Our team of experts are top professionals in their respective fields of sociology, political marketing and migration. The expertise that they bring as a collective group is unparalleled. Their vision and goals of public policy across numerous disciplines is what has led them to BPI. We love what we do and show positivity and passion in the way we approach our work. We do our very best to stay on the path of possibility in our day-to-day work, tackling challenges in a solutions-focussed way using our collective strengths, resourcefulness and initiative. We are continuously on the lookout for ideas that enable us to innovate and stay ahead of the game, improving the value we offer to our clients in practical, measurable ways.

Dr.  Michal Vašečka

Programme Director

Is sociologist by background. He focuses his interests on issues of ethnicity, race, and migration studies. He operates at the Pan-European University in Bratislava since 2018 and at the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts since 2015. Previously he worked at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno (2002-2017) and at the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences of Comenius University in Bratislava (2006-2009). As a visiting scholar he operated at the New School University in New York (1996-1997), at the University of London (1998), at the Georgetown University In Washington DC (2008-2009), at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (2015), and he was also a ISGAP Scholar-In-Residence at the Oxford University (2016). Michal Vašečka is a founder and former director (2006-2012) of the Center for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture (CVEK). In 1998-2005 he worked at the Slovak think-tank Institute of Public Affairs (IVO) as a program director on expert analysis of the Slovak transformation process with a focus on national minorities and the state of civil society in Slovakia. He has been a consultant for the World Bank in 2000-2008 and in 2011-2012. Since 2012 Michal Vašečka serves as a representative of the Slovak republic in the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), human rights body of the Council of Europe. He serves as a vice-chairman of the governmental committee VRAX tackling extremism and racism in Slovakia since 2017. In 2010-2017 Michal Vašečka served as a chairman of the Board of the Fulbright Commission in Slovakia. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg since 2010, and president of the Executive Board of the Platform for Improvement of Health Status of Disadvantaged Groups in Bratislava since 2017. Dr. Michal Vašečka is a chairman of the Editorial Board of the N-denník, major daily newspaper in Slovakia since 2016, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Prague-based Aspen Review Central Europe in 2012-2016, since 2016 member of the Editorial Board.

Dr.  Viera Žúborová

Executive Director

Is a political scientist by background. She worked for 10 years at Trnava University on various positions (vice-dean for research and strategic projects, head of the Political Science and European Studies department, Assistant Professor). She also worked as an executive editor of the Slovak Journal of Political Science. In 2016, she became a senior research fellow at the think-tank Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs (CENAA). She focuses on issues of political communication, migration discourse, transitology and post-communism. In 2017 she was scholar-in-residence in the ISGAP at Oxford University and in 2010 a visiting PhD scholar at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Viera Žúborová is the co-founder of the non-profit organization Trnavská Alternatíva and also the co-founder of the non-profit organization Mladá Archa, where she has been rerving as director since 2015. Both non-profit organizations focus on organizing the various educational and creative activities supporting critical thinking of students and youth, including projects focusing on the development of public space and Active participation at the local levels. Dr. Žúborová has been a regular columnist at th online newspapers Aktuality.sk since 2015. 

      Dr.  Ingrid Borárosová

Research Fellow

Is a political scientist from background. She focuses on the topics of migration, integration, extremism, radicalism and terrorism. During her doctoral studies at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava she was leading various courses such as migration and migration policy, modern political theories and comparative politics. She was also part of the team organizing various workshops and conferences at the University such as Social sciences from the perspective of young scientific workers in 2016, Political leadership in 2017 and various workshops especially on the topic of migration. She was also active member of Jean Monnet Chair in migration team, where her responsibilities were to assist the senior researchers, lead the workshops and the lectures and promotion of the activities on the project website and on the social media. In 2015 she joined the Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs as an intern, where she actively participates in organizations most important events such as Summer School for Young Professionals or Conference NATO 2020. Currently she also works in CENAA as the junior researcher and she is part of team of experts on Slovak migration And integration policies in project SME Spolu, which focuses on The Rights of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine.

      Paula Svatoňová

Intern

Is currently studying at Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts. During her studies she took a part in BLASTER Undergraduate Research Conference Conference in Leuphana University Lüneburg in Germany,  BLASTER Liberal Arts Symposium at University of Warwick in United Kingdom and she also took a part in oral history research conducted in South Africa.  She also works as editor in chief of BISLA’s student periodical IlPonte, where she is responsible for overseeing, organizing and assessing performance of editorial board. She joined the BPI team in 2018 as an intern and she became an important part of the team dealing with the organizations of various events and discussion and being part of the research in various projects.  Her current research focuses mainly on the Roma issues in relations to the Slovak Municipalities in specific regions in Slovakia. 

 

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