Michaela Kollárová has been working at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investment and Informatics since its establishment. In the past, she held the positions of Director of the Financial Instruments Department of the Investment Management Section, as well as the Head of the Financial Instruments Unit of the EU Structural Funds Department in the Federal Reserve. She has more than 10 years of experience in the field of public and state administration. She specializes in the field of strategy creation, including the proposal for the use of financial instruments and strategic planning, as well as the innovation agenda of the Slovak Republic. Her main achievements include the launch of the pilot project of innovative diplomacy of the Slovak Republic and the development of a draft vision and strategy for the development of Slovakia by 2030. The International Union of Hausing Finance, PRINCE 2 Foundation, a COST certificate - BENEFIT analysis for the EU Project and a certificate of professional competence for the performance of the energy auditor and financial instruments.
The pilot project of innovative diplomacy was officially launched on 1 July 2019 in territories with high innovation potential: USA, Finland, Israel, China. So far there has been no instrument in the SR that would systematically support international cooperation in the field of VVaI among various groups of relevant actors (public, private, academic sector) and facilitate the penetration of Slovak innovations into foreign markets. In developing a proposal for a pilot project for innovative diplomacy, the IPO was inspired by countries that are considered to be so-called innovation leaders, as well as the model of scientific diplomacy of the Czech Republic. The aim of the pilot project of innovation diplomacy is to increase the innovation performance of the Slovak Republic and to support the internationalization of Slovak VVaI in line with the adopted strategic documents and commitments to which Slovakia has committed itself.