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IMESS Alumni

IMESS graduates – most of whom are connected through our alumni networks –  are now working in institutions as diverse as the IMF, private financial institutions (such as HSBC, Nomura, Morgan Stanley), political risk agencies, national government diplomatic and civil services, NGOs, journalism, the energy sector and many too are also engaged in or have recently completed innovative doctoral work.

IMESS Economics and Business Alumni Conrad Scheibe
CONRAD SCHEIBE  - IMESS ECONOMICS & BUSINESS 2014-16
IMESS helped me deepen my skills in topics related to Economics & Business, not only through its excellent classes and seminars but also through the many extra-curricular opportunities UCL offers.  Perhaps even more important for me was the possibility to study and live in an international environment with interesting people from all over the world. 

Management Consultant at Capgemini Consulting, Berlin

IMESS Economics and Business Alumni Liubov Borisova     LIUBOV BORISOVA - IMESS ECONOMICS & BUSINESS 2007-09 
IMESS was the first step for me on the way to becoming a researcher. I have never contemplated becoming an academic before I started IMESS. The research environment, paired with great facilities and expertise influenced my choice greatly. 

Post doctorate Researcher, Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden 

IMESS Economics and Business Alumni Mikhail Gorodilov    MIKHAIL GORODILOV - IMESS ECONOMICS & BUSINESS 2014-16 
That was a truly global experience which helped me to build a deep understanding of how the world and society really worked. Additionally, I have enhanced my organizational and communicational skills. Plus I want also to say that this 2-years programme helped me to get rid of all the illusions regarding the outside world I had. 

Financial advisor in BCS investment bank, Tomsk, Russia 

IMESS Politics and Security Alumni Leah Nodvin

LEAH NODVIN - IMESS POLITICS AND SECURITY 2014-16
Studying at SSEES provided a program to hone my methodological research skills and deepen my understanding of the political and security concerns in Eastern Europe. Later, while studying in Moscow, I was able to put my regional knowledge into practice as well as further develop my language skills.

IMESS Politics and Security Alumni Martha Otwinowski

MARTHA OTWINOWSKI - IMESS POLITICS AND SECURITY 2012-14
The programme allowed me to grow academically as well as personally. I was able to develop my research interests through both years of IMESS, and my Masters thesis on media narratives on crisis events – Polish press coverage of the early days of the Ukraine crisis – has opened doors for me.

IMESS Economics and Business Alumni Tian Jie (Angie) Gwee

TIAN JIE (ANGIE) GWEE  - IMESS ECONOMICS & BUSINESS 2014-16
The opportunity of learning another language allows me to view the world with different perspective. During second year in Prague, because I have background in corporate governance, I secured an internship in Financial Crime area after my thesis presentation.
        IMESS History and Society Alumni Graham BushGRAHAM BUSH - IMESS HISTORY AND SOCIETY 2012-14
The program spurred my interest in civil society and anti-corruption which led to me getting an internship in the UK Parliament and then working at the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority over the course of the 2015 General Election and beyond.
  IMESS History and Society Alumni Dr. Raluca Bianca Roman
DR. RALUCA BIANCA ROMAN - IMESS HISTORY AND SOCIETY 2010-12
Being part of IMESS has been one of the most rewarding experiences thus far and a crucially important element in my decision to embark upon an academic career. This decision was sparked during my first year of IMESS, at UCL but made definite in my second year at University of Helsinki.
    IMESS Economics and Business Alumni Zhuxin Mao
ZHUXIN MAO - IMESS ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS 2014-16
I loved my first year in UCL, where I could pick the courses I was really interested in and developed my academic research abilities. The second year enabled me to explore another country and I was really impressed by the culture in Russia as well.