Featured Alumni

Csilla Ábrán

Program: Quinnipiac University’s HABL Scholarship Recipient

Year: 2016

Host Institution: Quinnipiac University

Current Position:  Project Manager in Citibank’s Global Product Control Organization

Quote: “Thanks to my studies I become a project lead of several digital applications deployed across multiple regions. This exposure has helped me gain confidence in my current work and be open to any challenges and opportunities that might come my way.”

Read her interview: hungaryfoundation.org

Csilla’s passion for economics and finance started with her Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Banking at Babes-Bolyai University in Kolozsvár. Following her undergrad degree, she started working at a mid-size tire distribution company managing its credit portfolio by monitoring and setting credit limits, examining payment plans, and conducting litigations. During this time, she has also established the first credit scoring system of the company mitigating exposure to counterparty risk.

After working and studying for a while in Hungary and Romania she allpied for the Hungarian-American Business Leaders Scholarship offered by Quinnipiac University and the Hungary Foundation. She was able to earn her MBA at Quinnipiac’s Chartered Financial Analyst track.
While studying in Connecticut, she started working at Otis Elevator’s World Headquarters in the Service Transformation department.

Currently, she is a Project Manager in Citibank’s Global Product Control Organization working on process automation and digitalization.

Quinnipiac University is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution in Hamden and North Haven, Connecticut, offering more than 140 programs to an estimated 6,800 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate, medical and law students. Quinnipiac prepares graduates as enlightened global citizens equipped for the challenges and opportunities of 21st-century careers.

Ármin Ladányi

Program: Széll Kálmán Public Policy Fellowship

Year: 2021 Summer

Host Institution: TFAS

Current Position: Board Member and Lead, Public and Corporate Relations, Youth Business Group

Research Focus: US constitutional amendments, US legislative and government affairs

Quote: “I am thrilled to see what comes of the upcoming weeks. There will be case studies, op-eds, and countless mind-provoking discussions. I’ll have the opportunity to accumulate theoretic knowledge in the classroom, and then will be able to apply it in the real world, whether it be using it in legislative institutions or at lunch with a lobbyist.”

Read his introduction: hungaryfoundation.org

Ármin Ladányi works currently as a Board Member and leader for the Public and Corporate Relations Team at the Youth Business Group, an association of university student organizations.YBG was founded in 2017, the regional organization already connects 1,000+ young people in several disciplines. Ármin graduated from the Corvinus University of Budapest with a degree in International Studies and then continued his studies at Corvinus to become a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management. He gained international experience during his one-year studies in France at the Sciences Po University.

In addition to studies and professional advancement, community and active citizenship also play an important role in Ármin’s life: in 2016, he and his colleagues founded the House of European Affairs and Diplomacy(HEAD), a student organization for European Union diplomacy that now has more than 100+ members at three universities. As a result, he has been a key player in several of the European Parliament’s “This Time I am Voting” and “Together.eu” campaigns and became the main organizer and national ambassador of the Schuman 70 initiative which took place in 15 countries.

The mission of TFAS, its board, staff and our thousands of supporters 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.

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization, based in Washington, D.C. 

Virág Turcsán

Program: Széll Kálmán Public Policy Fellowship

Year: 2021 Summer

Host Institution: TFAS

Current Position: Graduate of the Erasmus Mundus International Master’s program in Security, Intelligence, and Strategic Studies

Research Focus: Counter-terrorism and the role of intelligence as well as the evolution of human rights during COVID-19

Quote: “During the first few days, we already had the chance to interact with a number of inspiring speakers and learn about their career journeys. TFAS focuses on creating opportunities for meaningful exchanges with policymakers where we get to interact with them in a small group setting and gain valuable insight into their backgrounds.”

Read her introduction: hungaryfoundation.org

Virág graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2017 with a double major in Political Science and International Studies as well as a minor in Psychology. After graduation, she worked at the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the United Nations in New York focusing on security and counter-terrorism-related issues.

In December 2020, she graduated with distinction from an Erasmus Mundus Joint International Master’s degree in Security, Intelligence, and Strategic Studies awarded by the University of Glasgow, Dublin City University, and Charles University in Prague.

She was awarded the Mo Dabo Prize for best dissertation for her research focusing on norms convergence between the EU and UN-related to counterterrorism sanctions listings.

She has been named an EFA Scholar at the European Forum Alpbach in 2019 and 2020. In 2021 she was selected as a Youth Consultant at the UN’s Consultation on Preventing Violent Extremism through Sport.

The mission of TFAS, its board, staff and our thousands of supporters 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.

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization, based in Washington, D.C. 

Henry Meyer

Program: HF Summer Internship

Year: 2021

Host Institution: Hungary Foundation

Current Position: Junior at Villanova University

Quote: “Through fundraising events, lectures, and the pride in their culture, I saw firsthand how my grandparents worked to ensure the Armenian diaspora remained engaged and connected. As a result, the culture and pride of being Armenian lives on through me, even though I was not physically born there.”

Read his interview: hungaryfoundation.org

Henry Meyer is a rising junior and a Political Science and Sociology double major at Villanova University. Given his strong academic achievements, Henry has made the Dean’s List each semester. His coursework includes a broad range of topics including comparative politics, international relations, and American foreign policy.

Henry developed a passion for European and Hungarian politics after attending an educational summit in Budapest and Berlin. His grandparents were active members of the American-Armenian diaspora which has allowed him to understand the importance of the diaspora community in the United States. 

The Hungary Foundation is a solely charitable 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Foundation pursues its mission and goals by supporting Hungarian-American organizations and by supporting programs that strengthen interaction and cooperation between Hungarian and American citizens and institutions. In particular, the Foundation is focused on supporting cultural, educational and scholarly activities. The Foundation does not participate in political activities, political or election campaigns.

Balázs Tárnok

Program: Post-Graduate Visiting Research Fellowship

Year: 2021

Host Institution: University of Notre Dame, Kellogg Institute for International Studies

Current Position: associate researcher, EUstrat – Europe Strategy Research Institute, Ludovika – University of Public Service, Budapest

Research Focus: Interest Representation in the European Union and the United States

Quote: “When I started my legal studies in Budapest, I felt that it was my duty to take my part from the service of my national community, the Hungarians in South Slovakia. I have dedicated my whole professional career to the protection of the rights and the promotion of the interests of national minorities and Hungarians living beyond the borders of Hungary.” 

Publications:

Slovakia Still Applying the Beneš Decrees – Principle of Collective Guilt in the European Union

The Szekler National Council’s European Citizens’ Initiative

European Minorities Win a Battle in Luxembourg – The Judgment of the General Court in the Case Minority SafePack European Citizens’ Initiative

European Citizens’ Initiatives for the Protection of National Minorities (co-author: Péter Varga)

European Citizens’ Initiatives for the Protection and Promotion of Rights and Interests of National Minorities – Latest Developments

Hungarian Government cuts political ties with Commissioner Jourová

Ukrainian-Hungarian Relations Throughout the Years – How to Move Forward (co-author: Lyudmyla Filyuk)

EUstrat: Az EB döntése felszámolja az unió európai jellegét

A Bizottság nem csak 1,1 millió európai polgár akaratát hagyta figyelmen kívül, a részvételi demokráciát jelentékteleníti el

Az Európai Bizottság lesöpörte az asztalról a Minority SafePack kisebbségvédelmi kezdeményezést

The European Commission turned its back on national and linguistic minorities

EP committee demanding action of the European Commission on the Beneš Decrees

Read his introduction here: hungaryfoundation.org

Balázs obtained his legal degree in 2015 at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Budapest. In the 2012/13 academic year, he studied European and international law as an Erasmus student at the Radboud University Faculty of Law in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Balázs is also a Translator Specialized in Law, he gained his LL.M. degree at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University Deák Ferenc School of Postgraduate Studies in 2018. Balázs defended his doctoral thesis in November 2020.

Balázs worked in several organizations gaining experience in the field of the protection of the rights and the promotion of the interests of national minorities in the European Union. In 2014/15, he worked as an intern at the Minority Rights Protection Institute, Budapest (Kisebbségi Jogvédő Intézet). Since 2016, Balázs has been a legal advisor at the Dr. Sobor Law Firm, where he assisted in the court proceedings of the ECI on National Minority Regions at the Court of Justice of the European Union. Since 2017, Balázs has been a legal expert of the Rákóczi Association (Rákóczi Szövetség), coordinating the Hungarian signature collection campaign of the Minority SafePack ECI. Since 2018, he has been working at the State Secretariat for the European Union Relations of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Balázs is a member of the Hungarian community in South Slovakia. This fact has influenced not only his professional career but his commitment to actively participate in public life as well. Since 2018, he is the Vice-President of the Rákóczi Association (Rákóczi Szövetség), one of the biggest culture-oriented Hungarian civil society organizations, an umbrella organization boasting over 28 000 members and more than 500 local branches from the Carpathian Basin and all around the world. Moreover, as an external expert, he was also nominated as a candidate for the 2019 European Parliament elections by the Party of the Hungarian Community in Slovakia.

Since July 2019, Balázs is an associate researcher at EUstrat – European Strategy Research Institute of Ludovika-University of Public Service, led by Hungary’s former EU Commissioner, Tibor Navracsics. Balázs’s research at EUstrat focuses on the law of the EU, participatory democracy, the protection and promotion of the rights and interests of national minorities in the EU, and citizen interest representation. Until the end of 2020, he also worked as an international advisor at the International Directorate of the Ludovika-University of Public Service.

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies promotes research excellence on critical global challenges, with a particular focus on democracy and human development. Building on a core interest in Latin America and Africa, the Kellogg Institute fosters research on the developing world and beyond.

Supporting the research and educational mission of the University of Notre Dame by engaging faculty, students, and visiting scholars in a supportive intellectual community, the Institute works to project the University onto the global stage.

The Kellogg Institute forms an integral part of Notre Dame’s Catholic mission by addressing normative and scholarly concerns that embody the values reflected in Catholic social thought.

Lídia Papp

Program: HIF Communications Internship

Year: 2020/21

Host Institution: HIF

Current Position: Analyst at the Danube Institute, a Budapest-based think tank

Research Focus: Humanitarian assistance in time of armed conflicts in the Middle East

Quote: “I am very grateful for the opportunity to take part at the Hungary Foundation’s mission, as I have always considered it important to nurture Hungarian-American relations and strengthen the bond between the two nations. I believe that working for the Hungary Foundation would contribute to both my professional and personal development.”

Read her introduction: hungaryfoundation.org

Lídia graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Budapest Business School University of Applied Sciences, Hungary. She earned her Master’s degree in International Relations at Corvinus University of Budapest and she also studied Arabic language at the University of Haifa.

In the time of her BA, Lidia participated in the Sar-El volunteer program within which she works for the Tzahal, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). In Israel, she has gained knowledge of the everyday life of young Jewish people and their community and she had a first-hand understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian coexistence.

During her MA program at Corvinus University, she had begun working for the Hungarian Ministry of Defense where she conducted research related to the Syrian conflict.
In the same year, she received a research scholarship at the International Relations Multidisciplinary Doctoral School at Corvinus University of Budapest. In this program, Lídia’s topic focuses on the alternative humanitarian aid models in the Middle East.

Utilizing her expertise in international affairs she works as an Analyst at the Danube Institute, a Budapest-based think tank. In this role at the institute, she specializes in the international relations of the Middle East, with a special focus on humanitarian assistance in times of conflict and the protection of religious freedom. Hungarian-American relations are also Lidia’s areas of interest.

The Hungary Foundation is a solely charitable 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Foundation pursues its mission and goals by supporting Hungarian-American organizations and by supporting programs that strengthen interaction and cooperation between Hungarian and American citizens and institutions. In particular, the Foundation is focused on supporting cultural, educational and scholarly activities. The Foundation does not participate in political activities, political or election campaigns.

Boglárka Bozsogi

Program: Graduate Scholarship Recipient

Year: 2018

Host Institution: Georgetown University

Current Position:  Research assistant at U.S. Institute of Peace

Quote: “Two and a half years in the US fundamentally changed my perspectives and ambitions. I am more open-minded, optimistic, and determined, I know where I come from, where I am going, and ready to build the paths to get there. I am forever grateful for this journey, for all I learned, the friends I made, the challenges I overcame, and the strength I gained.”

Read her interview: hungaryfoundation.org

Boglárka Bozsogi graduated from Corvinus University Budapest in 2016, where she studied International Relations. She mainly focused on international politics and security, international relations theory, and diplomatic history. She also completed a one-year graduate program in Security Studies and received a Master’s degree from the University of Birmingham, UK in December 2017.  Her dissertation research focused on the role of interpersonal trust in negotiations and conflict resolution, under the guidance of Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler.In Budapest, Boglárka worked at the U.S. Embassy as an intern at the Political and Economic Section, where she corresponded with diplomatic corporations, composed policy briefs, and organized roundtable conferences for members of the government, NGO representatives, civil society, and business leaders.

Boglárka has since graduated from Georgetown University and started her career in DC at the US Institute of Peace, now working remotely full time from Budapest, Hungary. Besides her professional journey, she is currently active as an alumni liaison, to help with the integration of the increasing number of other HIF alumni into our Budapest Fellowship Program events.

Georgetown University is a private research university in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Founded by Bishop John Carroll in 1789 as Georgetown College, the university has grown to comprise ten undergraduate and graduate schools, among which are the School of Foreign Service, School of Business, Medical School, Law School, and a campus in Qatar. On a hill above the Potomac River, the school’s main campus is identifiable by its flagship Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark.

Georgetown is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher education in the United States. The Jesuits have participated in the university’s academic life, both as scholars and as administrators, since 1805. However, the university has always been governed independently of the church, and the majority of Georgetown students are not Catholic.

Undergraduate admissions is highly selective. The university offers degree programs in forty-eight disciplines, enrolling an average of 7,500 undergraduate and 10,000 post-graduate students from more than 135 countries. Georgetown’s notable alumni include 27 Rhodes Scholars, 21 Marshall Scholars, 33 Truman Scholars, 429 Fulbright Students, two U.S. Presidents, and two U.S. Supreme Court Justices, as well as international royalty and 14 foreign heads of state. Among the world’s leading institutions in government and international relations, the school’s alumni include more U.S. diplomats than any other university and many members of the United States Congress.

Nicole Nemeth

Program: Budapest Fellowship Program – Senior Fellow

Year: 2020

Host Institution: National Policy Research Institute

Research Focus: Hungarian minority rights in neighboring countries

Quote: “I am very excited to be here, and this really is an incredible opportunity. I think the US-Hungary relationship is currently solid, and it is very important moving forward to foster and to forge the US-Hungary relationships to grow even stronger.”

Read her introduction here: hungaryfoundation.org

Nicole Nemeth is an attorney from San Diego, California, practicing primarily in civil litigation spanning a multitude of legal disputes. She is a graduate of the University of San Diego and the prestigious Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Mediating the Litigated Case, as well as the Women’s Negotiations Academy. While Ms. Nemeth’s concentration has been in civil and criminal litigation, she actively applies this experience to mediation.

Ms. Nemeth’s father was born and raised in Hungary and escaped the Soviet communist regime in the late 1960’s, but always instilled a love and pride of Hungary. Ms. Nemeth joined the ReConnect Hungary and ReConnect Transylvania Program in the inaugural 28+ year program in 2018, and fell in love with Hungary and Transylvania.

The main goal of establishing the National Policy Research Institute (NPKI) was to create an institution operating according to scientific standards, which can disseminate the results of research on Hungarian communities abroad and support for the motherland in a form that can be used for politics. The scope of activities of the NPKI can be divided into three major areas: research, analysis and preparation of background materials; publishing and organization of academic events; and education.

Kincső Kővári

Program: Budapest Fellowship Program Intern

Year: 2020

Host Institution: The Hungary Foundation & Mathias Corvinus Collegium

Research Focus: Civil society and people with different socioeconomic backgrounds

Quote: “Most of the technological innovations have been born in the U.S, though data protection and social responsibility are core values of European countries. So I believe that strengthening the cooperation between the two countries could be blooming for both sides”

Read her introduction here: hungaryfoundation.org

Kincső Kővári is currently a student of Corvinus University of Budapest. She is doing her master’s in Media- and Communication Science, although she graduated in Psychology. During her BA, she had the opportunity to attend the Psychological Institute of Catholic University of Leuven. Her interests in social sciences led her to participate in internship programs of the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights of Hungary, the relatively young think tank- Paradigma Institute, or The Hungary Foundation.

Kincső has always been interested in civil society and people with different socioeconomic backgrounds, so as a volunteer she contributed to the work of several NGOs in Hungary, Jordan, and Germany. She started working as a volunteer in high school, and as a student of Saint Ignatius Jesuit College for Advanced Studies, she experienced how to work for the benefit of society in an interdisciplinary team. In the Jesuit college, she could attend courses on several disciplines from Law to Geopolitics and had the chance to challenge and develop her skills through various projects like creating a complex developmental strategy for a village in rural Hungary or taking part in parliamentary simulation programs.

 

Being an MCC student led her to HIF and specifically to the Budapest Fellowship Program also, and soon she realized the great opportunity and potential that is actually in it.

The Hungary Foundation is a solely charitable 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Foundation pursues its mission and goals by supporting Hungarian-American organizations and by supporting programs that strengthen interaction and cooperation between Hungarian and American citizens and institutions. In particular, the Foundation is focused on supporting cultural, educational and scholarly activities. The Foundation does not participate in political activities, political or election campaigns.

Mathias Corvinus Collegium is an extracurricular educational institution and knowledge center in Hungary with an outstanding reputation for its academic excellence. With more than twenty years of experience in talent promotion, MCC aims to educate well-prepared intellectuals with critical thinking who are also able to responsibly address the challenges of our time. MCC Research is the “university think tank” of the Collegium which aspires to elaborate on relevant yet socially divisive topics while communicating them for the public applying clear and plain language in a thoughtful, logical manner.

Hanga Horváth-Sántha

Program: Hudson Visiting Research Fellowship

Year: 2020

Host Institution: Hudson Institute

Research Focus: The contemporary persecution of Christians with a special focus on the underlying Salafi Jihadist justification and ideology

Quote: “The Hudson Visiting Research Fellowship is a great opportunity to contribute to the important work of a renowned research institute. It offers highly valuable knowledge, know-how and professional network to feed into a Hungarian as well as a Central Eastern European network of similar researchers.”

Publications:

 
 
 
 

 

Read her introduction here: hungaryfoundation.org

Hanga Horváth-Sántha earned her Master of Laws degree at the University of Stockholm, Sweden, including one year of master’s studies in Fribourg, Switzerland. She specialized in security policy at the Center for Asymmetric Threats and Terrorism Studies at the Swedish National Defence College and has through her professional career focused on radicalization into violent extremism and terrorism. She is currently completing her Ph.D. at the Faculty for Military Sciences and Officer Training at the National University for Public Service in Budapest, Hungary. In her research, Hanga investigates underlying causes of radicalization into Salafi Jihadism among second and third-generation immigrants in Western Europe. She has – among others – conducted interviews with former Jihadists as well as with Christian asylum-seekers fleeing from religious persecution. Her latest field research was the methodology of de-radicalizing the children of ISIS in Indonesia, including in-depth interviews with defectors.

Previously, Hanga has held positions as Special Advisor at the Swedish Ministry of Justice, the Prime Minister’s Office (Crisis Management and Coordination Secretariat) as well as the Swedish National Police Board, focusing on issues related to the prevention of violent extremism.

She moved to Hungary in 2015 and worked as Senior Research Fellow at the Migration Research Institute, researching the nexus between migration in security. During the course of her work, she has conducted field research in several countries including Turkey, Greece, Northern Macedonia, Serbia, and Germany, and curated the exhibition on persecution of Christians in the Middle East at the Hungarian National Museum.

Hudson Institute

Founded in 1961 by strategist Herman Kahn, Hudson Institute challenges conventional thinking and helps manage strategic transitions to the future through interdisciplinary studies in defense, international relations, economics, health care, technology, culture, and law.

Hudson guides public policy makers and global leaders in government and business through a vigorous program of publications, conferences, policy briefings, and recommendations.

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