Dr. Zsuzsa Szabados graduated from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Debrecen in 2006, then continued her studies at the Corvinus University of Budapest in the field of law and economics.
Since 2007, she has been working on funding policy, both from a funder and implementation perspective, understanding the theoretical and practical aspects of policy regulation and objectives in relation to national and EU funds.
She started her professional career at MAG – Hungarian Economic Development Centre Ltd., the company in charge of the allocation of EU funds.
Since 2009, she has been actively involved in programmes for the development of SMEs and start-ups, and in the implementation and funding of innovative projects. She is committed to supporting businesses with high innovation potential, and attaches particular importance to sustainable development, green transition and developments in life sciences.
Between 2009 and 2017, she worked at the National Development Agency, the Managing Authority for the Implementation of Economic Development Programmes, and later at the Ministry of National Economy, where she was responsible for the overall planning, coordination and management of EU co-financed R&D projects. Among other things, she was involved in the development of nearly 40 R&D funding schemes, in the decision-making processes for around HUF 600 billion of funding, in the technical implementation of projects and in follow-up. As the technical officer, she supported and closely followed all phases of the ELI Laser Research Centre (ELI-ALPS) large-scale project from preparation to completion.
In 2017, she was appointed Managing Director of the Neumann János Nonprofit Public Benefit Ltd. and later Deputy Managing Director, and was responsible for digitisation, green transition and data assets. Under her professional guidance, the INPUT Programme is developing start-up ecosystems outside the Central Hungary region and the external market penetration of ICT start-ups with high growth potential, as well as the acquisition of supporting competences. Thanks to the programme, 2000 businesses and idea owners received complex business development funding, and more than 400 start-ups were able to showcase their products and services abroad. Under her professional supervision, the Digital Wellbeing Coordination Centre’s Digital Wellbeing Programme has been running a pro bono mentoring network of 1200 people and the National Data Economy Knowledge Centre has been set up.