Head of the Institute for Sustainable Development Studies
Faculty of Water Science, National University of Public Service
Mr Gábor Baranyai (46) graduated in 1997 from the Law Faculty of the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest. He has a Master’s degree (LL.M.) in Environmental Law (University College London, 1998) and a PhD (Pázmány Péter Catholic University Budapest, 2019). Following three years of legal practice at White & Case LLP Budapest, he served as Hungary’s environmental attaché to the European Union in Brussels between 1999 and 2003. After his return to Hungary until 2008, he held various positions in the Ministry of Environment and Water of Hungary, covering areas ranging from EU decision-making and international affairs to the national enforcement of environmental law. Following a two-year stay at the Office of Hungary’s Parliamentary Ombudsman for Future Generations, Gábor became Deputy State Secretary for EU Sectoral Policies at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2010. His portfolio covered a broad range of areas including EU environmental policy, climate change, energy policy, agriculture, transport, and the internal market. Gábor was in charge of organising the 2013 Budapest Water Summit. Since 2014, he has been the government plenipotentiary for the settlement of the Gabcíkovo-Nagymaros transboundary water dispute with Slovakia. Since 2016, he has taught sustainable development and water conflict management at the National University of Public Service of Hungary. Gábor is the author of several environmental and water law articles and two books. He is fluent in English and French. Gábor is a farther of four little children.