Society

‘The Academic Profession Is Such That It Takes a Lifetime to Grasp Fully’

‘The Academic Profession Is Such That It Takes a Lifetime to Grasp Fully’
Alexey Parakhonyak graduated from HSE in 2004 and now works as an associate professor at Lincoln College, Oxford. In this interview with Success Builder, Mr Parakhonyak explained why HSE attracted the best professors right from the start, how Erasmus University teaches its PhD students, how to win students’ hearts and what, besides the university, makes the city of Oxford interesting.

‘A Good Chief Editor Is Constantly Learning New Things and Thinks of the Editorial Office as a Living Organism’

‘A Good Chief Editor Is Constantly Learning New Things and Thinks of the Editorial Office as a Living Organism’
Choosing a specific subject to major in at a university does not mean you will never become a ‘specialist with a broad profile’. Vladimir Todorov, graduate of the HSE Oriental Studies bachelor’s programme, once studied and worked in China, but has leveraged that international experience to build a successful career as a journalist and now works as chief editor of the Lenta.ru portal. In this interview with Success Builder, he explains how an ex-pat can earn a living in China, why HSE teaches students about the ‘living’ East and how to ‘retool’ from Sinologist to journalist.

‘By Participating in HSE Life, I Help Develop Russia’s Startup Community’

‘By Participating in HSE Life, I Help Develop Russia’s Startup Community’
Someone who has achieved global success does not customarily speak about their mistakes and frustrations. But it is impossible to have a successful business without failures because they point the way to the correct strategy. Andrey Zakharchenko, who holds a master’s degree from the Faculty of Management (now the HSE Graduate Business School) and is the founder and director of the Standard Trade logistics company, told Success Builder how his deepest crisis led him to success, the nature of trade relations with China and what helped his team achieve record indicators during the pandemic.

‘I Studied as an International Student at ICEF, but Never Felt Like One’

‘I Studied as an International Student at ICEF, but Never Felt Like One’
Tonka Lange graduated from the HSE International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF) in 2008 and then entered the LSE Master’s programme. After five years of working at Goldman Sachs, she got her MBA at INSEAD and in 2021, started working as Senior Treasury Analyst at Amazon (Singapore). In this interview, Tonka talks about how a finance graduate can survive a crisis, what to do to get the most out of the LSE master’s programme, and the main advantages of an MBA degree.

‘I Have Always Wanted to Be a Multifaceted Person’

‘I Have Always Wanted to Be a Multifaceted Person’
This spring, ICEF graduate Oleg Bezumov joined the list of HSE alumna named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 rating for 2021, winning in the Finance and Investment category. Mr Bezumov is currently an executive director of the investment banking department of Goldman Sachs (London), where he was a key participant in the largest-ever $29 billion IPO of the Saudi Aramco oil company. Here, he tells Success Builder why life in London is good for personal development, how sports contribute to career success, how prestige is measured in the investment business, as well as about the benefits of networking and meeting David Beckham.

‘We Need to Learn How to Sell Space Technologies’

‘We Need to Learn How to Sell Space Technologies’
Zhanna Medvedeva, graduate of the HSE Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs (WEIA), works as German space company Exolaunch’s Vice President for Launches and was recently named the 2021 Forbes ‘30 under 30’ winner in Science and Technology. In this interview with Success Builder, she explains how and where to study management for the space industry, who will ‘clean up’ near-earth orbits, what the New Space market is and how to develop it in Russia, and much more.

‘I Never Said, “I’m in Charge Here”. I Just Did My Job Well’

‘I Never Said, “I’m in Charge Here”. I Just Did My Job Well’
Yana Osman, a graduate of the bachelor’s degree programme in Journalism and the master’s degree programme in Management, now teaches at HSE University and works as a communications consultant at PR Inc. In this interview with Success Builder, Ms Osman explains how to find your superpower, why journalists make great PR agents who know how to get their materials published without paying a dime, and why you need to allow yourself everything in order to succeed in your profession.

‘A PR Person with Journalism Experience Knows His Client Better Than Anyone Else Does’

‘A PR Person with Journalism Experience Knows His Client Better Than Anyone Else Does’
It is the job of government relations (GR) professionals to build relationships with government officials. Internet technology companies need such experts, especially given technology’s growing role in business, society and everyday life. HSE University graduate Anton Shingarev works as Corporate Relations Director for Yandex. In this interview with Success Builder, he explains what GR specialists do, why political scientists make good journalists and how interacting with students helps experts stay young.

‘Career Success Depends on How Invested You Are in What You Do’

‘Career Success Depends on How Invested You Are in What You Do’
At the age of 24, Valeria Matyukhina is the CEO of the SberTroika unified transport payment system for the capital and the regions. Forbes recognized her phenomenal career achievements in 2021 by naming her Best Manager in its 30 Under 30 rating. In this interview with Success Builder, she explained how to make economics and finance education more dynamic, why early career success does not depend on a company’s prestige and what it feels like to have the keys to Moscow’s underground world.

‘We Have Earned the Trust of the Community and There Is Now a Noticeable Level of Activism in the Field of Heritage Preservation’

‘We Have Earned the Trust of the Community and There Is Now a Noticeable Level of Activism in the Field of Heritage Preservation’
State and Municipal Management master’s programme graduate Anor Tukaeva chose to become not a government official, but an activist. Her goal: use the activities of the Krokhino Foundation and ProNasledie.Media project to draw the attention of society and the state to the problem of preserving architectural monuments. In this interview with Success Builder, she explains how familiarity with the Russian hinterland changes a person’s worldview, why Russia tends to deny its past, how to build an artificial island for the sake of an idea and how an activist gets started.