Dr. Veselin Vačkov is a Czech journalist and senior media executive. Currently, he is director of the oldest Czech daily broadsheet Lidové noviny and a member of the Supervisory board of the Czech Publishers’ Association. Previously, between 2000 and 2009, he served as the paper’s editor-in-chief. Between 2009 and 2013, he was regional director of the MAFRA Media Group based also in the Czech Republic. He has worked as a consultant with media in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova and Armenia.
Veselin Vačkov started his journalistic career as a business reporter soon to become a foreign desk correspondent. As an editor-in-chief he oversaw the thorough modernization of Lidové noviny and its news site Lidovky.cz and their transformation into an integrated multimedia operation. He has interviewed several renowned international public figures, politicians, business leaders and academics.
Veselin Vačkov holds a M. A. degree in English, Czech and Slavic Studies from Charles University in Prague. He has also completed a Ph.D. degree there. His academic publications deal with the language of media. He is also an alumnus of Jesus College, University of Oxford, where he studied computational linguistics. Veselin lives in Prague. He speaks English, Russian, Czech and Bulgarian. He is a seasoned long-distance runner.