Dr. Péter Krekó
Dr. Péter Krekó is a political psychologist. He is the director of Political Capital and Associate Professor at ELTE University in Budapest. He is affiliated with two policy institutes in Washington DC, as a Reagan-Fascell Fellows at the National Endowment for Democracy and a Senior Fellow at the Central for European Policy Analysis. Before that, he was a Europe’s Futures Visiting Fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) and Erste Foundation, and a non-resident Associate Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Institute of Policy Research. During 2016-2017, Péter worked as a Fulbright Visiting Professor in the United States at the Central Eurasian Studies Department of Indiana University. The main focus of his interest is the political psychology and institutional background of disinformation, political tribalism and authoritarian influence. He defended his thesis on the social psychology of conspiracy theories at the ELTE University in 2014, and did his habilitation in 2020. He was the co-chair of the PREVENT working group at the EU Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) between 2013 and 2016. He is the author of two books. The first is entitled The Hungarian Far Right, which was co-authored by Attila Juhász. The book was published by Ibidem Verlag in 2017 and it is being distributed by the Columbia University Press. His second book on fake news and conspiracy theories was published in Hungarian in 2018, becoming a social science best-seller, currently under re-print. He is a regular commentator in the leading international media, and published pieces, among others, in Foreign Affairs, Journal of Democracy, Newsweek, and Guardian. He is the owner of Political Capital Institute.
Katalin is a political scientist, who completed her first degree at the Faculty of Law at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, where she also undertook doctoral studies. Prior to joining Political Capital, she worked at the Office of the Hungarian National Assembly (parliament) and at the Ministry of Justice. She has been with Political Capital since 2006. Alongside her analytical tasks, Katalin is responsible for directing the daily operation of the institute, event organisation, and media relations.
Rudolf Berkes graduated as an International Security and Defense Policy Officer at the University of Public Service and he is currently studying International Relations at Eötvös Lóránd University. He gained professional experience at the Danube Institute and the International Center for Development and Democratic Transition. His research area includes geopolitics, geostrategy and the effects of emerging disruptive technologies - such as artificial intelligence - on society, world politics and security.
Lóránt is a sociologist and political analyst, with a masters in social sciences from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, where he is currently continuing his PhD studies. His research interests include geopolitics, new media, network analysis, discourse analysis, and science-, youth- and urban sociology. His analysis is focused on current Russian influence in Europe, and he is co-author of several studies on this topic.
Bulcsú Hunyadi studied history, sociology and international relations at Pázmány Péter Catholic University and Andrássy University Budapest. He participated in numerous scholarships including the International Parliamentary Scholarship of the German Bundestag, the Civic Education in Action programme of the Federal Agency for Civic Education and the Robert Bosch Stiftung Germany. He has been with Political Capital since 2007. He heads the organisation’s programme focusing on radicalism, right-wing extremism and populism. His research areas include far-right and populist argumentation, radicalism prevention, anti-Roma and anti-Semitic sentiments, but he also covers the state of civil society in Hungary and civic education. He speaks English and German fluently.
Dominik Istrate holds a BA degree in International Relations from the Corvinus University of Budapest, where he is currently finishing his MA studies in Environmental Economics. Previously, he worked as a foreign policy journalist and a political analyst. He gained professional experience at the European Parliament and the Embassy of the United States in Budapest. He is the founder and former president of the Central Europe Association (HU), currently serving as the organization’s advisory board chairman. Dominik’s research areas include Eastern Europe, Russia and other post-Soviet countries, as well as disinformation targeting Hungary and the CEE region.
Zsuzsa has studied psychopedagogy, hungarian literature and linguistics and ethnic and minority studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. She gained professional experiences at various NGO-s and small companies in Hungary. At Political Capital, she works primarily in the program focusing on radicalism and extremism.
Robert earned his university degrees from the University of Economics and Public Administration of Budapest (2004) and Corvinus University (2009). He is a professor in the electoral programme at the National University of Public Service, Budapest. Robert’s research speciality is the Hungarian electoral system, and he is the leader of Political Capital’s initiatives in this area.
Head of research, quantitative analyst
Csaba Molnár holds a bachelor degree in physics from Berzsenyi Daniel College, Hungary and a masters in mathematics from Eötvös Loránd University, where he also studied programming and computer science. With this background, Csaba is perfectly suited to develop the methodologies for Political Capital’s research projects with his extensive knowledge of data processing software (for instance: R, SPSS, MS Excel). He is also involved in quantitative analysis and the modelling of political and societal processes, creating indices, data visualisation, and social media analysis.
Patrik Szicherle holds first degrees in European studies from Southern Denmark University in Sonderborg and in English from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. He earned a master’s degree in international relations from Eötvös Loránd University. Patrik's research areas include international relations, the European Union, and the analysis of the effects of Russian influence on the region.
In 2011, she obtained an absolutorium at the doctoral program in Political Science at the Corvinus University of Budapest. Previously graduated in management organization, political science, and election studies. She is also a former intern at Political Capital. Bella began her professional carrier at the Political Yearbook of Hungary and the Election Research Program. Her areas of expertise extend to social media and political communication. She has worked in social media, marketing, PR, and communication for years.
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