Our team

Bc. Michaela Babišová- campaign assistant Praha - město pro život

Michaela came to Arnika at the end of 2019. She is currently completing a master's degree in Social and Cultural Ecology at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University. She pursues the question of the role of institutions in times of climate crisis. At Arnika, she works on Prague-related topics at the Centre for Citizens’ Support, where she takes care of the administrative affairs of projects and helps with the organization of seminars and the publication process.

Mgr. Karolína Brabcová- expert on toxic substances in consumer goods

Karolína leads consumer campaigns focused on toxic substances in goods on the Czech market. He is working on European legislation on the restriction of chemicals in products. He participates in the organization of product analyses for the content of phthalates, brominated flame retardants. and other toxic substances in the Czech Republic and in Europe.

Ing. Milan Havel- waste specialist, eco-consultant

Since the establishment of Arnika, Milan has been dealing with the issue of waste and toxic substances within the Toxics and Waste programme. Milan Havel is a mechanical engineer (CTU) by training, but a few years ago he decided to leave his job as a water treatment designer and focus only on ecology.

Ing. Miroslava Jopková - “Voda živá” competition coordinator

Miroslava started her first work experience with Arnika in May 2006 at the branch in Ostrava. After graduating from the Business Academy in Karviná, inspired by the stories of Joy and George Adamson and pictures from warm regions, she decided to study at the Institute of Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture in Prague.

Ing. Jiří Kaňa- press spokesperson

Jiří has been working as a press spokesperson for Arnika since August 2017. He writes press releases, organizes conferences, negotiates with journalists, and is responsible for ensuring that Arnika's work is as visible as possible in the media. He studied business law and media communication at the University of Economics in Prague.

Ing. Vlastimil karlík- nature conservation expert

Vlastimil co-founded Arnika in 2001 and acted as its chair from 2001-2004. He returned to Arnika in 2010 after several years abroad. He works in the Nature Conservation Programme, mainly representing Arnika in the Coalition of NGOs for Natura 2000 and the Rivers Coalition.

Ing. Lucie Kerbachová- economist and financial manager

Lucie has been working at Arnika since April 2012. She keeps accounts and takes care of other related matters for the coordination centre, the Nature Conservation Programme, and the Centre for Citizens’ Support. She graduated with a master's degree from the University of Economics in Prague.

RNDr. Marcela Klemensová- nature conservation specialist, leader of the Save the Trees! campaign

Marcela was brought to Arnika by a news item about the establishment of a new branch in Havířov, where she has lived since she was born. Since 2012, she has been helping as a volunteer in solving local issues. Since 2013, she has been coordinating projects and activities aimed at protecting trees and avenues of trees. She works together with the Arnika Nature Conservation Programme to address local cases.

Mgr. Karolína Kostićová- “Alej roku” survey and summer bike ride”Tour de Aleje” coordinator 

Karolína has been working at Arnika since 2018 and within the Centre for Citizens’ Support, she cooperates on activities to save avenues of trees in Bohemia and Moravia. She takes care of the running of "tree projects", from corporate fundraising, through PR projects, to communication with the public. She graduated from the Faculty of Education at Charles University.

Bc. Miriam Macurová- Assistant of foreign projects of the Center for Citizens’ Support

Miriam studied Environmental Studies and International Relations at Masaryk University in Brno and is currently studying ecology at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University. She is primarily interested in nature conservation in an international context. At Arnika, which she joined in 2020, she works as an assistant to foreign projects of the Centre for Citizens’ Support. She is mainly engaged in administrative activities for securing foreign projects.

Mgr. Václav Orcígr- campaign manager Praha - město pro život

Václav studied sociology at Masaryk University in Brno and within his follow-up studies at Charles University in Prague, where he continues with a focus on urban sociology in postgraduate studies, he also works as a teacher. He specializes in neoliberal urban development and the concept of the right to the city. He joined Arnika in 2015, and during 2017 he coordinated projects in Ukraine.

Sarah Ožanová- project coordinator of the Toxics and Waste programme

Sarah has been working at Arnika since 2019. She works on various projects within the Toxics and Waste programme. She mostly deals with topics such as waste management and the occurrence of toxic substances in the environment and in consumer goods. She studied sociology and social anthropology at Charles University.

RNDr. Jindřich Petrlík- Head of the Toxics and Waste Programme and Chairman of the Arnika Association

In September 2001, Jindřich was one of the founders of Arnika. He initially managed the Citizens' Support Centre. Since January 2002, he has been working as the head of the Toxics and Waste programme. He led the Future without Poisons campaign from its launch in 2001 until 2011. He was the chair of Arnika from 2005 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2017.

Lenka Petrlíková Mašková- programme financial manager

Lenka is currently leading the financial agenda of the Toxics and Waste programme. She is one of the founding members of Arnika. From 2001 to 2003 she worked as the executive director of Arnika, and from 2005 to 2007 she managed the Arnika Coordination Centre and kept financial records for several Arnika entities. Since 2008 she has been the financial manager of the Toxics and Waste programme.

Ing. Mária Podracká- office assistant and volunteer coordinator

Mária has been working at Arnika, which she joined after successfully completing her studies in Environmental Management at the University of Zvolen, since the summer of 2017.She works as an assistant to the coordination centre and a volunteer coordinator and coordinates events for the Nature Conservation projects.

Kamil Repeš- head of the branch office in Děčín

Kamil has been working at Arnika since its establishment in 2001. He is currently the head of the branch in Děčín, as well as an assistant in all three Arnika programmes. He participated significantly in the activities of the Living Elbe campaign, which aims to preserve an important Elbe locality from damage caused by the construction of weirs.

Bc. Sámir Shanaáh- individual fundraising coordinator

It has fulfilled him for his whole life to help and make the people around him happy. His beginnings in NGOs were initiated by an interview with a telefundraiser from Amnesty International after he started donating. Despite volunteering for AI, he got a job as a telefundraiser and he was already on his track: "It's good to excel at something, but it's even better to play your part in something good."

Mgr. Štefánia Simonová- donor care assistant

Štefánia studied social and cultural ecology at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University. She is partially engaged in lecturing in a forest nursery near Prague and has been working as a donor care assistant at Arnika since June 2019. Her job is primarily to communicate with existing donors.

Martin Skalský- Head of the Center for Citizens’ Support, an expert on public involvement in decision-making processes

In 2001, Martin was one of the founders of Arnika. Since 1997, he has been involved in the activities of the Centre for Citizens’ Support; he has been leading it since 2000. He focuses on public participation in decision making and organizes campaigns for a better environment. He is interested in the countries of the former Soviet Union and coordinates Arnika's projects there.

Mgr. Jitka Straková- head of the branch office in České Budějovice

Jitka started at Arnika as a volunteer; today she coordinates the projects of the Toxics and Waste programme, manages the České Budějovice branch, and coordinates the secretariat of the IPEN Working Group for dioxin. She is continuing her doctoral studies in landscape ecology at the Faculty of Science in České Budějovice.

Mgr. Ján Šamánek- coordinator of foreign activities - Toxics and waste programme

Ján has been working at Arnika since 2008. He is mainly involved in the management of the IPEN Working Group for Heavy Metals, the coordination of the IPEN Regional Coordination Centre, and other international activities. He completed a master's degree in sociology at Charles University, where he is now doing postgraduate studies and acting as a teacher.

Mgr. Vendula Šmoldasová- project LIFE Ochrana páchníka hnědého v EVL Poodří coordinator

Vendula graduated from the Faculty of Science of Palacký University in Olomouc, majoring in biology – geology and environmental protection. She has been working at Arnika since 2018 as the coordinator of the LIFE Ochrana páchníka hnědého v EVL Poodří project, where she focuses mainly on events for the public.

Zuzana Vachůnová- projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina coordinator

Zuzana started working in the environment of ecological non-profit organizations right after graduating from university, where she studied chemistry and environmental humanities. She started as a volunteer at Veronica, Brno, and for the last two years she worked for the Zelený kruh Association of Ecological Organizations. With Arnika since August 2016, she has been in charge of the foreign activities of the Centre for Citizens’ Support.

Martina Valašková- Assistant of the Save the Trees Campaign

Martina has been working at Arnika since August 2018. Within the Centre for Citizens’ Support, she is part of a team that deals with the protection of avenues of trees. She mainly deals with administrative activities in projects and the smooth running of conferences and other activities. She helps organize and plan the Tour de Aleje.

Ing. Jana Vitnerová- Head of the Nature Conservation Programme

Since June 2006, Jana has worked at the Jihlava branch of Arnika. She helped to establish the first advisory point of the Centre for Citizens’ Support in the Vysočina Region. Se is currently the head of the Nature Conservation Programme.

Kristína Žulkovská- Assistant of the Toxics and Waste Programme

Her love of nature led her to study environmental studies at the University of Banská Bystrica and Masaryk University in Brno. She has been working at Arnika since the beginning of 2018, when she took up the position of an assistant to the Toxics and Waste programme. In the programme, she focuses on administrative activities for securing projects.


 

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