From 2009 to 2014, Ms. Bogyay served as her country’s Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and from 2011 to 2013 as President of UNESCO’s General Conference.
From 2006 to 2009, she was Hungary’s State Secretary for International Affairs for Education and Culture, and from 1999 to 2006, Founding Director of the Hungarian Cultural Centre in London.
Prior to entering government, Ms. Bogyay had a distinguished career as an international television broadcaster, film producer and writer.
She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom and the World Academy of Art and Science in the United States. She is also an international advisor to iASK- Institute of Advanced Studies (Kőszeg, Hungary), to the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (Berlin, Germany) as well as President of its Cultural Diplomacy and Arts programme of ICD, and steering committee member of World Science Forum.
The author of several books and publications, she is also a guest lecturer and speaker at universities and international conferences.
Ambassador Bogyay holds a master’s degree in economics from Corvinus University of Budapest, and a Master of Arts in international communications from the University of Westminster, United Kingdom. Ambassador Bogyay received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from University of Glasgow, United Kingdom and an Honorary Doctorate of Social Sciences from University of Pannonia, Hungary.
Ambassador Bogyay is a recipient of several high honors, including the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary for her services to Hungarian and international culture and innovative work in cultural diplomacy (2014), the Tree of Peace of UNESCO for her leadership in political, intercultural and interfaith dialogue (2014), the Nehru Gold Medal of UNESCO for her presidency in UNESCO (2013), the Hungarian Chain Bridge Award for her services to Hungarian foreign affairs (2013), the Grand Cross of the Order of Sahametrei by King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia for intercultural cooperation (2013), Officer of the Order of Leopold by King Albert II of Belgium (2008), Aphelandra, a humanitarian prize (2009) and the Knight's Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary for her contribution to international culture (2005). Ms. Bogyay was awarded a Diploma of Honour by the member states of UNESCO for her services in the development of international understanding.
During her years at the UN, Ambassador Bogyay received the “Women of Distinction 2017 – Global Leadership Award in Social Justice/Development” by the Celebrating Women International in 2017.
She also received the Meaningful World Peace Award and the “Spirit of the UN – 2017” Award of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concern on the occasion of the United Nations Day in 2017.
Ambassador Bogyay was given a special recognition by NGOCSW-NY for her contribution as a woman leader in the UN, and received the Global Citizenship Award from the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation for embodying the characteristics of honor, intelligence, benevolence, and integrity in 2016.
Her husband is a retired Hungarian lawyer. Their son practices law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in the City of London, U.K.