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4th Annual NY Hungarian Scientific Society Fundraising Gala and Dinner

  • Consulate General of Hungary 223 E 52nd St New York, NY 10022 USA (map)

We would like to invite you to our 4th Annual Fundraising Gala and Dinner organized by the New York Hungarian Scientific Society with the generous support of the Consulate General of Hungary and Tamas Novak, the Technology and Scientific Attache.

This will be a fantastic dinner event with a cause. We will gather for the fourth time to learn something new, to socialize and to support the great cause of the Szent-Györgyi Young Investigator Award, established by the New York - Hungarian scientific diaspora. 

We honored to announce our distinguished speakers of the event: Professor Alexander Preker, and Professor Martin Zsarnoczky, PhD.

Professor Alexander Preker, is President/CEO of the Health Investment & Financing Corporation, a Member of the Board of the USA HealthCare Alliance, the Chair of the External Advisory Committee for the International Hospital Federation and one of the Commissioners on the Global Commission on Pollution, Health & Development.  He is also an Executive Scholar/Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, New York University and Ichan School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Formerly he was the Chief Economist for Health at the World Bank and Head of Health Investment Policy at the International Finance Corporation. Professor Martin Zsarnoczky, PhD, Associate Professor at the Institute of Sustainable Economy at the Tourism Department of Kodolanyi Janos University of Applied Science.

You will hear from the 2017 awardees of the Szent-Gyorgyi Albert Young Investigator Award about their recent achievements and the 2018 awardees. Learn more about the Albert Szent-Györgyi Prize and about how can you support the NYHSS at

Our exclusive event will be accompanied by a violin concert by Krisztina Kiss, a fabolous Hungarian freelance violinist/violist. She has an outstanding performance history playing in the Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the New Amsterdam Opera and the Art House Astoria Conservatory for Music and Art.

Suggested donation: minimum 100 USD/seat! Please note that at the event only cash and check donations will be accepted. 

Dress code: black tie optional. 

Please R.S.V.P on Eventbrite by December 7th. If you had any dietary restrictions, please be kind enough and email to


7:00-7:45 networking and champagne reception

7:45-8:00 opening remarks by Tamas Novak (Technology and Scientific Attache) and Dorottya Nagy-Szakal (President of the New York Hungarian Scientific Society), the NYHSS -Szent-Gyorgyi Albert Young Investigator Award winner announcement

8:00-8:30 appetizer and first speaker Dr. Martin Zsarnoczky PhD (20 min talk, Title: The life quality and well-being in the aging processes of seniors)

8:30-9:30 main course and our distinguished speaker Dr Alexander Preker(40 min talk, Title: Investing in Hungary’s Future: The Commercial Opportunities Created Recent Scientific Discoveries)

9:30-10:00 dessert and networking


Professor Alexander S. Prekeris an Executive Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, New York University and Ichan School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. He is one of the Commissioners for the Global Commission on Pollution, Health and Development, a Member of the Board of the USA HealthCare Alliance, and the Chair of the External Advisory Committee for the International Hospital Federation. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the World Scientific Series on Health Investment and Financing. Mr. Alexander S. Preker is also President and CEO of the Health Investment & Financing Corporation and a member of the board of several of the companies. He is a Founding Member of the New York Chapter of the Keiretsu Forum, an LLP with Keiretsu Capital and an active investor in early stage companies that have a potential high impact in the health sector. Prior to his current work, Mr. Preker had a distinguished career, working at different times for International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)International Development Association (IDA)International Finance Corporation (IFC) and World Health Organization(WHO). From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Preker was Head of the Health Industry Group and Investment Policy for the International Finance Corporation (IFC). In this position, he led a team of advisors and analysts that worked with policy makers, investors and health businesses in improving the market environment for private sector participation in the health sector in developing countries. He and his team set up a US$1 billion Investment Facility for Health to support expansion of small and medium size businesses in the Africa Region and the preparatory work for setting up a similar facility for Asia. Previously, as Chief Economist for the health sector, he coordinated the technical team that prepared the World Bank's Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Strategy in 1997. During the past 15 years, this strategy has provided a vision for the World Bank's engagement in the health sector in low- and middle-income countries, leading to an annual lending pipeline of about US$3 billion and total portfolio value in the range of US$15 billion. During his Bank career, Mr. Preker has worked with both Lawrence Summers (former Director of the National Economic Council under the Obama Administration) and Joseph Stiglitz (recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences) during their respective tenures as Chief Economist for the World Bank Group as well as many Ministers of Health, Finance, Economic Development and other senior officials as well as private investors and businesses in the client countries he served. Mr. Preker has published extensively, having written many scientific articles and authored of over 15 books. He is a globally recognized expert on health insurance, health financing, capital finance, and private sector development in the health sector. Currently Mr. Preker is the Editor-in-Chief for the World Scientific Series on Health Investment and Financing. He is the Chair of the External Editorial Board for the World Hospitals and Health Services Journal. While at the World Bank, he was a member of the Editorial Board for the World Bank's External Operations Publication Department and Editor-in-Chief of the Business of Health Publications. Today he is the managing editor for Health Investment & Financing (HIF), an information gateway for health investment and financing and Health Industry (HI), a health care industry review. Mr. Preker holds several academic appointments. He is an Executive Scholar at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, an Adjunct Associate Professor of public policy at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy and an Adjunct Associate Professor for Health Care Management at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Martin Zsarnoczky, Ph.D. has several years of experience in the huge international tourism and hospitality industry. He holds a BSc degree in Tourism and Hospitality from the Budapest Business School, and graduated at MSc/Med level as Teacher of Economics in Tourism and Hospitality. During his studies, he had spent a short term mobility period at Ttwente University in the Netherlands, and later earned his Ph.D. in Regional Sciences at Szent Istvan University. The results of his research in the life quality and well-being of elderly people have been collected internationally in Finland, India, Germany, Romania and Hungary, among others. His successful Hungarian study of seniors has been selected into the 2018 Brussels program of TOP30 MasterClass, which is being held under the name of European Week of Regions and City by the European Council. At the moment, he is still very active as an entrepreneur and is actively involved in community development. He is also a board member of the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry, member of the American Hungarian Chamber of Commerce of New York and works as a mentor for the Young Entrepreneurs Association Hungary. With regards to his academic career, he is a full time associate professor at the Institute of Sustainable Economy at the Tourism Department of Kodolanyi Janos University of Applied Science.

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