Member of the Hungarian Parliament
Zsuzsanna Szelényi is Member of Parliament in Hungary representing the party Együtt (Together). She is member of the party’s Presidential Board.
She covers foreing policy, education, human resource policies and gender issues.
Before rejoining to politics in 2013 in Hungary, Ms Szelenyi spent most of her career at the international arena. For fourteen years she served at the the Council of Europe advising governments and NGOs on conflict management, human rights and and human development issues. Between 2010-2013 she worked as human development consultant for international organizations in various Central European and North African countries.
Ms. Szelenyi started her career as founder of Fidesz, a youth party at the régime change in 1988 in Hungary. She became Member of Parliament of the first freely elected Parliament, where she was dealing with international and migration affairs. She left professional politics in 1994 and had a professional career. In 2013 she returned to politics for the call of former Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai, who formed a new party to challenge Viktor Orban.
Ms. Szelenyi’s experience encompasses the broadest range of political process, public policy, conflict management and general management activities at local and international level.
Ms Szelenyi holds an MA of Psychology of the University of Eotvos Lorand, Budapest, (Hungary), an MA of International Relations of the Corvinus University, Budapest, (Hungary) and completed studies at the Global Masters of Arts Program (GMAP) within the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston (USA) in International Politics and Economics.
She holds various decision-making functions in several non-governmental organizations. She lives in Budapest with her husband and three children.