Ladislav Miko has been deputy Director-General, responsible for the food chain, at the European Commission’s Directorate-General Health and Food Safety (SANTE) since 2011. From 2005 to 2010, he was the director for Nature in European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment where he oversaw the portfolio on nature and biodiversity, agriculture, soils, and forests. From May to December of 2009, he held the office of Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic in the country’s caretaker government. Before starting a career at the European Commission, he was Deputy Minister and Director General for Nature and Landscape Protection in the Ministry for Environment of the Czech Republic from 2002 to 2005. He worked as a private consultant from 2001 to 2002, focusing on the evaluation of EU-funded programmes in the Czech Republic. Prior, Miko worked at the Czech Environmental Inspectorate for eight years, establishing the inspection system, standards in nature protection, and Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) implementation. Miko launched his career at the Slovak Academy of Sciences, where he became Deputy Director of the Institute of Ecology of Agricultural Landscapes. He holds a doctorate in zoology and ecology. He currently teaches ecology, soil biology and environmental sciences at Charles University and the University of Life Sciences in Prague. Since 2010, he has been a Guest Professor at Antwerp University where he lectures on environment-society relations and ecological restoration.