Who are you guys?

We are a peculiar combination (Russian, British and German!) of Masters graduates, who are curious about the world around them and who understand that diversity and differing opinions are invaluable. As such we set up a blog to discuss issues in the business world that we find interesting, strange or funny, and we hope we can engage with an eclectic range of perspectives and opinions. We hope you will enjoy our community, and please don’t forget to comment. We cherish your opinions!

Some more details about the authors:

Sebastian

Sebastian was born and raised in Germany. After having graduated from High school, majoring in math and physics, he decided to study mechanical engineering at university. With his strong bias for cars and the automotive sector he completed his internship at a well-known OEM. Back at university he then decided to major in production management and to broaden his expertise by taking up additional business courses.

Early 2010 Sebastian got offered the opportunity to study in the Master of Management program at The University of Sydney. Following this call he moved to Australia, to live and study down under with amazing people like Andi and Alex. Amongst other, he worked on projects for NGOs like Future Directions Network (FDN) and Fitted for Work Australia during this time.

After having finished this Master degree he returned to Germany, where he currently is about to finish a Master equivalent degree in mechanical engineering. Based on his background he is especially interested in building bridges between the departments of business and engineering to improve interdisciplinary communication.

Andi

Andi ThompsonAndi studied for a bachelor degree at the University of Hull, England. After graduating with a 2:1 in 2008, he spent 7 months travelling. He traveled to East-Asia, the Antipodes, and South America. For three months he lived in Quito, Ecuador, where he taught computing to youngsters from a local school caring for disabled children.

In 2010 he studied a Master of Management at the University of Sydney in Australia. During this course he held key roles on two consultancy projects, the first with Future Directions Network, where  he worked to improve university progression rates of socially disadvantaged areas of Sydney, and the second, for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, CSIRO. During this period in Australia, he also worked for a local social business consultancy, Headshift Asia Pacific.

Andi is optimistic about the future, and is looking forward to the challenges it will bring.

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Alexey Mitko

Alexey (Alex) was born in Russia, but considers himself a third culture kid (TCK), with most of his teenage years spent in Switzerland and the United States. Alex earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from The George Washington University (Washington D.C.) with Cum Laude distinction in 2009. During his time at GWU, Alex majored in International Business, a program that included core business subjects, such as accounting and finance, specialised subjects such as cross cultural management and marketing, and a few non business courses, such as geology. Concurrently, Alex was an active participant in the D.C. Tae Kwon Do club, winning a gold medal at National Collegiate Taekwondo Championship at Brown University (Welter Poomse 3rd Kyu). Upon graduation from GWU, Alex worked at a start-up IT company, which specialised in providing solutions for university cross-border student projects.

In January 2010, Alex was offered a unique opportunity to participate in the CEMS Master of Management program at the University of Sydney. As part of the CEMS program, Alex spent a semester at the University of Sydney in Australia, London School of Economics in the United Kingdom, and Saint Petersburg State University in Russia. During this time he also took part in consulting projects with companies such as Future Directions Network and L’Oreal. Throughout the program, and in addition to regular courses, Alex participated in skill seminars held by companies such as Deloitte, PWC, and McKinsey.

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