Matúš Vallo has been the mayor of the Slovak capital Bratislava since December 2018. Before serving as mayor, he was a co-founder of the architectural studio Vallo Sadovsky Architects.
Mayor Vallo was born in Bratislava and received his secondary education in Rome. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture of the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava. As an architect, he gained foreign work experience, including in London. He holds a Fulbright scholarship at Columbia University in New York.
One of the main goals of Matúš Vall and his team is to make Bratislava a strong and self-confident city with a high level of transparency as an important tool in the fight against corruption. Mayor Vallo places great emphasis, among other things, on high-quality public space, drawing on his own professional experience in this topic. Important topics for the mayor and his team are the fight against the climate crisis, the strengthening of accessible public transport, the social sector and assistance to disadvantaged groups.
In 2021, he received the World Mayor Future Award from The City Mayors Foundation for his efforts to transform Bratislava into a greener city with high-quality public space.
Mayor Vallo is a co-founder of the Pact of Free Cities, which he founded with the mayors of Warsaw, Prague and Budapest in 2019. In the same year, he received a scholarship from the Bloomberg Philanthropies educational program for mayors from cities around the world called the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.