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Zsuzsanna Szelényi

Director CEU Democracy Institute Leadership Academy

Before joining the CEU Democracy Institute, Zsuzsanna Szelényi was Richard von Weizsäcker fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin conducting research on polarization, populism, and autocratization as threats to democracy in the context of the future of the European Union. Her book, ‘Tainted Democracy, Viktor Orbán and the Subversion of Hungary’ will be published in November 2022.

Between 2014-2018 Ms Szelényi has been a liberal Member of Parliament in Hungary, covering foreign policy, migration, and constitutional affairs.

Before rejoining politics in 2012 in Hungary, Ms Szelenyi served at the Council of Europe advising governments and NGOs on conflict management, human rights education, and human development issues. Between 2010-2013 she worked as a human development consultant for international organizations in various Central European and North African countries.

Ms. Szelenyi started her career as a member of Fidesz, a youth party at the régime change in Hungary in 1988. As a Member of Parliament, she was dealing with international and migration affairs. She left politics in 1994 for a professional career. In 2012 she returned to Hungarian politics in a new party, Together.


Global Master of Arts Program, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston, 2010

MA of International Relations of the Corvinus University, Budapest, 2001

MA of Psychology of the University of Eotvos Lorand, Budapest,1993