ASF Talks 2018 was a huge success!
- Sonia Arakelian (‘76)
- Mauricio Culebro (‘97)
- Rubén Flores (‘02)
- Adrián Justus ('88)
- David Luhnow (‘86)
Sonia has been a devoted volunteer throughout her life. A graduate from Universidad Iberoamericana with a major on Psychology, she has served as a volunteer in the Museum of Memoria y Tolerancia for over 12 years as a guide, fundraiser and as a curator in 2015 of the 100th Year Anniversary of the Armenian genocide special exhibit, and other activities. Coming from a family victim of the atrocities of the Armenian genocide after World War I, Sonia has dedicated her life to communicate a message of hope and to educate others about the importance of tolerance and diversity. Sonia’s family found in ASF a home where they could share their interest of volunteerism and appreciate the importance of the English language which in times of the Armenian genocide it saved her grandfather’s life. Sonia had two sons that graduated from ASF.
Mauricio Culebro holds a mayor in economics by Universidad Iberoamericana and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He serves as the President of Club América. After Georgetown Prep, he attended ASF where he quickly became part of the community. Although he wasn’t a member of the Math Club, it was all about the books and playing soccer team where he learned the importance of teamwork and humility. When he was a Senior, one of his many talents was being recognized as ¨best dressed¨. He graduated in the class of 1997. He and his wife Andre have two kids who attend kindergarten - hopefully one day they will be members of the Math Club!
Rubén Flores is the co-founder of The Academy, a school in NYC teaching women to profoundly expand their personal power and influence in a world that is screaming for it. With a focus on presence, influence, negotiation, and communication skills that their clients can immediately apply, their workshops have been sold out for over five years. Some of his private clients include notable politicians, actresses and executives. In the aftermath of #metoo, his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Forbes, Vanity Fair, Business Insider, and other outlets.
Prior to founding The Academy, he co-founded of NYC Medics, an emergency medical organization delivering rapid response surgical care worldwide. He has worked in Africa, Asia, and Latin America with Doctors Without Borders, the Red Cross, and other humanitarian organizations providing medical care in the aftermath of natural disasters and armed conflict.
After concluding that women are the most critical and least represented voice in determining the future of our world, he left his career as a humanitarian to find innovative solutions to the problem of the underrepresentation of women. In 2013, he founded the Academy along with partner Kasia Urbaniak. In addition to his background in conflict negotiation, he has spent over decade studying women, men, and everything that could possibly go wrong between them.
Born in Mexico City, Adrián began playing the violin at an early age, taking lessons from his father, Prof. Vazka, Yuriko Kuronuma and Stanislav Kawalla, and quickly winning numerous competitions in his native country. He then studied with Zvi Zeitlin at the Eastman School of Music, (U.S.) where he was awarded a Performer's Certificate for his exceptional musicality, unanimously recommended by the string faculty. One of only four violinists enrolled in the prestigious Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, Adrian Justus worked regularly with Mr. Zukerman. Mr. Justus has performed at world-famous venues, including Carnegie Hall, New York, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Prague Castle Spanish Hall, Bellas Artes Hall in Mexico City, and in London's Wigmore Hall and the Barbican Center.
As a virtuoso soloist, Mr. Justus has performed with numerous orchestras, including The Philharmonia Orchestra in London, The Kyoto Symphony in Japan, Jerusalem Symphony, Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, and the Prague Festival Orchestra, among others. His several CD's include a Carlton Classics release of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the London Philharmonia Orchestra, and most recently, a CD of contemporary Chamber music entitled "Tapestry". Mr. Justus has also studied composition, having written several works for his instrument, including original cadenzas for the Mozart Concerti. Adrian Justus performs on the 'Lord Coke' Guarnerius del Gesu (1744) which is loaned to him by the Juvi Cultural Foundation.
David Luhnow was born and raised in Mexico City to American parents. He jokes that he's the opposite of a Chicano. He went to the ASF through grade 9, when he left for the U.S. following one of Mexico's economic crises. He says that's why he decided to study economics and journalism - in part to find out why Mexico was such a mess! He went to The College of William and Mary and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics. He has worked for The Wall Street Journal since 2000 and has been editor for Latin America since 2009. Among the many stories and events he has covered are the 1994-95 peso crash, the Northern Ireland peace process in 1998, the financial crisis in Argentina in 2001, the Iraq War in 2003, the Tahrir Square uprising in Egypt in 2011, and the collapse of Venezuela from 2013 to the moment.
ASF Talks, inspired by alumni and for alumni, is an event that brings together the whole ASF community to connect ideas and inspire changes on a personal and professional level, through the presentation and promotion of innovative and successful projects carried out in Mexico and in the world by ASF alumni.
We aim to reunite valuable talent, inspire our community to become role models, and enrich networking. Sustainability pertains us all, and we are confident that with the correct information and direction, our school can help shape habits and initiatives that create a meaningful impact.