My Leadership Moments: Aurelia Costache, EY Partner


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My Leadership Moments is a discussion series of the ICMCI Future Leaders Forum (FLF) moderated by FLF members in which renowned consulting leaders share highlights of their professional journeys to help younger colleagues shape their future.

In the new instalment of My Leadership Moments on 14 March 2022, Aurelia Costache, EY Partner, recounted special lessons learned throughout her career in a conversation moderated by Adelwyn Holder CMC. 

The first lesson for Aurelia Costache came at the very beginning when she applied for her first job. While still at university, she wanted to work part-time and the way the process went at the time of no emails and no phones convinced her that we need to take action and not wait for things to happen.

At a later stage, she was offered the opportunity to delve into a topic which was completely new at the time, IT audit. She applied herself to the study and practice in this area and eventually became the first certified auditor in Romania. In the long run, it proved to be the start of a new successful line in the organization and another lesson: never stop trying new things because this is how you evolve.

Aurelia Costache also brought to the fore:
•    Like what you do and continue to develop.
•    It is important for leaders to have trust in their younger colleagues.
•    Never hesitate to ask for help.
•    Personal development never stops, no matter how experienced a consultant is. Training is also capable of fostering a community among colleagues.
•    Testing times, such as the pandemic, prove how important it is to support each other and to show empathy.

For more personal stories from Aurelia Costache, please watch this short video (Ep2):


About the guest speaker

Aurelia Costache is the Intelligent Automation Leader of EY in EMEIA, a region that includes Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.

She has vast experience in digital transformation for large organizations, having led multiple high scale implementations throughout her career, both in Romania and internationally.

A forward-looking professional, Aurelia is keen on bringing to market innovative cutting-edge solutions that integrate technologies in creating new opportunities for growth. Her holistic approach to clients’ business transformation has enabled her to advise some of the leading companies in Romania on their automation strategy.

About the facilitator

Adelwyn Holder is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and Project Manager with an extensive experience in engineering, design, construction, business, and project management gained through his leadership and participation in initiatives for both private and public sector clients throughout Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean, and North America.

Adelwyn is the Founder and Managing Director of Ikigai Consulting, a consultancy focused on delivering value through project, business, and construction management services. He provides sound and independent technical advice, critical and timely data-driven insights which enhance and produce greater clarity across every phase of project activities.

About the ICMCI Future Leaders Forum

The ICMCI Future Leaders Forum brings together young consultants from all over the world in a structured effort to boost the conversation about the future of management consulting. It offers a platform to exchange views about the profession and to coalesce knowledge to the benefit of clients and consultants while growing a strong international network and developing leadership skills in the global arena.