Ambassador Réka Szemerkényi is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis. Between 2017 and 2020, she served as CEPA's Executive Vice President. From 2015 to 2017, Szemerkényi was Ambassador of Hungary to the United States.
Prior to this, she held several senior government positions, she was chief advisor in foreign and security policy to the prime minister and was senior advisor in the Ministry of Defense. She held various senior business positions, her academic career includes being a lecturer at Milan University’s ASERI Center of International Relations in Italy. She was foreign affairs op-ed writer for the weekly Heti Valasz and a research associate at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, where her Adelphi Paper, “Central European Civil-Military Reforms At Risk,” was published by Oxford University Press.
Szemerkényi was awarded several prestigious decorations and fellowships, such as the Fulbright Fellowship, ECFR, the European Council on Foreign Relations, "l'Ordre National de Mérite" by French President Jacques Chirac, "Bene Merito" by Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, and "Award for Promoting Freedom and Democracy" by the Slovak Atlantic Commission.
Her PhD is in Economics, Energy Security, from Pázmány Péter University, her MA is in Strategic Studies from SAIS, the Johns Hopkins University, from IEHEI, France and from ELTE, Hungary. She is an Honorary University Professor of the National Public University, Budapest, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters of Marymount University, Virginia.