Martina has 15+ years of extensive experience with high-stake negotiations, policymaking, and program management. Her expertise encompasses human rights, democracy, economy, and security. Her accomplishments include several testimonies on the U.S. Capitol and in the European Parliament.
Before joining GMF, Martina was a program officer for Europe and Eurasia at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), one of the core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy and affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she concentrated on responses to global strategic threats, economic misconceptions, corrosive capital, enterprise ecosystems, anti-corruption, and private sector leadership in advancing democracy and markets.
Previously, Martina served for the Slovak Foreign Service from 2005 to 2015. During that time, she was posted to the Slovak Missions to NATO and EU in Brussels, Belgium, primarily advising on public affairs, NATO Partnerships, and EU Enlargement. Prior to that, she served as the executive secretary of the Slovak Chairmanship of the Council of Europe.
Martina enjoys digging into community roadblocks and solving them with a blend of innovation, relationship building, compassion, and decisive leadership. She has facilitated, designed, managed, and lead strategic change initiatives comprised of multiple levers, cutting across research, coalition building, advocacy, regulatory reform, and organizational management.
She is a recipient of the Thomas Buergenthal scholarship from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she earned her LLM in international and comparative law. Martina also holds a Ph.D. in civil law from the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. She previously spent time volunteering through OSCE election observation missions in Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans. She speaks Slovak, English, Czech, French, and Russian. She is a certified compliance & ethics professional with the U.S. Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and a graduate of the U.S. Chamber Executive-Level Institute for Organization Management.