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Levente Nyitrai

Levente Nyitrai
President

A native of Győr, Levente completed high school in the US, where he also obtained a degree in history and political science at Newman University. Upon working in the Japanese Embassy's Policy Section for a few years he studied comparative politics at The LSE. Following the completion of the programme he joined the British Embassy in Budapest as the diplomatic mission's Senior Foreign Policy Officer. Since his return to Hungary, Levente also attained a theology degree. He is a former member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Leadership Development Programme and is board member of the Young Diplomats' Club. He is a passionate runner and cyclist.

Zoltán Csedő

Dr. Zoltán Csedő
Vice President

Zoltán is Managing Partner of Innotica Group, a leading knowledge management enterprise. Prior to his current role, he worked for global companies in the financial services and pharmaceutical industries. Zoltán is member of Hungarian Academy of Sciences' Public Body, Scientific Section of Economics and Law. He is also Visiting Lecturer in Change Management at Corvinus University of Budapest. Graduating in medicine, Zoltán earned his MSc degree at the LSE (Chevening scholar), his PhD/DBA degree at Corvinus University of Budapest. He is also involved in several global projects of LSE Alumni Association, as Vice President of Group Leaders Support Committee and former Sub Ambassador Europe. He enjoys playing tennis, sailing and skiing.

Szabolcs Vágvölgyi

Szabolcs Vágvölgyi
Vice President

Just before finishing his high school in Hungary, Szabolcs was selected as a UWC Scholar, thus completing his secondary education at Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, in Canada. Following his North- American experience, Szabolcs graduated with a first class honours degree in BSc Environmental Policy at the LSE. Whilst at the school, Szabolcs coached and captained one of LSE’s basketball teams, and he has also chaired the Hungarian Society of LSE’s Students’ Union. After his studies at the LSE, he was selected as a Santos Scholar to pursue a Graduate Diploma in Energy and Resources Management at UCL Australia, and is now working as a consultant with a strong focus on the regional energy sector. Szabolcs is an enthusiast of outdoor sports, of them all he enjoys hiking and sailing the most.

Zsófia Farkas

Zsófia Farkas
Member of the Board

Zsófia Farkas is the Managing Director of Minority Rights Group International Europe, Eastern Partnership and Central Asia Regional Office. She is a passionate human rights defender and advocate for the rights of vulnerable groups. She started her carreer as a lecturer at Budapest Business School. As an advocacy officer, she worked for various humanitarian and development NGOs on issues, like child trafficking, child protection, minorities and migration.  Zsófia graduated from ELTE MSc in Political Sciences and London School of Economics MSc in NGO and Development. She was awarded the Chevening Scholarship in 2006-7.

Miklós Gaál

Miklós Gaál
Member of the Board

Miklós is a native of Budapest. He studied at Corvinus University of Budapest, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in international relations, having also spent a semester at Dublin City University on Erasmus exchange. Later, at the LSE he studied European politics and foreign policy. In 2012 he graduated with merit form the MSc programme Politics and Government in the European Union. Subsequently, he returned to Hungary to finish his master's degree at Corvinus Univeristy (MA in International Relation). At Corvinus University he was involved in various student organizations (Model United Nations Association; Association of Diplomacy in Practice; Negomoot Association). Since his graduation in 2013 he has worked in various capacities within the realm of Hungarian public administration, coupled with a short spell as an intern at the European Parliament. Currently he works at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary. His field of expertise is foreign trade promotion. He likes sailing and pool billiards; he is an avid skier, a great fan of jazz, and a loyal supporter of Man Utd.

Máté Martin

Máté Martin
Member of the Board

Having grown up in Japan, Austria and Slovakia, Máté went on to study in Britain, reading International relations at Surrey, then Political Economy of Late Development at the LSE. Between his Bachelors and Masters degrees, he spent a year in Brazil learning Portuguese, and then working for a Brazilian investment bank in London. After his studies Máté went on to work in Corporate Banking in Budapest, before joining the automotive industry. He is currently the Purchasing Manager of an automotive components factory in Hungary. Máté enjoys sailing, fencing and playing tennis, and hopes to revive his saxophone skills in the near future.

Emese Nyitrai

Emese Nyitrai
Member of the Board

Emese obtained her high school diploma both in Hungary and in the United States. She completed her BA at Corvinus University of Budapest in International Studies while interned at different international non-profit organisations and spent an exchange semester at Maastricht University. Following her studies she started working in the Hungarian Ministry of Interior and completed a secondment at the Hungarian Embassy of Nicosia during the Cypriot EU Presidency. In 2014-2015 she returned to school and obtained an MA degree in European Studies at The LSE. At present she works in the National Development Ministry in Budapest in the area of climate policy. She is a certified confectioner, an enthusiastic runner and hiker.