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Budapest Economic Forum 2015

National successfulness – Catching up or permanent falling behind?

Date: 1st October 2015  

Location: Hotel Sofitel Budapest


  • Bank leaders’ roundtable: where is the Hungarian banking system headed?
  • Will lending get going in Hungary?
  • Discussion with the Governor of the Central Bank: interest policy, growth and inflation – trends in the world and in Hungary
  • EU funds and working capital: how will this lead to growth?
  • Future of the Hungarian capital market: stock exchange and competitiveness
  • One-time miracle or permanent growth? Where is Hungary’s place in Europe and in the region?
  • What does Brussels do for us? EU subsidies about to change
  • Economic implications of the refugee crisis

Our speakers among others

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Bán Zoltán
Net Média (Portfolio Csoport)
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Dr. Baráth Etele
European Economic and Social Committee
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Bencsik László
OTP Bank
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Bertalan Sándor
Executive Director, Middle-sized corporates
MBH Bank
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Bod Péter Ákos
Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem
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Chikán Attila
Corvinus University of Budapest, Competitiveness Research Centre
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Csaba László
Professor, Member of MTA
Central European University
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Csepreghy Nándor
State Secretary, Deputy Minister
Ministry of Construction and Transport
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Pasquale Diana
Head of Research
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Essősy Zsombor
MAPI Magyar Fejlesztési Iroda Zrt.
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Senior Energy Market Analyst
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Dr. Gulácsi Gábor
gazdasági vezérigazgató-helyettes
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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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Lázár János
Construction and Transport Minister
Construction and Transport Ministry
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Madár István
Senior Analyst
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Nagy Márton
Minister for National Economy of Hungary
Government of Hungary
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Régely Károly
Concorde Értékapír
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Dr. Simák Pál
CIB Bank
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Surányi György
Former President of the Hungarian National Bank
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Szalay-Berzeviczy Attila
Managing Director
Raiffeisen Bank International, former chairman of BÉT
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Szilágyi Péter
Associate Professor
Central European University
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Tóth István János
MTA KTI, Corruption Research Center Budapest
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Trippon Mariann
Senior Analyst
CIB Bank
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Trombitás Zoltán
Energy Efficiency and Renewables Financing Programme - Project Leader
Head of EU Office at Erste Bank Hungary
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Urbán Zoltán
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Vladimír Vaňo
Chief Economist
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Dr. Vitályos Eszter
Prime minister's office
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David Weild
Founder, Chairman
Weild&Co, USA; Nasdaq Deputy CEO
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Weinhardt Attila
Senior Analyst
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Heinz Wiedner
former CEO
Raiffeisen Bank
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Zolnai György
Raiffeisen Bank

Why you should come?

Budapest Economic Forum, organized by Portfolio, is a unique event that offers an excellent opportunity to discuss the most exciting economic questions of Hungary, the region, and the Eurozone. Just like in the past years, we receive various decision makers, renowned economists and company heads this year.

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Who we recommend

  • Private equity & venture capital investors
  • Financial directors
  • Middle and top management of financial institutions
  • Players on the sales side of the sector
  • Entrepreneurs and business owners
  • Financing experts
  • Consultants

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This is already the fifth time that Portfolio organizes its economic summit where the decision makers of the economy meet and exchange about the situation, perspectives of the country and the world. Everything that truly concerns the representatives of the financial and economic sector is on the table at Budapest Economic Forum: growth and stability, competitiveness and raising capital, EU subsidies and foreign working capital, lending and the perspectives of the banking sector.


  • János Lázár, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister's Office
  • David Weild, founder, chairman, Weild&Co, USA; Nasdaq Deputy CEO
  • Márton Nagy, Vice-president, National Bank of Hungary
  • Jelasity Radovan, President and CEO, Erste Bank
  • Pál Simák, Chairman-CEO, CIB Bank
  • Dr. Eszter Vitályos, Under-secretary, Prime minister's office
  • Heinz Wiedner, CEO, Raiffeisen Bank
  • Zoltán Urbán, CEO, Eximbank
  • Sándor Bertalan, Deputy-CEO, MFB Magyar Fejlesztési Bank Zrt.
  • Nándor Csepreghy, Undersecretary, Prime minister's office
  • György Surányi, Economist, Former President of the Hungarian National Bank
  • György Zolnai, CEO-Chairman, Budapest Bank
  • László Bencsik, Deputy-CEO, OTP Bank
  • Károly Régely, CEO, Concorde Értékpapír Zrt.
  • Zsolt Katona, CEO, Budapest Stock Exchange
  • 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
  • László Krisán, CEO, KAVOSZ Zrt.
  • Vladimír Vaňo, Chief Analyst, Head of CEE Research, SBERBANK Europe AG
  • Pasquale Diana, Chief Economist Emerging Europe, Morgan Stanley
  • Mariann Trippon, Senior Analyst, CIB Bank
  • Zsuzsa Beke, Head of Communication and Public Affairs, Gedeon Richter Plc.
  • Zoltán Trombitás, Erste Bank EU Office Manager, Erste Bank Hungary Zrt.
  • István János Tóth, Economist, MTA KTI, Corruption Research Center Budapest
  • Dr. Etele Baráth, Member, European Economic and Social Committee
  • László Csaba, Professor, Member of MTA, Central European University
  • Attila Chikán, Economist, Corvinus University of Budapest, Competitiveness Research Centre
  • Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy, Managing Director, Raiffeisen Bank International, former chairman of BÉT
  • Peter Szilágyi, Professor, Cambridge, Judge Business School / CEU Business School

Participants of Budapest Economic Forum 2015 so far:

Agrár-Vállalkozási Hitelgarancia Alapítvány, AKA Zrt., AXIÁL Kft., BCE Versenyképesség Kutató Központ, Bezenye Községi Önkormányzat, BISZ Zrt., BOM a Magyar Sportért Alapítvány, Budapest Bank Zrt., Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem, Budapesti Értéktőzsde, Cardif Biztosító Zrt., CIB Bank, Colas Hungária Zrt., Concorde Értékpapír Zrt., Deutsche Leasing Hungaria Zrt., Erős Ügyvédi Iroda / Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, Erste Bank Hungary Zrt., ERSTE Vienna Insurance Group Biztosító Zrt., Eximbank, Gabler - Mirelta Hungária Kft., Garantiqa Hitelgarancia Zrt., Gránit Bank Zrt., Hax Zrt., Helix Vezetési és Informatikai Tanácsadó Kft., HIPAVILON Nonprofit Kft., Infogroup menedzsment, KAVOSZ Zrt., KELER Zrt., KPMG Tanácsadó Kft., Magyar Fejlesztési Bank, Magyar Nemzeti Bank, Magyar Termálenergia Társaság, Miniszterelnökség, MMBF Zrt., Morgan Stanley, MTA KTI, Korrupciókutató Központ Budapest, OTP Bank, OTP Faktoring Zrt., Pepper Group, Pioneer Befektetési Alapkezelő Zrt., Qatar Airways, Raiffeisen Bank Zrt., Richter Gedeon Rt., SBERBANK Europe AG, Siegler Ügyvédi Iroda, Weil, Gotshal & Manges …


DATE: October 1, 2015

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.

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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