Europe and the Caucasus

Italy, Kaan Kubilay Asar (SOCI '19)

Kaan Kubilay Aşar graduated from CEU in 2019 from the MA program in Sociology and Social Anthropology with Global and Urban Studies specialization. Kaan served as a student representative of Sociology and Social Anthropology department for two years. During his studies, Kaan focused on gentrification and an urban social movement together with their political implications for social justice, city, and recognition.  He has presented his work on urban transformation, cultural consumption, gender and political identity at several conferences in Europe.

Hungary, Katarina Posa (IRES '15)

Katarina Posa (IRES ’15) is a Staff Development Associate at UNHCR's Global Learning and Development Centre in Budapest. She has been working as a people development professional with emphasis on training, curriculum design, development and delivery, assessment administration, management of training projects and staff development for over 15 years in China, Japan, Australia, the USA, Germany and Hungary. Besides her job, she has been involved in pro-bono coaching and consulting. Kat is also in charge of organizing personal development mini-workshops for CEU alumni in Budapest.

Azerbaijan, Anar Mehdiyev (ENVS '02)

After studying at CEU’s Environmental Sciences and Policy Master programme in 2001-02, Anar Mehdiyev returned to Azerbaijan and co-founded one of the most active alumni chapters. Being a long-standing CEU Chapter Leader in Baku, Azerbaijan, Anar actively promotes connectivity between alumni and alumni chapters, and is a frequent CEU Alumni Reunion visitor. CEU has also shaped Anar’s career. He is managing environmental management systems in BP-Azerbaijan, a key element of Azerbaijan’s oil industry. 

Why does he volunteer for CEU?

Russian Federation, Fedor Veselov (SOCI '18)

Fedor Veselov is a chapter co-leader in Russia (St. Petersburg). Fedor graduated from CEU in 2018 from the MA program in Sociology and Social Anthropology. Currently he holds the position of junior researcher at European University at St. Petersburg (Department of Anthropology) and works on the research project connected to commemoration of political repressions in USSR. 

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Russian Federation, Natalia Gurgurova (IRES '13)

A native of Transnistria, Natalia moved to Moscow, Russia after graduating from CEU. Currently she works remotely for the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok. As program manager of the Executive MBA Program "Doing Business in Asia" she is responsible for promotion, partner and speaker relations. She also acts as CEU Local Area Recruitment Coordinator in Russia. She runs events on outreach and recruitment, represents the university at educational fairs and seminars and delivers online-marketing activities. At the same time her main job is being a mom to her newborn son.