Our Team

People behind BETA Slovakia

We are a group of Slovak students and young professionals who have decided to address the rising issues of disinformation and extremism spreading among the youth in Slovakia and neighboring countries. Seeing significant, yet unfulfilled potential in Slovakia, we work towards encouraging our citizens to play a more active role in national and European affairs; thereby safeguarding democratic principles which have proven to only benefit Slovakia since its introduction. With our various skill-sets, expertise and the wealth of our combined experience, we hope to make MEU an engaging event for all of its participants with a far-reaching, positive impact.

Who are we?

Lucia Krajčovičová

President
l.krajcovicova@beta-europe.org

Lucia is a final year MA Politics and Central and East European Studies student at the University of Glasgow and wishes to pursue postgraduate education in Environmental Management and Policy. She interned at the European Commission Representation in Slovakia and U.S. Steel Košice, working on tackling national as well as European environmental and energy challenges. In addition to an internship at the Office of the President of the Slovak Republic, her improved understanding of Slovakia's domestic and foreign policy issues. Lucia has a strong sense of civic responsibility and interest in youth development, having been the Vice-President of a Scottish chapter of AIESEC UK and the university society Bright Futures. After her highly positive experience as a participant of MEU Strasbourg and MEU Scotland, Lucia has decided to expand the BETA community to Slovakia and organise the first MEU in Bratislava for V4 students.

Ema Grajcarová

Vice-President
e.grajcarova@beta-europe.org

Ema finished her bachelor's degree in Economic Policy at the Masaryk University in Brno and she holds a master's degree from the London School of Economics. Studies of Political Economy in Europe strengthened her goals of being an active citizen participating in public affairs mainly in the EU. Having this in mind, she has completed two internships in Brussels, attended or co-organized several MEUs and did plenty of volunteering. As a result of this, she is well versed in understanding what is useful to bring back home to face current political challenges. That is why she became a policy analyst dealing with Slovak financial relations in the EU. Based in Bratislava, Ema will be dealing with logistics and budgeting for MEU Bratislava.

Andrea Komová

Head of Recruitment
a.komova@beta-europe.org

Andrea is motivated and hard-working third-year Politics and Central and East European studies Student at the University of Glasgow, interested in the field of Security studies (cyber security in particular). She is currently on her study exchange at ADA University in Baku, Azerbaijan, where she focuses mostly on studying European Union relationship with its Eastern Neighbourhood countries. Her interests are miscellaneous, ranging from organising first MLH hackathon in Central Europe (Hack Kosice 2020) to volunteering in different organisations (such as GLOBSEC, Unicef and the Red Cross). Last summer, she interned at the International Visegrad Fund, where she gained a wealth of useful knowledge about project management. She currently seeks to improve her knowledge surrounding the Russian and Azerbaijani language, and find the right path for her future career.

Milana Idrisova

Head of Content and Editting
m.idrisova@beta-europe.org

Milana is a second year student at the University of Glasgow, where she reads Common Law. Apart from her current studies, she is researching forced abandonment, violation of human rights and expropriation of property by the Islamic Republic of Iran as a member of the Lawyers Without Borders Research Division. Milana aims to be a fully-fledged barrister and thus participates at various mooting competitions. This year, she will be representing her university at ESU - the Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition. Having extensive experience at debating, she is looking forward to organise webinars, seminars and panel discussions on the ever-pressing issues of our generation for the MEU Bratislava.

Samuel Švajda

Head of Marketing & PR
s.svajda@beta-europe.org

Samuel is a student of European Studies at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Comenius University, currently finishing an Erasmus stay at the University of Vienna. He has an experience with work at National Council of the Slovak Republic and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia together with NGOs and work on political campaigns. Since he is concerned about the situation regarding the spread of disinformation and propaganda in Europe; he has decided to pursue this topic during his studies and plans to do so also after finishing his Master degree. With that being said Samuel is looking forward to the preparation of debates on the topic of disinformation.

Jakub Barszcz

Head of Partnerships & Fundraising
j.barszcz@beta-europe.org

Jakub is a final year MA Politics student at the University of Glasgow and will seek to pursue further studies in the areas of Political Economy and Political Thought. A variety of positions and internships enabled him to gain experience in the political sphere. These include the position of assistant to one of the members of the International Programme Board of the 2018 Prague European Summit, as well as interning as a campaign planner of the current mayor of his home town during the electoral campaign. Furthermore, he completed an internship within the Center for Security Analyses and Prevention; where he participated in the analysis of security phenomena relevant for the contemporary European Union. This diverse range of positions, as well as Jakub‘s interest in the issues of social justice and in political theory, have led to the fostering of an understanding of the importance of youth education, intercultural dialogue and the development of critical thinking. His current hobbies include improving in the German language, multiple versatile writing, as well as jogging.

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