For a More Transparent NGO Sector - 8th Workshop on Governance

  • Friday, 14 March, 2014

We invite you to join our unique half-day workshop, the 8th Governance Workshop, if you are interested in:

  1. Building trust, transparency and integrity in the NGO sector
  2. Improving the efficiency and self-sustainability of NGOs
  3. Donors’ expectations from non-profit organizations
  4. Social Entrepreneurship
  5. US non-profit organization best practices
  6. The AmCham NGO Position Paper Recommendations
AmCham Hungary builds on its traditional private sector focus to improve best corporate governance practices, now turns its attention to improve practices of NGOs (public and private non-profit organizations) and to analyze the problems they may face that hinder their effective operation. The NGO Working Group of the AmCham Governance & Transparency Committee prepared an NGO Position Paper to share with academia, the government and the general public recommendations of how to make improvements. As in the past, AmCham seeks to engage in dialogue with academia to permit educators to have the content and network to more effectively teach their students best practice governance concerning the NGO sector, and spread the ideas of how to think of establishing and operating efficiently non-profit organizations.

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Please note that the event will be held in English without translation.

Draft Agenda 
08:00-08:30    Registration
08:30- 08:35 Welcome notes by László CZIRJÁK, AmCham Governance & Transparency Committee Chair 
08:35- 08:40 Opening Remarks by Robert J. RILEY, Chargé d’Affaires, US Embassy

Keynote Speech: on US non-profit organization best practices
Tomicah TILLEMANN, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies, US Department of State 

09:10-09:25 Q&A
09:25-10:25 Panel I: NGO governance issues
  • Róbert DEZSŐ, Associate, Szecskay Law Firm
  • Tamás FÜZESY, Managing Director, United Way Hungary
  • Zsuzsa RAJKI, Member of the Board of Trustees, AmCham Foundation 
  • Tamás SCSAURSZKI, Member of the Board, NIOK 

Moderator: László CZIRJÁK, iEurope Group, G&T Committee Chair, AmCham

10:25-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-11:45 Panel II: The Donor Side – Sponsors’ expectations from non-profit organizations
Introductory remarks by Ambassador Tove SKARSTEIN, Royal Nowegian Embassy in Budapest
  • Edit BENCSIK, Alliance and Marketing Manager, Tata Consultancy Services
  • Zoltán GÁBOR, Plant Manager, GE Healthcare Division, Leader of the GE Volunteer Council  
  • Ambassador Tove SKARSTEIN, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Budapest
Moderator: Péter BICZÓPartner, PwC 
11:45-12:45 Panel III: Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing

  • Dalma BERKOVICS, Collaborative Economy Expert, OuiShare Connector Budapest, Central and Eastern Europe 
  • Barnabás DEBRECZENI, Chief Executive Officer, Shinrai Limited
  • Zsazsa DEMETER, Country Coordinator, Ashoka Hungary
  • Anna Horváth, Country Director, NESsT
Moderator:Chris FARKAS, CEO, ACME Labs
12:45-13:15 Presentation of the AmCham NGO Position Paper Recommendations

Discussion and Q&A about the possible refinement of the NGO Position Paper

Presented by László Czirják and fellow working group members.

13:15- 13:20 

Closing remarks by László Czirják


Sandwich lunch

How to register:
To guarantee your seat, please register by e-mail to by Monday, March 10. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. 

Event information

Friday, 14 March, 2014
Registration: 08:00 - 08:30
Time: 08:30 - 14:20

Bank Center Conference Room, 1054 Budapest Szabadság tér 7.

AmCham members in good standing: HUF 0 /person; Non-members: HUF 0 /person

Participation in the workshop is free of charge, but registration is mandatory. Sandwiches and refreshments will be provided during the Workshop.


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