The former Consul General of the Czech Republic in New York has been the Czech Minister for European Affairs since May this year.
Martin studied finance and started his career as an economist. In 1990, after the Velvet Revolution, he was the first democratically elected mayor of the city of Hradec Králové.
In 1999, he became a member of the UN mission for the post-war reconstruction of Kosovo. From his time in Kosovo, he wrote a book of reports called “Kosovo under my skin”.
In 2003, he served in Basra as a political advisor to the Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority for Southern Iraq in the formation of interim local governments. He was subsequently transferred to Baghdad, where, as a representative of the Czech Republic in the Coalition International Council, he worked on the preparation of the donor conference in Madrid. Among other things, he headed the Trade and Economic Section of the Czech Embassy in Washington, and between 2012 and 2017, he served as Consul General of the Czech Republic in New York. In September 2017, he became the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Kuwait and Qatar, based in Kuwait. He ended the mission in June 2021. In December 2021, he became Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Czech Government.