Deputy Director General for External Relations, European Commission, Brussels
Following the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, Mr Kovanda spent 20 years in exile, mostly in the US.
1991 return after the "velvet revolution" and joined the Foreign Service in
1993-1997 First Czech Ambassador to the United Nations after Czechoslovakia's peaceful division.
1994-1995 Term on the UN Security Council
1996-1997 Leadership of the ECOSOC
1998-2005 First Czech Ambassador to NATO
2005 he won a competition for his current position in the European Commission.