During its April 7 meeting in Budapest, the CEU Board of Trustees elected Richard Blum, Attila Chikan and Antonio Foglia as new members. Brief biographies follow. The list of the Board of Trustees of Central European University is accessible at https://www.ceu.hu/about/organization/governance/board-of-trustees.
Richard C. Blum is chairman and president of Richard C. Blum & Associates, Inc., the general partner of Blum Capital Partners, L.P., a long-term strategic equity investment management firm. Blum currently serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of global real estate services company CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. He is also a director of Pacific Alliance Group Holdings, Ltd. and Fairmont Raffles Holding International. Blum is former chairman of the University of California Board of Regents, where he continues to serve as a Regent, as well as chairman of the board for the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He also serves as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank Economic Advisory Council, President Obama’s Global Development Council, and the National Democratic Institute’s Board of Directors. Blum founded the American Himalayan Foundation and Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the Honorary Consul of Nepal. Also, Blum serves on the Board of Trustees of these not-for-profits: The American Cancer Foundation, The Brookings Institution, California Academy of Sciences, The Carter Center, Glide Foundation, and The Wilderness Society. Blum earned both his B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2006 he received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of San Francisco’s McLaren College of Business. Most recently, he was awarded the Haas School of Business’ Lifetime Achievement Award.
Attila Chikan is a university professor at Corvinus University in the Budapest Institute of Business Economics and the Department of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. He is a corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. His fields of research include business economics, corporate competitiveness, and logistics. He studied mathematical planning at Corvinus University (then Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences) and earned his Dr. Univ. degree in 1969. He was the founding principal of the Rajk Laszlo College for Advanced Studies in 1970. He served as Hungary’s Minister of Economy between 1989 and 1999. From 2000 to 2003 he was the Rector of Corvinus University. He received the degree of Doctor of Economic Sciences honoris causa from the University of Babes-Bolyai, Romania in 2003 and the degree of Doctor of Science in Engineering honoris causa from Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland, in 2008. His board memberships include chairmanship of the Audit Board of Richter Gedeon Plc. and deputy chairmanship of the Supervisory Board of MOL Plc. He was chairman of the Supervisory Board of Collegium Budapest until 2012.
Antonio Foglia received a degree in economics from Bocconi University. Foglia serves as a board member of his family’s Banca del Ceresio Group and was chairman of its Executive Committee until 2010. He is a member of the advisory committee of the Group's hedge funds. He holds several other directorships and advisory positions with funds, private companies, and foundations. He frequently writes about finance in Italy’s leading newspapers and has been nominated to the Scientific Committee of Italy’s Confindustria for 2013-14.