Christopher Lehmann is the Executive Director of the CEELI Institute, in Prague. He previously served as the Principal Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), where he managed OPDAT headquarters and overseas staff in the design, implementation and management of justice sector reform programs throughout the world. He also served at OPDAT in positions of Senior Regional Director for Counter Terrorism Programs and for Eurasia/Pacific Programs. Mr. Lehmann held overseas postings for DOJ as Resident Legal Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan (2008-10) and at the US Embassy in Moscow (1999-2003). He received the Department’s John Marshall Award from the Attorney General for his work in Russia to promote the enactment of a groundbreaking new Code of Criminal Procedure. In 1998-99, Mr. Lehmann served as the first Criminal Law Liaison in Ukraine for the American Bar Association’s Central and East European Law Initiative (ABA/CEELI). Mr. Lehmann’s earlier career with the Department of Justice included ten years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York where he focused, particularly, on organized crime cases. Prior to this, he worked as a trial attorney in the Voting Section of the Department’s Civil Rights Division, a formative experience which has also led to a career long participation in international election monitoring missions. Mr. Lehmann has a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Washington University School of Law, in St. Louis, where he was an editor of the Law Review, and a B.A. degree from the American University’s School of International Service, in Washington, D.C. He is a native of Chicago.
Jen Gaspar has more than 15 years of experience in NGO management, including 13 years working in Russia, Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. She was as a long-term consultant to the Oak Foundation’s International Human Rights Program, managing the foundation’s portfolio of human rights grants in Russia. She worked with NGOs and foundations providing donor advising, technical assistance and development strategy. Jen holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University and an M.A. in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco. Jen was a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary, and previously the executive director of the Fund for International Nonprofit Development.
Mr. Svoboda became Director of Programs at the CEELI Institute in December 2013. He previously worked as the Head of the Human Rights Department at the largest NGO in the Czech Republic, People in Need. At People in Need, Mr. Svoboda managed a portfolio of programs focused on supporting politically persecuted individuals in repressive countries and on providing assistance to civil society groups in countries such as Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Libya, Transnistria, Russia and Ukraine. Prior to his work at People in Need, Mr. Svoboda worked at the U.S. Embassy in Prague as an NGO coordinator. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Economics in Prague.
Joel C. Martin – Senior Advisor for Judicial Programs
After a 35-year career as a teacher and lawyer, Joel Martin became a CEELI liaison in Moldova in 2000. He was Executive Director of the CEELI Institute from 2001 to 2004 and again from 2010 to 2012. Between his first and second terms at CEELI he worked on international legal education projects in Central Asia, South Africa, and the West Bank. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Chicago Law School.
Ms. Jungová joined CEELI in February 2015. She has previously worked on human rights and development cooperation issues within the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, most recently as Head of the Transition Promotion Programme Unit and at the UNDP Regional Centre for Europe, as well as at CIS as Programme Associate of the Czech-UNDP Trust Fund. Her work focused mostly on projects aimed at sharing the Czech experience of democratization and socio-economic transformation with Eastern Partnership and CIS countries. She has a Master’s degree in public administration from Masaryk University in Brno.
Mr. Diaz joined CEELI in May 2015. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, DC and a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and Environmental Geography from UCLA. His previous experience includes several years as a Program Assistant for the Central Asia Program at GWU where his programmatic work focused on ethnic Uyghurs throughout Central Asia, and as a US State Department Intern in the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs where he worked on issues surrounding the Israeli election, as well as at Embassy Prague where he supported the Chief Economic Officer on matters pertaining to US economic and business interests in the Czech Republic.
Šárka Michková – Logistics Assistant
Ms. Michkova has both a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the prestigious Masaryk University in Brno. She also studied at the University of Tartu, in Estonia. Her previous experience includes stints as a Program Assistant at the Forum 2000 Foundation in Prague (a major Czech NGO), as well as internships at the International Foundation for Electoral Assistance (IFES), the International Centre for Democratic Transition, in Budapest, as well as at the Czech Foreign Ministry. She is fluent in Czech, English, French and Russian.
Ivan Blažek – Finance and Administration Manager
Mr. Blažek began working for CEELI in October 2015. He oversees the Institute’s finances and provides administrative support for program development and implementation. He earned a Master’s degree in International Politics and Diplomacy at the University of Economics in Prague and has several years of experience working for an international NGO as financial manager.
Marta Werenycká – Finance and Administration Consultant
Ms. Werenycká joined CEELI in 2010. She consults on finances and provides administrative support for program development and implementation. She has worked in several NGOs as a financial manager and project coordinator. Ms. Werenycká earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Economics in Prague.
Ms. Jana Šolcová joined the CEELI Institute in September 2014. She performs financial accounting and related matters in accordance with the laws of the Czech Republic and with the requirements of financial donors. She previously worked as the head accountant for several international corporations. Ms. Šolcová earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Economics in Prague.
Ms. Kaletová joined the CEELI Institute team in 2016. She previously worked for several years as a secretary and junior accountant in another international corporation. Ms. Kaletová graduated from the Polish-Czech Business Academy. She is fluent in Czech, Polish, French, and English
RESIDENCE & FACILITIES
Simona Trázníková – Residence Manager
Ms. Trázníková began working for the CEELI Institute in May 2007. She is responsible for managing CEELI’s facilities and provides backstopping support for program development and implementation. Ms. Trázníková has years of experience in hotel management and degrees from the Academy of Commerce and Economy and the International College of Tourism and Hotel Management.
Ms. Jindra Baudyšová joined the CEELI Institute in November 2015. Jindra provides full support to the Residence Manager, helps with the residence operations, and coordinates conferences and other events for external clients. She has years of experience in hospitality and event management. She previously worked as a Conference and Event Manager in the hotel industry.