06.09.2012 / 21:18
Martin Dvořák was born in Prague, Czech Republic, in November 1956. He attended the University of Economics in Prague. From 1982 he worked as a controller at the headquarters of a meat factory in the City of Hradec Králové in East Bohemia. Due to his conflicting views with the communist regime, he lost the position and, in consequence, worked as a manual worker in a slaughterhouse until the “velvet revolution.”
After the reinstatement of the democratic regime, he started his career in the local government, first as the Deputy Chairman of the Regional People’s Committee and and then becoming the first freely and democratically elected Mayor of the City of Hradec Králové in December 1990 after fifty years of totalitarianism. In 1994, he was re-elected for the next election period.
From 1998 to 2002, he served as the Local Administrator of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in the cities of Istog (Istok) and Gjakova (Djakovica). To reflect upon his experiences in Kosovo, he published a book titled “Kosovo Under My Skin.”
In 2003, he was delegated by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a member of a group of Czech experts to Iraq. He served in the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Basra as the Political Advisor to the Regional Administrator of South Iraq and later in Bagdad, where he was as a member of the Council for International Coordination (CIC) involved in the organization of the Donors Conference held in Madrid in December 2003.
Between 2005 and 2009, he worked as the Head of the Economic Section at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C. After his return from the US he was appointed as the Director of the Department of Bilateral Economic Relations and Export Promotion at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic in Prague.On September 3, 2012, he assumed duties in New York as Consul General of the Czech Republic