Our Team

Executive
Chief Executive Director

Matej Kandrík

Matej is a cofounder of Adapt Institute and a PhD candidate in Political Science with a specialisation in Security and Strategic Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, Czechia. In 2016 he did a research stay at the National Defence University of Poland.

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kandrik@adaptinstitute.org
Deputy Director

Kamila Koníková

Kamila graduated in Political Science at the Comenius University in Bratislava. Her previous experience includes working for non-governmental organization Slovak Security Policy Institute and working for a member of parliament. During her studies

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konikova@adaptinstitute.org

Project director of Infosecurity.sk

Matej Spišák

He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Central European University in Vienna and also studied at the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw. In 2020, he completed spend one term at The Bard Globalization and

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spisak@adaptinstitute.org

Editor-In-Chief of Adapt publications

Matúš Jevčák

PhD student in political science specializing in security and strategic studies at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. In his research, he focuses primarily on Turkey and the neighboring regions. In the past, he was an intern at the Institute for Security

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jevcak@adaptinstitute.org

Communications Manager

Jana Kleščová

Graduated in International Trade and European Integration with a focus on disinformation and hybrid warfare at the University of Economics in Prague. As part of her master’s degree, she participated in the Master of International Studies

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klescova@adaptinstitute.org

Research Fellows

Peter Dubóczi

Graduated from Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia in 2019 with Master’s degree in Political Science. Currently, he is an internal doctoral student at the Department of Political Science at the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice,

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Viliam Ostatník

Viliam Ostatník, M.A., is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. His research interests include international relations, foreign policy and international security. More specifically,

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Samuel Zilincik

Samuel Zilincik is a doctoral student of security and strategic studies at Masaryk and Leiden Universities and a lecturer at the University of Defence in the Czech Republic. His research interests include military strategy in general and its emotional aspects

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Michaela Ružičková

Michaela Ružičková is a PhD student at the Department of Political Science at the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice. She completed an internship at the Office of the President of the Slovak Republic at the Foreign Policy Department. She worked as a

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Matúš Bučko

Matúš graduated with Bachelor’s degree in field of European Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, Czechia. In 2021-2022 he collaborated with web Infosecurity.sk. Since 2021 he writes short texts for STRATPOL – Strategic Policy Institute. His research

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Daša Židuliaková

Daša Židuliaková is a MA student in the Middle East and North Africa at Sciences Po Grenoble in France. Her research focuses on Iran, Shia Islam and religion in the foreign policy of the Middle Eastern countries. She conducted research on the given topics in

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Alexandra Fratric

Alexandra holds MA and MSc degrees in International Business Development and
Marketing from Austria and Russia, as well as a BBA degree in Business
Administration from Finland. Currently, she is a master’s degree student of
International Relations at the Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica.

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Alžbeta Gavalcová

Alžbeta Gavalcová is a student of International Relations and Energy Security at Masaryk University in Brno and graduate of Economic Diplomacy at the University of Economics in Bratislava. She focuses on topics of energy security and green transformation.

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Junior Research Fellows

Matej Rafael Riško

Specialized in International Security and Warfare. Co-Founder of “Pohar cisteho” blog about foreign and defense policy. Primarily focused on modern conventional warfare, nuclear weapons and realism in international relations.
Associated Fellows

Mgr. Adam Potočňák

Adam Potočňák graduated from the master’s program in security and strategic studies at the Faculty of Social Science, Masaryk University in Brno and is currently a doctoral student of political science specializing in international security at the same

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Communications Manager Assistant

Myroslava Makhynia

Myroslava is currently a student of political science at Comenius University in Bratislava. Her previous work experience includes working in the marketing department of an HR company. During her studies, she also completed several internships, namely in the

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Weronika Grzebalska, Ph.D.

Dr. Weronika Grzebalska is a sociologist and an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Weronika’s work centers on the changing nature of the military and defense in contemporary Central and Eastern

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Jaroslav Cabuk

Jaroslav Cabuk is a graduate in International Relations (bachelor’s degree) and in Security Studies (master’s degree) from the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations of Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, while, under the Erasmus program, he also

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