Pavol Demes served from 2000 to 2010 as Director of the German Marshall Fund (GMF)'s Bratislava office, where he oversaw GMF's activities in Central and Eastern Europe. He now works in Bratislava as a Transatlantic Fellow.
Before joining the GMF, Pavol was executive director of the Slovak Academic Information Agency-Service Center for the Third Sector, a Slovak non-governmental organisation committed to enhancing civil society. Previously, he led a distinguished political and civic reform career serving his country as foreign policy advisor to the president of the Slovak Republic (1993-1997), minister of international relations (1991-1992) and director of the Department of Foreign Relations in the Ministry of Education (1990-1991). In 1999 he was awarded a six-month public policy research fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington D.C. Prior to entering the field of public affairs after the Velvet Revolution, Pavol was a bio-medical researcher at Comenius University in Bratislava. He is a graduate of Charles University in Prague (1980) and spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of South Alabama (1987-1988). He received the EU-US Democracy and Civil Society Award (in 1998), the USAID Democracy and Governance Award (1999), Royal Dutch decoration Knight of the Order of Orange Nassau (2005), and Yugoslav Star of First Class (2005).