Our team

Natallia Allen

Program Manager
Natallia is one of the founders of MigAct, where she leads project development, strategic fundraising, partnership building, and networking efforts. With more than a decade of experience in civil society organizations in the Czech Republic and abroad, she brings expertise in civic participation, NGO management, education, migration and integration projects. Motivated by her personal migration journey, Natallia is passionate about advancing civil society development and fostering meaningful participation, particularly among marginalized groups. Beyond her professional and civic pursuits, she finds joy in reading and indulging in long walks in nature.

Contact: natallia@migact.net

Mónica Márquez
Community building manager

Contact: monica@migact.net
Laura Juliet Strakova
Copywriter and Community Engagement Specialist
I am a community-based participatory theatremaker, community organizer, educator, and peacebuilder. I have 10 years’ experience facilitating anti-oppression workshops and co-creating projects with frontline communities, NGOs, social movement makers, and educators on social justice and equity. Within MigAct, I centre participatory theatre and culture work to support civic engagement and build power for peaceful change using Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theatre, Public Narrative and other expressive arts. I am founding Director of Rehearsal for Reality z.s., a theatre for social change. When not facilitating projects or workshops, I love performing onstage and taking long train trips.

Contact: laura@migact.net

Justyna Janowska MigAct founder Fundraiser, commnity enagement specialist
Justyna Janowska

Community Enagement Specialist
Justyna is one of the co-founders of MigAct. They are involved in community building and fundraising. Besides that Justyna teaches self-defense, and workshops on inclusion, interculturality and tackling prejudices at schools. They also coordinate micro-grants program at the Integration center Prague. Justyna has been involved in activist groups for several years supporting human rights of various vulnerable groups (women’s rights, workers rights and empowerment of LGBTQ+ community with special focus on migrants and refugees). They like bringing joy to civic engagement, dancing, walking in nature and empowering themselves and others.

Contact: justyna@migact.net

Marina Puzdrova
MigAct Co-Founder and Executive Board Member
Contact: marina@migact.net

Leslie Nicholson
MigAct Co- Founder and Community Engagement Specialist
Contact: leslie@migact.net

Ben Curtis
Expert (outreach, communication, evaluation)
Benjamin Curtis, PhD, is a writer and researcher originally from the USA. He conducts analysis, evaluation, and behavioral insights projects for governments, international organizations, and NGOs. He previously worked for the British government and was for many years a professor at Seattle University in the United States. Civic engagement is central to his career and personal vision for what makes a healthy society. Hobbies include classical music and hiking through the Czech mountains.

Daniel Mitev 
Multidisciplinary Designer
Contact: daniel.mevit@outlook.com

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