Gordon Bajnai

Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Columbia University

Gordon Bajnai is the former Prime Minister of Hungary (2009 – 2010). He headed the government of Hungary without party affiliation with a one-year mandate to lead the country out of severe economic crisis based on a program supported by the European Union and the IMF. As Prime Minister, he participated in European Council meetings on issues of strategic importance such as the Lisbon Treaty, the Lisbon Strategy, EU climate change and energy security policy, economic governance and the Eurozone crisis. As part of his mandate, Bajnai served as rotating chairman of the Visegrad Four Group. Prior to his tenure as Prime Minister, Bajnai served as Minister of Economy and National Development and before Minister of Local Governments and Regional Development in the Hungarian Government, overseeing among other fields the European Union Structural and Cohesion Funds and Hungary’s Lisbon Strategy. As minister, he represented Hungary in the Competitiveness Council of Ministers of the European Union.

Currently Mr Bajnai is the founder of Patriotism and Progress Foundation in Hungary, a non-partisan public policy think tank. He is also member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is a global advisory board member at Meridiam Infrastructure and at Campbell Lutyens. He advises Bertelsmann Stiftung on its research project on European economic governance. He has regularly given speeches and presentations at universities (including Johns Hopkins SAIS, Columbia University, the London School of Economics, Science Po, Corvinus University), think tanks (including Chatham House, Bruegel, Council on Foreign Relations) international conferences and corporate events (McKinsey, Ernst&Young, Enterprise Investors).