Pavol Demeš is an independent expert on foreign policy and civil society based in Bratislava. After the democratic changes in 1989, he served as the Executive Director of the Slovak Academic Information Agency – Service Centre for the Third Sector, a leading NGO in the country at the time. He was Minister of International Relations (1991-1992) and Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the Slovak Republic (1993-1997). After 10 years as Director for Central and Eastern European of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (2000-2010), Demeš is currently the organisation’s non-resident senior fellow, as well as external advisor to the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

Prior to entering the field of public affairs after the Velvet Revolution, Demeš was a bio-medical researcher at Comenius University in Bratislava. He is a graduate of Charles University in Prague, and was a public policy research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C. in 1999.

Demeš has written numerous publications on democracy and civil society, and was awarded both the EU-US Democracy and Civil Society and USAID’s Democracy and Governance Awards.