ten years since graduating from what was then the american university of kyrgyzstan (auk), elbek muslimov’s focus on his career in finance has fueled his rise to a management position in one of the world’s largest financial services companies in the world. he is currently a vice president at citigroup global markets limited in london and trades structured credit products and local currency bonds in russia, the ukraine, kazakhstan and other former eastern bloc countries.
prior to joining citigroup, muslimov worked for three years as an associate at deutsche bank ag in london in their emerging markets structured products group. in 2001, he graduated with an mba from the school of management at yale university. elbek began his career in finance working first with usaid and the national bank of kyrgyzstan, then with citibank in almaty.
when asked about the impact auca had on him, elbek replied: “auca gave me a great career jumpstart by providing a great environment for networking and providing exposure to professionals and community leaders. i made good friends and received great support from faculty and staff much needed at the time. i am very happy to see that a tiny entity that began as the kyrgyz-american faculty (kaf) has grown into a full-fledged regional university.”
elbek also fondly looks back on all the ski trips he took with auca classmates. “the ski trips were great, even though stas karpovich managed to break his foot every time!” in 2005, elbek got married in tashkent to his girlfriend umida, who he met in london. in addition to starting a family, elbek plans to keep working while the markets are growing, and later he hopes to return home and start his own business