Dr. Pavol Demeš

Transatlantic Fellow German Marshall Fund Bratislava
European Cultural Foundation Advisory Board

Pavol Demes (c) Isabelle Arnold/More Europe

Pavol Demeš is an internationally recognized NGO leader based in Bratislava, Slovakia. Prior to the "Velvet Revolution" in November 1989, M. Demeš was a bio-medical researcher at Comenius University in Bratislava. He is a graduate of the Charles University in Prague (1980). After the democratic changes in 1989  he  served as the Executive Director of the Slovak Academic Information Agency-Service Center for the Third Sector, a leading NGO in the country. He also served as Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the Slovak Republic (1993-97), and in 1991-1992 he was the Slovak Minister of International Relations. From 2000 until September 2010 he was the Director for Central and Eastern Europe of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Now he is non-resident senior fellow with the GMF US.

Pavol Demeš played a key role in the EU’s civil society development program (PHARE) in Slovakia and democratization efforts in the Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries. In the last two years he visited several Arab countries where he spoke on civil society issues.