István Kollai is the assistant professor of the Institute of World Economy at the Corvinus University Budapest, his current research fields and interests are: Central and Eastern Europe in a Global Context, Economics of Cultural Diversity, Imaginative Geography.
He graduated as an economist from European Integration (MA) at Corvinus University of Budapest and as a historian at Eötvös Loránd University. During his studies, István Kollai initiated the establishment of Terra Recognita Foundation, aiming at bolstering dialogue and cooperation among Central and Eastern European countries. Academic experiences engaged him in writing and editing the Foundation’s publications in Slovak, Hungarian and English language. Besides, it has included fundraising activities, gaining the financial support of the International Visegrad Fund, the Central European Fundation or the Stiftung EVZ.
Professional experiences engaged him in education management and consultancy for International Training Centre of Bankers (ITCB), in strategic assessment of EU funds for the National Development Agency, and in cultural diplomacy for the Hungarian Institute in Bratislava, where he was appointed as the director of the institute for five years (2010-2015).
Beside lecturing, he is responsible for the internationalization of the Institute of World Economy, through educational tools for foreign students and through higher educational partnerships.