Perhaps one of the greatest skills that AUCA students gain is the ability to manage time and balance several responsibilities at once. Ulugbek Salymbekov practices this skill on a daily basis as he juggles several leadership roles and business enterprises in entertainment and shopping mall expansion here in Bishkek. Not only is he the current President of Dordoi Plaza, Ltd., Ulugbek is also the Vice President of the Dordoi Association, General Director of Cinematika, Ltd. (which operates the Oktyabr and Vega Cinemas), the President of the Sports Journalists Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Vice President of the Dordoi Football Club. Earlier this year Ulugbek stepped down from his role as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of JS Commercial Bank – Kyrgyzstan after serving on the Board for seven years.
In 2000, Ulugbek honed his business acumen while earning an MBA at the University of Southern Europe in Monaco. Though Monaco is known for its casinos, Ulugbek kept his nose in the books and graduated summa cum laude, or “with highest honor.”
Ulugbek, a film buff, also gets great enjoyment from bringing the latest blockbuster movies (especially digitally animated films) to his theaters in Bishkek. Of his experience at AUCA, he says he gained knowledge, friends, patience, and the desire for constant self-improvement. He also fondly recalled Valentine’s Day 1995, when he won the “Love at First Sight” competition with Aselya, who was then an office manager at KAF.