My nickname comes from “The Forsyte Saga”. I have always admired Fleur, because she never stops, she is ambitious, headstrong, impatient and incredibly smart.
I was born in the North-West of Russia and used to dream of becoming a literary critic to be paid for reading books and writing about them. But I am a 100% pragmatist, hence – ended up getting an economic degree from Helsinki University, completing all 4 CPA exams in one sitting, and moving to Germany in 2005.
I love everything structured, so Germany was practically perfect in every way. However, the grass in always greener somewhere else, so in 2008 I moved to Luxembourg to work for one of the most amazing and complicated companies in the world – ArcelorMittal. I saw it at its best – after the merger, when steel prices were skyrocketing and everyone expected China to grow forever. Then I saw it after the crisis hit – closing down factories, laying off people and struggling to keep the spirit up.
I got an executive MBA from Rotterdam School of Management, traveling for 2 years between Rotterdam and Luxembourg every second weekend, keeping a full time job and… carrying a baby Diana along the way.
2012 was spectacular: I joined Amazon European Headquarters in Luxembourg, our son Pavel got into the school of his dreams, Sciences Po, Anna, our eldest daughter finished her primary school and was admitted to one of the most prestigious high schools in the country – Athénée de Luxembourg. And I published my first book “Finance-Romance”.
I joined PayPal in 2014 and began teaching university students.
It’s still day one and something amazing is just around the corner (stay tuned 🙂 )
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