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I think the most important value is to live our lives with faith and conviction and to do our work that way.

Novák Katalin - Curriculum Vitae

Born on September 6, 1977 in Szeged. Married to economist István Veres. They raise three children Ádám, Tamás and Kata. Her parents and her brother are doctors. During her university studies she lived in Budapest, and after graduation she settled down there with her husband. Her birth town has always remained important to her.


She is one of the creators of the unique Hungarian family policy idea and model, and has been leading this field within the government for the past two terms; first as Minister of State and later as a Cabinet Minister. During her term in office, the notion of family policy, the actual governmental measures and, consequently, the Hungarian demographic trends have undergone a remarkable transformation.

She is the editor of the volumes Family Friendly Turn 2010-2018, Family Friendly Decade 2010-2020, and „…What is ours” 50 Writings on the Family. She is the creator of the Stipendium Peregrinum scholarship programme. On her initiative, 2018 was celebrated as the Year of the Family in Hungary. 

  • 10 May 2022 –
    President of Hungary
  • 2020 –2021
    Minister for Families
  • 2018 – 2022
    Member of Parliament (FIDESZ – Hungarian Civic Alliance)President,
    Franco-Hungarian Friendship Group, Hungarian National Assembly
  • 2018 – 2020
    Chair of the Cabinet for Demographic and Family Affairs, FIDESZ-KDNP party alliance
  • 2017 – 2021
    Vice-president of FIDESZ – Hungarian Civic Alliance
  • 2014 – 2020
    Minister of State for Family and Youth Affairs, Ministry of Human Capacities
  • 2016 – 2017
    Minister of State for International Affairs, Ministry of Human Capacities
  • 2013 – 2014
    Ministerial Commissioner for Francophone Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 2012 – 2014
    Chief of Staff to the Minister for Human Capacities
  • 2010 – 2012
    Advisor to the Minister – Cabinet of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 2003 – 2010
    Years spent at home raising children
  • 2001 – 2003
    Government official in various positions, among them in the field of Hungarian EU-accession, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 1999 – 2004
    University of Szeged, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, 
    Université Paris X, Nanterre, legal training on community and French law
  • 1996 – 2001
    Budapest University of Economy and Public Administration,
    Faculty of International Relations, Degree in Economics
    (Major: European studies, Minor: environmental management)
  • 2023
    The Order of Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Premium Class (Kingdom of Bahrain)
  • 2022
    Grand Collar of the Order of Prince Henry (State Award of Portugal)
  • 2021
    Milotai Nyilas István Award
  • 2021
    Sir Thomas More Award
  • 2020
    Commander’s Cross of Valour of the Republic of Poland
  • 2019
    Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (French Legion of Honour)
  • 2019
    Primus in Agendo (The First to act) professional award of the Ministry of Family of Poland
  • 2019
    Popovics Award, Hungarian National Bank
  • 2017
    Akócsi Ágnes Award, Association of Hungarian Nurseries
  • 2016
    “Luchador por la Familia”(“Fighter for Families”) Award, Associació Plataforma per la Família Catalunya

She has been given several other national and international awards in acknowledgement of her professional work.

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A reformed Christian.

An enthustiastic runner, she has already completed a marathon. She is a good skier, likes to bake, to go to the theatre and to the cinema. She has a passion for board games. A few years ago her family found a new companion in their adopted dog, Pogó.

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