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Jiri Zrust

Honorary Chair of the World Fellowship

Jiri has been involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) charity since 2010, when he took on the role of Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Czech Republic. Following a successful relaunch of the program in his home country, Jiri co-founded DofE in Slovakia in 2015. Both countries have seen some of the fastest year-on-year growth in youth participation in the award’s history.

In February 2016, Jiri was appointed to the Global Advisory and Development Group of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, chaired by His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex.  

In addition, following the 2018 Global Forum of DofE in Ghana, Jiri’s commitment to the DofE was recognised when he was appointed as an Honorary Chair of the World Fellowship, a global platform uniting more than 400 philanthropists from over 40 countries, supporting the activities of DofE globally. In this capacity, Jiri is also a member of the Trustee Board of the charity, chaired by HRH The Earl of Wessex.

Jiri is a senior Managing Director for Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), overseeing its coverage, origination activities and management of existing portfolio investments in Continental Europe. Since joining the company in 2011, he has led several key transactions across Europe.

Prior to joining MIRA, Jiri spent 17 years in the transport and logistics sector first as a CFO and later as a CEO managing large-scale turnaround and market consolidation projects. Most notably, Jiri spent 15 years with TNT (later Ceva Logistics) working as Regional CFO in Australia and Italy covering Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa (SEMEA; nearly $2 billion in revenue). Working directly for Apollo Management, he also managed the global integration of TNT Logistics and EGL, creating Ceva Logistics (over $8 billion business in revenue).

Jiri has an industrial engineering background and a Master of Business Administration from the Open University Business School, UK.