Business Round-table Discussion

Hotel Novotel, Amsterdam City

Table Talk - Personal success stories

On 28 May, 2015 the Hungarian Business Network (HBN) in cooperation with the Embassy of Hungary in The Hague is hosting a Business Round-table Discussion followed by networking and drinks in Novotel Amsterdam.

Are you looking for the best way to get ahead in business in Central Europe? Learn from others with these personal looks into their motivations, successes, failures and lessons learned. Listen to inspiring entrepreneurs about their own success story.

  Moderator: Zsolt Szabó, HBN Advisory Board

Zsolt Szabo is working as Vice President with Capgemini in the Netherlands and he is responsible for strategic business development, relationship with the government and parliament, media relations and sales. Szabo has also been member of the House of Representatives. As a Member of Parliament Szabo was speaker for the Dutch Peoples Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) on Defence, Development Cooperation and Information & Communication Technology. Szabo held various management and board positions globally.


Round-table Guests:

  H.E. Orsolya Szijjártó, Ambassador of Hungary in the Netherlands

Ms Szijjártó is an economist by profession; with a master’s degree in international relations. She started her career in the public sector, having worked at the Foreign Office of the National Assembly, later at the Deputy State Secretary for Tourism. She has more than a decade experience in the consultancy sector: first as the director of international relations, then as the owner and managing director of a consulting company, which she developed to one of the top market leaders in the tourism and EU consultancy sector. She also worked as the project director of the Valencian Regional Government’s Brussels Office initiating a high number of European projects for the region. She has been an external evaluator of European projects both in Hungary and in Brussels. She is fluent in German, English and Spanish.


  Frido Diepeveen, Commercial Director - Randstad Hungary

Frido was born in the Netherlands, but feels at home in Hungary, where he has been living since 2001. Having some Transylvania blood in his veins and being married to a Hungarian wife (three daughters who are 62,5% Hungarian), he is gradually becoming local in Budapest. Following a short banking career at ABN Amro in Amsterdam and 5 years of ING Bank in Budapest, he has been working in recruitment and executive search as of 2005, first as shareholder at ProfiPower and as of 2010 as employee of Randstad Hungary.


  Dr. Sándor Erdei , CEO DBH Group

Sandor was born in Debrecen and lived and studied in the Netherlands for 12 years. He has managed several successful capital investment transactions as a consultant and an investor. In the non-profit sector, he acts as a Chairperson of the AmCham SME Committee, a Board member of the Hungarian Association for Innovation, the Chairperson of the Committee of the Hungarian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, and a Board member of the Commerce and Services Section of VOSZ (National Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers). Since 2006, he has been the CEO of the DBH Group headquartered in Budapest.


   Anna Balázs, Founder of NaarBudapest

Originating from Hungary, Anna has been living in the Netherlands for the past 20 years. She has worked in aviation tourism and the hospitality industry as a marketing and sales manager with Eindhoven airport and Hotel Campanile Eindhoven. Anna is committed to introducing Hungary and Budapest to a new market in the Netherlands and showcasing all this beautiful country has to offer to both leisure customers and corporate interests. With she organises citytrips to Budapest for business and leisure with a personal touch and she rents luxury family appartments in the city centre of Budapest on a short and long term basis.
   Loránt Lakatos, Founder Duna Incentives Trainings and Events
Lorant was born in Utrecht in 1972. He studied Economics and logistics at the HEAO in Arnhem, worked in Germany and Holland as logistics manager. He started DUNA Events in 2002. In the recent 13 years he built up a ‘treasure’ of experience in worldwide organizing of unique activities at the most surprising locations. Duna Incentives Trainings and Events offers teambuilding programs, incentives, training and events as a reflection of customer’s needs & expectations, thus tailor made and unique. Starting point is a fundament of adventure, entertainment& relaxation in a learning environment. DUNA feels itself at home inside & outside of Europe. Lorant moved to Hungary Csopak in 2005, where he lives with his hungarian wife and 3 children. He become a real Hungarian patriot.



  • Doors open at 18.00

  • Round-table discussion: 18.30-20.00

  • Networking and Drinks: 20.00-21.00

Live music: After the program plays Frido Diepeveen & Co. Hungarian Gipsy music

Price: Free entrance for HBN members.

For non-members: 25 euro, including drinks, Hungarian wine and finger food.

Location: Hotel Novotel Amsterdam City, Europaboulevard 10 1083 AD Amsterdam

Parking: free parking, limited places based on availibility


Please note that places are limited, and are reserved by first come first served basis.