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Martin Tlapa


Deputy Minister

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Ing. Martin Tlapa, MBA

Born on September 28, 1964.



1999–2002 Sheffield Hallam University, Czech Technical University, Master of Business Administration (MBA)

1985–1989 University of Economics, Prague, Faculty of Trade

1981–1984 High School of Economics, Prague, Foreign Trade



March 2014 – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Non-European Countries, Economic and Development Cooperation

2012–2014 Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, Deputy State Secretary for European Affairs

2004–2012 Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, Deputy Minister, EU Affairs, Trade Policy, Single Market, Competitiveness

1997–2004 CzechTrade Promotion Agency/CzechTrade, Secretary General (1997), Deputy Director General (1997–1999), Director General (2000–2004)

1996–1997 Center of Foreign Economic Relations, Director of External Relations, Secretary General

1992–1996 Embassy of the Czech Republic in Canada, Secretary for Commercial and Economic Affairs

1991–1992 Federal Ministry of Foreign Trade, Department of Developed Market Economies, bilateral relations with New Zealand and Cyprus, Free Trade Agreement with EFTA

1989–1991 Research Institute for Foreign Economic Relations, study of the trade relations with OECD countries, bilateral economic relations with EFTA states


Professional Activities and Awards

since 2012 lecturer at the University of Economics, Prague, member of the Scientific Councils of the University of Economics, Prague, Czech Technical University and MBA Programme at the Sheffield Hallam University

2005–2012 delegate of the Czech Republic in the EU Committee for Trade Policy and Investment, Deputy of the Ministry of Industry and Trade in the Committee for the European Union at working level, Head of Delegations of the Czech Republic at ministerial conferences of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

2004–2009 Deputy of Ministry of Industry and Trade in Supervisory and Management Boards of EGAP, ČEB, ČSA, CzechTrade. In 2007 acted in government-appointed team for negotiating the National Strategic Framework

2002–2003 awarded Branch Manager for Business Services by the Czech Manager Association, Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic and Confederation of Employer’s and Entrepreneur’s Associations

Head of the Team for preparation of government-adopted documents Export Strategy of the Czech Republic 2006–2010 and International Competitiveness Strategy for the Czech Republic