About the IHBC

The Irish-Hungarian Business Circle (IHBC) is a not-for-profit, member-based, politically independent organisation established in 2005 to facilitate and develop business and social networks between Ireland and Hungary and within the Irish/Hungarian community as a whole.
 
We are a contact point for Irish businesses interested in setting up in Hungary and for Hungarian businesses wishing to set up in Ireland. We’re not just about business, though. Our aim is to link all Irish people living in Hungary and all Irish companies operating here.
 
An additional focus is on community involvement. We live here, we work here, and we want to contribute to the community. The IHBC is an ideal platform for both cultures to mix and learn from each other.
 
Welcome to our Circle.
 
 

Board of Directors

The board of directors is made up of Irish and Hungarian business people. All roles are voluntary. The organisation relies on generous support from local businesses to ensure all costs are kept to a minimum and monies raised go back in to achieving our goals.

Damien O'Kane

Damien O'Kane

President

Email: d.okane@ihbc.hu
English Speaker

Damien O’Kane moved with his wife Sharon to Budapest in January of 2019 when he took up his post as Director, Financial Services for AVIS Budget Group. Damien has been a member of the IHBC since moving to the city and was elected Treasurer at the AGM in May. Damien is a Chartered Management Accountant, bringing with him years of experience not only of the finance industry but significant experience in finance transformation and the shared service environment. He was born in Derry, Ireland but grew up in Longford. He is hoping to help the IHBC grow not only in Hungary but also the connections back to Ireland. He is a keen golfer and supports Irish Rugby.

Tim O'Sullivan

Tim O'Sullivan

Vice-President

Email: t.osullivan@ihbc.hu
English Speaker

Tim O’Sullivan has been living in Budapest since August 2008 and works at CBRE as Head of the Investment Properties Team. Since moving to Budapest Tim has been a member of the IHBC and served 3 years as Vice-President of IHBC before taking a break and re-joining the IHBC Board in April 2019. Working with both international and domestic real estate investors in the commercial real estate market in CEE and SEE; Tim supports the IHBC with his network and various business connections.

Howard Maxwell

Howard Maxwell

Treasurer

Email: h.maxwell@ihbc.hu
English Speaker

Howard left New York to come to Budapest in 2016 as his wife’s (Felicitas) job transferred here. He is presently working here for International Flavors and Fragrances as a Collections and Accounting Analyst in their GSSC office. Since arriving in Budapest, he has joined the Irish Hungarian Business Network in 2016.

István Kontra

István Kontra

Board Member

Email: i.kontra@ihbc.hu
Hungarian & English Speaker

Istvan is the owner of KontraNet and Safedocs Limited, the MD of Webselect Ltd, and the CTO of Shoployal, MarketingLens Ltd. and JMG Solutions Ltd.
Istvan lived and worked in Ireland for over a decade. He managed his own limited company there doing web development.
He also lived and worked in Canada and the UK for several years. He moved back to Hungary in 2018 where he is originally from.

Gerard Lucey

Gerard Lucey

Board Member

Email: g.lucey@ihbc.hu
English Speaker

 

Steve Jacobs

Steve Jacobs

Board Member

Email: s.jacobs@ihbc.hu
English Speaker

Steve has done a lot of different things. First trained as a marine engineer, he worked as a commercial fisherman and tugboat engineer in Alaska, then 6 years community development work and training director in the Philippines, followed by many years experience in web design and development and other aspects of IT for a small firm in Ireland. He currently lives in a village in Zala County, Hungary, and owns a small web development and hosting company.