Co-founder and former President
We announce with profound sadness that László Hámos passed away on April 16, 2019 in New York. László was a second-generation Hungarian-American, who co-founded the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation (HHRF) in 1976. Read more about his remarkable life, and share your recollections in our memorial book.
Zsolt Szekeres, HHRF president since 2019, has been an HHRF activist for more than 40 years. Born in Germany, he grew up in Buenos Aires, then worked in Washington D.C. for several decades. Since 2000, he has lived in Budapest. He is also a founding member of the Hungarian American Coalition.
Executive Director in New York
Emese is a second generation Canadian-American Hungarian who is an NYU graduate in filmmaking. She has been a human rights activist since high school, and is the executive director of the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation.
Program Director in New York
Gabi, a Rutgers University graduate, is a second generation American Hungarian from New Jersey. She has been the Program Manager of ReConnect Hungary since summer 2018, and also organizes fundraising events for HHRF.
Program Coordinator in New York
Petra, a first-generation Hungarian-American, is a program coordinator at the HHRF since 2021 dividing her time between human rights advocacy and the ReConnect Hungary program and with a focus on marketing. Petra graduated from Central European University in Budapest with a Master’s degree in Human Rights.
Budapest Office Manager
Viktor joined the HHRF team in 2018 when he spent nine months at the New York office as the KCSP scholarship recipient. Currently he is the Budapest office manager. In his free time Viktor is an expert rock climber and distance runner.
Zsolt Árpád Moldován
HHRF Representative in Transylvania
Zsolt is from Marosvasarhely (Targu Mures) and has been HHRF’s representative in Romania since 2004. He is also the program manager for ReConnect Transylvania, and oversees the Foundation’s new scholarship program, ReConnect Transylvania+. Based in Kolozsvár (Cluj), Zsolt is a sports journalist.
Imola, an intern at HHRF in Budapest, is originally from Temesvár (Timișoara, Romania) and is passionate about protecting human and minority rights. She is also a graduate student of Eötvös Loránd University’s Master’s program in International Relations majoring in human rights.
Máté Czene Joó
Máté is an intern at HHRF’s New York office as part of the Hungarian Public Administration Scholarship Program. He graduated in political science from the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest. His main research interest is American politics; minority rights also came into his focus of interest during his university years.