The Board of Trustees

Kriszta Szalai: actress

Even as an aspiring actor, she felt it was important to do more for our society as a responsible private citizen. At the age of 31, she organised a fundraising campaign for a life support machine. As a result, two life-saving machines were donated to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the Laszlo Hospital. In 1998, she organised a holiday for flood victims in Budapest. In 2008, she created the Kapcsolda programme, which has now been implemented in 106 schools. The programme hosts children with disabilities in educational institutions.

For ten years, sheit has organised a Christmas party for the homeless, and “bringwhatyoucan” events. For three years, she has run a civic award called the Miraculous Mirror in her home town, which has been voted for by thousands of locals.

She strongly believes in the importance of speaking out, to be courageous and to represent those in need!

Dr György Magyar: lawyer

He is active in public life since the regime change. He has been an initiator of various organisations, mainly on a professional basis and in civil interest groups, on the opposition side, also working with political parties. Founder and trustee of associations and foundations.

In the run-up to the 2019 municipal elections, he was asked by candidate organisations to set up and chair the CIVIL ELECTION COMMITTEE. Successfully conducted the primary election of the candidate for Mayor. The CVB also organised the opposition primaries before the last parliamentary elections in 2022.

For him, being a public representation means being an active citizen, an attitude that advocates for the interests of social groups and a continuous engagement in participation in decision-making.

György Janza: entrepreneur, project manager

Since his young age, he has been a supporter of freedom and democracy, but also a great promoter of the criticism of the system. Over the last decade he has been concerned about the changes in Hungary and has been actively working in various NGOs, including as a leader, to set an example for his peers and the younger generation.

His credo is that civil society should consistently stand up for the values that are important to them. He believes it is important to raise awareness of personal responsibility, to ensure that everyone has a natural say in public affairs, and to give substance and meaning to this by establishing control over the government of the day.

László Bíró: economist, coach

As a financial and economic leader and manager, he has more than 20 years of practical experience in the budgetary, business and non-profit sectors. Active participation in the civil society has been an important part of his life since his mid-twenties. He has worked as a volunteer for the Hungarian Maltese Charity Service, the Centre for Social Policy Development, the Foundation for the Homeless, the “Rés” Foundation, the Foundation for the Early Development Centre. These organisations were involved in elderly care, homeless care, minority issues, education and health. While volunteering, he also gained experience in economic work for these organisations, from truck loading to night duty.

Éva Pákozdi: engineer, consultant

In the previous years, her professional activities in the field of corporate and business development were mainly focused on the creation of new financing schemes and organisations for the development of the small and medium-sized enterprise sector. She continues to do so today, not only as a full-time employee but also as a volunteer. As president of the MENŐK Hungarian European Women’s Forum Association, founded in 2016, she created and organises the “Let’s Count Together! Movement, which has made the importance of counting the votes a priority in the public discourse in the period between the last two parliamentary elections, and has coordinated around 23,000 delegate candidates for the elections. She is a member of the Civil Election Committee and was responsible for organising the counting of votes in the primaries. She considers it important to keep citizens and voters informed of the facts and to prepare them for their role in public life.