We are pleased to introduce the fifth group of the Hungarian-American Enterprise Scholarship Fund (HAESF) Fellows who will be commencing their individual projects in the United States in Fall 2006.
The Fall 2006 round marks two significant milestones in the growth of the Hungarian-American Enterprise Scholarship Fund. HAESF announced its first programs in spring of 2004 with the goal of contributing to the development of Hungary’s intellectual capital. Since then - in a span of two and a half years - the Fund has provided financial and professional support to over 100 Hungarians in gaining professional experience in the United States of America. In addition, the round of Fall 2006 includes the first ever Graduate Scholarship awards - the most recent addition to the HAESF program package.
Twenty three HAESF Fellows from fifteen different fields are represented in this group of award recipients: five Senior Scholars, fifteen Undergraduate Fellows and three Graduate Scholarship recipients. They have been selected from a vast pool of talented applicants in recognition of their outstanding qualifications and potential to build professional framework for long lasting impact in Hungary.
This dynamic and diverse group represents an impressive array of fields: finance, banking, audit, business management, biomedical engineering, medicine, international affairs, law, cultural marketing, telecommunications, architectural design, ethnography and exact sci-ences.
The Fellows will be pursuing their individual projects and traineeships at a number of promi-nent American businesses and organizations in different regions of the United States. Ten
academic and research institutions gladly agreed to participate in the program: New York University, Boston University, Indiana University, SUNY Buffalo, Ralph J. Bunche Library of the US State Department, the American-Irish Historical Society, New Mexico State University, University of Southern California, Northwestern University, Pratt Institute of Design and the Hudson Institute.
An impressive group of leading American companies such as Genzyme Corporation, NeuroNexus Technologies, KPMG, Federal Reserve Banks of Boston & New York, the Braver Group, Foster’s Wine Estates, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Lloyds TSB, have embraced the unique opportunity to bring an international dimension to their workplace while providing a life-changing experience to the Hungarian students and young profession-als. The medical field is represented by the Texas Heart Institute as well as a joint program between the Hungarian Medical Association of America and State University of New York in Buffalo.
We are certain that these programs will facilitate an effective exchange of professional com-petencies and fresh perspectives and promote cross-cultural dialog. We hope that the expe-rience will be beneficial to the Fellows in their future careers, as well as to Hungarian socie-ty at large.
CIEE, the Council on International Educational Exchange, is HAESF’s partner in the US. CIEE has been charged with developing and managing the programs including securing training placements, distributing financial awards and providing J-1 Visa sponsorship and overall program support.
At present, Zsolt is working as an Associate Professor in cardiac surgery at the Heart Institute of Pecs. He graduated from the University Medical School of Pecs and won a four-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California in 1996. He recieved his Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 1998.
During his training, he was the first Hungarian citizen awarded the Fontan Fellowship of the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery, and spent one year as a clinical transplant fellow at Harefield Hospital, UK. Two years later, he became the first Hungarian cit-izen to win the Graham Travelling Fellowship of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and spent a year as a visiting clinician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, NY. He was also named International Guest Scholar of the American College of Surgeons in 2006.
Due to his successful application to the Senior Leaders & Scholar Fellowship of the Hungarian-American Enterprise Scholarship Fund, he will have the chance to continue his research at the Texas Heart Institute. His proposal is aimed at in-depth evaluation of changes in the myocardium of patients suffering from heart failure at a functional level as compared to “nor-mal” hearts. He believes that this can be valuable in the management of these patients and understanding the pathophysiology of severe heart failure and the mech-anisms involved in the rapid deterioration of these patients, and possibly in identifying new therapeutic targets for the treatment of the disease. In addition, Zsolt plans to lay the groundwork for mutually benefi-cial long term collaboration between the Texas Heart and his home institution in Hungary. When he returns to Hungary, he will apply his newly gained knowledge and experience to significantly increase the effectiveness of Hungarian efforts in cardiac surgery.
Zsolt is a big fan of wine tasting and also likes to col-lect antique furniture, books, and clocks.
The Texas Heart Institute
and Scholars Fellowship
HAESF Senior Leaders and Scholars Fellowship program,
endowed by U.S. Treasury funds, provides fully funded 3-12
month Fellowships to the most accomplished professionals
and leaders from Hungary.
The program provides significant funding to distinguished
mid-level and senior-level Hungarian professionals in
busi-ness, public administration, non-profit organizations and
academia enabling them to pursue individual independently
organized projects in the United States. The program
pro-motes knowledge and experiential sharing between
Hungarian and American leaders, further strengthening ties
between the nations and providing invaluable career and
personal development opportunities for participants to
leverage in their leadership roles upon their return to
Full funding for independently organized
projects that fulfill professional and
leadership goals and benefit Hungarian
Sandor received his PhD in mathematics from the Eotvos Lorand University. He is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Department of Information Technology at the University of Pecs. His research interest lies in the field of residuated algebraic struc-tures, their application in nonclassical logics, and the application of nonclassical logics in the more applied fields of mathematics.
Sandor will be spending a year at the Department of Mathematical Sciences of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. In collaboration with his American col-leagues, Sandor will conduct research in the areas of algebra, nonclassical logics and artificial intelligence.
In his spare time, Sandor likes reading, playing sports, and hiking.
New Mexico State
Andrea earned her Master of Science degree in busi-ness economics in 1998. She is at the advanced stages of completing her PhD at the University of Miskolc in Hungary. Andrea has eight years of industry experience at major Hungarian telecommunications companies. She has an in-depth knowledge of product management, market analysis, research, and strategic planning.
She will spend eight months at the Center for Telecom Management, Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. The major objectives of her stay at CTM are to better understand the con-vergence of the telecommunications, media and enter-tainment markets, and to get acquainted with adapt-able business models and research methods used in the US digital industry. She will work on the testing and further development of the business model framework and the futurecasting methodology developed by the Institute. She will also research the drivers and conse-quences of technology convergence in personal and home entertainment. After returning to Hungary, she plans to finish her dissertation and embark on an aca-demic career.
In her spare time, Andrea likes to travel, read, and play sports including swimming, jogging, and pilates. She also enjoys hanging out with friends and watching movies.
Center for Telecom
Balazs is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences where he is also the Head of the Social Anthropology Department.
Balazs earned his PhD degree in Ethnography in 2001 at ELTE University of Budapest. He has gained exten-sive international experience doing research in the US, England, Scotland, Germany, Austria and Romania. He is a recipient of the Youth Prize of the Hungarian Academy and Janko Janos Prize of the Hungarian Ethnographic Society. He is the author of a recently published book on the history, society, and identity of the Transylvanian multiethnic region. Since 2005, he has worked as the Head of the Folk Art Curatorial Board of the National Cultural Endowment (NKA) of the Hungarian State.
Balazs’ current academic focus is on understanding contemporary social processes and historical and recent problems of ethnicity. Specifically, he is interest-ed in identity issues and acculturation and integration processes of emigrant/displaced/minority ethnic com-munities. As a HAESF Senior Leaders & Scholars Fellowship recipient, Balazs will be a visiting scholar at the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, University of Indiana at Bloomington. The title of his project is “Self-image, Self-representation and Heritage Institutions - Research on the Institutional Network of Hungarian Ethnic Communities in the US”. His research will focus on the role of major community institutions in the creation and maintenance of ethnic and national identity of ethnic Hungarians in the US. In addition, Balazs plans to spend a few weeks carrying out field work in Hungarian-American communities and institutions.
Department of Central
University of Indiana
Attila holds Master’s degrees in history and political science from the Eotvos Lorand University. He spent two years studying at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Switzerland. In the last eight years, he has worked at different government agencies from the Prime Minister’s Office to the Ministry of Defense.
Attila’s area of interest is political lobbying. He became aware of the importance of lobbying during his work at the Prime Minister’s Office where he worked with Hungarian lobby organizations in the United States and Canada. Attila is spending four months in Washington DC and New York to explore the Irish lobby and draw conclusions relevant to the Hungarian foreign and security policy.
Attila enjoys traveling and getting acquainted with new cultures and people. He has traveled extensively from the Far East to the United States. In his spare time, Attila likes reading, playing tennis, and hiking with his dog.
Ralph J. Bunche Library,
DOS & the American-Irish
The HAESF Undergraduate Fellowship program grants fully
funded 6-12 month traineeships at prominent American
companies to the most accomplished young talent from
The goal of the program is to provide promising future
lead-ers of Hungarian society an opportunity to have a
meaning-ful international training experience, thereby enhancing their
contribution to their home country and its development
upon their return. Selected Fellows will be placed in
career-related traineeships that further their professional and
per-sonal development, provide them with leadership and
cross-cultural communication skills, improve their English
language acquisition and help them advance as they attend
graduate school and enter the work force at home.
Fully-funded training opportunities
designed to enhance professional and
leadership skills and increase potential
for future contribution to economic and
societal development in Hungary.
Balint is a recent graduate in the field of economics from the Corvinus University of Budapest where he specialized in finance and economic policy. In the course of his studies, he spent a semester in Amsterdam as an Erasmus scholar, worked as an analyst at a Budapest based financial advisory firm, and has been a member of numerous student organizations. He is also enrolled at the Law Faculty of the Eotvos Lorand University.
Balint is spending a total of twelve months in the United States, train-ing at two of the most prestigious branches of the central bank. He will be spending six months at the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston where he will conduct research con-cerning small-scale general equilibrium models in pursuit of deter-mining optimal monetary policy. The second part of his training will take place at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where he will he have the chance to get involved in hands on aspects of the FRB’s operations.
In his spare time, Balint likes reading, traveling, playing all sorts of sports, and more than anything, spending time with his friends and family.
Federal Reserve Bank
of Boston & New York
Gitta recently graduated from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics as a biomedical engineer. Her fields of academic interest are biotechnology and molecular biology. She also holds an environmental engineering degree from the same university where she majored in environmental biotechnology.
GItta will spend twelve months at Genzyme Corporation - the world’s third largest biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She will be involved in the research of the Cardiac Cell Research Group (CCR) at the company’s Framingham office. She is focusing on acquiring knowledge and experience in cell based therapies which could attenuate deterioration of cardiac function after Myocardial Infarction. When Gitta returns to Hungary after her fellowship, she hopes to apply the expertise and knowledge acquired in the U.S. as a member of a professional working group or continue her research as a PhD student.
In her spare time, Gitta likes traveling and learning languages. She also enjoys swimming, reading, meeting interesting people, and cooking with friends.
David graduated from the University of Miskolc School of Law in 2005. He also completed undergraduate legal studies at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, the University of Cambridge in the UK, and the Duke University School of Law in the United States. While at law school, he participated in several international and national moot court competitions. Prior to joining the Dispute Resolution Group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Budapest in 2006, he interned at the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations in New York.
David is spending a year at the Arbitration Group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s New York office to immerse himself in interna-tional arbitration. Upon returning home, David plans to utilize his newly gained expertise for the advancement of arbitration as an alternative to court litigation in Hungary as a lawyer, and later, as a university lecturer.
In his free time, David likes mountain-biking and running. He is also an avid photographer. His other interests include travel, international politics, and film.
Veronika is a recent graduate of the University of Pecs, Faculty of Business and Economics where she majored in corporate finance and accounting. She also holds a degree from FernUniversitat in Hagen, Germany, which she obtained after completing a curriculum of marketing, service management, and corporate finance. After graduation, within the framework of her HAESF fellowship, Veronika spent two months completing an Intensive English Language Program at Indiana University.
Veronika will be spending ten months at the Braver Group - a pro-fessional services firm based in Newton, Massachusetts. While her main professional objective is to further her skills in auditing, she will also have the opportunity to be involved in preparing business plans and business evaluation projects. When Veronika returns to Hungary, she will work for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Budapest at the Assurance and Advisory Services Department, where she worked as a trainee while in university.
Veronika likes traveling and meeting interesting people from different cultures. She is also keen on impressionist art. Her favorite painter is Monet.
The Braver Group
Laszlo graduated with a M.Sc. in Information Technology from the Peter Pazmany Catholic University. He is currently continuing his studies at the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics. His special interest is neu-ral engineering and brain-machine interfaces. During his college years, he worked at the Computer and Automation Research Institute. For the past two years, he has been employed as a research assistant at the Institute for Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Laszlo is spending one year at the NeuroNexus Technologies and the Neural Engineering Laboratory at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan to learn more about cutting-edge neural interface technology. When Laszlo returns to Hungary, he plans to utilize his newly acquired knowledge through mutually beneficial collaboration with his American host institution and establish a startup technology company while pursuing his Ph.D. studies.
Laszlo enjoys traveling, sailing, and is interested in photography.
Hajnalka graduated in 2000 from the University of Debrecen as an English major with a concentration in American studies. In 2004, she completed her postgraduate studies as a hospitality economist at the Budapest College of Economics. In the meantime, as a hospitality specialist, she gained work experience at the Degenfeld Wine Estate. To bring her two fields of study together, she joined a Ph.D. program at the University of Debrecen, and started research on the interface of cultural studies and gastronomy.
She is spending a rotational twelve-month traineeship in the California wine country as a hospitality specialist at Foster’s Wine Estates Americas - a renowned international vintner and wine mar-keter. She will have a chance to spend some time at every Foster’s Wine Estate (Chateau St. Jean, Beringer, Chateau Souverain, Stag’s Leap Winery) in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys and the Pasa Robles region. Hajnalka’s professional objective is to learn how to promote the wine culture and market wineries as a cultural destination. Upon her return to Hungary, she plans to work on developing and promot-ing the Hungarian wine region Tokaj by directly applypromot-ing her hospi-tality knowledge and skills acquired in the United States.
In her free time, Hajnalka enjoys playing soccer, skiing, and cooking. She likes buying books, and wandering around at fruit and vegetable markets.
Foster’s Wine Estates
Zsofia is in her final year at Semmelweis University of Medicine. Her special field of interest is dermatology and the genetic background of dermatological diseases. In addition to her medical studies, as a member of the Students’ Research Association, she participates in the research and molecular diagnostic activities of the Genetics Laboratory at the Department of Dermatology, Venerology and Dermatooncology at Semmelweis. She completed several intern-ships abroad as a member of various foreign exchange programs: one month in Finland, four months in Spain, and seven months in Germany.
Zsofia will be spending six months at the Dermatology Department of Boston University where she is planning to conduct research in the field of molecular dermatology. When she returns home, she will graduate and start her residency program in dermatology.
As a former triathlate, she loves outdoor sports. She also likes reading and visiting museums while exploring different periods of art history.
Tamas graduated from the Corvinus University of Budapest with a major in Financial Analysis and Economic Policy. He also holds a degree from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Pazmany Peter Catholic University. In addition to his studies in Hungary, he studied law in Bremen, Germany, was an active member in numerous student organisations, including AIESEC and Heller Farkas College for Advanced Studies, and won several awards at Student Scientific Competitions. Parallel to his full time studies, he received on-the-job experience at a multinational bank and an international law firm, and has recently been employed by KPMG as a tax advisor in Hungary. Tamas is spending a year at the Economic & Valuation Services Business Line of KPMG in Chicago, Illinois where he will have the opportunity to participate in global transfer pricing (TP) and valuation projects. He will assist clients in preparing their TP documentation, in shaping their transfer pricing strategy, and in drafting agreements that are in line with TP legislation. Tamas will also have the opportu-nity to learn valuation methods with which arm’s length prices of related party transactions are determined, and will participate in negotiating advanced pricing agreements (APAs) with governments.
In his spare time, Tamas enjoys running, playing and watching foot-ball, going out with friends, and participating in poker tournaments.
Eva is a second year PhD student at Pazmany Peter Catholic University in the Multidisciplinary Technical Sciences Doctoral School where she is pursuing human vision research. She earned her Master’s degree in neurobiology at Eotvos Lorand University, and is a member of the university’s Bolyai College for talented young Hungarian scientists. Her field of research is visual short term mem-ory and motion perception. She is also a technical translator in biol-ogy.
Eva will be spending six months at the Center for Neural Science of New York University where she will be learning new research tech-niques including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the brain. This technique was recently introduced in Hungary, and is a highly effective tool for mapping brain activations. When she returns, she will be part of the fMRI research group at Hungary’s first Center for Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Budapest, a joint project between Semmelweis University and Pazmany Peter University.
Besides conducting research, Eva enjoys traveling, exploring differ-ent cultures, and amateur outdoor photography.
Center for Neural Science,
Andras is a recent graduate of the Corvinus University of Budapest. He majored in corporate finance, and he is still a CEMS (Community of European Management Schools) student. In order to fulfill the requirements of this special study program, he spent a semester at Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam in the Netherlands and worked at ExxonMobil’s London office for four months.
Andras is spending a year in New York City at Lloyds TSB Bank to gain a more in-depth knowledge of risk management and private banking. When Andras returns to Hungary, he will pursue a job in the banking sector.
Andras enjoys traveling and keeping in touch with his worldwide net-work of friends. He also likes cooking, playing sports, and going out in the evenings.
Lloyds TSB Bank
Anita is a senior year medical student at the University of Debrecen Medical and Health Science Center. She is an active member of the Scientific Students Association. She completed her research work on chronic lymphoid leukemia at the Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular Pathology.
Anita is doing a three month medical rotation at the State University of New York in Buffalo in the framework of a professional exchange program organized by the Hungarian Medical Association of America. During her rotation, she will have the chance to gain expe-rience in the departments of neurosurgery, pediatrics and endocrinol-ogy. After returning to Hungary, Anita is going to finish medical school. After graduation, she is planning to work in the diagnostic field.
In her spare time, she goes jogging, swimming, and cycling. In the winter, she enjoys skating and skiing. She is a former member of the Modern Dance and Theatre Studio in Debrecen.
HMAA & SUNY Buffalo
Karoly is a sixth year medical student at Semmelweis University in Budapest. His fields of academic interest include pediatrics and hematology-oncology. In addition to his medical studies, he is an active member of the Research Students Association.
Karoly will have the opportunity to spend three months on a medical program at the State University of New York in Buffalo in the frame-work of a professional exchange program organized by the Hungarian Medical Association of America. His rotations will include a neuro-developmental pediatrics training at the Robert Warner Rehabilitation Center of the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, an in-patient neurology training at Buffalo General Hospital, and an advanced neurology rotation at different hospitals (including Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Dent Neurological Institute and Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital) where the major fields will be neuro-oncolo-gy and headache management. After graduating from Semmelweis University in 2007, Karoly plans to start a residency program in pedi-atrics. He also plans to continue his research activities.
In his spare time, Karoly enjoys swimming, playing tennis, and going to concerts and theatre performances.
HMAA & SUNY Buffalo
Dora graduated from Zrinyi Miklos National Defense University in Security and Defense Policy in July 2006. At the same time, she pur-sued studies at Eotvos Lorand University’s Faculty of Law. She also earned a double degree in French and European Law from the Universite Paris II.
Dora’s main fields of academic interest are peacekeeping, crisis management, and international organizations. She is writing her PhD dissertation on African peace operations. Dora will be spending one year in Washington, D.C. where she will complete a training program at the Center for Future Security Strategies of the Hudson Institute. After returning to Hungary, she would like to utilize the professional experience acquired in the United States at the Hungarian Ministry of Defense.
Dora is a member of the Hungarian sportaerobics national team, and she regularly takes part in national and international competitions.
The Hudson Institute
Peter is a senior medical student at the University of Debrecen Medical and Health Science Center (UDMHSC). He is an active mem-ber of the Scientific Students Association, and has already begun the M.D. PhD program at the 1st Department of Internal Medicine at UDMHSC where his concentration is childhood obesity. He has been the president of the Local Committee of the Hungarian Medical Students’ International Relations Committee (HuMSIRC) in Debrecen since 2005.
Peter will be completing a three month medical rotation at the State University of New York in Buffalo in the framework of a professional exchange program organized by the Hungarian Medical Association of America (HMAA). During his rotation, he will be visiting the depart-ments of gynecology-obstetrics, pediatrics, and endocrinology. When Peter returns to Hungary, he plans to finish medical school. He also intends to continue his research work as a PhD student in Debrecen.
Peter likes traveling and getting to know new cultures and places. In his spare time, he likes cycling, jogging, and hiking with his friends.
HMAA & SUNY Buffalo
Sarolta Lee is a senior medical student at Semmelweis University, Budapest. She will have the opportunity to complete a three month medical rotation at the State University of New York in Buffalo in the framework of a professional exchange program organized by the Hungarian Medical Association of America.
Sarolta’s fields of interest within medicine are internal and emergency medicine. Her first and second rotations will be at the Millard Filmore Gates Circle Hospital. Her third rotation will be in the emergency room of The Sisters of Charity Hospital. After graduation, she plans to do her residency in Budapest and specialize in internal medicine.
In her free time, Sarolta likes traveling, playing sports, reading, learn-ing foreign languages, and spendlearn-ing time with friends.
HMAA & SUNY Buffalo
The HAESF Graduate Scholarship program provides
finan-cial grants to the most accomplished recent Hungarian
graduates to pursue terminal designation degrees that lead
to professional occupations, or for professional,
post-grad-uate, non-degree, certificate-granting programs at
accredit-ed American universities and colleges or certificate-granting
The goal of the program is to provide promising future
lead-ers of Hungarian society an opportunity to receive
interna-tional education that lead to professional occupations,
thereby enhancing their contribution to their home country
and its development upon their return.
Financial grants for independently
organized post-graduate academic
studies in the U.S. that lead to
Akos graduated from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in January of 2004 with a degree in electrical engineering. His area of interest is optical telecommunication networking. He completed his thesis while working as a research assistant at the Catalan Telecommunication Technological Center in Barcelona, Spain. After graduation he joined the research and teaching staff at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
Akos will spend two academic years pursuing an MBA degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Upon graduation, Akos will return to his home country where he hopes to contribute to further-ing the development of the Hungarian business community.
Having studied in Sweden and France, Akos is passionate about international experience. He has a large network of friends all over the world. In his spare time, he likes to do volunteer work for the Hungarian Civil Association where he is a member of the Board of Directors.
Business School, SUNY Buffalo
Zsuzsa graduated from the Corvinus University of Budapest in 2003, where she majored in finance. She completed part of her studies at the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS) program of Copenhagen Business School. After graduation, she worked at McKinsey & Company’s Budapest office for three years as a man-agement consultant.
Zsuzsa will be studying business at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Chicago. She will have the opportunity to gain international business knowledge and strengthen her leadership skills to become a successful manager in the future. After completing Kellogg’s one-year MBA program, Zsuzsa will return to McKinsey & Company in Hungary.
In her spare time, Zsuzsa enjoys traveling, playing squash, running, and skiing.
Kellogg School of Management,
Eniko is a graduate of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. She is a licenced architect in Hungary. Since graduation she has been working in several design offices and opened her own design office 5 years ago. Eniko is a professional basketball player, and she also holds a degree in Physical Education from the Semmelweis University, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences. Eniko is also a recipient of a research scholarship from the Ministry of Cultural Heritage to study the culture of architectural envi-ronment.
Eniko received a Fulbright scholarship and started her post-profes-sional Master’s Degree at the Pratt Institute in 2005. With the help of the HAESF Scholarship, she will finish her program and will be able to bring home her knowledge of the most recent computational architectural techniques, technology and design.
Eniko has a passion for traveling. She is working on several art proj-ects with international designers from different fields. In her spare time, she likes reading, playing basketball and hiking.