Dr. Zoltan Dubeczi

Hungarian Rectors
Bio

The Secretary General of the Hungarian Rectors’ Conference and the Chief Advisor to the Governor of the Hungarian National Bank

Dr Zoltán Dubéczi has been working as the Secretary General of the HRC since 2006. As the operative head of the representative body of Hungarian Universities, he is involved in the strategic and legislation processes regarding higher education reforms in Hungary. In addition to his position at HRC, he’s been responsible for educational developments at the Central Bank of Hungary (MNB) as Chief Adviser to the Governor, managing higher education programmes together with universities in economics and social sciences. Dr. Dubéczi also has comprehensive experience in international activities related to higher education, as former chairman of the Secretary Generals’ Committee at the European University Association (EUA). He occupied a number of leadership positions, dealing with national and international higher education development projects, including Full Member position of the Administrative Board of the International Association of Universities (IAU). As a result of his constant presence in all major national and international higher education platforms, he gained a broad understanding and expertise of the sector, with extensive insight on international trends and economic perspectives.

Istvan Petak, MD, PHD

Founder of Oncompass Medicine and Health
Bio

Dr. Istvan Petak is a physician-scientist and molecular pharmacologist.
He is an adjunct professor at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and at the Szechenyi Istvan University (SZE), Gyor.
Dr. Petak has co-authored over 200 scientific publications in molecular pharmacology and predictive molecular diagnostics of targeted anti-cancer therapies.
He is also co-founder of two medical technology companies.
He pioneered molecular pharmacodiagnostics in 2003 and NGS-based molecular diagnostics in 2008 at Oncompass Medicine.
At Genomate Health, he focuses on developing computational medical devices using artificial intelligence to improve, automate, and standardize personalized treatment decisions.

 

László Szabó

Founder of the Hungarian Innovation Hub
Bio

Dr. László Szabó obtained his medical degree from the University of Debrecen in 1990 and subsequently worked as a transplant surgeon in Debrecen. He continued his career at the American pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly and Company, where he engaged in sales, marketing, HR, research and development, and management across seven countries on four continents over 18 years. Between 2010 and 2014, he served as the CEO of Teva Hungary in Budapest. For three years, he was Hungary's ambassador to the United States, preceded by three years as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. From 2020 to 2022, he held the position of CEO at Mediaworks Zrt. In his most recent role, as the founder and head of the Hungarian Innovation Hub, he is responsible for the development of a comprehensive ecosystem spanning multiple universities.

Keith Norden, CEcD

President & CEO, Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation
Bio

Keith Norden is president and CEO of Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation, a public-private partnership created to draw high-impact businesses to Volusia County, Florida. Keith has led Team Volusia EDC since October 2012. With a focus on job creation, Keith is responsible for attracting businesses to the 16 municipalities of the Greater Daytona Region/Volusia County. He leads a comprehensive outreach program while maintaining strong alliances with business leaders, public officials and global economic development experts. Since arriving at Team Volusia, he has doubled the number of private sector investors and increased project activity and corporate locations to an all-time high.

In 1990, Keith began his economic development career in Virginia with leadership roles at: Virginia Peninsula Economic Development Council; Virginia Economic Development Partnership; and Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, a public-private partnership representing 16 communities in Southeastern Virginia. In 2009, Keith was recruited as president and CEO of the Tampa Committee of One Hundred which later transitioned into the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, now known as Tampa Bay Economic Development Council. During his tenure, he led efforts in restructuring the organization to include aggressive outreach recruitment activities as well as increased funding from the private sector.

Keith is a graduate of Old Dominion University and the Economic Development Institute at University of Oklahoma. He received his professional certification in 1995 when he became a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). Some of Keith’s professional affiliations include CoreNet Global, Fellow/Industrial Asset Management Council, International Economic Development Council, Former Southeast Regional Director & Executive Committee/Southern Economic Development Council, Former Vice Chair Professional Development & Executive Committee/Florida Economic Development Council, Chair of the Board/Florida Delegation SEUS/Japan Association, Former Chair of the Board of Managers/Team Florida Marketing Partnership, Board/Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, Business Services Committee/CareerSource Flagler Volusia, Advisory Board/Embry-Riddle Research Park, Board/Daytona Beach Rotary Club, Board/Council on Aging, Economic Development Chair/Civic League of the Halifax Area.

In 2016, Keith was awarded the Governor’s Business Ambassador Medallion for his contributions to economic development in Florida. In 2018, Keith was recognized as one of the top 50 economic developers in the United States. In 2022, Keith was the recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette granted by His Majesty The Emperor of Japan for his years of service of building business relationships and cultural ties between Japan and the United States.

Piros Pazaurek

President
Bio

Derrick Henry

Mayor of Daytona Beach
Bio

Andrew Herein

Coo
Bio

First and foremost, I would describe myself as a devoted husband and a proud father of three. My family is my constant inspiration, motivating me to overcome challenges and strive for success.

At present, my focus lies on growing Julius-K9 LLC and revolutionizing the Pet Industry.

With over 9 years of experience in this niche, I am dedicated to making a significant impact and driving positive change.

As the COO of Julius-K9 LLC, it is both my passion and duty to oversee the daily operations of the company. I am committed to ensuring that our products consistently meet the highest standards of quality while also driving innovation and ensuring customer satisfaction.

Derek Ephrem

Director of Economic Development
Bio

Derek Ephrem, the Director of Economic Development at the Orlando Economic Partnership and former Senior Director of Economic Development at Enterprise Florida, is a seasoned economic development professional with over 23 years of experience that includes Florida, California, and Australia. With an innovative mindset and a talent for collaboration, Derek consistently identifies and capitalizes on international business opportunities that propel economic growth.

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Derek pursued his passion for economic development by earning a Bachelor of Science from California State University Long Beach. His extensive international network is a testament to his ability to cultivate strategic partnerships that yield mutual benefits. Derek's adeptness at connecting trusted parties has positioned him as a key influencer in the economic development sphere.

Reka Lenox

Fellow
Bio

A communications specialist with a focus on nonprofit management. She's skilled in fundraising, social media campaigns, web development, and event planning. Beyond work, her interests include space exploration and language studies.

Judit Regos

President
Bio

Judit Regos is a social policy expert, family counsellor and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of the Parents’ House movement in Hungary, the leader of Parents’ House Family Centres since 2007 and the President of the Parents’ House Public Benefit Foundation since 2015.
As an expert, she is frequently invited to contribute to the Hungarian media and to speak at Hungarian and international conferences.

The family support methodology she developed was awarded Best Practice by the European Union's Eurofound Foundation in 2012 and included in the World Bank's Good Practice in 2014.

On the recommendation of the World Bank, a partnership with the Government of Ghana was launched in 2018 and with the Government of Morocco in 2019 to adapt the programme.
In 2022, the Foundation was granted consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and in 2023 her programme won the Social Innovation Award in Hungary.

Over the past 15 years, Parents’ House, under her leadership, has reached more than 100,000 families through the operation of six family centres and 20 family nurseries. It has provided summer camping opportunities for thousands of children and involved hundreds of volunteers in its various charitable programmes. The Foundation works with 20 children's homes across Hungary to enhance the life prospects of 500 children and young people in care.

Carol Ann Dykes Logue

Director
Bio

Ms. Logue serves as Director of the University of Central Florida's nine-site Business Incubation Program and Innovation Districts. Four incubators are located in the three UCF Innovation Districts anchored around UCF campuses focusing on early-stage companies in specific clusters of technology and industry that are key drivers of Central Florida’s economy. Five others are located in other areas of Metro Orlando serving a wide range of fast-growing companies.

Ms. Carol Ann Logue is also Co-Founder and Director of the Central Florida Tech Grove which is a unique virtual and physical innovation collaboration hub established through a Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) between the UCF Research Foundation and the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division. Additional PIA members and funders are the simulation & training acquisition commands of the Army (PEO STRI, STTC) and Army Futures Command (STE CFT), Air Force (AFAMS), Marine Corps (PM TRASYS), Defense Health Agency, OSD’s Advanced Distributed Learning, and Office of Naval Research through the NavalX Central Florida Tech Bridge.

Prior to joining UCF, she was a member of the University of Florida faculty serving as Associate Director for the Southern Technology Applications Center supporting NASA and other federal laboratories and universities across nine southeastern states in their technology transfer and commercialization activities as well as the companies commercializing the federally-funded technologies.
She has served as Vice President of Information Services for Technology Strategic Planning Inc. (a spinout from the Defense Intelligence Agency) providing global competitive technology analysis for Fortune 50 clients, and as an Information Specialist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Carol Ann serves as the UCF representative on the Executive Board of the Orlando Tech Community. She represents UCF on the Boards of Team Orlando, NDIA Central Florida Chapter, VRARA Central Florida, and the Florida Photonics Cluster. She also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Central Florida STEM Education Council.
She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BS in Biology and from Louisiana State University with an MS in Library and Information Science.

Adam Bacso

COO - Ticklessusa
Bio

Adam Bacso is a seasoned entrepreneur and the founder of Mobuen Digital Agency, specializing in American and European Amazon Sales. With over four years of dedicated experience working with Amazon, Mobuen has developed a deep understanding of the intricate dynamics of online retail.
The agency has successfully collaborated with a diverse range of European and American companies, being able to enhance their presence and sales in both European and US marketplaces.
Adam himself has also managed a successful US market entry in the past 6 years and built a B2B system for an emerging Hungarian brand, Tickless. Under his leadership, the company was able to list their products across several US online marketplaces, distributors and key brick and mortar companies.
He has sales experience in North-America, Latin America and Europe. Their own Amazon listings include Europe, North America, and Australia.
Adam's expertise in navigating the complex Amazon ecosystem has positioned his agency as a key player in the field, driving growth and innovation in the digital marketplace.

Mike Pannagio

Philanthropist
Bio

For over 40 years I have been dedicated to my brand DME. Integrated Direct Marketing has been our specialty. The community I have lived and prospered in is also important to me. Giving back is a major reason why I continue to work as hard as I work.

Melinda Szilagyi

Trade attaché - economic counselor
Bio

Corvinus University Budapest- Master of International Relations and Economics 2010 , exchange studies, Milan, - Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Corvinus University, Bachelor of Media an Public Communicaton
2010- Congress of the United States 2010
Dow Jones News Agency -Wall Street Journal Budapest 2011
Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency - Investment Promotion Directorate 2011- 2015
Milan, Italy - Consulate General of Hungary - Trade attaché- Economic counselor 2015-2021
Washington USA- Embassy of Hungary, Trdade Attaché- Economic counselor 2022 - present

Zoltan Pecskay

Managing Director
Bio

Zoltán Pécskay graduated at University of Debrecen Faculty of Economics. He started his carrier as an auditor for more than 10 years, and after that he worked on European Union tenders and dealt with project management. He has been working at EDC Debrecen Nonprofit Ltd. since 2017, as financial and operational manager from 2019, and as head of economic development team from June 2020 in the framework of which he primarily dealt with investment promotion tasks. From September 2022 he is the managing director of the company.
Thanks to the work of EDC Debrecen led by him, in the past year large-scale investments arrived to the city such as EVE Power, ZF, Schedl, Skyways Technics, Aldi International IT Services or Delaware. EDC's tasks also include the management of urban development projects realized from support programs, participation in the development of strategies related to urban development, and through its business development activities, the support of the local SME sector with various trainings, cooperation and supplier programs.

Luca Morocz

Fellow
Bio

Luca Morocz is a former Hungarian diplomat with a strong background in international relations and human rights advocacy. Currently serving as a Fellow at the Hungarian American Coalition in Washington D.C.

Prior to this role, Luca served as a Working Group Liaison Officer and Acting Unit Chief at the U.S. Department of State's Counterterrorism Bureau. In this capacity, he facilitated high-level engagements between Department leadership and national and international officials, contributing significantly to the Coalition's efforts in combating terrorism. Before joining the State Department, Luca held the position of Foreign Service Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary. During her tenure, she oversaw and analyzed economic and political relations among the European Union, the United States, and Canada, playing a pivotal role in coordinating bilateral relations between the U.S. and Hungary. Additionally, she received the first LTP Alumni Award by the Hungarian American Coalition, highlighting her significant dedication to Hungarian-American relations and community engagement.

Laszlo Stickl

Founder
Bio

Laszlo is a senior executive with broad experience in business service, financial and venture capital sector. He gained comprehensive knowledge of corporate banking, asset and receivable based financing, venture capital investments, asset and fund management, capital investments and mergers & acquisitions.

Gabor T.Nagy

International Management Expert
Bio

Gabor's expertise extends beyond his rich background in senior management and leadership. With a keen eye for market entry strategies, he has orchestrated successful expansions for global firms into new territories across three continents. His nuanced understanding of diverse markets has been instrumental in implementing soft landing programs, easing the transition for companies into unfamiliar business landscapes.
His educational background in Mechanical Engineering, complemented by a Master's degree in Business Administration with a Finance Concentration, equips him with a holistic perspective in navigating both technical and financial aspects of business ventures.
Having navigated the complexities of fast-paced, high-stress, multi-cultural environments in Europe, the United States, and numerous countries in Latin America, Gabor is deeply committed to fostering workplace cultures that prioritize employee well-being and drive high performance. He thrives on coaching and developing talent, ensuring that organizations not only meet but exceed their objectives.
Gabor's dedication to supporting leaders in realizing their visions of success is matched by his proficiency in designing systems that optimize both individual and organizational effectiveness. Whether it's streamlining operations, enhancing communication channels, or implementing innovative strategies, he continuously seeks out opportunities to elevate performance and drive sustainable growth.

Connie Garzon, MBA - CBA

Site Manager - Volusia Business Incubator
Bio

Connie is a Start-up Ecosystem Builder, and an expert in Business Development, Entrepreneurship, and International Business. She has nine years of experience in the banking industry and many years of work with multinational organizations and start-ups around the world. Connie has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs to raise millions of dollars from investors and banks helping them to grow multimillion dollars companies. She has won several awards in the Central Florida region including a State-wide award “Education Partner of the Year” by CareerSource Florida, and she was recognized in 2009 as the Best Business Consultant for Central Florida by the Florida Small Business Development Center Network. As an entrepreneur, Connie is the founder of the Volusia Tech Hub and wrote several e-books about healthy living. She was a professor of International Entrepreneurship at Stetson University and Entrepreneurship at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Bilingual Spanish/English

Dr. Denes Kemeny

Water Polo Coach
Bio

Joanne Magley

Director of marketing & customer experience
Bio

Joanne Magley serves as the director of air service, marketing and customer experience at Daytona Beach International Airport. She also serves as the primary media contact for the airport. Before joining the airport in 2019, she was the director of Community Information for the County of Volusia. She has worked for the county since 2010. Joanne is a member of the Daytona Beach Rotary and serves as Programs Chair. She's also the president of the Creekside Middle School Band Boosters. Joanne is married with two sons and resides in Port Orange, Florida.

Axel Lopez

VP - Global sales and marketing
Bio

Central Florida resident with over 25 years of International Sales and Marketing experience representing manufacturing and services companies in opening new markets. Author of the book How To Do Successful Business in Latin America. Mr. Lopez owns and runs a handful of privately owned companies, and serves as a Marketing Consultant for others. Mr. Lopez has traveled extensively around the world representing companies from USA, Europe, Middle East and Latin America.

Gabor Mozsi

President
Bio

Gabor, originally from Budapest, discovered his passion for photography in Hungary before making his mark in the United States. In 2015 he found a new home in Chicago, drawn by family ties and the city’s vibrant Hungarian community.

Currently serving as the Operations Manager for a multi-state portrait photography studio chain, Gabor has earned accolades for his creative and managerial expertise. His commitment extends beyond the professional realm, actively participating in social events and fundraisers, showcasing a dedication to community impact.

As President of the Hungarian Club of Chicago, Gabor envisions a future that combines traditional Hungarian engagements with modernized activities and enhanced public relations. In the post-Covid era, he is determined to revive cultural and social events, creating an inclusive space that reflects the Club’s rich history in today’s Chicago Hungarian community.

Bela Kocsy

Diplomat - AG. Attaché
Bio

Bela Kocsy
Embassy of Hungary
Agricultural Attaché - Diplomat

Work exp.:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Agricultural Attaché (Washington DC) – Accredited to USA & Canada
Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture – Director of Int. Affairs and Trade

Education:
Prof. University of Debrecen (Ag. Faculty)
Purdue University (USA) - USA Academic degree (AG. Econ & EMBA)
Tilburg University (NL) - Tias Nimbas B. S,- European MBA
Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences
Pázmány Péter Catholic University - Deák Institute – Banking Law
College of Trade and Economics – Economist
Than Károly Secondary School of Chemistry – Chemist Technician

Dr. Judit Trunkos

Assistant Professor of Political Science Robert Morris University
Bio

I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Robert Morris University. The courses I have taught are Introduction to International Relations, Comparative Politics, European Studies, The Conduct and Formulation of U.S. Foreign Policy, Soft Power in International Relations, American Government, Cyber Diplomacy, Introduction to Political Science and Social Science Methodology.  

As an International Relations scholar, I have been researching soft power, more specifically the various soft power instruments including sports, culture and education. I created a new soft power measurement method and a new dataset to evaluate all countries’ soft power use.  

Janet Karika

Former Chief of staff of nasa
Bio

Ms. Janet Karika is a recognized senior leader within the National Security and Civil space communities, who has demonstrated exceptional performance and clear vision in her over 40 year aerospace career. She is a retired member of the NASA Senior Executive Service who recently served as the NASA Chief of Staff. Ms. Karika is a recognized Subject Matter Expert on space policy; space transportation, including launch vehicles and spaceport operations; interagency collaboration; export control; and non-proliferation issues.
As Chief of Staff of NASA, Ms. Karika was responsible for coordinating the management and execution of initiatives, missions, programs, and policies in critical areas of concern for the $25B Agency and ensuring the strategic goals and objectives established by the President and Administrator were achieved. She provided oversight for the Agency’s activities, orchestrating activities of the 10 NASA Centers and their facilities throughout the U.S. She directly interacted with the Executive Office of the President on NASA initiatives, including the resumption of flying American astronauts on American rockets from American soil, the renewed push to return U.S. astronauts to the Moon, the re-establishment of the National Space Council, the creation of the Artemis Accords, and investments in the Nation’s critical space infrastructure.
Ms. Karika most recently served as the NASA Principal Advisor for Space Transportation, where she led the Agency-wide, post-flight Artemis I Lessons Learned Team. She monitored and advised NASA’s space transportation programs to include the Artemis Moon to Mars Program, the Commercial Crew Program, the Launch Services Program, and Cargo Resupply Services. In this role and throughout her time supporting NASA, she spearheaded interagency collaboration with Government space transportation stakeholders to include the National Space Council, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Departments of Commerce, Defense, and State, the U.S. Air Force, Space Force, and Space Command.
Previously, Ms. Karika supported numerous space organizations including the NASA Launch Services Organizations, the Air Force Secretary for Space Acquisition, and the Secretary of Defense’s Space Systems Office. During her Air Force career, she was the Director for Launch Programs for the Air Force Program Executive Office for Space where she oversaw the transition from the Titan II, Delta II, and Titan IV heritage launch programs to the National Security Space Launch (formerly Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV)) Program’s Atlas V and Delta IV programs. She represented the Nation as a Missile Technology Control Regime delegate, was a Thermal Protection Materials Research Scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center, commanded a nuclear detection operations center, and developed ICBMs and launch vehicle upper stages.
Ms. Karika holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in ultra-high temperature composites used in space systems. She served on the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) and chaired its Operations Working Group. She is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). She is a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA) and served as their Board of Directors Vice Chairperson.

Dj Lebo

Chiefexecutive officer
Bio

I am a Florida girl born and raised! While I went off to Texas for College, GO FROGS – I came right back! I spent time honing my accounting skills in manufacturing companies and car dealerships before settling into working for our local school district. There I fell in love with children and education. This led me to early learning. I’ve been happily employed at the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties, Inc. for almost 14 years, been the CEO for more than 11 years and still love coming to work every day. Along the way I went to the University of North Florida for my master’s in educational leadership, focused on early childhood. I love that we have an opportunity to build collaborative partnerships that help to achieve successful outcomes for children, families, child care providers, and community partners. I also have a wonderful accountant hubby along with two girls who both work for nonprofits in our area. Life is great!

Karoly Jokay

Director of marketing & customer experience
Bio

An expert in municipal finance and bankruptcy, Jókay taught municipal finance, public
budgeting and public management in the Department of Public Policy at Central
European University in Budapest between 2005 and 2017. He currently teaches Public
Policy and Budgeting courses at Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest. Jókay
has extensive consulting experience in Central and Eastern European countries,
including Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia, completing projects on municipal
bond disclosure standards, as well as municipal debt regulation. He was born in Chicago
to Hungarian refugee parents, earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of
Michigan (1984) and has an M.A. and Ph.D. (1990) in Political Science from the
University of Illinois.
Jókay moved to Hungary in 1994, is active in several civil society organizations,
established a family foundation in 1993 to support the education of mostly first
generation, rural children in the High School of the Reformed Church in Pápa (est.
1531). In January 2024, he began serving as an Elder of the Reformed Church
congregation in Budafok.

Jókay has been full-time Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in Hungary
since November 1, 2012.

Tiffany Joubert , MBA

philanthropic advisor
Bio

Tiffany Joubert is a passionate and results-driven Philanthropic Leader with over 18 years of experience in conservation, donor relations, and fundraising. With over a decade of expertise in developing and implementing sustainability strategies and project management Tiffany has been able to develop deep valued relationships. As a Philanthropic Advisor at The Community Foundation United Way of Volusia Flagler Counties, she has significantly increased assets and fostered strong relationships with high-net-worth individuals and organizations. These relationships have created an atmosphere where she has been able to help donors realize their passions and leave their legacies. Tiffany’s previous roles include Director of Development and V.P. of Wildlife at Bridges for Brain Injury, and V.P. of Development at Engenio Maria De Hostos Charter School, where she established key partnerships and implemented impactful fundraising initiatives. Tiffany's commitment and passion is further demonstrated through her strategic leadership at Bloemfontein Zoo and Cheetah Experience in South Africa where she created volunteer programs, endowments and established fundraising campaigns., At 19 Tiffany was the youngest person to have a graduate internship as a Conservation Education teacher at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. She holds an MBA in Fundraising, a BSc in Environmental Biology, and dual BAs in Studio Art and Dramatics. Tiffany's volunteer work includes significant contributions to various community organizations, reflecting her dedication to creating a more sustainable future for Volusia County including; Chair Elect for Kiwanis Daytona Beach, and acting Board member of Volusia County Woman Who Care. Tiffany and her husband also own their own dance company Hold My Hand Dance Management, where they teach social Latin, Ballroom, and a South African partner dance called Sokkie. They specialize in wedding choreography and are the top 5% of wedding choreographers across America. On the weekends Tiffany can be found reading a good horror book, hiking with her husband Johan and dog Simba or hanging out in Disney World!

Laszlo Marosi

Conductor
Bio

www.laszlomarosi.com

Andrea Lauer Rice

President
Bio

Andrea Lauer Rice is President of the Hungarian American Coalition, the community’s largest umbrella organization. She is co-founder of Memory Project, an award-winning collection of 150 video-based life histories of Hungarians who immigrated to the US, especially in 1956 (https://memoryproject.online). She is the proud daughter and granddaughter of 56-ers and has created numerous projects to teach the next generation about the 1956 Revolution and Hungarian heritage, including: leading a project to create a 14-foot “Freedom Fighter” statue in Atlanta, GA, authoring books, educational booklets, and a computer game for kids, organizing festivals, and creating documentary films, multimedia exhibits and commemorations. In 2021, she was awarded with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary (Magyar Köztársasági Érdemrend tisztikeresztje) by Ambassador Szabolcs Takács and the Hon. Zsolt Németh on behalf of János Áder, President of Hungary. She lives with her husband and children in GA.

Imre Borsanyi

CPA - Founder/Principal, IBCPA
Bio

Imre has been a practicing Certified Public Accountant since 2004. Born and raised in Hungary, he moved to the United States to complete his studies at Florida International University. As he began his career in public accounting two decades ago, his “think outside the box” and results oriented approach immediately resonated with entrepreneurs he worked with. With his international background and understanding of various cultures, Imre, along with his team of almost 20 people now represents clients from all corners of the world, helping both start-ups and existing businesses get to the next level.

Franklin Ames

Photographer
Bio

„Photography is my hobby and my passion, so when I first took the job in Hungary, I started researching the best spots for photos. I looked on Instagram and Location Scout and found that there were just so many beautiful places all over Hungary, and I planned to see them all!

My first weekend in Budapest was quite an adventure! I didn't have a car yet, so I had to walk everywhere. This really wasn't an issue for me because, as a photographer, the best way to see a new place is on foot. After checking into my airbnb, I grabbed my camera bag and headed out. I wanted to see how far it would be to get a picture of the sunrise over the Parliament building. I timed it at just about 30 minutes, so I knew I had to be up early and on my way to catch the sunrise. At this time I was experimenting with lensball photography and I managed to get a pretty good picture of Parliament through my crystal ball. (Put lensball picture here) Being in a city like Budapest, one bursting with old world culture and architecture was a dream come true for me! So many great places for photography! Bridges, cathedrals, old streets and trolley lines; I was almost overwhelmed by it all! There were so many places I wanted to see that I started reserveing my airbnb every weekend for months in advance. It was right on Vaci Street which would be teeming with people during the day, but deserted at night because of the covid curfew. This turned out to be both a blessing and a curse as i didn't have to wait long for there to be no people in my pictures, but all the businesses were closed and it was getting difficult to find a restaurant even for take away. I was fortunate enough to get pictures of The Chain Bridge before it was closed for renovations. I can say I have walked across every bridge that spans the Duna (Danube for you Canadians) and they are all beautiful!”

Rosalie Richards

Associate provost for faculty development
Bio

Rosalie A. Richards is Professor of Chemistry and Education and Associate Provost for Faculty Development. As associate provost, she leads all aspects of faculty development and supporting including international learning, with a focus on ensuring academic excellence and innovation. A native of Antigua, West Indies, Rosalie holds a B.S. in chemistry with physics from the University of the Virgin Islands, a Ph. D. in chemistry from the University of Southern California, and a certificate in project management from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Robert Anderson

Community muralist
Bio

Rob Anderson (b. June 10th, 1989) is a Queens-born visual artist celebrated for his large-scale murals and global community painting events. Inspired at an early age by music, his art translates space into vibrant compositions where the audience is invited to participate in the orchestra. Committed to community, Rob began teaching art at a Bronx youth center in 2017. Since then, he’s participated in art residencies in several public schools, producing murals and after-school art clubs. His "Kittizens" project, an interactive paint by numbers event, has reached international acclaim, engaging thousands of participants. Recently, Rob's Hungarian heritage has influenced his work, leading to collaborative projects and designing youth-led Lego mosaics in Nyíregyháza and Budapest. He firmly believes that when art extends beyond the confines of the studio and gallery walls, it has the power to transform the public by tapping into our deep desire to connect with our innate creativity, joy, and each other.