Green Foundation is a young Slovak program-based Foundation transcending Central Europe that primarily focuses on developing social innovation, adapting society to major challenges such as climate change, new technologies, and supporting young people’s civic engagement. Green Foundation is currently concentrating its attention on the creation of endowment programs, which will be launched in the course of the second half of 2018.
The Green Foundation was established by entrepreneur and philanthropist Boris Zeleny on December 22, 2015, with the aim to develop his philanthropic activities in Slovakia. In 2016, the Foundation supported small projects such as the International Film Festival Ekotopfilm, TrashOut, or Your Buddy. (For more information on supported projects and how to apply for support).
In 2017, the Foundation has been restructured, along with a redesign of its identity. The Foundation is currently defining its new program pillars, and these will be the main objectives during the next few years. Within the framework of the pillars it will create specific grant programs. Along with grant support, the Foundation will also develop its own project activities.
Since February 2017, Jan has been responsible for the development of the Foundation and its programs. Eternal student of the Prague Faculty of Law, Jan has worked in the non-profit sector as a consultant for the strategic and financial development of the organizations, managed municipal cultural facility in Mnichovo Hradiste, and established a professional organization of emission technicians and gaugers. In addition to the management of the Green Foundation, Jan is currently working on the development of media literacy in the Czech Republic.
Peter is responsible for the Social Innovation Program. He supports and participates in the implementation of projects that offer innovative solutions to social and civil problems. He has been working in the third sector for more than 10 years. He studied economics and political science in Slovakia, and has a Master’s degree from the Department of Regionalism at The University of Chicago in the USA.
Katarina coordinates projects of the Program for the Development of Social Innovations as well as cooperation with Ashoka in Slovakia. Katarina graduated from the Faculty of of the Comenius university in Bratislava. While working in the healthcare sector, she concentrated her efforts on communication and marketing in the field of profit and nonprofit projects.
Milota is responsible for The Future Urban Living Program. She is a professional living and breathing interdisciplinary topics of the city and urban planning. She studied Landscape Architecture, Land Planning, Graphic Design, Film Production, Social Research Methods, and Human Resource Management at various schools in Europe, Asia and the Americas. She is a founding member of the reSITE International Urban Festival and its main coordinator in 2011-2015. In 2013, she received Fulbright’s scholarship and studied urbanism in New York. Since 2012, she has been continuously devoted to mapping non-profit sector actors in connection with the public space in Bratislava and Prague. In 2015, she launched the WPS Prague Women’s Public Spaces initiative. She is a co-author, and in the years 2016-2018 she manages the international European project Shared Cities: Creative Momentum for sharing in architecture and urbanism. Milota lectures at various universities and institutions in Europe and the Near East.
Juraj Čorba is responsible for the development of a Program that focuses on the question of how we are going to live in the near future? The aim of the Program will be to increase the readiness of society and individuals for the change evoked by the emergence of new technologies such as digital networks (including blockchain), artificial intelligence, automation/robotics, new realities, etc. Juraj is a former lawyer and a representative of Slovakia at the courts of the European Union. He has programmed and established the Danube Fund for the Central European Foundation. He cooperates with Absynt publishing house, publishing essays focusing on the questions about our future. He is the author of the graphic novel POLyS, which develops the theme of the social dimension of artificial intelligence.
Lenka is responsible for the Project of partial regeneration of Kollar Square, and its coordination and implementation. She studied at the Faculty of Education of the Commenius University and has been coordinating different projects in the social field for more than 5 years. She worked with disabled employees at Mann’s Protected Workshop, at the Ekotopfilm International Film Festival and is currently also working on a project to support Slovak art and artists as part of the creative project ART OF SLOVAKIA.
Simona is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Roots & Shoots International Education Program. She graduated in Ecology and Aesthetics at Masaryk University in Brno. She completed her Internship program in Pilsen in 2015 – in the European Capital of Culture and in Pěstuj Prostor, where she was involved in different community projects. She has also been involved in various forms of volunteering both at home and abroad and is interested in participatory approaches to education.
Ladislav is a lecturer of the Roots & Shoost Slovakia. In his career in the last 10 years he has been involved in environmental education and education for a sustainable life. In cooperation with mayors, farmers and volunteers, he planted about 5,000 trees in the country within past 5 years. He has extensive experience with participatory planning methods in a cultural landscape which have contributed to the sustainability of the projects implemented. He studied at the Technical University of Zvolen at the Department of Planning and Landscape Design.
Founder and Chairman of the Board
Executive Director of Open Society Foundation
Philantropist and Investor
Head of the Department of Meterology and Climatology FMFI, Commenius University
Executive Director of Ashoka Czech Republic