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Karel Hejč


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Personal details

Date and place of Birth:       January 15, 1969, Jeseník, Czech Republic

Marital Status:                      Married, daughter Karolína (*1999)



2002 – 2005              Faculty of Health and Social Studies, South-Bohemian University, České Budějovice; postgraduate studies in Social Aspects of Human Rights of Children, Elderly and Disabled (interrupted due to posting abroad)

1997 - 1998                Centre Industriel de Geneve, Switzerland

1995 – 1996               Institut Français de Prague, Czech Republic

1993                            Danish Centre for Human Rights, Copenhagen, Denmark

1988 – 1993               Faculty of Law, Masaryk University, Brno

1987 – 1988               Language School Vranovská, Brno

1983 – 1987               Grammar School, Elgartova, Brno


Professional experience

1987 – 1988               Moravian Gallery of Arts, Brno; Exhibition Designer

Since 1993                 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, incl.:

07/1993 – 10/1993   Department of Human Rights and Migration; Desk Officer

11/1993 – 02/1996    International Law Department, Human Rights Unit; Head of Unit

03/1996 – 01/1999   Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations and Other International Organisations in Geneva; Second Secretary, incl.: 02/1997 – 01/1998   Head of Office of the Chairperson of the 53rd Session of the UN Human Rights Commission

02/1999 – 08/2002  Human Rights Department; Director

09/2002 – 08/2003  Postgraduate studies at the South-Bohemian University in České Budějovice (sabbatical)

09/2003 – 06/2004 Office of the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs for Legal and Consular Affairs; Advisor

07/2004 – 02/2005  Office of the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs for Bilateral Affairs; Advisor

03/2005 – 06/2010  Embassy of the Czech Republic to Ottawa, Canada; First Secretary; incl.: 07/2008 – 06/2010  Deputy Head of Mission

07/2010 - 06/2011   Department of Human Rights and Transition Policy; Desk Officer

07/2011 - 07/2013   Department of Inspection General and Internal Audit; Director

07/2013 - 06/2014   Department of Sub-Saharan African States; Desk Officer

06/2014 – today        Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Ethiopia; with co-accreditation for Comoros, Djibouti, Seychelles, Somalia and South Sudan; Permanent Representative to the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa



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  • French, German, Russian (intermediate)