Staff

Péter Krekó
Executive director

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 is the member of the presidential board of the Hungarian Political Science Association. He was the co-chair of the PREVENT working group at the EU Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), and is currently an expert member of the EU RAN Centre of Excellence. He wrote his PhD thesis on the social psychology of conspiracy theories and defended it in 2014. He is a regular commentator in international media. He is a co-owner of Political Capital Institute.

Krisztián Szabados
Director

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.

Attila Juhász
Deputy director

Attila Juhász, a political scientist, is deputy director of Political Capital. 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 and international migratory processes and policies.

Katalin Szitás
Operative director

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.

Bulcsú Hunyadi
Senior analyst

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.

Róbert László
Election expert

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.

Edit Zgut
Foreign policy analyst

Edit earned a degree in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Prior to joining Political Capital she worked as a foreign policy journalist and editor at Heti Válasz, a Hungarian political weekly. She joined Political Capital in 2015. Her main areas of interest are European integration, cooperation between the Visegrád countries, and the analysis of illiberal tendencies in the region.  Edit is also a guest lecturer at Pázmány Péter Catholic University.

Csaba Molnár
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. He is also involved in quantitative analysis and the modelling of political and societal processes, creating indices, data visualisation, and social media analysis.

Lóránt Győri
Geopolitical analyst

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.

Veszna Wessenauer
Analyst, project manager

Veszna studied International and European Studies at the Faculty of Law, University of Szeged, and Human Rights at the Central European University, Budapest. After working with a number of domestic and international NGOs and research institutes, she joined Political Capital in December 2015. Along with her analytical work, Veszna is also responsible for project management and event organisation.

Patrik Szicherle
External fellow

Patrik Szicherle holds first degrees in European studies from Southern Denmark University in Sonderborg and in English from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, where he is currently working on a masters in international relations. 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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Founders/Owners of Political Capital:

Zoltán Somogyi

Krisztián Szabados

 

 

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