Ally Sztrimbely

Assistant Professor

Courses Taught

Management Communication (MBA), Enterprise Risk Management (BA), Business Communication (BA)

Research Interests
Development of sustainable Risk Management practices for small-medium enterprises in developing world contexts

Alessandra Sztrimbely is an Assistant Professor at AUCA. She began teaching English at NGA in 2014 and took on additional duties teaching for SEBA in 2015. Using experience and knowledge from her background in editing, anthropology, disaster and risk management, IR, education, tourism, and market research, Alessandra re-developed the Business and Management Communication syllabi to better reflect contemporary research and take a more communications-based approach.

Alessandra also developed and teaches AUCA’s Enterprise Risk Management course, one of the first and only courses of its kind in the Central Asia Region. She is currently consulting on a GIZ project to build up RM practices among tour operators in the country.

Alessandra has taught, worked and lived in a variety of countries around the globe and loves introducing her students to new ideas, perspectives and potential ways to approach problems.

Degrees Held

Masters of Disaster and Emergency Management, York University, 2015

MSc Biological Anthropology & International Relations, University of Toronto, 2011

MA (Oxon) Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Oxford, 2009

Additional Certifications

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification, Wilderness Medical Associates, 2007-present 

Ontario Incident Management System (IMS) 100 & 200, 2014

Basic Emergency Management (BEM), 2014

TESOL Certification, ACTDEC Accreditation, 2012

Assistant Professor of English, Risk Management, Disasters and Communication for NGA, SEBA and EMSD, American University of Central Asia, 2015-present
Responsible for developing and teaching Risk Management and Business Communication courses to Business Administration and Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) students; responsible for developing and teaching TOEFL Test Preparation and English for Academic Purposes to students at the New Generation Academy, the University’s preparatory program; responsible for developing and teaching a Social Dimensions of Disasters course for the Social Sciences Department and a Climate Change and Natural Disasters Course for the Environmental Management and Sustainable Development Department.


Resident Academic English Editor, Research Office, American University of Central Asia, 2015-present
Responsible for editing English Language Research Publications released by the university or its members.


Corporate Security & Business Continuity Management Intern, Canadian Bank of Imperial Commerce, May-August 2015
Responsible for helping to create and compile the risk management plans and business continuity management strategies for one of Canada’s largest banks with regards to the then upcoming 2015 Pan-American Games for which CIBC was the major sponsor.


Tour Guide, Tasty Tours Toronto. 2013-2015
Guided 10-person dessert-focussed tours of Toronto’s Kensington Market and Trinity-Bellwoods areas, ensuring that customers have a delicious, fun and informative experience.


Administrative Assistant & Blog Editor, Axon Capital Realty, 2013-2014.
Edited, wrote, assigned and formatted blog posts and updates for Axon’s 100+ real estate blogs in addition to performing normal administrative duties. 


Market Research Field Ethnographer & Interviewer, Experience Renewal Solutions 2011-2014.
Collected customer insights and experiences in person and on the phone in support of business clients in their understanding of customer perceptions, desires and needs.


Writing Specialist, WriteCity Inc. 2011-2014
Tutoring elementary to university level students one-on-one on critical thinking, English, writing, reading and language comprehension skills.

Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology, Department of Environmental Management, University of Toronto, 2009-2011
Marked for Multicultural Perspectives on Environment (3rd year course, 30 students);Taught Introduction to Anthropology: Becoming Human (1st Year course, 150 students) and was responsible for running tutorials and labs and marking papers; and Introduction to Anthropology (1st year course, 60 students), responsible for running tutorials, teaching academic and English writing skills to ESL and non-ESL students and marking papers and exams.

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