February 13, 1949 |
Decs, Hungary, Hungary
Kenyeres studied at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics from 1969 to 1973. From 1973, he worked at Hungarian electrical manufacturer Tungsram, where he was involved in project management, coordination of production and investments. Following periods spend in America and Japan, he became responsible for semiconductor technology.
From 1978, he was chairman of Burginvest Rt. and oversaw the organization and financing of housing complexes. His name is associated with the concept of the Budapest city center. His work included the realization of the Mammut Shopping and Entertainment Centers projects from 1995 – and he continues to be chairman of the stock company and Mammut management board to this day.
In 2002, he founded the academic Talentum Prize for Central and Eastern Europe's outstanding young scientists and researchers. The Talentum Academy Prize was founded for outstandingly gifted young scientists and researchers in Central and Eastern Europe. The purpose of this initiative is to give moral recognition and financial support to young researchers who are particularly talented. Mr. Kenyeres sees the support of young scientists, scholars and researchers of outstanding intellect and creativity as an important task. It is particularly true for programs and social and cultural achievements that yield special benefits to society and serve the development of the region or the improvement of the quality of life. Talentis Program Talentis Group has launched a unique knowledge-based regional development programme including educational, research and development, business, residential, leisure as well as environmental development projects in one of the most dynamically developing districts of the metropolitan Budapest at the heart of the Zsámbék Basin. The concluded, ongoing and scheduled projects offer excellent investment opportunities and are profitable enterprises. The estimated value of all Talentis projects amounts to EUR 12 Billion.
Specialist areas of interest
Kenyeres has been involved in a large number of important regional development and quality of life and environmental improvement projects as part of a broader concept to position Hungary as a regional hub. Kenyeres is a guest professor at Corvinus University in Budapest, where he gives lectures on regional development.
Main areas of work and investment projects:
- several study tours around the world (1990-91, 2001-2 and 2009) as an internationally recognized businessman
- planning of the Buda city center
- Mammut shopping center
- Talentis Program
- EC Cup Foundation
Significant supporter of culture and science. Creator and initiator of many of the projects he has been involved in.
- Graduated as an electrical engineer from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 1973.
- Continued his work in Silicon Valley, USA, in 1976, and in Japan in 1977.
- Started his own business ventures in 1978.
- He worked as a fashion designer from 1982 to 1990.
- He spent much of 1990 and 1991 on a study tour around the world.
- Planning and realization of property developments (e.g. Mammut) from 1992 to 1995.
In 1995, he began planning the redevelopment of the Buda town centre in Budapest Hungary, during which time he was also involved in significant community, social and public developments in addition to his business interests. As part of this project, the Mammut shopping center, a 120,000 square meter commercial, office, entertainment and public facilities complex, was completed in 2000.
In 2002, he founded the academic Talentum Prize to support young science talent in the Carpathian Basin.
In 2003, he was the main sponsor and speaker at the World Science Forum in Budapest, where he introduced projects aimed at establishing a central European equivalent to Silicon Valley as part of the Talentis program.
Implementation of the program began in 2005, as a result of which five projects were successfully completed.
As he launched his business career with barely any starting capital, he maintains strong social links to poorer sections of society, which have influenced all aspects of his life, career and decision-making.
In 2001-2, he embarked on a worldwide study tour, as a result of which he founded the Talentis Program. The creation of a project to promote Central European talent and knowledge was very important to him as he believes this is the future of the region.
In 2009, he went on a further worldwide study tour to aid his understanding of the effects of the global financial crisis, and to identify potential responses and solutions. As a result of this, the concept of the Eurasia Circle for Cultural Understanding, EC Cup, a collaboration between Eurasia and Africa, was born in 2010. This was founded on the firm belief that a successful future can only be achieved through close collaboration between these three continents.
In February 2011, he founded the EC Cup Foundation in London with two creative partners (the world-famous professors Zoltán J. Ács and Imre B. Kovács).
The first EC Cup project was established in 2011, when Europe first paid tribute to the World Wide China Society with a major cultural and artistic event (The Cultural Bridge China-Europe).
Once the idea of closer collaboration between the three continents had been born, it became important alongside the EC Cup's worldwide research to find a suitable venue to represent the history, culture and fellowship of the three continents. They selected Cyprus for its spirituality and as a meeting point of cultures through the centuries.
Regional development projects, the improvement of life and environmental quality; the idea of Hungary as a regional centre. Quality-based thinking – based on the triple unity of tradition, science and culture – has been central to his life.