Top 10 most influential Hungarians

It is still the great and wise elderly who are considered to stand in the forefront of the Hungarian hall of fame, however, behind Ernő Rubik, István Szabó and Imre Kertész young people have also appeared on the TOP10 list. In the framework of the survey organised by Bridge Budapest, representatives of famous foreign media, such as CBSNews, Die Welt, Gazeta and Huffington Post nominated the most influential Hungarians and success stories. This is how the Bridge Budapest Top10 list was set up, indicating the most successful Hungarians.

The final outcome of voting on the Bridge Budapest Top10 list held several surprises – artists and innovators have the greatest impact according to foreigners, young people and women have less reputation. After Ernő Rubik, István Szabó and Imre Kertész are the second and third on the list. Young people are the fourth: András S. Takács and Eszter Cseke participated in several international competitions with On the Spot, with better results than world famous news channels. “It is a great honour for us to be on the same list with Péter Nádas or Béla Tarr, it still makes my flesh creep and I still can’t believe that we can be placed ahead of these people. The simple fact that we figure on the list at all is due to the people who shared their lives and tough experiences with us from Gaza to Johannesburg. This was a huge motivation and responsibility for us at the same time: we had to learn how to tell their stories in a unique way which made our report outstanding and special among all the other reports, documentaries all around the world” – said the two documentary film-makers. The fifth place was taken by Béla Tarr, film director, followed by Péter Nádas, writer and Iván Fischer, conductor and composer. According to Iván Fischer, several ingredients are required for world-fame: “international knowledge, discovering opportunities in our own country, ability for constant change and to see the future”. The complete TOP10 list will also be published in the October release of the Forbes magazine with further details.


Bridge Budapest is a non-profit association that has launched the survey in order to prove that in possession of the relevant knowledge and performance it is possible to achieve world-fame even starting from Budapest – be it artistic activity or a global enterprise –, while in Hungary today 90% of young people aged between 20 and 35 consider that it is only personal contacts that have impact on our career and professional success. In the unique international survey organized during the summer of 2014, the leading media and journalists from 12 countries – including the United States, Germany, Bulgaria and Turkey – were asked to vote for and nominate the 10 most influential Hungarian success stories of the world from a list of 50 candidates. The list was compiled independent of politics and it contained names of innovators, sportsmen and women, and artists – including, among others, Gábor Bojár, the founder of Graphisoft, Krisztina Egerszegi, swimming champion, Veronika Harcsa and Márta Sebestyén, singers, Ádám Somlai-Fischer, Péter Árvai, the co-founders of Prezi, Árpád Schilling, director and Bence Máté, nature photographer.

“It is great to see the diverse walks of life and different professional background where people come from. Unfortunately, we often have the feeling that Hungary is a small country and we have a language that is spoken nowhere else in the world and therefore we cannot give as much to the world as we would wish to. This list proves the contrary. I am really positive that more and more Hungarian names will be added to this list, giving evidence that more and more ideas originating from Hungary will reach people all around the world which everyone wants to hear about.” – explained Péter Árvai, co-founder and managing director of Prezi.

The TOP10 list contains the names of the Hungarians who made career on an international scale starting from Hungary. The interviewed journalists mentioned several Hungarians who became famous abroad, such as the co-founder of Intel, Andy Grove, György Soros, investor, Charles Simonyi, businessman and Kati Marton, writer.

Although there are many innovations that originate from Hungary, there are many young people who move abroad hoping that they will make it there. Bridge Budapest’s objective with Top10 – whose founders are successful startup enterprises that launched their business in Hungary (Logmein, NNG, Prezi and Ustream) – is to demonstrate that it is possible to realize your dreams anywhere, even in Hungary, with a good idea, hard work, and luck: these success stories are exemplary. Real recognition of success and talent is measured by the fact that success is considered world-fame not only from Hungary but it really is in itself.


Culture is our future – we have to protect it!

Appeal of UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, whilst gathered in Paris on 30 June and 1 July 2014 on the occasion of their annual meeting, have launched an appeal to protect culture considered as a driver of development and as a source of dialogue.


Concerned by the growing number of deliberate attacks against cultural heritage, and facing the instrumentalization of culture, oftentimes taken hostage and used as a pretext for division and conflict;

Noting recently inflicted irreparable damage to cultural heritage in Syria, Iraq, Mali, and in other places, as well as actions aiming to prevent the transmission and perpetuation by the communities of the intangible cultural heritage;

Convinced that damage to cultural property belonging to any people whatsoever constitutes damage to the cultural heritage of humanity, since each people makes its contribution to world culture, as mentioned in the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, of which we celebrate the 60th anniversary this year;

Recalling that cultural heritage in all its forms is a fundamental component of the cultural identity of communities, groups and individuals;

Considering that culture as such plays a fundamental role in the development of all societies, both from an economic point of view, because culture is a source of employment, income and a way to fight against poverty but also from a social point of view, because culture is a vector of cohesion, dignity and confidence in the future;

Welcoming the efforts of UNESCO to safeguard and rehabilitate destroyed and threatened cultural heritage worldwide, as well as initiatives of the Director-General to mobilize the world public opinion and policy makers around the culture;

Encouraging the Organization to continue its efforts to ensure that the importance of culture in policies of development and peace be better known, especially in the context of the elaboration of the United Nations post-2015 development agenda;

Adopt and proclaim this Appeal:

Culture is the essence of humanity, it carries the values and identities of peoples;

We refuse that it is ignored or neglected, as is still too often the case in public policies for development in times of peace and during emergency actions in times of conflicts, where it is considered sometimes as a luxury;

Faced with the violence of current conflicts, we refuse the false rhetoric according to which in an emergency one must choose between the protection of human life and the protection of heritage, because the two are inseparable and protection of heritage in the same way as the protection of schools and hospitals, is a part of the categorical imperatives of international solidarity;

We affirm that the current forms of conflict show that culture is at the heart of reconciliation, dialogue and rapprochement. The protection of culture, and therefore the protection of people’s identity, is at the heart of any sustainable effort to build peace;

We affirm a fundamental link between culture, protection of cultural heritage in all its forms – tangible and intangible – as well as education for citizenship in a globalized world, in multicultural societies where the understanding of the diversity of cultures is more than ever an essential condition of the social cohesion; where the transmission and understanding of cultural heritage are essential elements for citizens in the 21st century;

We appeal to the Member States of UNESCO to redouble their efforts and make all necessary arrangement so culture is protected during times of peace and in times of conflict, and to see in it a privileged mean to understand the current issues of sustainable development, dialogue among cultures and religions as well as peace-building;

We appeal that the Post-2015 international development agenda clearly incorporates the role of culture and of cultural diversity as accelerators and facilitators of sustainable development, fully recognizing culture as our common source of creativity, innovation and renewal, whereby humanity is constantly reinventing, develop and build a better future.


(English) “Günışığını Paylaşmak” Sergisi Budapeşte’de

Türkiye’nin dini ve kültürel zenginliğini yansıtan “Günışığını Paylaşmak” isimli fotoğraf sergisi, Brüksel ve Londra’dan sonra Haziran ayında Budapeşte’de.

turkish2014Tüm farklılıkları ve benzerlikleriyle yüzyıllardır aynı coğrafyada yaşayan insanların hayatlarından kesitler sunan“Günışığını Paylaşmak” fotoğraf sergisi, Yunus Emre Enstitüsü Budapeşte Türk Kültür Merkezi’nin tarihi binasının avlusunda, sergi için özel olarak hazırlanan dekorasyon ile 11 Haziran 2014’te açıldı. 6. Bölge Belediyesi, Auguszt Pastanesi, UNESCO Macar Milli Komisyonu’nun işbirlikleri ile gerçekleşen açılış törenine T.C. Budapeşte Büyükelçisi, Hırvatistan ve Makedonya Büyükelçileri, Macaristan’daki Ortodoks Hristiyanlar ve Yahudi cemaatleri gibi farklı dini grupların temsilcileri, bakanlık temsilcileri ile çok sayıda gazeteci katıldı.

Törenin açılış konuşmasını yapan T.C. Budapeşte Büyükelçisi Sayın Şakir Fakılı, Türkiye’nin zenginliğini göstermenin ve barış içinde birlikte yasamanın önemine dikkat çekti. Budapeşte 6. Bölge Belediye Başkan Yardımcısı Márta Simonffyde kendi bölgelerinde, özellikle Andrássy Caddesinde bu kadar güzel bir sergiyi açmaktan memnuniyet duyduklarını, Yunus Emre Enstitüsü ve 6. Bölge Belediyesi’nin gelecekte ortak faaliyetler gerçekleştirmesini istediklerini dile getirdi.

Daha sonra dünyaca ünlü halk müziği sanatçısı Márta Sebestyén söz aldı. UNESCO Barış Sanatçısı unvanını Macaristan’da tek başına taşıyan ve kendisini barış içinde yaşamaya adayan sanatçı, dünyanın her yerinde kültürlerin birbirlerinden uzak olmadıklarını göstermek için pek çok çok kültürlü konsere katılmıştır. Bir ekonomist olan babasının bildiği 7 dilden biri olan Türkçe aracılığıyla çocukluğundan beri Türk kültürüyle ve müziğiyle içiçe yaşadığını da belirten Márta, konuşmasının sonunda Azerbaycan’dan gelen davulla eşlik ettiği Türkçe bir Hristiyan ilahisi seslendirdi. Konuşmaların ardından Macaristan’ın tarihi pastanelerinden biri olan Auguszt Cukrászda’nın ikramları davetlilere sunuldu. Aynı günün akşamında serginin kapıları Yunus Emre Enstitüsü Budapeşte Türk Kültür Merkezi Müdürü Hakkı Yaz’ın yaptığı konuşma ile bu kez de Budapeşte sakinleri için açıldı.

Aynı günışığını paylaşan, tüm farklılıkları ve benzerlikleriyle yüzyıllardır bir arada kardeşçe yaşayan insanların öyküsünü anlatan fotoğraf sergisi, Türkiye’de yaşayan farklı dinlere mensup insanların günlük yaşantıları, bayram kutlamaları, ibadetleri ve ibadet mekânlarından kareler yansıtıyor.11-29 Haziran 2014 tarihleri arasında sürecek sergiye okullardan da pek çok grubun gelmesi planlanıyor. En yoğun ziyaretin ise 21 Haziran 2014 Cumartesi günü Müzeler Gecesi etkinlikleri kapsamında olması bekleniyor.