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Veronika Hunt Šafránková, Head of the UN Environment Brussels Office
Veronika is Head of the UN Environment Brussels Office since April 2019.
She has over 15 years of experience in the field of international environmental affairs. At the Czech Ministry of Environment, she held different positions - director, director general and deputy minister, responsible for a number of areas including relations with the European Union relations, European Union funds and the overall international agenda. She addressed a wide range of issues including multilateral environmental agreements and relations with international organisations, strategic and policy work in the field of environment and sustainable development. Veronika led the drafting and negotiation of the State Environmental Policy 2012-2020 and was a member of the governmental group on preparation of the National Reform Programme. She also successfully managed several European Union funded projects in other countries - Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Ukraine.
Much of the focus of her career in the public sector has been on negotiating Czech positions to environmental legislation in the European Union Council. She co-ordinated environmental affairs during the Czech Presidency of the European Council in the first half of 2009 which involved daily negotiations with Member States, European Commission, European Parliament and other international institutions on different levels.
She has served as a member of various national decision-making bodies and was a member of the Management Board of the European Environment Agency for several years.
Since 2015 she has been working in the academic sector. Until late 2017 she was Director of International Relations Office at the Charles University in Prague responsible for academic partnerships, teaching exchanges and the ERASMUS programme. As a policy advisor based in Warsaw, she has coordinated activities of four EU European university alliance.
She is of Czech nationality. She is married with two children.