Tomáš Lapáček (37) has been the Director of the Strategy and Policy Section at the Prague Institute of Planning and Development since 2017. Prior to this, he worked as the Director of the Translation Division for the European Union at PRESTO. In previous years, he worked as the head of the European Affairs Department of the Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic and an advisor to the Minister of the Environment. In 2008, he was an assistant to MEP Josef Zieleńca in Brussels. He studied International Relations and Foreign Affairs at the University of Reading and is a graduate of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University, where he studied international relations and political science.