The Board of Directors is composed of personalities with diverse backgrounds but all with a special interest in Czech cultural heritage.
In 1995 Dasha Havel was elected the Chair of the Board after five years having worked as an Executive Director of the foundation. In 1989 she was a representative of the Civic Forum political movement and one of the founders of the Civic Forum Foundation. Through the charitable activities she has been active in the field of cultural preservation and has promoted the development of the non - profit sector in the Czech Republic.
Dasha Havel is also a Board member of the Information Center for Foundations and other non-profit organizations - (ICN) in Prague, Eurocentres in Switzerland and the European Cultural Foundation in the Netherlands. At present she works as an Executive Director of Lucerna Barrandov, a.s.
Frantisek Formanek is an Executive Director of a non-profit organization - the Institute for Democracy and European Unity (IDEU) which supported Czech Republic's attempt of entering into the EU. IDEU also plays a key role in providing elected deputies and local governments with training courses and advise. It also supports the free flow of objective information among communities, regions and states and develops contacts with similar institutions in other countries.
Vladimir Gregr is an engineer by profession and an part-owner of an publishing house "Tiskarna Gregr & syn, s.r.o.", located in Prague and restituted to his family after the Velvet Revolution. His managerial experience in coordinating projects and directing programs is an asset to the development of our foundation's activities.
Ivan M. Havel was also active member of the Civic Forum political movement in 1989 and one of the Civic Forum Foundation founders. At present he is an Executive Director of the Center for Theoretical Studies, an institution affiliated with Charles University and the Academy of Sciences. Dr. Havel is also an editor-in-chief of the science magazine Vesmir. Dr. Havel's got a doctorate in computer sciences from University of California in Berkeley and for several years was a research assistant at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.
Antonin Kourimsky educated engineer, worked in state administration, in the private sector, then 15 years in banking.
Miroslav Masak is a former member of Vaclav Havel's advisory staff. Former member of the Council for the Development of Prague Castle and member of the Czech Committee ICOMOS. Mr. Masak is also in a number of advisory committees throughout the Czech Republic. He is one of the architects responsible for the reconstruction of Veletrzni Palac which now holds the National Gallery and is the site of modern art collections.
At present, Radim Palous is a member "emeritus" of the Civic Forum Foundation. He was former Rector of Charles University. Professor Palous was a dissident who held lectures at "home universities" during the totalitarian regime and also founded "Akademia", an organization of philosophers. He is currently involved in a number of cultural organizations and is writing books.