Ambassador Réka Szemerkényi became CEPA’s new executive vice-president in October 2017. Previously she was Hungary’s Ambassador to the United States (2015–17), and has also held other political positions, including Chief
Advisor in Foreign and Security Policy to the Prime Minister of Hungary (2011–15), State Secretary for Foreign and
Security Policy in the Prime Minister’s Ofce in Hungary (1998–2002), and was a senior advisor to the State Secretary in the Ministry of Defense of Hungary (1991–94). She worked as a senior advisor to the chairman and CEO of MOL Group, aHungarian oil and gas company (2004–11), and was a consultant at the World Bank, Economic Development Institute in Washington, DC (1994). She earned her PhD, summa cum laude, at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary (2006) and an MA in strategic studies at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC (1993–95) and also has an MA in international relations from the Institut Européen des Hautes Études Internationales in Nice (1990–91) and from ELTE University Budapest (1985–90). She was a lecturer at Milan University’s ASERI Center of International Relations (2006–08).

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