External Advisory Board

The UNYP External Advisory Board convenes semi-annually to provide advice, ideas and guidance to UNYP’s President and senior management. The board will be reviewing UNYP’s standing in the Czech as well as international academic environment and it will be assessing, discussing and recommending opportunities to improve the quality of education at UNYP on an ongoing basis to be realized through better offered education programs, improved program delivery quality and program content with more relevance to the needs of the society and to the sectors of the economy the UNYP graduates support. The board is comprised of 6 distinguished members coming from public life, business and academia, each selected and invited to serve based upon their wide expertise and background which can be of great value to the planning and implementation of UNYP’s future growth, success and impact to the communities and constituencies it serves. 


The UNYP External Business Advisory Board members are:

Ing. Jan Fischer, CSc.

Former Czech Prime Minister

Jan Fischer photoJan Fischer is former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic and former Vice-President of the EBRD. He currently is a consultant to the President of the Czech Statistical Office and professor at the University of Economics, Prague.  After graduating from the Faculty of National Economy at the University of Economics, Prague and obtaining a PhD in the field of economic statistics at the same institution, he joined the Federal Statistical Office as a researcher at the Research Institute for Social and Economic Information. Fischer headed various teams processing the results of several elections in the country and was in charge of relations with Eurostat. In the years that followed, he also acted as the vice-president and later as the president (2003-2009) of the Czech Statistical Office. Delving into more entrepreneurial waters, he served as the director of production at marketing research company Taylor Nelson Sofres Factum and director for strategic projects at private energy company CE Group. In 2001 he was part of an International Monetary Fund mission that assessed and devised plans for a statistical service for East Timor, which had only recently gained its independence at the time. From September 2010 to November 2012, he was a Vice-President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). During that time, he also served as the head of the joint research centres of the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics and the University of Economics, Prague. Entering the political sphere, Fischer served as the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic from April 2009 to July 2010 and was thus the head of the country’s government during the Czech Presidency of the European Council. He was also the Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in later years. Besides his principal activities, Fischer is also a member of various councils and boards such as the Board of Trustees of the University of Economics, Prague, the Czech Statistical Council etc.


Tomáš Kubica, MBA

Alumnus of UNYP; Director at KKR London

Tomáš Kubica photoTomas Kubica is a Director at KKR in London, focusing on private equity investments in TMT across Europe. He started his career at McKinsey & Co in Prague and Goldman Sachs International in London. Tomas is a proud alumnus of UNYP, holds an MBA degree from INSEAD, and is a CFA and CAIA Charterholder.


Dr. Hadi Salavitabar

Former Dean of SUNY New Paltz University

Hadi Salavitabar photoDr. Hadi Salavitabar earned his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1982.  Dr. Salavitabar held faculty and administrative positions at the State University of New York at New Paltz, The College of Saint Rose, and the University At Albany – State University of New York.  His research articles and books were published by internationally known publishers.  He has served on a large number of national & international boards and currently serving on the Board of Trustees of Ulster Savings Bank, Board of Directors of Mohonk Mountain House, and Business Advisory Board of the University of New York in Prague.  Dr. Salavitabar has received many awards most notably the State University of New York Chancellor’s award and alumni award, and was inducted into the SUNY New Paltz School of Business Hall of Fame in May 2013.


Ing. Miroslav Singer, Ph.D.

Former Governor of the Czech National Bank

Miroslav Singer photoMiroslav Singer ranks amongst the most significant Czech economists. He graduated in Mathematical Methods Applied to Economy at the University of Economics in Prague. In 1995 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Before his appointment to the Bank Board of the Czech National Bank in 2001 he held senior management positions in the group Expandia (finance and industry) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (advising in restructuring). Between 2005 and 2010 he was Vice-Governor and between 2010 and 2016 he was Governor of the Czech National Bank. Since January 2017, he has been the Director of Institutional Relations and Chief Economist at Generali CEE Holding responsible for Austria, CEE & Russia Region, since January 2018 he is also member of the Executive Committee of Generali CEE Holding. He serves as chairman in the Supervisory Boards of Česká pojišťovna, Pojišťovna Generali (CZ), Poisťovňa Generali (SK) and as vice-chairman of the Supervisory Board of Moneta Money Bank. Among other prestigious appraisals he was awarded “Central Banker of the Year in Europe” for 2014 by The Banker – FT group.


Magdalena Soucek, CPA 

Managing partner of EY 

Magdalena Soucek is a managing partner of EY and has years of experience in auditing. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a Czech statutory auditor and a member of the Chamber of Auditors of the Czech Republic. She started her career in Boston as an audit assistant in the international consulting company Arthur Andersen. After returning to the Czech Republic in 1990 Magdalena Soucek founded the Czech branch of Arthur Andersen in Prague. In 2002, the branch was incorporated into the international network of EY (formerly Ernst & Young). Between 2006 and 2008, she was President of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic and is still active as a member of the Board of Directors. In 2007 she was awarded the title Most Influential Businesswoman in a survey conducted by daily newspaper Hospodarske noviny and now is a jury member of the survey Top25 Women in Czech business. According to Forbes magazine she regularly ranks among the top 50 most influential women in the Czech Republic. In September 2015, she was awarded a medal of Jiří of Kunstat from Podebrady, King of Bohemia, for her personal contribution in her field and for integration within Europe. Magdalena Soucek is a patron of the National Theater and also a member of the supervisory boards of CARE, Czech National Trust and Espira. She is a regular contributor to the Czech media and actively participates in business conferences.


Doc. Ing. Eva Zamrazilová, CSc.

National Bank Board Member from 2008 to 2014

Eva Zamrazilová photoEva Zamrazilová is a leading Czech economist who worked in the Bank Board of the Czech National Bank between 2008 and 2014. She started her career at the University of Economics in Prague where, after graduating from engineering and doctoral studies, she has been teaching the theory of statistics and economic statistics since 1990. At the same time, as a researcher at the Institute of Forecasting, VŠE participated in a number of studies focused on the transformation of the Czech economy. She also worked at the Economic Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences and the Research Institute of Labor and Social Affairs. Since 1994 she has worked at Komerční banka as a member of the team for macroeconomic analysis and forecasts. In February 2008, the Czech President appointed her to the ČNB Bank Board. She took office on March 1, 2008. After her six-year mandate, in 2014 she became the chief economist of the Czech Banking Association, where she remained until January 2018 until the appointment of the National Budget Board Chairman. She continues to lecture macroeconomic analysis at the University of Economics in Prague. She will be serving as the Chair of the National Budget Council until 2024. 


Dr. William Barnard, Ph.D.

Former Dean of UNYP

William Barnard photoOriginally from the United States, Will has twenty years’ experience working in international education in the Czech Republic. He earned a Bachelor’s degree at Princeton University, a Master’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Doctoral degree at the University of Michigan. He has over fifteen years’ experience with UNYP, having in the past served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Operations Manager, among other positions. Currently, Will is Center Director in Prague for CIEE: Council On International Educational Exchange.



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