Ondřej has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and the Internet. He studied Computer Science at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University and Executive MBA at University of Pittsburgh - Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. During his studies at Charles University he founded an important open source project – routing daemon BIRD - and started working for the company IPEX, a nation-wide ISP in the Czech Republic. He later became Technical director and a member of the board at IPEX.
Since December 2004, Ondřej has been CEO of the CZ.NIC association. CZ.NIC currently covers many activities for the local and global community, e.g. developing open source software and hardware like BIRD, Knot DNS and Turris. It runs the national cyber security team of the Czech Republic (CSIRT.CZ). Over the course of Ondřej’s career, he has served on the boards of many Internet related bodies and additionally supported many activities. He is the Chair of the board of NIX.CZ, and a member of the boards of Euro-IX and IX-F. He is also a committee member of SSAC and on the programme committee for CSNOG. He has regularly attended RIPE meetings since 2003.
Ondřej's hobbies include basketball, travelling and programming open source software. He speaks Czech and Slovak, is fluent in English and partly understands German and Russian.
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