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“ICEF helped me find friends for life and gave confidence to face challenges”

“ICEF helped me find friends for life and gave confidence to face challenges”
Travels, friends abroad, business meetings in different parts of the globe — this is how Stanislav Moscovtsev imagined his ideal day in his teenage years. To make his dream a reality, he did a master’s degree at ICEF, enrolled in Harvard Business School MBA program, received experience of working for a few large companies, and passed a job interview at McKinsey. In this interview, Stanislav tells his career story.

“No other faculty are as responsive as ICEF”

After Maria Titova completed her master’s studies at ICEF in 2015, she enrolled in a PhD programme at the University of California, San Diego. The current year of her studies has been marked by finalizing her major research paper that will help integrate Maria into the academia as a highly promising expert. In this interview, Maria talks about the dissimilarities between PhD training systems in the USA and Europe, why lecturing American students appears easy, and what Job Market Paper is worth on the job market.

“MBA causes one to learn new things on another cognitive level”

“MBA causes one to learn new things on another cognitive level”
After working for one of the Big Three consulting firms, 2016 MSc graduate of ICEF, Mark Zakhvatkin, did an MBA degree at INSEAD Business School in France. Currently a management consultant in the field of data science, Mark shares how to bond Mathematics and Economics together to form a perfect match, how to choose from the massive amount of MBA programmes, and why it is economic education that paves the way towards a successful career.

“ICEF’s principled commitment to training appeals to me”

Vahe Ovasapyan earned his master’s degree from ICEF in 2012. After years of service at Goldman Sachs, one of the world’s largest investment banks, Vahe is currently head of experimental projects at Yandex. In this interview, he shares why it is important to pay heed to small details and what qualities separate good leaders from bad ones.

“Employers perceive ICEF as a seal of excellence”

“Employers perceive ICEF as a seal of excellence”
Daria Teterkina, who earned her master’s degree in 2018, is presently a chief specialist at MOEX Derivatives Market Department. In her interview, Daria reveals why ICEF enjoys a special atmosphere, how case study method can be helpful at the start of one’s career, and why aerial gymnastics is good for professional progress.

‘Live and learn, or you will simply disappear from view!’

‘Live and learn, or you will simply disappear from view!’
A 2002 ICEF Bachelor’s alumnus Vasily Storozhuk has also graduated from the London Business School, Northwestern University and Wharton Business School, as well as defended his thesis at MSU. He is now the CFO at UGMK Holding, and also Chairman of the Board of Directors of “Koltso Urala” Bank. In the following interview, he recounts why it is important to regularly update one’s knowledge, how to put one’s experience to good use career-wise and why it is important to have a forward-looking perspective.

Work Is Also a Form of Education. Even with a Cool MBA, You Still End up Learning

Work Is Also a Form of Education. Even with a Cool MBA, You Still End up Learning
Ekaterina Kolchina Graduated from HSE ICEF with a bachelor’s in economics and finance. She then received her master’s in management from London Business School. Kolchina interned at KPMG before joining McKinsey in Moscow. While at McKinsey, she also worked on projects in Great Britain and Spain. After heading the project management office at Letovo School, Kolchina became deputy CEO of Papa John’s in Russia and the CIS.