The Minister of Industry and Trade Marta Nováková graduated from VSB – Technical University of Ostrava and has a management certificate from Sheffield Hallam, UK. She first worked in the private sector, and since 1991 she has been doing business. In 2014, she was elected President of the Union of Trade and Tourism of the Czech Republic, and since 2015, she has worked in leading positions of the Chamber of Commerce, lastly as Vice-President. She was the winner of the Businesswoman Year Awards 2016, and became the Manager of the Year 2016 in the category big business companies. Marta Nováková speaks English and Russian. She has two adult children. She is not a member of any political party.