Dr. Matolcsy György
Governor of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank since 4 March 2013, Mr Matolcsy holds a university degree in economics.
Date of birth: 18 July 1955
Place of birth: Budapest
Marital status: married, father of two adult children
2013- Governor, The Central Bank of Hungary
2010– Ministry for National Economy, minister for national economy
2007–2010 Hungarian Economic Development Institute – founder, head
2000–2002 Ministry of Economic Affairs, minister of economic affairs
Author and head of the Széchenyi Plan
1995–2000 /2002–2010 Director of Privatisation Research Institute,
then of its successor organisation, the Institute for Growth
1991–1994 European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) – London
member of the Board of Governors of the London based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for three years, as representative of the government of Hungary,
Director of the bank in 1994
1991 Privatisation Research Institute – managing director
1990 Prime Minister’s Office – political state secretary, personal economic advisor to prime minister József Antall, head of the Economic Policy Secretariat and secretary of the Economic Cabinet
1987 Financial Research Plc. (Pénzügykutató Rt.) – theoretical researcher, advisor in the field of capital markets
1985 Financial Research Institute – scientific researcher
1978–1985 Ministry of Finance, Department of Industry
1981 University Doctorate
• Dissertation topic: Conversion of Hungarian state-owned companies into holdings, possibilities offered by the new corporate organisation concept
1972–1977: Karl Marx University of Economics
• Degree in Economics awarded by the Faculty of Industry
• Thesis topic: enterprises
1969–1973 Szilágyi Erzsébet Secondary School of Budapest – specialising in biology, Latin, chemistry
Type C intermediate level English language examination
• Lábadozásunk évei [Years of Recovery] (1991)
• Sokk (vagy kevés?) [Shock Therapy, or Too Little?] (1998)
• Élő emlékeink [Our Living Memories] (2003)
• Amerikai birodalom [American Empire] (2004)
• Éllovasból sereghajtó [From Vanguard to Bringing Up the Rear] (2008)
Author of several hundred articles, studies, interviews, publications
Regular contributor to the Heti Válasz journal from the second half of the 2000s
Co-author of the Szent István economic policy plan (2007)
Co-author of the study entitled ‘Fordulat és Reform’ [Transition and Reform] (1987)
Public line and career
End of 1989: contributes to the drawing up of the future government programme upon request of the president of the Hungarian Democratic Forum
1998: Economic advisor of Fidesz, author of the party’s economic programme
From the end of 1998: member of the economic advisory body of prime minister Viktor Orbán
Since 2003: member of FIDESZ Hungarian Civic Union
2003–2007: chairman of the board of trustees of the Foundation for a Civic Hungary Union.
2006-2010: member of the national assembly delegated from Bács-Kiskun County
2006–2010: member of the Economic and Informatics Committee of the National Assembly
2013: Barankovics Commemorative Coin award
Dr. Ádám Balog
Deputy Governor of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank and member of the Monetary Council from 6 March 2013.
Dr Balog is an economist. He graduated at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration, Faculty of Business Administration in 2003. He earned a master’s degree at the Community of European Management Schools International Management in 2005, and went on to obtain a law degree at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences in 2007.
From 2002 he worked at the Financial Controlling area of GE Tungsram Lighting Ltd and at the Tax Department of Pricewaterhouse Coopers Hungary Ltd from 2003 (as Tax Manager from 2008). From the summer of 2010 until his appointment as Deputy Governor of the MNB, he continued his career as Deputy State Secretary at the Ministry for National Economy.
He has been a member of Heller Farkas College since 1999 and a senior member since 2003. He is the author of several publications. He has held courses on taxation at Heller Farkas College since 2007. Dr Balog is holder of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, Officer’s Cross.
He is married with three children.
Dr. Ferenc Gerhardt
Deputy Governor of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank and member of the Monetary Council from 22 March 2011
Dr Gerhardt completed his studies at the Faculty of Industry of the Budapest University of Economics. He has a postgraduate degree in external economics from the University. In the early part of his professional career, between 1971 and 1978, he was Secretary of the Economic Council at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and member of the Economics Department staff. Between 1979 and 1983 he was Deputy Director, Finance, of AGROBER-AGROINVEST. From 1983 until 1998 he served as Executive Director of Central European International Bank, then as Deputy CEO of ING Bank. As Deputy CEO at Hungarian Development Bank, he oversaw the accounting, IT and technical investment areas between 1999 and 2000. Between 2000 and 2002 he worked as CEO of Konzumbank.
Dr Gerhardt joined Hungarian Foreign Trade Bank as Adviser of the Chairman & CEO and worked in the Bank’s governing bodies and participated in the management of strategic development projects and the privatization of Konzumbank. Between 2005 and 2007 he was Director of IT, Back Office, Institutional and Public Procurement and Facilities Management at the Magyar Nemzeti Bank. He worked as Adviser of the Chairman of Allianz Hungária between 2008 and 2010. Between 2010 and 2011 he held the offices of Deputy CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Hungarian Development Bank.
Dr. László Windisch
Deputy Governor of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank from 2 October 2013; member of the Monetary Council
Dr Windisch is a lawyer. He graduated from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in 2002. In 2012 he earned a postgraduate degree in law. From 2002 he worked first as a lawyer in the Central Hungarian Regional Directorate of the National Tax and Customs Administration (and the Hungarian Tax and Financial Control Administration, its legal predecessor), then as Head of Division and later as Head of Department, before taking the position of Deputy Director. From January 2011, he served as Head of Department at the Department of Tax and Customs Administration of the Ministry for National Economy, then, until his appointment to the position of Deputy Governor of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank, as Director of Fiscal Analysis at the Bank’s Executive Directorate responsible for monetary policy.
His other professional activities include: member of the Supervisory Board of the Hungarian Export-Import Bank Ltd and of the Financial Board of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts.
Dr Windisch is married and a father of one child.