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Practitioner Career Talk with Aleksander Petrov (ECON '99)

Panel Discussion
Aleksander Petrov
Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm

Are you curious about what it might be like to work within the field of management consulting? In conversation with Jason Weedon, CEU's Vice President for External Relations & Philanthropy, our guest Alek Petrov (ECON '99) will share insights and advice based on his own career path, including the aspects of his career he was able to plan, and the challenges, unforeseen events, and opportunities he encountered along the way.

During this event you will learn about:

  • The career path of an individual practitioner
  • Aspects to consider as you approach your own career development
  • The challenges and rewards of working in this field based on the experiences of our guest

Aleksander Petrov (ECON ‘99) leads McKinsey & Company’s work on risk advanced analytics in Europe. He supports clients across a range of risk topics, focusing especially on stress testing, recovery planning, and asset analysis. He maintains a wealth of experience in capital markets, derivatives pricing, and portfolio management from his consultancy work with clients and his earlier career in financial services. Before joining McKinsey, Alek, who is a member of the US Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, spent ten years in quant and trading roles in the European fixed-income and structured-finance sectors. For his doctorate on finance from the University of Vienna, he studied stochastic volatility in equity derivatives. Alek is a board member of the Aleksander Foundation, which seeks to promote the development of university education in Bulgaria. He is fluent in Bulgarian, English, German, and Russian, and has conversational ability in Italian.

Jason Weedon is CEU's Vice President for External Relations & Philanthropy. Prior to re-joining CEU in 2016, he served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations & Strategic Partnerships at Achieve, a Washington, DC-based education reform organization, which he joined in 1999. Weedon helped Achieve double its size and diversify its funding base, managing relationships with major foundations, corporations, and philanthropic organizations, and helping to win a $186 million Race to the Top assessment award in 2010. During this time he also led the Business Center for a College- and Career-Ready America, which helps business leaders strategically support college and career readiness at the state and local levels. Previously, he taught English and academic writing at the high school, college, and graduate levels. While on the language faculty at Central European University (1997-1999), he also served as Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator. Weedon holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from George Washington University and a bachelor’s in history and English from the College of William and Mary. He serves on several boards, including the national board of Young Education Professionals.