|12 Jul 2012|
|WM Summer 2012 edition|
WM: What impact did AISB have on your life?
AISB significantly impacted my life. As com- pared to most of my high-school colleagues, attending AISB may not have required a major adjustment in terms of acclimating to the school system. However, for me, the change was signif- icant, as I began attending AISB after complet- ing all my primary/middle school education in the Romanian school system. In addition to its excellent education, what impressed me most about AISB was the close-knit community that developed between students and faculty. For all 4 years that I attended AISB, I always felt that Ihad 100% of the faculty’s support and attention. Having this support system allowed me to focus and work towards achieving my goals. In my view, this makes AISB stand out from any other school in the American school system in Europe– an observation that I confirmed repeatedlywhen travelling at various events that brought together the American International School community.
WM: What did you do after graduating AISB?
After graduating High School at AISB, I completed my undergrad degree at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) in Philadelphia where I majored in Finance and Management. After graduating from UPenn, Ijoined Citi’s analyst program in New York whereI have been working for the past 7 years. While I started my career in Corporate Banking, over the past 7 years I have held various positions in areas such as Risk, Investment Banking, Fixed Income and Transaction Services.
WM: Do you have memories about a specificteacher or special moments at AISB?
There are so many memories that I would like to include here, but one moment that comes
to mind is a Model United Nations trip that Mr. Garbely led. Due to a series of unfortunate events, the bag containing the passports of all the students in the AISB delegation was stolen as we were arriving in The Hague. Despite the rocky start, Mr. Garbely and the AISB delega- tion made the best of the situation. We had a wonderful time attending the conference and were very successful. In the end, we were able to obtain new passports and return home with- out any problems. The success of the trip wasa testament to Mr. Garbely’s leadership and the close-knit family that is AISB.
WM: Where do you live and what are you doing now?
I live in a small town in New Jersey called Cliffside Park – a ten minute car ride into Manhat- tan. I have been working for the same company – Citi – ever since I graduated college in2005. I am currently a Vice President with Citi’sTransaction Services business unit, where I am a Project Manager in the Securities and Fund Services Client Implementation Team. Prior to this role, I was responsible for Market Management within Citi’s North America Liquidity &Investments business. I joined Citi in 2005 as a member of the Corporate & Investment Banking unit. From 2005 to 2008, prior to joining Trans- action Services, I worked in the Global Risk Management group.
WM: Tell us about your wife and baby.
My wife and I met at UPenn while attending a French residential program. We got married in New York in 2008 and our daughter, Théa, was born in 2009.
WM: What would you like to tell our current students?
AISB is one of a kind - enjoy it and use its resources to the fullest.
WM: What would you like to say to our alumni?
I really hope we’ll be able to see each otheragain, even though we are probably split in all 4 corners of the world!
WM: Do you think you’ll be able to come for the50th Anniversary Celebrations September 1-2, 2012?
It really depends on my work schedule and would not know until later in the summer – will keep you updated on this.
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