Márton Schőberl,  Ambassador, Director

 

He graduated from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Pázmány Péter Catholic University. He was an Executive Committee Member responsible for international affairs of the National Union of Students in Hungary. Later he was working as a professional expert and manager in the field of IT. Recently he was Head of the Department of Asset Supervision of Higher Education in the Ministry for National Development. He was the Director-General of IFAT as of 1 December 2014. He is the director of Istitute for Foreign Affairs and Trade of The Centre for Democracy Public Foundation. He became ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Hungary in 2016. He speaks English, German and Italian.

 

 

Dr. László Vasa, Deputy Director

 

He has earned his PhD from Szent István University, where he was Vice Dean responsible for international affairs of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences,. His main fields of research are: economic transition, Post-Soviet studies, and agricultural economy. The deputy director general is responsible for the academic and research activities of the Institute. He is a teacher and research supervisor at several doctoral schools of foreign and Hungarian universities, member of the editorial board of numerous referred international and Hungarian scholarly journals. He has also published several books in Hungarian and in foreign languages. He actively participates in several international scholarly organisations, visiting professor and honorary doctor of Japanese, Russian, and Kazakh universities. He speaks English and German.

 

 

Ágnes Angyal, Research Fellow

 

She holds a Master of Political Science degree from the Faculty of Law at Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest. She was a journalist for 10 years and she taught online journalism at a media academy. Our external research fellow's main fields of research are Western-Balkans, migration and Italy. She speaks English and Italian.

 

 

János T. Barabás, Senior Research Fellow

 

He holds a Master of Science degree from Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, and also an MA from the International Studies Department of the University of Leeds (United Kingdom). He has been a diplomat since 1992; he has served in London, Bucharest, and Chişinău. His main research fields are Romania and Moldova. He speaks English and Romanian.

 

 

Marianne Berecz, Research Fellow

 

Our external research fellow graduated from the Faculty of International Journalism at the Moscow State Institute (University) of International Relations with Latin-American special courses and later studied with a fellowship at the special courses of the University of Amsterdam on Governance and Administration in an Open Society. She joined the foreign service in 1981. She is a former Hungarian Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and served as Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission to Skopje. In 2005 she successfully chaired the negotiations on the OSCE Border Security and Management Concept. She has also gained experience in bilateral diplomacy i.e. serving at the Hungarian Embassy in Madrid and as director general at the MFA. Her area of expertise covers multilateral diplomacy, international security policy and certain issues of bilateral relations. She speaks English, Spanish and Russian.

 

 

Gábor Braun, Research Fellow

 

Our external research fellow holds an MA degree in Finance from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration (currently Corvinus University of Budapest). He has more than a ten-year-long professional experience in fiscal policy and international political economy. Previously he worked as the Head of Tax Policy & Forecast Unit at the Ministry of National Economy and, in addition, he was a Hungarian delegate in numerous taxation working groups of the European Commission, the Council of the EU and the OECD. As an auditor of the State Audit Office of Hungary he led several projects for adopting international best practices on risk analysis. He speaks English and German.

 

 

Dr. László Csicsmann, Research Fellow

 

He graduated from the Corvinus University of Budapest as an economist specializing in international relations, and was also awarded a doctoral degree from the International Relations Multidisciplinary Doctoral School of the said University in 2007.

He currently serves as the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations at the Corvinus University of Budapest, where he also acts as Head of the International Studies Institute, and a senior member of the Doctoral School. As the external expert of IFAT his main area of research is the political developments in the Middle Eastern region, with a specific focus on the possible integration of moderate Islamist movements. His other fields of study are Muslim communities in Europe, as well as the balance of power in the Middle East. He speaks English.

 

 

Zsuzsanna Csornai, Research Fellow, Project Coordinator

 

She got her BA degree from Pázmány Péter Catholic University and she holds an MA degree in International Studies from Corvinus University of Budapest. Her research field is the European Union, particularly Brexit and its consequences. She is in charge of coordinating international projects, she is responsible for MENARA and Euromesco project recently. She speaks English, and German.

 

 

Ágnes Darázs, Project Coordinator

 

She holds an MA degree in International Relations from the Faculty of Social Sciences of Eötvös Loránd University. She has obtained experiences in the Hungarian public administration, in the fields of education and employment. She speaks English and French. Currently she is studying Spanish.

 

 

Erika Fodor PhD, Senior adviser

 

She has an established expertise in the development cooperation and international humanitarian diplomacy. She has been working closely with developing countries, ever since the beginning of her 40 years career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, contributing to their immediate humanitarian needs and long-term development goals. She participated in the mission to Haiti organized by UNOCHA in November 2011. She has taken an active part in the preparation of the new development cooperation strategy of Hungary adopted in 2014 and recently in the implementation of this strategy as senior adviser. Her impressive academic record includes a doctorate in the field of the developing countries, Africa and world economy and numerous publications on the subject. She has also been at the forefront launching university-based education and research in Hungary in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian aid.

 

 

Anna Fülöp, Research Fellow

She holds an MA degree in History and European Studies from Paris IV-Sorbonne and a second MA degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland; she concluded her studies in the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She worked as a liaison officer for the French Presidency of the European Union. Her monography, published in French in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (La Translyvanie dans les relations roumano-hongroises vues du Quai d’Orsay 1944-1947 – Transylvania in the Hungarian-Romanian relations from the perspective of Quai d’Orsay 1944-1947).   Her main fields of research: European policy of France, the French presidential elections, France and the Central-Eastern European region, as well as the francophone Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

 

Hettyey András, PhD, Research fellow

 

Graduated in German language and literature at the Eötvös Loránd University, and in International Relations at the Andrássy Gyula University in Budapest. He also completed his PhD dissertation here. András is the representative of the Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the project called „Mapping Migration Challenges in the EU Transit and Destination Countries” led by the Institute within the EuroMeSCo network.

 

 

György Ilyash, Research Fellow

 

He earned his diploma in Russian language and culture from the Faculty of Humanties at Eötvös Lóránd University. Lately he was dealing with EU financed development projects in the field of higher education with special regard on national research, development and innovation policy. Currently he is pursuing his second diploma at Eötvös Lóránd University on the Faculty of Law where he conducts his research at the Institute of Political Science. His main fields of research as the external expert of the Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade are Russia’s foreign policy and foreign trade activities and also the international dimensions of the evolution of Russian higher education and R&D. He speaks Russian, Ukrainian and English.

 

 

Anna Juhos, Research Fellow

 

Ms. Anna Juhos holds an MSc degree in Contemporary India from the University of Oxford and an MA degree in International Relations from the Pázmány Péter University. She carried out research at the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) as a junior researcher and during her studies abroad on issues related to India’s domestic politics, economic growth, human development, additionally, economic opportunities and energy security in India’s immediate (SAARC) and extended neighbourhood. Recently she works as an advisor to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Our external research fellow’s main fields of research are: domestic politics and foreign policy of India; Hindu nationalism; problems of particular Indian states’ lopsided economic growth and human development. She speaks English, German and studies Hindi.

 

 

Attila Kovács, Research Fellow

 

He holds an MA degree in economics from Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration. He pursued agricultural studies in the Netherlands and carried out a research on the public administration reforms of EU Member States in Finland. He worked in the Hungarian agrarian administration and also in the European Parliament. Recently he is a PhD Candidate of the Doctoral School of Management and Business Administration, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at Corvinus University of Budapest. Our external research fellow’s, main fields of research are: the decision-making procedures of the European Union as well as the role of EU institutions in the legislative procedures of the EU. He speaks English and German.

 

 

Péter Morenth, Research Fellow

 

He was born in Budapest in 1965, and lived in Tanzania for years with his parents during his school years. He graduated at Faculty of Humanities at Loránd Eötvös University of Sciences (ELTE), majoring in Political Sciences and Political History, Hungarian and World History and African Studies in 1991. He is the Head of Mission of the Consulate of the Kingdom of Lesotho in Budapest as Honorary Consul since 2002, and the Vice-President of the Honorary Consular Corps Accredited to Hungary. He is a member of the professional Advisory Board of the ‘African Studies’ publications and an Associate at the African Research Centre of the University of Pécs, Faculty of Humanities. Between 2010 and 2012, he was the Co-President of the Hungarian Africa Platform. His area of expertise covers the role of the southern region of Africa regarding international developments and multilateral economic relations, and also the geopolitical processes within the region, its history and its current economic and political situation. Furthermore, the situation of the SADC countries, and their role with other forms of regional cooperation within the Sub-Saharan region. The opportunities of Hungarian economic diplomacy in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa, such as prospects on development politics within the frame of EDF and other international development programmes.

 

 

Prof. Erzsébet N. Rózsa, Research Fellow

 

She graduated from the Faculty of Arts at Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest. She holds MA degrees in English Studies, Semitic (Arabic) Philology and Iranian Studies. She received her PhD from the University of Economy of Budapest. As the external expert of IFAT her main fields of research are: the political, security and social processes of the Middle East; Islam; the Euro-Med cooperation; Muslim minorities in Europe; nuclear non-proliferation. She is a guest lecturer at National University of Public Service, Corvinus University of Budapest, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, and the Babeş–Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania. She is a supervisor in several doctoral schools. Prof.Erzsébet N. Rózsa is the leading senior research fellow in charge of the MENERA research program (EU H2020) performed in the IFAT, as well as the research project entitled "Mapping Migration Challenges in the EU Transit and Destination Countries" of the EuroMeSCo network. She speaks English, Arabic, Farsi and German.

 

 

Dr. Sándor Gyula Nagy, Academic Director

 

He has earned his PhD and habilitation from Corvinus University of Budapest. His main fields of research are: Latin-America and Spain, furthermore the process of global, regional and European integration. He is a co-author of six books, and author or co-author of several scholarly studies written in Hungarian or foreign languages. He has been giving lectures in Hungarian, English and Spanish. He was visiting professor in Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador moreover speaker at several international conferences. He speaks English, Spanish, German and Catalan.

 

 

Bence Németh, Research Fellow, Press Coordinator

 

He holds a Masters degree in History (specialising in Modern History of Social Crises and Ruling Techniques) from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, where he is currently studying at the Doctoral School of History.  He is also studying at the National University of Public Service, in the Faculty of Security and Defense Policy. He conducted research in the Veteran History Project of the Library of Congress in Washington, United States in 2012. His main research fields are Israel, the various aspects of US national security strategy, the US defense policy, wars in modern history, as well as Hungarian-Vietnamese bilateral relations. He speaks English and German.

 

 

Fruzsina Németh, Research Fellow

 

She graduated as Philologist in Eastern Languages and Cultures (Chinese Studies) at Eötvös Loránd University. In 2011 and 2013 she studied on scholarship in China. Currently she is participating in the MA program of East Asian studies at Pázmány Péter Catholic University and Corvinus University of Budapest. Her main fields of research as an external expert of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade are the domestic politics and foreign policy of China, including cultural and economic relations. She speaks Chinese and English.

 

 

Anna Orosz, Research Fellow

 

She holds an MA degree in International Relations from Corvinus University of Budapest (BCE). Recently, she is a PhD Candidate of the Doctoral School of International Relations at Corvinus University of Budapest. She accomplished the ‘Joint European Master in Comparative Local Development’ organised by BCE, the University of Trento, the University of Regensburg, and the University of Ljubljana. Currently she is the Executive Director of this joint master course. She worked as desk officer in charge of European social affairs during the Hungarian EU Presidency and as research grant coordinator at the Central European University. Her main field of research is: the Western Balkans. She speaks English and German.

 

 

Zsolt Pászkán, Research Fellow

 

The External Fellow of IFAT works in foreign policy analysis since 1992. He is founder and director of EuroCom's Romanian pressmonitoring and analyzing agency since 1998. His main fields of research: domestic and foreign policy of Romania; Romanian activity in international organisations; regional policy of Romania; domestic and foreign policy of Republic of Moldova. He speaks Romanian and English.

 

 

Dr. László Póti, Senior Research Fellow

 

He graduated from the Faculty of International Relations of the Moscow State University of International Relations. He received his PhD from the University of Economy of Budapest in 2000. He served as a diplomat at the Hungarian Embassy in Moscow, and took part in the OSCE’s special observation mission to Ukraine. His main fields of research are: the post-Soviet region, including the Russian foreign and security policy, as well as the integration processes in Ukraine and in the Commonwealth of Independent States. He speaks English, Russian, French and Portuguese.



Gergely Romsics PhD, Senior Research Fellow


Gergely majored in History, English and International Relations at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest and at Central European University. He submitted his doctoral dissertation in the field of modern international history. His primary field of research is the history of (international) political thought, having authored several monographs, as well as participating in both domestic and international research collaborations. As a foreign policy researcher, he hss contributed chiefly to discussions of US foreign policy, the transatlantic relationship, as well as Eastern and low-politics aspects of EU external relations. From 2014 to 2017 he worked as the director of the Hungarian Cultural Center in New York. His working languages are Hungarian, English, German and French.

 

 

Máté Szalai, Research Fellow

 

He obtained his MA degree in International Studies at Corvinus University of Budapest, where he is currently studying at the International Relations Multidisciplinary Doctoral School. His main fields of research are: the Middle East – with a special emphasis on the Persian Gulf – as well as small state foreign policy theory. He speaks English and Italian.

 

 

Diána Szőke, Research Fellow

 

She holds an MA degree in International Relations from the Corvinus University of Budapest, as well as an MSc degree in Global Environmental Politics from the University of Edinburgh. She worked for four years at MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc., a Hungarian energy company, first as a business development expert, and later as a senior economist. Her fields of research are the geopolitics of energy and sustainable development. She speaks English, German, Swedish and French.

 

 

Anna Tamási, Research Fellow

 

She holds an MA degree in International Relations – European Studies from the University of Pannonia, Veszprém. In 2014 she completed the post-graduate specialist training programme of the BKF University of Applied Sciences and the Századvég Political School Foundation in political communication. Recently she worked for the Foreign Trade Section of the Embassy of Hungary in London. Previously she gained professional experience on EU projects focusing on public administration development and served as an OECD contact person at the Office of Public Administration and Justice. Her main fields of research are the German-speaking countries, the United Kingdom, and foreign trade. She speaks English, German and French. Currently she is studying Portuguese.

 

 

Márton Ugrósdy, Research Fellow

 

Márton Ugrósdy is a research fellow at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest, Hungary, covering transatlantic issues, energy security, NATO and US foreign policy in Central and Eastern Europe. Before joining IFAT in early 2015, he worked at various assignments, including numerous EU projects, the public service and also in the academic sector. He served the editor-in-chief of Kitekintő.hu, Hungary’s only thematic news portal dealing exclusively with international relations for seven years, where he also led the North America column. Mr. Ugrósdy is a graduate of Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest with a major in political science, where he also received the prestigious Republican Scholarship for academic excellence twice during his studies, he currently works part-time as an assistant lecturer at the Corvinus University of Budapest. He is an alumnus of the Hungarian-American Enterprise Scholarship Fund, which allowed him to gain work experience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. He speaks English and German.

 

 

Dr. Gergely Varga Research Fellow


Our External Research fellow holds a law degree from ELTE University Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, a history diploma from ELTE University Faculty of Humanities, and he has earned his PhD at the Budapest Corvinus University in 2014. Since 2008 he has been a research assistant of the Center for Strategic and Defense Studies of the National University of Public Service (Previously Zrínyi Miklós National Defence University), where he is currently a non-resident fellow. During the 2011-2012 academic year he was a visiting fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations of Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. His main research areas cover U.S. foreign and security policy, transatlantic relations and NATO. He speaks English and German.



Dr. Peter Wagner, Senior Research Fellow

 

He graduated from the Faculty of Arts at ELTE of Budapest and holds MA degrees in Science of Library and Political Science. His PhD dissertation explored the emergence of Political Islam in Central Asia after the break-up of the Soviet Union. Peter's main fields of research are the conflicts of Central Asia and the Middle East, international terrorism, security policy and transatlantic relations. Since 2006 he has been closely following the Hungarian Defence Force's participation in international crisis management missions regularly visiting Hungarian deployments in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo. He speaks English.

 

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Secretarial Assistant

 

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Editor

 

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Librarian

 

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Receptionist