picture of Viktor Orbán and Katalin Novák

After Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that he was nominating Katalin Novák to be Hungary’s next President of the Republic at a press conference on Tuesday, HVG wrote up a short biography of her. Novák would be the first woman to hold the position of Hungarian head of state.

Since 2020, Katalin Novák has held the post of Minister without Portfolio for Family Affairs. From 2001-2003 she was a rapporteur at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a Ministerial Adviser at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2010-2012.

In 2013, Novák became a Ministerial Commissioner for Francophone Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while from 2012-2014 she was Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Human Resources (Emmi). From 2014-2020, she was State Secretary for Family and Youth Affairs at Emmi, and since 2018 she has served as a Member of Parliament.

Novák is from from Szeged, has three children, and possesses degrees in economics and law. She reportedly speaks four languages beyond Hungarian: French, German, and English at an advanced level, and Spanish at an intermediate level.

The Prime Minister also said that he was sorry that he would have to say goodbye to current President János Áder, who is term-limited after two terms as head of state.

[HVG][Photo: Viktor Orbán / Facebook]

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By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.