Graduates of the HSE Graduate School of Business have won the young entrepreneurs rating
The HSE Graduate School of Business trains leaders of the future who are capable of changing corporations and the world. From the first days of their studies, young specialists work with real business problems and set ambitious goals. The diverse skills and career tracks of HSE graduates have enabled them to win nominations in the prestigious young entrepreneurs rating.
Margarita Stukova, financial director of the figital service Samolet Plus, graduated from the Management programme in 2017, having started her career as an assistant professor in mathematical statistics at the university. She then completed Severstal's leadership programme in Cherepovets, after which she headed the controlling unit (raw material sales processing) of production and sales of finished products. Having joined the developer Samolet as head of the economics department, Margarita rose to become CFO of the corporation's separate business, Samolet Plus, in three months.
Sergey Smetanin, head of the generative AI team at Snap Inc., graduated with a master's degree in e-business and digital innovation in 2018. In 2022, he prepared and successfully defended his PhD thesis under the guidance of GSB professor Mikhail Komarov: "Tone analysis of texts from social media based on machine learning methods for monitoring public opinions". As a student he won the international competition "IT-Planet" and became a scholarship holder of the Potanin Foundation, won Google Material Design Award and Moscow Travel Hack. He is the author of many scientific works in the field of machine learning and several patents.
Margarita Stukova emphasises: "I think it is rare nowadays when a person can say that he works by education and what he studied at university - it really came in handy for him. I can. And I feel enormous gratitude to the Higher School of Economics for that!
The Management programme is focused on practical experience for solving business problems. Managers and owners from real businesses came to us, and most of the lecturers worked in the corporations. While we were studying, it seemed that you were constantly in a state of deadlines and stress and were preparing every week solutions to "difficult cases" in new businesses, without fully understanding either the market or the specifics. Then it turns out that this is a demo of the real work of a manager: you have very limited resources to make the most effective decisions. It is an incredible life school, which when you come to work in a corporation, allows you to adapt quickly in the environment, and most of the concepts and processes have been learnt. Building a financial model, project NPV, strategy development, effective supply chains, project approaches agile, scrum, waterfall, P&L, net cash flow and more - all these words were not scary.
And, of course, the most important thing for this period in a person's life: learning was fun and exciting. GSB is a huge community of the most ambitious people from different countries, in such an environment incredible synergies are born. Now my classmates are big executives, entrepreneurs, and travelers who change reality in many different parts of this world! It's inspiring!"