Last week, the Central European Strategy Council launched the Alumni network that associates its former members who have significantly contributed to the development of the Strategy Council. The establishment of the Alumni programme is the conclusion of celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Slovak Atlantic Commission which is now a member of the Central European Strategy Council.

It is also an expression of gratitude to everyone who has contributed to making it an internationally respected organisation that is known mostly as the organised of GLOBSEC, one of the five biggest foreign policy and security conferences in the world. CEO of the Central European Strategy Council, Róbert Vass, has pointed out that in the last decade the number of projects has risen from two to sixty and the number of staff from two to 34 while the activities of the organisation have expanded from Slovakia to 18 countries.

“This result is not automatic. It is based on incredible commitment and determination of dozens of young people, mostly volunteers, who spent many months and years on their common vision. They were convinced that our work is worthwhile for Slovakia and that we can change the world around us,” he added.

At the inaugural meeting, Róbert Vass presented commemorative plaques and diplomas to all participants. “The human capital created by our current and former members is one of our biggest successes. It is also a huge asset and commitment for the future and we want to systematically cultivate it. That is why we have created to found the Alumni network of the Central European Strategy Council.”

Miroslav Mizera, former long-year program manager at the Slovak Atlantic Commission, was elected Honorary Chairman of the Alumni network. He said: “Establishment of Alumni network is a natural step for the Strategy Council that over years attracted remarkable human potential in spirit of professionalism, community and vision.”

Róbert Vass remarked: “Our former members now work in various positions in the private sectors, NGOs but also in state institutions, particularly at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in various international institutions. We want to use this network to maintain regular contacts through various projects but also informal meetings and discussion, so that we can draw from each other’s’ experience. At the same time, we want to maintain and cultivate a network of value-oriented young people who will, I hope, have an increasingly stronger position in this country.”