Attila Holoda received his Master of Science Degree as a mining engineer from the Faculty of Petroleum Engineering at the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas in Moscow in 1989 He received his ‘MBA in Finance’ degree at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences in 2000. Completing the joint course by the Econovum Academy Association of Professors and the Newport University in 2012, he received an ‘adult education PhD’ degree in the field of Business administration. He started his career as a production engineer at the Hajdúszoboszló Mining Plant of MOL’s legal predecessor, the Hungarian Great Plain Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production Company, in 1989. Till 1999, he occupied a number of managerial positions at the mining plant, in the area of production management, custody management, investment projects and procurement. Meanwhile, he also spent two years (from 1994 to 1995) as MOL’s local representative and the Hungarian Deputy CEO at MOL Upstream’s first joint venture abroad, in the town Artyrau in Kazakhstan. Between 1999 and 2012, he managed the Domestic Production, Domestic Exploration and Production, and then the Central European and Eurasian Exploration and Production organisations, in numerous middle and senior managerial positions.Under his management and direction, the Hungarian production, despite unfavourable trends in oil prices, underwent a thorough organisational and technological transformation, as a result of which former weak indicators improved to a significant extent from 2002, placing MOL’s production organisation to the top of European ranking (it kept on occupying the first and second positions for years) in terms of efficiency and the lowest unit costs of production.
In June 2012, he left MOL’s Upstream Division, to fulfil the Deputy Secretary of State in charge of energetics at the Ministry of National Development for 3 months from August 2012.
From 2007 to 2009 he was a member in the Board of Directors of MMBF Zrt, a company that performed the construction project and operation of the underground gas storage Szőreg-I. established to realise the strategic stock-piling of gas in Hungary. Between 2009 and 2011, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Croatian national oil and gas company INA d.d., he made a significant contribution to the complete renewal of, and redesign of the organisational structure and modern operation at, the MOL-controlled oil conglomerate. For 3 months in 2012, he was the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Hungarian Hydrocarbon Stockpiling Association.
An active professional social actor, Dr. Holoda has been a member of the Hungarian Mining and Metallurgical Society since 1989, and its Vice President between 2007-2014 as the Chairman of its Crude Oil, Natural Gas and Water Mining Section. Since 2005 he is a member of the Advisory Board at the Museum of the Hungarian Petroleum and Gas Industry; nevertheless between 2013-2015 he was the Chairman of that Board. He has been an avctive member of the Hungarian Geological Society as the Chairman of its Mineral Geology Section since 2013.
He has been a member of the international Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) since 2005. From 2009 and 2012, he was the Chairman of the Hungarian Mining Association, and currently he assists the Association’s work as an expert. He participated in a large number of domestic and international conferences as a lecturer (in Hungarian, Russian and/or English languages) where his well-prepared and thorough presentations always earned him exceptional recognition.