Featured Alumni

Fanni Virág

Program: Atlanticist Fellowship

Year: 2018

Host Institution: Atlantic Council

Current Position: Member of Globsec Young Leaders

Focus: US-Central European engagement, energy security, advanced energy and technologies

Quote: During my Atlanticist Fellowship, I picked up such a diverse experience and knowledge in this intense environment – that I couldn’t even comprehend during my stay – , while gaining skills that brought me much closer to myself. My program in the US played a major role in setting new goals along my knowledge and new mindset, for which I cannot be grateful enough for HIF.

Read his interview: hungaryfoundation.org

Ms. Virág is from Budapest, Hungary, but has also lived in Croatia and Slovenia for extended periods of time. Prior to getting her degree at Szent István Egyetem in the field of Business Administration, Management and Operations, she earned her B.A. in Bosnian, Serbian, and Croatian Languages and Literatures and M.A. in Slovenian Language and Literature from Eötvös Loránd University.

Speaking 5 different languages (Croatian, English, Slovene, German, and Hungarian) led her to work for the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Hungary as Head of Secretariat/PA to the Ambassador and Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer.

The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community’s central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. The Atlantic Council—through the papers it publishes, the ideas it generates, the future leaders it develops, and the communities it builds—shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more free, secure, and prosperous world.

Zoltán Turai

Program: CEPA Andrássy National Security Fellowship

Year: 2017

Host Institution: CEPA

Current Position: Counter-Terrorism Coordinator at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary

Research Focus: 

Quote: “My experience also made me realize that if you really want to be good at something, you have to be passionate about it and work hard to reach your goals. I am very happy to have found my real passion in foreign policy.”

Publications: cepa.org

Read his interview: hungaryfoundation.org

Dr. Turai was chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. He comes to CEPA with four years of professional experience at the Hungarian Ministry of Defense where he worked as a defense policy analyst on Russia, the post-Soviet space and cybersecurity issues. His professional interests include information warfare, the development of conventional warfare capabilities, the role of intelligence in political decision-making and the future of transatlantic relations. He holds a law degree from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Szeged where he is currently pursuing a doctorate degree.

The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, non-partisan, public policy research institute. Their mission is transatlantic: to promote an economically vibrant, strategically secure, and politically free Europe with close and enduring ties to the United States. Their analytical team consists of the world’s leading experts on Central-East Europe, Russia, and its neighbors. Through cutting-edge research, analysis, and programs they provide fresh insight on energy, security and defense to government officials and agencies; they help transatlantic businesses navigate changing strategic landscapes; and they build networks of future Atlanticist leaders.

Márton Hegedüs

Program: Széll Kálmán Public Policy Fellowship

Year: 2019

Host Institution: The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) & RumbleUp

Research Focus: Ethical Leadership

Quote: “I was treated from the very first minute as a valuable full time employee. They truly want me to have the best experience…Being handled as one of the colleagues and being listened to in meetings is something that shows how seriously RumbleUp takes this internship. This attitude inspires me to give my best and earn their respect by delivering great work as well.”

Read his introduction: hungaryfoundation.org


Márton will finish his master studies in leadership and management at Corvinus University of Budapest in 2020 along with a double degree program in international management at CEMS Program. During his studies, Márton was engaged in Széchenyi István College for Advanced Studies where he had Sociology major and later became the Head of the Admissions Committee. The 5 years he has spent at the college taught him being academically excellent and responsible for the community he is part of.

TFAS’s vision is to win over each new generation to the ideas of liberty, limited government and free markets. Their mission is to change the world by developing leaders for a free society. TFAS offers transformational programs that teach the principles of limited government, free-market economics and honorable leadership to students and young professionals in America and around the world. TFAS programs inspire these future leaders to make a difference in their communities and throughout the world by upholding the values essential to the preservation and success of a free society.

RumbleUp: RumbleUp is the biggest peer-to-peer texting platform and one of the most dynamically developing technology startups in the US. https://pro.rumbleup.com