Dr Réka Szemerkényi was appointed Ambassador of Hungary to the United States in 2015.
Prior to this, she held various governmental posts. From 2011 to 2014, she was Chief Advisor on Security Policy to the Prime Minister of Hungary covering Trans-Atlantic issues, Central European regional relations, the Balkans, Russia, with a particular emphasis on energy security and cyber security. Between 1998 and 2002, she was State Secretary for Foreign Policy and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Hungary. From 1991 to 1994, she was Senior Advisor to the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Hungary.
Between 2006 and 2011, she was Head of International Public Affairs and Chief Advisor on International Relations to the Chairman of the Board of MOL Group.
She holds a Master’s Degree in strategic studies from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC and a PhD from Péter Pázmány Catholic University of Budapest.
Réka Szemerkényi is the mother of four (ages:15, 13, 12 and 7).