Title/Position: Vice President for Development
Number of years at CEU: 1,5
Home city/town & country: Like anyone who moves around, I always have a hard time answering this question. I like to remember childhood hometowns in Bahrain and the Netherlands but have lived longest in the U.S. (in different parts of Texas) and moved here from New York.
What’s your favorite Hungarian food?
Stuffed cabbage, and just about everything in the farmer's markets. Budapest is fantastic for fresh veggies and fruits. I also feel, as I've heard some colleagues say, that it's my patriotic duty to consume at least one glass of Hungarian wine per day.
Whose works of art or design have had the greatest impression on you?
Wangechi Mutu (Kenya), Shahzia Sikander (Pakistan), Mona Hatoum (Lebanon), Milica Tomic (Serbia), Marie Lorenz (US), and many more. I was privileged to work with incredible visual artists while I was working for an international artist residency and exhibition program called Artpace. Part of what I like about Budapest is how this city values arts and culture as a vibrant part of daily life.
What’s your favorite language, whether you speak it or not?
Icelandic, the language of my grandmother.
What’s your hidden skill or talent?
The one thing I've ever been naturally good at is traditional Japanese paper-making.
What’s your favorite quote or idiom?
Anything my niece or nephews say. They're eminently quotable.
What do you like to do best on Sundays?
Cycle, swim, walk, explore... Ideally with friends, and topped off with an extravagant Sunday salad - a new tradition my husband and I began this summer for a healthful start to the week. We've been amazed at how easily a simple salad can turn into a proper feast.
Which is your favorite building, park, museum, or public spot in Budapest?
Love the park on Gellert Hill and Budapest's many swimming pools. Now that winter's on the way, I'll be pulling out my ice skates to get ready for the opening of the Varosliget Ice Rink -- what a gorgeous way to spend a frosty evening.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Did I mention Hungarian wine already?
What is your favorite or most visited website or blog?
I'm always scouring foodie sites for good recipes and restaurant tips--from magazines like Bon Appetit and Gourmet's recipe archives to the NYTimes and Guardian food & travel sections to blogs like smittenkitchen.com.
Name one adventure you’d like to have:
As often as possible, a walk in the woods. Recently did this in the arboretum at Pannonhalma, which I highly recommend. Beautiful, peaceful surrounds (not to mention the Abbey's great restaurant and winery are just a stone's throw away).