Staff

John O’Sullivan

President

Editor and columnist, senior fellow at the National Review Institute in Washington. Earlier posts include editor of National Review, associate editor of the London Times, senior fellow of the Hudson Institute, and special adviser to Margaret Thatcher.

István Kiss

Executive Director

Political scientist and an international relations expert. He has earned his Bachelor and Masters degrees at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University and at the University of Edinburgh. Currently he is working on his PhD at his alma mater. From 2013 to 2018 he worked at the Századvég Foundation first as a Research Fellow then as a Senior Research Fellow. Formerly he worked as a Political Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office of Hungary.

Melissa O’Sullivan

Program Coordinator

She is involved with program development and execution, working with incoming guest speakers and supporting all staff in a mission oriented fashion. She also represents Danube Institute through her involvement with the International Women’s Club and other organisations. A former professional in the field of security working with the federal government, she is a graduate of the University of Alabama and is a commentator on the political scene on both sides of the Atlantic.

István Pócza

Research Director

International relations expert. He earned his BSc. and MSc. degrees in European Studies at the Budapest based ELTE University. He previously worked as a researcher and senior researcher at Migration Research Institute, Századvég Foundation, and Center for Fundamental Rights. As an expert on foreign relations, he focuses primarily on European politics and especially Austria and Germany.

Marianna Tóth

Operations Director

As operations director she is responsible for the Institute’s management and coordination. Previously she worked at Századvég Foundation and Századvég Economic Research Ltd. as operations director. Studied at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, later studied international studies at Károli Gáspár University in Budapest. 

Nóra Kobza-Kunfalvi

Head of Communications

Graduated at Corvinus University of Budapest from communication and media, both BA and MA degrees. Past experience includes working at TV, daily and weekly newspapers, and is currently responsible for communication at the Danube Institute.

Violetta-Ibolya Dán

Event Organizer

She studied English language and literature in Cluj-Napoca and then at the Eötvös Lóránd University, where she also obtained a master's degree in English teaching. She also graduated from the Department of Psychology at the Károli Gáspár Reformed University. She has gained work experience in many areas of foreign trade, finance, as well as the hotel industry and business.

András Karácsony

Research Team Leader, National Sovereignity Research Group

Professor, candidate of Sciences, professor at the Faculty of Law of Eötvös Loránd University. Member of the editorial board of Kommentár and In Medias Res. Research interests: social theory, philosophy of law. He is the author of several books and studies.

Tamás Nyirkos

Research Group Leader, Christianity and Democracy Research Group

Political philosopher, associate professor at Pázmány Péter Catholic University and research fellow at the University of Public Service. Author of the book The Tyranny of the Majority: History, Concepts, and Challenges.

Mark Higgie

Senior Fellow

Former diplomat, political adviser. 2014-2017 Ambassador of Australia to the EU and NATO. He previously worked as an international adviser to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. From 2006 to 2009, he was the Australian representative of the British Joint Intelligence Committee. He is also a European correspondent for The Spectator Australia.

Ágnes Zsófia Magyar

Senior Research Fellow

Political expert. She graduated from Eötvös Loránd University with a degree in humanities and Institutional Communication from Metropolitan University. She worked for the Hungarian People's Party in the European Parliament in Brussels, after which she became a foreign policy adviser to the Minister of Justice. Previously, she was the head of the foreign secretariat of the Office of the President of the Republic.

Gyula Pál

Senior Research Fellow

Economist-computer scientist, philosopher. He is a senior business IT consultant at SS&C Technologies and a publicist for a weekly newspaper, Mandiner . He graduated from the Academia de Studii Economice in Bucharest with a degree in economic informatics and quantitative economics, and then obtained a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Buckingham under the direction of the late Sir Roger Scruton. 

Soma Hegedős

Senior Research Fellow

Columnist and Lawyer specialised in Public law. He is a researcher of the University of Public Service Ludovika (Budapest).

András Jancsó

Researcher

PhD-student at the University of Pécs, his research topic focuses on Joseph Ratzinger’s political thinking. External lecturer at Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary. Member of the Humanities Committee of Hungarian Accreditation Committee. President of the Scientific Department of Philosophy of Association of Hungarian PhD and DLA Candidates.

Ádám Darabos

Research Fellow

Political scientist, a doctoral student of the Corvinus University of Budapest. Earlier, a member of the Bibó István College for Advanced Studies and a research assistant at the Institute for Political Science, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His research field is Christian political thought, especially Reinhold Niebuhr and his Christian Realism. 

Markus Monostori

Research Fellow

Lawyer, writer. He is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law of Eötvös Lóránd University. His areas include power theory and leadership methodology, Western Civilization, and sovereignty and social responsibility.

 

Dávid Nagy

Research Fellow

Studied International Security and Defence Policy at the National University of Public Service and at the University of Haifa. His main research fields include the Middle East, terrorism, and radicalism.

Tamás Orbán

Research Fellow

Studied history and international relations at the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. Previously worked as an intern for various research institutes in Budapest. Works as a researcher, columnist and geopolitical analyst at the Danube Institute.

Ágnes Berei

Assistant to President

Economist, with multinational marketing and catering expericence, graduated from Budapesti Gazdasági Főiskola in Budapest and Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids, US. Previous experience includes office management and personal assistance as well. 

Orsolya Belányi

Assistant to Executive Director

She studied political science at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, currently she is a student at Budapest Business School. She previously worked and gained experience in tourism.

Richárd Komáromi

Operations Fellow

He got his degree at Kodolányi János University in interpreting and translation. He has  professional experience in plenty of fields but mostly in finance and human resources. In his spare time he is an English teacher.

János Gerencsér

Intern

Law student at Pázmány Péter Catholic University of Budapest, specializes in constitutional law and international law, current field of research includes sovereignty, rule of law, and Eastern-European politics.

Vince Hegedűs

Intern

Student of political science BA and international relations minor program at PPKE. He previously completed an internship at NKE PÁK.