Marián Vlasatý - Director
He is the director of EMA. Marián has over fifteen years of experience in the international environment of the United Nations. In the International Organization for Migration (IOM), he was responsible for various types of activities in the field of migration, including the provision of humanitarian aid, monitoring and prevention of health risks at the border and coordination of research activities. Between 2011 and 2017 he was head of resettlement operations to the United States of America, Canada, and Norway through the Emergency Transit Centre in Slovakia.
Adriana Weissová – Project Manager
She is responsible for project development, coordination and management of mobility, and operations logistics. For more than 20 years, Adriana worked at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as a project manager and head of the assisted voluntary return department. She managed and ensured the logistical preparation and implementation of assisted and voluntary return and reintegration projects, was responsible for coordination and cooperation with government and non-governmental partners and conducted training on counseling to vulnerable groups in preparation for return and reintegration in countries of origin for NGO sector partners and public administration.
Jana Krajecová – Financial Manager
She is responsible for administrative and financial management of projects. She has a degree in international trade from the University of Economics in Bratislava. After completing her studies, Jana worked in an international corporation on an accounting position. Then she gained experience in the field of project financing and treasury in a local company active on different European markets. Last six years she worked at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) within the Resource Management Unit, being responsible for various activities in the area of finance, human resources and project financial management.
Eva Slančo - Project Coordinator
As a coordinator of the project focused on student and labor mobility in Slovakia and Moldova, Eva is responsible for overall implementation and coordination of project activities. She has developed close ties with Moldova thanks to her previous work experience in the nonprofit sector, as she has been devoted to development aid, especially in the EU neighborhood region. She received her degree in International relations at Masaryk University and Masters degree in European studies and Global Development at Maastricht University. She focuses on project proposal writing, coordination, planning and monitoring of development activities, as well as capacity building of disadvantaged groups of the civil society. She gained experience in a Brussels-based think-tank, in one of the most active NGOs in Slovakia, and in a consultancy firm implementing development projects for the EU.
Radka Dančiaková – Finance & Administration Specialist
Radka focuses on administrative and financial management of projects. She studied economics at the Technical University of Chemnitz (Germany) and International Relations at the University of Economics in Bratislava (Slovakia). For more than 10 years, she worked for the National Bank of Slovakia where she managed activities relating to membership in International Organizations such as OECD, EBRD and BIS. Later, she coordinated activities and relations with the European Central Bank. She was also responsible for planning and implementation of technical assistance for the National Bank of Ukraine. She also has experience from a slovak IT company as People & Operations Manager.
Petra Kasášová – Project Assistant
Petra is a talent specialist within a labour mobility project between Slovakia and Ukraine/Moldova. She is a graduate of the Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics in Bratislava. Through European exchange programmes, she completed studies at the University of Bologna in Forlì and an internship in Brussels, and she spent one year as a volunteer of the European Solidarity Corps in the city of Macerata, Italy. After finishing the volunteer programme, she remained working in her hosting organization as a coordinator of European projects, where she was responsible for mobility planning, selection and support of international participants, networking with local and international partners, and day-to-day management and implementation within the European Solidarity Corps.
Marta Patterson - Programme Operations Assistant
Marta is assisting with the realisation of the programs, preparing the communication and information materials, and designing and facilitating the activities connected with our current and future projects.
Before joining the EMA team, she worked as a Contract and Business Manager for IBM and Orange Business Services, dealing with big IT customers worldwide. She specialized in drafting and reviewing contracts, monitoring the delivery of the companies’ commitments to the customers, and assisting during contract negotiations. She gained valuable skills in Agile methodologies, Design Thinking, and ITIL. Marta studied International Relations at the Aberystwyth University in Wales and finished her Master’s degree at the Central European University in Budapest. She also did her internship at the EU delegation to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva.
Veronika Filipek - Strategy Programme Consultant
Veronika graduated with an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a consultant advising on the strategic development of the organisation with over 10 years of experience conducting gap analyses, programme planning, grant management and implementing projects and social enterprises in Europe and in developing countries for various international organisations, including the UN OCHA and World Vision UK. For 3 years she worked on projects in Uganda, where she was responsible for strategic development and implementation of programmes supporting the local market, employment, sustainable tourism, capacity building and education. In addition, she has established several associations for local farmers and introduced training programmes for prisoners. During 2011-2015, she worked for the European Investment Fund, where she coordinated a Holding Fund supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in Slovakia.
Jana Šmihulová Jakabovičová - Senior Legal Expert
Jana works as an external consultant for the organization's legal affairs. In the past, she worked as a lawyer at the Migration Information Center of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Slovakia, where she provided legal advice to nationals of third countries on issues of residence, employment and citizenship.
Soňa Andrášová – External Consultant
Soňa specializes in fundraising and project development. For nearly ten years, Soňa has worked in various positions in the field of migration. She participated in the establishment of the Migration Information Centre within the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which has, since 2006, provided legal, social, and labor counselling to foreigners in Slovakia, and she later became its manager. She is a co-author of the research publication Experience of migrants in Slovakia with violence.
Barbora Kovarík Böhmerová - Senior Legal Expert
Barbora is a legal consultant of the organization. From 2011 to 2015 she worked at the Migration Information Centre of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), where she worked, among other things, as a legal counsellor providing advice to foreigners living in Slovakia in the area of residence, employment, commercial and family law. At the same time, she participated in the creation of information materials for foreigners, training of public administration officials and implementation of other project activities in migrant integration. Later she was responsible for financial and HR management in a public-law institution – the Fund for the Support of Art – where she was responsible for the overall financial and budgetary management of the organization.
Halyna Lakusta - Talent Acquisition Specialist
Halyna is a Talent Acquisition Specialist for the ‘Digi Talents Programme’ - a labour mobility initiative between Slovakia and Ukraine. Her role involves coordinating and implementing project activities in Ukraine, including communication with the representatives from multiple universities, public bodies, and service providers. Over the past eight years, Halyna has gained extensive experience in coordinating all phases of learning and educational projects in the IT sector. She is skilled in administrating and executing comprehensive projects, including participant selection and recruitment. Halyna's areas of expertise include designing learning programmes, impact evaluation and capacity building.