Our team

Tomáš Rákos, Co-founder

A leading participation expert with experience working on projects in countries such as the US, the UK, France, Tunisia, Colombia, India, Zambia, or the Czech Republic, Tom builds on his rich field experience and transfers it to conceptual work and design of  tailor-made participation processes combining international best practices and the local specifications. Tom’s key expert areas include participation process design, stakeholder engagement, youth participation strategies, civic tech consulting, data analysis, strategic planning for communities of various sizes, and capacity building.

In the past he co-founded and ran D21, a social enterprise that provided software and consulting services on public engagement processes. He led a team that for the past four years implemented a digital voting solution for the NYCC Participatory Budgeting (PB) process.

Tom is passionate about sharing his extensive know-how and mentoring upcoming participation experts. Tom’s background is in communications and media and he brings this expertise to the participation processes.

 

Katya Petrikevich, Co-founder and International Director

Katya leads international activities of Participation Factory and works on mainstreaming the best practices in the field of public participation and CivicTech through providing senior advising on participatory process design for international and domestic projects alike. She is also currently serving as a member of a Participatory Budgeting practitioners board of People Powered and provides mentoring to implementers of Participatory Budgeting around the world.

In the course of her work, Katya supported domestic and international offices of a civic tech and advisory company and provided expertise for the development of new methodologies. As a part of her work, she also conducted research on current trends in tech and innovation for the EU Commission, trained young Western African leaders and activists at the TechCamp in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and served as a jury member of the Prague Civil Society competition SWITCH.

An alumna of Columbia University and SciencesPo Paris, Katya always tries to bring her extensive knowledge of political science and human rights into the field of participation and civic engagement with special attention paid to the issues of gender parity and inclusion of marginalized groups.

 

Anna Těhlová, Managing Director

Anna leads the Participation Factory operations and ensures everything in our Factory is running smoothly in order to grow the participation agenda both in the Czech Republic and abroad. She ensures the strategic oversight to keep our company on the right track to keep thriving. Anna also manages complex participation projects, in particular focused on system participation, diagnostics, and strategic planning.

In the past, Anna co-founded and led the Public Space Network in Nairobi, Kenya introducing a participatory public space management system bringing together communities, local government, experts and other stakeholders. The approach was recognized as a best practice for citizen engagement by several international awards and media. Having an academic background in urban policy with focus on Africa and South America from SciencesPo University in Paris, Anna navigates the francophone environment fluently and is passionate about contributing to improving quality of life and enhancing sustainability of fast-growing developing cities.

 

 

Mila Fekiačová, Managing Partner

Mila has been a core member of Participation Factory since its very beginning. With her work and study experience in Germany, she successfully used her communication skills in local and international participatory projects of different complexities. A strong believer in the power of strong and sustainable organizations and individuals, she is keen on designing and delivering online and offline workshops and facilitations for clients of different backgrounds. She simultaneously  co-manages multiple youth-led projects in the Czech republic and abroad.

 

 

 

 

Daniela Schmitzová, Project manager

As a project manager at Participation Factory, Daniela supports delivery of both Czech and international projects. They are currently delivering multiple international and domestic projects managing day-to-day tasks and communication with clients, including a youth empowerment project that includes management of stakeholders, facilitation of online discussions with young people, and extensive data analysis.

One of their additional responsibilities is marketing, which entails social media management, copywriting, creating blog posts and other content, as well as taking care of the company website. They are also in charge of the newsletter, which covers interesting news and publications as well as the latest trends and best practices in the field of participation. Daniela also monitors the Czech and international CivicTech markets ensuring continuous accumulation of the know-how in the field of digital participation within Participation Factory.

The youngest addition to the Factory team, they come from an academic background and have studied biology with a focus on biodiversity and its effects on human health.  Having written a thesis on the aesthetic (and other) values of biodiversity, sustainability and nature in cities are always on their mind.