Mr. Lajos Bartha

director Magyar Nemzeti Bank

He graduated as an economist from Budapest University of Economic Sciences. Firstly, he worked as an auditor, then he was the portfolio manager and later the deputy executive director of Hungarian Asset Management Inc. In 1996 he started to lead the Department of Foreign Exchange at the Central Bank of Financial Institutions, then in 1998 he received the position of Head of Cash Flow Department at Magyar Nemzeti Bank. From 2005 he started to work as a senior expert of payment systems at the Department of Payment Systems of the European Central Bank, and he did the evaluation of payment and securities settlement systems in the euro zone and he managed cash flow issues of the accession process of Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta.  In November 2007, he became the Head of the cash flow and securities settlement area at the MNB. Since 2010 he has been working as the chairman of the domestic project management committee coordinating the implementation of daily transfers. The specific department lead by him deals with the regulation and the supervision of cash flow, the surveillance of payments and securities settlement systems, and with the coordination of these systems and the development of cash flow among other things. He is the representative of Hungary in the committee of the European Central Bank dealing with cash flow. He is a member of the supervisory board at KELER Zrt., BÉT Zrt. and GIRO Zrt.