Pavol Demeš from Bratislava, is an author, photographer and a Slovakia-based expert on international relations and civil society. Prior to the Velvet Revolution, Mr Demeš was a biomedical researcher at Comenius University in Bratislava. He graduated from the Charles University in Prague. After the democratic changes in 1989 he created several NGOs and worked for the Slovak government, first at the Ministry for Education, later as Minister of International Relations (1991-2) and as a Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the Slovak Republic Michal Kovac. From 2000 to 2010 he was the Director for Central and Eastern Europe of the German Marshall Fund of the United States based in Bratislava. Now he is a non-resident senior fellow with GMF US and a board member of the European Endowment for Democracy. He has his own program on international relations and diplomacy on an Internet TV (tablet.tv) of the Slovak Press Agency.