Staff

John O’Sullivan

John O’Sullivan

President

John is an editor, columnist and senior fellow at the National Review Institute in Washington. His earlier posts include editor of the National Review, associate editor of the London Times, senior fellow of the Hudson Institute, and special adviser to Margaret Thatcher.

István Kiss

István Kiss

Executive Director

István is a political scientist and an international relations expert. He has earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at 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

Melissa O’Sullivan

Deputy Director/Programs

Melissa is involved with program development and execution, working with incoming guest speakers and supporting all staff in a mission oriented fashion. She also represents the 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.

Mark Higgie

Mark Higgie

Senior Fellow

Mark was Australia’s Ambassador to the EU and NATO between 2014 and 2017, previously serving as international advisor to Prime Minister Tony Abbott. He was Australia’s representative to the British Joint Intelligence Committee between 2006 and 2009 and Ambassador to Hungary between 1998 and 2001. He is also Europe Correspondent for The Spectator Australia.

Anton Bendarzsevszkij

Anton Bendarzsevszkij

Director of research

Anton is a foreign policy analyst, and journalist. He studied Media & Communications and History at the University of Pécs, also reading Political Science at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. He was head of the Post-Soviet Department for 7 years at Kitekintő. Subsequently, Anton was director of the geopolitical foundation of the Hungarian National Bank and its research institute. He is a regular columnist at Magyar Nemzet. Anton specializes in the security policy of  Post-Soviet states.

Ágnes Berei

Ágnes Berei

Operation manager

Economist, with multinational marketing and catering experience, 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.

András Karácsony

András Karácsony

Research Group Leader of the National Sovereignty research group

András is a Candidate of Sciences, and a Professor at the Faculty of Law of Eötvös Loránd University. He is member of the editorial board of Kommentár and In Medias Res. András’s research interests are social theory, and philosophy of law. He is the author of several books and research articles.

Soma Hegedős

Soma Hegedős

Senior Research Fellow

Soma is a columnist and a lawyer specializing in Public law. He is a researcher at the University of Public Service (Budapest).

András Jancsó

András Jancsó

Research Fellow

András is a PhD student at the University of Pécs. His research topic centres on Joseph Ratzinger’s political thought. He is a external lecturer at Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church. He is a member of the Hungarian Accreditation Committee. He is the president of the Association for Hungarian PhD and DLA Candidates of Philosophy.

Ádám Darabos

Ádám Darabos

Research Fellow

Ádám is a political scientist, and a doctoral student of Corvinus University.  Earlier, a member of the Bibó István College for Advanced Studies and a research assistant at the Institute for Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His research field is Christian political thought - with a specialization in Reinhold Niebuhr’s Christian Realism.

Enikő Bagoly

Enikő Bagoly

Research Fellow

Enikő earned a Master’s degree in Slavonic studies, specializing in Polish and Russian culture. She is currently studying International Security and Defence Policy at the National University of Public Service in Budapest. She speaks Polish at an intermediate level, and is fluent in Russian. Her research interests include the Visegrad countries and the Post-Soviet states.

Péter Szitás

Péter Szitás

Research Fellow

Péter was a professor at J. Selye University in Komárno (SK) and the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra (SK). Previously, Péter studied linguistics in Slovakia, acquiring a PhD in literature. Péter holds an MA in International Security and Defense Policy from the National University of Public Service. He had obtained his BA in International Studies from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. His main research fields are geopolitics and terrorism.

Dávid Nagy

Dávid Nagy

Research Fellow

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

Tamás Orbán

Tamás Orbán

Research Fellow

Tamás studied History and International Relations at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. He commenced his career working as an intern for various research institutes in Budapest. He works as a researcher, columnist and geopolitical analyst at the Danube Institute.

Lídia Papp

Lídia Papp

Research Fellow

Lídia is an international relations expert. She earned her Master’s degree from Corvinus University. She also studied at the University of Haifa. She had been an intern at the Hungarian Ministry of Defence. Her primary research interests are the Middle East, humanitarian assistance, and the protection of religious freedom.

Zsófia Tóth-Bíró

Zsófia Tóth-Bíró

Research Fellow

Zsófia is a third year law student at Pázmány Péter Catholic University. She is the deputy editor in chief, as well as a columnist at Reaktor. Zsófia’s  years of experience in debating greatly assists her work at the Institute.

Sáron Sugár

Sáron Sugár

Research Fellow

Sáron is an international relations expert. She studied International Relations at Eötvös Loránd University. Her main research fields include events of the Middle East, especially the changes in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the worldwide persecution of Christians. In her work as an analyst, she pays special attention to examine the current political and social changes of the United States. She is a columnist at Hungarian Conservative. 

Anna Salyi

Anna Salyi

Personal Assistant to the President

She majored in English and Art History at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. She has worked as a teacher, translator, interpreter, fixer for English speaking journalists and in the field of political communications.

Dorina Blanka Dósa

Dorina Blanka Dósa

Personal Assistant to the Director

Dorina is a graduate MA student in Theology. She supports the work of the Executive Director and the Director of Research. She has previous experience in events management, personal assistance, and interior design.

Rebeka Illés

Rebeka Illés

Communications Assistant

Rebeka holds a Bachelor’s degree in Slavistics from Eötvös Loránd University. She speaks multiple languages and is now  studying Events Management. Formerly, she had worked in tourism and commerce.

Bátor Tietze

Bátor Tietze

Communications Assistant

Bátor studied Political Siences at the Eötvös Loránd University. He was a political analyst trainee at the Prime Minister’s Office of Hungary, and during his university years, He wrote several articles for different newspapers to get analyzing and writing experiences.