Born in London to Hungarian parents, Marta Szigeti Bonifert travelled and studied in China, Ghana, Japan, Kuwait, Sweden and the USA. She has spent more than 20 years working for the environment in various capacities, with organisations such as the Environment Institute and the Ministry of Environment in Hungary. Before joining the REC, she spent 10 years in the business sector, working for multinational companies in various senior roles ranging from head of human resources to commercial director for the CEE region.
She earned a masters in business administration from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, with a focus on strategy and human resources. She also holds a degree in management from the International Management Center of Central European University (CEU), and earned a bachelor of science in psychology/biology from the University of Kuwait.
Marta Szigeti Bonifert is a member of the Environmental Management and Law Association (EMLA), and was its first managing director. She is scientific advisor to Agroinnova/University of Turin Scientific Committee; head of the environmental committee of the Hungarian Business Leaders Forum (HBLF); a member of the board of the ROMASTER Foundation; a member of the EBRD's Environmental and Social Advisory Council (ESAC); a member of the Global Energy Prize jury since 2009; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the CEU Business School Foundation. She is also a trained presenter of The Climate Reality Project, founded by Al Gore.
She became executive director of the REC in May 2003.