The mission of the Children’s Nutrition Fund (CNF) is to provide food and education for children who would otherwise have to go without in Central-Eastern Europe. Firstly in Hungary, and eventually within the entire region.
Founder, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Király, a successful entrepreneur, a major Hungarian philanthropist, writer, and poet, graduated from Ybl Miklós Institute of Architecture in 1980 with a degree in civil engineering. From 1985 he began to manage several different architectural firms of his own.
In 2003, after the egalitarian communist system fell, it became clear to him that the regime change has left a vast number of people unable to handle the conditions of the newborn Capitalism. The grim reality that several thousands of children were going to be starving because their parents could not afford proper food for them started to dawn on him. Therefore, he founded the Children’s Nutrition Fund (GYEA) of Hungary together with lawyer Eszter Fekete.
The Fund grew quickly, and now it is one of the best known and respected charities in the country: 89% of Hungarians have heard about it and its approval index is over 94%.
Yet, since the beginning of the economic crisis the donations have been steadily decreasing, as donors have themselves had to deal with financial difficulties.
This is why Gábor Király, president of GYEA, having faith in the American Dream and the generosity of the American People, founded CNF in 2012 as an Independent Charity under California jurisdiction.
Martha Pardavi-Horvath, Ph.D.
Professor of Engineering and Applied Science
Member of the Board
Professor Pardavi-Horvath is an internationally recognized scientist in the field of nanotechnology, magnetism, electromagnetism, information storage, and microwave technology. She has published over 200 refereed articles in scientific periodicals; over 250 conference presentations; about 80 invited lectures; she is the author and co-editor of 20 research reports, and several books.
She started her scientific career at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In 1985 she accepted a position at the Ohio State University Physics Department. In 1989 she joined The George Washington University as a full Professor of Engineering and Applied Science. She was appointed to many administrative committees of GWU, and from 2006 to 2012 she served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, managing all matters related to academics, curricula, research, and students affairs.
Her service extends to professional communities, and international engineering education activities. She is on the Administrative Committees and/or Editorial Boards of all most important professional publications, member of numerous domestic and international review boards. She has traveled all over the world, giving invited lectures on her field of interest. Recently she received a Distinguished Lectureship Award to give a series of professional talks in Brazil. She is active in outreach activities to promote education of underrepresented groups.
Managing Director, Member of the Board
A well-known journalist, reporter and commentator, Mr Barát graduated from the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Relations in 1977 with a degree in international journalism. He was a foreign correspondent in Moscow and in New York City of Radio Hungary, the public station of the country. For some time he served as editor in chief of the Department of International Information of Radio Hungary.
After 2003 he worked as anchor for Klubradio as well as editor and columnist for the weekly magazine 168 Óra. He joined the team of GYEA in 2013.
Mr. Barát has published a well-read book on the Soviet Union,( Turning the Star, in Hungarian Csillagforduló, 1988) and on the USA (America – still a dream, Amerika álom maradt, 2005).