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Prague City University serves its academic community of students, lecturers, researchers and alumni. Our goals are to provide an outstanding education for our degree-seeking and professional qualification students, to create a rewarding work environment for our academic faculty members and administrative staff, and to make a meaningful contribution to the world around us. We have assembled a team of talented individuals who all contribute to this mission and serve our community.

 

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Senior Leadership & Shared Governance

The President and Executive Chairman is ultimately responsible for all aspects of the university, working in cooperation with the Rector, who is broadly responsible for academic quality and content, and with the Executive Director, who is responsible for the economic and administrative functioning of the university on behalf of our academic community. 

President & Executive Chairman

Douglas Hajek, MBA

Rector

Doc. Zdeněk Starý, CSc. PhD

Executive Director
current ex officio


Executive Director Designate
From the first half of 2023

Douglas Hajek, MBA
President & Executive Chairman


Peter T. Howe, MA

  

Academic Leadership

The Academic Council Executive, composed of the Deans of our four Schools along with the President, Rector and Executive Director, is at the heart of building and delivering our academic strategy and goals on a day-to-day basis and in the longer term. The larger Academic Council includes the Executive at its core, along with faculty members representing all of our subject areas, as well as independent members who bring their outside perspective to developing the quality and content of our academic portfolio.

Executive Member

Hon. Prof. Stefano Cavagnetto, PhD
Dean of the School of Business and Director of the Centre for Research and Interdisciplinary Study

Executive Member

Doc. Zdeněk Starý, CSc. PhD
Rector and Dean of the School of Education

Executive Member

Dr Veronika Douchová
Dean of the School of Media & IT

Executive Member

George Allen, MFA
Dean of the School of Art & Design

Chairman


Douglas Hajek, MBA
President & Executive Chairman

Executive Member Designate
From the first half of 2023

Peter T. Howe, MA
Executive Director Designate



Senior Executive Team

Supporting the mission and responsibilities of the Executive Director and the academic community of the university, the Senior Executive Team leads our administration, admissions, student services, marketing, promotion and all the activities enhancing the experience of our students throughout their time at the university.

Chairman Designate
From the first half of 2023

Peter T. Howe, MA
Executive Director Designate

Executive Member

Magdalena Hradecká
Director of Operations

Executive Member

Natasha Exton, MSc
Director of Student Recruitment & Admissions

Executive Member

Nelli Pontes, MSc
Director of Student Services & Registrar



Office of the Rector

Supporting the mission and responsibilities of the Rector, the Office coordinates accreditation, validation and quality assurance of our programmes, as well as coordinating and delivering on our statutory responsibilities to our British and Czech university regulatory bodies, and to the external agencies and organisations supporting our research and other faculty, student and industry engagement activities. 

Head of Office

PhDr. Mgr. Marek Merhaut, Ph.D., MBA

Czech Programmes

Ing. Lucie Sojková

British Programmes


Jeffrey Buehler, MA
Head of the International Office & University Board Member

Coordinator

Magdalena Hradecká
Director of Operations




Programme Leaders

Responsible for the administrative operations of their respective academic teams, as well as coordinating with the Academic Council Executive on programme development and quality assurance, the Programme Leaders direct and develop their respective programmes.

MSc International Management 

Hon. Prof. Stefano Cavagnetto, PhD

MSc Leadership and Strategic Management

Prof. Dr. Inna Makarenko, PhD

MSc Computing

Doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Radek Honzík, Ph.D. 

MA Fine Art

Branislava Kuburović, Ph.D.

MA Future Design

Petr Knobloch, MFA

Bc. Specialized Education 

Ing. Lucie Sojková

BA (Hons) International Management

David Gannon, MA

BA (Hons) International Finance and Business Accounting 

Dr. Bruce Gahir

BSc (Hons) Computing

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Bettaz, CSc

BA (Hons) Creative Media Production

Maia Horniak, MA

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Sean McAlorum, MA

BA (Hons) Fine Art 

John Hill, PhD.

Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media Practice

Franco Hüller, MFA

Foundation Diploma in Business

Dr. Bruce Gahir



Centre for Research and Interdisciplinary Studies (CRIS)

The primary driver of institutionally-led research across the university, CRIS initiates projects, events, publications and research activities within and across our Schools, while also supporting initiatives brought forward by our individual faculty members and researchers. Members of CRIS include all Research Leads, who are also individually responsible for ensuring the development of institutional and individual research activities relevant for the programmes and people within their respective Schools, and in cooperation with their Deans and faculty colleagues. Members of CRIS are primarily research-active lecturers from across the four PCU Schools.

Director

Hon. Prof. Stefano Cavagnetto, PhD
Dean of the School of Business

Research Lead for
School of Business

Prof. Dr. Inna Makarenko, PhD

Research Lead for
School of Education
ex officio

Doc. Zdeněk Starý, CSc. PhD
Rector & Dean of the School of Education

Research Lead for
School of Media & IT

Doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Radek Honzík, PhD

Research Lead for
School of Art & Design

Dr Branislava Kubricović

Coordinator and Researcher

Alia Yakupova, MSc

Research Members:

School of Business

Assoc Prof. Vladimir Dzenopoljac

Dr. Željko Ivanković

Dr. Václav Brož

Dr. Bruce Gahir

Dr. Thomas Draper

Lucie Rivera, MA

Dave Gannon, MA

Marek Kocak, MA 

School of Education

Mgr. Ela Krejčová, PhD

PhDr. Kateřina Šrahůlková

Gregor Kalinowski, MA et MA, PhD

Bc. Leona Máslová, MA

School of Media & IT

Mgr. Ing. Petr Svarny, PhD

Prof. Dr. Ing. Mohamed Bettaz, CSc

Mgr. Veronika Douchova, PhD

Ing. Bohus Ziskal, PhD

Masa Hilcisin, MA, PhD

Ing. Yelena Trofimova, PhD

Pavel Smetana, MA

School of Art & Design

Palo Fabuš, MA

Dr. John Hill

Michal Kindernay, MA

Anetta Mona Chisa, MA

Jakub Grosz, MA 

Dr. Marie Doucet

Dr. Barbora Toman Tylova

Susanne Kass, MA

Franco Huller, MA



International Office

Responsible for our international partnerships and student mobility opportunities including Erasmus+ and bilateral exchanges, the International Office cooperates with departments and people across the university to develop and realise its long-term aims and activities.

Head of Office


Jeffrey Buehler, MA
University Board Member

Erasmus+

Ing. Lucie Sojková
Czech Programmes Coordinator of the Office of the Rector

Student Mobility Coordinator
(Incoming and Outgoing)

Šárka Smrčková, BA (Hons)
Student Services Specialist

Student Mobility Coordinator
(Bilateral Partners)

Natasha Exton, MSc
Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions




Student Services

Director
Maternity Leave

Nelli Pontes, MSc


Student Services Specialist
Study Advisor of School of Art & Design

Veronika Spiegelová, MA

Student Services Specialist
Study Advisor of School of Business

Šárka Smrčková, BA (Hons)

Interim Registrar

Veronika Dostálová

Study Advisor of School of Media & IT

Anna Boguszak

Study Advisor of School of Education

Lucie Sojkova

Study Advisor 

Jeffrey Buehler, MA



Student Recruitment & Admissions

Director

Natasha Exton, MSc

Admissions Specialist

Alexa Kroonblawd, MSc

Admissions Specialist

Martina Holubová, BA (Hons)

Admissions Specialist

Alice Razumova, BA

Admissions Specialist

Ing. Roman Remiš

Marketing

Larissa Petryca, BA, GradDipComMgt

Event Manager

Victoria Medvedeva

Production

Michal Kroča, BA (Hons)



Operations

Director

Magdalena Hradecká

Library & Resources

John Heck

Head of Reception

Markéta Jakubcová

IT Services

Basel Mohamed Mohab, MSc.

Receptionist

Veronika Hanzlová

Receptionist

Kateřina Šichová

Receptionist

Karolína Douděrová



Finance & HR

Head Designate
From the first half of 2023

Peter T. Howe, MA
Executive Director Designate

Head ex officio
Until Head Designate in post

Douglas Hajek, MBA
President & Executive Chairman

HR Coordinator

Magdalena Hradecká

Finance and HR

Zdenka Myslikovjanová

Student Finance

Ing. Leona Sedláčková



Student Council (2022/23)

Student Council President

Layla Ben-Moshe

Vice President

Alisa Radchenko

Communications Officer

Dita Obertinca

Treasurer

Anzhelika Chychotka

Event Manager

Polina Hortovliuk

Editor

Daryna Vykhrystenko

Graphics Team

Nitsa Siproshvili
Anastasiia Hudiuk
Liia Khananov



University Board

With a supervisory, advisory and support mandate, the University Board is composed of members who know the university well and can contribute to strengthening and developing our longer term vision and strategic plan. Look for the addition of several independent board members 2023.

Executive Chairman



Douglas Hajek, MBA
As co-founder and first President of the university, Douglas is Executive Chairman of the Board and President of PCU. With a long career in international education and an MBA in Higher Education Management from UCL (London), he is responsible for the long-term vision and strategy of PCU and leads the co-governance model of leadership that underpins academic and administrative operations.

Board Member





Jeffrey Buehler, MA
As co-founder and Vice President of PCU (2004-22), and with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, Jeffrey supports the university by applying his deep knowledge of the university to strengthening all areas of operations. Currently he is concentrating on building international partnerships and developing Erasmus+ activities for the academic community at PCU. Jeff is also Head of the International Office and supports British quality assurance processes through the Office of the Rector.

Board Member




Mgr. Natasa Babic, PgDip
As co-founder of PCU, Natasa serves as a Board member responsible for oversight and development of the university. WIth her professional background and career in print and broadcast media, her Master’s degree in economics and politics, and her postgraduate diploma in library information sciences, she advises and supports university strategy and operations in these areas.

Board Member




Mark Huntington
For more than a decade Mark has brought his wide experience in international education, and particularly his work advancing student choice of university destinations across Europe, to underpin his board member role offering advice and support to PCU. He is currently spearheading our initiative with the Council of Independent Schools to help promote global cooperation among secondary schools and universities.