The Council of the National Theatre is an advisory body of the Director pursuant to the terms of the Statute. The members of the Council are appointed and withdrawn by the Director. The activity of the Council is governed by the rules of procedure.
Ing. Pavel Čejka, MBA
Member of the Board of Directors and Senior Executive Director, Chief Administrative Officer, Komerční banka
A graduate of the Czech Technical University with a major in Management and Finance and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where he obtained an MBA. He began his professional career in 1994 at Arthur Andersen, where he predominantly specialised in advisory and audit for financial institutions in the Central European region. In 2000 he joined ČSOB as Senior Executive for Finance Management. In July 2003 he joined Komerční banka as Deputy Executive Director for Finance and in July 2012 assumed the post of Executive Director for Strategy and Finance.
Since 1 August he has been a member of the Komerční banka Board of Directors, responsible for business management in Strategy and Finance, Operations, Information Technologies, Project Organisation and Management, Support Services and Investment Banking – Operations. Pavel Čejka is also a member of the Supervisory Boards of Modrá pyramida stavební spořitelna, ESSOX and Komerční pojišťovna, chair of the Supervisory Board of KB Penzijní společnost and a member of the statutory body of Bastion European Investments, S. A.
Prof. Ing. Jiří Drahoš, DrSc., dr.h.c.
President of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Born in Jablunkov, Silesia, he studied at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, where later on he obtained a Doctor of Science degree and in 2003 was appointed professor of chemical engineering. He is an honorary doctor of the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava and an honorary member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers UK. From 2005 to 2009, he was Vice-President and since 2009 has been President of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
His major specialisation is multiphase chemical reactors. He has written more than 70 original articles for leading international journals; according to the Science Citation Index, approximately 1,000 articles have cited his works. He is a member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic and the Engineering Academy of the Czech Republic, President of the Czech Society of Chemical Engineering and a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of the Chemical Industry of the Czech Republic. He has been repeatedly elected to the prestigious function of President of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering, has received numerous Czech and foreign science awards, including in 2012 the Czech Republic’s Medal of Merit for Science.
JUDr. Vlasta Formánková
Judge of the Constitutional Court
In 1977, she completed her studies at the Faculty of Law of Charles University in Prague and in the same year began working at the state company Západočeské mlékárny, n. p. Klatovy. In 1978, she passed the rigorous exam and on 1 September began working in the judiciary at the Regional Court in Plzeň. After passing her judicial exams, on 15 June 1979 she was elected a judge for the District Court in Plzeň–City. Initially, she worked in the civil section, then in the penal, and finally in the civil section again. In January 1990 she was assigned to manage the District Court of Plzeň–City and subsequently appointed to the post of its presiding judge. At the same time, she was the presiding judge of the civil senate.
Following her withdrawal from the post of presiding judge of the district court in the spring of 1999, she continued to work as a judge in the civil section. In 2000 she joined the Regional Court in Plzeň, where she was encharged with the first-stage agenda, as well as appellate agenda in the civil section, for instance, the Act on personality protection, press libel suits, copyright suits, etc. On 5 August 2005, President Václav Klaus appointed her a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic. She has never been a member of or candidate for any political party.
Poet, journalist, screenwriter, dramaturge, theatre and film director, prose-writer and playwright
Born in Prague, Pavel Kohout is one of the best-known contemporary Czech authors. He has written thirty plays, dramatised and adapted some twenty literary works. Although his oeuvre reflects different approaches – from embracing naïve collectivism and the ideals of reform socialism to consistent opposition against Communist “normalisation”, fierce criticism of some of the phenomena of the current democratic society – as a whole it demonstrates a steady endeavour for capturing the time and milieu within an authentic morality through which the author has striven to effect the surrounding world.
Pavel Kohout is an artist possessing a great sense of drama, which he even brought to bear at the time when the totalitarian aesthetics enforced obligatory models of plots and techniques; thus, he has always pursued his own expressive path. In the late 1960s he broke away from the Communist regime, which in 1979 stripped him of Czechoslovak citizenship. He returned to his homeland in 1990. He has received a number of prestigious accolades, including the Austrian State Prize for European Literature (1977), the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Arts, 1st Class (1998), and the Great Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2002).
Prof. Dadja Altenburg Pešta Kohl
President of the National Theatre Benefactors’ Club
Born in Prague, Dadja Altenburg Pešta Kohl studied medicine at Charles University. In 1972 she emigrated to West Germany, where she worked as a jaw and facial surgeon. At the end of the 1980s, she established one of Germany’s most successful pharmacology companies, in which she is a partner and chair of the Board of Directors. After 1989 she began returning regularly to her homeland and in 2006 settled in the Czech Republic for good.
Throughout her life, Dadja Altenburg Pešta Kohl has dedicated to philanthropy and actively engaged in civil society, supporting culture institutions and projects (cinematography, theatre, fine arts). She founded the DrAK foundation, whose mission it is to promote culture and preventive medicine, and the Montanelli Museum in Prague, focused on modern art and one of the very few private museums in the Czech Republic. Dadja Altenburg Pešta Kohl is an adviser to the Unicredit Group in Munich and a member of the Board of the Culture Forum in Berlin. She has sponsored the National Theatre in Prague since 2005. She has financially supported several productions, bought a violin for the orchestra’s concert master, had the Hynais Curtain restored and, together with her husband, donated a bronze bust of Václav Havel to the theatre. At the present time, her family is financing the restoration of Aleš’s lunettes at the National Theatre.
Ing. Jiří Maceška
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Česká pošta
Jiří Maceška studied at the Faculty of Commerce of the University of Economics in Prague, worked in international trade with a focus on the Middle East and subsequently served as Deputy Minister of Trade at the Ministry of Industry and Trade (1998–2002). Between 2002 and 2007 he was the Czech ambassador to the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. At the time of the Czech Republic’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, he co-ordinated the activities of the Ministry of Finance on the ECOFIN Council, at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
In 2009 he was elected Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Česká pošta (Czech Post). Furthermore, he is a member of the Supervisory Committee of the Czech Television Council, the Science Council of the University of Economics in Prague, and the Board of the League Against Cancer, Vice-President of the Czech-Israeli Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Council of the National Theatre. He is an ardent lover of opera and ballet, as well as modern jazz, and likes refined cuisine and French wine.
JUDr. Pavel Smutný
President, BOHEMIAN HERITAGE FUND
Pavel Smutný is the co-founder of the CÍSAŘ, ČEŠKA, SMUTNÝ law office, which since 1993 has primarily specialised in commercial law. In 1995 he initiated the establishment of the Friends of the National Theatre and has been the society’s managing director ever since. In 1999 he established the BOHEMIAN HERITAGE FUND, associating private benefactors and sponsoring the national cultural heritage and contemporary projects.
Since 2009 he has been President of the Czech-Israeli Chamber of Commerce and since 2010 a member of the Board of the Smetana Litomyšl International Opera Festival. He was also a member of the World Monuments Fund Europe and FEDORA, where he served as Vice-President for seven years. In recognition of his socially beneficial activities, CÍSAŘ, ČEŠKA, SMUTNÝ was elected Law Office of 2013 in terms of corporate responsibility.
Ing. Bohdan Wojnar
Member of the Board of Directors for Human Resources Management, Škoda Auto
Bohdan Wojnar studied economics and management at the Institute of Chemical Technology and the European Business School in Prague. From 1983 to 1985, he worked for the company Kaučuk, in 1985 he joined Škoda Auto, where he held various economic positions. In 1996 he was entrusted with Škoda brand controlling management. In 2006, Volkswagen Slovakia named him a member of the Board of Directors for finances, in September 2008 he also assumed responsibility for human resources management and in 2009 became a Board member for personnel matters. On 1 January 2011, he was appointed a member of the Škoda Auto Board of Directors responsible for Human Resources Management.
Moreover, Bohdan Wojnar was also a member of the Supervisory Board of Zaměstnanecká pojišťovna Škoda and director of the subsidiary ŠKODA IMMO, s.r.o. (2001–2005). In 2006 he chaired the Board of Directors of Zaměstnanecká pojišťovna Škoda, was a member of the Board of the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Automotive Industry Association of the Slovak Republic. At the present time, he is Vice-President of the Czech Automotive Industry Association (AutoSAP) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic. He is also an active member of the Academic Council of the University of Economics in Prague.
Ing. Petr Dvořák
General Director, Czech Television