Featured Alumni

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

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.

Zsombor Zeöld

Program: Andrássy Fellow

Year: 2019

Host Institution: CEPA

Research Focus: Three Seas Initiative

Quote: “The Andrássy-defined Central European region has been widened by countries such as Ukraine, and the countries of the Balkans—some of these have become integral actors of Central Europe. Although the regional landscape has changed since his time, the need for maintaining close relations with the countries of the region remains the same. Finding common grounds for cooperation in (regional) formats—e.g. Visegrad+, EU—, therefore, constitutes an utmost necessity.”

Publications: Central European Caleidoscope: How to Unite the Region in Times of UncertaintySharp Power in Sharp Focus, Fighting Words, Race Against Time, France’s Post-Brexit Shenanigans, A Friend In Need’s a Friend Indeed

Read his introduction here: hungaryfoundation.org

Zsombor Zeöld is a 2019 Andrássy Fellow in National Security. His main research interest centers around the political–economic nexus between Central Europe and the United States. Zeöld was previously a member of the Hungarian diplomatic corps, where he gained experience working on multiple bilateral Central European desks. He previously served as the press and cultural attaché at the Hungarian embassy in Warsaw, Poland. He holds an MA in International Relations from the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.

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

Publications:

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

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