Martin Bútora

Sociologist, Institute for Public Affairs


Martin Bútora is a Honorary President of the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), an independent public policy think-tank based in Bratislava, an adviser to the President of Slovakia Andrej Kiska, and a Member of the Forum 2000 Foundation Program Council. He was a co-founder of the Public Against Violence movement in Slovakia in November 1989, served as a Human Rights Advisor to the Czechoslovak President Václav Havel, and as Slovak Ambassador to the USA. He is the author of a number of publications on social transformation, foreign policy, and civil society.