Ferenc Pongrácz, Member of the Presidium of the Hungarian Economic Association and President of the IT Section of the MKT, takes up the position of Regional Director of EIT Health InnoStars from 15 August. In recent years, Ferenc Pongrácz has worked as Director of Business Development for IBM Southeast Europe and then as Managing Director for Innovation at Tungsram Group. He was the fifteenth President of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham). He currently serves on the Innovation Board of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office.

EIT Health InnoStars, founded in 2015, is one of the eight geographical areas of EIT Health. It covers half of Europe, including Hungary, Italy, Poland and Portugal, as well as additional regions included in the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme – Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Romania.

Headquartered in Budapest, EIT Health InnoStars brings together 25 Core and Associate Partners. Together with them, we are focused on promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and education in the domain of healthcare, healthy living and active ageing, also we are concentrating on closing the gap between regions that are leaders in innovation and those regions which are still progressing.

We congratulate Ferenc Pongrácz on his appointment and wish him every success and good health in his work.

(Photo: Ferenc Pongrácz – right – with Nobel Laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz at the World Congress of Economists in Mexico City)