H.E. Václav Bartuška has worked at the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security since 2006. He gained a public profile during the gas crisis of 2009, when the Czech Republic, which held the presidency of the European Council at the time, helped to restore gas supplies to the EU. From 2010 to 2014 he was the government’s plenipotentiary for the expansion of the Temelín nuclear power station. Since 2003 he has been teaching at New York University, Prague campus, and since 2017 also at the Electrotechnical Department of Czech Technical University, ČVUT. He is a graduate of Prague’s Charles University and a former Fulbright scholar at Columbia University in New York.