ambassador to visit University
Simonyi (pronounced Shee-mah-nee), Hungary's ambassador to the United States,
is scheduled to speak on "Facing Global Challenges Together: The New Trans-Atlantic
Agenda" at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 5 in California State University, Sacramento's
Hinde Auditorium, located in the University Union. The event is open to the public
and admission is free.
Born in Budapest, Simonyi was a key player in preparing
Hungary's membership to NATO. Before being named ambassador to the United States
in 2002, he served as the first Hungarian permanent representative on the NATO
Council, where he represented Hungary during the Kosovo campaign. From 1995-99
he headed the Hungarian NATO Liaison Office in Brussels and was a member of the
delegation negotiating Hungary's 1999 entrance into the Alliance.
also been the deputy chief of mission in the Hague and the personal assistant
to Hungary's present foreign minister Laszlo Kovacs.
is a frequent lecturer on security issues, trans-Atlantic relations, military
reform and NATO enlargement. He has published numerous articles on the accession
process to NATO, trans-Atlantic relations and European security and the war on
Simonyi speaks six languages including English, Dutch and German.
He's based in the Washington, D. C. embassy.
Media assistance is available
from the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.