Zoltán KOVÁCS PhD
Government spokesperson











          Personal data:
  • Abaújszántó, 9 February 1969
  • Father of two
    Professional experience:
  • 2013-2014: Minister of State for Social Inclusion
  • 2010-2013: Minister of State for Government Communications and Public Relations
  • 2006-2010: elected member of the local City Council, communications director to the Debrecen City Council
  • 2004 to present: Senior Lecturer at the Institute of History, University of Debrecen
  • 1999-2004: Assistant Lecturer, later Senior Lecturer at the Department of History, University of Miskolc
  • 1995-2000: Lecturer at Kossuth Lajos University, Debrecen
    Qualifications:
  • 2002: PhD in History, Central European University, Budapest
  • 2001: PhD in History, University of Debrecen
  • 1997: Junior Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC
  • October-December 1996: Research Fellow, University College, University of London
  • 1996-1999: PhD Scholar, Central European University, Budapest
  • 1994-1995: Soros/Foreign & Commonwealth Office Scholar, Queen’s College, University of Oxford
  • 1993: MA in History, Central European University, Budapest
  • 1988-1993: undergraduate studies in History and Geography at Kossuth Lajos University, Debrecen
    International scholarships:
  • Liberty Fund Conferences and Grants (2005, 2006, 2007)
  • Civil Education Project (2001-2004)
  • Woodrow Wilson Center scholarship, Washington (1997)
  • Central European University scholarships (1992-1993, 1995-1999)
  • University of London scholarship (1996)
  • Soros/Foreign & Commonwealth Office scholarship, University of Oxford (1994-1995)
    Language skills:
  • English: fluent/bilingual
  • German: conversational
    Other activities:
  • October-November 2008: Leader of the Hungarian delegation of the American Council of Young Political Leaders during the US elections
  • 2006-2008: delegate to the Board of Trustees of the Hungarian Television Foundation
  • 2006-2007: delegate to the Policy Committee of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions
  • 2003-2010: founder and editor of the cultural-political monthly “Debreceni Disputa”
  • 1997 to present: member of FIDESZ