The people behind DOT Glasses have decades of international experience from the corporate, management consulting, entrepreneurial and non-profit sectors. But mostly, they're passionate about the DOT Glasses mission.
Ivan is a private sector engagement enthusiast and has extensive experience with policy analysis, advocacy, outreach and project management – all skills which he honed in a think tank, in academia, in government and at the UNDP.
Upon completion of his PhD studies with a focus on the regional trade policies of South Africa, he worked for 4 years at Glopolis, a Prague-based think tank, where he headed the Economic and Development Finance section. He led advocacy and research efforts on numerous global development economic topics such free trade agreements, financialization of the world economy and resource scarcity. Ivan also lectured on the topic of economic globalization at the Charles University in Prague for more than 10 years.
In 2014, Ivan joined Czech Development Agency (CzechAid) where he set up the strategic and legal structures of the Business Partnership programme – a grant matching scheme for companies with positive development impact. The programme is currently a flagship of the Czech bilateral official development assistance (ODA) with a growing budget and new services for the partner companies.
In 2016, Ivan was seconded from the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub to manage the Czech-UNDP Trust Fund. He was primarily in charge of providing Czech experts by request from the UNDP Country Offices and facilitating study tours of final beneficiaries to Czech Republic.
In May 2018, he joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) – hosted by the UNDP in Istanbul – which aims to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models that engage people at the base of the economic pyramid (BoP). Ivan currently serves as the Outreach and Membership Lead.