Ambassador František Ružička currently serves as a State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. Prior to this, from 2017 to 2018 he was the Chef de Cabinet to the President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly as well as Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the United Nations from 2012 to 2017. During his professional career, he has held several diplomatic postings including Deputy Chief of Mission at Slovakia’s embassy in Prague; Director of the First Territorial Department (North America and Western Europe); Deputy Director General of the Political Section; Director of the Department of International Economic Cooperation and Deputy Director of the Office of the State Secretary. Ambassador Ružička represented Slovakia at many high-level summits of the European Union between years 1999 and 2012 and has participated at the negotiations of the Lisbon Treaty. While posted in Washington D.C from 1993 to 1996, he took part in regular talks of the Bretton-Woods institutions. His extensive career spans the period when his country was part of the former Czech and Slovak Federal Republic. He graduated from Charles University in Prague in 1991, and from the Moscow Institute for International Relations in 1989. He speaks English, Russian, Polish, passive Spanish and French.