About Ervin Laszlo
Founder and President of the Club of Budapest, Ervin Laszlo is the author of forty-five books that have been translated into as many as twenty languages. One of the leading figures in the fields of systems philosophy and general evolution theory, Laszlo is also noted for his work in the futures and management field. He lectures worldwide, and he presently serves as Visiting Professor at the University of Stuttgart, Germany.
He is author of You Can Change The World, a handbook for responsible living that is required reading for the global citizen for the 21st century. A combination of timely observation and timeless wisdom, this book points the way back to a world of sustainability and sanity.
About the Club of Budapest
The Club of Budapest was founded in 1993 by Prof. Dr. Ervin Laszlo. The city of the foundation, the namesake of the Club, lies at the heart of Europe and is spread out over both banks of the River Danube. The successful merging of the two cities Buda and Pest is symbolized by the famous Chain Bridge. It visualizes our ambition to build bridges between generations and cultures. Therefore, it was selected as the logo and signet for the objectives of the Club.
The dynamics of our work are promoted by three main dialog groups - the Honorary Members , the Creative Members and the Ambassadors . Here, personalities with outstanding life achievements meet young talents and visionaries. Sir Peter Ustinov, Vaclav Havel or Peter Gabriel, for example, meet talented film makers, musicians, or web designers. The main focus of our global efforts is on the initiation of the cultural dialog of generations.
A lot has happened since the founding year 1993. The Club of Budapest was launched in May 1996 at an international conference in Budapest. Yehudi Menuhin opened the meetings by conducting the Hungarian symphony orchestra, and then addressed the guests in company of Sir Peter Ustinov and other eminent personalities.
About Dr. Vinod Bhalla
Dr. Vinod Bhalla is the president of Exchange Technologies International and Businessman of the Year 2003 in the United States. He is also director of the Bhalla MRI Research Laboratory at the University of Maryland's College of Health and Human Performance.
After attending the University of Delhi in India, Dr. Bhalla received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Neurophysiology from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MBA degree at the John Hopkins School of Medicine.
As Chairman of the Medical, Surgical and Dental subcommittee he undertook the first US Medical Diplomatic Mission in Southeast Asia. During his time as the Medical Ambassador of this subcommittee he installed the very first and second MRI in India and the first MRI in both Thailand and China. Dr. Bhalla has also served on councils and committees for the University of Maryland, the World Health Organization and the United States Department of Commerce.
In 2003 he has been awarded as Businessman of the Year in the USA. He is Ambassador of the Club of Budapest International since January 2003.
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