AmCham organized 47 major events with more than 3400 participants in 2019. In addition, we hosted more than 60 advocacy group sessions and 36 meetings with government officials.
HIGHLIGHTS IN 2019
Professional events bring together middle to senior level executives from the Hungarian business community, delexclusive insight and perspectives on a variety of topics from top-level speakers from Hungary and abroad
30th Anniversary Gala
In 2019 we celebrated the 30th anniversary of AmCham's foundation. On the eve of November 14 at the Parliament, we gathered to take a look back at thirty years of history, achievements and partnership. Some 430 guests attended the event including business people, politicians, diplomats and past and present presidents and board members from the chamber.
Business Meets Government Summit
The V. Business Meets Government Summit organized by AmCham and the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA) addressed the most important issue affecting our country’s economy: providing a competitive workforce.
Following the keynote speeches a panel discussion examined the requisites of a modern competitive workforce, discussed what needs to be done to transform the education system to prepare the students for the demands of a rapidly evolving labor market and looked at the role the business community must take in the process.
After the panel, our professional partners hosted education, innovation, digitalization and business environment workshops where high level AmCham representatives, experts and government officials sat down to make action points to respond to the most pressing challenges in these areas.
Competitive Education Conference
At our fifth Competitive Education Conference organized with the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA), we discussed the challenges of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and tried to find ways to make the subjects and careers more attractive for students.
The conference provided a platform for more than 180 decision-makers, representatives of educational institutions, companies and teachers to discuss their experiences, share best practices, highlight the areas for improvement and outline potential cooperation opportunities.
Throughout the day, teachers had the opportunity to enter conversations at exhibition stands with many of our member companies and partners to learn more about corporate school programs and supporting organizations available in Hungary. In the meantime, corporate representatives held a brainstorming session on how to make AmCham’s Career Orientation Program more accessible and efficient in the future.
The AmCham community believes the business sector must take responsibility and become more engaged in career orientation to guide students, support teachers and parents by sharing knowledge, expertise and experience in order to provide a better overview on the required skills, key competencies, different career opportunities and the expectations of the labor market.
Digital Conference on Artificial Intelligence
The long-term competitiveness of the country could depend on how effectively Hungary can apply cutting-edge technologies such as A.I. – experts of AmCham concluded at the Artificial Intelligence Conference on April 16.
Artificial intelligence has immense potential across all sectors on every level from chatbots to supply chain management systems.The conference explored the various facets of A.I. and its impact on the labor market and the workplace, machine learning, data procession, software development, cyber security and privacy.
As part of the chamber’s advocacy cycle, we had exclusive meetings and business forums with Mihály Varga, Minister of Finance, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Dr. László Palkovics, Minister of Innovation and Technology to continue our dialogue and discuss the Cooperation for a More Competitive Hungary 2019 recommendation package. We had the honor to host Dr. László Szabó, Ambassador of Hungary to the United States at a special business forum in August.
In 2019 the Leadership Masterclass series returned with an all-new subjects and new guests. Each interactive session explores different areas of leadership and focuses on how the guest speakers achieved their success and what advice they would offer to future leaders in their career development.
Our guests included: Pál Mácsai, the Founding Director of Örkény István Theater; Tímea Pesti, General Manager of LeasePlan Hungária; Joerg Bauer, President and CEO of Tungsram Group; Pat Cortina, Head Coach of Hungarian Women’s National Ice Hockey Team; Dávid Vitézy, Director of the Hungarian Museum of Science, Technology and Transport and former CEO of BKK; Ernő Duda, Co-founder, President and CEO of Solvo Biotechnology; Veronika Pistyur, CEO of Bridge Budapest; András Volom, Founder and CEO of V4SDG & former United Nations Youth Delegate of Hungary; Eszter Katona, founder of Babyberry and András P. Tóth, co-founder of CodeBerry.
The moderators of the series were: Andrea Juhos Managing Partner at Lee Hecht Harrison Hungary; PhD. Ildikó Beck, CEO of Beck to Nature, Board Member-at-Large of AmCham; Judit Ábri, executive coach, founder and CEO of Coaching Without Borders.
AmCham seminars are a great way to discuss the most pressing issues and latest trends in the business word. In 2019, we have organized seven seminars in partnership with our member companies, touching upon topics like HR, industrial digitalization, sales and leadership development.
Our social events are one of the many reasons it is worth joining AmCham Hungary. We are proud of our American roots and cherish the spirit of the community and its traditions. These events give us the perfect opportunity to meet new faces, build connections and have some fun:
Super Bowl LII Party
AmCham and TGI Fridays teamed up once again to host the greatest Super Bowl Party in Budapest with the best wing and ribs in town.
Celebrating Fourth of July is one of the longest traditions at AmCham. To honor the 243rd birthday of the United States, our community gathered to have a great time and eat mouthwatering burgers from the piping hot grill at the wonderful garden of the Gundel Restaurant.
Thanksgiving Charity Dinner
Thanksgiving is a special time for all of us at AmCham. Our annual charity dinner co-hosted with the Budapest Marriott Hotel is about giving back to the community and helping the less fortunate. Over 350 of us gathered to support the SOS Children’s Villages and the AmCham Foundation by donating, purchasing raffle tickets and participating in the annual silent auction, collecting over 6 million HUF.
Guests were treated to a special performance by Viktor Király followed by an unforgettable Thanksgiving dinner featuring roasted turkey.