Group Chief Operating Officer of Meridiam Infrastructure; Former Prime Minister of Hungary
Gordon Bajnai is Group Chief Operating Officer of Meridiam Infrastructure and a former Hungarian Prime Minister. He is the founder of the Patriotism and Progress Public Policy Foundation, in Hungary, and of Together-Party for a New Era, formerly known as Together 2014 an electoral alliance, formed in October 2012 for the next Hungarian parliamentary election.
Mr. Bajnai is also senior advisor to the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), a Washington based think thank, and member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). He was in addition a former adjunct professor at Columbia University SIPA and visiting fellow at John Hopkins University (SAIS).
Between 2009 and 2010, Mr. Bajnai served as Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary, leading the crisis management government as a non-partisan technocrat. Prior to this, from 2006 he was appointed a Government Commissioner in charge of the National Development Plan; then Minister of Local Government and after that Minister of National Development and Economic Affairs.
Between 2000 and 2006, he was CEO of the Wallis Group, a leading Hungarian diversified investment company. Between 1995 and 2000 he was Managing Director and Deputy CEO of CA IB Securities, a renowned investment bank in Hungary. Furthermore, during his 16 years of private sector career before joining government, he participated in the direction of the following companies: Budapest Airport as Chairman; Zwack Unicum Plc as member of the Supervisory Board; Danubius Radio, Graboplast and Rába Plc as member of the Board of Directors; and in 1999 he was a member of the Equinox Private Equity Fund’s Investment Board, in cooperation with Advent International. He graduated at the Budapest University of Economics in 1991.