Peter Balik is the Economic Specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava. Peter is the former Director of the Economy Ministry’s Department for Innovation and Digital Economy, where he helped shape the Slovak innovation and startup strategy, dedicated to improving the Slovak business climate and supporting innovative entrepreneurship ideas by the government.
Peter has experience as a political advisor at the delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in New York, and subsequently worked with the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the UN during the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union. He has also served as an assistant to a Member of the Slovak Parliament. Peter holds master’s degrees from the University of Economics in Bratislava and the Central European University in Budapest, is fluent in five languages, and is a former competitive swimmer and tennis player.