Alumni Stories

Alumnus Musolin Named Vice Rector of Russian Forest Sciences University

September 8, 2020

Professor and CEU alumnus Dmitry L. Musolin (ENVS ’98) was recently appointed Vice-Rector for Research and International Activities of the Saint Petersburg State Forest Technical University, Russia.

Dmitry will be responsible for development of research, training PhD students and the whole spectrum of international activities of the University. Saint Petersburg State Forest Technical University is the oldest in Russia and one the world’s first forest sciences university.

Alumnus Daniel Msonda Passes

August 13, 2020

We are saddened to report that CEU alumnus Daniel Msonda (DPP ’10, Malawi) passed away on July 18 in Myanmar. He was 44 years old. 

Since 2013 Daniel worked for the United Nations Population Fund in Myanmar, where he advised the government on census and population level data collection, analysis and use. 

United Nations Myanmar recalled Daniel as an expert demographer whose soft-spoken friendliness and calming influence will be greatly missed by his colleagues. As a mark of respect, the UN flag was flown at half mast from July 19-21. 

Alumna Gulnura Mehdi Passes

July 13, 2020

We are deeply saddened to report that CEU alumna Gulnura Mehdi (GENS ’09, Azerbaijan) has passed away after an illness. She was 44 years old. 

Gulnura was involved with the Open Society Institute and the U.S. Embassy, both in Baku, Azerbaijan. After marrying, she lived in Washington D.C. until the end of her life. 

Gulnura was an active and enthusiastic CEU student and alumna of the Department of Gender Studies. “Her colleagues and professors from the department will remember her fondly,” said Head of Department Francisca de Haan.

Alumni Spotlight: Fridon Lala

June 23, 2020

CEU alumnus Fridon Lala (SPP ’19, Kosovo) doesn’t waste time. After graduating from CEU, last June, he returned to his native Kosovo, where just months later he was elected Deputy Minister of Regional Development. 

No sooner had Fridon taken office than a one-two punch of political uncertainty and the Covid-19 pandemic struck. It’s made for some challenging days. However, his time at CEU – including his Student Union presidency during the LexCEU crisis – prepared him well. 

“Somehow, I think these things follow me,” he said. 

‘I Must Take Action’: Alumna Aids Budapest Covid-19 Relief

June 22, 2020

Like millions around the world, CEU alumna Adrija Maitra (GENS ’19, India) felt helpless reading Covid-19 news every day. Finally, she had to do something. 

“I realized I must step out and take some sort of positive action,” she said. 

In April she answered a call from a Hungarian NGO. Soon she was volunteering in Budapest’s 8th District, delivering hot meals door to door, and putting up coronavirus prevention flyers in buildings throughout the district.