Petr Jan Pajas, MSc.
The President of AAU oversees all responsibilities of operations and academia.
Letter from the President
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Anglo-American University of Prague, the oldest private university in the Czech Republic. Our school is distinguished for providing exceptional accredited bachelors' and masters' education in the areas of business, humanities, social sciences, journalism, law, and international relations and diplomacy.
Students from all over the world pursue their studies at AAU, and we pride ourselves in attracting highly qualified and internationally renowned faculty often trained at the best universities in the world. Our academic community enjoys a unique learning environment at perhaps the most beautiful university campus in Central Europe.
We strive to create an educational environment that encourages intellectual curiosity, leadership, cooperation, and respect for cultural and national diversity. We encourage our students to take active part not only in designing their own curriculum, but also in university life in general. We support the scholarly work of our faculty and we are grateful to our alumni for their continued friendship and support. The continued success of our graduates and increasing interest in our university indicate that we are on the right track in becoming a world leader in English higher education in non-English speaking countries.
Please enjoy having a look through our website. It is designed to provide easy access to all necessary information not only for our students, alumni, faculty, and administration, but also for those who are considering furthering their studies at our school, as well as their parents and friends. Feel free to come pay us a personal visit. We hope to see you soon.
Assoc. Prof. Alan Krautstengl, Ph.D.
Alan Krautstengl received his Ph.D. from Kent State University in Applied Mathematics and held Assistant Professorship positions at Case Western Reserve University and Black Hills State University. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor by the University of Puerto Rico and has repeatedly served as a visiting professor at Chapman University. Professor Krautstengl has impressive professional experience in academia (including distinguished scholarly work and top academic management), business, and industry in the U.S. and Europe. Since 2005 till 2016 Alan Krautstengl served as the AAU president. Under his presidency the University experienced significant growth both in terms of degree-seeking and study abroad students, which together represent almost 70 countries. The institution grew in its strength and the academic and scholarly work of its faculty and students expanded. Its financial standing was significantly fortified, graduate programs were introduced, and the University also began undertaking fundraising activities and developing cooperation with its alumni. Great achievements were that of the relocation of the campus to current magnificent Thurn-Taxis Palace as well as the acquisition of the world class WSCUC accreditation.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is, represented by some of the brightest minds in education, administration, and governance in the Czech Republic as well as from abroad. Their continued guidance has helped place AAU amongst the top institutions of its kind in Europe.
The members of the Board of Trustees of Anglo-American University are:
doc. Ing. Jiří Schwarz, CSc.
Jiří Schwarz, a Board of Trustees member since 2016, is an economist by profession, having received his doctorate at the University of Economics in Prague. Jiří currently serves as director of CETA (the Center for Economic and Market Analyses). He is an active educator, having served as dean at his alma mater, and is also a business professional and founder of Liberální Institut, the first independent Czechoslovak think tank. Jiří was appointed member of the National Economic Council (NERV) where he gave economic advice to Prime Ministers (2009–13). He has been prominently involved with a number of Czech and international companies and organizations including L’Institut de Recherches Economiques et Fiscales (IREF) where he has served as a board member for over 10 years. In addition, Jiří has authored two books: In Plea for a Liberal Order (2003) and In Plea for a Real Transition (2004).
Ing. Andrej Barčák
Andrej Barčák has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2005 and is an alumnus of Anglo-American University.
He completed his undergraduate studies at AAU in Business Administration and continued to the University of Surrey in England to receive a Master’s degree in Marketing Management. Currently, Andrej works as the Marketing & RND Director at Opel Southeast Europe LLC and has previously held positions at A. Charouz Motors and M Motors CZ.
Mgr. Petr Chára
Petr Chára, a Board of Trustees member since 2016, is the Deputy Headmaster at Open Gate School, a prestigious International Baccalaureate boarding school. As an educator, tutor, manager and teacher, he has actively participated in many workshops, conferences and forums all over the world and has visited many foreign institutions and campuses of all levels over a course of more than 20 years. He is a fellow of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship; a leadership development program of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. Petr has been advising and counselling high school graduates in facilitating their choices for their future educational path, and has experience in student mobility in higher education worldwide. He holds his Master’s degree in Mathematics and Geography from Charles University and is a certified tutor in IB Economics, IB Business and Management, and IB Geography and is a team leader of IB Economics examiners.
Rachel B. Danna, M.A.
Rachel Danna has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2016. An NYU and AAU alumna, she served as Associate Dean of the School of Business Administration at Anglo-American University until 2013. Rachel currently works at Project Syndicate, a mission-driven organization that provides high-quality opinion commentaries to nearly 500 news media outlets in more than 150 countries on a not-for-profit basis. As Assistant Managing Editor, along with steering the editorial direction of the organization, she manages relationships with its many contributors, facilitates partnerships with foundations around the world, and oversees a number of the organization's grant projects.
Melissa Durda, a Board of Trustees member since 2017, is the Director of the Global Philanthropists Circle (GPC) at Synergos, a global nonprofit organization that brings people together to solve complex problems of poverty and create opportunities for individuals and their communities to thrive. She supports highly engaged philanthropic families from Europe and the Middle East so they may increase their effectiveness and impact towards a more just, equitable and sustainable world. Melissa previously created and managed a philanthropy program at Vaclav Havel’s Forum 2000 Foundation. In this role she worked with private philanthropists promoting human rights, civil society, and democracy. Melissa’s nonprofit project management experience spans a variety of fields (education, children, nutrition, advocacy, emergency response, water, media) and she has worked on projects in the Czech Republic, Africa, Asia, and the United States. She holds a MSc. in European Political Economy: Transition from the London School of Economics and a BA in International Relations from the University of Virginia.
Ing. Monika Kavanová, Ph.D.
Monika Kavanová, a Board of Trustees member since 2016, is an internationally experienced business professional with extensive experience in sales and marketing. She is certified by Iowe U, Barrett Values Center, and Think on Your Feet. Currently a Partner at OslovMe, Monika has an educational background in informatics and economics and has held prominent positions at both public and large multinational corporations such as Oracle, Microsoft andSAP.Additionally, she has run Sales2Win, a consultancy firm. Monika has also served on the AAU School of Business Administration Advisory Board since 2015 and lectures at both the Czech Technical University and the Czech University of Economics, where she completed her studies. Monika's experience also spans previous service as a board member of non-profit organizations like Internet pro všední den (InternetforEvery Day) and FoundationAuxiliaas well as the development of several non-profit projects focused on education.
PhDr. Miroslava Kopicová
Miroslava Kopicová, a Board of Trustees member since 2016, is the Director of the National Training Fund with extensive experience in human resources development, having cooperated with the EC in this area since 1994. She has twice served as the Minister of Education,Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic and she chaired relevant Council of the EU meetings during the Czech Presidency of this organ. Her background also includes negotiating EU structural funds for the Czech Republic as well as chairing the SFIC on the EU level, serving as Deputy Chairperson of the RVVI, and cooperating with a range of international organizations. Miroslava also serves as a board member for several universities in the Czech Republic.
Matthew Kwasiborski, a member of the Board of Trustees since 2016, earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana and a master’s degree in executive leadership from the Thierry Graduate School of Leadership in Belgium. He has been the Director of European Institutes at The Fund for American Studies since 2005. Matt has worked with over a thousand students, alumni, faculty and staff representing over 50 countries. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the international Association of Free Ukraine in Kyiv, Ukraine. Matt has also served as vice president and treasurer of the Board of Advisors for the Center ofInternational Media Ethics. In August, 2016, he established the Lviv Leadership Academy, AILTE, an organization that teaches leadership skills for students, NGOs and businesses.
PhDr. Ján Oravec, CSc.
Ján Oravec, a Board of Trustees member since 2017, also holds membership in a number of governing bodies of several universities. He is the President of The Entrepreneurs Association of Slovakia, the first Slovakian organization of private businesses founded after 1989. Ján is also a member of the Presidium of the National Union of Employers. As Chairman of its European Affairs and Foreign Relations Committee, he represents Slovak employers in international organizations of employers, BusinessEurope in Brussels, BIAC at OECD, and in IOE at the International Labour Office in Geneva. He is a founding member of The F. A. Hayek Foundation as well as its long term President (1992 – 2013). In 1997 he established The Slovak Taxpayers Association and in 1999– 2002 he worked as Chief of Strategy at the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic. Ján graduated in 1987 from Commenius University in Bratislava (Philosophy – Political Economy), The Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia in 1994 (Business Administration), and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 1995 (Bank Management). In 1996 he received his Ph.D. in economics at the Institute of Slovak and World Economy in Bratislava. He started his professional career at the Institute of Economics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in 1987. Ján has his own business in consulting, focusing on regulatory impact assessments, sectoral analysis, macroeconomic analysis, economic outlooks, etc. He writes articles, gives lectures, TV interviews, and public speeches on various topics. Ján lives in Bratislava and is married with two children.
Doc. Ing. Štěpán Müller, CSc., MBA
Štěpán Müller, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees and an external member of the Academic Council, was a board member at AAU already in 1995–2002 and is so again as of 2014. At present, Štěpán is the Dean of the School of International Relations at the University of Economics in Prague where he has also previously served as President. He is also a member of the Czech section of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. In the past, Štěpán has held a number of positions in academia and finance. Štěpán holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Mgr. Petra Padolsky
Petra Padolsky has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2016 and is an AAU alumna, having earned her BA degree at Anglo-American University in Political Science. She later graduated from Metropolitan University in Prague with a master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies. Petra has been working for Volkswagen Financial Services (ŠkoFIN) since 2014, and is currently its Head of Retail Support and Corporate Financing. From 2009 to 2014, she served as the Director of Presto – Translation Agency and Language School. Petra also worked as the Project Manager of the Parliamentary Internship Program at Občan v akci (Citizens in Action) for two years.
Václav Pecha, MA
Václav Pecha, a Board of Trustees member since 2014, is the Executive Director of the Bakala Foundation. In the past, he has served as Director of Zaostřeno, a non-profit organization promoting good governance, and since 2011 he has worked for the Foreign Service Institute and as a consultant for McKellar Corporation. Václav has extensive experience in humanitarian affairs and economic and political development gained from holding a number of managerial positions overseeing humanitarian, development and electoral operations, and aiding communities in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and South Sudan. He has received the Non-Article 5 NATO Medal for his work with NATO in Afghanistan, and the Czech Republic Minister of Defense Medal for Service Abroad. Václav graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Psychology and earned his Master’s degree in International Affairs at Columbia University.
Mgr. Daniel Soukup, MBA
Daniel Soukup, a Board of Trustees member since 2016, is the founder of Roubicek Invest, a business consulting company that helps hospitals, clinics, and private practices improve their business performance. In the past he worked for more than ten years in the financial sector. Daniel also dedicates his time to improving life in Africa (Tanzania and Kenya), where he supports solving problems with healthcare and energy supply. He is an alumnus of Anglo-American University where he obtained a BA in Business Administration. He also holds a Master's degree in law from Charles University and a Master in Business Administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Maria Staszkiewicz, a Board of Trustees member since 2016, has been active in the non-profit sector since 2006 and where she has held a number of managing and executive positions. Before joining Aspen Institute Prague, Maria worked as the Director of the Association for International Affairs, a Czech think tank operating in the field of international relations, transformation policy, and democracy support. She has also served as a member and later Chair of the Board of Directors of DEMAS – Association for Democracy Assistance and Human Rights. From 2008–2010, Maria worked in the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for strategic planning and development and advocacy and policy activities as well as overall organization management.
Bc. Miroslava Vlčková
Miroslava Vlčková, a Board of Trustees member since 2016, is the founder of Montessori Schools Andílek, Montessori Institute Prague, and Association Montessori CR, a unique trio of organizations serving children from birth up to 12 years of age, their parents, teachers from all over the world, and the Czech and international Montessori communities. In the past, she headed the Czech mother and family centers movement. She is an alumna of Anglo-American University and holds a BA degree from the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University in Non-Profit Sector Studies. Miroslava has served on various advisory boards of state institutions, but nowadays she believes that if we wish to bring about change in our educational system, it must be from below, working with parents and teachers.
The Supervisory Board is responsible for overseeing the operations of AAU and the Board of Trustees and is also directly responsible for the institutional direction of AAU. Through extensive communication with AAU’s other governing bodies, it assures the institution’s progression is forward-looking and enduring.
The members of the Supervisory Board of Anglo-American University are:
Richard Trojan began his career in 2004 as an associate with Zukerberg Legal in Washington, D.C. focusing on civil litigation. From 2005 until 2007, Richard worked as an associate at White & Case LLP focusing on corporate law, cross-border transactions and collective investment vehicles. In 2007 Richard joined ISES (Marcol Group), a Luxembourg-based private equity fund where he served as head of legal and acquisitions. Currently, he is a partner of Clay Capital, private equity investment company based in Prague. Richard also served as counsel and advisor for several private as well as institutional investors in structuring and investment allocation.
Richard received his law degree from the Charles University in Prague in 2003. He also holds an LLM degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and an MBA from Macquarie University in Sydney. As part of his curriculum, Richard also attended the University of Leuven School of Law and the Fisher School of Business.
The Academic Council is the main body responsible for academic quality and direction. Its members represent all of AAU's stakeholders: students, faculty, alumni, administration, and the Board of Trustees. There are also several external members with extensive academic experience.
The Academic Council gathers information from the Alumni Council, Student Council, and Faculty Senate in order to provide constructive developments to current academic protocols.
The Academic Council members are as follows.
Petr Jan Pajas, MSc.
Chair pro tempore:
Prof. PhDr. Milada Polišenská, CSc.
Doc. Ing. Štěpán Müller, CSc.
David Lipka, Ph.D.
Tony Ozuna, M.A.
Daniela Lenčéš Chalániová, Ph.D.
Jennifer Fallon, J.D.
Miroslav Svoboda, Ph.D.
Faculty Senate Representatives:
William Eddleston, Ph.D.
Daniel Padolsky, M.A.
Student Council Representatives:
Bc. Adi Hadzic
Alumni Council Representatives:
Nadia Kotaisova, B.A.
Vladimír Palička, B.A.
Supervisory Board Representative:
Simon Gordon-Smith, MBA
Jose B. Alvarez, Ph.D.
Doc. Ing. Jana Přikrylová, Ph.D.
Mgr. Daniel Anýž
Prof. Ing. Jaroslava Durčáková, CSc.
PhDr. Petr Suchý, Ph.D.