Ms. Ildikó BECK, PhD
Candidate for Board-Member-at-large
Ildikó BECK, PhD
Beck To Nature, Entrepreneur/Owner
2010 - Present, USA
Exporting and wholesaling natural goods to the USA market.
Project manager, marketing and sales consultant for Hungarian medical device companies to enter the USA market.
Budapest Metropolitan University, Head of METU Jump IT Boot Camp
2017 - 2018, Hungary
Launched and managed METU’s brand new and independent IT educational business for career changers to address the needs of programmers’ resource shortage.
Telenor, Hipersuli Development Manager
Led the Digital Educational Program focusing on the digitalization of elementary school education and representing Telenor on NGO and Governmental forums.
GE, Project Manager at MRi Department
2004 - 2009, Waukesha, WI USA
Led global cross-functional quality and safety improvement engineering projects for installed MRi systems and as a Lead Design Engineer managed Risk Assessment activities as part of new product launch.
PhD in Chemical Engineering (Material Sciences)
Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Mother of two children (9 and 11 yrs)
Personal Trainer and Half Marathoner, HU and US Citizen
Why do you think membership in the American Chamber of Commerce is important for businesses operating in Hungary?
AmCham provides a unique platform and networking opportunities for all type and size of companies in Hungary in a well-structured environment. AmCham’s passionate and committed leaders and members do not only point out improvement areas but also take significant effort to drive and implement changes in our country by collaborating and maintaining good relationships with individual, business and governmental partners. These actions benefit not only the members but all parties long term.
What motivates you to be an AmCham Board Member/Supervisory Board Member?
I strongly believe both innovation and education are shaping our future. AmCham is already supporting these areas but in order to further improve Hungary’s global competitiveness we need to step out of our own comfort zone - and this is something I have been doing for many years now. By continuously sharing knowledge within AmCham and looking for growth and learning opportunities together we could contribute to further enhance Hungary’s brand.
I would like to dedicate my time, international and diverse experience and out-of-box thinking attitude to serve AmCham’s key initiatives.
Why do you feel you are qualified? What skills do you bring to the position of Board Member/Supervisory Board?
Being a PhD in Chemical Engineering from BME I do understand R&D and its challenges from educational institutions’ point of view. Leading Telenor’s Hipersuli program and Budapest Metropolitan University’s IT Boot Camp I do have a professional as well as - being a mother of two school aged kids - a personal overview of key challenges within the Hungarian educational system.
By working for GE Healthcare and starting my own company both in the USA I could utilize my cross-functional project management skills, multi cultural background and share good practices I have learned during my own business development in favor of AmCham’s members to further shape AmCham’s activities.
My motto: “There is no problem. Get it done.”
How have you been active in AmCham over the course of the last two years?
After spending over a decade living and working in the United States I relocated back to Hungary in 2014. Soon after my arrival I became an AmCham member. Over the years I have participated in business events and attended some Committee meetings. Based on this experience with my professional experience and diverse background I’m ready to take an even more active role within AmCham and its task forces, and believe this position would provide the exact platform for it.