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Budapest Economic Forum 2014

Improvement and Development

Date: 2nd October 2014  

Location: Hotel Sofitel Budapest


  • Central Bank Governors’ panel
  • How can economic policy help restart lending?
  • Development outlook on Hungary overshadowed by the Russia-Ukraine crisis
  • How could Hungary’s competitiveness be improved?
  • What could make Hungary an even more attractive investment target?
  • How can Hungary maximise the efficiency of EU funds and foreign working capital?

Our speakers among others

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Timothy Ash
Head of EM research
Blue Bay Asset Management
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Bán Zoltán
Net Média Zrt. (Portfolio Csoport)
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Joerg Bauer
President & CEO
Tungsram Group
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Bertalan Sándor
Managing Director
Magyar Bankholding
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Bod Péter Ákos
Corvinus University of Budapest
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Chikán Attila
Corvinus University of Budapest, Competitiveness Research Centre
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Csepreghy Nándor
State Secretary, Deputy Minister
Ministry of Construction and Investment
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Csanád Csürös
Property Forum
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Darvas Zsolt
Senior Fellow
Bruegel Institute
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Dr. Balog
MKB Bank Zrt.
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Duronelly Péter CFA
Senior Portfolio Manager
Aegon Magyarország Befektetési Alapkezelő Zrt.
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Garamvölgyi Balázs
Head of Factoring
Hungarian Bankholding
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Jaksity György
Concorde Értékpapír Zrt.
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Járai Zsigmond
Former President of the Hungarian National Bank
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Jelasity Radován
Chairman, Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO
Hungarian Banking Association, Erste Bank Hungary
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Karvalits Ferenc
Deputy CEO
Wallis Asset Management Ltd.
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Katona Zsolt
Budapest Stock Exchange
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Krisán László
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Lakatos Péter
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Madár István
Senior Analyst
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Maróczi Imre
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Nagy Márton
Minister of Economic Development
Government of Hungary
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Nátrán Roland
Eximbank, MEHIB
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Németh Lászlóné
Prime Minister's Office
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Polányi Péter
LEGO Manufacturing Kft.
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Dmitry Polevoy
Chief Economist, Russia & CIS
ING Commercial Banking, Financial Markets
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Seres Béla
Deloitte EMEA Corporate Finance Advisory Leader
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Soltész Gergő
Ostorosbor Pincészet Zrt.
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Dr. Nicholas Spiro
Managing Director
Spiro Sovereign Strategy Ltd.
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Surányi György
Former President of the Hungarian National Bank
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Szebeni Dávid
Strategic Director
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Trippon Mariann
Senior Analyst
CIB Bank
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Tanja Vainio
Managing Director
ABB Kft.
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Weinhardt Attila
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Heinz Wiedner
former CEO
Raiffeisen Bank
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Dirk Wölfler
Head of Communication
German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce
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Zolnai György
Raiffeisen Bank
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Zsiday Viktor
Portfolio Manager
Citadella alap

Why you should come?

This year Portfolio will again organise an event where Hungary’s key decision makers, successful corporate leaders and renowned economists can come together and discuss the development opportunities and most pressing economic issues of the country, the region and the euro area.

The Budapest Economic Forum will have every issue addressed that really matters to those in the financial sector and in the economy in general, including growth and stability, competitiveness and capital attraction, EU funding and FDI, lending and prospects of the banking sector. Foreign professionals, bank executives, former governors of the Hungarian central bank and corporate leaders evaluate the Russia-Ukraine crisis, the CEE region and Hungary’s development opportunities.

Download the Portfolio Events mobile app where you can find Portfolio’s professional events in one app, personalised for you. You can access the event’s detailed programme, the list of participants, and your conference ticket, among other things. We even offer a virtual business card exchange. How? The QR code on the badge is your personalised online business card - scan each other's QR codes and you can keep in touch after the conference. Profession, experience, networking. Install with QR-code from desktop >>

Who we recommend

Our event can provide useful knowledge to those working in the following areas:
  • Financial directors
  • Financing experts
  • Players on the sales side of the sector
  • Entrepreneurs and business owners
  • Middle and top management of financial institutions
  • Consultants
  • Lawyers
  • Private equity & venture capital investors

Our Sponsors



Section Sponsor

Budapest Economic Forum 2014 – the forum for the most exciting economic issues of Hungary, the region and the euro zone. Decision makers, economists, investors and corporate leaders at one place!

This year the event will take place on 2nd October when - just like in the previous years - Portfolio.hu will welcome numerous decision makers, renowned economists and corporate executives.


  • Dmitry Polevoy, Chief Economist, Russia & CIS, ING Commercial Banking, Financial Markets
  • Timothy Ash, Head of EM research at Standard Bank
  • Dr. Ádám Balog, Vice-President, Hungarian National Bank
  • Márton Nagy, Managing Director, Hungarian National Bank
  • Jelasity Radovan, President and CEO, Erste Bank
  • Heinz Wiedner, CEO, Raiffeisen Bank
  • György Zolnai, CEO, Budapest Bank
  • Csaba Nagy, CEO, MFB Zrt.
  • Roland Nátrán, CEO, Eximbank, MEHIB
  • Soltész Gergő, CEO, FHB Bank
  • Zsigmond Járai, Economist, Former President of the Hungarian National Bank
  • György Surányi, Economist, Former President of the Hungarian National Bank
  • Péter Ákos Bod, Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest, Former President of the Hungarian National Bank
  • Ferenc Karvalits, Economist, Former Vice-President of the Hungarian National Bank
  • Lászlóné Németh, Undersecretary, Prime minister's office
  • Nándor Csepreghy, Undersecretary, Prime minister's office
  • Joerg Bauer, President, GE Hungary
  • Katona Zsolt, CEO, Budapest Stock Exchange
  • György Jaksity, Chairman, Concorde Értékpapír Zrt.
  • Imre Maróczi, Chairman, PÁTOSZ
  • Péter Lakatos, CEO, Videoton
  • Balázs Garamvölgyi, CEO, Venture Finance Hungary Plc.
  • László Krisán, CEO, KAVOSZ Zrt.
  • Viktor Zsiday, IT director, Plotinus Nyrt.
  • Béla Seres, Partner, Deloitte
  • Péter Polányi, Director, LEGO Manufacturing Kft.
  • Dr. Nicholas Spiro, Managing Director, Spiro Sovereign Strategy Ltd.
  • Tanja Vainio, Managing Director ABB Kft.
  • Wölfer Dirk, Head of Communication, German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce
  • Attila Chikán, Director, Competitiveness Research Centre, Corvinus University of Budapest
  • Csaba Márkus, Director, Deloitte
  • Péter Duronelly CFA, senior portfolio manager, Aegon Magyarország Befektetési Alapkezelő Zrt.
  • Zsolt Darvas, Senior Fellow, Bruegel Institut, Brussel
  • Mariann Trippon, Senior Analyst, CIB Bank
  • Dávid Szebeni, Economist, Strategic and Financial Director, Corvinus University of Budapest, Enrawell Ltd.


ABB Kft., ÁBRIS Kft., Aegon Magyarország Befektetési Alapkezelő Zrt., Agrár-Vállalkozási Hitelgarancia Alapítvány, AKA Zrt., Alsónémedi és Vidéke Takarékszövetkezet, Arrabona-Frigo Kft., Astellas Pharma Kft., Bank of China (Hungária) Zrt., Befektető-védelmi Alap, Bezenye Községi Önkormányzat, BISZ Központi Hitelinformációs Zrt., BNP Paribas Asset Management Vienna Branch, Bruegel Intézet, Budapest Bank, Buda-Cash Brókerház Zrt., Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem, Budapesti Erőmű Zrt., Budapesti Értéktőzsde, Cib Bank, Concorde Értékpapír Zrt., Continental Magyarország, Deloitte, Deutsche Leasing Hungaria Zrt., Diófa Alapkezelő Zrt., EDF DÉMÁSZ Zrt., Enrawell Kft., Erste Bank, Európai Bizottság, Eximbank, Export Hungary Kft., FHB Bank, GE Hungary, Gutmann Magyarország Zrt., Gyollai Ügyvédi Iroda, HAX Zrt., IBS Nemzetközi Üzleti Főiskola, ICEG European Center Kft., ING Bank N.V. Magyarországi Fióktelepe, Intrum Justitia Kft., Iron Mountain Magyarország Kft., Jones Lang LaSalle Kft., K&H Bank, KAVOSZ Zrt., KPMG Tanacsadó Kft.,, Kunságszesz Zrt., Külgazdasági és Külügyminisztérium, Magyar Nemzeti Bank, Magyar Posta Zrt., Magyar Termálenergia Társaság, Magyar Vállalkozásfinanszírozási Zrt., Miniszterelnökség, Mirelta Ingatlanhasznosító Kft., MMBF Zrt., Montivíz Zrt., Magyar Tudományos Akadémia, Nagy és Trócsányi Ügyvédi Iroda, Német-Magyar Ipari és Kereskedelmi Kamara, Nemzetgazdasági Minisztérium, Ongropack Kft., Oppenheim Ügyvédi Iroda, OTP Bank Szerbia, PÁTOSZ (Pályázati Projektmenedzserek és Tanácsadók Országos Szövetsége), Pioneer Alapkezelő Zrt., PPKE, Raiffeisen Bank, Ridge Road Kft., Sberbank, Spiro Sovereign Strategy Ltd., Standard Bank, Szegedi Tudományegyetem, Takarékbank, Tesco-Global Áruházak Zrt., T-Systems Magyarország Zrt., Ukrán-Magyar Üzleti Klub Egyesület, UTC Overseas Kft., Videoton Holding Zrt., WING Zrt.


DATE: October 02, 2014 (8:40 AM - 5.30 PM) Registration: 8.10 AM - 8.40 AM

PLACE: SOFITEL Budapest Chain Bridge Hotel, Budapest, Hungary
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COST: EUR 275 + VAT / person

Fee includes: conference documentation, full lunch and coffee breaks. 

The conference is bilingual with English-Hungarian simultaneous interpretation.


- 10% discount is available for 2 registrations,
- 20% on 3 or more

Discounts cannot be combined!

Our conference is expected not only to provide an opportunity to expand the participants’ knowledge base, but also to create an excellent forum for high-level networking and the forging of new professional relations. Our goal is more than just to organise another cut an dry event; we strive to make this conference a regular, interactive and international forum that keeps its finger on the pulse of the market.

The Budapest Economic Forum 2014 will focus on the EU’s Economic and Monetary Union and its further development. Today the future of the EMU is at the heart of the debate. While exiting the debt crisis through restoring fiscal sustainability and reinforcing competitiveness remains the key priority, wider challenges need to be addressed. At the conference it will be discussed what manoeuvring room Hungary’s economy and economic policy have after the elections. Will the country be able to improve its potential growth? Can investment activity be kick-started?

Our goal is to create a forum where decision makers, academics, economic experts, market players and corporate leaders can discuss these issues together, evaluate the situation and have a debate on what short-term and long-term solutions they find best.

The Budapest Economic Forum is a unique event that offers an exceptional opportunity to discuss the most exciting economic issues of Hungary, the central and eastern European region and the euro area.


Portfolio Conferences are organized by NET Media Inc, member of Central European Media and Publishing Group. Our events cover 7 different industries and attract more than 8000 participants annually and highly renowned for their great opportunities of networking and building business relationships, merely not just giving new professional knowledge. Our aim is not to have a one time occasion event, but creating a yearly international interactive forum about the changes of the market. Find out more on www.portfolio.hu/en or conference@portfolio.hu (e-mail).


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Budapest Economic Forum 2014



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