University Leadership
AUK Executive Team
Dan Rice
Dan Rice

President

An accomplished entrepreneur and fundraiser, and a former US Army officer with a strong background in leadership, strategic planning, marketing and education. 

Roman Sheremeta, PhD
Roman Sheremeta, PhD

Founding Rector

Dr. Sheremeta listed as a Top Economic Thinker of Ukrainian descent by Forbes in 2015, a top-rated young economist in the world according to the IDEAS ranking in 2018, and recognized as the Best 40 Under 40 Professors by Poets...
Liudmyla Dolhonovska
Liudmyla Dolhonovska

Chief of Staff

Experienced professional in Strategic Communications, a former Adviser on Strategic Communications to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, 2021-2023. For her contribution to Ukrainian Nation valiant defense against Russian aggression Liudmyla was awarded with the...
Natalie Palina
Natalie Palina

Chief Revenue Officer

Senior business executive, and professional marketer with 20+ years of experience in brand building and business management. Worked for multinational companies across the globe, led commercial brand marketing and business strategy on developing and mature markets. Natalie Palina is an...
Oleksii Shershnov
Oleksii Shershnov

VP Administration

Experienced business executive, spent most of his career bringing new technologies and innovations to business. Oleksiy was a co-founder of Ilaya company and a founder of a prominent social project “Biotech rehabilitation” and Skin bank. Oleksii holds a Specialist degree...
Supervisory Board
Executive Committee of the Supervisory Board
Kurt Volker
Kurt Volker

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations (2017-19), and as U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2008-09)

Ambassador Kurt Volker is a leading expert in U.S. foreign and national security policy with over 35 years of experience in a variety of government, academic, and private sector capacities.  He served as U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations from...
Douglas L. Becker
Douglas L. Becker

Founder and Chairman, Cintana Education

Douglas L. Becker is the Founder and Chairman of Cintana Education. He is also the founder and former Chairman and CEO of Laureate Education and co-founder of Sterling Partners. In 1983, Mr. Becker co-founded Sterling Partners — since then the...
Maxim Timchenko
Maxim Timchenko

Chief Executive Officer of DTEK

Maxim Timchenko is a Chief Executive Officer of DTEK. He is a member of the Electricity Governors community, which brings together business leaders and partner organizations from the World Economic Forum. Maxim Timchenko graduated the Donetsk State Academy Management with...
Supervisory Board members
Yury Antaniuk
Yury Antaniuk

Vice President and Head of Central and Eastern Europe at EPAM Systems

Yury Antaniuk is Vice President and Head of Central and Eastern Europe at EPAM Systems. Mr. Antaniuk IT Engineering career spans more than 30 years, with the last 22 years of his career dedicated to working at EPAM.  His experience...
Cagri Bagcioglu
Cagri Bagcioglu

Regional CEO, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Cintana Education

Cagri Bagcioglu is a Regional CEO, Eastern Europe and Central Asia of Cintana Education. Dr. Cagri Bagcioglu has spent his career in international education working in U.S. and international state and private higher education institutions and organizations. He has served...
R. Michael Cowgill
R. Michael Cowgill

President and Co-founder at Georgian American University (GAU)

Michael Cowgill is the President and Co-founder of Georgian American University, LLC (GAU) in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is the Supervisory Board Chairman of the Anaklia Development Consortium and the Director of Alpha Group Holding for logistics and transportation services in...
Arkadiy Dobkin
Arkadiy Dobkin

CEO, President and Chairman of the Board at EPAM Systems. Inc.

Arkadiy Dobkin is the CEO, President and Chairman of the Board at EPAM Systems. Inc., a leading digital transformation services and product engineering company. Under his leadership, EPAM has grown from a New Jersey-based start-up with Eastern European roots to...
Karlo Goginava
Karlo Goginava

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Wings and Freeman Capital LLC

Karlo Goginava is a co-founder and managing partner of Wings and Freeman Capital LLC, Georgia-based, privately owned impact-driven financial advisory firm, with a 12-year track record of working with the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). Wings and Freeman Capital’s...
Dmytro Sakharuk
Dmytro Sakharuk

Executive Director of DTEK

Dmytro Sakharuk is an Executive Director of DTEK. He joined DTEK in March of 2010 as the Deputy Legal Director, becoming the head of department in 2011. Following the introduction of a new corporate governance structure, Dmytro Sakharuk has been...
David Tkeshelashvili
David Tkeshelashvili

Director at Channel Georgia LLC

Mr. David Tkeshelashvili has a strong educational background in Legal Studies, with expertise in the field of International Law, focused on the rule of law and democracy development in transitional countries. David Tkeshelashvili currently works for Emory University School of...
Mamuka Tsereteli
Mamuka Tsereteli

Senior Fellow at Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at American Foreign Policy Council

Dr. Mamuka Tsereteli is a Senior Fellow at Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI) at American Foreign Policy Council. He is the President of the America-Georgia Business Council and an adjunct Professor at American university in Washington, DC. Dr. Tsereteli has more than four decades of experience in academia,...
Serhii Voitsekhovskyi
Serhii Voitsekhovskyi

Board Member BGV Group Management

Serhii Voitsekhovskyi is a member of the Board BGV Group Management. He has 16 years of experience in managerial roles, including within Ukraine’s largest retail business, ATB Supermarkets. In 2018 he joined BGV Group where he is responsible for implementing...
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