Against Money Laundering: Why and How? (Safe and Sound Governance Mini Course) In this lecture Mónika Maurer, Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer, will summarize the importance and requirements of the fight against money laundering. You will learn about the origin and types of money laundering, the steps required by law to combat money laundering, how this fight is progressing and what its challenges are.
Bank of the Future
This lecture of Katalin Mónika Kozák, Business Strategy Manager of Citi’s Central Europe Cluster, will provide you with a basic understanding of banking and will give you a high level overview on its evolution while introducing you to current trends. The lecture will cover key differences of Incumbent Banks versus Challenger Banks giving you a brief summary on the key enablers that led to the rapid explosion of the challengers in the EU.
Business Continuity Management - The Day When the Worst Becomes Reality In this lecture, László Nagy, Continuity of Business Senior Manager, will provide you a basic understanding of the Business Continuity Management (BCM) framework, the benefits of its existence and the downsides if it is missing or implemented inadequately. The lecture also covers threats around us, and how Business Continuity responds to them, how BCM embeds into a company’s culture and how it helps to build and strengthen its operational resiliency.
Corporate Compliance (Safe and Sound Governance Mini Course) In this lecture Dr. Gábor Mandák, Chief Country Compliance Officer, and Ákos Pöntöl, Compliance Risk Manager, will explain the definition and purpose of compliance, and its place in the corporate environment. You will learn more about the history of compliance in Hungary, its present regulations as well as the typical activities performed under the compliance umbrella.
Economists’ Role in Corporate and Investment Banks. Global and Regional Economic Outlook.
In this lecture, Eszter Gárgyán, Chief Economist for Hungary at Citi, will introduce you to the job profile of market economists working for corporate and investment banks: who their internal and external clients are and how they cooperate in a global team. The lecture will also provide an economic update on the main global and regional trends, presenting the key external and domestic drivers shaping the outlook for the Hungarian economy.
Hedging Currency Exchange Rate Risk
During this lecture Zoltán Szőke, Emerging Corporate Team Leader at Citi Commercial Bank, will walk you through the currency risks which emerge out of the international trade and transactions of a company. The lecture will touch upon the currency exchange market, the risks that can appear due to the currency mismatches, the potential solution to minimize the risk of the exposure – hedging policy – and the banking products that can be used to execute the hedging policy.
Inclusion and Diversity at Citi
At Citi, our employees reflect the remarkable range of cultures and perspectives of our clients. We recognize that unique individuals, collaborative teams and inclusive leaders have a far-reaching impact and are the engines of new ideas. We have several Employee networks, led by our employees on a volunteer basis, providing a wide range of activities in different fields of diversity. The lecture held by Klára Tatár-Kiss, Central Europe Cluster Head of Human Resources, will allow participants to get an insight into a global organization, and experience first-hand what diversity means in business, how management and employees work together for a truly inclusive culture.
Introduction to Information Security
The lecture of Zsolt Németh, Cyber Threat Analyst, will mainly focus on the basics of information security and why it is important in a corporate environment. How companies or individuals will be able to protect their data? What are the main principles which have to be in use in a company’s daily activity? Understanding these will support students in their personal and professional life.
Key Aspects of Building a Bank’s Strategy
During this lecture Katalin Mónika Kozák, Business Strategy Manager of Citi’s Central Europe Cluster, will walk you through the key aspects of consideration and elements of a strategy build out of a bank. We will review the mandatory elements of a strategy document, key strategy build tools, and key considerations, triggers of reviewing a bank’s business model.
Leadership across Borders
In this lecture, Kevin A. Murray, Managing Director for Citi’s Central Europe Cluster, will introduce you the importance of cross-cultural awareness by highlighting some key personal experiences from his remarkable international career. Kevin has been with Citi for over 33 years, the last 23 have been as an expatriate working in India, Japan, England, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Hungary and Poland, thus being exposed to a variety of cultures across the globe.
New Trends in Banking
In this lecture, Kevin A. Murray, Managing Director for Citi’s Central Europe Cluster, will share his views about the future of banking by providing industry insights, explaining emerging financial trends and the latest digital innovations from the world of banking.
Organizational and Human Resources Management – Recruitment Practices In this lecture, Balázs Gál, EMEA Head of Professional Talent Acquisition, and Tibor Vantsa, Central Europe Head of Professional Talent Acquisition, will provide insight into the recruiting practices within Citi; elaborating on the Talent Acquisition processes and KPI’s as well as on the Recruitment Marketing/Branding highlights and Talent Attraction activities.
The Role of Legal in Governance of an Organization and Internal Diplomacy (Safe and Sound Governance Mini Course) In this lecture Dr. Orsolya Gantner, Division Legal Counsel for Central Europe, will introduce you to the topic of Legal as a control function, will explain what lawyers do in a bank, and how Internal Diplomacy within a global bank looks like.
Sustainability – Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Risks for Corporates, Financial Institutions
‘ESG factors are environmental, social or governance characteristics that may have a positive or negative impact on the financial performance or solvency of an entity, sovereign or individual’ – EBA, Discussion paper on management and supervision of ESG risks for credit institutions and investment firms.
The main purpose of the lecture held by Tamás Murvai, Head of Risk Process Management and Optimization at Citi Commercial Risk, is to understand ESG risks, establish correlation with credit, operational and market risks. You will develop an understanding about the main components of ESG risks as well as with some of the relevant European regulations and market trends arising in the sector.
Sustainability – Climate Risks for Corporates, Financial Institutions
This lecture held by Tamas Murvai, Head of Risk Process Management and Optimization at Citi will go through ESG risks, establishing correlation with credit and operational and market risks. You will also understand potential qualitative and quantitative measurement tools and the advantages and limitations of such tools through case studies.
Women in Finance
At Citi we truly believe in diversity and foster inclusive culture, career growth and mobility. As part of our lecture series, Veronika Spanarova, Country Head of Citi Hungary, will talk about her inspiring journey and career progression across multiple countries and functions within Citi. Veronika will share her own story and we welcome all students – male and female – who are interested to hear about her hard work, focus and determination which brought her to this current position, as well as support and guidance which she received from people around her along this path.
Dr. Orsolya Gantner, Division Legal Counsel for Central Europe
After graduating from Law School, Orsolya joined Citi and has been working there ever since, for over 21 years now. Orsolya is the Country Counsel of Citi Hungary and for the past few years has also been a Legal Counsel for Central Europe.
Lectures taught: Safe and Sound Governance (mini course) - The Role of Legal in Governance of an Organization and Internal Diplomacy
Balázs Gál, Head of Professional Talent Acquisition EMEA
Balázs is the Head of Professional Talent Acquisition in Citi’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He has 15 years of experience in Human Resources - out of which he spent 12 years in leadership positions. Balázs has been leading the HR strategy building and implementation of various multinational companies.
Lectures taught: Organizational and Human Resource Management (course) - Recruitment Practices, Preparing for the Job Interview
Eszter Gárgyán, Chief Economist for Hungary at Citi
Eszter joined Citi in 2007 and since then she has provided economic research coverage for global and local clients and Citi management in close cooperation with the global Economic Research team. Prior to joining Citi Eszter worked as an economist for OTP Bank in Hungary covering banking and economics in the Eastern Europe. Eszter has been awarded as the best overall forecaster for Hungary in the 2019 FocusEconomics Analyst Forecast Awards. Eszter has a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Pécs and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Lectures taught: Economists’ Role in Corporate and Investment Banks. Global and Regional Economic Outlook.
Katalin Mónika Kozák, Business Strategy Manager of Citi’s Central Europe Cluster
Kata joined Citi Central Europe & Hungary Business strategy manager in 2018. She is the senior business support of the Managing Director responsible for Citi’s Central Europe cluster, and focusing on Citi’s businesses in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary, and the non-presence countries’ activities in the Baltics and Balkans. Prior to her current role in Citi, Kata was responsible for strategic business programs in Citi’s Consumer business in London, Hungary, Moscow between 2010- 2014. She started her banking career in Citi in 2009. Kata is passionate “world citizen” has lived in five countries so far and speaks five languages fluently. She holds a BSC in Economics, and EXMBA in Business Administration.
Lectures taught: Bank of the Future; Key Aspects of Building a Bank’s Strategy
László J. Kremmer, MBA, CLC, PMP®, Senior Program Manager at Citi László is a seasoned business and program management professional with MBA, PMP®, and CLC certificate. 9+ years of SSC experience and 20+ years of Project and Program Management experience. Areas of Expertise: Project- Program and Portfolio Management, Executive Management – Business Management and Development – Change Management – Culture Development – Strategy Development – Sales strategy implementation. Built and led high performing international project teams and organizational PMO function in the SSC environment. Successfully led global project teams and various system and migration projects and programs (ERP implementation, Software Development, Time Management System, Legacy System Decommission, System Upgrade). Incorporating extensive Business Management and Project Management knowledge. Trained over a thousand people in project management, Human Resources and Enterprise Management. Mentor-Trainer and Certified Leadership Coach. Lectures taught: Organization and Human Resource Management (course), Law of International Investment (course), Effective Presentation Skills (training module), Management of International Corporations (course) – Project Management
Dr. Gábor Mandák, Chief Country Compliance Officer
Gábor is the Compliance Director of Citi Hungary and the Compliance Head for Citi in the Central Europe sub-cluster (CE5). He has a degree in law, bar exam and a post-graduate degree in economics. During the first period of his career he worked as legal counsel in the banking sector for 16 years. In his current position since 2015, Gábor is responsible for the operation of Citi’s Global and European compliance program in Hungary and in CE5, which also includes the oversight of compliance with anti-money laundering (AML), Sanctions and anti-bribery and corruption (AB&C) related requirements.
Lectures taught: Safe and Sound Governance (mini course) - Corporate Compliance
Mónika Maurer, Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer
Mónika is Citi Hungary’s Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer (AMLCO). She has over 20 years of experience in the Hungarian banking sector and over 7 years on the AML area at Citi as AMLCO and as Head of the AML Department. Mónika has been with Citi for more than 15 years and she is a certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS graduate).
Lectures taught: Safe and Sound Governance - Against Money Laundering: Why and How?
Kevin A. Murray, Managing Director for Citi’s Central Europe Cluster
In 2020, Kevin A. Murray was appointed the Branch Head of Citibank Europe PLC in Warsaw, Poland as well as the head of the Citi Solutions Centre there. In addition to his Poland assignment, he is the Managing Director for Citi’s Central Europe cluster, focusing on our businesses in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary; and, our non-presence countries’ activities in the Baltics and Balkans. He has held the cluster role since 2016. Kevin has been with Citi for over 33 years, the last 23 have been as an expatriate working in India, Japan, England, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Hungary and Poland. Kevin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Fordham University; a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University; and, an MBA in Finance from New York University.
Lectures taught: Leadership across Borders, New Trends in Banking
Tamás Murvai, Head of Risk Process Management and Optimization, Citi Commercial Risk
As Head of Risk Process Management and Optimization, Commercial Risk at Citi Commercial Bank, Tamás is responsible for global headcount management, budgeting, planning, regulatory remediation. Among many initiatives Tamás’ current focus is on Credit Process Design, Climate Risk integration, Financial Analysis redesign, Quality Assurance and Controls setup. Tamas has over 10 years of experience in credit risk management, has held in-country senior risk positions and participated in many cross-border initiatives. He has the enthusiasm to challenge the status quo and is a strong team player motivated to succeed in all environments. With his continuous focus on development of self and others he is also looking for sharing back to the society and has participated in multiple mentoring initiatives within and outside of Citi. He has a BSc in Finance and Accountancy from Budapest Business School and an MSc degree in Finance from Corvinus University while currently pursuing an Executive MBA education program at Quantic School of Business and Technology, Washington.
Lectures taught: Sustainability – Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Risks for Corporates, Financial institutions; Sustainability – Climate Risks for Corporates, Financial institutions
László Nagy, Continuity of Business Senior Manager
László is Governance Lead for Citi Business Continuity Management (CBCM) in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. His main responsibility is to ensure that Citi’s Global Continuity of Business program is executed on a business entity, country, cluster and regional level in line with Citi’s Continuity of Business Policy, Standards and Testing Standards. He has been working in the IT industry for 20 years, and joined Citi in 2015. He is committed to Business Continuity Management and to Operational Resiliency.
Lectures taught: Business Continuity Management - The Day When the Worst Becomes Reality
Zsolt Németh, Cyber Threat Analyst, EMEA Cyber Security Fusion Center
Zsolt joined Citi in 2009 and gained experience in various departments. As a Fraud Analyst in the Consumer Bank’s Fraud Team he was detecting and investigating credit/debit and personal loan frauds. Upon joining the EMEA Cyber Security Fusion Center in 2015 as a threat analyst for the Core Team, he became part of a function where people with different background collaborate and provide security solutions. Incident response and providing business support are some of Zsolt’s main tasks currently. Raising situational awareness is a mission for him rather than just a hobby. Zsolt holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communication and has certifications as an institutional communicator, ISO 27001 auditor, and is a Certified Information Security Manager.
Lectures taught: Introduction to Information Security
Hajnalka Nikolich-Bor, Securities Services Country Product Head
Hajnalka is the Securities Services Head for Hungary since 2011. After joining Citi Hungary in 2004, she fulfilled various positions in the local Securities Services team, both in operations and in the product team. Hajnalka is representing Citi Hungary in the Hungarian Banking Association, the Association of Investment Service Providers and is a member of the Settlement Committee of the Budapest Stock Exchange since 2013. Hajnalka has over 17 years of experience in the Hungarian capital market. She holds an M.B.A from the Central European University Business School and a B.A degree from Oxford Brookes University. She also holds a certificate of the Hungarian Banking Academy required for the provision of securities services.
Academic Activities: TDK Research Supervision
Ákos Pöntöl, Compliance Risk Manager
Ákos is the Vice President of Compliance at Citi Hungary. After receiving his Economist degree, Ákos worked in various banking areas, and he further extended his risk management knowledge. Since 2018 Ákos is responsible for core compliance areas at Citi Hungary, such as Onboarding Compliance Awareness trainings, Personal Investments, Outside Directorships and Business Activities, monitoring of internal training courses and Mandatory Absence of Citi Hungary colleagues.
Lectures taught: Safe and Sound Governance (mini course) - Corporate Compliance
Veronika Spanarova, Managing Director, Citi Country Head for Hungary
Veronika Spanarova assumed the role of Citi Country Head for Hungary in September 2020. In her current position Veronika is responsible for leading the growth of Citi’s businesses whilst maintaining the highest standards of franchise (bank and Citi Solutions Center) soundness in Hungary. Prior to her appointment to Hungary, Veronika spent four years as Citi Country Head for Slovakia, where she was also the bank’s Corporate Banking Head.
Veronika started her career with Citi in the Czech Republic more than 25 years ago. Since then, she has held various senior positions in the fields of Transaction Services, Corporate Banking, Consumer and Retail Banking areas in the Czech Republic, Brazil and Slovakia. She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Charles University, School of Social Sciences, Prague.
Lectures taught: Women in Finance
Zoltán Szőke, Emerging Corporate Team Leader, Citi Commercial Bank
During Zoltán’s more than 14-year Citi career he has been a Senior Relationship Manager in the SME sector and is currently the Emerging Corporate Team Leader of the Citi Commercial Bank. By navigating clients through the era of the financial crisis and by leading teams during the COVID pandemic, he has first-hand experience of providing solutions for successful financial recovery. Zoltán is also one of the founders and presenters of the Corporate Treasury and Cash Management events of the Citi Commercial Bank in Hungary.
Lectures taught: Hedging Currency Exchange Rate Risk, Management of International Corporations (course) – Financial Management
Klára Tatár-Kiss, CE5 (Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria) Cluster Head of Human Resources
Klára has over 20 years of HR director experience in various multinational corporations. She has experience not only with the Eastern European countries but previously Klara had a global Talent role based in a London Headquarter.
Klara throughout her career has been passionate about diversity, committed to promoting inclusive leadership and has been contributing to shaping the diversity agenda in her organizations. Her efforts were recognized both at the professional and personal level by receiving awards like Best Place to Work, Family Friendly Award, Disabled Friendly Workplace, and Healthy Workplace Award. Her personal commitment was rewarded at the society level when she received the Role Model Award from Lifegarden in 2016.
Klara is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (FCIPD), a certified senior practitioner coach by EMCC, has a certificate of coaching from Henley Business School and holds a post-graduate diploma in Management Studies from Henley Business School. Additionally, she is a NLP Master Practitioner, has a post-graduate economist degree, and a university degree in Biology and English. Klara currently is a PhD student at ELTE University in the field of Sociology, with a research focus on women leadership in transnational organizations.
Lectures taught: Organizational and Human Resource Management (course), Management of International Corporations (course) – Human Resources Management, Inclusion and Diversity at Citi
Tibor Vantsa, Head of Professional Talent Acquisition, Central Europe
Tibor manages the recruitment activities in Citi’s CE5 Region, covering Hungary, Czechia, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria. Tibor has 17 years’ experience in recruitment. He spent the first years of his career with recruitment consulting agencies and then joined Citi in 2008. He has a BSc economist degree from the Budapest University of Economics and an MSc degree from Corvinus University.
Lectures taught: Organizational and Human Resource Management (course) - Recruitment Practices, Preparing for the Job Interview
Márton Woynarovich, Senior Credit Analyst
Márton started his career at Citi in 2013 and since then he worked in several fields across the organization related to corporate lending, including credit controlling, credit risk portfolio management, credit analysis and credit underwriting. He is currently a Senior Credit Analyst at Citi Commercial Bank in Budapest.
Lectures taught: Management of International Corporations (course) – Financial Management