8 Candidates and over 80 Votes! The 2022/2023 Alumni Council has officially landed.

The results are in, and we are thrilled to announce that AAU has a new Alumni Council for 2022/2023!

Until January 10, 2022, Alumni took the chance to nominate themselves, or their fellow alums, as possible candidates for the upcoming 2022/23 term. After the campaign period, votes were open from January 17 – 24, 2022. With over 80 votes (almost double of our last AAU Alumni Council elections), and an amazing group of 8 candidates, we’re happy to see the growing engagement in our Alumni Community. 

AAU’s Alumni Council serves as an autonomous representative body for the Alumni Community to guide and further promote lifelong, symbiotic relationships between the university and our alumni. Those involved strongly believe in togetherness and still have a lot to offer each other and the school- even after graduation! Alumni Council is made up of 5 alumni elected by the Alumni Community. Each member serves for a two-year term to represent alumni interests and help us shape the development of our university and Alumni Community.

Meet the 2022/2023 AAU Alumni Council: 

Simone Bertolone

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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Tamar Melikishvili

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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Elizabeth Novacek

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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Lukas Macenauer

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 Behavera.com) 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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Josef Müller

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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