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Ambassador Karel Kovanda is a senior public policy advisor in Covington’s EU Public Policy Practice Group. A former diplomat and non-lawyer, Ambassador Kovanda has a wealth of experience, having held extensive diplomatic and private sector positions.

From 2005 to 2010, Ambassador Kovanda worked as Deputy Director-General of Relex (now the European External Action Service) in the European Commission. He was responsible inter alia for relationships with non-EU OECD countries, human rights and international organizations. In 2007, he chaired the Kimberley Process (combating "blood diamonds") and for a number of years co-chaired the EU-Japan Regulatory Reform Dialogue.

Previous Experience

  • Manager - Brussels office, major Czech energy company (July 2013-December 2014)
  • DDG Relex: responsible for non-EU OECD countries, human rights and international organisations (April 2005-December 2010)
  • Czech Permanent Representative (Ambassador) to NATO (August 1998-April 2005)
  • Dean of the NATO Diplomatic Corps (2004-2005)
  • Czech Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (1997-1998)
  • Czech Permanent Representative (Ambassador) to the United Nations (1993-1997)
  • Member of the UN Security Council (1994-1995)
  • Vice-President, UN Economic and Social Council (1996-1997)
  • Senior Positions in the Czech Foreign Ministry (1991-1993)
  • Order of Merit 1st Class (Czech Republic)
  • Umurinzi - Campaign against Genocide Medal (Rwanda)