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Alumni Council

The Alumni Council is composed of five alumni representatives who are nominated and elected by the AAU alumni community, for a term of three years. 

It serves as an autonomous representative body for the Alumni Community, and its mission is to create opportunities to connect alumni, AAU, and the wider AAU community, in meaningful, mutually beneficial ways.

The goals of the Alumni Council are to:

  • Extend the alumni network and increase alumni activity
  • Improve AAU visibility both locally and internationally
  • Contribute to the goodwill and reputation of AAU
  • Provide the alumni community with opportunities to network and collaborate with each other and with AAU through various events and projects
  • Collaborate with the AAU Student Council on creating mutually beneficial opportunities, via internships, mentoring, or research projects

2022/2023 AAU Alumni Council Members

Lukas Macenauer

Alumni Council Chairperson, Program Development Committee Representative, 2007 BA Politics & Society

Lukas  is an experienced business founder focusing on Education & HR Tech. He holds a Masters in Digital Education from the University of Edinburgh. After exiting his last startup (see in 2021, he joined the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic as an expert on Responsible Research and Innovation. As an educator, he is now specialising in VR for professional development. 

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Simone Bertolone

Student Council Affiliate, 2019 Chapman MBA, 2017 BA International Relations

Simone started off his career working at Amazon where he was an Intelligence & Security Risk Analyst. Since then he was a fellow with the Singularity University Incubator in 2018, and Managing Director at CollectionHub. He currently works as Director for Payment Ventures and Growth at Orka Ventures. He has mentored AAU students and holds a seminar on Startups Management every semester.

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Elizabeth Novacek

Strategic Planning Committee Representative, 2015 BA International Relations

Beyond being an alumna, Elizabeth worked for AAU’s Alumni and Student Services for 3.5 years. In her roles there she really enjoyed community building by connecting members of the AAU network and planning social and education events — something she looks forward to doing again as an Alumni Councillor. Outside AAU, She has worked at the junction of another passion of hers, urbanism and communications, in Canada, South Africa, and now in the Czech Republic. Nothing can get her more excited than carbon neutral shared mobility and a good social mixer!

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Tamar Melikishvili

Marketing and Recruitment Committee Representative, 2012 MA International Relations & Diplomacy

Tamar obtained her MA in International Relations and Diplomacy at AAU in 2012. For the past 5 years she has been the CEO of Aptos Global – Prague office. Aptos is a world-leading manufacturer of aesthetic and plastic surgery threads and methods, founded in Georgia.  Previously, soon after graduating from AAU, Tamar pursued her IRD goals by working at the Georgian Embassy. She founded the Czech-Georgian centre which is recruiting students from Georgia and placing them at universities in Europe, including the AAU. Tamar is also the founder of the Georgian diaspora community “Iveria” in Czech Republic.

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Josef Müller

University Advancement Committee Representative, 2009 BA Comparative Law

Josef currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director at the Aspen Institute Central Europe. From 2007 to 2017 Josef was the CEO of JA Czech, a non-profit educational organization founded by Tomas J. Bata as the Czech office of Junior Achievement, the world’s largest provider of entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work-readiness education programs to youth. Apart from education, Josef has a big passion for anything connected with cars. He graduated from AAU’s John H. Carey II School of Law and served on the Alumni Council for its first two terms.

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If you would like to contact the Alumni Council, please send an email to , and one of the members will get back to you. You can also reach out to the Alumni Relations Manager, Dana Aleksic, at 

Previous Alumni Council members