“If you want to achieve things in life, you've just got to do them, and if you're talented and smart, you'll succeed”
She currently works for the Meridian Securities UK in London. Some people are born to be leaders and role models. She has achieved great many things in her life and will continue to be viewed by her former classmates and colleagues as somewhat of a role model. Without further do, let me present our former student, a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a professional, a leader and breathtaking beauty Ekaterina Erichsen.
Ekaterina graduated from AUCA Business Administration Program in 2001. Later, she received her MBA in International Management with a focus on Global Management from the Garvin School of International Management. Ekaterina has already worked in Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Germany and the UK. Before Meridian Securities she worked for the likes of SigmaBleyzer Private Equity Group and Deutsche Post World Net In-House Consulting. Alongside her successful academic and professional careers, Ekaterina is happily married with a son.
When reflecting on her time back at AUCA Ekaterina has only the fondest memories. “AUCA has been and always will be very special for me. First of all, it was a launch pad for me as a professional. Not only it allowed me to acquire a solid foundation of knowledge and skills required to be competitive on the world market, but most importantly my experience at AUCA expanded my horizons, showed me new heights to strive for and set my mindset to the ‘nothing is impossible’ mode. And I think that the latter is what differentiates AUCA from all other schools in the region. The four years spent at AUCA were a very exciting, eventful time and are forever engraved in my memory. I am sure that the friendships and strong bonds we formed back then will last a lifetime!”
Ekaterina cherishes her memories at AUCA and the strong personal bond with the university, which she was able to form while being a student. This very day she continues to stay in touch with her former classmates and AUCA friends. “On personal level, I am in touch with a lot of friends, alumni of the school. AUCA created lifelong friendships, which remain strong no matter what part of the world you are in! To this day, it continues to surprise me to see what amazing things AUCA alumni have achieved and continue to achieve and I feel so privileged to be part of this group!”
Ekaterina is the quintessential alumni ambassador. “I am very proud of my degree from AUCA and will always recommend this school to prospective students. I am very accessible to current students who want advice and will always do what I can to assist. I feel it is my duty to pave the way for students as other alumni have done for me. It is one of the many ways to increase exposure to AUCA and increase the popularity of the school. Even today, I feel as though I am an ambassador to the school as I work my way up the corporate ladder.”
“I would like to wish the alumni community to keep working hard and accomplishing your dreams. The education earned from AUCA will open many doors and for the doors that will not open so readily, perseverance and tenacity will help you achieve your goals. We, the AUCA alumni, need to continue to strengthen our network, work together and above all welcome future AUCA alumni to our group,” said Ekaterina and made us feel so proud to have her among our outstanding alumni.