Attila Chikán is university professor, Full Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. His research areas are national and firm competitiveness, business policy, and logistics. He is Founding Principal of Rajk László College for Advanced Studies (Director 1970-2010, President since then). Minister of Economic Affairs in 1998-99, Rector of Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB, 2000-2003). Currently he is Professor Emeritus and Director, Competitiveness Research Center of CUB.
He graduated in Mathematical Planning at the predecessor of Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB; at that time Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences) in 1967. Worked at the Engineering Office of Ministry of Metallurgy and Machinery in 1967-1968, then became Assistant Professor at Karl Marx University where he defended his doctoral dissertation in 1969. Full professor of this same university since 1990. In 1970 he was Founding Director of Rajk László College for Advanced Studies, a unique higher education institution, where he was Director till 2010 and has been President since then. in 1989 he was founding Chairman of the Department of Business Economics of Karl Marx University (later CUB) , and led it until 1998, when he became Minister of Economic Affairs in the first Orbán government. He was Rector of CUB between 2000 and 2003, and Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors of the Prime Minister between 2000 and 2002. Since 2003 he has been Professor of Business Economics and Director of Competitiveness Research Centre at Institute of Business Econmics of CUB. Since 2014 he is Professor Emeritus. He is a member of the Board of Central European University.
His past and present international positions include President, IFPSM (1999-2000), President, Federation of European Production and Industrial Management Societies (1995), Executive Vice President, International Society for Inventory Research (since 1983) and membership in various refereed international journals. He is Honorary Doctor of Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland) and Babes-Bolyai University (Cluj, Romania). He has a number of decorations for professional and public activity, including the Garner Themoin Award of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM), the Life Time Achievement Award of the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA) and The Middle Cross of the Order of Merits of the Hungarian Republic. (Source)