Balazs Furjes is the Director at EIT Health InnoStars. He is responsible for partners in Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, Portugal and Wales (UK). In addition, he is in charge of the development of innovation ecosystems in 20 cities around Eastern, Central and Southern Europe.

Prior to this he successfully launched sustainable business models involving businesses, NGOs and government. He has 20+ years of experience in the competitive business environment on the executive and board level. He was the CEO of Századvég Economic Research, the leading policy think tank in Hungary, and president of the state-owned National Asset Management company. Before that he worked in energy, telecommunications and at The Boston Consulting Group. He holds degrees from INSEAD (MBA), the Technical University of Budapest (engineering), ELTE (law).