Mr. Csaba MÁRKUS
Candidate for Board-Member-at-large
Partner, Head of R&D and Government Incentives, Deloitte Tax & Legal, Hungary / State aid legal expert for Deloitte Central Europe
- Qualified for the Budapest Bar (2004)
- University of Maastricht, Magister Iuris Communis Programme (Master of European and Comparative Law - cum laude), Maastricht, the Netherlands (1996-1997)
- Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Law (Law degree - summa cum laude), Budapest, Hungary (1991-1996)
- Hungarian (Mother tongue)
- English (Fluent)
FURTHER PROFESSIONAL DETAILS
- Dedicated for FDI, Innovation and R&D, initiated/participated in various Government initiatives, and led landmark FDI and R&D&I projects in Central Europe over the past 20 years
- Ending the second term as Co-Lead of the Innovation Policy Task Force at AMCHAM (2015/16, 2017-)
- Partner at Deloitte Central Europe in charge of Global Investment and Innovation Incentives in 17 countries and of the Public Sector in Hungary (2002-)
- Worked for Deloitte (1998-2002) and the World Savings Banks Institute – European Savings Banks Group (1998) in Brussels, Belgium
PERSONAL / INTEREST
• Married to Irisz Márkus, and the father of three fantastic children, Oliver, Alexander and Natali
• I’m a keen traveller, passionate about contemporary architecture and South-East Asian art, and enjoy reading and skiing
Why do you think membership in the American Chamber of Commerce is important for businesses operating in Hungary?
AmCham is a solid brand representing by now a broad range of companies and other entities. AmCham is valued by a great number of decision-makers for active collaboration in advancing the competitiveness of Hungary with concrete recommendations. But AmCham also cares for the society and helps addressing some of the most pressing questions Hungary is facing, and will face, for years to come from education to digitalisation, from innovation to continued investments/reinvestments in Hungary.
What motivates you to be an AmCham Board Member/Supervisory Board Member?
I am very passionate to work with AmCham Board Members and AmCham members as a whole to make Hungary an even better place to live. I have experienced over the years as Innovation Policy Task Force Co-Lead that jointly we can make a difference by not only asking political decision-makers to change laws and policies but us, as AmCham members, continue to look at what we can, and should, do to live in a more competitive yet more human country.
Why do you feel you are qualified? What skills do you bring to the position of Board Member/Supervisory Board?
I have broad worked for companies in various industries across different geographies and advised Governments, as well as municipalities. With 20 years of advisory experience, I have worked in Belgium and across Central Europe, has a sound knowledge of several areas of EU and Hungarian law and policies, represented clients before the European Commission and realized several flagship projects in Hungary and elsewhere in Central Europe. I have seen innovative companies excel but also witnessed companies or ideas that have not lived up to their full potential. We need to create, and continuously improve, an environment where less talents are lost and less ideas are unfulfilled – and we can do that with focused advocacy, measureable goals, sharing best examples and motivate our members.
How have you been active in AmCham over the course of the last two years?
I have been the Co-Lead of the Innovation Policy Task Force at AmCham for two terms (2 x 2 year) and we jointly achieved several goals to foster Innovation, R&D and FDI in Hungary. I have also taken active part in the Business Meets University project that aims at facilitating cooperation between businesses and the academia – an initiative that needs to be redefined as it should be entering into a new phase.