Martin Palouš

President, International Platform for Human Rights in Cuba, Director, Václav Havel Program for Human

USA/Czech Republic

President of Václav Havel Library Foundation and Senior Fellow at the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University in Miami. Mr. Palouš was the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States (2001–2005) and to the United Nations (2006–2011), held the position of Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs (1998–2001) and served as a Member of Parliament (1990–1992). He is one of the original signatories of Charter 77 and served as its spokesperson in 1986. He also participated at the creation of the Civic Forum in 1989. Mr. Palouš studied Natural Sciences, Philosophy and International Law.