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Gergely Polner

Head of EU Public Affairs, Standard Chartered Bank

Mr Polner had been with the European Parliament since 2005, working in Brussels at the DG for Communication. His main duty was to facilitate the work of Hungarian, British, and German MEPs. In early-2010 he moved to the EP’s office in London, where he was head of public affairs. During the Hungarian rotating presidency of the European Council he was the spokesperson in charge of briefing the international press. This was followed by another stint in London, this time as a trusted expert at the City on EU affairs. Until September 2014 he acted as the Head of EU affairs at the British Banker's Association.

Botond Feledy

Director of Saint Ignatius Jesuit College

Mr Feledy is editor in chief of online foreign policy news site, and a lawyer and international relations expert (Sciences Po Bordeaux) by profession. He is a former assistant professor of ELTE Faculty of Law and visiting scholar at Sciences Po Paris, and DAAD research fellow. His scholarly work mainly concerns the regulatory framework of lobbying and interest representation.

Dr Virág Walter

associate professor at the University of Kaposvár

Ms Walter holds a degree in agribusiness and a Phd in Management and Business. As professor at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Kaposvár, she teaches HR management training and international protocol. Beforehand, she spent a semester in France on a scholarship and she was head of office for an MEP at the European Parliament.

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Roland Nátrán


He began his career at the Ministry of Finance in 2003. In 2005 he participated in a 3 months research programme in Japan, supported by the Ministry of Finance. In 2007, he was in Paris to partake in the elaboration of OECD’s report on Hungary. In 2010 he was named deputy state secretary for public finances at the Ministry for National Economy, then, in 2012 he was named CEO of EXIM Bank, the financial organisation devoted to help Hungary’s export promotion efforts. Thanks to him, we could offer traineeship opportunities for three of the winners of our competitions. 

István Joó

Director of Saint Ignatius Jesuit College

He graduated in 2007 at the University of Debrecen as an economist-agricultural engineer, with a specialisation in accounting and trade-marketing. In 2008 he began a three year stint in Brussels, working at the European Parliament first as an assistant then as an adviser to an MEP. From August 2011 he was chief advisor responsible for the energy policy portfolio of the Danube Regional Strategy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then, from 2014 he oversees the whole implementation of the Danube Regional Strategy as a Ministerial Commissioner.

We are especially thankful for Mr Joó’s support as he has provided us with the highest number of internship opportunities for winners of our simulations. 

Sándor Gyula Nagy

Hungarian Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade

His scholarly interest is focused mainly on the EU funds and the EU’s effect on small and merium sized enterprises and their competitiveness. He is a veteran member on our jury for the competition; furthermore thanks to his efforts, students of Corvinus University can select Negomoot as an elective course.

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Fruzsina Karászi

event organiser – IBM

She graduated from the University of Debrecen, gaining a degree as a teacher of literature and German language. She specialised on economic and EU affairs translation, and pursued studies in the field of EU studies. She works at IBM as an event organiser. In 2008 at the very first Negomoot competition, she represented the UK. Following that she remained an engaged part of the group of volunteers, organising our events both at home and abroad. She is one of the founders of the Association and became the first secretary-general.

Pesuth Tamás

economic analyst – Corvinus University of Budapest

Apart from being a telegenic visiting professor at Corvinus University of Budapest, Mr Pesuth also holds the title of the most active jury member of ours in 2014. We are grateful for his continued support and his help in providing internship opportunities for the winners of our competitions.

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