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Difference Maker He’s led a transformation among Roma villagers: crime down, productivity up

László Bogdán, the mayor of Cserdi, Hungary, has worked to instill a sense of self-worth in the villagers while also countering common prejudices about the Roma. And he’s led by example.

Tibor Krausz

László Bogdán doesn’t enjoy his fame much. “I feel like a monkey in a zoo,” he says with characteristic bluntness. “I’m like an exotic animal everyone wants to see.”