Réka Szemerkényi

Senior Advisor in Transatlantic Strategy, International Republican Institute


Senior Advisor in Transatlantic Strategy of the International Republican Institute (IRI), Ms. Szemerkényi served as an Executive Vice President of CEPA, the Center for European Policy Analysis, prior to joining IRI. She held various government positions in Hungary, she was an Ambassador of Hungary to the United States, National Security Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Defense. She was Senior Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of MOL Group and Consultant of the World Bank. She was university lecturer of the University of Milan and of Pazmany and Karoli Universities in Hungary. She is also a Board Member of the Fulbright Association and Member of the European Council of Foreign Relations (ECFR). She is a leading security policy and energy security expert, high level speaker at international conferences, analyst and commentator of international security challenges. She holds a PhD in Economic History.