Eva van de Rakt, EU citizen, raised in a Dutch-German family, has lived in the Czech Republic since the late 1990s.
She has worked for the Heinrich Böll Foundation since 2001. At present, she is Director of the Foundation’s European Union office in Brussels. As Director of the Prague office she was responsible for the Foundation’s activities in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary from 2004 until 2018. Her expertise and focus areas include the future of the European Union and European politics, the prospects of the socio-ecological transformation as well as the protection and promotion of democracy, human rights and gender equality. She was a member of the Board of Directors at the Green European Foundation from 2014 until 2016, and is currently a member of its General Assembly. She has been a member of the Board of Directors at the Czech-German Fund for the Future (Deutsch-Tschechischer Zukunftsfonds) since 2018.
After her studies at the University of Music and Theatre in Rotterdam, Eva van de Rakt taught contemporary dance at the Duncan Centre Conservatory in Prague and was involved in several international dance and film projects from 1997 until 2001. In 2019 her bilingual volume of poems „Unter Oberflächen / Pod povrchy (Under surfaces)“ was published by the Czech publishing house Verzone.