Ambassador Zoltán Cséfalvay took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Hungary to the OECD on 29 September 2014. Following the decision of the Hungarian Government, he was appointed as Permanent Representative of Hungary to the OECD and UNESCO on 29 January 2015.
Mr Cséfalvay was born on 27 March 1958 in Máriakálnok, Hungary. He received his Master degree in geography in 1982. In 1986, he obtained the title of Dr Univ at the Kossuth Lajos University of Debrecen, while in 1996 he obtained his PhD in geography at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Mr Cséfalvay received his habilitation in Geography from the Kossuth Lajos University in 1999.
Mr Cséfalvay started his professional career in 1990 as Head of the Ministerial Cabinet Office in the Ministry for Industry. From 1991 to 1995, he was Advisor to the President of the Hungarian National Bank. From 1995 to 1998, Mr Cséfalvay was Managing Director of the Hungarian Centre of Trend Research and from 2000 to 2002, Deputy Secretary of State of the Department for Regional Economic Development in the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Mr Cséfalvay has participated in various research activities. He was research fellow at the Institute for Geography of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Economic Geography of the Ludwig-Maximilian-University (DAAD fellowship), the Institute of Geography of the University of Heidelberg (Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship), the Institute for Urban and Regional Research from Austrian Academy of Sciences and the School of City and Regional Planning from the Cardiff University (Marie Curie Fellowship). He was a Professor of Economic Geography at the Andrássy Gyula German Speaking University of Budapest and the Kodolányi János College of Székesfehérvár.
Mr Cséfalvay is the author of 14 standalone books and more than 60 articles in study collections and referred journals in English, German, and Hungarian.
From 2010 until his nomination as Permanent Representative of Hungary to the OECD, Mr Cséfalvay was Minister of State for Parliamentary and Strategic Affairs in the Ministry for National Economy of Hungary.
Ambassador Cséfalvay is married with one child.