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Gábor Bindics

Studied culture management at the University of Pécs and later studied alternative energy sources at Budapest Technical University. He has worked at London’s National Portrait Gallery, and founded the fi rst Central European cinema in Paris, which later obtained the offi cial status of an art cinema. He is founder of KC Dunaj and the Bratislava-based courier service Švihaj Šuhaj. Currently he is leading the Stará tržnica project (Old Market Hall project) in Bratislava. He cooperates with Central European Foundation as a member of Board of Advisors for Living Danube project.

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Andrea Froncová

An environmentalist with BROZ (Bratislava Regional Association of Environmentalists), where she works as an assistant to the organization’s vice-chairman (mainly on issues of forest protection and practical environmental protection on the territory of Bratislava) and as assistant project manager on the Butterfl y Protection in the White Carpathians project. During her studies at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Comenius University she focused on elimination of heavy metals from the environment. While on a technical work-stay in Granada, Spain she worked at the Water Institute on removal of crude oil from the ocean environment. In the past she has worked at the National Agency for the Youth in Action Program (European grant program) as a project manager, where she still functions as an external grant reviewer for youth-related projects. She has experience in the business sector as well, where she worked as sales manager for Spain at Accenture. She cooperates with Central European Foundation as a member of Board of Advisors for Living Danube project.

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Peter Gero

A Bratislava native, he studied at the department of construction engineering and transportation construction at the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava. In August 1968, he emigrated to Germany. After completing urban planning studies in Berlin, he focused his professional life on the German metropolis of Hamburg, where he worked, among other things, on urban planning issues connected with expanding the city’s metro system. Later he became head of the department for revitalization and development of problematic neighborhoods in the city. He was Lead Construction Engineer responsible for the development of central urban neighborhoods of Hamburg. Thus, to a signifi cant extent, the current appearance and general urban development of Hamburg is a result of his work. He is a consultant to architectural and urban planning studios and municipal governments, a member of architectural and urban planning committees and is an expert guarantor for creation of the new urban planning concept in the city of Trenčín (Trenčín si Ty). In addition, he is a member of the supervisory board for the housing authority in Hamburg. He cooperates with Central European Foundation as a member of Board of Advisors for Living Danube project.

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Alexander Halvoník

Alexander Halvoník is a Slovak writer and literary critic. He published his own original retelling of the famous oriental work Tales from a Thousand and One Nights (1994). He has worked in several cultural institutions, most recently as Director of the Literary Information Center in Bratislava. Mr. Halvoník is the author of the novella Svrbenie krvi (Itching in the Blood, 1996) and a work of children’s prose entitled Mátoha, neboj sa (Don’t be Afraid, Mátoha 2014).  He is also co-author of History of Slovak Literature I-II (2009). In addition, he translates from French, including such authors as: Michel Butor, Patrick Modiano, Michel Rio, Jack Lang, Jean-Paul Didierlaurent, Christian Jacq, Juliette Benzoniová, Nicole de Buron and Henry Gidel, as well as othersHe cooperates with Central European Foundation as a member of the selection committee for the PRO LIBRIS grant program.

 

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Péter Hunčík

Péter Hunčík is a psychiatrist, writer and publicist.  He cooperates with Central European Foundation as a member of the selection committee for the PRO LIBRIS grant program.

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Katarína Jägrová

Since 2003, she has worked as an architect with an education from the Faculty of Architecture at the Slovak Technical University (STU) and the Technical Universities in Vienna and Brno. Currently, Ms. Jägrová works in the architectural atelier of GFI and has been a member of the Slovak Chamber of Architects since 2009. She enhanced her professional knowledge during six years abroad in Prague and London, where she worked in the renowned atelier of Richard Rogers. While there, she dealt not only with architectural projects, but also with urban planning and mainly with revival of cities. Since 2012, she has been cooperating with the Chief Architect’s Offi ce of the City of Bratislava and assisting the city of Trenčín on an urban planning competition entitled Trenčín – City on the River (Trenčín – mesto na rieke). Most recently, Ms. Jägrová designed an apartment building called Hájpark in cooperation with Imagine Development, whose goal is to maximize the use of the surrounding swamp woods while still preserving their natural environment and improving the existing quality of the area. She cooperates with Central European Foundation as a member of Board of Advisors for Living Danube project.

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Monika Kompaníková

Monika Kompaníková is a painter and author of a collection of short stories, a novella, the novel Piata loď (Boat Number Five), which won the Anasoft Litera award, and the children’s book Hlbokomorské rozprávky (Deep Sea Stories). She works for Artforum, a bookshop and publishing house.  Ms. Kompaníková occasionally publishes her work in daily newspapers and collaborates with NGOs.

She cooperates with Central European Foundation as a member of the selection committee for the PRO LIBRIS grant program.

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Peter Littmann

Born in Prague, he studied mechanical engineering at a vocational school in Bratislava and then emigrated to Germany in 1968. First he earned his living as an assistant director at the WDR television station in Cologne on the Rhine and later studied philosophy and commerce at the University of Cologne, earning the title of economist. In 1976, he received his doctorate magna cum laude. During his professional career, Mr. Littmann held numerous leading positions in management, marketing, sales and fi nance. From 1992-1997, he was chairman of the board of Hugo Boss AG, which he led to a position of success on the global market. Currently, he is general director of the international consulting fi rm BRANDINSIDER GmbH, as well as: a member of the supervisory boards of many companies; honorary professor of marketing at the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany; a member of the board of the Nyenrode Business University in Holland; and a member of the Visiting Committee at Harvard University’s Art Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the U.S.A. He cooperates with Central European Foundation as a member of Board of Advisors for Living Danube project.

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Igor Marko

Mr. Marko is an architect and urban planner who has been working in London since 1996, where he leads the city design and urban planning atelier Marko & Placemakers. He has a long experience in municipal development and urban regeneration that stretches the boundaries of tradition, and he believes that public space needs to have its own story and people who create it together. He is behind many innovative projects worldwide, including: the Northala Fields park in London, which has received many awards and become an exemplary instance of sustainability involving cooperation of local residents; and the strategy of Irwell River Park, whose goal is to rejuvenate and transform the Irwell river in Manchester into a linear park. He also acts as an adjunct professor at numerous universities and international institutions. In Slovakia, his ‘Green Old Town in Bratislava’ concept resonated well in the city where he grew up and graduated in architecture from the Academy of Fine Arts. He regularly participates in public and academic debates on urban development and participatory planning and his work has been widely published in Europe, North America and Asia. He cooperates with Central European Foundation as a member of Board of Advisors for Living Danube project.

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Martin Paško

An architect who graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at STU in Bratislava (1986-1991). During his studies he completed a study-stay abroad at Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien. As co-author of the Design Factory project in Bratislava, he was awarded the CE.ZA. AR in 2007, and nominated for the ARCH 2005 prize, as well as the D. Jurkovič Prize in 2006. Other projects for which he has been honored with awards include: The Refi nery Gallery (ARCH prize 2013); and the Moskovská Multi-functional Complex (ARCH prize 2008, D. Jurkovič prize 2008). He is the founder of M STUDIO s.r.o. (1999), ADOM. M STUDIO s.r.o. (2002) and the DESIGN FACTORY civic association (2005). One of Mr. Paško‘s other well-known projects is the design for modernization of the non-industrial port in Bratislava. He cooperates with Central European Foundation as a member of Board of Advisors for Living Danube project.

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Peter Pišťanek

Peter Pišťanek was born in Bratislava and studied at the Academy of Performing Arts. Before the change in regime, he had various manual jobs and after the change worked primarily in the advertising industry as a copywriter and creative director.  Since 1996, he has worked as a marketing specialist for Gratex International. Mr. Pišťanek published for the first time at the end of 1989 in the magazines Slovenské pohľady and Dotyky. His book debut came with the novel Rivers of Babylon, which came out in 1991 and was well received.  Other books followed.  Full-length feature films of the same name were made based on his novels Rivers of Babylon, Rukojemník (Hostage) and the novella Muzika. His books have been published in several editions in Slovakia and translated in Croatia, Hungary, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Turkey, France, Serbia and Slovenia. He cooperates with Central European Foundation as a member of the selection committee for the PRO LIBRIS grant program.

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Pavol Rankov

Pavol Rankov  lectures at the Philosophical Faculty of Comenius University in Bratislava on subjects such as interpersonal communication, the influence of information technology on culture and the sociology of literature.  He has published four collections of short stories entitled S odstupom času (1995), My a oni/oni a my (We and They/They and We, 2001), V tesnej blízkosti (In Close Proximity, 2004), Na druhej strane (On the Other Side, 2013) and two novels – Stalo sa prvého septembra (It Happened on the First of September, 2008) and Matky (Mothers, 2011). He cooperates with Central European Foundation as a member of the selection committee for the PRO LIBRIS grant program.

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Ľubor Tománek

The ALBRECHT FORUM

The ALBRECHT FORUM is a civic association, which revitalizes the former canonical house at No. 1 Kapitulská Street in Bratislava.  For more than half a century, this address was the home of one of the best-known artistic and musical families in 20th century Bratislava, the Albrechts.  Thanks to the efforts of two generations of this family, the house became an informal center of culture and education in Bratislava.

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BRaK

BRaK, or the Bratislava Book Festival, is a celebration of beautiful books. Its goal is to present the most interesting books from Slovakia and the surrounding countries and encourage cooperation among authors, publishers, graphic artists and book illustrators within the Central European space.

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BROZ

The Bratislava Regional Environmentalist‘s Association (BROZ) was established in 1997.  Above all, it focuses on practical preservation of nature and support for permanently sustainable development in Western Slovakia.  Its main goal is to protect and renew the natural environment in the Bratislava region – especially in Podunajská, the Small Carpathians and Záhorie, as well as in Bratislava itself and occasionally in other locations in Slovakia. Currently, the association is implementing projects to preserve territories and species important for Europe.

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The Calvary Fund

The Calvary Fund Association was founded in 2008 with the goal of improving the much-damaged calvary in Banská Štiavnica.  In 2007, it was becoming so dilapidated that it was added to a list of the 100 most threatened monuments in the world. The association strives to renew the damaged monument and achieve its return to religious and cultural life. Thanks to its sponsors and the help of tens of experts and hundreds of volunteers, the process of comprehensive renewal is about at the halfway mark. Life is gradually returning to the calvary and spiritual and cultural events are beginning to take place there.

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The Conservatory

Artistic education at the Bratislava Conservatory draws on centuries of tradition of the proven European method of preparing professional artists and teachers of art.  In 90 years of continual existence starting in 1919, artists and teachers have graduated from the Conservatory and gone on to become extremely well-known names in Slovak culture and Slovak artistic education.  These figures have become a fundamental part of the world’s treasured artistic community.  Among them are such important figures as: Eugen Suchoň, Ladislav Chudík and Edita Grúberová.

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Ján Langoš Foundation

 Ján Langoš Foundation was established from the initiative of Ján Langoš’s friends by his wife Gabriela and his daughters. Its goal is to continue in tireless endeavor for truth, freedom and democracy. The Foundation supports initiatives of citizens that show civil courage in the fight for democratic values and in disclosing the truth about totalitarian regimes.

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Res Publica Foundation

Res Publica Foundation is the publisher of Res Publica Nowa, magazine of ideas, which has been presenting opinion and analysis of most important contemporary researchers of culture and politics since 1979, Cities Magazine, dedicated to urban culture and various aspects of city development, and Visegrad Insight, an opinion-making journal devoted to Central Europe.

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Terra Recognita Foundation

Terra Recognita Foundation was established by young historians, political theorists and economists in 2005 as a Central European non-governmental foreign policy initiative. The Foundation aims at researching the past and present of the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe and to study the relations between them and Hungarians, as well as the relations with Hungarians abroad. The foundation seeks to promote an open Central European dialogue and cooperation.

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Větrné mlýny

The publishing house Větrné mlýny was founded in 1995 in Brno. It publishes quality literature across genres, putting emphasis on theatre, and also a cultural magazine RozRazil. It organizes a literary festival Authors’ Reading Month which today is one of the most important events of its kind in Europe taking place in four different countries.

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