Dr. László Sabjányi, Managing Director, Bolt Hungary

  • 23 Feb 2024 2:06 PM
Dr. László Sabjányi, Managing Director, Bolt Hungary
With 16 years of experience pioneering technology strategies and leading business transformations across various sectors, Dr. László Sabjányi is poised to steer Europe's first mobility super-app into the future.

1. Where did you grow up?

I was born in Budapest, and spent my early childhood here. At the age of 11, I set out on a journey across North Africa - Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco - due to my father's career as a doctor. These diverse experiences instilled in me a deep appreciation for cultural diversity, as I witnessed the richness of different traditions and languages.

2. If you could be an expat anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

Having lived in 12 countries and having visited over 50 either for work or as a tourist, I've had the privilege of immersing myself in diverse cultures worldwide. Reflecting on my experiences, if I were to embark on another adventure in the future, my top choices would be the Netherlands and the UK, as I am drawn to their unique blend of history, culture, and innovation.

3. What would you miss most if you moved away from Hungary?

After years spent abroad, my family’s return to Hungary was driven by a desire to facilitate cherished moments between our children and grandparents, anchoring ourselves to our familial "roots." Thinking about leaving Hungary makes me really miss the special connections and memories that make it feel like home.

4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?

Upon their arrival, I'd whisk them away to one of the famous baths to unwind from the exhausting journey. After the rejuvenating bath, I would take them to the Castle for a fantastic view of the Danube and the City, then take them to a guided walking tour across the Jewish district, where they'll marvel at the historic Synagogue and vibrant life of the ruin bars.

To finish the day in true Hungarian fashion, we'd indulge in a delicious Goulash dinner paired with a shot of Pálinka at a top-notch restaurant. Cheers to an unforgettable introduction to Budapest!

5. What is your favourite food?

I never say no to a steak served rare! Whether it's tenderloin, ribeye, or sirloin, a rare steak is a culinary delight that never fails to hit the spot.

6. What is your favourite sport / form of exercise?

For my workout routine, powerlifting takes center stage as the chosen discipline for building strength and resilience. In my leisure time, I find enjoyment in watching boxing, captivated by the skill, strategy, and raw intensity displayed in the ring.

7. What is your favourite place in Hungary?

Budapest holds a special place in my heart as my favorite spot in Hungary, blending the allure of a bustling capital with the charm of a remarkably livable city. Its perfect fusion of cosmopolitan amenities and an inviting atmosphere creates an unparalleled experience, making it a destination that seamlessly balances excitement and comfort.

8. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?

I'm drawn to manual labor and find fulfillment in trades like carpentry, plumbing, or other hands-on work. During my free time, I take pleasure in tackling household repairs and improving our garden to improve our living space.

9. Where did you spend your last vacation?

My last holiday was a delightful getaway to the Canary Islands with my family last December.

10. Where do you hope to spend your next one?

Dubai is undoubtedly my next destination, while my bucket list features Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and China as top contenders for future adventures.

11. Red wine or white?

Despite not being a big wine drinker, I do have a soft spot for red wine.

12. Book or movie?

For me, watching films is more of a social activity, while reading is a solitary, private pursuit. I find both to be enjoyable and satisfying, but for different reasons.

13. Morning person or night person?

Morning - the early bird catches the worm :-)

14. Buda or Pest side?

There is no Buda without Pest and no Pest without Buda; I hold a deep affection for both. On this topic I highly recommend Adolf Ágai's book 'Utazás Pestről-Budapestre' to anyone interested in exploring their rich history.

15. Which achievement in your life are you most pleased about?

Beyond my career, my greatest achievement is cultivating a wonderful family whose unwavering support and love serve as my foundation, fueling me with inspiration and strength every single day.

16. What would you say is your personal motto? 

My motto I follow in life is: “Leave a positive impact in everything you do”.

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