The program is a public-private partnership organized by the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation, supported by Hungarian American and Canadian organizations, as well as a grant from the Government of Hungary.
The Reconnect Hungary Team works year round, on two continents, organizing and developing the Program; and providing Reconnected Participants with the resources they need to continue their journey, stay connected and give back.
We announce with profound sadness that our Program Director, László Hámos passed away on April 16, 2019 in New York. Laszlo was a second-generation Hungarian-American, who co-founded ReConnect Hungary’s parent organization, the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation (HHRF), in 1976.
Zsolt Szekeres, HHRF president since 2019, has been an HHRF activist for more than 40 years. Born in Germany, he grew up in Buenos Aires, then worked in Washington D.C. for several decades. Since 2000, he has lived in Budapest. He is also a founding member of the Hungarian American Coalition.
Emese is a second generation Canadian-American Hungarian who has managed ReConnect Hungary from the beginning. An NYU graduate in filmmaking, she has been a human rights activist since high school, and is also a director of the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation.
Gabi, a Rutgers University graduate, is a second generation American Hungarian from New Jersey. She has been the Program Manager of ReConnect Hungary since summer 2018, and also organizes fundraising events for HHRF.
Dániel is the current Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Scholarship Program recipient from Budapest interning in our New York office. He obtained a degree in marketing from the Budapest Business University and then a degree in international studies from the Corvinus University of Budapest. In addition, he has been working as a journalist and event organizer for a decade.
Viktor joined the HHRF team in 2018 when he spent nine months at the New York office as the KCSP scholarship recipient. Currently he is the Budapest office manager. In his free time Viktor is an expert rock climber and distance runner.
Szilvia is ReConnect Hungary’s lead program organizer in Hungary since 2012. A specialist in the Hungarian Diaspora community, she received her doctorate from the University of Pecs in 2015. She is the Director of Art and Operations at the Duna Palota (Palace) cultural venue in Budapest
Since initially developing the ReConnect Hungary program starting in 2011 to the 2012 launch (along with Laszlo, Emese and Dora Meszaros, former HHRF intern), Annie continues to be an integral part of the team, actively contributing to the program’s success. She hails from Hungary, graduated from Trinity College in Connecticut, and lives in New York.