Gabriel Al-Salem

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The Slavic Department faculty were saddened by the tragic and sudden loss of Gabriel who, on 27 November 2010 at the age of 43, died in a paragliding accident in the mountains near Almaty, Kazakhstan. Born 1 Feb 1967, Gabriel is survived his wife, Viktoria, and their daughter, Anya; father, Bader Al-Salem of Kuwait; and mother, Margarete Dorsch (Lindsborg, KS). This page, begun at the peak of his professional career, remains as a tribute to his remarkable life. His family, colleagues, and friends have established the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation (Фонд им. Габриэля Аль-Салем), which raises funds for initiatives to support young talents following in his footsteps in international careers in management consulting, including an initiative to establish a KU scholarship for students of Slavic languages.

Read his article Flying the Great Wall of China

View Gabriel discussing his work with the Business Advisory Services (BAS) program under the auspices of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The International Council of Management Consulting Institutes in Central Asia, through the offices of the Regional Director of EBRD in Almaty, posthumously conferred upon Gabriel the title of Member of the Meridian Order (2011).

Read more about Gabriel in "Icarus in Kazakhstan: The Remarkable Journey of Gabriel Al-Salem" in the Fall 2011 edition of The Lawrencian Chronicle.


BA Russian, 1989

Career: Management consulting (Ernst & Young, A.T. Kearney, KPMG Consulting); Regional Director for Central Asia of the European Bank for Regional Development's Business Advisory Services Programme, helping top local firms hire consultants to solve business problems and maximize growth.

Languages: Russian, German, French, Spanish

Countries lived in: Russia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Germany, US; currently living in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Favorite place: The summit of Amangeldi Peak overlooking Almaty and the Tien Shan mountain range; and Red Square at midnight (кодга бьют куранты).

Hobbies: High-altitude mountaineering, skiing

Favorite food: Sushi (uni)

Favorite drink: Corona Extra (la cerveza mas fina)


Giving

KU’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies program is one of only 12 federally-funded national resource centers in the US
Only doctoral program in Slavic Languages and Literatures between the Mississippi and the West Coast
100% of graduate students in the Slavic program had funding in academic year 2012-13
KU's Libraries house over 500,000 volumes of Slavic books and electronic editions
Two of the department’s last four doctoral candidates have won a Fulbright grants to conduct dissertation research abroad