Kalman Mizsei

kalman mizseiPh.D. in Economics, Budapest University of Economics; Specialisation in macroeconomics

Throughout his career Dr. Kalman Mizsei has combined vision and leadership with a strong, practical knowledge of political developments, both in the region and globally.

He has been Adjunct Professor at the Central European University since 2006, where he teaches courses on Globalisation and Global Governance and East European economic and political transition after 1989. During this period he also worked as EU Special Representative for the Republic of Moldova

(2007-2011) – engaging with all five countries in the 5+2 format, so including Ukraine and Russia – and, for the Open Society Institute, as Co-Chairman of the Roma Policy Board and Chairman of the Board for Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma Inclusion.

His previous post, held from 2001-2006, was at the level of Assistant Secretary-General of the UN, directing the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS, working with the 31 programme countries, and managing nearly 2,000 staff.

Mr. Mizsei is an economist by training, holding a Ph.D. in Economics from the Budapest University of Economics (1984). He has had a varied career serving both in government and in the private sector.
Much of the early part of his career was spent in the Hungarian banking sector, including the National Bank of Hungary (1990-1995) and as the Chairman of both the Hungarian Export Import Bank and Hungarian Export Credit Insurance Ltd. (1995-1997). Having developed an interest in privatisation and transition across Eastern Europe and the CIS, Mr. Mizsei worked as Vice President for Economic Programmes for the Institute for East West Studies in New York (1992-1995); and held the post of Director for Direct Investments and Infrastructure, and Chief Investment Officer, for Central and Eastern Europe, for AIG Global Investment Corp (1997-2001).