Academic Board

Egle Havrdova, Ph. D.

Program Director and Academic Director of the Summer School on Crime, Law and Psychology

Egle serves as an executive director at SCHOLA EMPIRICA since its foundation 2003. In November 2004, Egle Havrdová defended her PhD. thesis in the Department of Social Policy, Institute for Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. From 2004 to 2005, she was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of Criminology of Keele University, which is among the top UK’s research centers dealing with crime prevention. Her research interests include pre-school education, youth crime prevention and social work. In addition to her academic work, Egle has extensive experience in program management. She coordinated education programs and the Fund for American Studies, Washington, USA, and co-founded Prague Summer Schools in 2003. She also served as expert on policy evaluation for the European Commission.

Marek Havrda, Ph. D.

Academic Director of the Summer School on Behavioral Economics

Marek is co-founder of Prague Summer Schools. Since 2014 he is a member of Impact Assessment Board an advisory body to the Czech Government. He worked in the European Commission (Health and Consumers Directorate General) where he helped design better EU regulation (contributed to the first uses of behavioral economics for policy making at the EU level). Before joining the European Commission he directed consultancies, which worked for: i.a. Czech Government, KPMG and GE, and led a Prague-based think-tank promoting good-governance. Now back in Prague he is working on a start-up connecting behavioral research and information technology – if interested please visit . Marek has also served as advisor to several Government Departments, currently advising the Czech Ministry on Education, Youth and Sports. Academics: MAs in Economics and International Studies and Ph.D. in Public and Social Policy (Charles University, Prague), MA in Sociology (Lancaster University / CEU), MPA (Warwick Business School), Fulbright Visiting Researcher (Johns Hopkins University). Marek co-authored a book on anti-corruption strategies using behavioral insights.

Professor Franklyn Lisk, Ph. D.

Academic Director of the Summer School on Development

Franklyn Lisk is a Professorial Research Fellow at Centre for the Study of Globalization and Regionalization (CSGR) at the University of Warwick, and a collaborator with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). At CSGR, he is involved in research on policy issues pertaining to globalization, governance and sustainable development; he was the coordinator and lead researcher for a joint UNDP – Warwick/CSGR project on ‘Governance and HIV/AIDS Responses’ (2006-2008). He is also actively involved in the work of the Sub-Saharan Africa Research Network at the Institute of Advanced Study at Warwick University, and contributes to teaching and PhD supervision on development policy and planning, global health governance and political economy in the Faculty of Social Sciences and in the Institute of Governance and Public Management at the Warwick Business School. He has published widely on labor market and employment and development policy issues, global health governance, climate change and health governance, and public policy and sustainable development.

Anna Horolets, Ph. D.

Academic Director of the Summer School on European Union

Anna is an Assistant Professor at the University of Gdansk teaching anthropology and sociology of culture. Stemming from the backgrounds in linguistics, anthropology and sociology, her research interests concentrate of the symbolic politics and cultural dimensions of European integration and discourses of integration. She has recently published a book entitled ‚Conformity, rebellion, nostalgia. Niche tourism from Poland to the countries of the former Soviet Union‘ (Universitas, 2013). Her most recent research is on the way migrants‘ leisure is related to their adaptation in receiving societies and she has done fieldwork among Polish migrants in the UK and the US. She is the author of The Representations of Europe in Polish Public Discourse (in Polish, Krakow: Universitas, 2006) and the editor of Discourse Analysis in Sociology and for Sociology (in Polish, Torun: Marszalek, 2008).

Jakub Leps

Academic Director of the Summer School on China

A former Fulbright researcher with degrees in economics, American studies and political science, Jakub’s primary focus is on Sino-American relations. In recent years he has taught a course on Chinese-American relations at Charles University and courses on Modern China & Globalization at UNYP-Empire State College. He has written several academic articles as well as book chapters dealing with Asia and U.S. foreign policy and can be frequently heard on the radio & TV, commenting on various foreign policy issues.

Dana Moree, Ph. D.

Academic Director of the Summer School on Education

Dana teaches multicultural education and profile of the civil sector at the Faculty of humanities, Charles University in Prague. She also organizes practical training for students. Dr. Moree graduated in Pastoral and Social Work from the Evangelic Faculty of Theology, Charles University, Prague, and in General Anthropology from the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague. She has been involved in intercultural education since 1998. First she worked in Jabok – Academy for Social Pedagogy and Theology – and later, between 1998 and 2003, in the Salem Association. Since 2004 she has served as an assistant lecturer specializing in intercultural education at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, Department of Civil Sector Studies. In the same year, she also co-founded the PONTES Institute, where she has focused on cultural encounters as part of courses and seminaries that target the Czech-German issue. She finished her PhD in this field at Universiteit voor Humanistic, Utrecht in 2008.

Course Lecturers

Prague Summer School on CRIME, LAW AND PSYCHOLOGY

James W. Hill, M.Ed, Lecturer in Psychotherapy WISP University of Warsaw
Julie Gawrylowicz, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University
Brad Weinreb, Superior Court Judge, County of San Diego
Josh Davis, Ph.D., Reader for Psychology in the Department of Psychology, University of Greenwich
Kimberly Wade, Ph.D., Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Warwick
Robert Cramer, Ph.D., Assistant professor of Psychology and Philosophy Sam Houston State University
Andrew Clark,PhD., Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, University of Bedfordshire
Andrew James Roberts, Associate Professor, Melbourne Law School

To see full profiles of the course lecturers, please visit section Academics of Prague Summer School on CRIME, LAW AND PSYCHOLOGY.


Petr Koblovsky, Ph.D., LL.M. (Yale)
Marek Havrda, Ph.D., Advisor, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Czech Republic and Director,
Ján Selep
Ludmila Hadincova
Vojtech Zika
Robin Kopecký
Julie Novakova
Petr Houdek
Matěj Sucha
Jaromir Mazak
Lukas Toth


To see full profiles of the course lecturers, please visit section Academics of Prague Summer School on BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS AND PSYCHOLOGY.

Prague Summer School on DEVELOPMENT: Sustainability v. Globalization

Prof. Franklyn Lisk, University of Warwick, UK
Pavel Nováček, Ph.D., Palacky University, Czech Republic
Martin Schlossarek, Ph.D., Palacky University, Czech Republic
Penelope Muzanenhamo, Ph.D., UCD School of Business, Ireland
Lisa Trogisch, Researcher and PhD Candidate, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Ausra Reinap, Ph.D., Axis Communications AB, Sweden
Christine Maritz, Glopolis, Prague
Killian Stokes, MA, UCD School of Busines, Univesity College, Dublin
Elvis Nana Kwasi Amoateng, Researcher and Ph.D. Candidate, University of Warwick, UK
Teresa Čajková, Glopolis, Prague

To see full profiles of the course lecturers, please visit section Academics of Prague Summer School on DEVELOPMENT: Sustainability vs. Globalization.

Prague Summer School on CHINA: A World Superpower – Myth or Reality

Jakub Leps, University of New York, Prague, Czech Republic
Jana Sehnalkova, Charles University, Czech Republic


To see full profiles of the course lecturers, please visit section Academics of Prague Summer School on CHINA: A World Superpower – Myth or Reality.

Prague Summer School on EUROPEAN POLITICS: Interests vs. Culture

Anna Horolets, Ph.D., University of Gdansk, Poland
Petra Ezzeddine, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology and Gender Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Zdenĕk Kudrna, Ph.D., Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies, University of Salzburg
Vaclav Nekvapil, Ph.D., Association for Communication in the Public Sector

To see full profiles of the course lecturers, please visit section Academics of Prague Summer School on EUROPEAN POLITICS: Interests vs. Culture.

Prague Summer School on EDUCATION: The Future of School

Eva Patrikakou, Ph.D., Associate Professor, DePaul University, Chicago
Dana Moree, Ph.D., Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague
Jana Straková, Ph.D., Institute for Research and Development of Education,  Charles University, Prague
Kryštof Vosátka, University of Oxford

To see full profiles of the course lecturers, please visit section Academics of Prague Summer School on EDUCATION: The Future of School.

Guest Lecturers

Ladislav Miko

Ladislav Miko holds the position of Deputy Director-General of the DG Health and Food Safety. Ladislav Miko holds the position of acting Director-General of the DG Health and Consumers as of the 1st of November 2014, and was previously Deputy Director-General for the Food Chain since January 2011. From 2005 to 2010, he was Director for Nature in DG Environment where he held responsibility for the portfolio on nature and biodiversity, agriculture, soils and forests. In the period May-December 2009, he held the office of Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic in the country’s caretaker government. Before he started his career in the European Commission, in 2002–2005 he was Deputy Minister and Director General for Nature and Landscape Protection in the Ministry for Environment of the Czech Republic.

Jiří Pehe

JUDr. Jiří Pehe is a Czech political analyst and writer. He studied law and philosophy at Charles University in Prague, where he earned a Magister’s degree in 1978 and a doctorate in 1980. In September 1981 he fled Czechoslovakia, through Yugoslavia to Italy. He attended the School of International Affairs at Columbia University in New York and graduated in 1985. From 1985 to 1988 he worked for Freedom House. He has also worked as a Czechoslovak analyst for Radio Free Europe; he has been the head of Central European Research and Analysis. From 1997 to 1999 he was the director of the Political Cabinet in the office of Czech President Václav Havel and continued serving as Havel’s external political advisor until the end of Havel’s term in 2003. Pehe has written numerous essays and papers that have appeared in world newspapers and academic publications and has also published several books, including three novels.

Daniel Ogola

Daniel Ogola is the founder of the Matibabu Foundation, an organization in Eastern Africa creating jobs and opportunity through health care. Previously, he worked as director of a non-profit organization promoting community healthcare and teaching tolerance-based AIDS education and strengthening youth sports and informative entertainment. In 2006, he founded Matibabu Foundation that has offered health services to over 60,000 Kenyans. Mr. Ogola is director of Matitabu. He tries to help us understand how health care is delivered to the underserved in Kenya, and connect us with clinics for volunteer experiences.

Šimon Pánek

Šimon Pánek was leading student activist during the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Since 1992 he serves as  executive director of the humanitarian and development organization People in Need (Člověk v tísni) which he co-founded. People in Need became the biggest non-governmental organization of this kind in Central and Eastern Europe and works worldwide to mitigate the suffering of people in times of crisis. Šimon also advised prezident Václav Havel on international human rights. He received the Czech State Medal of Merit in 2002 and the European of the Year Award in 2003. Šimon Pánek chaired the Board of the Open Society Fund Prague, is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, of the Board of the European Partnership for Democracy and of the Board of Eurostep.

Jana Straková

Jana Straková received her MSc. in physics from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University in Prague, and her Ph.D. in education from Masaryk University in Brno. She is currently employed at the Institute for Research and Development of Education at Charles University in Prague, where she co-operates on the Czech Longitudinal Study in Education: she is responsible for data collection in the pre-school cohort. Her main research interests are assessment of students´ knowledge and skills, and educational inequalities in primary and secondary education. In 2008 – 2009, she chaired an expert team that evaluated the implementation of the Czech Educational White Paper. In 2009-2011, she coordinated the Czech implementation of the OECD projects “Evaluation and Assessment Frameworks for Improving School Outcomes”, and “Overcoming School Failure: Policies that work”. She compiled several reports for the European Commission in the area of education inequalities, as well as evaluation and assessment in education in the Czech Republic.

Tomáš Pojar

Tomáš Pojar graduated from the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzlyia, Israel. He is Vice-President for International Relations of the Prague-based CEVRO Institut, o.p.s. In 2010-2014, Tomáš Pojar served as the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the State of Israel. Prior to his posting as Ambassador he served as the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Security Affairs, EU Affairs and Bilateral Relations with European States and as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Bilateral Relations. He is a recipient of the Cross of Merit of the Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic, 3rd Class, Commemorative Badge of General Rudolf Medek, World Economic Forum – Young Global Leader Award, and Ambassador of the Nation – Recognition by the President of the Republic of Albania.

Erik Best

Erik Best graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1985, with a degree in Eastern European studies and concentration on Russian language. He completed an MBA at the University of North Carolina in 1987. By the time Erik Best arrived in Prague in 1991, he has already devoted more than half of the decade to studying Central and Eastern Europe. Since 1992 Erik Best has been publishing the Flee Sheet. His studies and experience in journalism, diplomacy, politics, business and foreign languages provided just the mix he needed to found the Flee Sheet and also allowed the Final Word, which he began publishing in 2001, to immediately become an influential publication. Thanks to the recognition brought by the Final Word, Erik is also a frequent commentator on Czech radio and television stations. Erik’s latest publication, which he began producing in 2011, is the Friday Edition. Erik works on his foreign languages by the reading detective novels translated from english, but his real literary loves are Vladimir Nabakov, Graham Greene and John Le Carre.

Daniel Haas

Daniel Haas is studying Educational Sciences at University of Cologne. He is passionate about the global effects of e-learning and open educational resources (OER). Early in his life, Daniel was exposed to educational culture outside of Germany near Detroit, USA. In 2012 he earned an International Baccalaureate Diploma alongside his German A-Levels Diploma. During his studies he spent 6 months in Pune, India working on projects involving education and sustainability. In his free-time he has helped support the organizing of conventions like the World Business Dialogue 2015 and the 2016 DGfE Conference on Education.

Yasar Abu Ghosh

Dr Yasar Abu Ghosh is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Charles University, where he was the head of the department from 2009-2012. He earned a PhD in ethnology/social anthropology from Charles University in 2008; he has studied and taught at different universities, including Central European University in Budapest, University College London and New York University.  Dr Abu Ghosh has done extensive field research on the Roma in Southern Bohemia and has been a member of the board of experts to the Government Council for Roma Community Affairs, as well as an independent expert to the European Commission program “Peer Review and Assessment in Social Inclusion”. Dr. Abu Ghosh was the co-founder of the Czech Association for Social Anthropology.

František Nejedlý

František Nejedlý is a Czech Green Party member and serves as a local assembly member in Prague’s thirteenth district. He also works as an analyst and campaign manager at the Prague-based think tank Glopolis, where he focuses on the agenda of corporate tax avoidance and tax havens.

Petr Drulak

Petr Drulák is the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to France and prior to his appointment, he was acting as political permanent secretary to Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Between the years 2004 and 2013 he was deputy director and then director of the Institute of International Relations (IIR) in Prague. In academia, his main focus lies within theories of international relations and as a professor, he was giving lectures to students of the Institute of Political Studies at Charles University. He also worked as chief editor for the journal International Relations.

Jaromir Mazak

Jaromir works as a lecturer and researcher at the Charles University. His professional interests include political participation and research methodology. He is involved in a partnership project of the Charles University and the Czech Television called Trends of Czechia, which maps electoral preferences and public opinion on topical issues. He also teaches courses about data and analytical processing of information for the Czech Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. He will be coming to the summer school straight from his present academic visit at the University of Oxford.

Pavel Fisher

Pavel Fischer served as Chief of Political Affairs for Vaclav Havel from 1999 to 2003. He acted as Ambassador to France and Monaco (from 2003 to 2010) before being appointed Director of Political Affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (2010-2013). After 20 years of dedication to public affairs, he resigned for personal reasons and has since then been committed to activities in civil society, corporate consulting, and training. Graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), musician (violinist and chorister), and father to 4 children, he studied catholic social teaching in Switzerland after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He has been awarded the Légion d’honneur (2010), the Ordre de Saint Charles (2010), and the Ordre de Mérite (2003).

Organizational Team

Laura Migliacci, MA

Program Coordinator

Laura Migliacci works as Progam Coordinator for Prague Summer Schools. She studied the program of European Union Public policy and administration at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas (Lithuania) and Corvinus University in Budapest (Hungary), where she earned a Master’s Degree in 2015. During her studies, she concentrated her interests on the European Union Gender Equality Policy Implementation, which has led her to join a non-governmental sector and dedicate her work to raise awareness in achieving better results on gender equality policy in Lithuania. In order to broaden her horizons and professional knowledge, Laura joined „Forum50%“ a nonprofit organization in Prague, supporting the equal participation of women and men in politics, where she worked as a Graduate Research Assistant and was involved in scholar work, fund-raising and the organization of the events.

Marcel Tomášek

Chair of the Board

Marcel lectures MA level methodology courses at the Dep. of Historical Sociology (Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague). He has graduated first in history and political science (Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic) and then studied sociology (Central European University and Graduate School for Social Research in Warsaw) besides attending other study and professional stays abroad (Transregional Centre for Democratic Studies at New School for Social ResearchMiami University and Aarhus University in Denmark). He is interested in various dimensions and manifestations of radical social change in Central and Eastern Europe following the revolutions of 1989.

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