Dr. Péter Krekó
Péter Krekó is a social psychologist and political scientist. He is the executive director of Political Capital since 2011. During 2016-2017 Péter worked as a Fulbright Visiting Professor in the United States at the Central Eurasian Studies Department of Indiana University. He focuses on Russian 'soft power' policies and political populism and extremism in Europe. He defended his thesis on the social psychology of conspiracy theories at the ELTE University in 2014.He was the co-chair of the PREVENT working group at the EU Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) between 2013 and 2016. Currently, he is an non-resident Associate Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Institute of Policy Research. He is the author of two books. The first is entitled The Hungarian Far Right, which was co-authored by Attila Juhász. The book was published by Ibidem Verlag in 2017 and it is being distributed by the Columbia University Press. His second book on fake news and conspiracy theories was published in Hungarian in 2018, becoming a social science best-seller. He is a regular commentator in the international media. He is a co-owner of Political Capital Institute.
Krisztián Szabados is an economist and co-founder of Political Capital. Besides his work at the Institute, he is also a PhD student at Corvinus University Doctoral School, Budapest. At Political Capital, he focuses on technology-based ideologies and movements, political populism and radicalism, along with economic-political risks. Previously, Krisztián worked as a researcher at the J. Safra Center, Harvard University. He has written numerous books and articles on Hungarian domestic politics in both Hungarian and English. He has also written a political biography on Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president.
Katalin is a political scientist, who completed her first degree at the Faculty of Law at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, where she also undertook doctoral studies. Prior to joining Political Capital, she worked at the Office of the Hungarian National Assembly (parliament) and at the Ministry of Justice. She has been with Political Capital since 2006. Alongside her analytical tasks, Katalin is responsible for directing the daily operation of the institute, event organisation, and media relations.
Attila Juhász is a political scientist. He studied in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest. Before joining Political Capital, he worked at the institute of Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Science. Attila has been with Political Capital since 2004 and in addition he spent several years as a teacher at both ELTE and Pannon University in Veszprém, western Hungary. He is currently writing his dissertation on the implications of the migration crisis in Hungary within ELTE Doctoral School’s Interdisciplinary Programme. He is an expert on research into political radicalism, international migratory processes and policies, and hybrid regimes/democratic backsliding. He wrote a book together with Péter Krekó, entitled The Hungarian Far Right. The book was published by Ibidem Verlag in 2017 and it is being distributed by the Columbia University Press.
Kata studied for a Bachelor's degree in International Studies and Communication at Roskilde University in Denmark and she earned a Master's degree in Political Psychology from Queen's University Belfast. She gained her first professional experiences at the Office of the Hungarian National Assembly and the European Parliament. At Political Capital, she works primarily with radicalisation prevention projects.
Lóránt is a sociologist and political analyst, with a masters in social sciences from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, where he is currently continuing his PhD studies. His research interests include geopolitics, new media, network analysis, discourse analysis, and science-, youth- and urban sociology. His analysis is focused on current Russian influence in Europe, and he is co-author of several studies on this topic.
Bulcsú Hunyadi studied history, sociology and international relations at Pázmány Péter Catholic University and Andrássy University Budapest. He participated in numerous scholarships including the International Parliamentary Scholarship of the German Bundestag, the Civic Education in Action programme of the Federal Agency for Civic Education and the Robert Bosch Stiftung Germany. He has been with Political Capital since 2007. He heads the organisation’s programme focusing on radicalism, right-wing extremism and populism. His research areas include far-right and populist argumentation, radicalism prevention, anti-Roma and anti-Semitic sentiments, but he also covers the state of civil society in Hungary and civic education. He speaks English and German fluently.
Robert earned his university degrees from the University of Economics and Public Administration of Budapest (2004) and Corvinus University (2009). He is a professor in the electoral programme at the National University of Public Service, Budapest. Robert's research speciality is the Hungarian electoral system, and he is the leader of Political Capital’s initiatives in this area.
Head of research, quantitative analyst
Csaba Molnár holds a bachelor degree in physics from Berzsenyi Daniel College, Hungary and a masters in mathematics from Eötvös Loránd University, where he also studied programming and computer science. With this background, Csaba is perfectly suited to develop the methodologies for Political Capital's research projects with his extensive knowledge of data processing software (for instance: R, SPSS, MS Excel). He is also involved in quantitative analysis and the modelling of political and societal processes, creating indices, data visualisation, and social media analysis.
Analyst, communications manager
Anna Orosz (economist) earned an BA degree in international economics at Corvinus University of Budapest, and an MSc degree in economics at Humboldt University in Berlin. She worked as an analyst at the Budapest Institute for Policy Research, where her main focus was on labour market, social and education policy evaluation, as well as government transparency. She earned a scholarship at the Bonn-based Federal Agency for Civic Education, where she had the chance to learn about the German education system and civic education (i.e.: citizens’ awareness, democratic values and in general, political education). From 2016 to 2018 Anna was member and later board member at Momentum Movement. In November, 2018 she suspended her party membership and political activity. At Political Capital, she handles the coordination and communication of certain projects besides conducting research in her own area of expertise.
Security policy analyst
Historian, political scientist and specialist on Russia-affairs. He defended his Ph.D. in Modern History in 2008 at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. Between 2007 and 2014 he worked at the former Hungarian Institute of International Affairs, as well as at the Center for Strategic and Defense Studies. In 2014-2016 he was Senior Research Fellow of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki. Since his return to Hungary he has been Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Sciences of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University. Besides, he is Non-Resident Research Fellow of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute operating in Tallinn. His fields of expertise are the security and defense policy issues of the post-Soviet region, as well as relations of Russia and Central-Europe. His most important works include the book ‘Russia’s Hybrid War in Ukraine: Breaking the Enemy’s Ability to Resist’, published in Helsinki in 2015, and a collection of studies titled ‘Fog of Falsehood: Russian Strategy of Deception and the Conflict in Ukraine’, co-edited with Katri Pynnöniemi, published in 2016.
Patrik Szicherle holds first degrees in European studies from Southern Denmark University in Sonderborg and in English from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. He earned a master’s degree in international relations from Eötvös Loránd University. Patrik's research areas include international relations, the European Union, and the analysis of the effects of Russian influence on the region.
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