Katalin Kovácsné Béres (Hungary)

Head of Leadership Giving CEE / CIS / ME, SOS Children’s Villages International

Katalin graduated as an economist and also holds a diploma in communication for electronic media. She has 15 years of retail sales and marketing experience at multinational companies (Shell, Unilever, Sara Lee) and more than 10 years of fundraising experience at an INGO. She is an expert in developing and stewarding partnerships, marketing and cause-related co-operations, customer programmes, loyalty schemes and regional projects. Katalin is a natural leader, a certified business and life coach, and is experienced in leading and advising virtual, international teams and expert networks.

Katalin has been working for SOS Children’s Villages International since 2011 – driving the Leadership Giving fundraising of 29 Member Associations in the CEE/CIS/ME region by advising, supporting and building fundraising capacities, but also by establishing and stewarding regional partnerships. She has vast experience in speaking on stage after organising, hosting and speaking at numerous internal and external fundraising conferences, workshops, partner events and holding online and offline fundraising trainings. Her motto is “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” (Henry Ford)