Dr. Pavel Zůna MSS., Ph.D.
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NATO Science Technology Organisation / Collaboration Support Office (NATO STO/CSO)
Dr. Pavel Zůna serves as the Director, NATO STO Collaboration Support Office (CSO) in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France since 1 July 2018. The CSO is the executive office of the NATO Science & Technology Organization (STO) responsible for coordinating, synchronizing and supporting defence and security science & technology (S&T) activities between NATO member and partner Nations, comprising a network of about 5000 scientists.
Dr. Zůna is a retired Colonel with a 30-year active military service career. He served in different staff and commanding positions in the Czech Republic Ground Forces up to the regiment level and was involved in military intelligence for 20 years. He retired as Deputy Director of the Military Counter-Intelligence and Military Intelligence Service in 2005.
During his military career, he served as the Head of the Military Diplomacy Branch and Assistant Defence Attaché to Belgium, as well as Defence Attaché to the United Kingdom. He also represented the Czech Republic at the NATO Intelligence Board, NATO Special Committee, EU Military Staff Intelligence Board, National Committee for the Coordination of the Foreign Security Policy and Allied Joint Operation Doctrine.
After retiring from active military service, he worked as analyst and Head of office at the Doctrine Institute, Training Command – Military Academy. From 2010 until 2018, he had several responsibilities:
He assumed the position of Head of the Life-Long Learning Department at the University of Defence in Brno. In this position, he was responsible for senior officers’ career education, and security and defence strategic and operational research and development.
He was academically active at various civilian universities, involved in both the NATO Education Enhancement Programme and the White Book on Defence Working Group, Vice-Chair of the National Armed Forces Development Concept Working Group, member of the University of Defence Scientific Committee, and Co-Director of the National Operational Concept Development Board.
He represented the Czech Republic Ministry of Defence on the NATO STO System Analysis and Studies (SAS) Panel where he served as Vice-Chairman and Chairman from 2014 to 2018.
Dr. Zůna earned a Master’s degree in Chemistry, specializing in CBRN, from the Ground Forces University of Vyškov in 1984, a post-graduate degree in Information Management and Intelligence from the Military Academy of Brno in 1990, a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College in 2006, and a Doctorate degree in Economics and Management from the Defence University of Brno in 2012.
Dr. Zůna is married to Svatava and they have two grown up sons. They are both interested in cycling, skiing, tourism, and cultural events.
CSO - July 2018