Jan Rafaj (CZE)

President of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic


Jan Rafaj became President of the Confederation in May 2023, having previously held the position of Vice President. The Confederation of Industry and Transport is a non-state, voluntary, non-political organisation representing eleven thousand companies with more than 1.3 million employees.



"During my presidential term, I want to target five priorities: the final Czech product, the Green Deal, digitalisation, the labour market and infrastructure. I will do everything I can to ensure that the Czech industry does not lose its competitiveness and maintains its good name in the world," says the lawyer, who is also CEO of the Czech branch of Heimstaden, the largest private rental housing provider in the Czech Republic. Jan Rafaj is also deputy chairman of the supervisory board of the mining company OKD and a member of the statutory bodies of other companies.
Previously, he worked at the metallurgical company ArcelorMittal Ostrava for sixteen years, now Liberty Ostrava, as HR director and deputy chairman of the board. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of Masaryk University in Brno, and later obtained an MBA degree from Prague International Business School.