A Global Awareness lecture will be given by his Excellency Ferenc Somogyi, ambassador to the United States for Hungary, on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building at Brigham Young University. He will discuss “Hungary-U.S. Relations.”
Having previously served as Hungary’s minister of foreign affairs (2004-06) and as director for international affairs of Mayar Telekom (2006-07), Somogyi became ambassador in August 2007. He has served extensively in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as state secretary for Euro-Atlantic integration (1996-98), state secretary (1989-90), head of the Department of Multilateral and Global Issues (1984-89) and senior desk officer (1973-80).
In the private sector, he has held positions as chief executive officer of Stonebridge Communications in Macedonia (2001-04), director of Euro-Atlantic integration for Matáv Hungarian Telecommunications (1998-2001), faculty director for the College of Foreign Trade in Budapest (1992-94) and chairman of Exportguarantie Ltd. (1992-94).
Somogyi attended the University of Economics and the College for Political Sciences in Budapest, where he received international relations degrees. He received his doctoral degree in world economics from the University of Economics, Budapest.
This lecture will be archived online. For more information on David M. Kennedy Center events, see the calendar online at kennedy.byu.edu.
Writer: David Luker