Georgi KlissurskiAFAC ChairClass '10
Why AFAC: I love ACS for its people and the moments of growth and happiness that I continue sharing with them. I want to make sure ACS keeps attracting the most incredible individuals, and preparing Bulgaria’s most capable students for a life of significant impact. Empowering alumni to support ACS financially so it can become more affordable for all Bulgarian families is thus paramount. And I want to make sure that the individuals making up the ACS body form a community, a network that provides lifelong support to all ACSers.
Education: B.A. Economics, Engineering Sciences, Dartmouth College
Work: NERA Economic Consulting, New York, NY
Kalina Kourdova Class of 2011Participation Sub-committeeWhy AFAC: The support and preparation I received during my five years at ACS had a tremendous impact on me and equipped me with the confidence and courage to pursue my goals abroad. I joined AFAC because I believe that through AFAC's efforts and engagement, we have the potential to expand the opportunities available to current and future ACS students both in the form of school resources and financial aid. I look forward to helping ensure that more people will be exposed to the incredible opportunities at ACS, regardless of their financial situation.
Education: B.A. in Economics, Vassar College
Work: Economic Consulting (Analysis Group, Inc.)
Alexander Kanov Class of 2012Participation Sub-committee
Why AFAC: My motivation to join AFAC is driven by the chance to make a tangible difference at ACS. We alumni have the potential to truly impact our school given its relatively small scale and our close-knit relationships; therefore, we should make use of such opportunities to express our gratefulness in an effective way.
Education: B.A. Economics, Brown University
Work: Simon-Kucher & Partners, consulting (strategy & marketing)
Hristo PopovClass '01Marketing Sub-committee
Why AFAC: Being а part of ACS did not end upon my graduation. The Сollege has been a major contributing factor behind my career development and I continue to maintain the strong relationships I was able to build as a student. ACS provides the best available education and I would like to contribute to maintaining the high educational standards and to ensuring the college remains accessible to the most gifted students, rather than the most financially affluent ones.
Education: BA International Finance and Trade at Portsmouth Business School
Work: CEO at Britos EOOD (private FMCG company); previously CEO at Agrokom Finance (algorithmic trading company), CFO and co-founder at Previo, 7 years of investment banking experience
Zara RanchevaClass '14Marketing Sub-committee
Why AFAC: The support I received at ACS prompted me to view education as a communal endeavor, to which every one of us could potentially contribute. I am convinced AFAC inspires alumni to recognize and act upon this potential, a process that both strengthens ties within the community and assists the College in its distinctive mission.
Education: Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
Nicole LevakovaClass of 2016Marketing Sub-committee
Why AFAC: Having just recently graduated from ACS, I still have the feeling that it is a community to which I belong. Throughout my studies, I have always been an active member of the College and that is why I would like to continue working for the benefit of the school. AFAC is a great chance for me to be helpful, to create new contacts and to build a stronger bond between the alumni and the current students of ACS - a process which I personally find to be extremely meaningful.
Education: Currently studying Law at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
Work: Intern at the Presidency of the Republic of Bulgaria
Nedko KyuchukovClass '03ACS Trustee and Former AFAC Chair
Why AFAC: I loved my ACS experience and the start in life that it gave me. I want to see the College continue to provide the best high school education possible to the most capable students. A strong alumni involvement is required to provide this opportunity to all students regardless of their financial means, which is why I dedicated my energy to starting AFAC in 2011.
Education: MBA (High Honors), Harvard Business School; BA, Dartmouth College
Work: Partner, Westray Capital (hedge fund); previously Associate, TPG Capital (private equity) and Analyst, Lazard and J.P. Morgan (M&A investment banking)
Boris StatevFormer AFAC ChairClass '03
Why AFAC: I wanted to give back to the school because of how formative the experience had been for me. To this day, I continue benefiting from ACS and its large network of alumni. I sincerely hope to be a part of ACS' strategy going forward and to help ensure that ACS is there to provide future students with the same high quality, well-rounded education I had.
Education: Lehigh University, USA
Work: Investment banking (advisory, fixed income)
Mariela VachevaClass '04Former Outreach & Donations Sub-committee
Why AFAC: ACS gave me a great start in life and I believe that I have to give back so that others can have that great experience, too.
Education: I got my BA in Economics and Finance from Princeton University (USA) and my MA in entrepreneurship from EM Lyon (France), Zhejiang University (China) and Babson College (USA).
Work: I am one of the founders of Tuk-Tam NGO, which tries to support the return of Bulgarians who studied abroad.
Svilen RangelovClass '03Former Class Reps Sub-committee
Why AFAC: ACS is family to me. It has made possible opportunities that I wouldn't have had access to otherwise, so I want to give back by helping build a strong alumni community.
Education: B.A. Economics, Davidson College (USA)
Work: Co-Founder @ Dronamics
Ivan PeykovClass '09Former Accountability & Reporting Sub-committee
Why AFAC: I would like to help make ACS an affordable place for more students and increase alumni involvement and engagement with the school
Education: BA, Bocconi University; MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science
Work: Investment Banking
Mira KovachevaClass '05Former Outreach & Communications Sub-committee
Why AFAC: AFAC allows me to be part of a dedicated team that works hard to increase alumni engagement and give back to the school that provided us with a strong foundation for personal and professional development.
Education: I got my Bachelor's degree at the University of Richmond in Virginia, USA, and my MBA at INSEAD in France and Singapore.
Work: I've worked in various roles and industries in North America, Asia and Europe, and I currently have a marketing role in one of Danaher's operating companies.
Desislava KarakolevaClass '11Former Outreach & Communications Sub-committee
Why AFAC: I joined AFAC because of the great education and limitless opportunities ACS gave me. I would like to stay involved in the ACS community and keep other alumni engaged as well, so we can give back to the College and provide even better conditions for the future students.
Education: Adelphi University, New York, USA
Why AFAC: ACS taught me the right set of skills to successfully adapt and embrace my international experiences. At ACS, I met some of my best friends and people with similar mentality that I connect with everywhere I go. I want to give back to the place where it all started and help ACS continue being one of the top schools in the country, admitting students based on talent and capabilities rather than privilege.
Education: I graduated from Cornell University with a five-year professional Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Minor in Real Estate.
Work: I am working as a strategy consultant at Jones Lang LaSalle, a big real estate service provider, in New York, helping companies make the right decisions with regard to their workplaces and portfolios.
Kiril PopovClass '04Former Accountability & Reporting Sub-committee
Why AFAC: The 5 years I spent on the ACS campus left me with a well-rounded education and friendships that have grown into a powerful global network. For this reason I am proud to be an ACS alum and want to contribute to the school's continued effort to provide the best high school experience in Bulgaria. Being a part of AFAC provides me with the opportunity to do that.
Education: MBA, NYU Stern; BA, Dickinson College
Work: Fung Group, Hong Kong