Tampere Ambassador: Ferenc Márkus

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Budapest, the lovely capital of Hungary

What would you like to tell about yourself?
I found myself being a networking personality. I even enjoy sometimes being the hub of the net. If you asked me what I am the proudest of in my life, without thinking I would say that: my friends. Having so great people surrounding me, probably I am not a bad person either.

What makes Tampere special for you?
I arrived at Tampere in autumn 2001 for a 4-months Erasmus scholarship to write my master’s thesis. After a few days, I knew I want to expand my stay there. So I started PhD studies (never finished) and research work at TUT. Throughout the 4 more years I spent in Tampere I made plenty of friendships, became member of the rowing club, TUT’s choir. So Tampere has become my home. Even though I moved back to Budapest, Tampere always will be my second home.

Tell about your professional activities?
After graduating as a civil engineer from Budapest University of Technology, I started research work at Tampere University of Technology. When returning to Hungary in 2006 I worked for Finnagora (Finnish institute in Hungary) for a year, that made me have a strong bond to the local Finnish business life and society. In 2007 I returned to my learned field, to the construction industry and launched the Hungarian representative office of Finnish Peikko Corporation. Since the end of 2016 I work for CÉH Group, a Hungarian owned building and bridge design office (one of the top 3 in Hungary), as business development manager. We have made the first steps to open to the Finnish market.

What is your involvement in international activities?
My Tampere experience has connected me with people from all around the world. Many of those friendships, business contacts are still alive. I believe that international cooperation is not only a business benefit but is also the key to understanding and building a happier, more prosperous Europe and world.

What is your mission as a Tampere Ambassador?
With the network I have on both Tampere and Budapest sides I am glad to build bridges between. Being it business or culture, I usually have an idea, who to ask.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
Tampere is on the right track, even though I don’t live there anymore :) A city with so many talented, smart, young people and the dedication I see, surely will be a successful centre for development. Founded on knowledge, Tampere is on strong bases.