Featured Alumni

Grace Goulding

Program: HIF Communications Internship

Year: 2018

Host Institution: The Hungary Foundation

Current Position: Broadcasting and Media Rights Manager at the International Judo Feredation

Quote: On a personal level, my internship at HIF taught me valuable insights into Hungarian life, language, and culture that I carry with me everyday in my new life in Budapest – including the friends I made!

Read her interview: hungaryfoundation.org

Grace’s connection to Hungary has started from birth. Having grown up with a Hungarian mother and an American father, she is lucky to call both Budapest and Washington D.C. home. She is an alumna of American University, where she studied Communications and International Relations. Grace is working at the International Judo Federation (IJF), as the Broadcasting and Media Rights Manager. Her job consists of coordinating the live television feeds for international judo competitions, as well as developing the digital media, YouTube, Facebook and other relevant media and marketing for the IJF.

The Hungary Foundation is an independent, US-based non-partisan and non-profit organization committed to strengthening the understanding and cooperation between Hungary and the Unites States of America. Founded in 2013, HIF was established to “preserve and promote an appreciation of Hungarian culture, art, science in the United States by raising the public awareness of Hungarian history, arts, culture, and academic achievements across the United States, providing an institutional framework for outreach programs towards the Hungarian diaspora living in the United States, promoting Hungarian-U.S. relations, generating internships, scholarships, and academic exchange programs.”

Balázs Mártonffy

Program: Graduate Scholarship

Year: 2014

Host Institution: American University

Current Position: deputy director of the Security Policy and Non-Proliferation Department, at the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Quote: “My U.S. college and university education (including as an Eliot Scholar at Washington University and a Sie Fellow at the University of Denver) provided a solid footing for both a broad academic and research mindset, which have been incrementally helpful in my career. The HIF scholarship which I received for the first year of my doctoral studies assisted with enabling me to focus solely on my academic pursuit.”

Publications: American University

Read his interview: hungaryfoundation.org

Balázs Mártonffy was one of HIF’s earliest Graduate Scholarship recipients for the Fall 2014 / Spring 2015 season. He received his doctorate degree at American University in an impressively short period of time, and for his doctoral thesis received the prestigious 2020 John McCain Dissertation Award at the Munich Security Conference earlier this year. His area of expertise is NATO issues and he currently is the deputy director of the Security Policy and Non-Proliferation Department, at the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade while teaching part time at the University of Public Service

American University has eight schools and colleges: the School of International Service, College of Arts and Sciences, Kogod School of Business, School of Communication, School of Professional and Extended Studies, School of Public Affairs, School of Education, and the Washington College of Law (WCL). It has over 160 programs, including 71 bachelor’s degrees, 87 master’s degrees, and 10 doctoral degrees, as well as JD, LLM, and SJD programs. AU’s student body numbers over 13,000 and represents all 50 U.S. states and 141 countries; around a fifth of students are international. Its prominent alumni include numerous journalists, media personalities, ambassadors, foreign heads of state, and members of the United States Congress.

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 her 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.

Károly Barabási

Program: HAC Leadership Training Program

Year: 2020

Host Institution: International Tax and Investment Center’s (ITIC)

Interests: security policy, the political and electoral system of the United States, U.S. foreign policy as well as international finance, economics and business

Quote: “I believe that there is no better place to develop myself than in the United States since I have been studying about international relations for 4 years now. I am eager to prove myself and I am very much interested in gaining hands-on knowledge because it will ultimately complement my theoretical knowledge. I hope that I can use the experience gained during this internship whether in public administration or in the private sector. My dream for the future is to work in connection with the United States, foreign affairs and public service.”

 

Károly obtained his undergraduate degree in International Relations from Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Budapest, Hungary) and is currently working on his Master’s degree in International Public Service Relations at the National University of Public Service (Budapest, Hungary). He is interested in security policy, the political and electoral system of the United States, U.S. foreign policy as well as international finance, economics and business.

The International Tax and Investment Center’s (ITIC) Energy Growth and Security (EGS) Program, headed by Dr. Ariel Cohen focuses on infrastructure investments, natural resources, and energy transformations unfolding in Eurasia and around the world. He is following state guidelines to shelter-in-place and work remotely until the health crisis is over, but fortunately, ITIC has experience with remote interns located across the US.

Eliza Hajdu

Program: HIF Spring Intern

Year: 2020

Host Institution: The Hungary Foundation Internship

Research Focus: Economy and Politics in Central-Eastern European Area

Quote: “I got my first insight from HIF during The Young Hungarian Leaders Program last autumn. After the wonderful study sessions, workshops, meetings, and think-tanks with high position U.S. government representatives and Washington DC’s best academics, I saw what a remarkable job HIF is doing for the civil relations between Hungary and the United States. When I had the opportunity to be a part of the team, I took it immediately. I knew how fortunate I was, because working at HIF has given me the experience to be part of such an extraordinary initiative, while working for a foundation helping the Hungarian-American relations.”

Read her introduction here: hungaryfoundation.org

Eliza Hajdu is a Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate from Niagara University in New York. She obtained her degrees in Business Management from Hof University, Germany, and Commerce and Marketing from Budapest Business School University of Applied Sciences, Hungary.

After the university years in Germany, she lived in Bangalore, India and worked in the field of business development at Integro Infotech and Consulting. She also gained important experience from the nonprofit sector at the Smart Cities India Foundation, where she was working on several smart city projects.

During the first year of her MBA, she moved to New York City to start her professional career in the Business Capital of The World, where she worked as a consultant account representative in Manhattan, for Fortune 500 clients.

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.

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.

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