Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Peter Fordos

Peter Fordos

April 1, 2013

As a secondary school student in Bratislava in 1989, Peter Fordos (BAIS ’06 / MAIPS & MAITP ’07) joined hundreds of thousands of his countrymen taking to the streets day after day, eventually bringing the hard-line Czechoslovakian Communist Party to its knees in the Velvet Revolution. “It changed everything,” says Peter who had always dreamt of visiting the West but never before thought it possible. As soon as he could Peter moved to the United Kingdom to study English, starting the path that would lead him to the Monterey Institute.

By the time Peter was 26 years old he had traveled to over 50 countries and worked with people from all over the world. After working on a cruise ship for more than three years, he was ready to formalize his international education and found a perfect match in the Monterey Institute. “I particularly appreciated when students shared their working experience in other countries as well as their cultural uniqueness.”

“Growing up in Czechoslovakia as a part of the Hungarian minority, I have always been aware of and appreciate cultural diversity.” That interest was a large feature of his education at MIIS and has led to a career in training and advising individuals and organizations in all matters relating to cross-cultural business and communication. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as 3M, Audi, Dell, General Motors and Honeywell, among others.

Peter’s success is no surprise to any of his contemporaries at MIIS, where his energy, enthusiasm, and communication skills made him a very popular figure on campus as well as off. Now living in Los Angeles, he has established the first MIIS Alumni Chapter in Southern California. Never losing his appetite for learning about new cultures, Peter is currently on a 44-day trip around the world with his wife, visiting nine countries. When we reached him in Saudi Arabia, he was conducting interviews to prepare for future projects for his company Cross Cultural Advisors—and of course finding time to experience the desert culture the traditional way—from a camel’s back!