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Martin Krafl, FIR graduate, heads Czech Centre in Vienna and presides EUNIC Austria

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMartin Krafl graduated from the Faculty of International Relations at the University of Economics in Prague. He studied also at the university in Vienna.

After his studies, Krafl worked as a media advisor for the British Festival Theatre Company and as an editor and presenter of news in radio RTL Praha and TV Premiéra. In 1996-2003 he used to work for the former Czech President Václav Havel as a Deputy Spokesperson and a Director of Press Service at the President’s Office. Additionally, he served as a media advisor to the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97 and a member of an interdepartmental working group for communication strategy of NATO in the Czech Republic. In 2003 he worked as a Spokesperson and Director of the Department for Information and PR at the Office of the Central Bohemian Region and Governor Petr Bendl.

In years 2004-2007 Krafl served as a spokesperson in the Czech Television (Česká televize).

Since 2007 Martin Krafl has been in diplomatic services of the Czech Republic. By means of the network of the Czech Centers he contributes to promoting Czech culture abroad. In October 2007 he was appointed to serve as a Head of the Czech Centre in Berlin and in 2012 he moved to Vienna to head the Czech Centre there. In June 2014 he was appointed the President of the network of European Union National Institutes for Culture EUNIC Austria.

Martin Krafl was selected as the Spokesperson of the Year and Spokesperson of the Public in 2006.  Among others, he succesfully the course for spokespersons Government: Image and Information organized by the Administration International in London and he participated in several internships in media in Sweden, Finland, Austria, Belgium, Portugal and Japan.