János Csák is Hungary’s ambassador to the U.K. He has been an advisor in corporate strategy and finance, and organizational capabilities for a number of clients. He has served on various boards including MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Co (Eurasia, Chairman), Budapest Bank (GE Money Bank, Hungary ), Falcon Oil and Gas Ltd (global), CreditAnstalt Investment Bank (Europe), and T-Mobile Hungary (Chairman). He was a senior treasury advisor to Ameritech Corp. Chicago, US in 1996. Mr. Csák has lectured at a number of Universities and been a key-note speaker at corporate events and seminars. He received an MA in Finance and Sociology (Corvinus University, Hungary), finished the Executive Program (University of Michigan Business School, US), and The Challenge of Leadership Program (INSEAD, France). Mr. Csák is a trustee at the Saint Francis Children Foundation; Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation; Institute for Capitalism and Public Good. He is also the Founder of the Kalman Szell Foundation (Business Leaders Association) and the John Paul II Economic Institute (Hungary).
Dr. Lee Edwards is Chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. A prolific writer, Dr. Edwards has published more than 15 books and regularly appears in major newspapers and magazines. He is also a frequent commentator on television and radio. Dr. Edwards was the founding Director of the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University and a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a past President of The Philadelphia Society and has been a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He holds a BA degree in English from Duke University and a PhD in world politics from Catholic University. He also did graduate work at the Sorbonne in Paris. He and his wife, Anne, who assists him in all his writing, live in Alexandria, Va. They have two daughters and eight grandchildren.
Imre Hild is a self-described Customer Service focused entrepreneur with achievements under his belt in many fields. He left Hungary for the US in 1993 for the sake of higher education: in the process, he tried his hand at various aspects of consulting – first, hotel management consulting in New York City, then real estate research in Baltimore, and finally management consulting at McKinsey in Budapest.
Upon his return to the US, Mr. Hild joined the lodging group of the conduit securitization division of Lehman Brothers investment bank where he worked as a hotel underwriter specialist until the end of 2002. In 2004, back in Budapest, he co-founded Hild Kft., a life annuity for real estate company, which provided an innovative financing instrument for elderly Hungarians looking for liquidity out of the real estate value locked up in their (owned) residential assets. In 2005 he founded a subsidiary for OTP Bank, called OTP Life Annuity, which he managed as CEO until 2009. Mr. Hild’s ars poetica: “Customers want attention – there is less of it everyday”. Besides a number of professional projects in the field of mobile internet, Mr. Hild is executive director of Ybl Klub, a prestigious social venue for Hungarian top managers. He is also the founder of IvyPlus, an online social network. He is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University and the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University (MBA).
Dr. Roger Scruton is a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC and a professor at Oxford University. He is a writer, philosopher and public commentator. He has written widely on political and cultural issues as well as on aesthetics, with particular attention to music and architecture. He played an active role in the underground samizdat movement in Eastern Europe in the 80s, regularly visiting Prague, Bratislava, and Budapest. He had close ties with the small circle of the Bibó István College of Law, the intellectual hub of the opposition. Ever since, he has observed with interest the democratic development of Eastern Europe and he believes that the region has an important role in preserving and saving the European continent’s intellectual and cultural heritage. He is an ardent advocate of fox hunting, leads a dedicated fight against postmodern art, and promotes the preservation of the common cultural heritage of the West. He has published more than three dozen books on conservative political philosophy, on the critique of modernism, and various fields of the arts. He has also written operas, short stories, and political pamphlets. His most recent publications include Beauty and Why I drink (Why I Drink will soon be published in Hungarian by Helikon).
Maximilian N. Teleki is President of the Hungarian American Coalition (HAC) based in Washington, DC. He also has nearly 20 years of broad business experience. In 2000 he formed The Max-McClaren Financial Group (MMFG), a company that acquires and develops real estate and provides advisory services. Prior to 2000 he worked at AT&T Corp., where he managed the Operational Planning for an organization of several hundred associates. Since 2000, Mr. Teleki has been Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University of America, teaching courses on Media and International Relations and Comparative World Politics.
Mr. Teleki holds a BA from the Catholic University of America and a MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. He was a graduate Fellow at the White House, and a staff aide to the Assistant Secretary for Business and Economic Affairs at the State Department. He is married to Wendy Jagerson Teleki, a Senior Investment Officer at The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation. They have a son named Tibor, and two daughters named Ava and Naoma. Mr. Teleki travels extensively to Central Europe and particularly to Hungary both in his capacity as the Hungarian American Coalition’s President and as a passionate Hungarian American. He is true to the traditions of his name: Teleki – an ancestral Transylvanian family which has served Hungary over hundreds of years in various public capacities.