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Csaba Mezei

General Secretary

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Csaba Mezei

General Secretary

Mr Csaba Mezei has worked for the past 17 years in the green non-profit sector with positions and tasks ranging from activism to executive assignments. Back in 2001, he was part of the founding team of Greenpeace Hungary, becoming Country Office Director in 2006 and working in diverse environmental campaigns (e.g. GMO-free Hungary, Zengő, Rába campaign, Energy (r)evolution) up until 2009. From 2009 to 2018, he worked as a Project Manager and Expert at the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), being responsible for EU funded research and development projects on topics such as environmental information, smart cities and mobility, as well as working on business development and fundraising in the European research area.

He joined CEEweb for Biodiversity in 2018 and acts as General Secretary, overseeing the institutional operations and strategy implementation, partnerships, funding opportunities and the challenges CEEweb has in its aim to work for the protection of biodiversity in the region.


Policy Team


Klára Hajdu

Senior Policy Officer

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Klára Hajdu

Senior Policy Officer

Ms Klára Hajdu is a biologist with over 15 years of experience in biodiversity, sustainability and resource use related policies on regional, EU and global levels. She has worked at CEEweb since her university studies, managing projects and performing advocacy work related to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy, and EU biodiversity policies. Moreover, she is involved in the proactive policy making of CEEweb linked to the Resource Cap Coalition and, more recently, to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the EU budget.

She holds an MSc in Biology (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary).

She joined CEEweb for Biodiversity in 2003 and works as Senior Policy Officer, focusing on EU policies in the field of sustainable development and for the sustainability proofing of the EU budget.

Orsolya Domaniczky

Biodiversity Policy Officer

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Orsolya Domaniczky

Biodiversity Policy Officer — SDGs & MFF

Ms Orsolya Domaniczky is a political scientist, international relations and environmental policy expert. She has worked as policy analyst in the Office of the President of Hungary, as a researcher at the Wuppertal Institut, and as junior capacity-building expert at the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC). Ms Domaniczky regularly holds trainings and classes using simulation games and non-formal education methods. Furthermore, she is a co-developer of the Forum simulation game on urbanism and has co-authored a high-school International Relations course and a creation care toolkit for youth.

She holds an MSc in Environmental Sciences and Policy (Central European University, Hungary) and a Bachelor in Political Science and International Studies (Corvinus University, Hungary).

She joined CEEweb for Biodiversity in 2019 and works as Biodiversity Policy Officer, being responsible for EU policy and advocacy with the aim of making the EU budget sustainability-proof for the benefit of the people and the planet.

Orsolya Nyárai

Biodiversity Policy Officer

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Orsolya Nyárai

Biodiversity Policy Officer — Natura 2000 & WFD

Ms Orsolya Nyárai has worked for the past 10 years in the corporate Research and Development (R&D) field and at various environmental non-profit organisations. She has worked as a Project Manager and R&D Officer at a multinational company, as Office Manager and Project Coordinator at the Association of Climate-Friendly Municipalities, and as Director of Priority Programmes and Developments at the Herman Ottó Institute Non-profit Ltd. She is experienced in LIFE, Horizon 2020 and Interreg projects, as well as in various national rural development and energy-efficiency programmes.

She holds MA degrees in English and Communications (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary) and certificates in the fields of local climate change adaptation, sustainable cities and circular economy.

She joined CEEweb for Biodiversity in 2019 and works as Biodiversity Policy Officer, being responsible for the activities connected to the Natura 2000 network, as well as for biodiversity and water related policy advocacy.


Management & Project Implementation Team


Thor Morante Brigneti

Communications Manager & Project Coordinator

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Thor Morante

Communications Manager & Project Coordinator

Mr Thor Morante is a project manager and communications expert with over 10 years of professional experience working in the environmental field in Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe. He has worked as an environmental journalist and editor at the Peruvian newsweekly Caretas, as a Communications Specialist at the Wildlife Conservation Society, as a communications consultant for a diversity of public and private institutions, and as a Project Manager and International Cooperation Expert at the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC).

He holds an Erasmus Mundus MSc in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (Lund University, Sweden, and Central European University, Hungary) and a Bachelor in Literature (National University of San Marcos, Peru). He speaks English, Spanish, Italian and French.

He joined CEEweb for Biodiversity in 2018 and works as Communications Manager and as Project Coordinator of INSiGHTS.

Dr Gabriella Mária Nagy

Project Coordinator

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Dr Gabriella Mária Nagy

Project Coordinator

Dr Gabriella Mária Nagy is a landscape architect and an environmental protection specialist with over 15 years of professional experience working in landscape design and nature related research. She has worked on more than 200 projects in open-air design all over Hungary, as well as for 10 years as a researcher — mainly, at the University of Sopron, Faculty of Forestry Institute of Forest Assess Management.

She holds a PhD in Forestry and Wildlife Management Sciences (University of West-Hungary, Forest Value Assessment Doctoral Program, Hungary), an MSc in Landscape Architecture (University of Szent István, Hungary), an MSc in Environmental Specialist (University of Debrecen, Hungary) and an MSc on Forest Pedagogy (University of West-Hungary, Hungary).

She joined CEEweb for Biodiversity in 2018 and works as Project Coordinator of TRANSGREEN and ConnectGREEN.

Viktória Selmeczy

Officer Manager, Financial Assistant & Project Coordinator

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Viktória Selmeczy

Office Manager, Financial Assistant & Project Coordinator

Ms Viktória Selmeczy has 10 years of experience working in administrative and executive assistance, office management, human resources, finance and event organisation tasks. She has worked for several multinational companies on the taxation, information technology and telecommunications fields.

She holds an MA in Human Resources (University of Pécs, Hungary) and has followed studies at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, in China. She speaks English, Hungarian and Chinese.

She joined CEEweb for Biodiversity in 2018 and works as Office Manager, Project Coordinator and Financial Assistant, being responsible for the office’s operation, supporting the CEEweb team, and coordinating the Smart & Green — On the spot in Visegrad Cities project.

Gábor Szilágyi

Financial Manager

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Gábor Szilágyi

Financial Manager

Mr Gábor Szilágyi is an economist with over 20 years of experience working in both profit and non-profit oriented companies and foundations, such as the Hungarian Telecommunications Company and Hungarian Radio.

He holds an MSc in Economics (University of Economics, Hungary) and has followed further studies on certified public accounting and taxation, among others. He speaks English and Hungarian.

He joined CEEweb for Biodiversity in 2018 as Financial Manager, being responsible for overseeing all financial related tasks and aspects on the institutional and project levels.


Vivien Vati

Project and Communications Assistant & Internship Coordinator

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Vivien Vati

Project and Communications Assistant & Internship Coordinator

Ms Vivien Vati has 5 years of experience working in fields related to sustainability, mostly in the practical aspects. During this time, she cooperated and worked with several small organizations dealing with issues related to sustainable architecture planning and implementation, and project coordination, organizing and leading workshops, sustainable festivals and volunteering camps, and teaching sustainable practical methods and ecological farming.

She holds a BA in Architectural Art (University of Pécs, Hungary). She speaks English, German and Hungarian.

She joined CEEweb for Biodiversity in 2018 and works as Project and Communications Assistant & Internship Coordinator, being responsible for assisting in the implementation of Interreg DTP funded projects and coordinating CEEweb’s internship programme.


Interns


Narangua Batdorj

Project Intern

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Narangua Batdorj

Project Intern

Mrs Narangua Batdorj is a Geographic Information System expert with over 7 years of professional experience working in the environmental field in Mongolia. She has worked as a GIS specialist at the Forest Expedition LLC and as a Rehabilitation Officer at Oyu Tolgoi, Mongolia’s biggest mining company.

She is a Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship grantee for an MSc in Environmental Sciences (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary) and holds a BSc in Forest Engineering (Mongolian University of Life Sciences, Mongolia).

Within CEEweb for Biodiversity, she works as an Intern on the Green Infrastructure work area, as well as for the TRANSGREEN and ConnectGREEN projects.

Margot Vanhecke

Policy Intern

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Margot Vanhecke

Policy Intern

Ms Margot Vanhecke holds an MSc in Agro and Ecosystem Engineering (KU Leuven, Belgium) and a BSc in Bioscience Engineering (KU Leuven, Belgium). On 2018, she participated to the “Food and Innovation in Rural Transition: the Tuscany case” Summer School (University of Pisa, Italy).

Within CEEweb for Biodiversity, she works as Policy Intern on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) campaign and on the follow-up to the post-2020 revision of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).