Budapest, Hungary

How to Position Yourself for a Successful Career in Risk Management


In-Person Chapter Meeting

Risk management has evolved from a discipline to a full-fledged profession. It has become broader and assumed multiple dimensions, making it a crucial function within both financial and non-financial organizations.

Join us for a discussion with Kálmán Kiss — a former executive assessment and search consultant at leadership advisory firm, Egon Zehnder — to discover varying aspects of a career in risk management. Kálmán will speak about what the career can mean to different people, including the options and typical requirements for each level and role, to help facilitate your thinking regarding a potential career trajectory that best fits your skills, desires, and personality.

We will also examine the key factors executive search consultants analyze when recommending a candidate to a client. This information can be useful when considering how to position yourself in your CV and during the interview process. 

Finally, we will take a step back for a more holistic view to identify what goals one might want from a career, and possibly even wider in life. This exercise could prove helpful in situations where you must choose from among options.

After the presentation, our panelist participants, András Bethlendi (Budapest University of Technology and Economics), Petra Kalfmann (Citi), Ágnes Matis (Erste Bank), and Dániel Mayer (Morgan Stanley), will share their personal career experiences and answer:

●Why did you choose risk management and which aspect of this profession do you enjoy the most?

●How has the role of risk manager changed over the course of your career?

●What are the key skills needed for a successful career in risk management?

●What are the transferable skills of a risk manager?


18:00: Registration

18:30 – 18:35: Welcome and introductions

18:35 – 19:05: Keynote speech by Kálmán Kiss

19:05 – 19:45: Panel discussion with live Q&A

19:45 – 20:30: Networking reception


Empathy Cafe & Bistro Budapest

Budapest, Arany János u. 31, 1051 Hungary

Attendees qualify for 1 GARP CPD credit.

Chapter Speakers

Kálmán Kiss

Supervisory Board member, OTP Montenegro

Kálmán Kiss started his career with 8 years at the Boston Consulting Group, working primarily with telecommunications and energy clients. He began as a Researcher, but soon became a consultant, and eventually moved up to project leader. He continued his career heading the Strategic Management Department of Erste Bank, where he also served as a Supervisory Board member of Erste Pension Fund. He left the bank for a Swedish software scaleup, first as General Manager for Hungary, and eventually as Head of Delivery for EMEA. In his last two years, he was a consultant to Egon Zehnder’s clients in the EMEA region. During his time, he undertook 50+ executive assessments, 50+ executive search interviews resulting in 10 placements, and 100+ reference interviews. Currently he is a freelance consultant and a Supervisory Board member of OTP Montenegro (pending regulatory approval).

Kálmán holds an MBA from INSEAD. He earned his MSc in Business at Janus Pannonius University. He has also studied in Austria, Denmark, Singapore and the USA.

András Bethlendi, Ph.D

Director, Master in Finance program, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

András Bethlendi, Ph.D, is an Economist with degrees from the Université Paris XIII and the Budapest University of Economics and Public Administration, and a Ph.D. from the Budapest University of Technology. András began his career as a corporate relationship assistant at Crédit Lyonnais Bank Hungary before moving to the MNB (Hungarian National Bank) as an analyst, and then an adviser at MKB Bank in Market, Portfolio, and Operational Risks. Later he became the project manager of AEGON CEE Solvency II.

Moving to the supervisory side, András headed the market risk and actuarial field of the HFSA between 2010-2013. From 2013-2014, he worked as the risk and claims management and actuarial director of Exim. In 2014-2015, he was the Executive Director of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank, where he was responsible for Consumer Protection and Market Surveillance. He has since worked as an independent consultant.

Between 2010-2017 András was an associate professor at the Sándor Wekerle College. Since 2018 he has been an associate professor at Budapest University of Technology and Economics and director of the Master in Finance program. The university’s Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences became the first official Hungarian Academic Partner of GARP in 2020. For nearly two decades András has published frequently in Hungarian and English. His main research topics are financial system-related issues and fiscal sustainability.

Petra Kalfmann, PhD, FRM

Head of the Prudential Reporting Business Analyst team, Citibank CSC

Petra Kalfmann, PhD, FRM, started her career at Bankárképző, working closely with large Hungarian banks in the field of Basel 2 implementation. She covered risk management issues, analysis of requirements and optimization of regulatory implications. In addition to her advisory role she was responsible for international capital market training. She left the company as director to join Deloitte. Petra widened her advisory skills in the international environment of Deloitte, further building her experience in risk and regulatory advisory. She temporarily left Deloitte by joining Erste Bank Hungary for 3 years as Head of Analysis, CRM and Segmentation Directorate, and later that of Micro Segment Directorate, where she gained valuable experience in business strategy preparation and customer value management. In 2018 she returned to Deloitte's newly-formed Risk and Regulatory Advisory team as senior manager, supporting the formation of a successful team from scratch. In 2020 Petra joined Citibank CSC in Budapest as Head of the Prudential Reporting Business Analyst team, where she was responsible for the implementation of CRR2/CRR3 regimes in the largest entities of the EMEA region.

Petra holds an MSc from Corvinus University, and she earned her PhD in 2016 from University of Kaposvár.

Ágnes Matis, PRM

Head of the Strategic Management Directorate, Erste Bank Hungary

Ágnes Matis, PRM, has gained a deep understanding of banking, finances and risk management during her professional career. She started in Treasury then moved to Treasury Controlling and Market Risk Management, and even tried project management for a year. Ágnes headed Asset-Liability Management during the crisis of 2008, and managed the conversion of the FX loan portfolio of a bank. Presently she is the head of the Strategic Management Directorate of Erste Bank Hungary, which covers everything risk-related not directly linked to a loan decision: market risk, operational risk, risk planning and reporting, capital management and risk systems & data management.

Ágnes graduated Corvinus University with a degree in Finance and Actuarial Sciences and received her MBA in the CEMS program from UCL. She also holds a BSc as an IT software developer and to counterbalance all the numbers she acquired an international coach degree (ACC by ICF).

Dániel Mayer

Deputy Head of Budapest Risk, Morgan Stanley

Dániel Mayer joined Morgan Stanley in 2008. He has been a member of the Budapest Risk Management team since its inception, starting as a Credit Analyst. Dániel helped build out the team over the last 13 years by performing various functional and leadership roles. Currently he is managing the Market Risk team in Budapest, as well as being the Deputy Head of Budapest Risk since April, 2021. In this capacity he has been focusing on strategic initiatives to help the firm execute its location strategy as well as providing local oversight and leadership for the department. Dániel has a background in cross-risk projects, regulatory initiatives and infrastructure development. He was the recipient of the 2019 Morgan Stanley Leadership Award in Budapest.

Dániel holds a masters degree in International Economics and Political Economy from Budapest Corvinus University. He spent a semester in Rome as an exchange student learning Economic Sciences in Italian. During his Morgan Stanley career, Daniel spent time in the London and New York offices on a short-term-assignment.

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June 23, 2022 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Chapter Directors

Daniel Homolya
Treasury Risk & Control Manager Diageo
Peter Sziklai
Executive Director Morgan Stanley

Committee Members

Attila Tomosvary

Stress Testing and Portfolio Risk Executive Director Morgan Stanley

Agnes Andrea Meszaros

Portfolio Analytics Analyst BlackRock

Gyorgy David Csikos

Treasury Manager Lloyds Bank

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