Dr. Réka Szemerkényi was appointed Hungarian ambassador to the United States in 2015. From 2011 to 2014, she was chief advisor on security policy to the prime minister of Hungary, covering Trans-Atlantic issues, Central European regional relations, the Balkans and Russia, with a particular emphasis on energy security and cybersecurity.
Between 2006 and 2011, she was head of international public affairs and chief advisor on international relations to the chairman of the board of the Hungarian oil and gas company MOL Group. In this capacity, her role was to cover European Union energy policy and security developments, as well as to provide professional support for executive decisions on a wide range of issues in international affairs.
In her academic and research work, she has been a regular speaker at high-level international conferences. She is the author of several publications on international relations and energy security. She completed a master’s degree in strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and earned her doctorate at Péter Pázmány Catholic University of Budapest. Szemerkényi has four children and speaks English, French and Italian.
Business Professor Frank Ferrara organized the presentation to give students the opportunity to learn about Hungary and foreign relations.
NOVA Video Services recorded the event and it is available online.
On April 12 the ambassador from Georgia will speak at the Manassas Campus.