the Department of EU Strategies and Trends at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic between 2014 and 2016. In addition, he also served as the Director of the EU Economic Policy Coordination Department (2017) and the State Secretary for European Affairs (2017 - 2018). Mr Chmelař regularly publishes in professional journals and mainstream media.
Danielle Piatkiewicz is based in Brussels and is a program manager and consultant for the Alliance of Democracies Foundation and a research fellow at EUROPEUM focusing on issues around Transatlantic and Central and Eastern European security, NATO and Eastern Partnership. Previously, she was a senior program coordinator for The German Marshall Fund of the United States’ (GMF) Asia and the Future of Geopolitics programs (Washington, DC) and she worked on various leadership development projects including the Young Professionals Summit at GMF’s flagship event, the Brussels Forum among others. Before that, she worked as a program assistant in GMF’s Wider Atlantic program in Brussels and program intern in Warsaw. Before joining GMF, she worked for the European Institute of Peace in Brussels (EIP). She holds a M.A. in international and political studies with a concentration in transatlantic studies from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She received her B.A. in political science with an emphasis in international relations and a minor in German studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).
Zuzana Stuchlíková is an officer at the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade, where she works on preparation of the Czech EU Presidency in 2022, and an Associate Research Fellow at EUROPEUM, focusing on the topics of EU institutions, Conference on the Future of Europe or Visegrad regional cooperation. Previously, Ms. Stuchlíková acted as a Head of EUROPEUM´s Brussels office between 2017 and 2020. She received her master degree in the European Studies MA program at Charles University in Prague, during which she also studied at Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs in 2014. She got her bachelor diplomas in Media studies and International Area Studies. She worked as a project manager at EUROPEUM between 2014 and 2017, a research assistant at the Department of European Studies at Charles University in Prague and also as an intern at Trans European Policy Studies Association in Brussels in 2015.
Ondřej Ditrych is a Director of the Institute of International Relations and an Academic Fellow at the Department of International Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University in Prague. He is an international relations and political science graduate of Cambridge University and Charles University in Prague. In the past, he was a visiting researcher at CERI, Sciences Po Paris and at SWP Berlin, a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, an associate analyst at European Union Institute for Security Studies and a Fulbright research fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard University. He also served as an external advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and as an analyst for NATO SHAPE. Mr. Ditrych has published more than forty academic articles, books and book chapters. His works have been published in high-impact journals in the field of international relations. He has also authored and co-authored a number of expert policy analyses including for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic recently e.g. strategic foresight related to COVID-19’s projected effects on international politics, or the European Parliament’s SEDE Subcommittee (on missile defence in Europe).
In his current research, he explores, among other, foreign policy instruments to effectively counter hybrid threats and increase resilience, and hybrid revolutionary actors in global politics such as ISIS conceptualized as ´war machines´ integrating both material and nonmaterial elements in martial assemblages. At the Institute, he previously directed a project on global prohibition regimes in the security domain (conventional and nonconventional weapons, cyber security etc.).
Kateřina Davidová works at the Centre for Transport and Energy, where she focuses on climate and energy policy of the EU and the Czech Republic, and the Central European region’s transformation to low-carbon economy. As part of her work, she cooperates with international climate networks such as the Climate Action Network Europe and CEE Bankwatch Network. Kateřina is also a Research Fellow at the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, focusing on the European Green Deal agenda. Her work experience includes internships at the British Embassy in Prague, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic and the Forum 2000 Foundation. She holds a BA degree in International Area Studies and an MA degree in American Studies from Charles University in Prague. Kateřina also studied abroad at University of Bath and University of Melbourne.
Klára Berg is a facilitator and trainer who supports mainly young people, but also adults who strive for a just and sustainable world. Participatory methods, collaborative spirit and methods of non-formal education are crucial to her work. She emphasizes the need for collective action and systemic solutions at political level.
Klára is a member of the Pool of Trainers of the Czech National Agency which administers the Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps programmes in the Czech Republic. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Green European Foundation, she is responsible for educational programs and as a facilitator she has been working with other political foundations and civil society actors. She holds a MA degree in political science. At university, she founded the educational organization Be International. Currently, Klára is also an external lecturer at the Masaryk University, teaching the course about international competences.
Tereza finished her Master’s studies in International Area Studies with a focus on North America at the Charles University in Prague. For more than 3 years, she is working in the international study abroad company as Program coordinator for Short programs, Teach Abroad and TEFL. Currently, Tereza is also a lecturer at the Charles University, teaching about international communication and leadership. She used to serve as a president of Charles University Debate Club from 2012 until 2015. Tereza was also involved in the High school debate association, where she was a member of the board for 2 years. Tereza organized and led numerous debate tournaments and workshops in the past and she also cooperated with the European Summer School Prague for the past three years.