Mgr. Daniel Herman

Minister of Culture


Tel:257 085 203
Tel: 224 321 267
Fax: 224 323 303


Daniel Herman was born at České Budějovice on 28th April 1963. He started studies at the Teachers’ College but left after the first year. For three seasons he worked as a tourist guide at Hluboká nad Vltavou Chateau and after the intervention from the State Security Police, StB, as a helper in South Bohemian Bakeries. In 1984 he started studies at the Theological Faculty at Litoměřice and in summer 1989 he was ordained as a priest. In spring 1990, after less than a year of church service, he became a secretary to Msg. Miloslav Vlk, the Cardinal.
From 1996 to 2005, when he returned from his internship in Germany and the US, he acted as the spokesmen for the Czech Bishops’ Conference. From 2005 to 2007 he worked at the Help Line for people in critical situations operated by the Czech Police Headquarters. In 2007 he asked the Pope to be relieved from his commitment to the Church and received his consent. In the secular sector he worked for the Ministry of Interior and as a Head of the Information Office at the Ministry of Culture and he lead the office of Prof. Jan Švejnar. In 2010 he was elected from ten candidates for the post of the Director of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. In spring 2013 the Board of the Institute removed him from this position.
After removal from this post, he joined the Christian Democrats (KDU-ČSL) where he acted as the spokesman of the Party and its Senate Club. In the 2013 October Parliamentary election he was the leading candidate of the Party in Prague and he was elected an MP. On 29th January, 2014 he was appointed the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic. Daniel Herman is single and has no children. He speaks English, German and Italian.

Key Dates:
• 1978–1982: Grammar School at Jírovcova, České Budějovice
• 1982–1983: Teachers’ College, České Budějovice, Primary School and Art Teacher
• 1983–1984: helper at South Bohemian Bakeries, České Budějovice
• 1984–1989: Roman Catholic Theological Faculty of Cyril and Methodius at Litoměřice
• 1989–1990: Priest at Tábor and surrounding villages
• 1990–1991: Secretary to the Bishop of České Budějovice
• 1991–1995: Head of the Secretariat of the Archbishop of Prague
• 1995–1996: Internship at the University in Eichstätt (Germany) and Dayton (US)
• 1996–2005: Press Secretary and the Head of the Press Office of the Czech Bishops´ Conference in Prague, in 2004/05 Head of the CBC´s Secretariat
• 2005–2007: Police Headquarter in Prague
• 2007–2008: Head of the Information Office at the Ministry of Culture of ČR
• 2008–2010: Head of the Prague Office of Prof. Jan Švejnar
• 2010 -2013: Director of the Institute for Study of Totalitarian Regimes
• from 1. 7. 2013 Press Secretary of the KDU-ČSL Party and its Senate Club
• 26. 10. 2013 elected an MP for KDU-ČSL in Prague
• 29. 1. 2014 appointed the Minister of Culture of ČR

Courses and Additional Training:
• 1992: German language course in Munich (Germany)
• 1993: Italian language course in Florence (Italy)
• 1995–1996: PR Studies at the University in Eichstätt (Germany) and Dayton (US)
• 2004: French language course in Banneux (Belgium)
• 2006: course on crisis intervention over the phone (Remedium Prague)
• 2008: training in communication and presentation skills for the representatives of public administration at Liblice (Association for Communication in the public sector)
• 2008: e-learning course focused on EU (Ministry of Interior – Institute of Public Administration)

Public Engagements:
• Member of the Board of the German - Czech Discussion Forum
• Member of the Ackermann–Gemeinde
• Governor of the Akademie Mitteleuropa with the Head Office in Germany (Bad Kissingen)

Experience in the Media Sector:
• Since early 1990 to date regular co-operation with Czech Television and Czech Radio
• In the past co-operation with Radio Free Europe, Voice of America and Vatican Radio
• 1995: internship in KNA, Bonn (Germany)
• 1995: internship in Bavarian Radio, Munich (Germany)
• 1995: internship in Ruhrwort, Essen (Germany)
• 1996: internship in CNS, Washington, D.C. (US)