Veronika Polgar is the Security and Operations Manager for Democracy International’s SUCCESS Program in South Sudan. Ms. Polgar is a risk management professional with a diverse background in providing safety, security, and operational support to both international organizations and private sector entities on all organizational levels and in various contexts, including fragile and conflict affected environments.
Prior to joining DI, she has worked for NGOs, a risk management consultancy, and the UN. Her key responsibilities in her previous positions were centered on designing global risk management frameworks, providing risk advisory and political analysis, creating and implementing safety and security risk management procedures, and delivering training courses, such as operating in hostile environments, travel safety, and security and crisis management.
During her time working for UNDP in Kosovo, she conducted research in the fields of countering violent extremism and contested sovereignty; and assisted the development of a positioning paper on protracted conflicts.
For almost two years, she worked at the South Sudan program of Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe e.V, where she managed organizational safety and security structures and elements of operations.
Ms. Polgar holds an M.A. in Post-war Recovery Studies from the University of York (UK) and a B.A. in International Relations from Szechenyi University (Hungary). She also attended various specialized courses on human rights, elements of security risk management, and psychosocial support.
She is fluent in Hungarian and speaks basic French.