With the founrt edition of Context is coming up in just one week, we are introducing our speakers for the occasion:
The topic being What to do when a crisis hits your business launch, our panel features two recently-launched companies and a legal expert with decades of experience to let you get the most relevant information should you face a similar situation.
If you are interested in these experiences and the legal backgound, register here for free.

But without further ado, please find the profiles of our speakers below.

Judit Budai

Senior Partner
Szecskay Attorneys at Law

Judit is a senior partner and co-manager of the firm. Having joined the firm since its foundation, she has gained broad corporate, M&A, competition, corporate finance, capital markets transactional and regulatory experience from wide range of industry and service area segments.

During the first half of her practice, Judit played both a team member and team leader advisory role in a number of privatization and strategic M&A (both seller and buyer side) deals and IPOs.  Recently Judit is more active in M&A and corporate restructuring or finance transactions for both strategic and financial investors (VC/PE investors and financial institutions), or giving complex corporate structuring advise to innovative start-ups.  Judit also advises business owners and top executives in connection with expanding their businesses and restructuring operation for a more sustainable business model or to help generation exchange or solving shareholders disputes.

Andrew Thompson

Brit-Magyar Bilingual School

Andrew has 35 years leadership and management experience in the Hungary, U.K, Spain and Eastern Europe with large multinational companies such as Pepsico and Masterfoods, non profit organisations such as the American School of Barcelona and smaller entrepreneurial start ups such as the English School of Budapest and Capciti Properties. He started out in senior sales and marketing positions with foot and drink multinationals in the UK and reached CEO positions in Hungary and Eastern Europe with Pepsico Foods and later Candy Plus Europe within a decade.

For the past 15 years, Andrew had been working in private education, first in a role on the International School of Budapest parent board, then as the founder of English School of Budapest. In the past few years, he had been the president of the board of the American School in Barcelona oversseing significant improvements both academically and infrastructurally. His new Budapest-based business, Brit-Magyar Bilingual School is freshly launched and preparing for its first school year currently.

James McQuillan


James McQuillan is the CEO of Kifli.hu, an online grocery business which launched its Hungarian operations in December 2019. Within a few months of launch, it was delivering several thousand orders a day in Budapest. Prior to moving to Hungary, James spent seven years in Bratislava where he ran Tesco Mobile across Central Europe, and has held other senior positions in retail and telecommunications.

Our Moderator
Kinga Kalocsai

Kalocsai Consulting

Kinga Kalocsai has a sound track record in change management, online marketing, PR & communications, digital transformation and go-to market strategies on an EMEA level. A trusted C-suite consultant, with strong business acumen and the right growth mindset.
After 15+ years leadership experience with bluechip companies, Kinga started her consultancy last year and is now supporting SMEs – helping them to dream big and to translate their aspirations into actions with tangible results. She is now working with private healthcare provider FirstMed and has refrences in the ICT and business services industries.
Kinga has been serving on the BCCH Council for 5 years, she was executive sponsor of the BCCH-uSchool Youth Enterprenuer program and designed several stakeholder events to support the Chamber’s key strategies of knowledge transfer to SMEs.