School of Public Policy at Central European University in partnership with United Nations University – MERIT

Competition Dates: Friday, February 28, 2020 and Saturday, February 29, 2020

Competition Location: Central European University | Nador utca 15. 1051 Budapest, Hungary



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Julia Buxton
SPP Professor │ Buxton is a specialist on Latin America and an expert on Venezuela. She has thematic expertise on democratisation and transition processes, post conflict recovery and conflict analysis, including conflict sensitive design and policy implementation, as well as gender and gender sensitive design. Her work in this area is based on consultancy experience with USAID, Sida (Sweden), Foreign Ministry of Finland, UK Department for International Development and USAID.

Benjamin WitorschHolbrooke Fellow │ Ben Witorsch joined the U.S. Department of State in February 2010. He is currently the Holbrooke Fellow at Central European University. Previous positions include: Economic Officer, United States Embassy in Budapest, Hungary; Political Officer, United States Embassy in Moscow; Consular Officer, United States Embassy in Sarajevo; and Political Officer, Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Dávid MihályiGPA-NRGI Research Fellow │ David Mihalyi is a senior economic analyst at the Natural Resource Governance Institute. David works on research, analysis and technical assistance to improve macroeconomic management in resource rich developing countries. He led the development of several extractive data tools and economic models for Ghana, Mongolia and Tanzania. His research focuses on the “resource curse”: the macroeconomic challenges caused by expectations of future resource wealth. David worked at Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Finance and at Hungary’s Central Bank and Fiscal Council. He holds a MSc from the University of Nottingham.

Dr. Serdar TurkeliResearcher / Coordinator │Dr. Serdar Türkeli conducts policy research and development at the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU- MERIT). He applies quantitative and/or qualitative methods to critical political economy and policy issues related to multi-scalar governance of science, technology and innovation (STI), STI policies and their governance.

IMPORTANT: please remember to bring your own laptop computers to the competition. You must have GOOGLE CHROME installed. This is the only browser compatible with the simulation. Tablets are NOT compatible with the simulation. Make sure to enable your ‘Cookies.’ 


February 28, 2020, 6pm

Student Networking Session (informal)


February 29, 2020, TBD

Post-Competition Reception (held on campus)


February 29, 2020

Central European University

Nador utca 15. 1051 Budapest, Hungary

1st floor:
103 Main room
101 World 1
106 World 2
102 Judges’ room
104 Staff Headquarters

2nd floor catering area (SFCA) for breakfast, lunch and evening celebration


CEU Event │ password: Kasv5Dot



Budapest has an excellent public transit system consisting of subways, buses, trolleys, trams, and electric commuter trains called HÉV. Tickets are available at all metro stations from automated machines, and most stations also have cashiers at ticket windows. Tickets can be bought individually, discounted in books of 10, or in the form of daily, weekly, or monthly passes. You need to validate your ticket before starting your trip on the metro or immediately upon boarding a bus, tram, trolley, or commuter train. Passes and tickets are checked by inspectors at random. Public transportation runs from 4:30 until 23:45 and is both regular and frequent. Night trams and buses run on an abbreviated schedule.

To/From the airport

1. Public Transit

If you are headed into the city center, public transit involves a bus #100 (for 900.HUF) from the airport that takes you directly to Deak Ter Station from where you can walk to the university (approx. 5min). The tickets can be bought with card at the BKK automated machines outside the departure section of the airport, where the buses depart as well.

All three Metro lines intersect at Deak Ter and transfers between metro lines at Deak Ter (only) are free and do not require a separate ticket. Information at:

Every ticket has to be validated, immediately upon entry into a bus or tram or just before entry to the tracks of the metro. Remember to keep your ticket, as there might be control upon entering and departing the metro.

2. Taxi

Fö Taxi company

There is a taxi booth outside the departure terminal, follow the taxi line on the floor to lead you there. The taxi is 6000-8000 HUF (€22-30 depending on exchange rate and distance) to the city center. They have an official contract with the airport, and are a convenient, reliable way into the city center. The airport is small and manageable, and the taxis are immediately outside the door as you walk to the curb. No need to book in advance.

Taxis accept Forints, and credit cards.


Here are some useful Hungarian phrases.

English Hungarian Pronunciation
Yes/No Igen/Nem Igen/nem
Thank you Köszönöm Kurssurnurm
Hello Jó napot Yow nopot
Goodbye Viszontlátásra Vissont-latashruh
Please Kérem szépen Kherem sehpen
Do you speak English? Beszél angolul? Bessayl ungolool?
I can’t speak Hungarian Nem beszélek magyarul Nem besseylek mud-yarool
Entrance Bejárat Beh-yarut
Exit Kijárat Ki-yarut
I’m sorry Elnézést Ellnezeysht
Toilet WC Vaytsay