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Dr. György Bánlaki

Ambassador Bánlaki has an economist degree in international relations and a university doctorate in the same field. In his present multifaceted activity, he combines his experience of several decades of a diplomatic career (Press Attaché in London, Consul General in New York City, Hungary’s Ambassador to Washington, D.C.) with his private sector acumen. As Consul General in NYC, he negotiated and oversaw the arrangements for the return of Composer Béla Bartók's remains to Hungary. As Ambassador to the US he managed the all-important Washington angle of the crucially significant NATO enlargement process including ratification by the US Senate and efforts to have American direct foreign investment in Hungary reach record levels. In 1996 he masterminded and implemented the most ambitious country promotion project ever undertaken by Hungary in the United States; the celebrations of Hungary's 1,100th Anniversary.

As co-founder and President of Sawyer-Miller Group Hungary, he was a pioneer of strategic communications consulting in 1990 establishing qualitative opinion research, PR and advertising in a unified methodology. Through his present firm, BG International, he provides high level consulting and advisory services in developing corporate and institutional communications, development and positioning strategies. He serves on the boards and supervisory boards of several American and Canadian private sector companies. He is President of the Hungarian-American Society, a Vice President of the Hungarian Atlantic Council, a Trustee of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and President-Elect for 2003-4 of Rotary Club – Budapest City. Amb. Bánlaki used to serve as Chairman of the Ambassadors Advisory Board of the Executive Council on Diplomacy in Washington, D.C.