Ivan Hodac is a Danish national born to Czech parents in Prague which is a good start. He speaks English, Czech, Danish, French, German, Dutch and Russian which is better still. He works in Brussels in a medium-sized block of offices on the Avenue of Nerviens. His office is spacious, leaning towards the chrome-and-glass genre of shabby chic, and is notable for a black leather comfy chair and sofa which is where the interview takes place.