Our team

Since the end of 2014, a team of education enthusiasts with strong support from business leaders are preparing the establishment of the National office of the Award in Slovakia, which will aim to extend the program nation-wide in Slovakia. The National Office is here for you, the Boards' chairmen and members support the organization.

Marián Zachar

Marián Zachar

Co-founder and Executive Director
Marián is passionate about impact-oriented education interventions. Between 2010 and 2012, he implemented Transparency Initiative at the Ministry of Education as an executive assistant and advisor to the Minister and co-founded several programs focused on talented high-school students at Slovak NGO LEAF. In 2015, he co-founded The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award in Slovakia which since became one of the fastest growing National Offices of the Award world-wide. He was selected to the Aspen Young Leaders Program of the Aspen Institute Central Europe and to the Map of social innovators who change Slovakia for better, the project created by Ashoka and Pontis Foundation in Slovakia. In 2017 he became Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. With degree in Political Science and International Relations from Charles University and experience at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, University of California, Berkeley and INSEAD. 
marian.zachar [zavinac] dofe.sk
+421 917 860 777

Katarína Gazdíková

Katarína Gazdíková

Business Partnerships Manager
For Katarína volunteering, skills development and sports activity represent base pillars in her life. She believes that by developing these strengths young people can positively influence the quality of their life and have a positive impact on their environment. That is why she decided to draw from her multiyear experience in working with people acquired in the multinational companies by building bridges between the education and business through a program Leaders of Tomorrow. 
katarina.gazdikova [zavinac] dofe.sk
+421 904 237 841

Simona Lučkaničová

Simona Lučkaničová

After graduating from the European Studies at FSEV UK, attending many exchange projects and working at the Ministry of Finance, Slovakia, Simona decided to get involved with a more creative world, where she can make use of her artistic experience from the past. For 2 years she worked at Teach for Slovakia as a Talent recruiter and marketing manager, where she was communicating with over a thousand of candidates, organizing various events, managing social media or moderating. In DofE she is a communication manager responsible for social media, communication and PR.
simona.luckanicova[zavinac] dofe.sk
+421 911 939 484

Zuzana Mészárosová

Zuzana Mészárosová

Operations Manager
A stickler for student-centered learning to which she conforms with her approach to students as a PhD. candidate of the Faculty of International Relations of the Economic University in Bratislava. Her enthusiasm for education corresponds well with Quality Education being her favorite of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which she's actively promoting from her position as the Secretary General of the United Nations Association Slovakia. Responsible approach to the education of young people considers to be of key importance when it comes to a better future of us all and that's why she's a part of DofE. 
zuzana.meszarosova [zavinac] dofe.sk
+421 903 862 563

Miloš Ondrášik

Miloš Ondrášik

Programme Manager for Bratislava region
Enthusiast for experiential learning and the use of non-formal learning methods in youth work. Miloš have a Volunteer heart, at present beating mainly for the youth organization Plusko. In the past he worked in Iuventa - Slovak Youth Institute as a project manager of the information network Eurodesk. Interested in education and development of the disadvantaged and the Roma youth. In 2015, he was selected with Marián to the Map of social innovators who change Slovakia for better, the project created by Ashoka and Pontis Foundation.
milos.ondrasik [zavinac] dofe.sk
+421 908 210 528

Zdenka Podhorská

Zdenka Podhorská

Programme Manager for Western Slovakia
Zdenka considers education, personal development and volunteering to be her lifetime hobbies. She is volnteering in MO Plusko, nonprofit youth organization that is developing young people using experiential education. She was working in IBM, where she spent overall 10 years on various positions, latest Incentive manager and lector. In DofE she will take care of West Slovakia, where she grew up. Her further responsibility is the initiative Leaders of Tomorrow - the program for involvement of a business in DofE. 
zdenka.podhorska [zavinac] dofe.sk
+421 948 012 638

Ján Smolka

Ján Smolka

Program Manager for Easter Slovakia
Janko's scouting activity influenced him so much that he decided to study recreology with a focus on experiential education at Palacký University in Olomouc. During his studies and stays abroad he was convinced that the path of a quality education system also leads towards the change of Slovakia. Therefore, he decided to apply for the Teach for Slovakia program that let him teach for 2 years at the primary school in Spišský Štvrtok. Among other things, he got to know many challenges of Slovak education and problems of minority education. Among other things, he worked as a mentor at Divé maky and helped organize various experiential and educational projects in cooperation with Holiday School Lipnice and Plusk. In DofE he will be in charge of the East Slovak region, which he is a great fun of after two years of living in Spiš.
jan.smolka[zavinac]dofe.sk
+421 948 020 775

Monika Svetlíková

Monika Svetlíková

Program Manager fo Central Slovakia
Monica's previous volunteer and work experience in the human rights and migration and integration fields brought towards the education. She perceives it as pretty crucial for the development of society and social change. She also enjoys learning about food in the international Slow Food movement. She studied political science and sociology at universities in Bratislava, Prague and Amsterdam. She comes from a small village in the Banská Bystrica region and the region of central Slovakia she will be in charge of.
monika.svetlikova [zavinac] dofe.sk
+421 908 709 994

Ján Šudák

Ján Šudák

Junior administration guru
Janko believes that our society and every organisation is built on people. He is mainly interested in youth. He started helping them develop their skills while working as an animator at Selezian group. While studying university he was a member of the organisation team and leader of the meetings of the university society and organisation called Jakubčatá. Janko has also done his internship at Rada mladáže Slovenska. He graduated from Business economics and management at Masarykova Univerzita in Brno. In DofE he is responsible for organisation and administration support of the team.
jan.sudak@dofe.sk
+421 914 250 301

Jaroslav Timko

Jaroslav Timko

Data specialist
Jaroslav is graduated informatician, who found his mission in the work with young people. He collected the experience mainly in the youth organization Domka, where he has learned in 20 years various things - from volunteering within the local center to the management of the nationwide organization. He is long term dedicated to the promotion of youth work at local self-government level and to the optimization of management processes in non-profit organizations. He will be responsible in DofE for the expansion and improvement of the program in central Slovakia, where he was also born.
jaroslav.timko [zavinac] dofe.sk

Andrea Vrbovská

Andrea Vrbovská

Communications and Event Manager
andrea.vrbovska [zavinac] dofe.sk
+421 910 916 731

Tatiana Zlatošová

Tatiana Zlatošová

Evenet manager
tatiana.zlatosova [zavinac] dofe.sk
+421 915 211 179

Why not join us?

Why not join us?

Team member, trainer, volunteer, intern or co-operator
Do you like the Award mission? Do you believe that every young person has the potential to succeed? Do you have the courage to build a nation-wide programme from a scratch ? Than why not to join us? Come and help improve not only quality of education but also quality of life specific to young people in Slovakia through reasearch-proven development programme. Send a CV to Marian Zachar at marian.zachar [at] dofe.sk with a short motivation letter and maybe we'll find a match between your passion and skills and the needs of the National Office in Slovakia.

Pavel Trenka

Pavel Trenka

Chairman of the Executive board
Honorary board member and former CEO of the HB Reavis Group. Before joining HB Reavis, Pavel worked at McKinsey & Company in USA, Central and Eastern European countries and in the investment in Bank Austria in Slovakia.

Michal Liday

Michal Liday

Member of the Executive Board
Michal graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Comenius University in Bratislava, majoring in mathematics and computer technology. Later he pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Economics in Bratislava where he specialized in Quantitative Methods in Economics. He completed study internships at Mankato State University in Minnesota (USA), City University London (UK) and Johannes Kepler University in Linz (Austria). In 2010 he completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School in Boston (USA). He began his professional life in 1992 at the University of Economics in Bratislava. In 1997 he started working for Tatra banka in the position of a branch director. He became the director of the Department of Private Banking in 2000. Five years later he reoriented himself to retail banking. Since 2007 he has been a member of Tatra banka board responsible for retail banking. In 2015 he became Managing Director and Chairman of the Tatra banka Board.

Ivan Peschl

Ivan Peschl

Member of the Executive Board
Ivan is CEO at Towercom, a.s., where we he worked as the CFO and deputy CEO. Previouosly he served as CFO and BoD member of salite platform Skyplink. Ivan is a co-founder of the Association of Economic appraisers and certified appraiser in the field of Economy and Management as well. Graduated at London School of Economics and Political Science with Executive Global Master degree - The LSE alternative to MBA ( 2015-2017) and at University of Economics in Bratislava (1998).

Peter Irikovský

Peter Irikovský

Chairman of the Supervisory board
Peter is Managing Partner of Central European Venture investment holeding LRJ Capital, which invested for example into the Slovak flying car company, Aeromobil. He also leads as a CEO an LRJ’s portfolio company, Exponea, which focuses on the real-time analytics for web and online applications. Previously he led the Slevomat Group, was regional director in Groupon UK and worked at McKinsey & Company and KPMG. Peter graduated from Charles University in Prague majoring in Computer Science and in 2014 was selected into the Forbes 30 under 30 list in Slovakia. 

Peter Čerešník

Peter Čerešník

Member of the Supervisory Board
Peter is Group Leasing Direcor at HB Reavis Group but he has an extensive experience from IT. He previously led exe company, Microsoft Slovakia, SAS Institute Slovakia and ALEF NULA. He graduated from City University with Management as major and got his MBA at the  University of New York in Prague. Besides that, Peter is leading a Slovak chapter of the global organisation for CEOs, Young Presidents’ Organisation.

Branislav Kleskeň

Branislav Kleskeň

Co-founder and member of the Supervisory board
Branio leads LEAF, a non-profit organization focusing on the development of young individuals with the potential to grow into shapers of Slovakia who will demonstrate moral character, excellence, entrepreneurial leadership and civic engagement; regardless of their socio-economic background.  The activities of LEAF serve individuals from about 15 to 35 years of age and cover the areas of world-class education for high school students, mitigation of ‘brain drain’ and development of young professionals. Formerly a Partner at McKinsey & Company, Branio has experience from several continents in improving corporate performance, building new businesses, and improving education. 
branislav.klesken [zavinac] leaf.sk

Jiří Zrůst

Jiří Zrůst

Co-founder and Member of the Supervisory Board
Senior Managing Director, Head of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets. Chairman of the Executive board of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Czech Republic Foundation and member of the International Council The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation. Jiri was selected in 2015 for the Financial News Extra Mile 40 list, a prestigious award for the people in "in finance that do the most for good causes" because of his engagement with the Award.
jiri.zrust [zavinac] dofe.cz

Alexandra Kello

Alexandra Kello

Igor Takáč

Igor Takáč

Katarína Michaliková

Katarína Michaliková

Ľuboš Marcinek

Ľuboš Marcinek

Marek Kmeť

Marek Kmeť

Petra Gubišová

Petra Gubišová

Michal Keim

Michal Keim

DofE Slovakia Trainer
 He is passionate for mountains and experiental learing, he is a former history teacher and climbing instructor. He fell in love with nonformal education via Štúdio Zážitku Outward Bound Slovakia. Experiences on sea and land tweaked at Outward Bound Hong Kong and several international trainings. He spend his free time usually in mountains in summer and winter too. "The longest journeys begin with single step" Lao-c'

Kvetka Legerská

Kvetka Legerská

DofE Slovakia Trainer

Soňa Oravcová

Soňa Oravcová

DofE Slovakia Trainer

Lucia Rossová

Lucia Rossová

DofE Slovakia Trainer

Róbert Sabo

Róbert Sabo

DofE Slovakia Trainer

Robo Zavacký

Robo Zavacký

DofE Slovakia Trainer

Peter Janiga

Peter Janiga

advisor, volunteer
Lawyer in the private sector. "Fulltime" volunteer expert in law and counseling, external patron of volunteer opportunities in LEAF. Enthusiast for lifelong learning, civic participation and the arts. He studied law (Trnava University UIB Spain) and international relations (University).

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