An intense learning experience in a remote castle
for Central Europe’s most promising young leaders and thinkers.
CLASS OF 2013
For this year’s highly competitive program, the organizers selected the 20 most talented young leaders from more than 540 Hungarian and international applicants. Participants from Hungary were joined by young leaders from Chile, Belarus, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Germany, and Holland to acquire invaluable theoretical grounding in philosophy, economics, politics, and law, while also taking part in practical workshops and simulations.
Márton Aichelburg is a social entrepreneur form Hungary. He is the founder of Civic Enterprises, a non-profit organization that runs Senior Mentor Program, a nation-wide social movement that brings senior citizens into public elementary schools to improve the reading abilities of students through one-on-one tutoring. Thanks to the program, more than 400 pupils benefit from 120 senior mentors in 12 schools across the country. Márton previously worked for the Hungarian American Coalition as an intern in New York City and for Community Wealth Ventures Inc., a D.C.-based consulting firm that helps nonprofit organizations become more self-sustaining by generating revenue through business ventures and corporate partnerships.
Pavel Andreyeuski is a young entrepreneur from Belarus. He holds a BSc in Economics and Management from the Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno. He is currently working as an IT manager in a holding company, and as project manager at his university, where he organizes a business incubator that teaches students how to start a business. Pavel has attended trainings of the Uppsala University, Tallin Technical University, ThinkYoung, the European Academy of Diplomacy, and the Preparing Global Leaders Academy.
Máté Gergely Balogh is a doctoral student of American Studies at the University of Debrecen. He holds a Master’s Degree in English and American studies from the University of Debrecen, a Master’s Degree in History from Central European University, and is completing his studies for a Master’s degree in International Relations at the Corvinus University in Budapest. Máté is currently doing research in California as a Fulbright fellow, and he is writing his dissertation, which examines Hungarian-American relations during the presidential administration of Richard Nixon.
Dóra Bárdos is a graduate law student at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, where her primary areas of interests are human rights and history. She is a former member of the Student Council and president of the Instructor Association. She spent one year at Heidelberg University with a DAAD scholarship studying international law. She wrote her thesis about the rights and international status of the female homeless. Dóra previously worked as a liaison officer of the German delegations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary during the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In her spare time she volunteers for the Vertebra Foundation helping children with scoliosis.
Endre Borbáth is a Hungarian from Romania. He earned two bachelor degrees in philosophy and political science from the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He is currently studying for a Master’s in political science at Central European University in Budapest. He was active in several NGOs, such as the Red Cross and the scouting movement, which address social issues at a grassroots level. Endre has worked previously for the Hungarian ethnic party in Romania.
Ede Borbély is a graduate student of international management at the Rotterdam School of Management, and holds a BA in international business from the Corvinus University of Budapest. Ede is member of the Rajk László College for Advanced Studies, and former member of its Executive Student Board. Ede spent an exchange semester at the University of Southern California, and gained work experience at The Boston Consulting Group, E.ON Natural Gas Storage, MasterCard Worldwide, and the Dutch Shippers Association. He currently works at MOL, the Hungarian Oil Company. In his spare time Ede loves to watch every type of motion picture.
Daniel Corsano is a first year Master’s student of philosophy at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, focusing mainly on logic, the philosophy of language, and metaphysics. He is also strongly interested in the philosophy of art and ethics. His most important long-term goal is to teach philosophy, primarily because he wants to contribute to society by helping to provide the intellectual resources needed in a rapidly changing world. He believes that philosophy should work closely together with other disciplines.
Réka Virág Csaba has several years of work experience in the international field (especially in European cooperation) and in the NGO sector. She has served as an intern of the Hungarian Public Administration Scholarship Program, and as a volunteer in a French NGO called Echanges sans Frontieres. Currently, she works as Civilian Crisis Management Expert in the Hungarian Ministry of Interior. She studied in the United States during her high school years, and graduated from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest with a degree in international relations with a specialty in the European Union.
Linda Eggert is a rising senior at the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin, majoring in Value Studies with a particular focus on philosophy, ethics and political theory. She worked as an English instructor in Spain and studied ethics and international relations in New York City, where she also interned with the Coalition for the International Criminal Court. Linda has worked with the German Ethics Council, is a guest editor of the Carnegie Council’s Global Ethics Blog, and is a member of the ethics and values think tank Kosmopolitica. Linda also holds a Recital diploma in piano from Trinity College London.
Andrej Fogelton is a PhD student at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. He specializes in computer vision and his dissertation focuses on object class recognition. Andrej completed his internships at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom and at a software laboratory in Madrid, Spain. He enjoys teaching, supervising students, and research projects with practical output. During his studies Andrej volunteered at the University Pastoral Centre in Bratislava and participated in a project reconstructing the church of Saint Katarina. In his spare time he enjoys dancing, chess, and traveling.
Levente Juhász is currently a European Union regulatory affairs officer at MOL Group where he focuses on EU climate policies. He holds two Master’s degrees in international relations and political science from Corvinus University and ELTE, respectively, and has also studied at Sciences Po in Paris. Prior to joining MOL Group, he worked as an energy price risk management consultant and has completed a traineeship at the European Commission. During his studies, he was involved with various youth NGOs and is a long-time member of the Common Sense Society of Budapest.
Orsolya Kurucz graduated with a Master’s degree in political science from the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. She was born in West Berlin, Germany, and lived there until she was five years old. From early on she was drawn to intercultural relations and foreign politics. Orsolya organized several conferences at her university and became a foreign policy analyst. Currently, she is working at the Cabinet of the Hungarian Minister for Public Administration and Justice as the minister’s political advisor on German issues.
Remberto Latorre-Artus was born and raised in Chile. Remberto’s academic influence has been predominantly monetarist and Keynesian. However, international life experience, personal research, and a great deal of curiosity for human action made him a fierce advocate of the Austrian School of Economics. Remberto has lived and worked in several countries as an Army officer, teaching assistant, ski instructor, sales manager and micro entrepreneur. In 2009, Remberto came to Europe on an Erasmus Mundus scholarship and has recently graduated from the Universities of Vienna and Wroclaw, Poland, where he completed a thesis on pension reform. Remberto continues his research on pensions at Central European University.
Vasyl Lazumirskyy was born in Petropavlovsk, Russia. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Foreign Languages and Literature in 2009 and a Master’s in law in 2001, both from the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. He participated in a high-level experts program by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany in 2013 and spent a month at the Fribourg University, Switzerland as part of the American College Program in 2012. He has previously worked for the Ukrainian Foreign Office, and is currently serving in the Office of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights in Kiev.
Ádám Lovassy studied law at the University of Miskolc and he graduated with honours in 2010. During his university studies, he established the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) in Miskolc, and participated in many moot court competitions. He attended a semester at the Ghent University, in Belgium, where he studied criminology and European law. His thesis addressed the intersection of business and constitutional law. After graduation, he worked as associate attorney at a law firm in Miskolc. Since 2011, he works at the Constitutional Court of Hungary as a legal adviser. In addition to his work at the Court, he is also a lecturer at the National University of Public Service.
Balázs Orbán has received degrees in both law and political sciences in Eötvös Loránd University. His publications appeared in various academic and law journals while he worked as a lecturer at the Department of Constitutional Law at ELTE Faculty of Law. Balázs started his professional career at the Ministry of Justice where he first dealt with public authority, then with constitutional issues. In 2012 he joined the Századvég Economic Research Institute as a legal expert and is now the director of public policy researches at the Századvég Political School Foundation.
Bastiaan Rijpkema received his LL.B. in law at Erasmus University Rotterdam and his LL.M. in jurisprudence and philosophy of Law (cum laude) from Leiden University. He is now a PhD Candidate and Lecturer at the Department of Jurisprudence, Leiden University. His dissertation, which is supervised by Professor Paul Cliteur, concerns the relationship(s) between democracy and the rule of law, judicial review, and free speech. His main research interests lie within the fields of jurisprudence and political philosophy. Currently he is studying at King’s College London as a Visiting PhD Candidate.
Martynas Smitas is a junior officer in Lithuanian Air Force base, Siauliai, Lithuania. He studied international relations at the Lithuanian military academy, and graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2011 with a BSc in political science. Martynas worked with allied countries abroad for peace support exercises, and was involved in local community by supporting the city’s orphanage together with NATO troops. Martynas attended defence conferences in Washington D.C, New Orleans, Air War College in Alabama, and the Pentagon. He enjoys kite surfing, bicycles, and skiing in his spare time.
Geerten Waling is a Dutch historian, a PhD candidate at Leiden University. His topic is the political implications of the European Revolutions of 1848. He studied history and philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and graduated in 2010 after writing a thesis on the French historian Ernest Renan. In March 2013, he co-edited a new Dutch translation and re-interpretation of Renan’s famous lecture Qu’est-ce qu’une nation? (1882). He is the co-founder and board member of a national Dutch platform for young historians. He occasionally writes opinion articles on political, cultural and historical subjects for the Dutch national daily De Volkskrant.
Robin Tim Weis became a staunch transatlanticist after studying and working in Europe and the United States, where focused on political communication, political campaigns, and international affairs. Robin has received a BA in International Affairs and a Master’s in American Studies. He has worked for the U.S Commercial Service, the United Nations, and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. And he feels at home at the nexus of media, politics and business. Beyond that, Robin enjoys photography, cooking and traveling.