BUDAPEST SUSTAINABILITY EXCHANGE

strategic sustainability forum for CENTRAL EASTERN EUROPE
SEPTEMBER 23-24 • Budapest, hungary

Join Visegrad for Sustainability for the first strategic sustainability forum of Central Eastern Europe, where experts from governments, NGOs, academia and the business sector will be discussing the theme of "competitive sustainability" and the prospects of sustainability cooperation in the V4.

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VISEGRAD FOR SUSTAINABILITY

V4SDG is A COLLECTIVE OF YOUNG PROFESSIONALS TRANSFORMING SUSTAINABILITY AFFAIRS IN CENTRAL EASTERN EUROPE.

OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO strengthen COOPERATION. WE CONNECT, ANALYSE, EXCHANGE AND ADVOCATE TO ACHIEVE THAT.

In 2015, the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as an ambitious plan to fix what is wrong with our planet until the year 2030. Achieving the goals is not negotiable. It is the main way to address the challenges of climate change, growing inequalities and the fourth industrial revolution together.

Visegrad for Sustainability or V4SDG was created to become the organisation that paves the way towards the achievement of the SDGs in Central Eastern Europe. Our founders, four young professionals, realised that the region's sustainability actors are not connected enough, especially across sectors, and are not well-integrated into the global mainstream of sustainability affairs.

By addressing these two issues, we can make the development of sustainability solutions easier and create a pipeline for their global application. Essentially, we are strengthening cooperation on sustainability to make it our region's greatest innovation and development opportunity in history.

Established in 2018, we have grown into a non-profit organisation of over 30 young professionals working on these objectives. We are starting with the Visegrad Countries but will soon expand to the rest of Central Eastern Europe.

OUR PROJECTS

WHAT WE DO

  • Advocate
  • Connect
  • Advise
  • Providing training and education
  • Representing sustainability interests in governance
  • Sharing knowledge and best practices
  • Taking Central Eastern European ideas to the global stage
  • Supporting grassroots initiatives
  • Holding community events across the V4
  • Building cross-sectoral relations
  • Matchmaking for sustainability-related projects
  • Contributing to international sustainability initiatives
  • Advising decision-makers on sustainability strategy
  • Consulting organisations and companies on their sustainability performance
  • Providing inputs for research
  • Producing papers and op-eds
  • Providing support for policy design

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MEET THE TEAM

ANDRÁS VOLOM

President

András is a co-founder of V4SDG, responsible for the LAB and COMPASS projects in the board. He is the Outgoing Curator of the Budapest Hub of Global Shapers, a community launched by the World Economic Forum, former Youth Delegate of Hungary to the UN and the EU to G7, and an Associate of King’s College London. This year, he is joining the prestigious Schwarzman Scholars programme in Beijing.

KRISZTINA ZÁLNOKY

Board Member and V4 Relations

Krisztina is a co-founder of V4SDG and the board member responsible for our Connect and Exchange projects. Currently, she works at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in Brussels. She served on the Editorial Board of the International Public Policy Review at University College London, where she completed her MSc in Public Policy. Before joining our team, she gained experience in the private sector with KPMG.

FEDERIKA FAIT

Board Member

Fede is a co-founder of V4SDG, board member responsible for communications and our resident representative in Budapest. While managing the Hungarian team, she also works on setting up the first sustainability-focused school of Hungary, Real School Budapest. She is a graduate of Erasmus University in MSs Global Business and Sustainability.

LEVENTE SÁRAI-SZABÓ

Directorate Lead

Levente heads V4SDG’s directorate, taking care of administrative matters, legal issues, funding and finance. Previously, he gained experience in the private sector and as a County President of the Hungarian Red Cross Youth.

JULIANNA NAGY

Advisory Board Member

Julianna is a nature conservation engineer with more than 7 years experience in projects related to agricultural policy focusing on the development and implementation of the CAP and rural development programmes. Her special strengths include project management, team management, stakeholder engagement, event coordination and media relations. She is currently working at KPMG Hungary as Junior Manager at the EU Assurance Group.

Agata Meysner

Global Relations Lead

Agata is the Lead of the Global Relations team, extending the work of V4SDG to the EU and UN levels. Before joining V4SDG, she gained experience in volunteer management and non-formal education trainings in a number of youth organisations, such as the European Youth Parliament and Youth and Environment Europe. She holds an LLB in European Law from Maastricht University. Agata currently works on the implementation of the SDGs in the EU at the European Environmental Bureau in Brussels.

Korinna Varga

V4SDG LAB Lead

Korinna is the V4SDG LAB Lead - our think tank -, a sustainability professional specialized in European agricultural, environmental and bioeconomy policy and research. Her area of expertise involves agroeology and relevant policy advisory and circular business model development for the agri-food sector in the CEE region. She has extensive expertise in project planning and management as well as strong organizational competence in working with international, multi-stakeholder consortia. She holds a master's degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy from the Central European University, plus two additional degrees in Agricultural Engineering and in Communications and Media Sciences.

LILLA SOMOSFALVI

V4SDG CONNECT Lead

Lilla is the Lead for V4SDG CONNECT and member of the Hungarian country group. She gained her Master's Degree in Environmental Science and Policy at Central European University where she specialised in sustainable development and the adaptive management of socio-ecological systems (SES). Prior to her studies at CEU, Lilla took part in the EU’s Naturvation project researching nature-based solutions in urban settings and also gained experience in environmental diplomacy as an intern at the American Embassy Budapest. She used to work as the administration lead at REAL School Budapest, the first sustainability-focused school in Hungary.

Dr LILLA BARTUSZEK

V4SDG EXCHANGE Lead

Lilla is the Conference Manager for Budapest Sustainability Exchange and the lead for V4SDG Exchange, our project that aims to strengthen intersectoral dialogue and partnership through in-person activities. She is a lawyer trained at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, and a graduate of the European Academy of Diplomacy.

Mátyás Révai

Hungary Focal Point

Mátyás is an environmental scientist and human-ecologist, currently the Lead of the Hungarian Country Group. His field is sustainable rural development, environmental and agricultural policy on local and EU level. Currently he works for the Dutch Embassy in Budapest, as policy advisor. Beside that, he is also a passionate gardener and permaculture designer: he also works for an organic farm, near Budapest called Szezon Kert.

AGATA KRZASTEK

Poland Team Lead

Agata is V4SDG’s first point of contact in Poland, based in Krakow. She served as the Youth Delegate of Poland to the UN, and the Polish youth representative to the 7th ASEF Rectors’ Conference. Besides coordinating our Polish team, she studies Law at the Jagiellonian University.

Petra Pauerova

Focal point for Slovakia

Petra is V4SDG´s focal point for Slovakia. Right now is in her 3rd year of studies of Eurasian studies, moreover, she serves as the current UN Youth Delegate of Slovakia.

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