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Budapest Business School

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Budapest Business School
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Foundation for the Budapest Business School

I extend my warm greetings to you as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Budapest Business School!

In this capacity, at the request of the Minister of Innovation and Technology, from August 1, 2021, I will support the operation and development of the Budapest Business School, which will become a foundation-maintained institute of higher education.

I believe that building on the traditions and community of BBS, this rejuvenation will create opportunities for further development and innovation.

Building on its more than 160-year history and the harmony between education-research and the business world, BBS contributes to the development of Hungary with up-to-date, competitive professionals and research that directly supports society. You can be justifiably proud of your accomplishments, excellent professionals and students.

I claim that the new operating model is closer to the already strongly market-based operation and spirit of BBS, and in this new model, the university can start working with renewed vigor to achieve its long-term goals. With the professional and strategic support of the Board of Trustees, we can build an outstanding knowledge center in Central Europe in the future, which will not only serve to enhance the talent development and performance of current BBS citizens, but will also contribute to the advancement of the wider community, economy and society.

I also consider it extremely important that this model will result in a more predictable operating environment, which will allow the university to respond more flexibly and quickly to economic needs. My goal is for the citizens of the university to be the winners of the future by providing them with the opportunity to take part in state-of-the-art programmes.

Dr. Zoltán Guller

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

The Foundation

The maintainer of Budapest Business School willl be the Foundation for Budapest Business School as of August 1, 2021, when it will take over this task from the former maintainer, the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, and will thus be responsible for the institutional and financial operation of the University.

The Foundation was established by the 2021 Act X., referring to the Foundation for Budapest Business School and the transfer of assets to the Budapest Business School. The Foundation was registered on June 30, 2021 by the Budapest Metropolitan Court with a starting capital of HUF 600 million.

The Foundation for the Budapest Business School qualifies as a public interest asset management foundation established by the state according to the 2021 Act IX. The public tasks of the foundation defined by law are the following:

1. For the founders, owners and maintainers of Budapest Business School the exercise of their rights, the conditions of its operation, the realization of its institutional development goals, insurance;

2. through Budapest Budapest School

a) continuation of the pursuit of higher educational activities,

b) further education related to the training activities of a higher educational institution not covered by point a);

3. In order to develop the economic, social and international relations of Hungarian higher education

a) the operation of a support programme for education, scientific research, students, instructors, researchers,

b) the provision of needs-based financial support,

c) supporting the operation of talent development programmes.

As a result of the change of maintainer, Budapest Business School will continue to operate as a university, which is a state-recognized institute of higher education.

The governing body of the foundation is the five-member Board of Trustees, whose activities are supervised by a Supervisory Board and an Auditor, and whose tasks are supported by the secretariat.

The Supervisory Board of the Foundation:

• Dr. Ferenc Dietz, Chairman of the Supervisory Board;

• Dr. Perneki Judit Anna;

• Prof. István Ábel (PhD), member of the Supervisory Board elected by the BBS Senate.

The Auditor of the Foundation:

Zoltán Ruff

The Board of Trustees

The governing body of the Foundation is a five-member Board of Trustees.

The Foundation for Budapest Business School performs its tasks related to the operation of the university in co-operation with the management and citizens of the university, particularly with special regard to the Senate and other boards of the university.

The division of the University's governing powers between the Board of Trustees and the Senate is laid down in the University's Founding Charter. Based on this, the Foundation adopts BBS’ budget, annual report, organisational and operational rules and order, as well as its asset management plan. In addition, it decides on the establishment of an economic organisation, the acquisition of a share in an economic organisation, and the right of the University Senate to state an opinion.

Members of the Board of Trustees

Dr. Guller graduated from the Faculty of Law at Eötvös Loránd University in 2000 with first class honours. He started his professional career as Deputy Director at Educatio Kht., then held the position of Director at Multinova Kft. He worked as a lawyer candidate in Budapest, then for more than five and a half years he held the Directorial position at Commitment Kft./Zrt. From 2010 to 2011, he worked as the Head of the State Secretariat for Development Policy Co-ordination at the Ministry of National Development.

During his career, he held the position of Managing Director of the Human Future Public Benefit Nonprofit Kft., and at the National Holiday Service Kft. Between 2011-2012 he was the CEO of Hunguest Asset Management Zrt., Then from 2012, he was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Hungarian National Holiday Foundation. During his professional career, he was active in several areas of the public sector; from 2012 to 2014, he was a Ministerial Commissioner in the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice, and then in 2014-2016, in the Ministry of Human Resources. He is currently the CEO of the Hungarian Tourism Agency. The Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister (VI. 26.) appointed him as Ministerial Commissioner (according to the 7/2020. VI. 26. Hungarian Government Order) for the co-ordination of state tasks related to the development of tourist areas, for the period from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022. He joins the Budapest Business School as a committed supporter and highly knowledgeable expert in the tourism sector, as the Chairman of the Foundation's Board of Trustees.

“I believe that building on the traditions and community of BBS, this rejuvenaation will create opportunities for further development and innovation. With our business and policy experience, my fellow Board of Trustee members and I will work to effectively further the development of the University in the coming years. Personally, I hope to be able to use my leadership skills in guiding the Board and in the development of a balanced, sustainable university management.”

Katalin Niszkácsné Pintér graduated from the Budapest College of Commerce and Catering in 1981. She began his career at the New York Café at the age of 19 and has been working in hospitality and tourism ever since. She capitalised on her outstanding professional knowledge as the restaurant manager of the Duna Intercontinental Hotel, as the sales manager of the Radisson SAS Béke Hotel, and as the director of the Sidonia Castle Hotel. Her relationship with BBS and its predecessor institutions has been strong and continuous. Ms. Pintér serves as guest lecturer, instructor and Chairperson of Final Examination boards at the Faculty of Commerce, Hospitality and Tourism. Since 2000, she has been the owner and managing director of Gerbeaud Gastronomy Kft., which has a history of more than 160 years. The family business, which consists of the Gerbeaud Café, the 2 Michelin star Onyx restaurant, and the Émile House in Buda, are all run by Katalin Niszkácsné Pintér with her son and daughter. In recognition of her outstanding work in the tourism and hospitality sector, she has twice won the Pro Turismo Award, and in 2016, the Knight's Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit.

“The inspiration I gained at Cornell University has been driving my thoughts for years in the direction that a similar, practical-oriented education should be implemented in Hungary. This process has already begun, and now as a curator, I would like to contribute to this development on an international scale.”

Dániel Jellinek is the founder, CEO and majority owner of Indotek Group, one of Hungary's most important and prestigious investment management groups. He has more than two decades of professional experience in business transactions, crisis management, turn-around management and business consulting. In 1999, he graduated from the Faculty of Commerce and Entrepreneurship of the Gödöllő University of Agricultural Sciences as a business economist, but his interest in the real estate sector had already been piqued.

He founded the Indotek Group in 1997, which, as an investment management company, invests primarily in the purchase of real estate and corporate receivables secured by real estate. The Indotek Group currently has more than 1.7 million square meters of buildable and leasable space and has a real estate portfolio of more than 300 properties, making it present in virtually every segment of the real estate market. The group has carried out several significant business transactions in recent years, including the acquisition of a majority stake in Diófa Fund Management and a stake in Waberer’s.

"As a curator of a higher educational institution, my primary goal is to help the day-to-day operations of the University and contribute to the training of talented young people through my professional and managerial experience."

Dr. Tamás Lőcsei is an internationally recognized expert in the field of taxation and state subsidies. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of Eötvös Loránd University with a summa cum laude degree in 1998. He began his career at PwC in 1997 as an intern, and in 2005 became one of the youngest partners in the company’s history when he was assigned to head the Indirect Taxes Department. Under his leadership, the business developed dynamically. Between 2014 and 2017, he managed the tax and legal activities of the Central and Eastern European region, and from 2017 he was the innovation leader of the region. The collaboration between BBS and PwC is not a new one. Many of the guest lecturers at the Faculty of Finance and Accounting are from PwC and plenty of former BBS students are building their careers at the company.

“As a curator, my goal is to support the operation of the University in its 21st century rejuvenation and to ensure that, as a result of their university education, graduates should be prepared to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s labor market and to integrate effectively and easily into the modern corporate environment. Due to my innovation role at PwC, I would like to emphasize and strenghten the openness of young people to innovation. The BBS degree should be a guarantee that the holder of this degree is prepared for the challenges of digitization and will be proficient in new technology platforms.”

Bálint Szécsényi was born in Budapest in 1974, and graduated from Corvinus University of Budapest in 1998 with a degree in finance-company valuation. Between 1998 and 2000, he was a futures trader and then a foreign exchange trader. Since 2000, he has been one of the key owners and managers of Equilor Investments Zrt. From 2002 to 2004, he was the Director of Corporate Finance at the company, and from 2005 to 2009 he was the Managing Director. Since 2010, he has been the CEO of Equilor Investments. At the same time, he is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Equilor Fund Management Zrt., and the CEO of Central European Venture and Private Equity Fund Zrt. In the spirit of social responsibility, he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Corvinus University of Budapest's Department of Corporate Finance Foundation, and between 2011 and 2015 he was also the vice-president of the Budapest Stock Exchange. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Richter Gedeon Nyrt. since April 2018, and of the Polish Real Estate Development Supervisory Board of GTC S.A. since 2020.

"Using my experience as a leader in the money and capital markets, I would like to support the University in its efforts to become an outstanding institution in the region, providing both theoretical and practical knowledge."

Data and Contact Information

Name of the Foundation: Foundation for Budapest Business School

Head office: 1055 Budapest, Markó u. 29-31.

Year of Foundation: 2021

Date of Registration: June 28, 2021

Registration Number: 01-01-0013149

Statistical Number: 19306627-6420-560-01

Order number: 7.Pk.60.382/2021/3.

Tax Number: 19306627-1-41

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