Who was included in the presidential team of Katalin Novák?

On March 10, the National Assembly elected Katalin Novák as President of the Republic to replace János Áder, who was saying goodbye after ten years. On Tuesday, May 10, Katalin Novák took over the keys to the Sándor Palace from the outgoing head of state. The inauguration of the new President of the Republic took place on Saturday, May 14th.

The Registrar

In 2005–2006, Gergely Ekler was the chairman of the National Conference of Student Governments, and then the editor of the Education and Psychology section of Life and Science.

In 2007, he worked as a reporter in the Ministry of Education and Culture, then as a senior manager and consultant in the management of several companies, including Commercial Director of Universitas Press Higher Education Research Workshop, Consultant of Studiorum Consulting Kft., CEO of Commitment Szolgáltató és Tanácsadó Zrt., GIRO Zrt. Is the head of the service development department, the development director of Tokaj Borvidék Fejlődéséért Nonprofit Kft., The managing director of Camp Europe Felsőörs Oktatási Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft. .

Gergely Ekler has been working with Katalin Novák for many years.

After taking on family affairs as Katalin Novák without a portfolio, Gergely Ekler became Secretary of State for Strategy. He was relieved of this position in April and took a seat in Katalin Novák’s presidential staff.

The chief of staff

Tamás Schanda started working as the senior professional secretary of the Hungarian National Asset Management in 2010, later he was the head of the public education department of Educatio Társadalmi Szolgáltató Kft., And since 2013 he has been the leading public education expert. After that, he continued his career as the coordinating director of the Hungarian Institute of Foreign Affairs.

From 2014 he was continuously Secretary of State, until 2016 he was the Deputy Secretary of State for Youth Policy and Opportunities at the Ministry of Human Resources, and from 2016 to 2018 he was Secretary of State for EU Development Policy at the same Ministry.

He then led to the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Secretary of State for EU Development in 2018-2019, and Parliamentary and Strategic Secretary of the ITM from 2019.

Responsible for diplomatic affairs

Kristóf Altusz’s career began at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2002, and in the following years he held several positions in the field of foreign affairs: he was also the coordinator of the Hungarian delegation to the European Parliament and an adviser to the Foreign Affairs Committee.

From 2010 he was again at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a diplomat for political relations at the Hungarian Embassy in Berlin. After his return in 2014, he headed the European Bilateral Relations Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs, and was appointed Deputy Secretary of State for European and American Relations at the Ministry.

In 2015, during the migration crisis, he was the chief negotiator of the negotiations between the Hungarian and Austrian governments, and later the prime minister’s commissioner responsible for conducting negotiations with international universities, so he also had to negotiate in the CEU case.

Kristóf Altusz was appointed Ambassador to Copenhagen in 2018. From 15 January 2021, he will coordinate Viktor Orbán’s activities as Prime Minister.

Responsible for communication

Tünde Volf-Nagy joined Hungarian Television in 2003. Among other things, he worked on the programs entitled Főtér, Aranyág, Cash and Customer Service, as well as on the Hungarian selection of the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest. He was also a Deputy Director, Content Development Expert and Host.

From 2015 he is the correspondent of the M1 in Berlin, from the autumn of 2020 the reporter of public television and Kossuth radio Good morning, Hungary! is the host of his show. Tünde Volf-Nagy’s name is also the subject of several interviews with Viktor Orbán.

The protocol chief

István Manno replaced the former television ambassador István Pálffy in Ireland in 2020.

Katalin Novák was already the chief protocol officer, chief protocol officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and also the Consul General in Milan.

The Chief of Staff

Major General István Szabó was a battalion commander in Szolnok, then between 2007 and 2011 he was the chief of staff of the 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base of the Hungarian Armed Forces. From 2011 to 2014, he was commander of the Budapest Squadron Szurmay Brigade at the Budapest garrison, commander of the Budapest garrison. He also held the position of Deputy Secretary of State for Social Affairs in the Ministry of Defense.

István Kun Szabó came to the Office of the President of the Republic as Chief Military Assistant after the command of the Military Hospital, during the presidency of János Áder. As the President of the Republic, Katalin Novák is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Hungarian Armed Forces.

Responsible for constitutionality and law

Mátyás Számos was already a legal adviser at the Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement in the years before 2010, after 2010 he also worked at the Ministry of Justice, from there he joined the Office of the Parliament as a senior legal adviser, later he became a department head.

Head of Planning and Analysis

András László Király, former Ambassador of Hungary to New Delhi, is responsible for planning and analysis in the presidency.

The Chief Financial Officer

Richárd Kreutzer worked as the financial director of KELER Zrt., A central securities depository owned by the Magyar Nemzeti Bank and the Budapest Stock Exchange.

Head of the Presidential Secretariat

Katalin Vicze was previously head of the secretariat at the then Secretary of State for Family Affairs, Katalin Novák.

(Cover image: Katalin Novák, the candidate for President of the Fidesz-KDNP, will address a plenary session of the National Assembly, where the new head of state will be elected on March 10, 2022. Photo: Zoltán Máthé / MTI)

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