József Péter Martin – executive director
Being economist and sociologist he has been working as executive director of Transparency International Hungary since 2013. He holds an MA and a PhD-degree from the Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB). He was editor-in-chief of “Figyelő”, Hungarian economic weekly between 2003 and 2009, and won Pulitzer Memorial Prize with his team in 2006. Started his career as a journalist at “Világgazdaság”, Hungarian business daily. Then he fulfilled several positions as an editor. Between 2010 and 2013 worked as consultant in the field of media and EU affairs. In 2011-2012 he acted as head of a public education program sponsored by the Hungarian financial sector. He published a dozen of scientific articles, mainly on Hungary’s economic policies in the EU context, public and elite’s perceptions on the EU, and more recently on corruption issues from an institutional approach. He co-authored a book on the Hungarian economic crisis titled “Álomcsőd” (‘Dream-default’, 2010). He has been a regular analyst in the media on economic and EU affairs for more than a decade, and more recently, on transparency and anti-corruption issues. He is an associate lecturer at the CUB, and occasionally gives lectures at some other universities. Fluent in English and French, and has limited working proficiency in Russian.
Miklós Ligeti – legal director
Lawyer, graduated in 2002 at the Law Faculty of Eötvös Lóránd University of Sciences. While studying law, he worked as trainee with the committee on environmental protection of the Hungarian Parliament, contributing to environmental protection projects of municipalities (1999-2000). From 2000 to 2002 he was paralegal first with CMS Cameron McKenna, later with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer law firms. After graduation he joined National Institute of Criminology, where as assistant researcher he focused on the issue of criminal law protection of the environment. Absolving bar exams, he changed for the Ministry of Justice and law Enforcement in 2007. Acting as personal secretary to the under state secretary for crime policy, later as head of Statistical and Analysis Unit he was mainly in charge of criminal codification and crime statistics. From 2010 to 2012 he served as head of Statistics and Coordination Unit in the Ministry of the Interior, being responsible for the codification of laws on policing and national security as well as for measuring crime.
Gabriella Nagy – head of public funds programs
Lawyer, graduated in 2002 at the Law Faculty of Eötvös Lóránd University of Sciences. Following her studies in Hungary, she obtained a Master in European Studies at the College of Europe. For 10 years, she worked in the public administration, in the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dealing with EU law related matters in the area of public procurement, company law, and competition law, and the codification of these legal areas. From 2007 to 2009 she was the personal secretary of the deputy state secretary for civil law matters. For 4 years, she worked at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the European Union as an attaché for public procurement, company law, and competition. In 2014-2015, she was a lawyer in MFB Hungarian Development Bank Private Limited Company, dealing with the legal aspects of the financial instruments of the European Structural and Investment Funds.
Dora Rechnitzer – head of business projects
Dora Rechnitzer graduated in University of Law of Eotvos Lorant University of Sciences in Budapest as Juris Doctor in 1998. She worked as a paralegal, associate and attorney at law in one of the biggest Hungarian law firms for 5 years. She obtained a EU Law Specialist post-graduate degree in 2001. She was co-founder and partner in the green-field set-up of successful independent law-office, representing Hungarian and foreign owned small and medium sized companies, as well as governmental organizations. She lived in Warsaw and Moscow for 8 years. She worked for 2 years as Business Development Manager at a Russian real estate company in Moscow. She was a member of the board of directors of “Big Brothers and Big Sisters Russia” one of the most effective mentoring programs for children in difficult life situations. She currently completes a master program in Fletcher School in International Relations.
Petra Burai – research director
Petra obtained a PhD in Law from Eötvös Loránd University, received an LLM in Human Rights from Central European University, and earned an MSc in Public Policy from the University of Bristol (UK), where she was an FCO Chevening Scholar. She gained international professional experience as an intern at the Human Rights Directorate of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. She worked at the Hungarian Ministry of Education and taught in the Department of Administrative Law within the Faculty of Law at Eötvös Loránd University. Afterwards, she was a visiting professional at the German Federal Ministry of Interior and at the Berlin State Centre for Political Education as a fellow of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. In 2009-2010 Burai worked as an auditor at the State Audit Office of Hungary in the field of anti-corruption policies and organizational development. In 2011 she was a fellow of the US State Department’s International Leadership Program (IVLP). She joined Transparency International Hungary in 2010 as the head of legal affairs, where she led projects promoting integrity within the public sector, and then continued as director of research. She is the author and editor of several volumes and publications about human rights, anti-corruption policies, lobbying, whistleblowing and organizational ethics. She is currently also an associate of the Law & Anthropology Department of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany.
Emese Hortobágyi – head of people engagement programs
Emese has an MA degree in communication studies, Hungarian language and literature and BA degree in international relations. She joined TI Hungary in 2009 and she is responsible for strengthen the organization’s emerging social networking efforts, improving online tools and developing advocacy campaigns. She is active in recruiting and creating volunteer network and developing people & youth engagement programs. Emese has worked for four months with Citizens Union of the City of New York in the framework of IREX’s Community Solutions Program.
Krisztina Papp – project manager
Economist, spent 20 years in finance at different financial institutions. She started her career as an investment banker, gained experience in corporate finance, worked 2 years for Prudential Investment Corporation and spent 12 years with the Hungarian subsidiary of GE Money Bank (Budapest Bank) where she headed the structured finance department. At TI, following to be responsible for fundraising she is recently coordinating business sector projects.
Ella Salgó – project coordinator
Ella obtained her MA degree in international relations in 2010 at the Corvinus University of Budapest. She holds an MA degree in English literature and aesthetics from ELTE, and she finishes her BA in psychology this year. She worked at several different NGOs before joining the team of Transparency International. Currently she coordinates projects related to the Corporate Supporters Forum and the business sector.
Diána Sebestyén – Project manager and office manager
She graduated from the University of Debrecen in 2000 as teacher of English grammar and literature. After 5 years of teaching and interpreting, she sought new challenges. Parallel with her studies at the Budapest Business School, she experienced the amazing world of the hospitality industry as trainer and marketing manager of Radisson Blu Béke Hotel and later the Rezidor Hotel Group. Following another turn in her career she joined Hungary’s civil society in 2009. At TI Hungary she manages the training program and teaching material designed for highschool students as well as the mentor mentee program supporting future investigative journalists. As office manager, she is responsible for the event & volunteer management of the organization.
Lóránd Gyenge – financial manager
Economist, Accountant, Master of Liberal Arts. He has been working as an accountant for SMEs from 2002. He started his career in the NGO sector in 2004, and for the first years he was working parallel as a youth counselor and accountant at a low-level, harm reduction NGO. Since 2009 he has been teaching administration to youth-counseling students at the Eötvös Loránd University’s Faculty of Elementary and Nursery School Teacher’s Training. After working at other international NGOs he joined the team of TI-Hungary in April 2011.
Gyula Mucsi – project Manager
He graduated from Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of International Relations. Following his internship, he officially joined Transparency International Hungary in the summer of 2013. At first he contributed to the organization of TI-Hungary’s Summer Campaign, but he later joined other projects as well.