Valerie Bernardová

Managing Director

Valerie Bernardová, Unicom’s founder, has over twenty years of experience in translation and interpretation services, including working as the in-house translator and interpreter for Besix, a Belgian construction firm.  In 1995, she founded Unicom, and continues to apply her years of expertise to guarantee that her company produces only the finest translations.  A native Czech speaker, she is also fluent in French and English, and is proficient in Slovak.

Valerie has a profound interest in helping those who cannot help themselves, and to that end has channelled many of the fruits of her success to helping children’s, animal, and nature charities.  She lives in Prague.

Ivo Tokar

Senior Translator

Ivo Tokar has been with Unicom Praha since 2001.  Before joining us, he spent eight years in France where he first graduated from high school and then obtained a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in political science.  He decided to apply his thorough knowledge of French and his sense of language in the translation business in which he has been active for over ten years.  He specializes in management, human resources, energy and water.  He also works as a foreign trade consultant for SMEs whom he helps to successfully enter the Czech or French market.  In addition to his mother tongue, Czech, he is fluent in French, English and Italian.

Lia Hejdová

Quality Manager

Lia graduated from the Czech Technical University in Prague, where, as part of her doctorate she studied telecommunications and computer networks in Paris.  She started to work with Unicom Praha during her studies first as a consultant, and after graduation joined as a translator.  In 2003 she completed a legal English translation course at the Faculty of Law, Charles University.

Apart from France, she has lived in Australia and the United States.  From childhood she enjoyed languages, particularly Czech and, except for a few stays abroad, she has remained with Unicom, where she currently works as an in-house translator and quality manager.  At Unicom, she found a stimulating environment working with interesting colleagues who are all specialists in various fields and enjoys having the opportunity to put her natural meticulousness to good use.

Ian Bronstein


Ian Bronstein, a lawyer and foreign policy professional based in Washington, D.C., provides specialized linguistic and strategic assistance to Unicom.  He has worked for both Radio Liberty and the Office of Vaclav Havel, and has consulted for several law, intelligence and international development firms.

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