Balazs Laszlo Karafiath
Yale World Fellow '06
Advisor to the Minister of Economy and Transport, Government of Hungary
As an advisor to Hungary 's Ministry of Economy and Transport, Balazs works to form policies and programs that foster innovation throughout the Hungarian economy. His leadership has helped to ensure that knowledge-based industry initiatives are utilized in government policies. A communications expert, he is helping to build a biotechnology cluster around a promising vaccine for HIV/AIDS. Balazs Laszlo Karafiath 34, is also one of Hungary 's best-known Internet entrepreneurs and has been a key figure in Hungary 's capitalization on information technology as the driving force for growth in its transitional economy. His current focus is on urban community building and bottom-up deliberation through the use of information and communication technology.