Marek joined the team of the Center for Policy Studies at the CEU in 2018 to lead a project Roma Civil Monitor - Capacity building for Roma civil society and strengthening its involvement in the monitoring of national Roma integration strategies, in which he previously worked as a thematic expert for governance and housing.
Marek has more than 14 years of professional experience in Roma inclusion policy in both non-governmental organizations and public administration. He works as an expert for the European Commission for social inclusion, desegregation and EU Funds. In the past, he worked for the Slovak Government’s office for Roma, between 2010 to 2012 he was Director General of the Social Development Fund, Slovak governmental agency for social inclusion and ESF implementation. Between 2008 and 2016 he participated in design and implementation of the Open Society Institute's program Making the Most EU Funds for Roma in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The program was aimed at supporting social inclusion initiatives on the local level and their access to EU funding. He actively participated the in the planning of the EU Funds' programming period 2014-2020.
He is engaged in applied public policy research focused on social inclusion, social housing, de/segregation and EU Funds. He participated in different monitoring and evaluation tasks: for example, a study on Roma inclusion and implementation of the EEA/Norway Grants 2009-2014 for the FMO/EFTA, evaluation of implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategy for the Slovak government, evaluation of integrated territorial program (“comprehensive approach”) aimed at Roma inclusion in Slovakia, evaluation of the use of EU’s pre-accession funds for Roma inclusion in new member states, evaluation of ESF implementation in area of education and several other projects.