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Amb. Jaroslav Olša, Jr.

Amb. Jaroslav Olša, Jr.

Amb. Jaroslav Olša, Jr.
Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles

Born: August 4th, 1964, Prague
Married to Michaela Vovková (diplomat), son Sebastián Olša

Education:
1985 – 1995                 Arabic, Asian and African Studies, Charles University, Prague   
1990 – 1992                 International Relations and Comparative European Social Studies,

University of Amsterdam

1988                              Arabic Language, Bourghiba Institute of Living Languages, Tunis               

Work Experience:
Dec 2020 – present       Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles
                                            (with jurisdiction in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, California, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Territory of Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa)
Jan 2019 – Feb 2020     Deputy Director, Human Resources Dept.
July 2014 – Dec 2018    Ambassador E+P of the Czech Republic to the Republic of the Philippines, resident in Manila (concurrently accredited also to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Nauru, and the Republic of Palau)
Aug 2008 – July 2014   Ambassador E+P of the Czech Republic to the Republic of Korea, resident in Seoul
Apr 2007 – Jan 2008    Acting Director, Policy Planning Dept.
Oct 2006 – Apr 2007    Deputy Director, Policy Planning Dept.
May 2000 – Aug 2006  Ambassador E+P of the Czech Republic to the Republic of Zimbabwe, resident in Harare
                                           (concurrently accredited also to the Republic of Angola, the Republic of Malaŵi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of São Tomé et Príncipe, and the Republic of Zambia)

Oct 1998 – Oct 1999    Director, African Dept.
May 1997– Oct 1998    Deputy Director, Dept. of the Middle East and Africa
Feb 1996 – May 1997   Director, African Dept.
Feb 1993 – Jan 1996     Advisor to the First Deputy Minister (in charge of arms trade, arms control and related items)
June 1992 – Jan 1993    Desk Officer, Dept. of the Middle East and North Africa
1992:                                 Joined the diplomatic service
Mar 1990 – Jan 1991    Deputy Editor, Ikarie science fiction monthly, Prague
July 1985 – Aug 1986   Freelance Translator and Interpreter, Prague
Aug 1984 – June 1985  Researcher, Res. Inst. of Mathematical Machines, Prague
Sep 1983 – June 1984   Lighting Technician, Interhotel Jalta, Prague

Awards:

Order of Sikatuna, rank of Grand Cross (Datu), Gold distinction
(Conferred by H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines, for strengthening and deepening the relations between the Philippines and the Czech Republic)
Nov 26th, 2018, Malacañang Palace, Manila
Honorary Citizen of Seoul
(Conferred by Hon. Park Won-soon, Mayor of Seoul, for the contribution to the cultural development of the capital city of the Republic of Korea)

Oct, 29th, 2012, Honorary Citizens’ Day Ceremony, Seoul
The Mark Palmer Prize for Diplomats
(Conferred by the Intl. Steering Committee of the Community of Democracies to diplomats who has advanced the cause of democracy)

July 1st, 2011, 6th Ministerial of Community of Democracies, Vilnius

Jaroslav Olša, Jr. is also the author of books and articles on history, culture and literature of Asia and Africa and historical relations of the non-European countries with the Czech Lands. He has also widely published about science fiction and edited over a dozen anthologies of Czech and international science fiction. He has published in a wide-range of publications such as Czech edition of National Geographic, Nový Orient (New Orient), Světová literatura (World Literature), Mezinárodní politika (Foreign Policy), Mezinárodní vztahy (International Relations). Contributor to various Czech and foreign-language encyclopedias. He was also a curator of art exhibitions, member of the jury of 2011 Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, and initiated numerous cultural exchanges and activities.

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