Christopher BallIstván Széchenyi Chair in International Economics

The István Széchenyi Chair in International Economics is a permanent, endowed faculty position. The position was established in September 2008 by an anonymously donated endowment. Christopher Ball, associate professor of economics in the School of Business and Engineering, currently holds the faculty chair position.

The chair is part of the Central European Institute, a campus-wide initiative devoted to fostering opportunities for international education. The chair also administers the Hungarian American Business Leaders Scholarship program, which provides annual scholarships for Hungarian students to  pursue graduate studies at Quinnipiac and gain experience working at American companies.

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Hungarian American Business Leaders Scholarship

The Hungarian American Business Leaders Scholarship (HABL) was launched in 2009 in cooperation with Mathias Corvinus Collegium in Budapest, Hungary. The program provides annual scholarships for two Hungarian students to pursue graduate studies and gain corporate experience at American companies.

During the first two years of the scholarship, students are required to take MBA courses and work part-time. In the third year, they are required to intern full-time in an area associated with their studies. After completing their studies, students are required to return to Central Europe. To facilitate their transition and provide professional assistance, students are assigned executive mentors from the region.

The Hungarians Beyond the Borders Scholarship, originally launched in cooperation with Sapientia University in Csikszereda, Romania, has been folded into the main program. Scholarships are offered to Hungarian students living in Hungary or in neighboring countries. Candidates are selected through the Mathias Corvinus Collegium and through board members and private academic advisers. Applications must come through one of these three channels.

2014 New HABL Scholars


Márton Kis-Dörnyei
Márton Kis-Dörnyei holds a bachelor's degree in applied economics from the Corvinus University of Budapest and a specialization in international relations from the Mathias Corvinus Collegium. In Hungary he interned at the Kopint-Tárki Institute for economic research, providing research assistance for several research projects. He is pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst® track in his MBA at Quinnipiac. He currently interns at Traveler's Insurance.


Málna Pólya
Málna Pólya holds bachelor's degrees in the fields of mechatronics engineering and international business from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. In Hungary she interned at the gas trading company MOL Energy Trade Ltd. in the wholesale department and at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in the department of measurement and control. During her stay in the U.S., her main focus will be supply chain management.  She currently interns at ASE Ameriseal.

Current HABL Scholars


Ildikó Dombi
Ildikó Dombi currently works in the London office for Travelers as an assistant actuary. During her stay in the USA, she worked at Travelers Insurance in the personal insurance division's business intelligence and analytics group. She graduated from the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transilvania in Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc), Romania, where she specialized in economics and management. After graduating in June 2009 she worked for Animal Food LLC, a small spirits and disinfectants producer, and also for Sapientia Hungarian University of Transilvania. She completed her Quinnipiac MBA in May 2013. Her executive mentor is Péter Hajdú, General Director for South East Europe, Cisco International.


Attila Erdély
Attila Erdély currently works as a finance intern at Henkel Corporation North America. Prior working at Henkel, he worked as an Executive Assistant at Shred-it Connecticut. Attila holds master's degrees in business management and corporate finance as well as two bachelor's degrees in management and business information systems from the Babeş-Bolyai University in Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca), Romania. During his studies he spent one semester in Switzerland and two semesters in Hungary as an exchange student. Attila participated in management consulting projects and several case study competitions related to management. Prior to his departure to the U.S. he interned at a Budapest based financial advisory firm, Heal Partners Ltd. where he was working on Mergers and Acquisitions projects. During his stay in the U.S. he is focusing on supply chain management.


Bence Erdélyi
Bence Erdélyi currently works at Walmart in Manchester, Conn. as an assistant manager. Prior to working at Walmart, he worked at United Illuminating Holding (UIL) in New Haven, Conn. as an intern in the Enterprise Risk Management group involved in the process of Enterprise Risk Assessment of 2013. Prior working at UIL, he worked at InterMerchant Services, a credit card processing start-up in North Haven, Conn. He graduated in June 2011 from the Corvinus University of Budapest and from Mathias Corvinus Collegium. He previously interned for the fastest growing natural gas trading company in Hungary, MOL Energy Trade Ltd., as business development analyst. He is an entrepreneur who continues remotely to manage his company in Hungary, iProperty, while working and studying in the U.S. He will complete his Quinnipiac MBA in 2013. His executive mentor is András Tombor.


Márta Lőrincz
Márta Lőrincz currently works at Henkel Corporation North America as a global financial analyst in the AG Global Business Controlling team. During her MBA studies, she interned at Birinyi Associates Inc. and Henkel Corporation North America. Márta graduated in July 2011 from Babeş-Bolyai University in Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca), Romania, with a master's degree in corporate financial management. She worked at Evalueserve as a business analyst for more than two years, providing market research for companies worldwide. Prior to starting her MBA, she worked at Wolters Kluwer Financial Services as a financial analyst providing liquidity risk supervision and credit risk analysis for major European banks. She earned her MBA in Finance at Quinnipiac University in May 2014. During her stay in the U.S., she is focusing on gaining experience in stock market analysis and corporate finance.


Katalin Németh
Katalin Németh holds a master's degree in communications and media studies from the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Hungary. She also attended the Mathias Corvinus Collegium, where she specialized in applied media studies and completed their leadership program. She joined the HABL Scholarship program after serving industrial accounts for more than two years at Cook Communications Consulting Ltd, and founding and managing her own company in her home town in Hungary. During her stay in the U.S., Németh is focusing on information technologies. She worked as an account executive at LinkVehicle, a Stratford-based web-marketing company. She is currently interning for the UTC Climate, Controls & Security Systems World Headquarter in Farmington, Conn., where she contributes to a global IT project in support of the Marketing-Communications Department.


Daniel Tubik
Daniel Tubik graduated in June 2013 from the Andrássy Gyula German Speaking University in Budapest, Hungary, from which he holds a master's degree in international economy and business. He also graduated from Mathias Corvinus Collegium where he participated in the leadership program. Daniel worked for the Budapest Business Radio (Gazdasági Rádió) as a reporter specializing in financial analysis. Tubik also attended an internship at Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary in Kecskemét and was a part of the Financial Management Team. He will pursue his MBA degree at Quinnipiac with the Chartered Financial Analyst track. During his stay in the United States he will focus on renewable energy.

Program Alumni


Blanka Balázs completed her undergraduate degree in 2008 at Sapientia - Hungarian University of Transilvania in Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc), Romania, specializing in management and economics. She earned her Quinnipiac MBA in December 2009. During her MBA studies, she interned for Covalence SA in Geneva, Switzerland, in summer 2009. Following graduation, she interned at UTC Power in South Windsor, Conn. Returning to Europe, she went to work for Statoil's headquarters in Stavanger, Norway, taking part in a three-year rotational corporate graduate program focusing on corporate governance, risk management and compliance.


Éva Bartalos is currently the Global Process Manager for Henkel Corporation, headquartered in Dusseldorf, Germany. Reporting directly to the Global Process Owner of Accounting, her main responsibilities are optimizing the credit management and order-to-cash processes in the Shared Service Center Bratislava, Slovakia and the regional office in Vienna, Austria. Bartalos worked at Henkel Corporation North America as a finance manager responsible for rolling out six sigma for the business units and optimizing the accounts receivables transactions. She holds a degree from the Corvinus University of Budapest and from the Mathias Corvinus Collegium where she specialized in international studies with a focus on the European Union. She interned in Hungary at the Department of Security and Foreign Policy in the Prime Minister's Cabinet. She worked in property management at Charter Oak Communities and its affiliate company Rippowam Corporation while completing her MBA at Quinnipiac. She graduated Quinnipiac in May 2012. Her executive mentor is Miklós Kerezsi, CEO of East Consulting Ltd.


Dániel Erdélyi currently works at Raiffeisen Bank Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, as the executive assistant to the CEO. He graduated from the Corvinus University of Budapest, specializing in macroeconomic analysis and forecasting with a minor in applied statistics. He worked for Raiffeisen Bank Hungary as a senior credit risk analyst. He completed his Quinnipiac MBA in December 2010. During his MBA studies, he interned for Birinyi Associates Inc., a stock market research and money management firm in Westport, Conn.


András Herczeg currently works at the MVM Hungarian Electricity Works in Budapest, Hungary as a market analyst in the Natural Gas Business Development and Support group. His previous experience was also in the energy industry and supply chain management. He has held positions in the United States at UIL Holdings Corp. and the Davidson Company, Inc., and in Hungary at KPMG Advisory Ltd. and MOL Plc. He holds an integrated BA/MA degree in economics from the Corvinus University of Budapest and a MBA from Quinnipiac University.


Alexandra Pleier currently works as a direct report to the logistics director in charge of transportation planning at Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary. She graduated in June 2009 from the Corvinus University of Budapest specializing in international studies. She completed her Quinnipiac MBA in December 2010. During her MBA studies she interned at energy research firm IHS Herold, Inc., in Norwalk, CT. After MBA graduation she worked in Supply Management at United Technologies Corporation in Farmington, CT.