Curriculum Vitae




Personal information


First name(s) / Surname(s)

Istvan Kovacs


26 Majalis utca, 4431, Nyiregyhaza, Hungary


+36 42 502 133




+36 42 502 103








Date of birth

Oct 27, 1959







Desired employment / Occupational field

researcher for the EU tender  “Identification of future skills needs in micro and craft (-type) enterprises up to 2020”



Work experience





since March 1st 1991

Occupation or position held

managing director

Main responsibilities

establishing then managing the  Local Enterprise Agency run by the foundation, managing and developing activities in the foundation for enterprise promotion (business incubation, one-step office, agricultural marketing centre, agricultural auction place of the local producers’ cooperative, microcredit, counselling and training for entrepreneurs, business matching etc.)

Main activities

-   preparation of the feasibility study of the first and successfully operating business incubator, then assisting the establishment of other incubators in the country,

-   preparation of Carpathian-Tisza Foundation Conference, which formed Carpathian Euroregion,

-   initiating and organising small region integration in the county,

- initiating and partly implementing the Industrial Park in Nyiregyhaza

- preparing the study of Zahony Special Zone, the first Enterprise Zone of the country

- establishing a non-profit Agricultural Marketing Centre, which first became a division of PRIMOM Foundation then evolved into AMC Public Utility Company operated by the Ministry of Agriculture

- evaluating the applications of start-up entrepreneurs for grants submitted to the County Labour Centre and the County Regional Development Council

- participating in the regional experimental PHARE programme; operating the temporary development agency as an advisory and programme implementing organisation; setting up the structural conditions of  the Public Foundation for County Development.

- participating in the joint advisory and supporting programme of IPP PHARE and the Ministry of Agriculture

- preparing various feasibility studies on the commission of small region integrations and the Ministry of Environment and Regional Development

- advising various domestic and foreign experts on the preparation of the regional development law.

- participating in the working board of the County Regional Development Council in preparing its development programme, conception and strategic aims.


Name and address of employer

PRIMOM Foundation for Enterprise Promotion in Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg county, Hungary

Type of business or sector

enterprise development





Occupation or position held

head of office

Main activities and responsibilities

managing office duties

Name and address of employer

INFOORG Enterprise Organising Office at Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg County Council, Hungary

Type of business or sector

regional administration





Occupation or position held

developer, then head of regional development team

Main activities and responsibilities

preparing development plans and decisions for areas with multiple disadvantages

Name and address of employer

Planning Department at Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg County Council, Hungary

Type of business or sector

regional administration





Occupation or position held

executive at corporate loans dept.

Main activities and responsibilities

evaluation of corporate loan applications

Name and address of employer

Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg County Directorate of the Hungarian Central Bank

Type of business or sector




Education and training






Title of qualification awarded

corporate market organising economist

Name and type of organisation providing education and training

University of Economic Sciences in Budapest

Level in national or international classification

university degree





Title of qualification awarded

industrial planning and organising economist

Name and type of organisation providing education and training

Janus Pannonius University of Sciences in Pecs, Hungary

Level in national or international classification

university degree



Personal skills and competences




Mother tongue(s)


Other language(s)







European level (*)




Spoken interaction

Spoken production



























(*) Common European Framework of Reference for Languages



Social skills and competences

Assessing the innovation capabilities of corporations within the Organisational and Management Society

Organisational work at the Rotary Club

Harmonizing charity work, developing public life in Nyiregyhaza



Organisational skills and competences

Organising the inhabitants of a housing estate into a garage building cooperative (132 members)

Organising the Agricultural Auction Place (350 members)




Technical skills and competences

distant education training at Sorbonne, Paris



Computer skills and competences

everyday use of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Acrobat Reader



Other skills and competences

sport activities (soccer), certified assistant coach and referee in soccer



Driving licence

Category B driving licence



Additional information

member of the Hungarian Economic Society since 1983

former board member of Carpathian-Tisza  Foundation (1990-2000)

secretary general of the Enterprise Development Network Association since 1995

“Ten Outstanding Young People’ award of the Junior Chamber (1996)

president of the Hungarian Enterprise Development Network Consortium since 2000

presidential member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg County

president of SZEMA Cooperative (2001-2005)

board member of Szatmar Economic Development Society since 2004

managing director of the National Enterprise Development Consortium Public Utility Co. since 2003

member of the National Enterprise Development Council since 2004

author of several studies on different business development issues, giving presentations at a number of national and international conferences

study tours in Pittsburgh USA, Denmark, Finland, UK, Japan, China, Belgium