• E. Sylvester Vizi

    Chair of the Board of Trustees

    E. Sylvester Vizi is chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He is a medical doctor, neuroscientist, pharmacologist, university lecturer, professor emeritus, and a full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA). He was awarded the Széchenyi Grand Prize by the State of Hungary. He is an internationally recognised researcher in pharmacology and neuroscience and has been a lecturer at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York, USA. From 1996 to 2002, Professor Vizi was the vice-president of the MTA and president from 2002 to 2008. Presently, he is Chairman of the Board of the Society for the Dissemination of Scientific Knowledge (TIT). He has authored and/or co-authored over 450 scientific articles and several books. Professor Vizi is well known for his significant scientific educational activities.

  • István Fodor

    Member of the Board of Trustees

    István Fodor is a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He is an electrical engineer and was awarded the Széchenyi Prize by the State of Hungary. He established the Ericsson Company’s Hungarian subsidiary in 1991, and was CEO of the subsidiary until 2002, and then Chairman of the Board until 2008. Between 1998 and 2000, he was the Chairman of the Hungarian Section of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). Besides being one of the founders and former president of the Hungarian EU Enlargement Business Council (HEBC), between 2004-2007, he was a member of the European Research Advisory Board. He was a member of the four-member Council of Sages, constituted by the former President of Hungary, László Sólyom. He is a member of the Semmelweis University Economic Council and a former member of the Eötvös Lóránd University Economic Council. From 2010 to October 2012 he served as a Chairman of the Board of Directors of Urban Management Centre of Budapest. He was awarded the Manager of the Year Prize in 1998, and the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic Median Cross. He is an “honorary citizen” of Óbuda.

  • Károly Kocsis

    Member of the Board of Trustees

    Geographer, research professor, university professor, full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS). Focus of his activities in scientific (ethnic geographic, cartographic) research and policy are the Hungarians in the Carpathian basin and the Hungarian diaspora. Since 2010, director of the CSFK Geographical Institute (earlier of the HAS Geographical Institute), since 2012 professor of the MFK Institute of Geophysics and Geoinformatics of the University of Miskolc, director of same since 2007. Chair of the HAS national policy apparatus, the Hungarian Science Abroad Presidential Committee since 2011. Chief editor of the Hungarian National Atlas, head of the editorial committee. Owner of the Officer's Cross of the Hungarian order of Merit (2014). Honorary member of several domestic and foreign scientific associations.

  • János Martonyi

    Member of the Board of Trustees

    Doctor of Law and Political Sciences (1967). He has been a teaching at the ELTE Faculty of Law since 1987, at the Central European University since 1996, and was a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Brugge and Natolin between 1994 and 1998. Between 2000 and 2009 he was Head of Department at Szeged University of Sciences, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Department of Private International Law. Currently he is a senior member of the university’s Graduate School of Law and Political Sciences, president of the Centre Univesitaire Francophon. From 1990 to 1991 he was Administrative State Secretary at the Ministry for International Economic Relations, while from December 1991 to June 1994 Administrative State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary between 1998-2002 and 2010-2014. He is an international arbitrator.

  • Mariann Vízkelety

    Member of the Board of Trustees

    Ms. Vízkelety started her career at the Pest Central District Court as a judge, then later worked as a lawyer. She also worked for the Prime Minister’s Cabinet office. Ms. Vízkelety headed the Secretariat of Economic and Social Policy of the Prime Minister’s Office, then became the Head of Secretariat of the Prime Minister’s Office. She was the Chief Advisor of the Office of the Hungarian National Assembly between 2004 and 2010. In 2010 she was appointed Secretary of State at the Ministry of National Development, a position she held until 2012, when she left for the Vice-Presidency of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office. Ms. Vízkelety has been State Secretary responsible for judicial relations at the Ministry of Justice since 2015.