István SIMICSKÓ, PhD
Minister of Defence

    Personal particulars:
  • Born 29 Nov 1961, Tiszalök, Hungary
  • Married and father of three children
    Education and professional experience:
  • 1985 degree in Business Economics - College of Commerce, Catering and Tourism
  • 1996 degree in Legal Economic studies - Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Institute of Advanced Studies in Law
  • 2002 doctor of law - Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Faculty of Law
  • 2009 PhD degree in Military Science (Summa Cum Laude) - Zrínyi Miklós National Defence University
  • 1993 member of Security Policy Section of the Hungarian Association of Military Science
  • 2001 member of the Association of the Hungarian Reservists (MATASZ)
    Political career:
  • 1991 member of the Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP)
  • 1996 joined the Fidesz Party
  • 1998 member of the Hungarian Parliament
  • 1998 member of the Defence and Security Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
  • 1998 – 2000 Vice Chairman of the Committee on National Defence, member in Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • 1998 – 2000 leader of Foreign and Security Policy Cabinet of the Fidesz parliamentary group
  • 1999 – 2004 president of Fidesz in Budapest XIXth district
  • 2000 – 2002 State Secretary for National Security at the Prime Minister’s Office
  • 2002 – 2006 Vice-Chairman of the Committee on National Defence
  • 2006 Vice-President of the KDNP
  • 2006 – 2010 Chairman of the Committee on National Defence
  • 2008 Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Sport Association
  • 2010 Member of Parliament for Budapest 16th constituency (Kelenföld-Albertfalva)
  • 2010 - 2012 Vice Chairman of the Committee on National Defence, member in Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • 2012 member of the Hungarikum Committee
  • 2012 - 2015 State Secretary for Sport at the Ministry of Human Capacities
  • 2014 reelected Member of Parliament, representing Újbuda (Budapest 2nd constituency)
  • 10 Sep 2015 Minister of Defence
    Scientific activities:
  • Earlier he was lecturer on law at Heller Farkas High School and Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, lecturer on defence management at the Police College, and lecturer on defence policy at the King Sigismund Business School, International Relations Department
  • Currently lecturer at the Faculty of Law Enforcement and Applied Management Theory of the National University of Public Service
  • 2014 member of the Hungarian Society of Sport Science
    Free time activities:
  • active sportsman, 4th master level in Kung Fu (Wing Tsun)
    Language:
  • English intermediate level, Russian basic level