Heads of the Hungarian Competition Authority

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Csaba Balázs RIGÓ President

Rigó Csaba Balázs was born on 1 January 1965 in Salgótarján. He started his higher education studies at Eötvös Loránd University, where he graduated as a software engineering mathematician. He pursued his postgraduate studies at the College of Finance and Accountancy in Zalaegerszeg and graduated there as an economist. In 2004 he acquired a postgraduate degree specialised in public procurement management, and in 2009 he obtained an MBA in economics at the Corvinus University of Budapest.

He started his career in 1989 in the Hungarian oil market as a software designer and system administrator at the predecessor of the Hungarian Oil and Gas PLC in Zala County. Besides his main occupation, he developed financial and accounting off the shelf software products in a self-employed capacity until 2010. This period enabled him to acquire almost 15 years of experience in market competition. Since 2010 he has been taking a break from his business activities. Between 2002 and 2010 he worked as an elected municipal representative for Zalaegerszeg, during which time he chaired the Economic Council of the municipality. His name is associated with the development of the first integrated playground in Central-Europe, the ’Bóbita’ playground, which is located at Kertváros in Zalaegerszeg. He has been dealing with public procurement since Hungary’s accession to the European Union. From 2004 to 2010 he was the chairman of the Procurement Board of the General Assembly of the City of Zalaegerszeg. From 2005 he was the president of the Municipal Association for the Development of the Sewerage Network and Wastewater Treatment Plant in Zalaegerszeg and its surroundings, comprising 42 settlements. In 2010 he was the president of the Municipal Association to improve the quality of drinking water in Zalaegerszeg and its region. From 2010 he was a member of the council of the Public Procurement Authority, and from 2012 he was the vice-president of the Public Procurement Authority. He was a government official at the Government Office for Zala County between 1 January 2011 to 21 October 2015, when he was elected as the president of the Public Procurement Authority by the Public Procurement Council. From 20 November 2015 he exercised his role as the president of the Public Procurement Authority. He spoke regularly at a number of national conferences in the field of public procurement. He previously taught economic policy at Pannon University and public procurement as part of the postgraduate legal public procurement studies at Eötvös Loránd University. He is currently a guest lecturer in competition law at Corvinus University of Budapest. He contributed to the creation and promotion of the mobile application called ‘Public Procurement Daily’, which provides public procurement professionals with continuous and up-to-date information. On 15 April 2020 he was appointed as the president of the Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) by the president of the Republic of Hungary, and since then he has been leading the Authority. 

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András TÓTH Vice President

Mr TÓTH is an associate professor and the Head of the Department of Infocommunication law at the Faculty of Law at the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary. From 2002 to 2007 he worked at the Hungarian Competition Authority. In 2007 he worked at a leading American law firm’s offices in Brussels and Budapest. Since 2010 he has been the vice-president of the Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) and Chairman of the Competition Council. He is the editor in chief of the scientific paper of the GVH, the ‘Competition mirror’ (‘Versenytükör’); furthermore, he is a member of the editorial committees of the European Networks Law and Regulation Quarterly and the Public Governance, Administration and Finances Law Review.

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László BAK Vice President

Mr BAK earned his law degree at Péter Pázmány Catholic University in 2004. In 2009, he obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, and in 2014 he completed a postgraduate course in competition law at King’s College London. After working as a lawyer for several years, in 2010 he joined the GVH and has since held several positions: first he was appointed as chief of staff, then in 2014 he was appointed as head of Litigation, and from March 2015 he led the Legal Unit.

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Attila SIPOS Secretary General

Attila Sipos was born on 25 October 1988 in Dunaújváros. He started his higher education studies at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at the University of Szeged where he graduated with a law degree in 2012. During his law studies he was granted a diploma for successfully completing a specialised academic course in Criminal Sciences. In 2020 he obtained a postgraduate degree in Economics at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Szeged.

He began his career in the private sector, where he worked for various companies as a corporate lawyer and then as a public procurement law specialist in leadership positions. After seven years of experience in the private sector, he began working in public administration, first as a legal advisor to the secretary general of the Public Procurement Authority and then as the head of its Presidential Cabinet.