Veronika Hornyák is a PhD candidate at the Doctoral School of Military Sciences of the University of Public Service - Ludovika. She is also a Doctoral Fellow of the Doctoral School on Common Security and Defense Policy at the European Security and Defense College. She holds master’s degrees in International Public Service Relations and International Security and Defense Policy from the National University of Public Service, and a postgraduate diploma in Sports Diplomacy from Széchenyi István University. Her area of expertise is European security and defense, and her PhD research focuses on gender mainstreaming in EU-led military missions and operations. Alongside her doctoral studies, Veronika works as a consultant on capacity building projects in the fields of internationalization, education, and gender equality.