András B. Göllner  - Founder and Internationational Spokesperson

A dual Canadian-Hungarian citizen, András B. Göllner is one of the Founders, and International Spokesperson, of the Canadian Hungarian Democratic Charter. With a Ph.D in political economy from the London School of Economics and higher degrees in International Relations from Carleton University and Université de Montreal, András B. Göllner is a respected international scholar on Democratic Governance, Political Communications and on a broad range of business and society issues. He is an Emeritus Associate Professor at Montreal’s Concordia University and the author of a number of well known books and articles on business, politics and international affairs including Social Change and Corporate Strategy. Stamford:IAP, 1983; Public Affairs in Canada. Montreal: IRPP. 1984; and Canada Under Mulroney (ed. with D. Salee), Montreal: Véhicule Press, 1988.
He is a frequent speaker at international conferences on both sides of the Atlantic. Following the collapse of communism in Hungary, Dr Göllner played an important role in the broadening of democratic processes in the country of his origin. He coordinated Hungary’s first communications strategy for EU accession, and worked as a strategic communications advisor for various democratically elected governments over the past twenty years in Hungary. He lives in Montreal.

 Éva S. Balogh - Founder and Spokesperson

Éva S. Balogh left Hungary in 1956 as a young university student, after the Soviets crushed Hungary’s popular anti-communist uprising. She became a landed immigrant in Canada, completing her B.A. (hon.) in history at Ottawa’s Carleton University. Her Masters and PhD degrees were completed at Yale University. Her field of specialisation is Russian and East European Studies, and history. After completing her graduate studies, Éva S. Balogh went on to pursue an illustrious academic career as Professor of History and Dean of Morse College at Yale University. She is the author of numerous studies on Hungarian foreign policy and party politics, focusing on the  period between the two world wars. She publishes a widely read English language blog, Hungarian Spectrum, which has a large international following, and is frequently cited by scholars in such well known foreign publications as The Economist. She lives in Bethany, not far from New Haven, Connecticut.

Christopher Adam - Founder and Spokesperson

Christopher Adam teaches twentieth century European history at Carleton University and is a member of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund's Endowment Council, a fund created by the Government of Canada in 2008 to commemorate and research the internment of Ukrainians and other Europeans between 1914 and 1920. Christopher is the vice-president of the Hungarian Studies Association of Canada and serves on the board of the Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation. His most recent scholarly publication is a co-edited volume entitled The 1956 Hungarian Revolution: Hungarian and Canadian Perspectives, published by the University of Ottawa Press in 2010.
In early 2011, Christopher Adam launched an international petition and campaign against the Hungarian government's proposed legislation aimed at scattering archival documents relating to the activities of communist-era state security and served as the keynote speaker at several conferences and events on this subject. He lives in Ottawa.

Imre Szeman - Founder and Spokesperson

Imre Szeman is Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies and Professor of English, Film Studies, and Sociology at the University of Alberta. From 1999-2009, he taught at McMaster University in the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition and the Department of English and Cultural Studies. He is the recipient of the John Polanyi Prize in Literature (2000), Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award (2003), Scotiabank-AUCC Award for Excellence in Internationalization (2004), Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2005-7), and President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision (2008), among other awards. He is the founder of the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies and a founding member of the US Cultural Studies Association. Szeman is co-editor of Reviews in Cultural Theory and a member of the editorial collective of the journal Mediations.
Szeman’s main areas of research are in social and cultural theory, visual culture, globalization and culture, and contemporary popular culture. He is author of Zones of Instability: Literature, Postcolonialism and the Nation (2003) and co-author of Popular Culture: A User’s Guide (2004, 2nd. ed. 2009). He is also co-editor of Pierre Bourdieu: Fieldwork in Culture (2000), the Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (2nd ed. 2005), Canadian Cultural Studies: A Reader (2009), Global-Local Consumption (2010), and Cultural Theory: An Anthology (2010). Current projects include: a book on globalization, temporality and politics; an introductory text on cultural theory; and an anthology of contemporary Marxist theory. He lives in Alberta.

Stevan Harnad - French-Language Spokesperson

Stevan Harnad was born in Hungary, did his undergraduate work at Mc Gill University and his graduate work at Princeton University. Currently Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Science at Universite du Quebec a Montreal and Professor in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK, Professor Harnad is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of cognitive science. He is Past President of the Society For Philosophy and Psychology, as well as being an External Member of the Hungarian Academy of  Science.   In addition, he founded Psycoloquy (an early electronic journal sponsored by the American Psychological Association), CogPrints (an electronic eprint archive in the electronic sciences hosted by the University of Southampton), and has been at the forefront of the development in Open Access research globally for the past decade. He is the Founder and past Editor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the Cambridge University Press), and the American Scientist Open access Forum (since 1998), and author and contributor to over 300 publications, including Origins and Evolution of Language and Speech (NY Acad Sci 1976), Lateralization in the Nervous System (Acad Pr 1977), Peer Commentary on Peer Review: A Case Study in Scientific Quality Control (CUP 1982), Categorical Perception: The Groundwork of Cognition (CUP 1987) and Cognition Distributed: How Cognitive Technology Extends Our Minds (Benjamins 2008). Professor Harnad lives in Montreal.