Attila Chikán is a Professor of Business Economics and Professor of Supply Chain Management, also Director of Competitiveness Research Centre of Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB).

He is a graduate of CUB (1967) and alumnus of the ICAME program of Stanford GSB (1972). He has been with CUBever since his graduation. He is founding Director (in 1970) and current President of Rajk László College for Advanced Studies. He is a member of the Board of Central European University.

He was Minister of Economic Affairs of the Hungarian Government in 1998-99 and Rector of CUB in 2000-2003. He has had a number of positions in international organizations, including President, Federation of European Production and Industrial Management Societies (1995), President, International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (1999-2000) and Executive Vice President, International Society for Inventory Research (since1982). He is Chairman, Department of Economic Policy of the Hungarian Economic Association and Chairman, Committee of Economic Policy of the Hungarian Entrepreneurs and Employers Confederation. He has been on the Boards of several major companies.

He is author or co-author of over a dozen books and more than two dozens of papers in refereed international journals. He is a member of the Editorial Board of four Hungarian and four international journals. He is a Regular Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering, an Honorary Doctor of University of Babes-Bolyai (Romania) and Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland).