Our team

Katka Martínková

President, project coordinator, trainer

I am one of the proud „founding mothers“ of Brno Connected, I take care of the organisation’s functioning and growth. I design, manage and deliver our projects, I take care of the organisation as a whole and its team. I love people, things that have sense, personal development, playfulness and creativity. I believe in the power of human potential and in the fact that everybody can achieve everything they wish for.

I have quite some experience in non-formal education, I have been working  with children, youngsters, as well as young adults, both on  local and international level. With my work, I support individuals on their path to joy, satisfaction and fulfilment in life. I do so by delivering trainings, facilitation and coaching.

In trainings and coaching I am based in methods such as The Way of Council, Non-violent Communication, Art of Hosting. I am also building upon a two-year training in Systemic supervision and coaching that I went through.

I talk a lot, I am learning to listen, I love traveling and taking pictures, I can never resist to chocolate and I recharge my batteries in the mountains. I also enjoy running, skiing, biking, dancing, playing or reading.

More about me: LinkedIn, web

Marija Wazi (Nobilisová)

Vice-president, project coordinator, trainer

I see Brno Connected as a stable point in the Czech Republic for me and a space for combining my own dreams with the needs of surroundings. Through this organization I am jumping into projects with youth, leading self-development trainings in this country and abroad and continue dreaming about a gang of people who would take our NGO as an inspiring background and a connection with many similar adventurers from all over the world.

In the academic field I have a  PhD in Social Policy and Work at the Faculty of Social Studies MU. At the same time I am delivering soft-skills courses and being originally a Ukrainian I am also a president of Ukrainian Initiative of South Moravia, with which we organize several cultural and humanitarian events. I spent a year running self-development trainings in Netherlands and a year of running an NGO in Romania, I grew a lot through working in the fields of journalism, cafés, low-threshold clubs, working with drug addicted clients or in marriage counseling. In all these areas I was most inspired by the ability of people to move towards better “self” and the power of sharing and trust.

Lenka Maruniaková

Co-founder , trainer

I am one of the excited founders of Brno Connected – I built the cornerstones and direction of the organisation. At the beginning, I contributed to our projects as a team member and a team supervisor. After three years of a break and life in Malta, I re-connected and now focus on further development of BC and the team.
My area of expertise is learning and development. I worked in NGOs, social service, educational institutions, as well as in business. I lived for three years in Malta, where I trained and coached team leaders and managers in companies. In the meantime, I completed the basic level of training in biosynthesis, short-term courses in NLP, coaching, and neuroscience-based tool PRISM. I am simply curious about the world around, so I keep learning.

What drives me in life is delivering and supporting projects that connect people – among each other as well as with their true self. My motto (which I borrowed from Nelson Mandela) is „It always seems impossible until it‘s done“ – I believe that you can achieve things in life even though they might seem unrealistic.

I enjoy good food, coffee, and everyday ordinary moments: ) I give vent to my creativity via painting and singing in the shower (sorry, you will not hear me in public : ).

More about me: LinkedIn

Filip Kňažek

Partnerships coordinator, trainer

In the past years, I´ve fallen for self development and development of soft-skill methods that I already got to know during my pharmacy studies.Thanks to this passion came across Brno Connected. Self development projects make a great sense to me and some of them have had a major impact on my life. I believe they can be the right source of motivation, inspiration, and the right “kick” in your life. It is very important to share experiences and to support others to participating in these projects. That’s why I’m in Brno Connected.

I believe that one has to start by him/herself in order to be able to live better and fulfilling life and projects really help in this aspect. Currently, I am a partnership coordinator in Brno Connected – I take care of the selection of participants for projects abroad and I am helping them in case of any problems.

Danny Navrátil

Partnerships coordinator, trainer

Thanks to Brno Connected, I went as a participant in my first project a few years ago. And later I became also a member of the organisation. I’m in charge of sending young people to projects and of communication with partner organisations. You can also see me at local events where I facilitate self-development workshops.

I am currently studying at the JAMU Department of Theater and Education. I am delighted to find the connection between theatre and self-development as a way of uncovering human potential. I passed through a two-year animator course, I have several experiences from Scouting, where I first fell in love with experiential pedagogy and non-formal education. Beside that, I help with organising a conference for young people in Brno, happening every year.

I like to discover the world, I’m often on the road, and sometimes I take my guitar. When doing so, I look at the stars, breathe the mountain air and wonder at the world and the people.