SECRET OF SUCCESS

Hungarians who have made it in the Netherlands

On 4 April HBN hosted a successful event at the Hungarian Corner restaurant in the Hague. Over 40 Hungarian professionals and business people - and some Dutch guests who do business with Hungarians - joint the insightful panel discussion and pleasant networking event to explore the ‘secret ingredients’ that help Hungarians build a successful career in the Netherlands.

After a short welcome by HBN’s Chair Cisca Ansem, András Kocsis, Ambassador of Hungary to the Netherlands opened the programme with an inspiring story about a Hungarian marketeer who after being made redundant learnt to make chocolate and started chocoME which has become a great success. The moral of the story? If we are ready to learn something new and show perseverance, even very bad situations can be turned into success.

The lively panel discussion was moderated by Virág Füzi, psychologist and trainer focusing on intercultural adjustment. Our four excellent panellist, Tibor Bodor, Country Manager of ING Bank Hungary, Dirk Beljaarts, General Manager of Novotel Amsterdam City and Honorary Consul of Hungary to the Netherlands, Annamária Vágási, Supervisor Expert/Senior Lawyer Financial Services at the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) and Dr. Lóri Tavasszy, Professor of Freight and Logistics at the Delft University shared their personal experience and learnings about the characteristics and skills that help Hungarians become successful in Dutch business and academic life. They also talked about the challenges of adjustments to a different culture and gave some good tips on how to handle difficult situations. It was enriching and engaging to listen to their personal journey and their interesting - often funny - anecdotes about dealing with the Dutch.

 

This evening was another step in building a network and providing a platform for Hungarian professionals working and living in NL. Based on the overwhelmingly positive response, no doubt, more will follow.

 

Photogallery is at the bottom of the article, and you find a link here https://youtu.be/XpPHnpxIJGI to a short video-photo compilation as we wanted to capture the atmosphere. 

PANEL SPEAKERS

  • Tibor Bodor, Country Manager, ING Bank Hungary
  • Dirk Beljaarts, General Manager, Novotel Amsterdam City and Honorary Consul of Hungary to the Netherlands
  • Annamária Vágási, Supervisor Expert/Senior Lawyer Financial Services, Dutch Central Bank (DNB)
  • Dr. Lóri Tavasszy, Professor of Freight and Logistics, Delft University of Technology
  • Moderator: Virág Füzi, psychologist and trainer

Tibor Bodor

Dirk Beljaarts

Annamária Vágási

Dr. Lóri Tavasszy

Virág Füzi

Click here to download the biographies of the panel speakers.

PROGRAMME – 4 APRIL 2017

16:30-17:00Arrival and welcome with drinks and bites

17:00-17:10

Welcome by Cisca Ansem, HBN Chair 

Opening words by András Kocsis, Ambassador of Hungary to the Netherlands

17:10-18:15Panel discussion moderated by Virág Füzi, psychologist focusing on the intercultural challenges of Hungarians living in the Netherlands
18:15-19:00Table discussion and networking
19:00End of programme and optional dinner

Venue: Hungarian Corner Restaurant, Thomsonplein 26C, 2565 KW Den Haag. You can check the restaurant’s website.

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