The dynamics of the largest global logistics network in COVID-19 times - Lecture of Prof. Dr. Botond Szebeny

In the framework of the Belgian Club of Hungarian Scientists

Date: 17 February
Time: 18:00
Venue:  Liszt Institute Brussels
10 Treurenberg, 1000 Brusssels

The postal network is one of the most traditional logistics systems in the world and curently, the largest global physical network of this type. In the recent period, it has undergone a huge transformation, driven, among others, by the digitalisation, e-substitution, diversification. Letter volumes are shrinking, however, an entire new world has emerged through the booming e-commerce delivery. The COVID-19 pandemic, with all its challenges, has further accelerated this change. The postal network has recently re-emerged as an essential infrastructure dimension, crucial for the citizens and the economies, both locally and globally.

Dr. Botond Szebeny has been the Secretary General of PostEurop* since 2009, and he is responsible for leading the activities of the Association implemented in various fields of activities including regulations (EU and global), operations, CSR and market. The Headquarters of the Association is located in Brussels.

Parallel with this, he acted as a long-standing member of the Print Power / Two Sides Board of Directors, a Europe-wide initiative of the paper value chain partner industries.

Prior to joining PostEurop in 2009 in Brussels, Botond had been the Executive Director of International Business and a member of the Executive Committee at Magyar Posta (Hungary) for 6 years.

During that time, he also served on the Management Board of PostEurop with the responsibility of chairing the European Union Affairs Committee (EAC) of the Association. In this period, he had also participated directly in the preparation of the EU Postal Services Directive as a key expert within the EU’s European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

In 2003, at the International Post Corporation (IPC) in Brussels, he successfully managed the program on supporting the EU accession preparation of the Central European Postal Operators.

He participated as Head of Delegation (with Hungary and PostEurop respectively) at a large number of Universal Postal Congresses. Botond was also elected member of the UPU Council of Administration for 9 years (as representative of Hungary) and was one of the leaders of the UPU’s Finance Committee within this period.

Botond is a seasoned speaker at international conferences and author of numerous publications. Besides Hungarian (mother tongue), he speaks multiple European languages. He has a Degree in Economics and Diplomacy from Budapest University of Economics as well as a Degree in Law from Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Faculty of Law.


*PostEurop (Association of European Public Postal Operators) is the association which represents 53 European universal service provider postal operators and is an officially recognised regional partner of the Universal Postal Union (UPU). Its Members deliver yearly more than 60 billion items (letter mail, e-commerce packets and parcels) with the collaboration of 2 million employees across Europe and serve up to 800 million customers daily through over 175,000 counters.