Officers and Members
of Civic Enterprises
Márton Aichelburg, Founder and Executive Director
Márton Aichelburg is the founder and executive director of Civic Enterprises, his work focuses on the management and coordination of the Senior Mentor Program. Márton is passionate about pursuing innovative methods of catalyzing positive community change. Prior to the incorporation of Civic Enterprises, he gained professional experience from both the nonprofit and the private sector.
Márton worked for the Hungarian American Coalition that promotes public understanding and awareness of Hungarian American issues as an intern in New York City and Washington D.C. Furthermore, he worked for a consulting firm, Community Wealth Ventures, Inc. that helps nonprofit organizations become more self-sustaining by generating revenue through business ventures and corporate partnerships, as an intern in D.C. During his university studies, Márton was employed by the Budapest branch of a leading London-based law firm, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP as a paralegal for 4 years.
He studied at Faculty of Law of Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary and Faculty of Law of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, Flanders.
Benedek Varsányi, Cofounder
Benedek Varsányi is the cofounder of Civic Enterprises. He received his law degree at the Faculty of Law of Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary in 2008. Benedek attended the Faculty of Law of La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, for one semester. During his university years he was a member of Bibó István College of Law, a specialized college of Eötvös Loránd University.He participated in several research projects of leading Hungarian scientist of constitutional law on human rights, electoral law and comparative constitutional law. For his paper analyzing the Hungarian electoral system he received 1st award of the Constitutional Law Section at the 2007 Student's National Scientific Conference in Hungary. He has been working for the Constitutional Law Branch of the Ministry of Justice of Hungary as an officer since 2006. Benedek was a research intern at the Energy and National Security Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in fall 2008.
Péter Pelles, Cofounder
Péter Pelles is the cofounder of Civic Enterprises. His main professional interest concerns the culture of communication, in particular how media and new media fosters economic and social communication.
In Hungary he worked in the production design department of RTL Klub then as a production assistant for several production companies specializing in feature film making and commercials. Later on, he contributed to the making of numerous short and documentary films in the Unites States and the United Kingdom as a production manager. During his studies in England he worked for IPSOS Mori and later for an independent arthouse cinema in London. As of 2009 he is a product designer for Telenor-Pannon's interactive media division.
Péter is at Goldsmiths University, studying Political Communications. He graduated at the Media Department at the London College of Communication. He previously studied International Communication at the Budapest College of Communication, joined Manhigut a political and educational program in Tel Aviv and participated in the seminars of POLIS a joint initiative from LSE and the London College of Communication and the Centre for the study of Global Media and Democracy for an interdisciplinary research across politics, sociology and media.
Orsi has a profound interest for Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation and collaboration between NGOs and municipalities. Orsi is the program coordinator of Senior Mentor Program. She joined Civic Enterprises as an intern in February 2009 and she became a member of Civic Enterprises in May 2009.
Currently Orsi has been working for the Hungarian American Coalition, a Washington, D.C. until June 2010. Furthermore She is an undergraduate student at Corvinus University of Budapest Social Policy and Economics Faculty. She attended CEU Summer University in 2009 and completed a course in Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations and Local Financial Management. Orsi attended the Faculty of Economics at Athens University of Economics and Business for one semester in 2008. Orsi participated in World Economic Forum 2008 Meetings in Davos and Istanbul as an assistant of Erzsébet Szekeres (Social Entrepreneur of the Year, 2006, Hungary).
József holds an MSc degree in Computer Science from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Since 2006, he is also admitted to the University's BA program in management and business administration.
In 2007, he was awarded with a fellowship of the professional internship program of the Hungarian American Enterprise Scholarship Fund (HAESF). Thanks to the program, József completed a year long software engineering internship at the SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California. After the completion of this internship in the Silicon Valley, he wrote his diploma thesis while working as a student intern at the SAP Research Center in Dresden, Germany.
Since 2009 József works for Budapest Bank, the GE Money Bank as an IT project manager. Today, József is an Alumni coordinator of HAESF, trying to activate some of the 250 alumni of the scholarship. In his free-time, he plays chess and is also a certified basketball player and referee.
Péter Wendl, Program Coordinator
Péter has earned his BA degree at the Budapest College of Management majoring in internatinal relations. He was an enrolled student at Fachhochschule des bfi Wien, as well, where he studied Europäische Wirtschaft und Unternehmensführung.
During his college years he participated in "Young Foreigners in Ageing Europe" seminar in Helsinki, Finland organized by Helsinki Centre Youth and the European Union Simulation Game educational project in Brussels, Belgium. He has completed the Erasmus Intensive Programme "Central and South Eastern European Management" in Vienna, Austria.
He was a full time intern at the Office of Congressman Dennis J. Kucincih in the Congress of the United States of America. Previously he was interning in the Office of Immigration and Nationality in Budapest, Hungary. He has been a volunteer of Calasanctius Training Program since 2009; he is a member of the Funding Coordination Team.