After earning his Ph.D. in Military Science, Dr. Gyarmati worked at the Zrínyi Miklós National Defense University, the Association of Hungarian Journalists, and the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He served as the Alternate Permanent Representative of Hungary to the IAEA from 1981 to 1986. He participated in the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe, he was the deputy head of the Hungarian delegation at the negotiations on conventional armed forces in Vienna in 1989, and he participated in the negotiations surrounding the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Hungary. From 1992 to 1994 he led the Hungarian delegation to the expert meetings of the Helsinki Summit, the Hungarian expert delegation to the London Conference on Yugoslavia, and the Department for Security Policy and Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After serving in various positions in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, he became Deputy Secretary of State for Integration at the Ministry of Defense in 1996 then Undersecretary for Policy in 1998. He held top leadership positions at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapon, the EastWest Institute, and the OSCE/ODIHR Election Monitoring Mission in Moldova. He was President and CEO of the ICDT since 2005 and became President of the Centre for Democracy Public Foundation in 2011. He is again President of ICDT since 2013. He speaks English, German, Russian, and French. Dr. Gyarmati is married and has two children.
After earning a degree in economics at the Karl Marx University of Economics (currently known as Corvinus University of Budapest) Mr. Várkonyi launched into a diverse career at the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over the years he has held ambassadorial positions in New Delhi and Kuala Lumpur, and headed various departments in the Ministry. In 2004 he was appointed Deputy State Secretary of Foreign Affairs, while from 2006 he was instituted as State Secretary. His responsibilities covered Hungary’s bilateral political relations with non-European countries, international development cooperation as well as consular affairs. He joined the ICDT in 2010 and became its President and CEO in 2011. He serves in the capacityof CEO since 2013. He speaks English, Russian, and French. Mr. Várkonyi is married and is a father of two.
Mr Janan was born in Kabul (Afghanistan) and moved to Hungary with his family in 1990.
He has been working in the public administration and non-profit sectors for years, focusing on the foreign affairs issues. He took part in the foundation of the Tom Lantos Institute, and has been project leader in several projects supported by NATO, the International Visegrad Fund, the European Union and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary. He was Head of Department of the Program and Grant Department of the First World War Centenary Memorial Committee between 2014-2016. Currently, he is Research Fellow at the International Centre for Democratic Transition. Mr Janan graduated as a lawyer at the ELTE Faculty of Law. He started his PhD studies in 2014, his research area is the radicalization and de-radicalization with special regards to their relation with legal consciousness. He speaks English, Farsi, Pastho and Hungarian.
Mr. Pomlenyi has been a civil society advocate since his late teen years, first as a participant of Cross Cultural Dialogues through the Arts program at New York City University (NYU). He has facilitated outreach programs using methods of Theater in Education and Psychodrama for over 10 years. He was coordinator of the youth-drama program at the National Theater of Budapest from 2010-2012. From 2009 to 2013 he worked with Platform11+ program; an artistic collaboration in which 13 theatres from 12 European countries joined to create plays that set out to integrate not only the arts but also the participating communities. With Manna Cultural Association, through 2012-2015 he has been working with minorities and disadvantaged communities to bridge social capabilities, provide foundation for long term integration. He holds a degree in Business and Diplomacy from the University of Buckingham. Currently at the International Centre for Democratic Transition he works as Development Assistant, reviewing grants in the the development sector, managing the legal and financial aspects of projects. He is still also involved in conducting trainings for participants of ICDT events.