Marek Havrda, Ph.D. is Deputy Minister for European Affairs of the Czech Government. He contributes to
coordination of the Czech Republic’s positions on EU policies and supports the Czech Presidency of the
Council of the European Union in 2022.
Marek has built expertise in the area of evidence-based policy making, Impact Assessment (IA) and the
use of behavioral economics for policy formulation, inter alia he supported IAs in the domains of Health
and Consumer protection in the European Commission, led IA for a major legislative initiative at the
Czech Ministry of Finance, served as Advisor for EU Structural Funds at the Czech Ministry of Education,
Youth and Sports, and since 2014 has been a Member of the Impact Assessment Board of the Legislative
Council of the Czech Government.
Between 2016 and 2021 Marek led Artificial Intelligence Policy & Social Impacts activities at GoodAI, a
private AI R&D start-up, and contributed to international Artificial Intelligence ethics and governance
initiatives including UNESCO Recommendations for Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (led development of
Ethical Impact Assessment methodology), OECD Network of Experts on Artificial Intelligence and IEEE
Ethically Aligned Design (co-authored IEEE 7010-2020 Standard).
Previously, he served in leadership roles with think-tanks, e.g. EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy,
and co-founded SCHOLA EMPIRICA, a think-and-do-tank focusing on evidence-based education. In his
early career, Marek gained experience with global material technology companies.
Marek was invited to deliver talks at global events and leading institutions, including University of
Cambridge (Centre for Future of Intelligence), DARPA, Joint Research Centre of the European
Commission and United Nations events.
Charles University – PhD in Sociology, Public and Social Policy track, BA and MA in Economic, summa
cum laude, MA in International Studies; Johns Hopkins University – SAIS, Fulbright Visiting Scholar;
Warwick Business School – Master in Public Administration, Chevening Scholar; Lancaster University /
Central European University – MA in Sociology; Georgetown University – Diploma in Business –