Ambassador Istvan Gyarmati is currently, among others, CEO of the International Centre for Democratic Transition. He was chairman of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, member of the Board of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, has been Senior Political Adviser of the Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, member of numerous boards, including the NATO Defense College Foundation, the Belgrade Centre for Political Excellence. He has a distinguished career in the Hungarian diplomatic service as Head of the Hungarian Delegation to the OSCE, Chair of the Task Force of The Hungarian OSCE Presidency, Director General for Seícurity Policy, etc. He also served as Head of OSCE Missions to Georgia and Chechnya, Undersecretary of Defense, Senior Vice President of the EastWest Institute. In February-March 2004, Head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Monitoring Mission in Moldova.

Amb. Gyarmati holds an MBA, a doctorate in Political Science and a Ph.D. of Strategic Studies. He is professor at the Zrinyi Miklos National Defense University, the ELTE University and the Eszterhazy Karoly University. He is author of numerous publications on security policy, European security, conflict management and Hungarian defense policy.