Mr. Ákos BURJÁN
Candidate for Second Vice President
Candidate for Board-Member-at-large (if not elected as Second Vice President)
Ákos started his tax advisory career in 1999. Currently he is a partner at PwC, where he has worked since 2003. He is responsible for the consulting work performed by his teams, client relationships, and new product development. He is also the leader of the Direct Tax advisory services team and M&A tax services. He has also worked in Amsterdam and in Ljubljana. In the latter he led PwC’s tax department for three years. As an economist, he also received a postgradute ’economist law’ degree and an LL.M. (Masters of Law) diploma in international tax law in Vienna. He has also been a lecturer at the Budapest Business University (BGE) for 17 years. He has served on the board of trustees of different foundations, been a member of business associations, is an AIESEC alumnus, and a member of the BGE advisory council. He first got involved in AmCham during his Slovene assignment, and since 2014 he has continued working for the Hungarian chapter, where he has been a Board Member since 2017.
Why do you think membership in the American Chamber of Commerce is important for businesses operating in Hungary?
AmCham, as the most active international business community in Hungary, offers various benefits to its members. As such AmCham is the main advocate for American and international businesses. In my view, currently AmCham has the most active and successful relationship with the Hungarian government and its bodies amongst international business organizations. Therefore, the main benefits of being a member is to have real opportunity to influence the Hungarian business environment and to have access to a great networking platform. Being a part of it, members can achieve together much more than they can separately on their own. When participating in PTFs and committees, members have the chance to work together with like-minded people to represent common interests to policy makers. This leads to continual development in businesses’ most significant challenges, such as employment, digitalization, subsidies, transparency and efficient tax and regulatory systems. AmCham also provides opportunities to promote the members’ market activity and connect with market players.
What motivates you to be an AmCham Board Member/Supervisory Board Member?
In the last two years I have been an active member of the Board and I have an unaltered desire to secure the country as an attractive business location. I am convinced, both as a professional advisor as well as a member of Amcham’s Board, that I can do a lot to realize this ambition, on both the micro- and macro levels, through offering different viewpoints and solutions to our members. Working within the framework of the current Policy Agenda I am convinced that AmCham has further strengthened the competitiveness of this country. This is not only a success but has also raised the Board’s responsibility towards our current and future members, who want AmCham to continue such progress. As a second term member of the Board I would be able to assure both the continuity and the building up of these efforts to a higher level. Combining my professional work with AmCham’s advocacy activity, I can contribute a lot to an even more competitive economic environment. Overall, with these efforts I would be able to make Hungary a better place to live, which is my ultimate ambition.
Why do you feel you are qualified? What skills do you bring to the position of Board Member/Supervisory Board?
As an advisor dealing with different businesses in Hungary and abroad, I have experience with several industry sector issues and best practices which may give a broader- and unique professional view to the Board. Being a current Board Member, and making PwC one of the main contributors to AmCham’s most important initiatives and events, I could already prove this in different areas, such as the achievements we made – for instance - with tax reductions and workforce-related measures, etc. As tax regulations are still high on the agenda within regulatory measures, my knowledge and network in this field as a tax advisor would also add a lot to AmCham’s strategy. Finally, as a lecturer and member of the advisory board of Budapest Business University I have strategic insight into the education and employment market.
How have you been active in AmCham over the course of the last two years?
I started working for AmCham eight years ago when I became an active member of the Slovene chapter during. After returing to Hungary, since 2014 I have participated in the work of different PTFs focusing the most on Investment and Competitive Workforce, and have participated in several events. In 2017 I was honoured to become a member of the Board, which I have been actively serving to date. My involvement in the work of the organization consists of both my individual contribution to the daily work of the Board and representing the organization to different stakeholders, as well as leading PwC’s support of AmCham’s different initiatives. PwC has been a Patron member of the organization for several years and has not only been a main sponsor but also an active contributor to flagship events, such as the Business Meets Government Summit where we led the competitive workforce discussion table, as well as the Competitive Education Conference.