Chapter Leader

South Korea, Elis Bechir (NATI '08)

November 7, 2019

Elis Bechir (NATI '08) relocated to South Korea in early 2019, working with an international organization that allies with local governments of developing countries to tackle climate change. After graduating from CEU, she took on different challenges around the world, from promoting human and women rights in the Ivory Coast, to giving career advice and teaching English and French to young immigrants in Spain, standardizing procedures and supporting the improvement of the service-level performance across Africa and delivering Emiratization program in the UAE.

Moldova, Cristina Turcu (POLS '08)

Cristina Turcu obtained her MA from the CEU Department of Political Science in 2008. In 2018 she graduated from the IREX Community Solutions Program, while consecutively completed George Mason University’s Program Leadership course.

Cristina has more than ten years’ experience with nonprofits, including work with the Médecins du Monde Mission to Moldova; the Legal Resources Centre from Moldova and the United Nations Development Program. Currently she is the Aide for the EU High Level Adviser to the Government of Moldova on Confidence Building Measures.

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.

Afghanistan, Shamsurrahman Ahmadzai (IR '19)

August 14, 2019

Shamsurrahman Ahmadzai is a former Alumni Scholarship Recipient and graduate of CEU from the department of International Relations (IR). While still a student at CEU, Shamsurrahman expressed the wish to start and lead the CEU alumni chapter in Afghanistan. Currently he works as a Policy Program Coordinator at the Ministry of Education in Afghanistan.

Why does he volunteer for CEU?

He likes to connect with people and share experiences and ideas with them. 

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Pakistan, Waqas Shabir (SPP '18)

Waqas is CEU’s alumni chapter leader in Lahore, Pakistan. He is currently engaged in the health and education sector reforms in Pakistan.

Waqas graduated with a master’s degree in public policy from School of Public Policy (SPP) in 2018. During his time at CEU, he was actively involved in co-curricular activities. He represented SPP at the CEU Student Union and headed the Career Services Committee. In addition, he also won the NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition in Europe in 2018.