Minister of Agriculture of the Czech Republic
Zdeněk Nekula was born in Znojmo on 9 February 1970.
He studied at the Faculty of Operational Economics at the Agricultural University in Brno, field of operational economics. During work he also studied at the “Savings Academy” in Brno, among other the banking specialist and bank manager courses.
After finishing his university studies, he worked for 8 years at the Česká spořitelna, an insurance company, at its district branch office in Znojmo and Brno, in the senior positions in marketing, business policy and acquisition.
Another 15 years he focused mainly on agricultural finances in Erste Leasing in the positions as head of marketing, head of the South Moravian economic area and head of risk management.
Following this experience, he was Chairman of the Board of Support and guarantee farming and forestry fund, PGRLF for next 3 years. Here he implemented an organisational and personnel transformation of the fund into a financial and service organisation for Czech agriculture and the countryside, with special a focus on strengthening the multiplication effects of financial instruments. At that period, he also represented the Ministry of Agriculture in the supervisory board of the state-owned insurance company Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation, EGAP.
As a long-time mayor of the Těšetice municipality and keen beekeper, Zdeněk Nekula (Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People´s Party) was putting a lot of effort in cultivating and expanding of public green areas. His life approach towards nature is probably best described by the book The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono.