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Csorjan

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Csorjan

Ad-Hoc Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
As an interim (freelancer) investment promotion specialist, I’m involved in the broader economic development project planning and implementation of Hajduboszormeny, Hungary, for the 2014-2020 budget cycle. The local economic development includes not just investment promotion project and industrial park developments, but cluster-based career orientation project, city-level cultural diplomacy, tech foreign language education for skilled job seekers etc. Through these projects I have the chance to watch into the urban development ecosystem and understand the main drivers. I’m also involved as a trainer into the start-up phase of municipality-owned EDC Debrecen Urban and Economic Development Center, with a special focus on investment promotion and local economic development.
B1. Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates more than 2 years of experience with integrated and sustainable urban development (e.g. 9 years of experience as regional director of the Hungarian Investment and Trade development agency).
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
In 2004, when Hungary (and Central- and Eastern Europe) accessed to the EU, I worked for the ITD Hungary, the national investment promotion agency of Hungary. With my colleagues I took part in more transnational exchange events, where EU-15 experts were so kind to share knowledge about project development, operating programmes and other EU regional policy related topics. Furthermore, in 2008, I took part in an innovation policy and start-up ecosystem development seminar in Orleans, France, organized by regional development agencies like the Northern Great Plain Regional Development Agency, Hungary.
B2. Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides one significant transnational activity that demonstrates understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
I have a local economic development blog in English: www.businessparkinstitute.com which supports local economic development professionals to prospect potential investors. The half of my blog readers and commenters are native English speaking Americans. Regarding my oral skills, for international companies and for potential investors, it’s natural to communicate in English. That’s why I’m an experienced communicator in English - my quite good German language skills were down because I have been talking English also with German partners. My oral and presentation skills were being maintained with more English communication trainings
B3. Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates sufficient proficiency in English (e.g. blog in English: www.businessparkinstitute.com and confirmation by two reference persons).

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Local Economic Development
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I am dealing with investment promotion since 2002: as the branch manager and later as regional director of national investment promotion agency (ITD Hungary), I was responsible for the investment promotion of Northern Great Plain Region, Hungary. Since 2011 (when the ITD was shut down by a new government) I worked for the investment promotion of more Hungarian locations like Debrecen, Hajduboszormeny, Polgar, Karcag. As an investment promotion specialist, in the last 13 year I was involved into the following activities: fdi project acquisition, site selection support, investment project implementation, after care, teaching, coaching, reporting, economic development blogging, educational document writing.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrated more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice and research (e.g. 9 years of experience as regional director of the Hungarian Investment and Trade development agency and editor in local economic development blog).
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
My blog (www.businessparkinstitute.com) goals the online education of local economic development professionals worldwide, focusing on investment promotion and city branding issues, global economic challenges and potential responses by economic development experts, and last but not least: advancing the content creation and distribution skills of my readers. I’m involved as a trainer into the start-up phase of municipality-owned EDC Debrecen Urban and Economic Development Center, with a special focus on investment promotion. I organize workshops (in English) about the theme, and after workshops I coach the EDC employees to deepen their knowledge
D2 Assessment: 
1: Provided less than two valid examples that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved. However, the overall experience of the candidate would suggest that he possesses such an ability.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
I am not just an economic development blogger, but I am active on SlideShare.net. I was in the top 5% most viewed content provider of SlideShare users in 2014 (and in top 2% in 2013). My “SlideDocs” (documents in presentation format) provide insights into some urban investment promotion activities, advancing these skills of economic development professionals: The fabulous search engines and your city branding http://www.slideshare.net/csorjan/the-fabulous-search-engines-and-your-city-branding Economic development blogging: an ultimate guide http://www.slideshare.net/csorjan/economic-development-blogging-an-ultimate-guide How to support industrial site selection with SlideShare presentations http://www.slideshare.net/csorjan/how-to-support-industrial-site-selection-with-slide-share-presentations The ultimate guide to FDI project acquisition http://www.slideshare.net/csorjan/the-ultimate-guide-to-fdi-project-acquisition
D3 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides two examples that demonstrate his ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
I was involved in the design of ITD Hungary’s “Local Governments Committed to Investments” program, which provided trainings and information materials for Hungarian cities looking for foreign direct investors. As a regional director, I delivered to the program design the understanding of municipalities, and through my extended network I delivered the promotion of the new program.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides more than one relevant example that demonstrates his understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness raising.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I am dealing with investment promotion since 2002, as a colleague of the national investment promotion agency (ITD Hungary) and later as an independent investment promotion consultant. From the beginning I work with cities, as the ‘products’ of investment promotion, and I took part in 300+ corporate site selection projects focusing on city-level solutions. My blog (www.businessparkinstitute.com) goals the online education of local economic development professionals worldwide, focusing on investment promotion and city branding issues, global economic challenges and potential responses by economic development experts, and last but not least: advancing the content creation and distribution skills of my readers. I’m involved as a trainer into the start-up phase of municipality-owned EDC Debrecen Urban and Economic Development Center, with a special focus on investment promotion. I organize workshops (in English) about the theme, and after workshops I coach the EDC employees to deepen their knowledge. I am not just an economic development blogger, but I am active on SlideShare.net. My “SlideDocs” (documents in presentation format) provide comprehensive insights into urban investment promotion activities, advancing these skills of economic development professionals. I have two university MSc degrees (economics and business administration; law).
Assessment: 
The candidate meets 4 out of 4 criteria and should be validated for this theme. Dr. Csorjan has deep knowledge on attracting FDIs and establishing industrial parks. There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and the CV.

Informations

Residence location:
Hungary
Languages:
Hungarian - Mother tongue
Foreign Languages level: 
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Email:
csorjan@businessparkinstitute.com
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