TEAM

The organizers

The program is a public-private partnership organized by the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation, supported by Hungarian American and Canadian organizations, as well as the Government of Hungary.

The list of our partners in Hungarian-American and Hungarian-Canadian communities is continually expanding and includes both large and small organizations, namely, the Hungary Initiatives Foundation, the Kossuth Foundation, the Hungarian Communion of Friends, and the Hungarian American Coalition.

The ReConnect Hungary Team works year round, on two continents, organizing and developing the Program; and providing ReConnected Particpants with the resources they need to continue their journey, stay connected and give back.

Feel free to contact us with your questions using the online form.

ReConnect Hungary – Hungarian Birthright Program
120 East 90th Street #5D
New York, NY 10128
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1-844-4MAGYAR (462-4927)

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 TEAM MEMBERS 

 

laszlo hamosBCo-founder and former President

László Hámos

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.

emese latkoczyPresident

Zsolt Szekeres

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 latkoczyExecutive Director in New York

Emese Latkoczy

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.

GabiProgram Manager in New York

Gabi Vajtay

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.

edina finkelProgram Coordinator in New York

Edina Finkel

Edina is the year-round program coordinator for ReConnect Hungary in New York since July 2017. She moved to the city in 2011 from Hungary where she was born and raised. Edina’s specialties include marketing and web design, and she lends her expertise to many HHRF projects as well.

szilvia babaProgram Manager in Budapest

Viktor Ivicsics

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 babaTeam Member

Szilvia Bába

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

zsolt arpad modlovanProgram Manager in Transylvania

Zsolt Árpád Moldován

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.

Peer Guides since 2012

 

tom szigetipeer guide

Tom Szigeti

Tom is a second generation Hungarian-American from Cleveland Ohio. In 2016 he completed his Master’s degree in History at Ohio State University and then moved to Budapest. He has been a peer guide twice, in 2013 and 2016. Currently he works for the Friends of Hungary Foundation.

andrad dobaipeer guide

András Dobai

András hails from Hungary and was a peer guide in 2013. While his profession is in Biology, he has been involved with North American Hungarian communities since 2010. He finished his Masters degree in Biology at Carleton University, Ottawa in August 2017, and he is currently working as a technician at the same university.

krisztina nascsopeer guide

Krisztina Nascsó

Kristina was a peer guide in 2013 and 2014 after becoming involved with the Program as a HAESF scholarship recipient at HHRF for a year. She has a law degree from the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and practices law in Hungary at an international law firm.

anett nascsopeer guide

Anett Nascsó

Anett was a peer guide in 2014 along with her sister Krisztina. She has a degree in public administration and works at the Hungarian Ministry of National Economy.

eszter kovacspeer guide

Eszter Kovács

Eszter is a junior researcher at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Minority Studies, Centre for Social Sciences. A doctoral candidate, she has keen interest in diaspora engagement. She has done a research internship at HHRF in New York, written a study about ReConnect Hungary and was a peer guide for the Program in 2015 and 2016. She lives in Budapest.

zoltan szekely madaipeer guide

Zoltán Székely-Mádai

Since 2013, Zoltan has been both a HAESF and KCSP scholarship recipient at the HHRF offices in New York. He has been responsible for designing and implementing many aspects of ReConnect Hungary Program. Zoltan was a peer guide in 2015 and 2016. He has studied history, international relations and multicultural education at Pázmány Péter and Eötvös Lóránd Universities.

reka horvathpeer guide

Réka Horváth

Réka was a peer guide in 2016 and 2017. She has a Master’s degree in. Information and Library Science and hails from Szeged–nicknamed the City of Sunshine–but now lives in Budapest. She has spent nine months in New York at the American Hungarian Library on a KCSP scholarship. This Hungarian government program sends talented young people to serve at diaspora organizations throughout the world.

lili kunfalvipeer guide

Lili Kunfalvi

Lili was a peer guide in 2016 and became intimately involved with the Program through her volunteer work at HHRF and the American Hungarian Library since 2013. In 2015 she completed her Master of Arts in American Studies at Columbia University and returned to New York in Fall 2017 to begin a master’s program in Business at NYU.

biborka kasapeer guide

Bíborka Kása

Biborka hails from Hungary and became involved with Reconnect Hungary in 2016 during her nine-month long internship at the American Hungarian Library in New York as a KCSP scholarship recipient. An avid photographer, Bibi, as she is nicknamed, studied Cultural Anthropology at Miskolc University. She was a ReConnect Hungary peer guide in 2016 and 2017, She currently lives in London.

mikolt tozsapeer guide

Mikolt Tózsa

Mikolt was a peer guide in 2017. She has a degree in social studies from the University of Szeged and is doing her Master’s in theater studies in Budapest. She became involved with ReConnect Hungary also as a KCSP intern for nine months at the Hungarian Scout Organization and Hungarian School in Garfield, NJ.

victoria vasspeer guide

Victoria Vass

Viki joined the ReConnect Hungary Program in 2012 when she went on our very first birthright trip. In 2017, she was the group’s transatlantic escort, peer guide, and a peer guide for Reconnect Transylvania as well. She is currently finishing a Bachelor of Technology in Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University in Toronto. She was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Toronto and her family comes from Transylvania.

rekapeer guide

Reka Vasicsek

She was a peer guide for Reconnect 2018 and could not help but return after having a wonderful experience. She grew up in Hungary until the age of 8, and then moved to San Francisco to be with my mom’s side of the family. She graduated this year from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and she is moving to Madrid to teach English in the fall. She is an avid hiker, camper, and ocean goer.

victoria vasspeer guide

Timea Domjanovity

She was a peer guide for Reconnect 2019. Timea studies biology and will graduate this year. She works as a photographer and makeup artist, and has been a scout for 13 years.

rekapeer guide

David Malatenszki

He was a peer guide for Reconnect 2019. David is a programmer and he has as strong passion for photography. He has been a scout for 15 years and was an activist in numerous youth organizations..

victoria vasspeer guide

Gábor Salopek

Gabor is a Hungarian American university professor of mathematics. He is s a member of the Hungarian community in New Brunswick, NJ with interest in popular culture video depictions of math and seeing his respective countries' national soccer teams return to former glory. He was a peer guide for Reconnect 2019.

zsuzsanna cselenyipeer guide

Zsuzsanna Cselényi

Zsuzsanna was the Program Coordinator between 2013 and 2017. She is a cultural heritage specialist with a Ph.D. in Folklore and Anthropology. In 2015, she was also a peer guide on the trip.