Karel Dobeš, born in 1946, is currently Government Commissioner for Cooperation with the European Satellite Navigation Agency (GSA) and, since June 2017, Government Representative for the Czech Republic's candidacy for the seat of the European Banking Supervision Authority (EPA).
He graduated in instrumentation and control engineering from technical college and studied two years at the Technical University of Prague. In 1969 he fled from Czechoslovakia. From 1970 to 1975 he studied computer technology and computer science at the Technical University of Munich.
In 1975 he founded his own engineering office in Munich and worked on many IT and space projects in Germany and Europe. Until his return to Prague in 2006, he was Managing Director and owner of the Qualitas office in Wessling.
In 2006, the Czech government appointed him as Government Representative for the Czech candidature for the seat of the European Navigation Systems Agency GSA/Galileo. After the successful relocation of the GSA agency to Prague in 2012, he was appointed Government Commissioner for Cooperation with the GSA Agency.
He was instrumental in the Czech Republic's accession to the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2008 until September 2017, where he was head of the Czech delegation to ESA.
In February 2014 he was appointed Vice-Minister for Aerospace, ITS, ICT, Research and Development, Strategy and Transport Management in the Czech Ministry of Transport.
By virtue of his office, he was appointed Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Czech Railways, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Transport Research Centre (CDV). He resigned from office in the spring of 2015.
16 years ago, he founded the Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Craftsmen, where he still holds the office of Vice-President.
For more than 30 years, he worked with OWWF as a member of the Board of Directors and occasionally as head of the Czech Republic section.