Tomáš Petříček was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in October 2018. He is former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs and senior advisor to a Member of the European Parliament. He is deputy chairman of the Czech Social Democratic Party. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the Charles University in Prague and was a Lecturer in International Political Economy at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University. He is fluent in English and conversational in French.