Executive director at SOVVA, Slovakia
Daniel Straka is Executive director of SOVVA since 2017 with more than 13 years of experiences in the area of creation and implementation of research and innovation policies at the national and European level. In years 2014 to 2017 he founded and led the Slovak Liaison Office for Research and Development in Brussels. He also has experience with the preparation and implementation of international projects, organization of several international conferences in Slovakia and Belgium. Since 2011 till 2013 he worked as an analyst and executive director for the Slovak Organization for Research and Development Activities (SOVVA). He coordinated support of the FP7 in Slovakia and was a member of several programme committees and national contact point for SSH and Research infrastructures. He worked at the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic and at the Government Office of the Slovak Republic in the field of research, innovation and knowledge society. He has experience from working with EU affairs, R&D policy analyses and science communication. He is member of Horizon 2020 Strategic Configuration Program Committee. Daniel was also in charge of organizing four editions of Researcher´s Night in Slovakia and Kick-off Conference of Horizon 2020 in Slovakia. Daniel holds M.A. from the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia.