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CSS hosted the inaugural Summer Leadership Academy on July 25 – July 29 at Bercel Kastély in Nógrád County, Hungary. Over the course of five days and four nights, twenty-five selected participants gained an invaluable theoretical grounding in philosophy, economics, politics, and law, while also taking part in workshops and simulations. The Academy participants were selected from among 140 highly qualified applicants mostly from Hungary, but also from Central and Eastern Europe, the UK and the USA.
The international faculty and speakers at the Academy included: philosopher Roger Scruton (Oxford University, American Enterprise Institute), Tibor Machan (Chapman University, Hoover Institution), Roger Pilon (Cato Institute), Juliana Geran Pilon (Institute of World Politics), Peter Záboji (European Entrepreneurship Foundation), András Jakab (University of Heidelberg), Sam Potolicchio (Georgetown University), Thierry Baudet (University of Leiden), Jim Kelly (Federalist Society), and Ferenc Horkay Horcher (Pázmány Péter Catholic University).
The Academy was made possible by generous sponsorships from The Federalist Society, MVM, MOL, Ernst and Young, OTP Bank, and Porsche Hungária.
Class of 2012
Péter studies International Business at the Budapest College of Communication, Business, and Arts, focusing on the fields of finance and entrepreneurship. He trains and leads a growing group of financial advisers and sales assistants as branch manager of OVB Holding AG, an international financial advisory corporation. Peter is a graduate of Bolyai Workshop, a three-year cultural and scientific education program focusing on interdisciplinary group work and research. Also a student of architecture, Péter has participated in a settlement development project for a group of Hungarian villages in Transylvania.
Márton is a graduate student of Social Sciences at ELTE University of Budapest while also working as a journalist, editor, and blogger for a growing independent news site, Mandiner.hu. He also edits the popular blog Konzervatórium. A member of Common Sense Society since its earliest days, Márton enjoys Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot novels, Johnny Cash, and the work of Fritz Lang. He dislikes concrete buildings and fried liver.
Márton was born and raised in Budapest, and earned his undergraduate degree from Corvinus University, where he was an active member and leader of the Rajk László College for Advanced Studies. He recently completed a graduate degree in Political Science at the Central European University. While finishing his studies, he started working at the Ministry for National Economy, where he worked on a project aimed at reducing the regulatory burden on the Hungarian economy. With a small group of friends, Márton has launched a small radio show on Hungarian history.
Martyna graduated with a degree in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Lodz, Poland, with an emphasis in Central Europe. Her MA thesis explored the issue of Hungarian minorities in Slovakia. She completed an Erasmus exchange at the University of Presov, Slovakia and won a Visegrad Group Fund’s scholarship at Corvinus University. She has completed internships at the Cold War History Research Center in Budapest, the Polish Embassy to Hungary, and the Hungarian Ministry of Public Administration and Justice. She is currently a coordinator of the online portal 4liberty.eu, a platform for experts and intellectuals from 11 think tanks across Central and Eastern Europe, and also works as the International Officer in a Polish magazine Liberte!, where she is responsible for the English site, www.liberteworld.com.
Katalin works as an HR consultant at Gordius Csoport Organization and Human Development Consultancy. She has multifold experience in personal development, and in the development of assertive communication, stress management and personal energy management. Having graduated at ELTE as a psychologist she is mainly engaged in soft skills development. She loves dedicating her free time to studying any kind of holistic medicine or holistic systems. She lives in Nagykovácsi, near Buda, with her 6-year-old son and her spouse.
Dávid completed a BA degree in International Relations at the Hungarian Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences and is working towards an MA in International Humanitarian Action at Fordham University in New York. After holding internships at various NGOs, Dávid is currently working as the director of international programs at Hungarian Baptist Aid, which is involved in humanitarian relief and development projects in over twenty countries in Asia, Africa, and the Balkans. He has also served as a visiting lecturer at Corvinus University and has participated in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. He lives with his wife Andrea and two boys in Diósd, Hungary.
Tristan is in his final year studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) at Magdalen College, Oxford. Tristan is involved with his local Conservative Future branch, the youth organization affiliated with the national Conservative Party, as well as serving on the Governing Body of the Oxford Union. Outside university, he has worked at the Conservative Research Department in Westminster and will work over the summer for a community-based charity in East London. With family ties to the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, Tristan is a passionate student of politics.
István is a first-year Masters student at the Department of International Studies at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University. He is one of the writers of the blog Mos Maiorum, which deals with the political culture and norms of Western European countries. He has held internships at the Hungarian Institute of Foreign Affairs and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian Parliament. He has also served as a teacher’s assistant in the Department of Political Science and a founder of the Committee for Community Affairs at Pázmány Péter Catholic University.
Travis is a rising senior at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he studies political science and Catholic studies. He recently completed an internship at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. Travis has previously worked as an editorial assistant at Parable, the official magazine of the Diocese of Manchester (New Hampshire); a political contractor for the Alliance for New Hampshire Jobs; and a undergraduate research fellow through the Mellon Program for Research in Humanities. He is the Senior Managing Editor of his school’s opinion journal and has served as his student government’s Director of Student Life. He is member of Holy Cross’ College Honors Program and is also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu and Pi Sigma Alpha.
Mark is a Hungarian-born PhD student who has studied literature, law, and philosophy at the Eötvös Loránd University and the Catholic University. He is currently working on his doctoral thesis focusing on the philosophical aspects of the early poetry of T.S. Eliot. He has also worked as a legal journalist, translator, and project manager assistant. He is now steadily employed dealing with media relations as a civil servant.
András Máté Lázár
András received a BA in International Studies and European Integration from Corvinus University in 2010. He is currently finishing an MA program there in International Relations, and is admitted to another MA program in IR and Democratic Politics at the University of Westminster, London. He has held internships at the Cold War History Research Center, the former Ministries of Justice, Home Affairs, and Foreign Affairs. Particularly interested in Central-European cooperation initiatives as well as British affairs, András wants to enter a public service position where he will ultimately be able to contribute to the policy development process.
Daniel is an independent broadcast journalist and founder of Prompt Media Hungary Communication Consulting Company. Prompt Media is a corporate PR firm which trains executives in effective media relationships and crisis communications. Daniel also produces documentaries and economic reports for ARTE and 3 SAT Television, as well as running broadcast journalism seminars in the Komlósi Oktatási Studió. Daniel previously worked for 5 years for Hungarian RTL Klub Television as a journalist and editor for economics and internal affairs.
After enrolling at a bilingual English high school, Zsófia earned a degree in International Relations from Corvinus University. While at university she took the opportunity to get involved in a number of student societies, all seeking to promote a culture of informed citizenship and democratic dialogue. She has most recently been involved in an organization that seeks to promote university-style debating among Hungarian students. She plans on a career in government service or with an international organization, affecting policy and making a difference.
Katalin works as a political advisor to the Chief of Staff at the Ministry for Public Administration and Justice in Hungary. Her main responsibilities include writing the government’s strategy on youth policies. Previously, she has worked as a political consultant in the fields of consumer protection, electoral strategy, and media analysis.
Zoltán earned degrees in philosophy and history at the University of Debrecen. In 2009, he earned a law degree and in 2011, after studying at the Universities of Tübingen and Leuven (Belgium), and the Free University of Amsterdam, he successfully defended his PhD dissertation, which focused on the political philosophy of Oswald Spengler. He has worked as a German translator, an intern in the German Federal Parliament in Berlin, and at an American IT company in Debrecen. For the past two years, Zoltán has worked as a junior associate at Taylor Wessing ENWC in Budapest.
Boglárka Fanni Palkó
Boglárka graduated summa cum laude with a degree in international public administration and law from the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, where she was awarded the Scholarship of the Hungarian Republic. She is currently pursuing a MA degree in European Studies at the University of Hamburg. Boglárka has been an intern at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary since June 2010, having worked in the Department for the Americas and the Foreign Minister’s Cabinet. She is the head of legal affairs of the Bringing Europeans Together Association and an accomplished delegate and former chair of Model United Nations conferences. Boglárka aspires to be a diplomat and loves learning new languages.
After studying some Human Resources Management at the Budapest Business School, Dóra chose instead to begin a Political Science program at Corvinus University. She is also a member of the College for Advanced Studies in Social Theory, where she studied Economic History and Monetary Macroeconomics. Last summer she attended a course on campaign communication at the Rajk László College for Advanced Studies. Last year Dóra served as an organizer for the Student Network, which works to influence tertiary education policy, and has also worked at the Hungarian Progressive Institute. She will work at the Taxpayers’ Alliance in London, England in August.
Áron attended ELTE University before switching to Corvinus in 2007. While there, he joined AEGEE, a Europe-wide network of students sharing the values of an open, tolerant Europe. Through AEGEE, Áron travelled widely, meeting students from across the continent. In 2009, he was accepted to the Rajk László College for Advanced Studies. He is currently working through an MA degree in International Economics and Business at Corvinus University, for which he just returned from a semester spent at the Louvain School of Management in Belgium.
Ádám is a controller at Exxon Mobil Corp in Norway, where operates and monitors Norwegian oil terminal processes. He has also been a translator from English to Hungarian translating various parts of information technologies books and manuals. He is currently pursuing an MA atELTE University in Specialized in Communication and Media Science. He holds an MA in Scandinavian disciplinal and the Norwegian language. Previously, he studied abroad at Oslo and Bergen, Norway.
László holds degrees in Musicology, Psychology and Theoretical Linguistics. He is music critic and senior lecturer at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Hungary. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Musicology. He has been a Fellow Tutor at the Matthias Corvinus Collegium, Budapest and Author of the chapter on music education of the National Core Curriculum, 2012.
Boaz is a freshman student at Cambridge University where he studies Politics, Psychology, and Sociology. While at secondary school at the German International School in Budapest, he participated in Model United Nations and Model European Union conferences. At Cambridge, Boaz remains involved in debating societies and model UN, as well as the Cambridge University Hungarian Society.
Patrik earned degrees in History and English from Károli University. He is currently a PhD student in the World History Department of Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. Born into a socialist Yugoslavia, Patrik has maintained a special interest in the interethnic relations of Central Europe and the Balkans in particular. He has published and presented at many student conferences and cultural events. He is currently employed at the Balassi Institute in Budapest, where he gives lectures for foreign students on world and Hungarian history. He is also working on his dissertation, which examines the change in British conceptions of various branches of Southern Slavic peoples on the eve of the Great War.
Krisztián graduated in 2010 with a Masters from Corvinus University in financial investment and risk management. He took part in the Erasmus study program in 2008, spending 6 months at the Copenhagen Business School, working with students from 50 countries. He has worked as a financial assistant at a brokerage house and an assistant in the Office for International Sales Management at Austria-based TeleTrader Software. For the past two years Krisztián has worked at MOL Plc. as a controller.
Orsolya graduated with a degree in Political Science and International Relations from Corvinus University in Budapest and is currently working towards an MSc in Environmental Science and Policy at CEU. Orsolya has complemented these studies with an internship at the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations during the Hungarian EU Presidency. Orsolya will serve next year as Vice-President of the Rotaract Budapest Duna Club, leading charity projects for children and the homeless. She speaks Hungarian, English, French, and German.
Marek who hails from Slovakia, pursued his undergraduate degree in the United Kingdom and is in the process of completing a Masters degree in documentary filmmaking. He has attended many seminars, conferences, and webinars across Europe while also writing scripts, making movies, and writing articles for NGOs and radio and television stations. A fan of Chesterton, Marek describes himself as a “curious guy looking for truth, who likes to be fascinated.”
Kitti earned a BSc in Human Resource Management from the University of Glamorgan, in Wales, and an MSc in Organizational Sociology and Social Communication from Corvinus University. While at university, she was an active member of AIESEC, an international student-driven non-profit focusing on talent development where she worked mainly with international students working in Hungary. Since 2011, Kitti has been a Learning and Development Associate at Budapest-based oil company, MOL Plc. At MOL, Kitti continues to be involved in university relations and is also involved with the accelerated development program.