foto_rizman Juraj Rizman
Via Iuris (SK)

Juraj started his Greenpeace journey in 1993 as a volunteer and was one of the founder members of the Greenpeace team in Slovakia. After completing his secondary education he worked in several NGOs (as a press officer and campaigner), as well as in Slovak media (print and TV). He also studied the environment and the environment policy. As a representative of Slovak environmental organizations, Juraj was elected to the Grémium 3. sektora – a representative body of Slovak NGOs (1997 – 1998). He also served as a coordinator for Ekofórum, a platform for Slovak environmental organizations (2000 – 2001), and was a founder member of Zelená koalícia, the umbrella organization of environmental NGOs. Juraj is a member of the Governmental Council for NGOs (2012 – present). Since 2002 Juraj has been working for Greenpeace Slovakia, serving as a press officer (2002 – 2008) and as an office director/campaigner ( – 2013). In 2008, Juraj was named Spokesman of the Year 2008 in Slovakia in the category “public and non-governmental sector.”

As a campaigner, strategist and political lobbyist he has been involved in successful Greenpeace Slovakia campaigns against proposed uranium mining, the construction of a coal-fired power plant in Trebišov and for the adoption of legislation on remediation of past environmental liabilities. Since 2013 Juraj has worked for Greenpeace CEE as campaign and communications adviser. In 2015 he was a strategy adviser to Greenpeace Croatia during their successful campaign against proposed oil exploration in the Adriatic. In 2016 he led Goldman Environmental Prize winner Zuzana Čaputová’s Slovak communication. He currently works for Via Iuris.

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