Director and Secretariat
Tereza Knapová (1978) Director a.I. of ESLI. Studied Humanities at the Charles University in Prague and Russian and French Philology with special focus on tourism at the University of Hradec Králové. In the beginning of her career worked as a language teacher for several language schools in Prague and Hradec Králové where she led courses for adults and also taught English language one year at the primary school. She worked for a French company based in Prague, Czech Republic, as an assistant and later as a member of the team of event production. Between 2007-2010 worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic as an higher officer appointed to the Czech Chairmanship of Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research. In the years 2008-2010 worked as a desk officer at the Permanent Secretariat of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research in Berlin, Germany. Member of the Czech delegation appointed to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, now International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Fluent in English, Czech and Slovak, conversant in Russian and French.
Barbora Běhounková (1985) Office manager of ESLI. Studied at the College of Social and Legal issues in Prague with special focus on social work and at the Australian Academy of Commerce in Sydney, where she graduated in Small Business Management and Marketing. In the years 2005 – 2008 she worked as an assistant to the director of Property Management Organization and Culture of Trade Unions and as a support to the Chief accountant. After a return from her study – work stay in Australia, she worked at the JCDecaux as a Junior Sales Representative, in the years 2011 – 2012 at the Interoute Czech Republic.Fluent in English, Czech and Slovak, conversant in Spanish
Klára Váradi (1977) Manager of Social Affairs. Studied Theory and History of Film and Audiovisual Arts at Masaryk University in Brno. In 2000 she got an offer to work for a film production company. Between 2000-2001 she lived and studied English in the U.S. (N.Y.C.). After her return, she continued working as a free-lancer in the film and advertising industry, mostly in the Art Department. In 2007 she changed the field of work and for a period of two years was gaining managerial experience. In 2010 she was offered the opportunity to work in a non-profit organisation La Strada Czech republic (organisation dealing with issues of human trafficking and labor exploitation) as a Project Coordinator and Fundraiser. She was particularly responsible for projects implementation and supervision (on local and international level) focused mostly on preventing and combating labor exploitation and human trafficking. She is fluent in Czech and English, conversant in French and Russian.
Michaela Rozov (1973) Public Relations and Administrative Manager of ESLI. Studied Political Science and Modern Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (her M.A. Thesis on the Czech Government-in-Exile and its Jewish policies was awarded the Erich Kulka Prize of Excellence in research of Central European Jewry during the Holocaust), later graduated also from the Columbia School of Journalism in New York. In the years 1992 to 2003 worked as a journalist, reporting for leading Czech periodicals (Respekt, Mladá fronta, Lidové noviny) mainly on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but also issues of Jewish religion, culture and history, including the Holocaust. As an assistant producer, she also worked for American media (Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, ABC News). Co-author of a documentary Afghanistan Shangri-La, with award winning journalist Petra Procházková. In 2003-2004 worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, at the Department of Middle East and Africa, dealing with the agenda of the Israeli-Arab conflict. Since 2005 worked as a court–sworn interpreter of English and Hebrew. Fluent in English, Hebrew and Czech, conversant in German. CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE.