I have more than 25 years of experience as an independent policy expert, researcher and educator. My studies and work in various countries, cultures and institutions has greatly impacted my personal and professional development. My work with organizations as the World Bank, European Commission, UNDP, USAID and bilateral donors has widened my professional competencies. Working in 14 countries and in different social and professional contexts within some countries has helped me to develop intercultural literacy and the capacity to communicate and mediate among diverse actors and stakeholders. Integrity, curiosity, creativity and adaptability are my drivers that I use in my work and in transmitting ideas and competencies to others.
I have always been a generalist interested in systemic understading of the big picture and eager to create synergy among ideas of different persons, fields of expertise and their approaches. During the first 20 years of my carrier I worked mainly on local community processes and on local governance. During the 1990s I designed several multi stakeholder processes. In these works I planned and guided the involvement of different stakeholders and coordinated the work of experts from different fields in order to resolve community disputes or to develop and agree on integrated strategies.
Since 2000 my interest has focused on local leadership, participatory processes and the possibilities for initiating democratic dialogue. I extended my activities to community conflict management and to the management of multi-ethnic communities. It was always part of my work to train and assist the persons and groups involved in the processes I led. I have designed and directed many executive trainings, training programs for local politicians, administrators, civil society actors and other stakeholders, and held university courses. I have also been invited to lecture on topics related to local government and leadership in various parts of the World and have published books and numerous articles on urban strategies and management, on participatory processes and on public integrity.
Since 2012 I am associate professor at the National University for Public Service in Hungary where I am the responsible for public integrity related subjects in MA, post-graduate and doctoral programs. Since 2012 I have designed the methodologies for the training of Hungarian civil servants in integrity and trained the trainers involved in their education. My most important teaching fields are public integrity management, leadership, intercultural relations and collaboration, personal competence building of professionals and consensus building processes.