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Andras Simonyi, the former Hungarian Ambassador to the U.S., held two lectures on business and diplomatic relations at Ohio University on Nov. 8 and 9.

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Former Hungarian ambassador addresses OHIO students


Andras Simonyi, the former Hungarian Ambassador to the U.S., held two lectures on business and diplomatic relations at Ohio University on Nov. 8 and 9.

On Monday, Simonyi spoke to the students of the Global Leadership Center on “Spectral power: Challenges of the transatlantic relationship in the run-up to the U.S.–Europe Summit in Lisbon.”

On Tuesday, he addressed students in the International Business Society and the Center for International Business Education and Development on “The cultural divide: A challenge for business.”

The lectures were hosted by OHIO’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, College of Business and the Global Leadership Center.

Simonyi has worked extensively in both business and politics during his career. He spent the majority of his first 30 years in politics working as an ambassador or liaison for the Hungarian government. He served as U.S. ambassador from 2002-07, in addition to running several businesses.

During his time as an ambassador, Simonyi worked to further relations between the European Union and the United States. His main focus was to enhance business relations and foster cooperation in science and technology.

Simonyi currently provides consulting services to corporate and government sectors looking to expand to transatlantic business through his company, SoftPower.