Alumni Profile: Charles Huebner '58
Partner, iEurope Capital LLC
International businessman, corporate executive, Jesuit supporter, world traveler and avid sailor—these are but a few of the descriptions that accurately capture the multi-faceted life of Charles Huebner ’58.
A native of Budapest, Hungary, Huebner spent his high school and college years in Detroit. He graduated from Cass Technical (Evening) High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, summa cum laude and first in his class, from University of Detroit.
“I believe I received an excellent academic education at U of D, as well as an opportunity to develop leadership skills through participation in many student organizations,” says Huebner. “And, the Jesuits provided a strong foundation in moral responsibility which has had a significant influence throughout my life.”
Huebner went on to earn a master’s in aero- and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as a member of the first astronautics class the Air Force sponsored, and a Ph.D. from The American University in Washington, D.C. He began his career in the U.S. Air Force and NASA’s Apollo space program as an officer and project engineer.
He then moved into the corporate world where he held senior executive positions with General Electric Company in Fairfield, Conn. and AMF, Inc., an industrial and leisure products company in New York City. His primary areas of responsibility were global business development, worldwide planning and management team development.
In 1990, Huebner moved back to Hungary when he was asked to establish and serve as managing director of the Hungarian American Enterprise Fund, a $70 million fund sponsored by the U.S. Congress to help open up Hungary for private investment. In 1997, he joined Rona & Tarsai Rt where he managed the $130 million First Hungary Fund, which was one of the largest venture capital funds in Central Europe. When that fund successfully ended in 2003, he joined iEurope Capital LLC and continues to serve as one of three partners of this private equity fund for Central and Eastern Europe.
Huebner, a resident of Budapest and Westport, Conn., is actively involved in numerous professional, educational and cultural organizations. His enthusiastic support of the Jesuit order led him to help found the St. Joseph’s Collegium for architectural students, which is sponsored by the Jesuits and located in Budapest. Huebner and his wife have five adult children and nine grandchildren, all living in the U.S.