Dr. Jozef Bednar

(President)

Experienced project manager with a history in international projects.

In 2008 I helped to found Machaon International in order to help protected areas in Russia and Europe, in particular national parks and nature reserves. In the organization, I am engaged in a range of fundraising, management and expert roles. I am the language hub of the organization being proficient in English, Spanish, Russian, German, Polish, Slovak, Czech and I have a working knowledge of Dutch.

I have educational background in environmental sciences (MSc degree) with specialization in environmental planning and management, and in economics and management (MA degree). I obtained my PhD (DPhil) at the University of Oxford in environmental geography.

I have over twelve years of experience in designing and implementing public and private sector projects focused on ecological management, climate change mitigation and sustainable development. For six years I acted as the project manager of the largest ecosystem restoration and climate mitigation project in Russia (and one of the largest in the world) under the International Climate Initiative on behalf of the German government (BMU) and funded through KfW Development bank.

In addition, I capitalize on my relevant experience working in the private sector (personal assistant to the CEO in Volkswagen Slovakia, a junior auditor at Ernst & Young, a project manager at a private farm in Slovakia). I am a keen traveller and nature photographer.

Jozef in action