Katalin Bogyay was born in Székesfehérvár, Hungary. Bogyay graduated from Economics at the Corvinus University of Budapest (formerly the Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences), holds a postgraduate diploma in Arts Journalism and a Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Westminster, London, U.K. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate(D.Litt) by the Glasgow University, U.K.
 Professional career
Following the fall of communism, in 1990 she became the first Hungarian television personality to be awarded a Know How Fund Scholarship to study media in democracy at the BBC.
In 1994, with another scholarship from the British Government, she received a Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Westminster and in 1995 she studied Counseling at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation.
Bogyay started her career as a theatre and music critic, later becoming a presenter, producer and senior editor of Music and the Arts at the Hungarian National Television (Magyar Televízió or MTV). After hosting many concert galas and interviewing celebrities from all over the world, she hosted her own show, 'Katalin Bogyay and her Guests.'
She went on to become an international broadcaster and documentary film-maker, working throughout the 1990s as an independent producer based in London notably for European Business News, BBC Radio, Global Vision Network, MTV, Danube TV. In 1999 she led the UNESCO Communication Campaign for the World Conference on Science.
Bogyay has also written and published four books: Dajka (1989), In Memoriam Pilinszky (1990), My Meetings in the World (1996), which covers some of the global figures she has interviewed, and The Voice of Freedom (2006), which features interviews concerning the 1956 revolution.
Márta Mészáros made a documentary film about her in London,in 2002 ("Woman and Politics"), László Hollós made a film about her in Paris, in 2012, ("My Beloved Place: Paris") and Hedvig Dvorszky wrote an interview book about her in 2010 ("In the Service of Hungarian Culture").
 Political career
In 1999 she became a diplomat and began working for the Hungarian Ministry for Culture. As Director General she opened the Hungarian Cultural Centre in 1999 in the heart of London's Covent Garden. The Centre was uniquely and recognisably successful in putting Hungary on the cultural map of the United Kingdom.
To mark Hungary's entrance into the EU in 2004, Bogyay masterminded Magyar Magic, a seventeen-month-long festival celebrating Hungarian talent throughout Britain under the dual patronage of Her Majesty the Queen and the President of the Republic of Hungary.
She gave a platform to over two thousand Hungarian and British artists in a cross cultural bridge-building exercise and organised more than five hundred events with more than 300 British partner organizations. The audience for these in Britain alone topped one million. Before her departure from London in 2006 HRH The Prince of Wales noted that "Hungary is lucky to have you back and London will miss you a lot!"
In the course of her multifaceted activities she has become convinced that her bridge-building philosophy and approach can be extended to other key countries as well as to the fields of science and education, which today are becoming increasingly interlinked with culture.
In 2007 Bogyay was selected by the London School of Economics and the Financial Times Business as one of the Top 50 thinkers for a publication: EU The Next Fifty Years. In her invited editorial she wrote about the new European cultural space.
In 2007 she represented Eastern, Central and Southern Europe as one of the deputy chairpersons of the Cultural Committee at the UNESCO's General Conference. In 2009 she served as one of the vice presidents of the 35th General Conference of the UNESCO.
Her educational interests include the Liszt Academy Network, which she co-founded and launched at Kensington Palace with the support of HRH Prince Charles in 2001.
Between July 2006 and April 2009 Bogyay served as the State Secretary for International Affairs at the Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture.
Since September 2009 she has been based in Paris as Hungary's Ambassador to UNESCO.
On 5 October 2011 UNESCO's Executive Board unanimously proposed Ms Bogyay as President of UNESCO's 36th General Conference.
On 25 October 2011 the General Conference unanimously elected Ms Bogyay as President of UNESCO's 36th General Conference. Ms Bogyay succeeded Davidson L. Hepburn (Commonwealth of The Bahamas) who presided the 35th session.
Her husband is a graduate of Eötvös Loránd University and currently a non-practising lawyer and her son is a graduate of the University of Durham and The College of Law and is currently a trainee solicitor at an international law firm in the City of London.
 Awards and recognition
In 2005 she was awarded the Knight's Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary for her contribution to international culture. In 2009 she was awarded the Aphelandra Prize for her work in cultural diplomacy. On 28 June 2012 the University of Glasgow awarded Ms Bogyay the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters(D.Litt.) for her work in building cultural links between Hungary and Scotland, as well as promoting cultural diversity and cultural diplomacy throughout the world.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in London and a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (FWAAS). She is a Honorary Fellow of the Imago-International Multi-Lingual Psychotherapy Centre in London. Bogyay is an International Advisor to the Institute for Global and European Studies(IGES- Corvinus University, Budapest- Institute for Social and European Studies (ISES), Kőszeg). She is an International Board Member of The Global Round Table(GRT).
- Hungary's EU Presidency
- H.E. Katalin Bogyay, President of the General Conference of UNESCO meets H.E. Irving Levance of EDU
- Hungarian Ministry for Foreign Affairs
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
- UNESCO President of the General Conference
- Magyarorszag.hu - Government Portal
- Hungarian Cultural Centre in London
- Magyar Magic