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Academic and sporting success hails bright future

Posted on 14 July 2015

Ekaterina (Kate) Tckhakaia, 23, from Russia, will graduate with a BA in Management this summer having presented her undergraduate work at five international conferences.

Kate Tckhakaia

Writing a paper on ‘Knowledge Management Systems at British Airways’, Kate was invited to speak at an academic conference in Madeira in March, and raised money to attend. She has also presented at conferences in Spain, Germany and Manchester.

Kate previously attended Sochi State University and completed a combined BA and Masters in Finance, achieving a Distinction for her thesis on ‘Micro Finance in Latin America’.

Kate says: “I came to York to study Management as I wanted to explore a less numerical discipline than my background in finance. The York Management School provided a brilliant opportunity to be taught by active practitioners in the industry, and the ability to network and collaborate with them.”

Speaking five languages (Russian, English, Spanish, Portuguese and French), Kate volunteered at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 in many roles including Interpreter to Princess Sarah of Jordan and Team Maintenance Assistant for various national teams. Here, she was nominated and won two ‘Best Volunteer’ awards. Every summer, Kate is also Project Leader and Student Ambassador at the International Summer University Carinthia in Austria, recently winning an award for Best Performance.

A keen sportswoman, Kate has been involved in DanceSport throughout her time at York and competed in two winning Roses tournaments. She was also the Director of Dance, leading shows every year for the Chinese New Year celebrations.

“After graduation, I have a scholarship offer for a Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at Loughborough, but I am also applying for jobs at companies in the UK and US. I’ve gotten through to the final round of interviews at one of the big management consultancies, so fingers crossed!”

Kate graduates with a BA (First Class Honours) in Management on 15 July.