The Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe originated from the genuine effort of people and institutions from the region to share knowledge and skills, and unite the effort to cope with present and future challenges in the field. NISPAcee is an arena for East – East collaboration through assisting, mediating and facilitating joint research, educational and training programmes and discussions between instructors, civil servants, trainers, public sector managers and politicians. It promotes both human capacity building and institutional development in public administration through mutual learning and bring about considerable synergetic effects to all member institutions. Part of the mission is also to foster the development of civil service human resources by spreading the practices of good professional public management, public policy and governance and assisting in the overall political and economic transition through effective public service. Most important is the creating of conditions for increased professionalism of the civil service, especially through the facilitation of contact between government representatives responsible for public service and representatives and consultants from member institutions. In addition to the advantage this will give the countries involved, it will also help strengthen the position of schools and institutes in these regions as well as NISPAcee as an organisation. The organisation was established in 1994 as an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation focused on the public administration challenges facing Central and Eastern European countries. In October 1995, NISPAcee became an independent legal entity registered in Slovakia as an international organisation.
Ludmila Gajdosova is the Executive Director of NISPAcee since 1995 when the organization was created. She has contributed substantially to the successful NISPAcee development by managing the executive secretariat, supervising of all the NISPAcee activities and projects, as well as maintaining collaborative relations with external partners and donors. Her key qualification includes: Extensive experience in a development of public administration education, training and research in CEE countries including Central Asia countries, extensive experience in development and management of projects, over 15 years practical experience in management of a non-governmental organization in Slovakia, supervising and participation in international research projects focused on different aspects of public administration reforms in post-communist countries, providing consultancy and expertise to other partner organizations while participating in different boards of organizations as EGPA, Belgium; EAPAA, The Netherlands, IASIA, Belgium etc. Before coming to NISPAcee Mrs Gajdosova worked as a senior economist for Istrochem, Bratislava. She graduated from the Slovak Technical University in 1977 and completed her postgraduate study on economy and management at the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic in 1984.
Contact information: Gajdosova@nispa.org
Viera Wallnerova is the project manager of NISPAcee (The Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe) since 1996. She is responsible for development and management of different individual projects as annual conferences, summer workshops, preparation of proceedings, exchange programmes, seminars, international research projects.