Katalin Bogyay



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Hungary’s 15th Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York; President of UNESCO 36th General Conference, Paris

Short Bio:

Ambassador Bogyay served as the 15th Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations, New York (2015- 2020) and as her country’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO in Paris (2009-2014). She was elected unanimously as President of UNESCO’s 36th General Conference (2011- 2013) in Paris. She was unanimously elected in 2020 to Chair the UN 75th General Assembly’s Third Main Committee – Social, Humanitarian, Cultural and Human Rights Issues- in New York. She was the President of IAPR- International Association of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations (2018-2020). She served as Vice-President of UN-Woman Executive Board in 2019, she is a member of International Gender Champion Network, and in 2015 she founded the Circle of Women Ambassadors in New York. She was appointed to the ‘Nelson Mandela Prize 2020’ Selection Committee, co-facilitated negotiations of Universal Health Coverage Declaration in 2019 and co-Moderated working level dialogue on water related SDGs in 2017. Ambassador Bogyay was Hungary’s State Secretary for International Affairs for Education and Culture (2006-2009) and Founding Director of the Hungarian Cultural Centre in London (1999-2006) and the creator of Magyar Magic, a cross-cultural festival in the UK. Prior to entering government, Ms. Bogyay had a distinguished career as an international television broadcaster, film/cultural events producer, and writer. She started her career as a music and theatre critic. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom. She is also an international advisor to iASK- Institute of Advanced Studies (Kőszeg, Hungary) and to ICD- Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (Berlin, Germany) and a steering committee member of the Budapest World Science Forum. The author of several books and publications, she is also a guest lecturer and speaker at universities and conferences worldwide. Ambassador Bogyay holds a master’s degree in economics from Corvinus University of Budapest, and a Master of Arts in international communications from the University of Westminster, United Kingdom. Ambassador Bogyay received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, and an Honorary Doctorate of Social Sciences from the University of Pannonia, Hungary. Ambassador Bogyay is a recipient of several high honors worldwide.