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Our Budapest talks began in 2014, our first events in Eastern Europe, organised by Attila Agod. Since then we have had many speakers including author George Cooper and Izabella Kaminska from the FT.

Past Budapest events

Thalesians Séance (Budapest) — Taylor Spears & Panel — The Sociology of CVA

Taylor Spears

Taylor Spears

A very special thanks to Attila Agod for organising this talk! Our goal is to create a social convergence point for the quantitative financial professionals in Hungary with quarterly events!

Date and Time

7:00 p.m. on Fri 9th October, 2015

7:00 p.m. - Welcome drinks, 8:00 p.m. - Taylor Spears presentation 9:00 p.m. - Discussion panel 12.00 a.m. - Next pub


Palack Borbár, Szent Gellért sqr 3, Budapest

You can register for this event on


At the 7th Thalesians Séance Taylor Spears from the Sociology Department of The University Edinburgh will introduce the evolution of Credit Valuation Adjustment (CVA) from a sociologist’s point of view. After Taylor's talk a panel of practitioners will challenge his ideas.

Members of the panel: - Andras Bohak (MSCI, Counterparty credit researcher) - Daniel Homolya (Mol Group, Financial risk management team lead) - Balazs Palosi-Nemeth (ING, Architect) - Gabor Salamon (Morgan Stanley, CVA team lead)


Dr Taylor Spears is a research fellow in the Sociology of Financial Modelling at the School of Social and Political Science in the University of Edinburgh.


Palack Borbár, Szent Gellért sqr 3, Budapest (venue subject to change)

Budapest Leader

Attila Agod (Budapest)

Attila Agod

Attila Agod organises our Budapest talks, establishing our first Thalesians branch in mainland Europe. He has served in a number of high profile roles within MSCI including as head of research at MSCI in Budapest.