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Tomáš SzalayKnown for his TV show Zem (Earth), Tomáš Szalay graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Bratislava. This TV host is a trained physician who also worked as a spokesperson for the Department of Health and, eventually, circled back to practicing medicine. He founded Health Policy Institute where he works as a policy analyst. In addition, he addresses the problems of health care accessability and the related legislation. Via his efforts, Tomáš Szalay is trying to initiate the necessary reforms in Slovakia’s health department.
Juraj ŘíhaAs a lawyer, Juraj Říha deals with municipal law, while as an economist, he handles funding of cities and municipalities. Born in Malacky, he impressed the public by organising regular thematic and annual meetings with citizens. He also engages himself in activities improving transparency and openness of the town of Malacky. He is a member of a civil association, which administers a web portal concerning town’s events, organises regular fine art activities for children, implements elements of community planning and, last but not least, made a resolute stand to stop illegal and secret construction of a pandemic pavilion.
Adam PeciarA student of the study programme Support Structures and Road Constructions at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. During his university studies, he took part in volunteer internships in India and Haiti. He focuses mainly on city cycling and organises the cycling event “Bercajgel” supporting the infrastructure of the city of Trnava. Adam Peciar runs his own business under the brand “Pecobikes”. He owns a showroom and a workshop located near the city centre. Together with his friends, he has been attempting to advance solving of problems related to cycling by the city for a long time. He also held a professional conference on this topic. Currently, he is concerned with safe bicycle parking. At the same time, he participates in similar cycling projects in Bratislava.
Michal SládekA young architect trying to bring architecture to places where it usually does not occur. Michal Sláderk is a founder of the civic association Archimera and also a member of another one, CA – ArTur. He received his academic degree Mgr. Art as a graduate of the Department of Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. However, he has not completed his education plans yet. Currently, he attends doctoral studies at the Faculty of Architecture of the Slovak University of Technology, and at the same time, he works as a coordinator of the Housing Programme held by People in Need, Czech non-profit organisation with an active branch also in Slovakia. He has been working in the organisation since 2008, when he was involved in construction of an experimental straw-clay house in the municipality of Spišské Podhradie. At present, he is dealing with a project of design houses in a Romany settlement in the village of Kojatice constructed through self-help. His efforts are aimed at improvement of socially excluded groups.
Nina ŠoškováUniversity-educated sculptor, fine artist, founder of the civic association Outdoor Gallery o.z. – public art gallery without stone walls. Nina Šošková is an author and curator of the project MEDZICENTRUM. At the same time, she works as an art producer of SPOTs (community and culture centres at housing estates) in Košice. In spite of the fact that she earned her academic degree artis doctor in Banská Bystrica already in 2012, she still cannot believe it came true. Her sculptures reveal thoughts on identity, its bearers, hygiene, cleansing and self-cleansing processes. Bodily scents, fragrances, human footprints and body parts represents inspire her inexhaustibly. Within outdoor interventions connected to public space, she deals with an issue of relevant utilization of particular locations and their genius loci. Her interventions into public spaces address relevancy of using particular localities and their genius loci. Nina Šošková travels a lot across various regions and boroughs and attempts to visit unusual places, which are usually overlooked by the public.
Peter BročkaA lawyer, sportsman, but first and foremost, a civic activist, who, together with his friends, decided to transform Trnava to a better place for life. Peter Bročka established the civic initiative “Lepšia Trnava” (trans. “Better Trnava”), holding many volunteer activities, which must have been noticed by every Trnava citizen. Takeover of maintenance of the Park near the Calvary from the city and development of the crossfit area Trnava PowerPark, which is to be open in the next spring, are among their biggest projects. Transparent self-government is a big topic for him, as well. As a lawyer, he decided to apply his professional experience and inspects city contracts. Thus, several inconsistencies and cases of suspicious business practice have been discovered by him.
Patrik PokornýSince 1996, Patrik Pokorný has been working as a journalist. He started his career in the former regional newspaper Trnavské noviny. Later, he was responsible for changes significantly affecting the present-day regional journalism. Within the publishing house regionPress (issuing the well-known “mailbox newspaper” Malacko, Bratislavsko, etc.), he advanced creation of reporting pages which he also started to write. After leaving the company, Patrik Pokorný founded his own project “Trnava Dnes”, which he later sold and focused on online publishing. In 2010, he established the news portal Trnava-live.sk, which is currently the most often read source of up-to-date information about city’s events. He is married and has two children. In his free time, he engages himself in cycling.
Peter GeroPeter Gero completed his studies of the Support Structures and Road Constructions at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. In August 1968, he immigrated to Germany, where he continued in studies in urban planning. His professional life is closely connected with the city of Hamburg, whose current design and overall urban development is largely a result of his work. He was working there as a director of planning and development of the city’s central areas for more than twelve years. Peter Gero’s taking part in participation processes with the public and political - parliamentary structures, and mediation of professional relations comprehension in media represented a vital part of his activities, as well. After thirty years of work for the city of Hamburg, he became a freelancer. He teaches town-planning and structure of civic constructions at the Faculty of Architecture of Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. He provides consulting services for a lot of architectonic and urban offices, is a jury member in various international competitions and professional guarantee of the project Trenčín si Ty (Trenčín is You).
Jozef LužákJozef Lužák was born and lives in Trnava. He acquired his university degree in the field of social work at Trnava University. He is a director of Godot Projekt, civic association aimed at improving the ability of self-support and self-help in local environment, creation of alternative ways of community cooperation and development of local solidarity. He plays an active part in the large-scale community project – Experiment Orbis. At the same time, he is a co-founder of “Rádio Bunker” supporting mainly alternative music projects, which have only a small chance to be presented in commercially oriented media. He is married and has one child. In spite of the fact that he is working in the Great Britain, he is able to find enough time for his activities in Slovakia.
Julo KrištofDuring the day, Julo Krištofík earns his living in offices of supranational industrial corporations, while in the evening, he pleases himself by volunteering in the sphere of culture and art. Although he lives in Linz, Austria, his heart beats for his birthplace – the town of Topoľčany, where he, together with Slovak fine artist Zuzana Godalová, created Multimedia space for contemporary culture – Platform 1-12 more than two years ago. Within the project, originating thanks to their mutual passion for public space and multimedia, he is in charge of foreign relations and cross-border cooperation. At the same time, he cooperates in dramaturgy of the cultural centre, which, located in an underpass of the bus station of the small Slovak district town, brings production of domestic and foreign interprets right to incidental passersby. Besides his efforts to make his birthplace more cosmopolitan, Julo Krištof desires to present high-quality Slovak art to foreign viewers, as well. Within the project of international artist exchanges Regular Line, created by him, British spectators in Sheffield experienced production of Slovak fine artists and musicians.
Martin HorváthMartin Horváth used to work at managerial positions focused on marketing of the brand Slovakia in the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) and Slovak Tourist Board (SACR). He also worked as an advisor of a State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic in the field of tourism. Since 2006, his attention has been focused on the Nation Branding. Martin Horváth is considered to be one of the first propagators of the nation and locality brand issue in Slovakia. As the marketing director of SACR, he was one of the founders of the first modern tourism cluster in the Liptov region. During the last four years, he has been working mainly in the private sphere, where he operated also at the beginning of his career. He worked as a regional press journalist and PR manager of the multinational publishing house Bertelsmann Springer. In 2011, he prepared a study for SACR including proposals of management of uniform presentation of Slovakia in foreign countries. For his birthplace, the city of Trnava, he launched the project of tourist board establishment – Trnava Tourism. At present, he is working as a marketing and PR manager and teaching at a university.
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