Society

‘Moscow, Hong Kong, New York — I Have Friends from HSE Everywhere’

‘Moscow, Hong Kong, New York — I Have Friends from HSE Everywhere’
Alexander Aksakov, who graduated from ICEF in 2011, now works as a Senior Associate in the New York office of Credit Suisse. He tells Success Builder how the wedding of an ICEF graduate became a gathering of economists from around the world, how U.S. employers recruit candidates in bars and how to earn an MBA from one of the world’s most prestigious schools.

‘We Had to Hire a Stylist to Find a Common Language with Fashion Brands’

‘We Had to Hire a Stylist to Find a Common Language with Fashion Brands’
Verisium project founder Vadim Kostomarov is convinced that traditional banks will disappear in the new digital world. Financiers, however, will not be left without work, he adds reassuringly. HSE graduate Vadim Kostomarov tells Success Builder whether people should be divided into ‘techies’ and ‘humanities types,’ how to survive in the fashion industry and consulting, and talk about mistakes in looking for investors, and managing a ‘teal’ company.

Up Close with the Epidemic: From Russia to China and Back

Up Close with the Epidemic: From Russia to China and Back
China was the first country to be hit by the coronavirus, and other countries have looked to its handling of the outbreak as a model. Former HSE student Sergey Stepanov, who has been studying and working in China for the past four years, shared his personal experience with the COVID-19 outbreak while in China.

'The World Is Changing Rapidly and Only Those Who Can Learn Quickly Will Succeed'

'The World Is Changing Rapidly and Only Those Who Can Learn Quickly Will Succeed'
Alexandra Gudimova, graduate of the WEaIA Faculty, decided to study at HSE University because of an injury. She had to leave choreography academy, forget about ballet and the Bolshoi Theater, and restart her life from scratch. Now she heads a thriving business whose success attests to her professionalism. In this instalment of Success Builder, Ms Gudimova talks about how to write a graduate thesis about a family business, ride the snacking wave and create fast food for city dwellers.

‘Today’s Architects Face the Challenge of Making Biotechnology More Aesthetic’

‘Today’s Architects Face the Challenge of Making Biotechnology More Aesthetic’
Unexpectedly, one of last year’s trends was…mushrooms. Several startups have shown that mycelium is a suitable material for eco-friendly fabrics, fashionable foods and the manufacture of drugs to treat clinical depression. ‘Prototyping Future Cities’ Master’s Programme graduate Anna Budnikova took the mushroom trend one step further by inventing a building material she calls ‘mycokarst’. She tells Success Builder what the difference is between eco- and bio-materials, why to make water from air and design ‘passive homes’, and who urbanists are and how they are changing our cities.

‘I Wouldn’t Worry That AI Will Replace Humans’

‘I Wouldn’t Worry That AI Will Replace Humans’
Ksenia Totmyanina, graduate of the HSE University Faculty of Economic Science and the current Managing Director of the Sberbank Data Research Competency Development Center, talks about the importance of case studies for students, what it feels like to be a ‘woman in IT’ and why the people at Sberbank are not afraid that artificial intelligence will replace humans.

HSE Alumnus Maxim Oreshkin Appointed Advisor to Russian President

HSE Alumnus Maxim Oreshkin Appointed Advisor to Russian President
Maxim Oreshkin, Russia’s former Minister of Economic Development, was appointed Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation, following Vladimir Putin's decree of January 24.

'When Forbes Publishes its List of the Richest People under the Heading "The Most Miserable Souls," the World Will Change for the Better'

'When Forbes Publishes its List of the Richest People under the Heading "The Most Miserable Souls," the World Will Change for the Better'
Through her work, Polina Chernomordik — graduate of the HSE WEaIA Faculty and trainer of the Lightning Process technique — gives new meaning to the concept of success. After all, only the ability to identify and live by your own values — and not doing what everyone else does — enables you to develop in your profession and as a member of society. Ms. Chernomordik also knows how NGOs work in Great Britain, the purpose of a good education, and why we chase after phantoms even though inner peace is more important than career.

'HSE University Graduates Achieve the Best Results in the Investment Business'

'HSE University Graduates Achieve the Best Results in the Investment Business'
Sergey Pavlovsky combines a top management position at Renova with teaching at the Moscow State University Faculty of Economics, coupling his academic knowledge with the realities of the investment industry. What does an investment director do? How to start a career in finance? How do graduates contribute to HSE’s future? Sergey Pavlovsky answers these questions from the portal’s news service.

'We Created the “Uber” of Home Remodeling'

'We Created the “Uber” of Home Remodeling'
After graduating from HSE University, Dmitry Borisov and Yury Goldberg followed different paths. Dmitry built a career at KPMG and Deloitte while Yury became an entrepreneur. They joined forces in 2016 to launch a business. How did they manager to ‘Uberfy’ the chaotic home remodeling and construction market? Has it been difficult helping people overcome their aversion to remodeling? What’s the point in helping your alma mater? They answered these questions and more in an interview with the HSE portal.