Tues 29 Sep


Meet and Greet

Wed 30 Sep


Opening of think.BDPST YLF 2020

HE Barbara Botos
Deputy Minister of State for Climate Policy
Ministry for Innovation and Technology of Hungary


Welcome Message from the Organisers


Theory X Leaders vs Theory Y Leaders

How your perception about people’s motivation for work can determine your leadership style

Attila Süle-Szigeti
Career & Management Coach

What do you think motivates people to come to work each morning?

Do you believe that they are driven by self-actualisation, creativity, curiosity and individual or team performance? Or do you think that they look at work as a necessary burden, and they are simply motivated by financial benefits, social responsibility, or even fear?

These assumptions about your peers and team members can have a significant influence on how you manage them. The Theory X and Theory Y concept was developed in the 1960s by the acknowledged social psychologist, Douglas McGregor. His theories are still important even today. In this Young Leaders’ Forum Leadership Seminar, you will get a short insight into your own current assumptions about people’ motivation for work.




Social Media and the Internet

Key Actors in Shaping Public Perceptions of Environmental Issues and Spreading (Fake) Information?

Lea Plantek
Communication and Liaison Specialist
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (Hungary)

Miloš Gregor
International Institute of Political Science, Masaryk University (Czech Republic)

Rafal Fabianowicz
External Relations Officer
V4SDG - Visegrad for Sustainability

Tamás Ölveczky
Client Service Director
Be Social (Hungary)

Social media has been growing rapidly as a type of online communication tool, as users make comments, shares and put videos, photos, and posts on social network at a remarkable rate. As environmental issues are becoming more prevalent and frequently acknowledged, more environment-related information reach society. How social media can affect our way of thinking about environmental questions? How smart applications can shape our lifestyle and consumer behaviour? Who is responsible for the enormous amount of environment-related fake news and disinformation, and how we can tackle this challenge?




Meet an Expert

How to Create Your Own Start-up




Leadership Seminar Part II

How to impress someone in an elevator?

Attila Süle-Szigeti
Career & Management Coach

Preparation for the Three-Minute Challenge


Meet an Expert II

Thurs 1 Oct


Leadership Talks Series

Annamária Steiner-Isky
Ministry of Justice of Hungary (TBC)

The aim of YLF is to present young professionals with a good example, a role model who can inspire them in their career path. It is an opportunity for the participants to have a face-to-face conversation with a senior expert who will share his/her personal experiences and will answer career-related questions. The purpose of this session is to share examples, steps, and tips to the participants to help them plan their career in a practical way.


The Future of Water as a Global Resource: The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation

István Kenyeres
Founder, CTO

András Huszár
Green Policy Center (Hungary)

Krisztina Ligetvári
Energy Efficiency Expert
ÉMI Non-profit Limited Liability Company for Quality Control and Innovation in Building (Hungary)

Dr László Balatonyi
Senior Lecturer
National University of Public Service (Hungary)

In 2016, leading representatives of economy classified uncertainties in the water sector as the biggest global risk of the next ten years. About four billion people, representing nearly two-thirds of the world’s population, experience severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year. The availability of water affects many of mankind’s social and economic actions and is an essential component of ecosystems. What are the main challenges and possibilities in the water sector? How technology and innovation can contribute to solving water-related challenges? Do we have enough knowledge and resources, and if not, what is the missing element?




Three-minute Challenge/Elevator Pitch

Attila Süle-Szigeti
Career & Management Coach

An elevator pitch is a short summary of an idea, product, or plan that explains the concept in a way that any listener can understand in a short period of time. The reason it is called an elevator pitch is that you should be able to present it during a brief elevator ride. If you present it in the right manner, this short speech can help you to introduce yourself to career and business connections in a fascinating way.

This speech is all about you: who you are, what you do, and what you want to do. Your elevator pitch is a way to share your expertise and explain your new research plan/idea/initiative/product quickly and effectively with people who do not know you.

The 3-minute challenge’s aim is to increase participants’ capacity to effectively explain their ideas, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist/semi-specialist audience. Learning the quintessence of this method will help our participants to develop not only their communication skills, but also to think about their research in a more critical way, and successfully deliver their message to a broader audience.


Evaluation and Closing Remarks

Fri 2 Oct


Attendance of the think.BDPST Conference

From this point onward, participants of the Young Leaders' Forum will attend the panels and lectures of the think.BDPST conference, where they will have the opportunity to engage in discussions with the representatives of the business and governmental sector, as well as the academia.


Opening Remarks

Veronika Antall-Horváth
Deputy Director
Antall József Knowledge Centre

Tamás Vargha
State Secretary for Civilian Intelligence Services
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Moderated Discussion

Like or Dislike–Tech Giants and Their Regulation Possibilities

HE Judit Varga
Minister of Justice of Hungary

András Kovács


Keynote Lecture I


Panel I

Digitalisation, Modernisation, Reform—Or All of the Above: The Future of Education in the 21st Century

Andrej Bederka
Slovak National Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs

Gergely Nádori
Science Teacher
Alternative High School of Economics, Budapest

Andreas Riepl
Head of National Competence Center eEducation Austria
Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

Tibor Prievara
educator and blogger (Tanarblog.hu)

Gábor Varga
National Technology Officer
Microsoft Hungary

Among the many aspects of life where change is being driven by the COVID-19 pandemic is education. School systems all over the world were caught unprepared for the transition to large-scale digital classes, and the situation inspired -- and forced -- all involved parties to consider changes that would remain in place in a post-COVID world. The panel takes a look at some of these proposals as it considers what the various levels of education might look like in the future.




Keynote Lecture II

Dr Kristóf Szabó
Hungarian Export Promotion Agency


Panel II

Data Protection in the Post-COVID Era

Wojciech Wiewiórowski
European Data Protection Supervisor

Dr Attila Péterfalvi
Hungarian National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information

Gergő Gyebnár
Chief Executive Officer
Black Cell Ltd.

Anett Mádi-Nátor
Deputy CEO for Strategic Business Development
Cyber Services Plc

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging globally, governments are rushing for innovative solutions to contain the virus. Newly developed contract tracing apps have emerged in several countries, and it begs the question: are these safe? Should they be voluntary? When should those be dismantled? The lines are blurred – and with international experts on board, the panel will discuss all the ambiguities regarding data protection today and in the future.


Keynote Lecture III


Panel III

Big Tech–Regulation and/or Innovation

Dr István Csatári
Head of Hub
Hello Tomorrow Hungary

Joerg Bauer
President & CEO
Tungsram Group

Dániel Vaffler
journalist, origo.hu

Dr. Moira Gilchrist
Vice President, Strategic & Scientific Communications
Philip Morris International

In keeping with the theme of Minister Varga's talk (Like or Dislike – Tech Giants and Their Regulation Possibilities), the panel will focus on the debate that has arisen around the contemporary social, political, and economic role played by corporations at the forefront of innovation, commonly referred to as "big tech".

The speakers, representing a wide variety of stakeholders, will introduce and contrast the most relevant factors involved in the public discourse around the issue, including free markets and free speech, corporate and personal accountability, as well as the necessity and feasibility of regulation.


Panel IV

The Present and Future of 5G

Mariann Gecse
Director of Public Affairs and Communication
Huawei Technologies Hungary

Máté Mester
Managing Partner

Barbara Sztokfisz
CYBERSEC Programme Director, Chief Editor of the European Cybersecurity Journal
Kosciuszko Institute

László Jobbágy
Digital Success Programme

The fifth generation wireless network technology, or 5G ,has the potential to transform not only mobile internet connectivity, but also many sectors and applications, ranging from the Internet of Things to smart city infrastructure and autonomous driving. But what exactly 5G means for our future? Experts and industry leaders will discuss the different uses, benefits, and drawbacks of 5G technology, the nature of the evolving network, as well as the driving forces behind it.

A Glimpse into the Future