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Petr Jan Pajas, former AAU President from January 2017 – August 2018, was involved with Anglo-American University since 1998, when he took part in transforming AAU into a not-for-profit organization. He was a member of the Board of Trustees already from 2000-2003 and became its chairman in 2014. He later served as the Vice President for the university’s administrative affairs.
Educated as physicist he worked in Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences from 1963 to 1972. Then, as many others, who protested against occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968, he was forced to leave science and worked until November 1989 as analyst and planner of urban transportation systems. During 1990-1995 he served as Director of the Czechoslovak Charta 77 Foundation and Director of the Office for establishment of the Central European University in Prague. After, he was Executive Director of the Prague Municipal Institute of Informatics and manager of Training of Czech State Officials for Entry to European Union. Since 2004, when he retired from AAU, he worked as manager in the international Policy Association for Open Society.
From November 1989, Pajas is also actively involved in the development of civil society, having served as the speaker of Czech NGOs until 1997, and still cooperating with the International Centre for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) headquartered in Washington. As lecturer at Chair of Civil Society, Department of Humanities, Charles University and author of various articles and studies, he has contributed to the development of the legal environment for civil non-commercial activities in the Czech Republic, as well as in a number of European countries.