Budapest Forum 2023

(OCT 11-12, 2023)

Building Sustainable Democracies



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Head of Department of Climate and Environmental Affairs at the Budapest City Hall

Assistant Lecturer at the University of Public Service, Analyst at Political Capital Institute


International Editor, Tagesspiegel

Assistant Professor, Institute of Political and International Studies, Eötvös Lóránd University

Director, Centre for Democratic Integrity

Associate Professor at Corvinus University, Senior Researcher at Regional Energy Policy Research Centre

Senior Research Fellow at CEU Democracy Institut

Member of the European Parlaiment

Head of Brussels Representation, Budapest City Hall

Senior Policy Advisor, IndustriAll European Trade Union

Doctoral candidate, John Hopkins University; Research Affiliate, CEU Democracy Institute

Head of Research, Jigsaw at Google

Editor-in-Chief of Lakmusz

Head of the School of Media, Mathias Corvinus Collegium

Senior Fellow, GMFUS

Chair of Comparative Politics at the University of York

Poet, Critic, Translator

European Commissioner for Justice

Research Fellow, Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy

Journalist, Balkan Insight, ARD

re:constitution Fellow, CEU Democracy Institute

Executive Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy

European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms

Head of the Division EU/North America, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Berlin

US Correspondent, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Deputy Mayor of Budapest

Mayor of Budapest

President, Hungarian Institute of International Affairs

Executive Director, Open Society – Europe and Central Asia

MEP, Greens–European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA)

European Commissioner for Equality

Deputy Head of Ukraine, EBRD

President, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Senior Adviser on City Diplomacy, Budapest City Hall

Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, American Purpose; Acting President, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague

Research Fellow, German Institute for Economic Research

Professor, University of Groningen, Fellow in Law and Public Policy, Princeton School of Public & International Affairs

Policy Advisor at the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

Professor, University of Miami


Member of the European Parliament of Renew Europe

Director, CEU Democracy Institute, Professor, Central European University

Taiwan Representative to Hungary

Minister without Portfolio and Spokesperson at Executive Yuan in Taiwan

Deputy Party Leader at Progressive Slovakia

Associated Professor, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences

Poet, Novelist, Literary critic

Co-Chair, Hungarian Helsinki Committee

Associate Professor, CEU; Research Affiliate, CEU Democracy Institute

Researcher for Democracy and Economics at Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung

Founding Publisher, Skeptic magazine; host, The Michael Shermer Show; Presidential Fellow, Chapman University

Head of Research at the Energy Policy Group

Co-founder and CEO, DoubleThinkLab

Central Europe Correspondent at BBC

Founding Director, 8th of March Research Institute

Member of the European Parliament

Visiting Professor, CEU; Director, Invisible University for Ukraine

Executive director, Political Capital Institute

Deputy Head, Engagement Section, NATO Public Diplomacy Division

Associate Professor at Charles University

Economist at United Nations Conference On Trade And Development

Policy Officer, Eurocities

Chairwoman at Hungarian Women’s Lobby

Senior Advisor on Transatlantic Strategy, International Republican Institute

Vice President of GLOBSEC and Head of GLOBSEC Brussels

Member of Editorial Borad, Green European Journal

President and Rector, CEU

Leader of Collaborative Low Energy Vision, European Region and European Relations; Policy Manager, NégaWatt Association

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Equilibrium Institute of Budapest

Deputy Director, Europe, National Endowment for Democracy

Policy Manager, Green European Foundation

Tomáš Kopečný, Governmental Envoy for the Reconstruction of Ukraine in Czech Republic

Mayor of Zagreb

Head of Political Science PhD Programme, Riga Stradins University; Director, RSU China Studies Centre

freelance journalist

CEO,Hermitage Capital Management; Head, Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign

Deputy Director and Head of Brussels Office, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Senior Research Fellow, CEU Democracy Institute, Professor, Central European University

Associate Researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Assistant Professor at the National Dong Hwa University

Program Director, CEU Democracy Institute Leadership Academy; author and former politician