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Pavol Demes 

 Internationally Recognised Expert on International Relations, Civil Society,

Author & Photographer

Pavol is a non-resident senior fellow with GMF US and board member of the European Endowment for Democracy.

Former Minister of International Relations (1991-2) and Foreign Policy Advisor to the first President of the Slovak Republic Michal Kovac.

Pavol has his own program on international relations and diplomacy on an Internet TV ( of the Slovak Press Agency. He published numerous articles and several books.

Pavel has served on boards of numerous domestic and international non-profit organizations, among others: the European Foundation Center, European Cultural Foundation, European Council on Foreign Relations, National Czech and Slovak Library and Museum, USA. 

2000 - 2010 Pavol was the Director for Central and Eastern Europe of the German Marshall Fund of the United States based in Bratislava.  

Selected Awards:

The EU-US Democracy and Civil Society Award (in 1998), the USAID Democracy and Governance Award (1999), six-month public policy research fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C. (1999) ,

Royal Dutch decoration Knight of the Order of Orange Nassau (2005),

Yugoslav Star of First Class (2005), South East Europe Media Organization Human Rights Award (2009) and Medal of Honor from the Friends of Slovakia, USA (2011),

Special Award by the Minister of Culture of Bulgaria (2014).

Prior to the Velvet Revolution, Pavol was a bio-medical researcher at Comenius University in Bratislava. He is a graduate of Charles University in Prague. After democratic changes in 1989 Pavol served in Slovak government. Firstly, at Ministry of Education, later he became Minister of International Relations (1991-2) and Foreign Policy Advisor to the first President of the Slovak Republic Michal Kovac.


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